Today's Sports

  • Cowboys outgun Mustangs

    The game was in Silver City, but James Healy’s shooting was pure gold.

    Healy scored a career high 27 points and swished seven of 14 attempts from three-point range this past Friday to lead New Mexico Highlands to a 77-70 win at Western New Mexico.

    The Cowboys broke into the win column for the first time in three tries. Their next game is a rematch against the Mustangs on Nov. 29 at the Wilson Complex.

  • West to host shootout

    West Las Vegas tips off basketball season with the Brian Gallegos Memorial Shootout this Friday and Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Dons, who finished their 2015-16 campaign as state runner-up in Class 4A boys’ hoops, will host 3A state semifinalist Pecos along with Clayton and the junior varsity team from Class 6A Cleveland.

    On the girls’ side, the round-robin event features the Lady Dons as well as Sandia Prep, Santa Rosa and Eunice.

    West’s boys were to host Bosque Tuesday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 23...

    No local varsity events scheduled

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • NMHU women at New Mexico State, 5 p.m., Las Cruces
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Tohatchi, 4 p.m., Tohatchi
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

  • Cards get past Ruidoso, advance...

    Robertson rode a 14-0 head start to a 34-22 win over visiting Ruidoso on Saturday afternoon, advancing to the Class 4A state football semifinals.

    The Cardinals (11-0) will host defending state champion Hatch Valley (10-2), which knocked off Cobre in another quarterfinal Saturday in Bayard.

    It'll be a rematch of the 2015 state championship game, won by the Bears in Hatch.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • Building a CHAMPION

    Mora head volleyball coach Jacquelyn Sanchez said there’s a lot of credit to go around for her team’s Class 2A state championship — won Nov. 12 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    A sampling of her comments follows.

  • Rangerettes conquer Class 2A...

    Capturing a state volleyball championship was an accomplishment not only for the team but for the community, said Rangerettes team captain Maria Garcia.

    “It feels great to win a state championship,” she said. “It was something really good for our community, our school and my team.”

    “It feels great being able to win my senior year,” agreed Christen Laumbach. “My team and I have been wanting this for as long as I can remember.”

  • Playoff time for Birds

    Ruidoso head coach Kief Johnson has said that while he credits Robertson for being a quality team, his Warriors didn’t play their best game when they lost 47-14 at Cardinal Stadium back on Sept. 16.

    Robertson opens against Ruidoso Saturday afternoon in the Class 4A state football playoffs. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.

    The Cardinals (10-0 overall) are the No. 1 seed in the classification and want to return to the state title game for a second straight season.

    The Warriors (6-5) are the No. 8 seed and looking for an upset.

  • Montoya 2 for 2 for UNC

    Rico Montoya is back to doing what he got so accustomed to in high school — winning wrestling tournaments.

    Montoya, a sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado, won his second tournament title in as many events this past Sunday. The latest championship was in the 133-pound division of UNC’s own open tournament in Greeley.

    He started the tournament with a 12-1 romp against New Mexico Highlands’ Jack Gaylor.

    Then he scored a fall in 1:02 against Jared Johnshoy of Colorado Mesa.

  • Scherzer, Porcello win Cy Youngs

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK  — Max Scherzer celebrated aboard a boat off the British Virgin Islands, doused by college pals on a floating party.

    Rick Porcello enjoyed the moment at his parents’ home in New Jersey, surrounded by family, friends and a few bottles of wine.

    As for Justin Verlander, well, fuming supermodel Kate Upton brought the heat for her fiance.

    Rotation mates for five seasons in Detroit, the three right-handers topped the Cy Young Award talk Wednesday:

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 18...

    • NMHU men at Western New Mexico, 6 p.m., Silver City
    • Robertson hosts Eliana Herrera Memorial Tournament (JV and frosh girls; benefits Eliana Marie Herrera Scholarship Fund), 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Pojoaque tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Moriarty, 3:30 p.m., WLVMS gym

    • West Las Vegas girls host preseason jam, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym