Today's Sports

  • Madness arrives

    There’s a reason it’s called March Madness.

    Unheralded Bosque Prep, one of the last teams to make the Class 4A boys’ basketball bracket as the No. 15 seed, made No. 2 ranked West Las Vegas sweat for a good portion of Saturday night’s first-round-of-state game at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Dons eventually pulled away for a 70-48 win, reaching the quarterfinal round, but the outcome was anything but assured through a tough first half.

  • Vegas sluggers win on Saturday

    Robertson swept Shiprock 5-3 and 3-1 to open its baseball slate on a mild Saturday afternoon at the borrowed Brandt Park.

    The Cardinals are 2-0 under Kenneth Sandoval.

    Robertson struck early in game one, plating its first three batters for a 3-0 advantage. Isaiah Baca, Keanu Baca and

    Colin Pedro staked the Redbirds to the lead.

    Austen King’s run in the sixth put an exclamation point on the win to answer a Chieftain rally.

    Isaiah Baca went 2 for 4 to pace the RHS offense. Nathan Archuleta had two runs batted in.

  • Ex-Lobo assistant named HU coach

    Former University of New Mexico defensive coordinator Jeff Mills on Friday was named as New Mexico Highlands’ next head football coach.

    “I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at New Mexico Highlands University,” Mills said. “Throughout my life, I have dreamed of following in my father’s footsteps in leading a football program to excellence. I am fired up to meet our team and am committed to guiding our players to success in the classroom, in the community and on the football field.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March 9...

    • Robertson JV vs. Pojoaque Valley (DH), 3 p.m., TBA
    • NMHU at Colorado-Colorado Springs (DH), 1 p.m., Colorado Springs

    • Robertson vs. Capital (DH), 3 p.m., TBA
    • Class 4A girls’ state tournament quarterfinal: West Las Vegas vs. Portales, 8 a.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 3A girls’ state tournament quarterfinal: Pecos vs. Clayton, 11:30 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

  • RHS wrestler, coach on Dream Team

    Las Vegas Optic

    It was a dream season for Robertson wrestling senior Rico Montoya and his coach, Richard Martinez.

    Now both are on the Dream Team, too.

    The New Mexico Dream Team, coordinated by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, is the sport’s version of the all-state teams recognized in other sports. One wrestler per each of the 14 weight classes is honored for excellence that season, and the NWCA also recognizes an overall Wrestler of the Year and Coach of the Year.

  • District champs! Dons add...

    West Las Vegas captured the district banner in boys’ basketball for the first time in a decade Tuesday night, adding the 2-4A tournament title to the team’s regular-season championship by beating Taos 64-47.

    A packed house at Gillie Lopez Gymnasium was on hand to welcome D.J. Bustos back to the Dons lineup; the West scoring leader had been sidelined with injury for more than two weeks but appeared healthy again and ready for the postseason crunch time.

  • State hoops brackets released

    The road to the state championship is clear.

    West Las Vegas’ boys’ basketball team (21-5) is the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A state tournament and will host No. 15 Bosque (12-14) at 5 p.m. Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Ranked 3rd in nation, Vatos head...

    Submitted to the Optic

    “Saturday is a rugby day,” and nationally ranked No. 3 New Mexico Highlands University Vatos rugby club stayed true to that tradition on Saturday, Feb. 21, in their latest test against a rowdy Colorado Mesa side.

    The Vatos, looking to demonstrate they are a disciplined, industrious and competitive squad, imposed their will on Mesa in a 51-10 victory.

  • Slack earns national kudos

    NMHU and Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Salcia Slack won her second NCAA Division II Field Athlete of the Week honor after an outstanding performance at the 2015 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships this past weekend.

    Slack received the honor Tuesday in an announcement by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

  • Luna gets one in Midland

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College freshman pitcher Tyler McDaugle and the Rough Riders defense held Western Junior College Athletic Conference opponent Howard College to one run in game three of a four-game series on Tuesday.

    The 3-1 victory was the lone win for the Rough Riders. They lost 5-0 in the opener, 16-1 in the second game and 8-1 in game four.

    The games were originally scheduled to be played in Big Springs, Texas, but were played in Midland due to weather conditions.