Today's Sports

  • Wrestlemania in town

    Dozens of college grapplers hoping to achieve glory on a national stage will converge on the NMHU campus this weekend.

    Highlands hosts the NCAA Division II West super regional championships Friday and Saturday at the Wilson Complex. Action begins at 11 a.m. Friday, with sessions at 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday.

    Admission per session is $10 general, $5 seniors and students.

  • Moses an icon of grappling in...

    Winning a national championship, earning All-American status and racking up a bunch of high-profile wins on the mat — all of which Doug Moses’ wrestlers have done over the course of his coaching career — are nice accomplishments.

    But Moses places a higher value on what his grapplers have done in the classroom and in life beyond their athletic days.

  • Coach hailed for helping grow...

    David Luna first got into wrestling — he admits — because he wanted to belong, and he wasn’t big enough to play certain other sports.

    But he stayed with the sport because he liked the discipline it taught him, and he enjoyed the comraderie, the bond he developed with other wrestlers, friend or foe.

  • District 2-4A tourney: RHS boys...

    On the far southwest corner of the basketball court at Gillie Lopez, in the narrow space of hardwood designating the right wing, is a piece of real estate that John Balizan knows as his happy place.

    The West Las Vegas sophomore has hit several huge shots from that particular spot, winning games or sending them into overtime.

    But as time ran out in Wednesday night’s District 2-4A boys’ quarterfinal between West and crosstown rival Robertson, Balizan slapped that area of floor in frustration.


  • Tuesday night hoops: Loss puts...

    The Highlands Cowboys' hopes of reaching the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men's basketball playoffs took a hard hit Tuesday night in a 100-89 loss to visiting Western State (Colo.).

    Highlands and WSC entered the game tied for the eighth and final spot in the postseason tournament, but the Mountaineers now enjoy a one-game edge with only one game left in the regular season. That makes Saturday's home finale vs. Colorado Mesa a must-win for the Cowboys (14-13, 9-12) and coach Craig Snow.

  • State wrestling: Four titles

    RIO RANCHO — Four Robertson wrestlers captured individual state championships for the second consecutive season, but a late win by a Taos wrestler bumped the Cardinals to fourth place in the final team standings for Class 1A-4A.

    RHS finished just one point out of third, trailing repeat winner Silver, Cobre and the district-rival Tigers on Saturday night at the conclusion of the two-day state tourneys, held at an unusually rowdy Santa Ana Star Center. Several scuffles erupted in the stands and resulted in multiple ejections, though none involved locals.

  • Prep hoops roundup: Lady Cards...

    District basketball tournaments are playing out across the state this week, and several area teams find themselves playing the waiting game after having clinched regular-season titles and the byes through to the finals that go with them.

    Robertson’s girls became the last to secure the honors, beating Pojoaque Valley 66-45 on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym.

  • Tigers take two of three vs....

    Bottom of the ninth. Bases loaded. Two outs. The home team down by one run.

    Alas, the Hollywood finish was not to be for Highlands’ baseball team on Sunday afternoon at Brandt Park.

    A fly ball to left, fielded cleanly by Fort Hays State’s Marcus Altman, snuffed the Cowboy rally, and the score ended 6-5 in favor of the visiting Tigers

    FHSU won two of the three-game series over the weekend, Highlands’ first home baseball games of the season.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 21-25

    WEDNESDAY (Feb. 21)

    • District 2-4A boys tournament: West Las Vegas vs. TBA, 7 p.m., Lopez Gym
    • District 2-4A girls tournament TBA
    • Las Vegas youth league girls’ games, 5:30 p.m., Rec


    • District 2-4A boys tournament TBA
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. Tierra Encantada, 4 p.m., Valley
    • Luna at Otero Community College (DH), noon, La Junta, Colo.

  • See NMHU hoops for $1.25 this...

    Check under those couch cushions for change. You may easily find enough to allow you to see some exciting college basketball.

    NMHU’s basketball teams will offer admission to its two remaining home doubleheaders this week for $1.25 a ticket in honor of the university’s 125th anniversary. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.

    It figures to be an important week for the Cowboys in particular.