Today's Sports

  • Mora hoops icon Cassidy shares...

    Like many area fans, Mark Cassidy is pumped up that the New Mexico Activities Association happened to schedule Robertson, Mora and West Las Vegas boys’ quarterfinals back-to-back-to-back Wednesday afternoon at the Santa Ana Star Center.

    “It makes it easier (to take in all three),” Cassidy said. “That’s cool.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 9...


  • Highlands sluggers trip up in...

    Jeremy McCarty smacked a two-run homer to help New Mexico Highlands carve out a 3-1 win over Adams State on Saturday, halving a doubleheader.

    But the host Grizzlies took a couple of wins decided by one run apiece before finishing with a 12-6 tally in the finale of the four-game set, the opening series for RMAC baseball over the weekend in Alamosa, Colo.

    The Cowboys took a 3-1 win in game two of the series, the early contest on Saturday.

  • Dons take 1 of 3 in Valencia...

    Las Vegas Optic

    Plugging away patiently after a couple of defeats against stout competition, the West Las Vegas baseball team found its groove in an 11-1 triumph over Socorro on Saturday in the Valencia tournament held in Los Lunas.

    The Dons are 1-2 under first-year head coach Shannon Aragon.

    Santiago Mondragon led the WLV bats against the Warriors, going 4 for 4 at the plate and scoring four runs with one double and an RBI. He also stole three bases in as many tries.

  • BREAKING: Dons, Cards, Panthers...

    Surviving a couple of first-round tests Saturday, Robertson and West Las Vegas earned spots in the Class 4A boys basketball quarterfinals.

    The No. 2 seeded Robertson led just 23-21 at halftime and trailed by five at one point in the third period but righted the ship after that and defeated No. 15 Wingate 63-44 at Mike Marr Gym. 

    Across town, No. 3 West Las Vegas saw its double digit lead dip to six but finished strong and won 67-53 over district rival Taos, the bracket's No. 14 seed.

  • BREAKING: Lady Dons, Rangerettes...

    The Lady Dons are headed to The Pit.

    No. 3 seed West Las Vegas vanquished No. 14 Sandia Prep 78-35 in their Class 4A girls state basketball opener Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West never trailed and led 37-17 at halftime.

    Another winner Friday was the Mora Rangerettes, who eliminated Escalante 65-48 in the 2A girls bracket. The fifth-seeded Rangerettes play either Magdalena or Tse Yi GaI at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at Bernalillo High gym.

  • Making a Mark

    When he was in elementary and middle school, Mark Cassidy — who on Feb. 27 was honored by having his basketball jersey No. 30 retired by the Mora school district — dreamed of becoming a star ... in baseball.

    It wasn’t until he got into high school that he realized another passion — one that would come to define him and one that would lead to record-breaking achievements.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March 6...

    •LCC vs. Western Oklahoma, noon, Rodriguez Park
    •NMHU at Adams State, noon, Alamosa, Colo.
    •NMHU vs. Metro State (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field

    •Robertson JV vs. Pojoaque Valley (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field

    •Robertson vs. Capital (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    •State tournament games TBA


  • Cowboys fall to Mavs in OT

    The postseason came to an end for New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball on Tuesday night in Grand Junction, Colo., where Colorado Mesa won 95-77 in overtime.

    The host Mavericks erased Highlands’ late lead to tie it at 73-73 at the end of regulation, then scored the first 12 points of overtime.

    Eimer Lopez led Mesa with a game-high 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

  • Blue or bust!

    Beginning Friday and Saturday, eight Las Vegas-area basketball teams join fellow hopefuls from across New Mexico in opening the state tournaments.

    Expectations are loftier than usual, as several area teams have finished the regular season ranked among the very best in their respective divisions and are considered legitimate contenders to reach championship games.

    The Optic previews each of the brackets of particular interest to our readers.