Today's Sports

  • Riders split softball series —...

    On the eve of its four-game weekend series against Dawson Community College, the Luna Community College softball team found itself without a coach.

    Head coach Lucas Griego continues to be on paid administrative leave while the school investigates allegations of a potential conflict of interest, according to LCC President Ricky Serna.

    And assistant coach Roy Sanchez, Griego’s second in command, had requested time off this past weekend, Serna said Monday afternoon.

  • NMHU roundup: Cowgirls can'...

    Colorado Mesa looked every bit the No. 1 team in the nation during a four-game sweep of New Mexico Highlands over the weekend at Cowgirl Field.

    The Mavericks (23-0) won 23-0 and 10-1 on Friday, then 9-1 and 14-0 Saturday.

    Highlands fell to 4-16 overall and remain winless in the RMAC at 0-11.

    Only a double by Bayley Legarreta denied Mesa ace McKenzie Surface of a no-hitter in game one. The Mavs racked up six home runs, six doubles and a triple.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 14-...

    WEDNESDAY (March 14)

    • Robertson JV at Capital (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson JV at Capital (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe


    • Mora vs. West Las Vegas JV, 4 p.m., Mora
    Track and field
    • Memorial Middle School at ATC-SFIS meet, TBA, Santa Fe


    • Luna at Frank Phillips College (DH), noon, Borger, Texas

  • HU tracksters, wrestler take on...

    Five New Mexico Highlands University athletes — four in women’s track and field and one in wrestling — represented the school in NCAA Division II national competition over the weekend.

    The Cowgirl tracksters and coach Bob DeVries were in Pittsburg, Kans., for the NCAA Division II indoor nationals.

    Tashay Hunter posted the Cowgirls’ best individual result, clearing 40 feet, 1.5 inches, in the triple jump. Teammate Annie Topal also competed in the event, placing 12th with 39-6.5.

  • Prep roundup: RHS tennis teams...

    The defending state tennis champion Robertson Lady Cardinals checked off another regular-season tournament title on Saturday in Las Cruces.

    And this time, the RHS boys joined them in the winners’ circle.

    Robertson swept to wins in the Las Cruces and Mayfield event, continuing a tough stretch requiring a lot of miles of travel for head coach Warren Fulgenzi and his teams.

    The RHS girls had won the previous weekend’s tournament in Roswell, with the boys finishing second.

  • Pecos boys repeat as state champs

    ALBUQUERQUE —Last March, when the Pecos Panthers won the Class 3A state basketball title, it had been 51 years since their previous championship triumph.

    It was only 364 days between titles this time. Pecos handed top-rated Texico its first defeat of the season 58-44 in the 3A boys' final Saturday at The Pit, becoming the first Las Vegas-area hoops team to earn a repeat state championship.

  • Wrestling at nationals

    New Mexico Highlands University 149-pounder Reis Humphrey placed fourth in last month's NCAA Division II West super regional at the Wilson Complex.

    He was set to compete in this weekend’s national championship tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Check lasvegasoptic.com and Wednesday’s print edition for coverage.

  • Luna baseball wins two to end...

    The Luna Community College baseball team is opening conference play this weekend with a series at Odessa College.

    Luna most recently broke a nine-game losing streak after beating University of the Southwest JV 9-7 and 16-12 on the weekend of March 2-3.

    The Rough Riders entered the weekend 6-12 on the year.

    J.R. Maldonado and Wellington Balsley each had two hits in game one.

    Jared Gonzalez added two RBI with Eric Alvarado hitting a double.

    James Ramos took the win with Manny Cachora had the save.

  • Pecos boys top Estancia, return...

    RIO RANCHO — Avenging the team's only loss to a fellow Class 3A boys' basketball team this season was just a bonus.

    Pecos turned up the intensity in the third quarter of its state semifinal and stormed to a 69-48 win over Estancia after leading 31-26 at halftime Thursday night at the Santa Ana Star Center. The Panthers' win came in front of hundreds of fans -- many adorned in green and gold -- and earned the team a return trip to The Pit for the state championship game on Saturday.

  • Quarterfinals tough on local...

    The Pecos Panthers, defending champs in Class 3A boys’ basketball, punched their return ticket to the final four on Wednesday night, bouncing Cuba 70-43 in a quarterfinal held at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    However, after this week's quarterfinals, the Panthers were the only Optic-area team left in the state tournament.