Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Cowgirl foursome at indoor...

    Four Cowgirl track and field athletes will represent New Mexico Highlands University at this weekend’s NCAA Division II Indoor national Championships in Pittsburg, Kans.

    Tashay Hunter, Annie Topal, Kristal Robertson and Osheen Erskine will compete at the NCAA meet this Friday and Saturday

  • Cowgirl softball sweeps Eastern

    Sometimes all it takes is a trip back home to make things better.

    Highlands’ softball team doubled its season win total Tuesday afternoon by sweeping a solid Eastern New Mexico program 9-7 and 9-1 at Cowgirl Field. It was the Cowgirls’ home debut after opening with 14 games on the road.

    Two of those 14 games were a doubleheader that Eastern swept on Feb. 20 in Portales.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 9-10

    FRIDAY (March 9)

    • Luna at Odessa College (DH), noon, Odessa, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Metro State, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson at Cobre tournament, TBA, Bayard
    • Class 3A state tournament final, teams TBA, 1:30 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 4A state tournament final, teams TBA, 3:30 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Luna vs. Dawson Community College (DH), noon, WLV field

  • Lady Dons out as top-seeded...

    Top-ranked Portales avoided becoming the second upset victim for West Las Vegas, rumbling to a 58-41 win in the 4A girls' quarterfinals Tuesday at The Pit.

    The taller Rams controlled the game with superior rebounding and interior presence, an advantage increased because West was missing starting forward Brianna Maes due to injury.

    But after falling behind 12-4, the Lady Dons made a game of it anyway. Jenna Bustos drilled three 3-point baskets in the first period, and West trailed just 15-12 after one.

  • Lady Cards fall to Pojoaque in...

    The fourth time was the charm for No. 7 seeded Pojoaque Valley, which upset No. 2 Robertson 58-52 in overtime Tuesday morning in the Class 4A state girls' basketball quarterfinals at Dreamstyle Arena AKA The Pit.

    The Lady Cardinals, who finish 25-4 under head coach Leroy Barela, had beaten their district rivals three times, by scores of 17, 21 and 16 this winter.

    But poor free throw shooting and the loss of leading scorer Alianza Darley to fouls with 6:30 left hurt Robertson in a game that spilled into overtime.

  • Williams helps U.S. rugby win on...

    Ke’Von Williams may have been one of the relative newcomers to the United States lineup, but he didn’t play like a rookie when he got his chance.

    Williams helped the U.S. defeat Argentina 28-0 in the gold-medal match of the HSBC World Sevens Rugby Series tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., over the weekend.

  • Five area teams win state hoops...

    A 3-for-3 showing by Las Vegas-area girls basketball teams served up good news for local fans on Friday night as the state tournaments opened at campus sites around New Mexico.

    No. 9 West Las Vegas (19-10) beat No. 8 Hope Christian (13-16) 59-49 in Albuquerque.

  • Luna puts softball coach on leave

    Details remain sparse on the reason Luna Community College head softball coach Lucas Griego has been placed on administrative leave.

    Griego has been on paid leave since early last week, with top assistant Roy Sanchez handling the head-coaching duties in his absence.

    LCC President Ricky Serna said that the school is investigating allegations of “a potential conflict of interest” but declined to elaborate because it is a personnel matter.