Today's Sports

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 5...

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • NMHU men at New Mexico State, 7 p.m., Las Cruces
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLV

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Ruidoso, 4 p.m., Ruidoso

  • FYI - Sports - Jan. 5

    La Plaza to meet
    La Plaza Little League will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

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  • 2014 The Year In Sports -...

    A recap of the year that was in Las Vegas sports:

    In a junior season for the memory books, Robertson wrestler Rico Montoya won his weight class in the annual Joe Vivian Classic, the Albuquerque tournament that brings together the top grapplers in the state regardless of classification.

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field team soared to sixth in the national rankings of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the highest in program history.

  • Rangers Tri-umph

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Mora Rangers are Tri-Cities champions.

    Casimiro Fresquez torched the host Santa Rosa Lions for a game-high 32 points Monday night, and Mora rolled to an 89-69 tally in the final.

    Mora (5-4) led 24-11 after one quarter and 43-27 at halftime.

    Ferdinand Valencia (20), Travis Romero (12) and Emmerick Martinez (10) also scored in double figures for the Rangers and coach Marco Sanchez.

    Gerard Crisostomo paced Santa Rosa (7-2) with 19 points; Jacob Sanchez added 13, and Pryce Marez and Dante Torello had 11 apiece.

  • Upcoming bowl games


    Friday, Jan. 2
    Armed Forces Bowl
    At Fort Worth, Texas
    Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Houston (7-5), 10 a.m. (ESPN)

    TaxSlayer Bowl
    At Jacksonville, Fla.
    Iowa (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6), 1:20 p.m. (ESPN)

    Alamo Bowl
    At San Antonio
    UCLA (9-3) vs. Kansas State (9-3), 4:45 p.m. (ESPN)

    Cactus Bowl
    At Tempe, Ariz.
    Oklahoma State (6-6) vs. Washington (8-5), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

    Saturday, Jan. 3

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 2...

    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 1 p.m., Los Alamos
    • Mora, Pecos boys, girls at NRG Tournaments, TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson at Silver tourney, 10:30 a.m., Silver City

  • Stu Clark Special - St. Pius...

    West Las Vegas’ shooting touch went cold at the most inopportune time Sunday night, and it cost the Dons what would’ve been a record 16th Stu Clark championship.

    The cold spell afflicted Robertson as well in a spirited battle with Bernalillo for third place.

    The 61st annual Stu Clark Tournament wrapped its three-day run at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.
    Capsule summaries of Sunday’s Stu Clark final round:

    St. Pius X 49, West Las Vegas 43

  • Ending 2014 in Roswell
  • Playoffs all set in NFL

    The Associated Press

    The Baltimore Ravens are back in the playoffs, while the Seattle Seahawks will be playing at home in them.

    Baltimore made the postseason in the first five years with John Harbaugh as coach and Joe Flacco at quarterback, winning the 2012 championship. They failed to get in last season, but a 20-10 victory Sunday, combined with San Diego’s 19-7 loss at Kansas City, did the trick.

  • Upcoming bowl games


    Wednesday, Dec. 31
    Peach Bowl
    At Atlanta
    Mississippi (9-3) vs. TCU (11-1), 10:30 a.m. (ESPN)

    Fiesta Bowl
    At Glendale, Ariz.
    Boise State (11-2) vs. Arizona (10-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN)

    Orange Bowl
    At Miami
    Mississippi State (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (10-3), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

    Thursday, Jan. 1
    Outback Bowl
    At Tampa, Fla.
    Wisconsin (10-3) vs. Auburn (8-4), 10 a.m. (ESPN2)

    Cotton Bowl Classic