Today's Sports

  • Final D-II football poll out

    Previously ranked 17th in the nation, Valdosta State (Ga.)  surprised No. 2 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 35-7 in the NCAA Division II national football  championship game.

    That propelled the Blazers to a unanimous No. 1 ranking in the final American Football Coaches Association poll of the season despite a 12-2 overall record.

    A couple of New Mexico Highlands’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals remained in the AFCA Top 25 after representing the league in the national playoffs.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 19...

    • Mora Middle School girls vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Mora

    • Mora boys (A,B) at Springer, 4 p.m., Springer
    • Mora girls (A,B) at Springer, 4 p.m., Springer
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Portales, 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • Santa Rosa downs Mora

    Host Santa Rosa defeated Mora in boys’ basketball action Monday night, 72-57.

    The Rangers (4-2) will look to regroup with a game in Springer on Thursday afternoon; junior varsity tip-off is 4 p.m. Mora and head coach James Branch will host the Tri-City Tournament next week, Dec. 27-29, at Montoya Gym.

    The Lions (2-2) were to play at Pecos on Tuesday at Sanchez Gym.

  • Stu Clark bracket all set

    For its 59th year of northern New Mexico holiday hoops tradition, the beloved Stu Clark Tournament is acquiring a little Arizona flavor.

    The Central High Bobcats, a team from the Phoenix area, will be playing in the three-day boys’ basketball tournament, joining a field that otherwise features familiar teams with Stu Clark experience.

    The Stu Clark Committee has released the tournament bracket for the event, which runs from Thursday, Dec. 27, through Saturday, Dec. 29, at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

  • Red vs. Green
  • Cowboys keep Springs winless

    The Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions were looking for relief Friday night at the Wilson Complex, but host New Mexico Highlands wasn’t providing any.

    The Cowboys (4-4 overall, 2-3 RMAC going into Saturday’s game vs. Colorado State-Pueblo) held on for a 77-71 verdict, getting back to the .500 mark while keeping UCCS winless at 0-9 and 0-5 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

    Stargell Love had six assists and six rebounds to go with 18 points, all team highs, for NMHU. He made eight baskets in 13 tries.

  • RHS girls beat WLV in tourney

    As a bounce-back game, Friday morning’s Capital City Invitational consolation bracket contest worked just fine for the Robertson girls’ basketball team.

    The Lady Cardinals (3-2) put behind them a 20-point defeat in Thursday’s opener by defeating West Las Vegas 54-49 at Toby Roybal Gym in Santa Fe.

    It was only the second loss of the year for the Lady Dons, who’d won their first five games to start the season before Santa Fe High ended the streak 81-62 on Thursday.

    On the same day, RHS lost 56-36 against district foe Taos.

  • State Silver Gloves champs...

    When the smoke cleared after a full weekend of boxing at Crespin’s Gym, some 19 state Silver Gloves champions had been crowned.

    State winners now advance to regional competition in early 2013.

    Local boxing promoter and trainer Carlos Crespin organized the New Mexico Silver Gloves tournaments in his role as the state coordinator for the amateur youth boxing organization.

    The tourneys took place Dec. 7-9 at his gym on West Valencia.

    State Silver Gloves champs are as follows, listed by age division.

  • Sports world also grieves

    The Associated Press
    Stars from several different sports took to Twitter on Friday to try and cope with the school shooting in Connecticut, and the NFL asked each of its teams to observe a moment of silence before this weekend’s games to pay respect to the victims.
    A man killed his mother at home and then opened fire inside the elementary school where she taught, slaying 26 people, including 20 children. The 20-year-old killer, carrying two handguns, then committed suicide at the school.

  • Celtics console McHale on loss

    The Associated Press
    HOUSTON — Kevin Garnett, his eyes fixed low, walked over to Kevin McHale after the final buzzer and gave him a long hug.
    Several other Celtics followed, embracing the Houston Rockets coach and expressing their condolences on the death of his daughter before McHale wiped away a tear and headed for the locker room.
    It was a touching end to Houston’s 101-89 victory Friday night, when McHale’s current team beat his old one.