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Today's Sports

  • Cowgirl tracksters rise through...

    With the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships three weeks away, 12 NMHU athletes and both indoor relays are ranked in conference scoring positions on the RMAC season list.

    “We are starting to come together as a team that can really score some points at the conference meet,” said head coach Bob DeVries, “The next couple of weeks will be about getting focused on exactly what we need to do at the championships.”

  • Cowboy wrestlers fall to No. 9...

    Travis Saxon, Easton Hargrave and Justin Rockhill all took convincing individual wins for the Cowboys, but nationally ranked No. 9 Colorado Mesa spoiled the home finale for Highlands on Wednesday at the Wilson Complex in a 30-11 verdict.

    The Mavericks, who are 19-2 in dual meets, won the first five matches to seize a 21-0 head start Wednesday.

    Saxon broke the Cowboys’ drought by winning a defensive clash over CMU’s Tyler Miles in the 165-pound class.

    Saxon’s takedown late in the first period proved huge in a 4-1 final.

  • Shovel races return to Angel Fire

    Submitted to the Optic

    ANGEL FIRE — A taste of Louisiana is coming to Angel Fire Resort as competitors of all ages are once again waxing up their snow shovels for the legendary Angel Fire Shovel Race Championship happening over Mardi Gras Weekend Friday and Saturday.  

  • Locals excel in 4-H rodeo

    Submitted to the Optic

    This past season in 4-H rodeo, two young Las Vegas cowboys took the reins on the competition.

    Sidney Sena and Carlos “Chip” Ortiz both represented the area in the New Mexico 4-H finals in Las Cruces and brought home top honors.

    Sena, a native of Mora, brought home a first place ribbon in calf roping, a second place in breakaway roping, a second in ribbon roping and a second in the All-Around for high points in the season.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 8...

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Eastern Arizona CC (DH), noon, Thatcher, Ariz.
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Taos tourney, TBA, Taos
    Softball
    • LCC at Lamar CC (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.
    • NMHU vs. Azusa Pacific and Humboldt State, 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.

    Saturday
    Baseball

  • Augustus French’s block party...

    Do you have a fear of rejection?
    Then don’t bring that weak stuff when you’re driving the basketball against Augustus “Auggie” French.
    The 6-foot-7 New Mexico Highlands sophomore has been putting the “power” in power forward this season with his defensive prowess.
    He blocked eight shots over the weekend in games at Colorado State-Pueblo and UC-Colorado Springs. On Jan. 18, he shattered a league record by swatting 12 shots in one game against Chadron State.

  • Rico leads RHS effort

    A methodical performance in the 120-pound championship match resulted in a major decision for Robertson’s Rico Montoya against Los Lunas’ Ricardo Alvarado on Saturday afternoon.
    The win, Robertson’s only title in the Cardinal Classic’s Gold bracket, helped stake RHS to an eighth-place team finish in the field of nearly two dozen schools.

  • Mora girls rout Monte

    Monte del Sol was no match for the Mora Rangerettes this past Saturday evening.
    Mora steamrolled through their District 4-2A foe 61-18 to improve to 18-2 overall.
    Again, a fast start provided the Rangerettes ample breathing room; they sprinted to a 20-2 spread after the first eight minutes, and it was 37-9 at halftime. It was 52-14 at the end of three periods.
    Destiny Pacheco scored a game-high 17 points and also sparked the defense with seven steals. Chantel Rivera filled the stat sheet with 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals.

  • NMHU softball, LCC baseball make...

    Lynnsey Johnson smacked a two-run double with two outs in the top of the seventh, plating the tying and winning runs in New Mexico Highlands’ 13-12 victory over Southwest Oklahoma State on Sunday.
    Cowgirl pitcher Jessica Brink then held SWOSU to one hit and no runs in the bottom half of the inning, securing the win — and a weekend split of four games.
    The season-opening series was played in Weatherford, Okla.
    NMHU dropped the first two games on Saturday, 4-2 and 7-2.

  • Super Bowl: No. 3 all-time...

    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — With a partial power outage, an overly excited quarterback and a game that suddenly turned from snoozer to sizzler, CBS had its hands full at the Super Bowl. The game fell short of setting a viewership record, but it stands as the third most-watched program in U.S. television history.