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Today's Sports

  • Maybe these bowls aren’t such a...

    Some random thoughts about the world of sports as we move from 2011 to 2012:

    • Bowl mania
    For a long time, I have been a proponent of scrapping NCAA Division I’s bowl “system” in favor of a national playoff.

    Every other major sport has a playoff tournament to decide its national champion, and the argument that it would drag out the football season too long is a feeble one. The Division I-AA and II and III football teams hold playoffs every season with no discernible problems.

  • NFL playoff field finally decided

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    The way the Green Bay Packers blew through the regular season, it would be foolish to pick against them repeating as Super Bowl champions.

    Yet they aren’t on the hottest streak nor playing the best football as January rolls around. And as the Steelers, Giants and, yes, the Packers have proven in recent years, being a wild card isn’t an overbearing burden, so don’t dismiss Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit or Atlanta entirely.

  • Stu: Jaguars back on top

    Robertson’s perimeter shooting prowess had spelled doom for Portales and Moriarty, but the hot shooting hands of the Cardinals went cold Friday night in a 55-42 loss to Capital in the championship game of the 58th annual Stu Clark Tournament.

    Robertson (6-3) shot 35 percent overall and made just one three-point basket in 13 attempts. Meanwhile, the Jaguars — ranked as high as second in Class 4A boys’ basketball — put together arguably their most complete game of the three-day tournament.

  • Mora girls go to 9-0

    It took the Mora Rangerettes one quarter this past Friday night to shake off the rust acquired during a two-week holiday break in the schedule.

    Then it was all Mora in a 60-21 blowout of  Escalante. It marked the third time in as many meetings with the Lady Lobos that the Rangerettes have won decisively.

    Escalante and Mora battled to a 13-13 tie through the first eight minutes.

  • Cowgirls sweep homestand

    Tanee Denson-Griffin posted a double-double Saturday night for the New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team, and a couple of teammates almost joined her in that feat.

    Denson-Griffin had 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Cowgirls defeated Colorado Christian 68-61 to complete a sweep of a two-game homestand to end the calendar year.

    Denson-Griffin, a 5-9 senior guard, recently got her first action in Highlands purple and white after transferring from the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

  • Oklahoma State nips Stanford in...

    By John Marshall
    AP College Football Writer

    GLENDALE, Ariz.  — Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Blackmon in their final collegiate game, leading No. 3 Oklahoma State to a 41-38 overtime win against Andrew Luck and No. 4 Stanford in a wildly entertaining Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.

    The most anticipated postseason game outside of the BCS championship, the Fiesta Bowl was an impressive offensive show, two of the nation’s best teams trading big plays and scores.

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 4, 2012

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. St. Michael’s (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Fort Hays State, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls vs. Ruidoso (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Fort Lewis, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • 2011 a year of change in LV...

    A quick rundown of some of 2011’s top local sports stories:
    Tragic losses

    Fabian Trujillo, an All-American runner for Highlands and a mentor to fellow runners and basketball players in the community, died in a car crash early in the year. At the time of his death, he had been Robertson’s cross country coach.

    Henry O. Sanchez, former mayor and longtime basketball coach, died of a heart attack in September.

    Former NMHU football coach Fred Bleil lost a battle with cancer in September.

  • Lady Cards 2nd in Goddard

    Jamie Allen and Jenna Rhoads were named to the all-tournament team of the Goddard Invitational after helping Robertson take second place in the event this past week.

    The Lady Cardinals rocked host Goddard 62-42 in Tuesday’s opener, getting 23 points from Allen and 14 from Kendra Montoya.

    In the semifinals, Allen tallied 27 as Robertson edged Gadsden 58-55; Shannen Lopez added eight points for RHS.

  • Redbirds return to Stu final

    For the third time in as many seasons, the Robertson Cardinals have made it a December to remember, reaching the championship game of the Stu Clark Tournament.

    Robertson shook off a pesky Moriarty squad with a 24-point fourth quarter to win 65-53 in Thursday’s semifinals.