Today's Sports

  • Dons, Sartans make final

    With both teams hoping for deep tournament runs come March, West Las Vegas and St. Pius X certainly got a warm-up in December.

    The hometown Dons and Albuquerque-based Sartans earned positions in the 61st annual Stu Clark Tournament championship game Sunday night at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. (For complete coverage of Sunday’s action, please see Wednesday’s Optic.)

  • Rangers to face Lions for title

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Mora Rangers outlasted Escalante 66-57 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Tri-City Tournament held in Santa Rosa over the weekend.

    Mora will play the host Lions in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

    The Rangers opened by outscoring the Lobos 15-9 in the first quarter and took a 34-21 lead to the locker room at half.

    Escalante trailed 54-36 going into the fourth and rallied enough to cut the deficit in half before running out of time.

  • Lady Dons rout McCurdy

    Las Vegas Optic

    Part two of the Valley tour was another smash success for West Las Vegas.

    The Lady Dons varsity crushed visiting McCurdy 62-20 on Saturday afternoon. The game was played at the Valley Middle School gym as part of West’s outreach effort that also included a boys’ basketball doubleheader earlier this month (the varsity beat Wagon Mound and JV beat Roy).

    West did not allow a field goal in the first quarter Saturday in dashing to a 22-1 lead. It was 34-5 at halftime and 50-12 at the end of the third quarter.

  • Upcoming bowl games


    Monday, Dec. 29
    Liberty Bowl
    At Memphis, Tenn.
    West Virginia (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (7-5), 12 p.m. (ESPN)

    Russell Athletic Bowl
    At Orlando, Fla.
    Clemson (9-3) vs. Oklahoma (8-4), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Texas Bowl
    At Houston
    Texas (6-6) vs. Arkansas (6-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

    Tuesday, Dec. 30
    Music City Bowl
    At Nashville, Tenn.
    Notre Dame (7-5) vs. LSU (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN)

    Belk Bowl

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 29...

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled
    • 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


  • Upcoming bowl games

    Friday, Dec. 26
    Heart of Dallas Bowl
    Illinois (6-6) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

    Quick Lane Bowl
    At Detroit
    Rutgers (7-5) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl
    UCF (9-3) vs. N.C. State (7-5), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

    Saturday, Dec. 27
    Military Bowl
    At Annapolis, Md.
    Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

    Sun Bowl
    At El Paso, Texas
    Duke (9-3) vs. Arizona State (9-3), 12 p.m. (CBS)

  • HU’s Carney invited to NFLPA bowl

    Submitted to the Optic

    The NFL Players Association is proud to announce that punter Patrick Carney of New Mexico Highlands has committed to play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

    Patrick Carney earned four All-America nods for his senior campaign: Daktronics First-Team All-American, USA College Football First-Team All-America, All-America by Beyond Sports Network and Academic All-America by Capital One Academic All-America as selected by CoSIDA. The Chico, Calif., native is majoring in business administration and maintains a 3.75 grade point average.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 26...

    • Stu Clark Tournament (includes Robertson, West Las Vegas boys), 1 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (B,C) at Española tournament, TBA, Española
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. McCurdy, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Mora, Pecos boys at Tri-Cities Tournament, 2 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • Robertson at Silver City tournament, TBA, Silver City


  • Four from RHS 1st team all-state

    On the heels of a senior campaign in which she led the state in scoring and captained her team to the state semifinals, Robertson’s Caitlin Diefendorf achieved all-state recognition in girls’ soccer.

    It was the third consecutive season Diefendorf has been named to the first-team all-state squad as recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She was an honorable mention as a freshman and has been a first-teamer the past three years.

  • Stu Clark tourney tips off Friday

    Las Vegas’ annual holiday hoops showcase tips off at 1 o’clock on Friday, bringing a three-day weekend of boys’ basketball to New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

    Tournament passes for each daily session are available for $12 each.