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Today's Sports

  • Nationally ranked FLC overwhelms...

    Submitted to the Optic

    DURANGO, Colo. — The seventh-ranked Fort Lewis women’s basketball team (18-2, 15-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) opened up a 20-0 lead en route to a 96-56 win over New Mexico Highlands (11-10, 7-10) Saturday at Whalen Gymnasium.

    “It was almost the difference to the game right from the very beginning,” said seventh-year FLC head coach Mark Kellogg, whose team didn’t allow the Cowgirls to score in the first 7:28.

  • Rangerettes lose a second time

    Peñasco became just the second team this season to defeat the Mora Rangerettes, holding on for a 53-48 win Friday night to take over first place in District 2-2A.

    Looming large in the game was the Lady Panthers’ might inside the paint.

    “We struggled with Peñasco’s bigs,” said Mora head coach Mark Cassidy. “We did not shoot well at all. Their bigs intimidated us inside, and our outside game was off.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 6...

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys at Tucumcari (A,B), 5:30 p.m., Tucumcari
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Wayland Baptist, 7 p.m., Plainview, Texas

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. Raton (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Robertson girls at Tucumcari (A,B), 2:30 p.m., Tucumcari
    • West Las Vegas boys at Taos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Taos
    Softball
    • LCC at Lamar (DH), 1 p.m., Lamar, Colo.

  • District hoops play under way

    A new season — District 2-3A — has begun for local high school basketball teams, and as of Wednesday night, Robertson and West Las Vegas are both undefeated in girls’ hoops, at least within the district schedule.

    That will change Friday night, however, as the Lady Cardinals host their crosstown rivals at Mike Marr Gym.

  • Dons fall in Los Alamos

    In a final tuneup before the onset of the district schedule, West Las Vegas pushed Class 4A Los Alamos on the road before fading in the second half of a 65-41 loss on Tuesday evening.

    The Dons, who were led by forward Joe Ortiz (11 points), trailed just 25-19 at the break.

    But the Hilltoppers pulled away in the third period and led by 20 going into the final frame.

    Coach Ernie Rodriguez now gets his Dons ready for district games (Thursday at Raton, after this issue went to press, then Saturday against Robertson at Gillie Lopez Gym.)

  • Cards down Trojans

    Neither Robertson nor Wagon Mound may have been especially happy about the final score of their boys’ basketball game Wednesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    For the visiting Trojans, the 70-56 loss was one of the few they’ve tasted all season. For the Cardinals, it may have been a bit closer than they’d have liked.

    Still, Wednesday could be considered win-win for both.

  • NMHU women leap to No. 11

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field team are breathing rarified air these days, having jumped four spots to No. 11 in the NCAA Division II national rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

    It’s the highest in-season ranking in the program’s history.

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Pats’ running...

    By Cliff Brunt
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS — Undersized and undrafted, Danny Woodhead had two things against him when he set out on his pro career. In less than four years, the diminutive star from Division II Chadron State has made it to the pinnacle of the NFL.

    The 5-foot-8, 195-pound running back — a onetime nemesis of New Mexico Highlands who racked up big numbers at Perkins Stadium — has been a steady contributor to New England’s Super Bowl season.

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Our pickers...

    Since the NFL season kicked off in early September, dozens of our readers have participated faithfully in Optic Power Picks, predicting weekly winners of pro and select college football games.

    In an upcoming issue, we will present final standings for 2011-12, our fourth full season since we opened the picks to the public.

    For now, we present a sampling of the Optic Power Picks participants who favor New England in Sunday’s Super Bowl. (And on Page B3, we show those who say it’s going the other way.)

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Brady wary of...

    The Associated Press

    INDIANAPOLIS  — It’s no secret how to stay out of trouble against the New York Giants.

    Doing it, however, is another matter.

    The Giants have perhaps the best pass rushers in the NFL, a group Brady knows all too well. He absorbed five sacks and was hit nine times when the New England Patriots lost to the Giants 17-14 in the Super Bowl four years ago. Brady was only sacked twice when the teams met Nov. 6, but one of those miscues resulted in a Giants touchdown one play later.