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Today's Sports

  • Rangerettes win NRG; Cards 3rd...

    Never mind the record, says Mora girls’ basketball coach Mark Cassidy.

    These Rangerettes are still a work in progress.

    Mora stayed unbeaten at 6-0 by winning the Northern Rio Grande girls’ tournament this past weekend in Española at McCurdy High School.

    The Rangerettes beat Dulce 45-38 in the final on Saturday, dropping the Hawks to 2-2 overall.

  • Six MMS grapplers earn titles

    Submitted to the Optic

    Earning titles in six weight classes, the Memorial Middle School wrestling team pinned down a team championship in its own tournament this past Saturday.

    In addition to the six titles, the host Cardinals picked up one second place, one third, and five fourth-place finishes to earn 232 team points.

    MMS was followed by Taos (220), Los Alamos (152), Mora (119), Bernalillo (101), St. Mike’s (93), West Las Vegas Middle School (67) and Pecos (35).  

  • Go Fish - Dec. 16, 2011

    FISHING REPORT, DEC. 13
    This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    PECOS RIVER: No read on flow due to ice. The upper river is under ice, especially in shaded stretches. Fish the afternoon hours while the sun is on the water.
    STORRIE LAKE: Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic and cold weather.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 16...

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Santa Fe Indian (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Amarillo Duals, Amarillo, Texas

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado State-Pueblo, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Robertson girls at Portales (A,B), 1 p.m., Portales

  • Williams honored by RMAC

    A clutch performance by Marcus Williams helped the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys win their third straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s basketball game.

    It also earned Williams the RMAC Offensive Player of the Week award.

    Williams scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-17 shooting to go with five assists and five steals in Friday’s 84-81 win over Western State (Colo.).

    The next night, Williams shot 6-for-13 for 17 points and swiped the ball a game-high seven times in an 81-79 win against Colorado Mesa.

  • Young wrestlers step up for RHS

    SANTA FE — Relying largely on freshmen, the Robertson wrestling team opened its season Saturday by taking second place in the 16-team Jaguar Invitational.

    Three Cardinal grapplers — including two frosh — won their weight classes as RHS compiled 151 team points, second only to Los Lunas’ 177.

    Rico Montoya earned Outstanding Wrestler honors in the lightweight division.

    The Cardinal freshman went 3-0, including a victory over Los Lunas in the 120-pound final.

    Fellow frosh Dominic Lucero also went 3-0 to win at 126 lbs.

  • Wyoming ready to kick off bowl...

    By Bob Moen
    The Associated Press

    LARAMIE, Wyo. — A year ago, Wyoming freshman quarterback Brett Smith was finishing up high school and watching college bowl games on television at home in Salem, Ore.

    In a few days, people around the country will be watching Smith lead the Cowboys on national TV in the first bowl game this season. Wyoming (8-4) meets Temple (8-4) in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday in Albuquerque.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 14...

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls at Bernalillo (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Bernalillo

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Santa Fe Indian (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Amarillo Duals, Amarillo, Texas

  • ‘Cardiac’ Cowboys win nailbiters

    A buzzer-beating bucket by Billy Austin gave New Mexico Highlands Cowboys their second close-shave win in as many nights Saturday, an 81-79 squeaker vs. Colorado Mesa at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowboys had edged Western State 84-81 the previous evening.

    “This was a great win for our team,” said NMHU head coach Joe Harge in a news release. “We had to fight through some adversity tonight, but came out on top. Our guys did an excellent job.”

    Austin’s victory-sealing shot came as time expired in regulation and accounted for the last two of his team-high 22 points.

  • RHS girls 3rd in Santa Fe tourney

    SANTA FE — Closing out opponents in the fourth quarter is quickly becoming a habit for the Robertson Lady Cardinals, who used a 12-point swing in the final period Saturday to defeat Taos 60-50 in the third-place game of the Capital City Invitational’s girls’ bracket.

    “We had a real strong fourth quarter,” said RHS coach Rick Armijo. “Defensively, we really closed it out.”

    Robertson trailed by two as the third quarter ended, but as has been the case of late, the Lady Cards turned it up a notch in clutch time.

    Jamie Allen led RHS with 22 points and Kendra Montoya had 16.