Today's Sports

  • Kobe Bryant joins 30K Club

    The Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS — Before Kobe Bryant had even turned in his latest dominant performance, NBA Commissioner David Stern sought him out to offer a congratulatory hand shake for the extraordinary scoring milestone the Lakers star was about to surpass.
    Stern assumed Bryant would score the 13 points he needed to become only the fifth player in NBA history to reach 30,000, and who wouldn’t?
    Bryant had 17 points by halftime, finished with 29, and Los Angeles snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday night.

  • Cowboys take Mines to brink

    Brian Muller sank two clutch free throws with 16 seconds left in overtime Saturday to help Colorado School of Mines (4-2, 1-1 RMAC) avoid an upset at New Mexico Highlands (3-2, 1-1).

  • Rivera nets 25 as Mora girls...

    Chantel Rivera scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Mora Rangerettes to a 50-33 romp in the girls’ basketball season opener against visiting Tucumcari this past Friday at Montoya Gym.

    Gerty Herrera and Destiny Pacheco added 10 points apiece for Mora (1-0). Tucumcari’s Brianna Molinas and Esperanza Moncayo tallied 10 each for the Rattlers (1-1).

    Mora started strong defensively and took a 13-5 lead after one period.

    Tucumcari hit some shots in the second quarter and narrowed the margin to 23-19 at intermission.

  • Rangers take 3rd in Taos tourney

    Submitted to the Optic

    In a Taos tourney field dominated by 3A and 4A competition, the Mora Rangers started their 2012-13 season with a third-place finish, defeating Wingate 62-59 Saturday night in Otero Gymnasium.

  • Tourney champ
  • Boxing tourney starts Friday at...

    Several locals are slated to fight in this coming weekend’s New Mexico State Silver Gloves boxing tournament at Crespin’s Gym.

    Mateo Gold will be competing in one of the brackets, said promoter and Silver Gloves coordinator Carlos Crespin. And locals Wally Diaz, Justin Saiz and Savanna Trujillo of Mora may be boxing in show bouts, he noted.

    First bout starts 6 p.m. Friday at the gym, located at 900 West Valencia St. The event resumes Saturday and Sunday.

  • Heisman finalists named

    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Johnny Manziel and Manti Te’o are in position to make Heisman Trophy history.
    Manziel, the redshirt freshman quarterback from Texas A&M, and Te’o, Notre Dame’s star linebacker, along with Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, were invited Monday to attend the Heisman presentation ceremony.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 5...

    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls (6) at Springer, 4:30 p.m., Springer
    • WLVMS Jamboree (includes WLV, RHS, Mora), 3 p.m., WLV

    • Mora girls (A,B) at Lady Lion Classic, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Clayton tournament, TBA, Clayton
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. St. Michael’s, 4:30 p.m., MMS
    • Mora Middle School girls at Dulce, 4 p.m., Dulce

  • Cowgirls earn first win of season

    New Mexico Highlands emerged victorious from a nip-and-tuck battle with Colorado Christian for an 87-83 women’s basketball verdict on Friday evening at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowgirls’ win snapped a four-game drought to open their season. And it came at a good time, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener against a pretty solid CCU squad that had sported the second-best record in the league going into the weekend.

  • Tapia leads West past St. Mike’s

    What West Las Vegas gave up in ball control, it made up for on the defensive end Friday night in a 60-46 victory against St. Michael’s.

    Michelle Tapia scored 11 of her 16 points in the first half as West overcame an 11-2 deficit to take a 24-23 lead at halftime.

    Jayme Quintana was a leading ballhandler all game for WLV and tallied 13 points for the Lady Dons. Deanna Bustos swished two three-pointers and finished with 12 points, all scored in the second half. And Jaylen Gutierrez also had two treys on her way to eight points.