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  • Super Bowl XLVI: Unsung heroes...

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS  — For every Drew Brees and Ray Lewis, there is a David Tyree or Larry Brown. Not only do superstars win Super Bowls, super nobodies are heroes, too.

    And there are plenty of candidates for Sunday’s title game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Our pickers are...

    A sampling of the Optic Power Picks participants who favor New York in Sunday’s Super Bowl:

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 3...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Luna Community College at New Mexico Junior College (DH), noon, Hobbs
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • Robertson girls vs. West Las Vegas (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at UNM, TBA, Albuquerque
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Taos, TBA, Taos

    SATURDAY
    Baseball

  • Cowgirl track 15th in nation

    Making the biggest move upward of any team previously in the national top 25, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team jumped to No. 15 in the nation among NCAA Division II schools in the newest rankings released this past week by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries, had been ranked No. 22 in the first USTFCCCA poll of the season.

  • Several locals shine in Classic

    A number of Las Vegans enjoyed good performances over the weekend in the Cardinal Wrestling Classic, not the least of which was the tournament’s crew of volunteers and organizers.

    Tourney director Leasa Martinez, the wife of Robertson wrestling coach Richard Martinez, estimated that the event featured “about 1,000 matches” over two days at Mike Marr Gym.

    Two dozen schools competed, with Class 3A state champion St. Michael’s taking the team title. RHS and West Las Vegas both made the top 10.

    Individual notables, by weight class:

  • Ruidoso rattles West LV girls

    A rocky start Monday night against Ruidoso was the determining factor in West Las Vegas’ 62-41 loss in a non-district girls’ basketball game at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Warriors limited their hosts to just six first-half points while scoring 28.

    “It was a rough game from the start,” said WLV head coach Jose Medina. “Ruidoso did what they had to do ... They pressured us a little and we panicked ... We had a lot of turnovers, and missing a lot of easy shots hurt us. We couldn’t get it done.”

  • Mora keeps rolling

    Another pair of weekend victories elevated the Mora Rangerettes’ record to 19-1 overall and 2-0 in District 2-2A.

    On Friday, Mora bullied Santa Fe Prep 62-24, rolling after going ahead 42-15 by halftime, then holding the Bluee Griffins to nine points in the second half (one in a lockdown third quarter).

    Andrea Romero (17 points, six assists, eight rebounds, five steals) had a do-it-all kind of night. Teammates Chantel Rivera (14 points), Angel Valencia (11 points, nine assists) and Destiny Pacheco (eight points) provided offensive balance.

  • Shocking the world
  • Giants exude quiet confidence

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS  — Unlike four years ago when they dressed in black suits as a symbol of unity before facing the undefeated Patriots, the Giants returned to the Super Bowl this time with no sartorial gimmicks.

    Touching down in Indianapolis for their rematch with New England on Sunday, the Giants are simply a confident team. They believe in themselves as much as they did in 2008 when they ruined the Patriots' perfect season with a stunning 17-14 victory in Arizona.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 1...

    WEDNESDAY
    No varsity events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. Taos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Raton (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Raton
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Chadron State, 7 p.m., Chadron, Neb.
    • Robertson at Bernalillo, TBA, Bernalillo

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.