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  • Cards KO Raton

    Ryan Tafoya scored.

    Ryan Tafoya blocked a shot.

    Ryan Tafoya grabbed the rebound.

    Ryan Tafoya got the ball back on the other end of the court and put it in the hoop for two more points.

    It was that kind of night for Tafoya and the Robertson Cardinals, who steamrolled visiting Raton 75-40 Wednesday in the semifinal game of the District 2-3A boys’ basketball tournament.

  • Lady Dons let one get by

    West Las Vegas was held to two points over the last four minutes and change of regulation Tuesday night, and Raton came up with the big shots needed to steal a 57-53 upset in the District 2-3A girls’ basketball tournament.

    The third-seeded Lady Dons led most of the evening — by as many as 12 points — and enjoyed a 51-46 edge midway through the fourth quarter, following a Jaymee Quintana basket off a Celeste Trujillo assist.

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  • NMHU contingent conquers Mount...

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University was well represented at the prestigious 29th Annual Mount Taylor Winter Quadrathlon this past Saturday in Grants.

    Drawing more than 400 contestants, the challenging 43-mile round-trip race is from downtown Grants to the summit of 11,103-foot Mt. Taylor and back. It includes 26 miles biking, 10 miles running, 5 miles skiing, and 2 miles snowshoeing.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 24...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • LCC at Trinidad State JC (DH), 12:30 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.
    Basketball
    • District 2-3A tournament final: Robertson boys at Taos, 7 p.m., Taos
    • District 2-2A tournament final: Mora boys vs. Santa Fe Prep, 6:30 p.m., Montoya Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC Indoor Championships, Kearney, Neb.

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    • LCC at Trinidad State JC (DH), 12:30 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.

  • FYI - Sports - Feb. 24, 2012

    This is the last week of registration for Las Vegas Youth Soccer League spring 2012 season. Registration will be held through Feb. 25 only, waiting list basis. Absolutely no late registrations will be accepted. To register, visit the league Web site http://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?alias=clubs.bluesombrero.com%... for online registration or stop by Desert Gate Internet on Bridge Street in Las Vegas.

  • Cowgirls upset No. 5 WTAMU

    Brittany Potter and Erica Wieck both homered and combined for five runs batted in as New Mexico Highlands’ softball team upset NCAA Division II’s No. 5 ranked West Texas A&M 12-4 on Sunday in Canyon, Texas.

    The win gave the Cowgirls a split of Sunday’s doubleheader and boosted their record to 5-5, all the games to date having been played on the road.

    NMHU will open its home schedule this coming weekend with a four-game series against Colorado School of Mines, beginning Saturday at Cowgirl Field.

  • District tourney time

    It was a case of the Mondays for the Meadow City’s boys’ varsity basketball teams, as both Robertson and West Las Vegas endured postseason defeats.

    Facing Taos in a playoff game to decide the regular-season champion of District 2-3A and No. 1 seed in this week’s district tournament, Robertson (18-8) stumbled to a 71-67 loss Monday.

    The game was played at the neutral site of Santa Fe Indian School’s Abeyta Gym, chosen so as not to favor either RHS or Taos, which finished with identical 5-1 district records.

  • Cassidy wins 200th game

    As the all-time leading scorer in New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball history, a Stu Clark tourney record holder, and a two-time state champion head coach in Mora, Mark Cassidy is used to major milestones.

  • Champ Rangers await outcome

    Mora’s boys basketball team (23-3) avoided all the Monday blues that befell some of its neighbors.

    By virtue of their 84-64 rout of Peñasco this past Saturday, the Rangers wrapped up the regular-season district title for 2-2A and the top seed in this week’s district tournament, now under way.

    Mora hosts the boys’ district final at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Montoya Gym.

    “We were up 46-31 at the half and led by as much as 30 midway into the fourth,” noted Rangers head coach James Branch.