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Today's Sports

  • Lobos return to the Top 25

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s strategy was simple against No. 6 San Diego State: Get the ball to Cameron Bairstow.
    Bairstow scored 26 points on a series of jumpers, dunks and layups to lead the Lobos to a 58-44 victory over the Aztecs on Saturday night.

    As a result of that effort — and last week’s get-even triumph at Nevada-Las Vegas — the Lobos returned to the AP Top 25 for the first time since Week 2, checking in at No. 25.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 26...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    • District 2-3A boys’ tournament: Tuesday’s Robertson-Raton winner at Pojoaque Valley, TBA, Jacona
    • District 2-3A girls’ tournament: Tuesday’s Raton-Pojoaque Valley winner at Robertson, TBA, Mike Marr Gym

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • District 2-3A boys’ tournament: Wednesday’s winner at Taos, TBA, Taos

    Friday
    Baseball

  • Title trifecta - Lucero, Yara...

    Four state championships in four seasons. A 40-0 record that included a Joe Vivian Classic title.

    Rico Montoya added those glittering prizes to his resumé Saturday, setting the table for what could be a history-making final year for the Robertson High junior.

    Montoya pinned two opponents and then engineered a 14-2 clinic of a major decision over St. Michael’s senior Geno Palermo to win state over the weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • One game, two winners

    As they took to the court at Mike Marr Gym Friday night, the Robertson girls’ basketball players had an unusual source of support in the stands — their crosstown rivals, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons.

    By virtue of their 42-38 win over Pojoaque Valley, the Robertson girls not only tipped the regular-season District 2-3A title to West Las Vegas, they also leapfrogged Pojoaque in the standings to finish second in the district.

  • Rangers battle to No. 2 in 2-2A

    Submitted to the Optic

    This season’s version of the Mora Rangers has been a pleasant surprise. Amid player transfers, youth, and one of the toughest schedules in Class 2A, the Rangers finished the season with an overall mark of 11-15.

    More importantly Mora secured a hold of second place in District 2-2A with a 5-3 record although they lost a 74-67 nailbiter to the Peñasco Panthers on Feb. 20. Despite the defeat, Mora is the second seed for the upcoming district tournament which begins Tuesday at Joseph Montoya Gymnasium.

  • Tough weekend for Highlands...

    Playoff hopes turned dim for New Mexico Highlands’ basketball teams, which suffered sweeps at the hands of Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Christian over the weekend at the Wilson Complex.

    Perhaps the bright spot of the weekend was the men’s close call (77-69) Friday night against Mines, the No. 11 team in NCAA Division II.

    The Cowboys got within two late in that game before the Orediggers (21-3, 17-3) put some distance between themselves and the ‘Pokes with the help of four free throws by Luke Meisch.

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

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    • District 2-3A girls tournament: Taos at Raton, TBA, Raton

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School boys at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    • District 2-3A boys tournament: Raton at Robertson, TBA, Mike Marr Gym
    • District 2-3A girls tournament: Monday’s winner at Pojoaque Valley, TBA, Jacona

  • Rangerettes clinch 2-2A hoops...

    The Mora Rangerettes are once again regular-season champions of District 2-2A girls’ basketball, and the team will host the district tournament final next week.

    Mora clinched the top spot on a momentous Tuesday evening, beating Pecos 63-44 at Sanchez Gym. The win, which pumped Mora’s record to 20-3 overall and 7-0 in district, marks the fifth straight season the team has won 20 or more games.

    Pecos fell to 8-17 overall and 2-5 in District 2-2A.

  • In Coach’s honor - WLV grad...

    By Margaret McKinney
    New Mexico Highlands University

    Jayme Quintana is the first New Mexico Highlands University student to be awarded the new Henry O. Sanchez Scholarship in memory of the New Mexico coaching legend and former Las Vegas mayor who died in 2011.

  • Wrestlers tackle state

    A host of area wrestlers will be vying for glory this Friday and Saturday at the state tournaments at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center. Action begins 9 a.m. Friday.