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Today's Sports

  • Rangerettes fall in semis

    A valiant 28-point, 14-rebound effort by Andrea Romero and a spirited comeback by the Mora Rangerettes weren’t enough to get them past defending state champion Navajo Pine in the Class 2A girls’ state tournament semifinals this past Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Navajo Pine, the No. 6 seed and eventual state runner-up, outscored Mora 6-3 in overtime to pull off a 46-43 win, ending a historic Rangerettes season that saw them set a new school record for wins with 28 (with just three losses).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    MONDAY
    Track and field
    • NMHU at NCAA Indoor Nationals, TBA, Mankato, Minn.

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas at Pojoaque Valley (DH), 3 p.m., Jacona
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas at Española Valley, 4 p.m., Española

    WEDNESDAY
    Softball
    • NMHU at Western New Mexico (DH), noon, Silver City

    THURSDAY
    Baseball

  • Colts, Manning go separate ways

    By Michael Marot
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning is getting an early glimpse into life as a free agent.

    Hours after a tearful, trying farewell news conference in Indianapolis, Manning flew back to his home in Miami and was immediately peppered with questions about his next landing spot. He’d better get used to it. The scene is likely to play out at every destination he visits until he decides where to play next season.

  • Cards make Final Four

    Justin Bustos shredded the Shiprock Chieftains for three dozen points — including a whopping 16 in the first quarter alone — and led Robertson to a 95-63 triumph over Shiprock on Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 9...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU at Nebraska-Kearney, 3 p.m., Kearney, Neb.
    • Robertson at Socorro tournament, TBA, Socorro
    Basketball
    • Class 3A boys’ state tournament semifinal: Robertson vs. St. Michael’s, 9:45 a.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 2A girls’ state tournament final: Mora-Navajo Pine winner vs. Texico-Navajo Prep winner, 6 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque

  • Wrestling Mania

     

  • Mora girls survive

    A couple of consecutive three-pointers by Angel Valencia and a go-ahead bucket by Andrea Romero with just a couple seconds left propelled the Mora Rangerettes past a well-prepared Clayton team 47-45 in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A girls’ state basketball tournament on Tuesday afternoon in Rio Rancho.

  • Lady Cards rally not enough vs....

    Falling behind by 14 points at halftime, the Robertson Lady Cardinals chopped all but five points off that lead late in the third quarter — only to see Santa Fe Indian pull away again.

    The final result? The defending state champions broke free with a 68-47 win Tuesday night, eliminating Robertson from the Class 3A girls’ state basketball tournament.

  • Cowgirl softball rides again

    Las Vegas Optic

    Lynette Directo went 6 for 7 with a home run and two RBI in two games Wednesday, helping Highlands sweep Western New Mexico 6-0 and 12-3 at Cowgirl Field.

    Jenelle Klassen earned complete-game pitching wins, stirking out six Mustangs while allowing just two earned runs.

    The Cowgirls (11-12 overall, 6-4 RMAC) have won three straight.

  • Rec league volleyball planned

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center is now taking team registrations for its spring 2012 co-ed volleyball league.

    Games will be played on Wednesdays beginning April 4 and continuing until May 9.

    A single-elimination tournament will follow.

    League is considered non-competitive fun league class B and C, and rec center staff will referee games.

    Team registrations will be taken through March 30. Team fee is $150.