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Today's Sports

  • Cowgirls win first league game

    The Highlands Cowgirls earned their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory Friday night in an otherwise luckless weekend in Colorado for NMHU basketball teams.

    The Cowgirls outscored Colorado-Colorado Springs 6-3 in the final 45 seconds to pull out a 67-65 upset. Whitley Coca scored 18 points and Alyssa Lopez 16.

    Ashley Zaragoza grabbed eight rebounds and Coca had five assists.

    NMHU (5-5, 1-5) couldn’t keep the streak going, losing at Colorado State-Pueblo 67-54 the next night despite 22 points by Lopez.

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  • Weekend Roundup: Dons dismiss...

    Ernie Rodriguez picked up his second coaching win of the season against his former team, and the West Las Vegas Dons looked healthy in an 86-42 romp of Santa Fe Indian.

    The Dons never trailed in the contest, which played out before several hundred fans Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Joe Ortiz dropped a three-point shot from the left corner to open the game. A few minutes later, Ortiz struck again from the right side for an 8-2 West advantage.

    Ortiz ended up with 23 points — 10 in the first period alone as the Dons built a 31-12 lead.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 19, 2011

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. Tucumcari (A,B), 2 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Robertson girls vs. Tucumcari (A,B), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Pecos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls at Ben Lujan Tournament, TBA, Jacona

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls at Ben Lujan Tournament, TBA, Jacona

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball

  • Campbell on All-American list

    For the first time in more than a decade, a New Mexico Highlands University football player is an All-American.

    Jordan Campbell, a junior linebacker, was selected a Second-Team Daktronics All-American, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Highlands noted in news releases issued Wednesday.

    Campbell led the nation in tackles for loss with 28.5, a number that set new school and conference single-season records.

  • Several all-state runners from...

    Five cross country runners from the Las Vegas area have earned all-state recognition for their efforts this fall.

    Each of the five finished within the top 15 in November’s state championships held in Rio Rancho.

  • Young boxers entertain crowd

    They may be elementary school students, but Mateo Gold and Ryan Gonzales already embrace the mentality of veteran fighters and all-around tough guys.
    Asked if they were nervous before taking the ring in this past weekend’s New Mexico Silver Gloves tournament at Crespin’s Gym, they each shrugged and denied even a moment’s weakness.

    “My mom was nervous,” Gonzales said. “I wasn’t.”

  • Rangerettes win NRG; Cards 3rd...

    Never mind the record, says Mora girls’ basketball coach Mark Cassidy.

    These Rangerettes are still a work in progress.

    Mora stayed unbeaten at 6-0 by winning the Northern Rio Grande girls’ tournament this past weekend in Española at McCurdy High School.

    The Rangerettes beat Dulce 45-38 in the final on Saturday, dropping the Hawks to 2-2 overall.

  • Six MMS grapplers earn titles

    Submitted to the Optic

    Earning titles in six weight classes, the Memorial Middle School wrestling team pinned down a team championship in its own tournament this past Saturday.

    In addition to the six titles, the host Cardinals picked up one second place, one third, and five fourth-place finishes to earn 232 team points.

    MMS was followed by Taos (220), Los Alamos (152), Mora (119), Bernalillo (101), St. Mike’s (93), West Las Vegas Middle School (67) and Pecos (35).  

  • Go Fish - Dec. 16, 2011

    FISHING REPORT, DEC. 13
    This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    PECOS RIVER: No read on flow due to ice. The upper river is under ice, especially in shaded stretches. Fish the afternoon hours while the sun is on the water.
    STORRIE LAKE: Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic and cold weather.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 16...

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Santa Fe Indian (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Amarillo Duals, Amarillo, Texas

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado State-Pueblo, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Robertson girls at Portales (A,B), 1 p.m., Portales