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Today's Sports

  • NMHU can’t stop No. 2 Metro

    For more than a half, the Highlands Cowboys remained in striking distance of an upset over the No. 2 team in NCAA Division II men’s basketball.

    Then it got away from the Cowboys in a 92-71 loss Friday night at Metro State.

    The host Roadrunners, playing on their home floor the Auraria Event Center, stayed unbeaten at 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. NMHU fell to 4-7, 2-5 going into Saturday’s game at Regis, also in Denver.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 7...

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Moriarty, 4 p.m., Moriarty
    • Pecos Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Pecos

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLV
    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Thursday
    Basketball

  • Key matchups figure into BCS...

    By Ralph D. Russo
    AP College Football Writer

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  — No. 1 Notre Dame allows 10.3 points per game, best in the nation. No. 2 Alabama allows 10.7. So the BCS championship should be a defensive struggle, right? First to 12 wins.

    Well, maybe. Those offenses are pretty good, too.

    A look at some of the key matchups in Monday night’s BCS championship game in Miami.

    • Alabama center Barrett Jones vs. Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III.

  • Kanneh headed to NFL showcase

    New Mexico Highlands University defensive back Abdul Kanneh has committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the NFL Players Association announced this week in a news release.

    Kanneh will be one of the draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, Jan. 19, at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.

    Kanneh earned 2012 Daktronics NCAA Division-II Football All-America First-Team and BSN All-America First-Team honors.

  • Sweet 17 - MMS girls roll to 17-...

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Memorial Middle School Lady Cardinals eighth grade basketball team completed its 2012 season with a 17-1 record that included first-place finishes at the Los Alamos and Pojoaque Middle School Tournaments.

    After an early-season loss, the Lady Cardinals ran off 16 straight victories — including three convincing December defeats of Raton, West Las Vegas and Mora — to complete their season.

  • Cardinal wrestlers shine in...

    Of the nine guys Rico  Montoya pinned en route to a 9-0 mark and an Outstanding Wrestler award at this past weekend’s Silver Duals, eight didn’t make it out of the first period.

    Montoya was one of the top individual performers for Robertson in the two-day event, and the Cardinals managed to win five duals as a team.

    Joe Crespin (220 lbs.), who like Montoya is a defending state champion, also went 9-0.

  • Mora, Pecos lead NRG hoops fray

    More tournaments are under way and in the near future for area prep basketball teams.

    The Northern Rio Grande tournaments, which opened Wednesday, were to wrap up Saturday evening at Ben Lujan Gym in Jacona.

    Mora and Pecos are playing in the girls’ NRG bracket; Mark Cassidy’s Rangerettes, who opened the season on an unbeaten streak before falling at West Las Vegas this last week, are the No. 1 seed. The Lady Panthers and coach Leroy Barela are seeded No. 6.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 4...

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Mora, Pecos boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Regis, 3 and 5 p.m., Denver
    • Mora, Pecos boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona

  • Jaguars claw to a repeat

    Weird calls. Technical fouls. Ejections. And some pretty darn good basketball.

    All of it added up to a wild finish that saw the Capital Jaguars defend their Stu Clark Tournament trophies against Phoenix’s Central High 58-53 on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Capital (11-1) won by setting the tempo and keeping the Bobcats’ conditioning and athleticism from becoming a major factor. And the Jaguars, who’ve won two tournaments and reached finals in three, showed poise in crunch time.

  • Pecos coasts past Mora in Tri-...

    Beating three opponents by an average of 36 points a game, the Pecos Panthers didn’t just win the Tri-Cities Tournament over the weekend in Mora.

    They served notice that they may well be the team to beat in Class 2A boys’ basketball this season.

    The coup de grace for coach Russ Gilmore’s Panthers came Saturday night against district archrival Mora. Pecos bombed the host Rangers 101-62 in the tourney’s title game. Darren DeHerrera (25) Brandon Quintana (24) and John Vigil (22) combined for 71 points.