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Today's Sports

  • Cruz salutes a fallen fan

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

  • Tri-Cities basketball tourney...

    Mora High School will host the annual Tri-Cities Boys’ Basketball Tournament, one of the premier small-school events of the hoops season, beginning on Thursday of next week.
    The eight-team tournament will run through Saturday, Dec. 29, at Montoya Gym in Mora.
    In the opening afternoon session, Santa Rosa plays McCurdy at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. That game will be followed by Pecos vs. Escalante at 3 o’clock.

  • Mines athletics leads nation

    Submitted to the Optic
    CLEVELAND — After the completion of seven fall NCAA championships, Colorado School of Mines remains atop the standings in the Learfield Cup, a nationwide competition measuring performance in up to 14 intercollegiate sports.
    Colorado School of Mines, based in Golden, Colo., is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and a rival of New Mexico Highlands University.

  • Coach joins call for action to...

    By Rusty Miller
    AP Sports Writer
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Moments after his team lost a basketball game, Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey spoke of a bigger loss.
    The first-year coach of the Eagles gave an impassioned plea for government and private leaders to act soon to prevent further massacres such as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last week that left 20 children and six adults dead at the school.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 21...

    Friday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Española Valley, TBA, Española (RESCHEDULED FROM TUESDAY)
    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Portales, 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas freshman boys at Maxwell Invite, TBA, Maxwell
    • Mora Middle School girls at Questa, 4 p.m., Questa
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Greeley Invite, TBA, Greeley, Colo.
    Saturday
    Basketball
    • Mora girls (A,B) vs. Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym

  • Highlands’ Cass scores 29 in 88-...

    A desperation three-point try by Stargell Love was off the mark as time ran out Saturday night, and Colorado State-Pueblo escaped the Wilson Complex with an 88-85 verdict over New Mexico Highlands.

    Mannie Cass led all scorers with 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds. Lavell McDade had 21 points and nine assists. Lionel Coleman scored 16.

    The ThunderWolves had trailed by as double digits early in the game.

    Highlands dashed out to an 11-1 head start and it was 15-5 after a Josh Monroy layup at the 13:16 mark.

  • Cowgirls have played three top...

    Erica Hicks broke a late tie with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift Colorado State-Pueblo past NMHU 86-83 on Saturday evening.

    One night after losing to Colorado-Colorado Springs by four, the Cowgirls lost to Pueblo by three.

    NMHU is now 3-7 overall and 3-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, having lost three straight league games — against the top three clubs in the league — after a 3-0 start to the RMAC schedule.

    Alyssa Lopez was the night’s leading scorer with 27 points, five assists, six rebounds and three steals.

  • Bowl Special - Some hits, mostly...

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer

    This college football bowl season is like a brand of Chex Mix that comes with a bunch of nuts you don’t really care to eat.

    Sure, there’s a handful of enticing matchups that are worthy of your time for three or so hours. But by the time you’re done picking through to the good ones, you realize there’s not much left.

    Well, there are other things to do this holiday season.

    Like, go ice skating.

    Or, check out all the pretty lights.

  • Offseason dues
  • Final D-II football poll out

    Previously ranked 17th in the nation, Valdosta State (Ga.)  surprised No. 2 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 35-7 in the NCAA Division II national football  championship game.

    That propelled the Blazers to a unanimous No. 1 ranking in the final American Football Coaches Association poll of the season despite a 12-2 overall record.

    A couple of New Mexico Highlands’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals remained in the AFCA Top 25 after representing the league in the national playoffs.