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Today's Sports

  • Rangerettes, Panthers ousted

    Kelsey Blanks’ free throws with three seconds remaining proved to be the daggers that finished off the Mora Rangerettes on Tuesday morning at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Blanks went two for two at the line to make it a three-point lead for No. 12 seed Clayton, and as the clock ticked away, Mora couldn’t get off a clean shot at tying the game, one of four Class 2A girls’ basketball quarterfinals.

    Final score: Clayton 39, Mora 36.

    Mora, the No. 4 seed, finished 26-3 overall under Mark Cassidy.

  • Cowboys rally past Hounds

    Surging New Mexico Highlands had to rally for three runs in the seventh inning to steal an 11-10 win Tuesday over visiting Eastern New Mexico.

    It was Highlands’ 10th consecutive victory and elevates the Cowboys to 12-5 overall. Head coach Steve Jones, who won his 500th career coaching victory on Sunday, moves to 501-354.

    ENMU fell to 11-6.

    Jarod Jamerson drove in five runs and went 2 for 4 with a home run and a triple to lead the Cowboys at the plate.

    Jordan Goliat, Jordan Chavez and Chris Pile each had two hits for Highlands.

  • Three-on-three: Luna hosts hoops...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Basketball is coming to Luna Community College in the form of intramurals.

    The Luna Wellness Center staff will be starting a basketball intramural program for both LCC students and community members.

    The goal is to hold three-on-three competition three days out of the week. There will be maximum of five players per team.

  • West LV sluggers tie with...

    West Las Vegas’ baseball team battled to an 8-8 stalemate with host Moriarty on Tuesday evening, with the game being called due to darkness.

    The Class 4A Pintos were a late addition to the Dons’ schedule. West had been originally slated to play at Class 1A Questa on Thursday, but when that fell through, Moriarty agreed to a game.

    Jorge Gallardo paced the West Las Vegas offense, going 2 for 3 and scoring three runs.

  • Go Fish - March 15, 2013

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    CATCHES OF THE WEEK:

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC vs. Clarendon College (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. Metro State, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    Basketball
    • State tournaments, TBA
    Softball
    • LCC at Adams State JV (DH), 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Santa Fe High quad, 7:30 a.m., Santa Fe
    Saturday
    Baseball
    • LCC vs. Clarendon College (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. Metro State (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    Basketball

  • Mr. 500: Jones reaches milestone

    Reaching his 500th career coaching victory came earlier than expected for New Mexico Highlands University baseball’s Steve Jones.

    A home sweep of Adams State on the weekend of March 1-3 had bumped Jones’ record to 496-354, putting him within four games of history.

    But with a four-game road series ahead at a very tough Colorado State-Pueblo club, it looked safe to schedule the Win No. 500 party for the following week.

  • Junior Cardinal Classic

    Submitted to the Optic
    Results from the 26th annual Junior Cardinal Wrestling Classic hosted by Robertson wrestling Feb. 25-March 2:

    Kindergarten and first grade division medalists
    Group 1
    Elijah Ortiz 1
    Trent Abeyta Crespin 2
    Osten Lujan 3
    Santiago Ortega 4

    Group 2
    Nico Ulibarri 1
    David Armijo 2
    Tyler Gonzales 3
    Ethan Oswald 4

    Group 3
    Shilyn Velarde 1
    Aimee Montoya 2
    Sammy Gomez 3
    Eliana Griego 4

    Group 4
    James Montoya 1
    Justin Vigil 2
    Esequiel Mascarenas 3
    Nathan Gonzales 4
    Group 5
    Jesse James Gonzalez 1
    Juan Duran 2
    Lorenzo Lujan 3
    Evan Vigil 4

  • Lobos seek higher ground as MWC...

    By Glen Rosales
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico was almost an afterthought when play began in the Mountain West Conference.

    The Mountain West, which ended up with the country’s top ranking in terms of RPI, begins its conference tournament in Las Vegas with the Lobos coming in as regular-season champions and looking to add some more hardware.

  • Jolene Martinez excels at Lamar

    Former Robertson wing Jolene Martinez nailed a game-winning three-point basket with 19 seconds left in regulation, boosting Lamar (Colo.) Community College to a 73-71 victory over Trinidad State on Feb. 19 in Trinidad, Colo.

    A few games earlier in the season, Martinez swished critical free throws to seal a win for the Runnin’ Lopes, also over TSJC, on Jan. 15.

    It was that kind of season for Martinez. As a freshman, the onetime Lady Cardinal provided a spark for Lamar’s resurgent women’s basketball program, which finished 18-13 under new head coach Timm Dixon.