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Today's Sports

  • State polls: Seven area teams...

    Several area basketball teams continue to enjoy top-10 rankings by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Mora remains No. 2 in Class 2A girls’ hoops. Mark Cassidy’s Rangerettes nabbed 85 points and three first-place votes. Texico got 95 and seven.

    Pecos is 10th in the classification.

  • Cowboy wrestlers push GCU

    Igor Gomzin saw his first shot at a quick pinfall slip out of his grasp Tuesday night.

    The second time, his opponent Brett Sanchez wouldn’t be so lucky.

    Gomzin rolled Sanchez onto his shoulder blades for a fall a mere 57 seconds into the first period of their 184-pound faceoff, helping New Mexico Highlands put up a sturdy fight against Grand Canyon in front of a scant but spirited crowd at the Wilson Complex.

  • Cards move closer to district...

    The Robertson Cardinals (16-6) will play their third basketball game in a four-day span — and their sixth in 10 days — on Friday night in Taos.

    On Wednesday evening after his Redbirds dusted visiting Raton 71-40 at Mike Marr Gym, Robertson head coach David Bustos said he hopes his squad shows its stamina on the road.
    “I wish we had another day between games,” he said with a grin.

  • Giants’ Coughlin says he’ll be...

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS  — Tom Coughlin is looking forward to the parade and a couple weeks off to reflect on the Giants’ second championship in five seasons. Then he will begin preparations for defending the title.

    The 65-year-old coach sees no reason to retire now.

  • More Duke City fun for tracksters

    Over the weekend, New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field was back to what has become its home away from home in recent weeks — the Albuquerque Convention Center, site of the University of New Mexico’s Collegiate Classic.

    The Cowgirls — ranked 11th in NCAA Division II — got strong performances in multiple events from middle distance runner Fiona James and long-distance runner Angela Ibarra.

    James was sixth in the 200-meter dash and 12th in the 400; Ibarra 11th in the 3-kilometer run and 14th in the 5K.

  • LV wrestler wins junior state...

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    Joseph Paul Griego of Las Vegas led a strong contingent of Meadow City grapplers by capturing a state championship in this past week’s 2012 New Mexico Junior Wrestling Championships.

    Griego competed in the 12 and under age group and won his 130-pound weight class.

    Javier Mares, also reached the finals in his division, wrestling in the 10 and under group at heavyweight.

    Overall, 10 of 12 competitors representing the Las Vegas Junior Wrestling Program earned medals, which are awarded to the top six wrestlers in each weight class.

  • Romero scores 34; Mora girls top...

    Mora’s Andrea Romero was nearly impossible to contain Monday night, scoring and rebounding and otherwise making her presence felt.

    So the Pecos girls’ basketball team sent her to the free throw line.

    Romero continued to do damage there, swishing 11 of 12 free throws.

    When it was all said and done, Romero had a dream stat line of 34 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals. And the Rangerettes had a 60-35 win in a key district game.

    Mora, the No. 2 team in Class 2A girls’ hoops as of Monday night, improved to 21-2 overall and 4-1 in District 2-2A. Pecos fell to 13-9, 2-3.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 8...

  • Never a dull moment in rivalry

    After their sons got involved in a physical skirmish on the court Saturday night, Robertson head coach David Bustos and his West Las Vegas counterpart Ernie Rodriguez exchanged words and had to be separated, highlighting the first East-West boys’ basketball clash of the year.

    Robertson, which got 17 points apiece from Antonio Arguello, Justin Bustos and Ryan Tafoya, ended up grabbing an 80-60 victory before a near-capacity crowd at Gillie Lopez Gym. The Cardinals, currently ranked fifth in Class 3A, moved to 2-0 in District 2-3A while the Dons fell to 0-2.

  • Four Lady Cards score in doubles

    Jamie Allen scored 18 points to lead four Lady Cardinals in double figures as Robertson ran away with a 78-45 victory over crosstown rival West Las Vegas Friday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    As would be the case in the East-West boys’ game the following evening across the Gallinas River, Friday’s game was tough and physical and loaded with effort from both sides. Allen notably labored for every inside basket, her path to the hoop encumbered with Lady Don defenders.