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Today's Sports

  • Rico rules — again

    Robertson sophomore Rico Montoya has had his arm raised in victory 45 times this wrestling season.

    On Saturday night, the 45th time came after he’d coasted to a 10-0 major decision over Cobre junior Daniel Soliz in the Class 1A-3A state championship match at 120 lbs.

    Montoya has won three state titles in a row, and this one was a quick clinic.

    In the first period, Montoya scooted around for a takedown and a 2-0 lead 20 seconds in. He hung on, preventing a strong escape attempt by Soliz.

  • Cowboy wrestlers 11th in regional

    New Mexico Highlands wrestling team competed in this past weekend’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships, an event that doubles as the Super Region IV qualifier for the NCAA Division II national tournaments. Unofficially they finished 11th.

  • Mora girls, Pecos boys clinch...

    Mora’s Rangerettes and Pecos’ Panthers brought an end to the regular season on Friday, each putting a bow on a regular-season District 2-2A title.

    The Rangerettes clobbered Pecos’ girls 56-17 after trailing 7-6 in the first period.

    Mora (24-2 overall, 8-0 district) will host the district tournament final on Friday. It’s the second straight regular-season title and 24-win campaign for Mark Cassidy’s team.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 25...

    Monday
    Basketball
    • District 2-3A girls’ tournament TBA
    • District 2-2A girls’ tournament TBA
    • Mora Middle School boys vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mora

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • District 2-3A boys’ tournament TBA
    • District 2-2A boys’ tournament TBA
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. St. Mike’s, 4:30, MMS
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Española, 4 p.m., WLV

  • Lobos’ Williams burns Rams for...

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — No. 16 New Mexico ended No. 22 Colorado State’s 28-game home winning streak — the third longest at the time — thanks to a career game from guard Kendall Williams in the Lobos’ 91-82 win Saturday.

    Williams torched the Rams for 46 points, including 18 over the last nine minutes after he’d picked up his fourth personal foul.

    “Luckily, some shots went in,” said the junior from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who almost doubled his previous career high of 24.

  • Robertson’s Aragon signs with...

    Santiago Aragon thought his football playing days were over, and he’d already turned his focus to strictly academic pursuits once he graduates from Robertson High in May.

    But Bethel College, a school in North Newton, Kan., changed things by offering Aragon a football scholarship.

    “I wasn’t expecting to play ball anymore,” he said Wednesday morning after a signing ceremony at Mike Marr Gym. “So it’s indescribable to have this chance. I don’t know what to say.”

  • RHS, WLV girls lose home finales...

    After dropping Wednesday night home games — the home finales and senior night for both schools — the Robertson and West Las Vegas girls’ basketball teams now look forward to a shot at redemption represented by the District 2-3A tournament.

    The district tourney begins Monday, with fifth-seeded WLV likely traveling to fourth-seeded Raton in what could be a make-or-break game for both teams’ state tournament aspirations.

  • Youth wrestling next week

    Robertson’s wrestling program is hosting the Junior Cardinal Classic for children in kindergarten through fifth grade beginning Monday, Feb. 25, at McFarland Hall.

    Registration ($30 first child in family, $20 additional children) will be held 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday. No practice will be held then.

    Kindergarten and first-grade wrestlers will attend 4:15 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

    Second through fifth graders will attend 4:15 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

  • Rangers top Peñasco

    Mora’s boys’ basketball team topped Peñasco 82-60 on Tuesday, improving to 17-8 and 5-2 with just Saturday’s finale at No. 1 ranked Pecos (7-0 after Wednesday’s win over 5-3 Santa Fe Prep) left in the regular season.

    Cody Najar (31), Lorenzo Chavez (24) and Amrick Vasquez (11) led the Rangers in scoring.

  • LV junior wrestlers wrap up...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Junior Wrestling took wrestlers to district and to the New Mexico Junior Wrestling State Championships held Feb. 10 in Albuquerque. The program came home with two junior state champions, as well as third- and fifth-place finishers.