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Today's Sports

  • Cass, Smith reap honors

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands University senior men’s basketball player Mannie Cass has been named the December Male Athlete of the Month, announced the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference office on Tuesday.

    Cass had a stellar month of December, averaging 24.2 points — while hitting double-digit scoring in five of six games — 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He broke his career best in points twice, both in double overtime thrillers that the Cowboys won by two points.

  • Maddux, Glavine, Thomas inducted

    By Ronald Blum
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK — A new generation of starting pitchers and a self-proclaimed Mr. Clean of the Steroids Era will be ushered into baseball’s Hall of Fame this summer. For tainted players, however, the doors to Cooperstown remain bolted.
    Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected on their first ballot appearances Wednesday, when Craig Biggio fell just two votes short.

  • Denver looks to shake off the...

    The Associated Press

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The last top seed to open its playoff run against a team it had just lost to at home in December was the 2008 New York Giants, who were beaten again by Philadelphia in the rematch.

    Six years later, the Denver Broncos and another Manning brother open against the San Diego Chargers, who held the highest-scoring team of the Super Bowl era to its lowest point total of the season in a 27-20 upset in Denver last month.

  • Local golfer nabs double eagle

    A Las Vegas man earned himself an early Christmas present by shooting a double eagle recently on Hole No. 4 at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Richard “Champ” Lujan, a full-time construction worker and West Las Vegas graduate, went three strokes under par on the Par-5 hole. He said he didn’t realize he’d made the shot until he and his playing partners were looking for the ball, discovering it in the cup.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 10...

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Fort Lewis, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas boys at Portales Shootout, TBA, Portales
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. Lovington, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas boys at Portales Shootout, TBA, Portales
    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Lovington, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • Breakdown
  • Rangerettes nab threepeat

    For the third time in as many seasons, the Mora Rangerettes are Northern Rio Grande Tournament champions.

    That’s a matter for historical perspective. For the here and now, it’s worth noting that the tournament victory represented Win No. 9, as in a 9-0 start to the season.

    “Our success has been due to good team play,” said Mora head coach Mark Cassidy. “All the girls are contributing with defense and rebounding.”

  • Cowboy grapplers beat ranked WBU

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Highlands wrestling team (1-0) overcame a pair of six-point deficits to knock off NAIA No. 14 Wayland Baptist 32-18 Sunday afternoon at La Cueva High School.

    With NMHU trailing 18-15, senior 184-pounder Igor Gomzin (5-6) started a strong finish to the meet for the Cowboys.
    After a pair of takedowns, Gozmin stuck his opponent in only 2:22 to put Highlands in the lead for good.

  • Bustos gets a start in win

    Justin Bustos connected on two timely 3-point baskets in his first career start Saturday night, helping New Mexico Highlands outlast Regis 75-73 at the Wilson Complex.

    Bustos, who starred at Robertson High, is playing his first season with the Cowboys after redshirting in 2012-13. He’d scored in a couple of previous games for NMHU but made his first start Saturday and logged a season-high 24 minutes.

  • Cowgirls’ rally comes up just...

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Highlands fell behind as much as 18 in the contest before cutting the deficit to one in the second half, but Regis went 10 for 11 from the charity stripe over the final three minutes as the Cowgirls (5-6, 2-6 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) fell to the Rangers (6-5, 4-3) by an 80-73 count Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.