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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Road losses drop Cowboys to...

    A sluggish start to Saturday night’s game for New Mexico Highlands, coupled with dual 19-point efforts from Fort Lewis’ Matt Billups and Matt Morris, spelled doom for the Cowboys in Durango, Colo.

    Fort Lewis won 87-70 in a game that pushed the host Skyhawks ahead of Highlands in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings with four weeks remaining in the regular season. Fort Lewis is 11-9 overall and 9-7 in the RMAC, while NMHU is 10-11 and 8-9 — part of a three-way tie for seventh place in the 14-team league.

  • Nationally ranked FLC overwhelms...

    Submitted to the Optic

    DURANGO, Colo. — The seventh-ranked Fort Lewis women’s basketball team (18-2, 15-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) opened up a 20-0 lead en route to a 96-56 win over New Mexico Highlands (11-10, 7-10) Saturday at Whalen Gymnasium.

    “It was almost the difference to the game right from the very beginning,” said seventh-year FLC head coach Mark Kellogg, whose team didn’t allow the Cowgirls to score in the first 7:28.

  • Rangerettes lose a second time

    Peñasco became just the second team this season to defeat the Mora Rangerettes, holding on for a 53-48 win Friday night to take over first place in District 2-2A.

    Looming large in the game was the Lady Panthers’ might inside the paint.

    “We struggled with Peñasco’s bigs,” said Mora head coach Mark Cassidy. “We did not shoot well at all. Their bigs intimidated us inside, and our outside game was off.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 6...

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys at Tucumcari (A,B), 5:30 p.m., Tucumcari
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Wayland Baptist, 7 p.m., Plainview, Texas

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. Raton (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Robertson girls at Tucumcari (A,B), 2:30 p.m., Tucumcari
    • West Las Vegas boys at Taos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Taos
    Softball
    • LCC at Lamar (DH), 1 p.m., Lamar, Colo.