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Today's Sports

  • No. 25 Skyhawks fly past Cowboys

    DURANGO, Colo. — The NMHU men’s basketball team fell to the NCAA Division II 25th ranked Fort Lewis College 81-60 on Friday night.  

    NMHU and coach Joe Harge fell to 5-8 overall and 3-6 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

    The Cowboys jumped out to a three-point lead at 5-2 and were able to keep in front for several minutes. But the Skyhawks (10-1, 7-1) regained the momentum and quickly turned the game in their favor, going up 10-9 with 15:18 left in the first half.

  • Turnovers hurt as Cowgirls lose...

    DURANGO, Colo. — Watching its losing skid hit six, the NMHU women’s basketball team struggled on the road in a 78-58 setback Friday at Fort Lewis.

    Highlands, led by coach Tiffany Darling, fell to a 3-6 record in the RMAC and 3-10 in overall play. FLC is 6-6, 5-3.

    Twenty-seven turnovers hampered the Cowgirl effort.

    The Cowgirls took the initial 4-0 lead, but the Skyhawks quickly regrouped and began to take control of the game.  Fort Lewis went on a 7-0 run and looked to have found a good rhythm early.

  • NMHU wrestling off to strong...

    Poor driving conditions due to snow and ice were blamed for the postponement of Friday night’s scheduled dual meet between host New Mexico Highlands and Adams State.

    The Grizzlies are ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II college wrestling, according to the latest poll.

    No make-up date had been named as of press time.

    Highlands was scheduled to compete against Air Force on Sunday in Colorado Springs. That dual was to take place after this issue went to press.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 14...

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Moriarty, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Mora Middle School boys vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., Mora

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Hope Christian, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., MMS
    • Mora Middle School boys vs. Questa, 4 p.m., Mora

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., WLV

  • Robertson hoops teams go 0-for-2...

    Banged up or not, slow start or not, the St. Michael’s basketball teams successfully defended their home court this week against visiting Robertson.

    On Tuesday night, the Lady Horsemen (7-9) held on for a 57-48 win against the Lady Cardinals (6-5).

    The key may have been the opening quarter, controlled by St. Mike’s to the tune of a 19-3 score.

    Erica Herrera, a Robertson point guard, starred with 11 points.

    Christiana Gabaldon led St. Mike’s with a game-high 14.

  • Lobos nip Rebels to open MWC

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Los Alamos native Alex Kirk scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 25 New Mexico to a 65-60 win over No. 24 UNLV on Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.

    Justin Hawkins hit a three-pointer with 3:25 left to cap a 7-0 UNLV run that gave it a 58-56 lead. Then New Mexico (14-2, 1-0) took over, closing the game on a 9-2 run.

  • Two NMHU players in NFLPA bowl

    Two New Mexico Highlands University senior football players will have a chance to showcase their skills on a major stage as they pursue dreams of playing in the NFL.

    Jordan Campbell, a 6-0, 230-pound middle linebacker from Corona, Calif., has agreed to play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 19, the NFLPA announced.

    Campbell will join Highlands teammate Abdul Kanneh, a 6-0, 170-pound cornerback from London who had already accepted an offer to play in the game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 11...

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Fort Lewis, 6 and 8 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Portales Shootout, TBA, Portales
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Lovington, 5 p.m., Lovington
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

  • Hall doors stay closed this time

    The Associated Press

  • Rangerettes, Panthers win NRG

    The Pecos Panthers and Mora Rangerettes are getting plenty of practice hoisting tournament trophies this basketball season. Their fans can only hope that practice will come in handy in February and March.

    Both teams earned titles Saturday, winning the boys’ and girls’ brackets in the Northern Rio Grande Invitational hosted at Pojoaque High School.