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Today's Sports

  • Prep basketball: Lady Dons start...

    Senior forward Jenna Bustos and freshman guard Briana Marquez shared most of the scoring load Tuesday night as West Las Vegas beat Santa Fe Indian School, 53-36, on the road.

    West got out to a fast start, taking a 19-7 lead after the first quarter. It was 26-15 at halftime.

    Bustos finished two boards shy of a double-double with a game-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds and five steals.  

  • College wrestling: HU grapples...

    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands wrestling team finished the open tournament portion of the schedule at the 600-participant University of Nebraska Kearney Holiday Inn Open the week of Nov. 20. 

  • Gonzalez sets wins record as...

    Few situations would have marked the occasion any better.

    To beat defending state champion Portales, one of Robertson’s most persistent postseason rivals, for the win that put him at the top of the all-time list for RHS football coaching career victories? And to do it in the state semifinals, thereby punching a ticket to the Class 4A championship game for the third year in a row?

  • Cowboys take on Cowboys

    Division II New Mexico Highlands got within single digits of Division I Wyoming several times over the course of their men’s basketball exhibition Sunday in Laramie, Wyo.

    But the Mountain West contenders, now 5-1, held on for an 83-70 win.

    Deion Bauman scored a team-high 16 points off the bench for NMHU (5-2), while Nmamdi Okoro netted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jacob Holland chipped in 13, D.J. Bustos and Mike Nwabuzor eight apiece.

  • A measure of revenge: Lady Cards...

    Through a quirk of scheduling, the Robertson girls’ basketball team got to play defending state champion Shiprock — the team that ended the Lady Cardinals’ state tournament run this past March — in the season opener Saturday

    This time, the game belonged to Robertson.

  • Cardinals rally past Portales,...

    For the third consecutive season, the Robertson football team will play for a state championship.

    The third-seeded Cardinals rallied to beat defending 4A champion Portales 20-14 on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

    Portales overcame a 12-0 deficit and led 14-12 with 7:23 left in the third quarter.

    The Rams had a chance for a go-ahead score from inside the RHS 5 with nine minutes left, but a Wildcat-style direct snap to the running back was foiled, and Robertson took possession.

  • Dons hoopsters beat Bosque

    West Las Vegas boys' basketball won 80-51 Tuesday night at Bosque Prep on Albuquerque's west side.

    It is the first win for the Dons (1-1) under new head coach Clyde Sanchez, who took over for David Bustos.

    The Dons lost their season opener 83-59 at Lovington on Saturday. They were missing players who were helping the WLV football team battle Robertson in a state playoff game back in town.

  • Wrestler and special agent: NMHU...

    The year 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Hector Hernandez’s national wrestling championship for New Mexico Highlands University.
    The Optic recently interviewed Hernandez, now 52, to revisit that history-making day and the journey that surrounded it. Hernandez has since gone on to a distinguished career with the U.S. Secret Service now at the 25-year mark.
    This is the second of a two-part series.

    Hector Hernandez didn’t have long to bask in the glory of his national wrestling championship in 1987.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Nov. 26...

    SUNDAY (Nov. 26)
    Basketball
    • NMHU men at Wyoming, TBA, Laramie, Wyo.

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos
    • Pecos Middle School girls vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Pecos
    • Valley Middle School girls at Aspen, TBA

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Pecos girls (A,B) at East Mountain, 5 p.m., Sandia Park

  • RHS faces Portales in rematch of...

    One game away from a third straight appearance in the Class 4A state championship, the Robertson football team is seasoned and savvy about the postseason.

    And about the Portales Rams, the team that spoiled the Cardinals’ party last December.

    This Saturday (1:30 p.m. kickoff at Cardinal Stadium), it’ll be a rematch of the 2016 state title game as Portales comes to town looking to defend the championship.