Today's Sports

  • Cowboys taking on D-I challenges

    Craig Snow and his New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team are getting tough early.

    The team will play at a second and third NCAA Division I opponent this week to continue the non-conference portion of the season.

    The Cowboys play at Nevada-Las Vegas and Wyoming, two teams from the Mountain West Conference, the league of the University of New Mexico Lobos.

    They’ll be at UNLV for an 8 p.m. tip-off Monday. The Runnin’ Rebels, who trounced Whittier 94-57 on Nov. 6, finished 18-15 last year and split with the Lobos.

  • NMHU winter sports 2015-16

    MONDAY, NOV. 16
    • Cowboy basketball at UNLV, 8 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.

    • Cowboy basketball at Wyoming, 7 p.m., Laramie, Wyo.

    • Cowboy cross country’s Collins Kirui at NCAA Division II National Championships, TBA, Joplin, Mo.
    • Cowgirl and Cowboy basketball at West Texas A&M, 1 and 3 p.m., Canyon, Texas
    • Cowboy wrestling at Nebraska-Kearney Open, 9 a.m., Kearney, Neb.

    TUESDAY, NOV. 24

  • This week’s NFL games - Nov. 15...

    • Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, late

    • Jacksonville at Baltimore, 11 a.m.
    • Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m.
    • Carolina at Tennessee, 11 a.m.
    • Chicago at St. Louis, 11 a.m.
    • Dallas at Tampa Bay, 11 a.m.
    • Detroit at Green Bay, 11 a.m.
    • Miami at Philadelphia, 11 a.m.
    • New Orleans at Washington, 11 a.m.
    • Minnesota at Oakland, 2:05 p.m.
    • New England at N.Y. Giants, 2:25 p.m.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 15...

    • No local sports scheduled

    • NMHU men at Nevada-Las Vegas, 8 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLVMS

    • Memorial Middle School girls at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Valley MIddle School girls at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos

  • Rangerettes roll on to state...

    Mora volleyball is in the state final four.

    The Rangerettes defeated Mountainair three games to one Friday morning in the quarterfinals at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. As with their first-round match against Jal on Thursday evening, they won the first set, lost the second, then won twice to finish the match.

    Mora will play Melrose at 4:45 p.m. also at the Star Center. In the other semifinal, Fort Sumner-House plays Logan. Winners play each other in the Class 2A championship 9 a.m. Saturday.

  • WLV, Robertson, Mora advance to...

    West Las Vegas and Mora found themselves in must-win situations Thursday night at the state volleyball tournaments. They both won convincingly to keep their state title hopes alive.

    Tenth-seeded Robertson had already secured a spot in the Class 4A quarterfinals after a strong effort in pool play Thursday. The Lady Cardinals play district rival Pojoaque Valley, a winner over Ruidoso, at 3 p.m. Friday. 

  • National champs in town

    Colorado State-Pueblo, the team that won the NCAA Division II national football championship last December, will visit Perkins Stadium on Saturday, playing New Mexico Highlands in the regular-season finale for both sides.

    Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

    CSUP (9-1 overall, 8-0 RMAC) is ranked fourth in the nation and can clinch the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title with a win.

  • Rangel leads Cowboy grapplers

    Erick Rangel’s fourth-place finish in the 125-pound Elite division headlined the weekend for New Mexico Highlands wrestling in the University of Wyoming’s Cowboy Open.

    Rangel lost 9-0 to Isaac Jimenez of Air Force in the round of 16, but he battled back through the consolation bracket with four straight wins.

    He lost the third-place bout to Mitchell Brown of Utah Valley State, 17-2.

  • Spikers take on the State

    It’s already been a successful volleyball season for varsity teams at West Las Vegas, Robertson and Mora high schools.
    But the prizes at stake this weekend in Rio Rancho are what they’ve all been eyeing since the first bumps, sets and spikes of fall practice

    The Optic website, lasvegasoptic.com, will post the latest results from the state tournaments in Class 4A (WLV and RHS) and 2A (Mora) throughout the weekend. And the print editions out next week will have full coverage of area teams’ postseason runs.

  • District Champs