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Today's Sports

  • Playoff time for Birds

    Ruidoso head coach Kief Johnson has said that while he credits Robertson for being a quality team, his Warriors didn’t play their best game when they lost 47-14 at Cardinal Stadium back on Sept. 16.

    Robertson opens against Ruidoso Saturday afternoon in the Class 4A state football playoffs. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.

    The Cardinals (10-0 overall) are the No. 1 seed in the classification and want to return to the state title game for a second straight season.

    The Warriors (6-5) are the No. 8 seed and looking for an upset.

  • Montoya 2 for 2 for UNC

    Rico Montoya is back to doing what he got so accustomed to in high school — winning wrestling tournaments.

    Montoya, a sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado, won his second tournament title in as many events this past Sunday. The latest championship was in the 133-pound division of UNC’s own open tournament in Greeley.

    He started the tournament with a 12-1 romp against New Mexico Highlands’ Jack Gaylor.

    Then he scored a fall in 1:02 against Jared Johnshoy of Colorado Mesa.

  • Scherzer, Porcello win Cy Youngs

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK  — Max Scherzer celebrated aboard a boat off the British Virgin Islands, doused by college pals on a floating party.

    Rick Porcello enjoyed the moment at his parents’ home in New Jersey, surrounded by family, friends and a few bottles of wine.

    As for Justin Verlander, well, fuming supermodel Kate Upton brought the heat for her fiance.

    Rotation mates for five seasons in Detroit, the three right-handers topped the Cy Young Award talk Wednesday:

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 18...

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men at Western New Mexico, 6 p.m., Silver City
    • Robertson hosts Eliana Herrera Memorial Tournament (JV and frosh girls; benefits Eliana Marie Herrera Scholarship Fund), 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Pojoaque tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Moriarty, 3:30 p.m., WLVMS gym

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls host preseason jam, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

  • State champs! Mora volleyball...

    RIO RANCHO — With a couple points left to play in Saturday’s Class 2A state volleyball championship match, Mora head coach Jacquelyn Sanchez forced her gaze away from her team and looked for her father up in the stands at the Santa Ana Star Center.

    Dante Vigil somehow knew his daughter would do just that, and the two made eye contact, briefly.

    “He’s a state champ,” Sanchez said, “He won in 1979 for basketball. And in that moment I looked at him because I knew I was going to be up there too.”

  • Lady Cards reach final

    RIO RANCHO — Robertson made it all the way to Saturday’s  state championship match in Stacy Fulgenzi’s first season as head coach.

    It was the program’s third title match appearance in the past decade and its first since 2008.

    But top-ranked Sandia Prep, 23-1, didn’t look impressed, blasting to a 25-18, 25-14, 25-17 sweep and repeating as Class 4A state champion.

  • Dons can’t get past St. Mike’s

    SANTA FE — Back in the state playoffs after a 13-year absence, the West Las Vegas Dons averted a shutout but couldn’t do much more at St. Mike’s, a team accustomed to playing deep into November.

    The sixth-seeded Horsemen (8-3) scored the first 29 points and rode that to a 42-6 win Saturday at Christian Brothers Athletic Complex.

    It was St. Mike’s second win over the district rival Dons in eight days after a 47-8 tally on Nov. 5 in the regular-season finale.

  • Cowboys finish grid slate 0-11

    Highlands’ most prolific scoring output of the football season wasn’t enough to lift the Cowboys to victory this past Saturday.

    Visiting Adams State won a shootout 50-40 in the regular-season finale, sending NMHU to an 0-11 final record in Jeff Mills’ second season in charge.

    The Cowboys led twice in the opening quarter, as Cody Keith hit Jairan Manning for one touchdown and ran for another.

  • BREAKING: Rangerettes state...

    RIO RANCHO -- The Mora Rangerettes are Class 2A state volleyball champions.

    Mora defeated the tournament's top seed Mesilla Valley Christian in four sets after winning the first two on Saturday morning at the Santa Ana Star Center.

    Robertson also reached the championship match but lost to defending 4A champion Sandia Prep in straight sets. 

    Check back for more information in the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • RMAC fall honor roll includes 17...

    Seventeen student-athletes from New Mexico Highlands University have been honored with selection to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll for fall 2016.

    The RMAC announced the list this past month.

    In order to qualify for academic all-conference recognition, the student-athletes had to maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average with at least one academic year at NMHU and be a contributor for their team.

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