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Today's Sports

  • Sweet 17 - MMS girls roll to 17-...

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Memorial Middle School Lady Cardinals eighth grade basketball team completed its 2012 season with a 17-1 record that included first-place finishes at the Los Alamos and Pojoaque Middle School Tournaments.

    After an early-season loss, the Lady Cardinals ran off 16 straight victories — including three convincing December defeats of Raton, West Las Vegas and Mora — to complete their season.

  • Cardinal wrestlers shine in...

    Of the nine guys Rico  Montoya pinned en route to a 9-0 mark and an Outstanding Wrestler award at this past weekend’s Silver Duals, eight didn’t make it out of the first period.

    Montoya was one of the top individual performers for Robertson in the two-day event, and the Cardinals managed to win five duals as a team.

    Joe Crespin (220 lbs.), who like Montoya is a defending state champion, also went 9-0.

  • Mora, Pecos lead NRG hoops fray

    More tournaments are under way and in the near future for area prep basketball teams.

    The Northern Rio Grande tournaments, which opened Wednesday, were to wrap up Saturday evening at Ben Lujan Gym in Jacona.

    Mora and Pecos are playing in the girls’ NRG bracket; Mark Cassidy’s Rangerettes, who opened the season on an unbeaten streak before falling at West Las Vegas this last week, are the No. 1 seed. The Lady Panthers and coach Leroy Barela are seeded No. 6.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 4...

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Mora, Pecos boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Regis, 3 and 5 p.m., Denver
    • Mora, Pecos boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona

  • Jaguars claw to a repeat

    Weird calls. Technical fouls. Ejections. And some pretty darn good basketball.

    All of it added up to a wild finish that saw the Capital Jaguars defend their Stu Clark Tournament trophies against Phoenix’s Central High 58-53 on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Capital (11-1) won by setting the tempo and keeping the Bobcats’ conditioning and athleticism from becoming a major factor. And the Jaguars, who’ve won two tournaments and reached finals in three, showed poise in crunch time.

  • Pecos coasts past Mora in Tri-...

    Beating three opponents by an average of 36 points a game, the Pecos Panthers didn’t just win the Tri-Cities Tournament over the weekend in Mora.

    They served notice that they may well be the team to beat in Class 2A boys’ basketball this season.

    The coup de grace for coach Russ Gilmore’s Panthers came Saturday night against district archrival Mora. Pecos bombed the host Rangers 101-62 in the tourney’s title game. Darren DeHerrera (25) Brandon Quintana (24) and John Vigil (22) combined for 71 points.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 2...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • Penn State tops list of stories

    By Rachel Cohen
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK — The Penn State child sex abuse scandal was selected as the sports story of the year by U.S. editors and news directors in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.
    The news broke in November 2011, with a grand jury report outlining charges against Jerry Sandusky, and the outrage that followed led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno. But the aftershocks were felt long into 2012: Sandusky was convicted in June of assaulting 10 boys, and the NCAA handed down brutal sanctions in July.

  • Olympians Phelps, Douglas shined

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer
    Now that he’s away from the pool, Michael Phelps can reflect — really reflect — on what he accomplished.
    Pretty amazing stuff.
    “It’s kind of nuts to think about everything I’ve gone through,” Phelps said. “I’ve finally had time to myself, to sit back and say, ‘... that really happened?’ It’s kind of shocking at times.”
    Not that his career needed a capper, but Phelps added one more honor to his staggering list of accomplishments Thursday — The Associated Press male athlete of the year.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 31...

    Monday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Tuesday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos
    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym