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Today's Sports

  • One game, two winners

    As they took to the court at Mike Marr Gym Friday night, the Robertson girls’ basketball players had an unusual source of support in the stands — their crosstown rivals, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons.

    By virtue of their 42-38 win over Pojoaque Valley, the Robertson girls not only tipped the regular-season District 2-3A title to West Las Vegas, they also leapfrogged Pojoaque in the standings to finish second in the district.

  • Rangers battle to No. 2 in 2-2A

    Submitted to the Optic

    This season’s version of the Mora Rangers has been a pleasant surprise. Amid player transfers, youth, and one of the toughest schedules in Class 2A, the Rangers finished the season with an overall mark of 11-15.

    More importantly Mora secured a hold of second place in District 2-2A with a 5-3 record although they lost a 74-67 nailbiter to the Peñasco Panthers on Feb. 20. Despite the defeat, Mora is the second seed for the upcoming district tournament which begins Tuesday at Joseph Montoya Gymnasium.

  • Tough weekend for Highlands...

    Playoff hopes turned dim for New Mexico Highlands’ basketball teams, which suffered sweeps at the hands of Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Christian over the weekend at the Wilson Complex.

    Perhaps the bright spot of the weekend was the men’s close call (77-69) Friday night against Mines, the No. 11 team in NCAA Division II.

    The Cowboys got within two late in that game before the Orediggers (21-3, 17-3) put some distance between themselves and the ‘Pokes with the help of four free throws by Luke Meisch.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 24...

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    • District 2-3A girls tournament: Taos at Raton, TBA, Raton

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School boys at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    • District 2-3A boys tournament: Raton at Robertson, TBA, Mike Marr Gym
    • District 2-3A girls tournament: Monday’s winner at Pojoaque Valley, TBA, Jacona

  • Rangerettes clinch 2-2A hoops...

    The Mora Rangerettes are once again regular-season champions of District 2-2A girls’ basketball, and the team will host the district tournament final next week.

    Mora clinched the top spot on a momentous Tuesday evening, beating Pecos 63-44 at Sanchez Gym. The win, which pumped Mora’s record to 20-3 overall and 7-0 in district, marks the fifth straight season the team has won 20 or more games.

    Pecos fell to 8-17 overall and 2-5 in District 2-2A.

  • In Coach’s honor - WLV grad...

    By Margaret McKinney
    New Mexico Highlands University

    Jayme Quintana is the first New Mexico Highlands University student to be awarded the new Henry O. Sanchez Scholarship in memory of the New Mexico coaching legend and former Las Vegas mayor who died in 2011.

  • Wrestlers tackle state

    A host of area wrestlers will be vying for glory this Friday and Saturday at the state tournaments at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center. Action begins 9 a.m. Friday.

  • Cowgirls show improved ‘D’

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands softball team (4-5) opened its home slate with a doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State (2-10) by scores of 8-2 and 2-1 in the nightcap Wednesday at Cowgirl Field.

    The story of the day may have been the Cowgirls’ defense. After committing 20 errors in its first seven games of the season, Highlands had only one error in each contest against the Aggies.

  • Intrigue in 2-3A

    The road provided different fortunes for the Meadow City’s girls’ basketball teams on Wednesday night.

    West Las Vegas lost 39-36 at Pojoaque Valley, while Robertson beat Taos 60-47. That leaves the Lady Dons at 6-2, the Elkettes at 5-2, Lady Cards at 4-3.

    If RHS defeats Pojo this coming week, West clinches the district title for the regular season. If Pojo wins, the Elkettes will meet West in a one-game playoff for the top spot.

  • Luna home games on tap

    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College Lady Rough Riders started off the season 2-0 after beating Lamar Community College 3-2 and 17-9.

    They lost a nailbiter to Lamar 9-8 in the final game of the series. After winning the first game at the Midland Classic in Texas, the Lady Rough Riders lost their next four.

    They beat Coastal Bend 14-5 and lost to Trinidad Junior College 10-1, Eastern Oklahoma 11-0, Vernon College 7-5 and Western Nebraska 8-0. They are now 3-5 on the season.