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Today's Sports

  • Lobos hold on, beat CSU

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — No. 15 New Mexico let almost all of a 22-point lead slip away until Tony Snell scored four points over the closing minutes to help the Lobos preserve a 66-61 victory over Colorado State on Wednesday.

    The win gave first-place New Mexico (17-2, 4-0 MWC) a two-game lead in the Mountain West Conference.

    Afterward, Lobos coach Steve Alford was all smiles despite watching his team nearly fritter away the large lead.

  • Youth free throw contest Sunday

    Area boys and girls age 10-14 are invited to participate in the 2013 Knights of Columbus Council 804 Free Throw Championship this weekend.

    The local level contest will begin at noon Sunday at Gillie Lopez Gym on the campus of West Las Vegas High. The facility will open at 11 a.m.

    Winners of the local competition advance to district, with state to follow. International champions are named based on state scores.

    A release submitted to the Optic noted that more than 120,000 participants joined more than 3,600 local competitions in 2012.

  • No slacking here - Coaching...

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Larry Archuleta will be 66 years old next month. But the legendary baseball coach still works out as if he were 36.

    Archuleta, who once played for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, is a student at Luna Community College as he is taking a self-directed weightlifting class at the Gerald Ortega Wellness Center.

  • Cardinals top 10 in Joe Vivian...

    Rico Montoya pinned three opponents and gave up a mere two points all tournament in compiling a 5-0 record over the weekend at the Joe Vivian Classic, the premier high school wrestling event in New Mexico.

    Montoya and Joe Crespin — who reached the finals before falling in ultimate overtime — led Robertson to a ninth-place team finish.

    “We continue to make progress every week,” said RHS head coach Richard Martinez. “I am satisfied with the ninth-place finish.”

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  • WLV teams third in Hope tourneys

    A roundup of basketball scores from the past weekend:

    • West Las Vegas: Dual third-place trophies were the reward for West’s hoops efforts over the weekend in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Dons captured third place in the Hope Christian Classic, beating Hatch Valley 43-34 on Saturday. They had won 61-37 over Hot Springs on day one but lost in the semifinals to top-ranked Hope 73-29 on Friday.

    Meanwhile, the Dons rocked Socorro 77-60, lost a close semifinal to district foe Taos 60-55 and routed Rehoboth 75-52 for third place.

  • Former Isotopes tabbed for World...

    By Laura Verillo
    Albuquerque Isotopes

    Provisional rosters for the 2013 World Baseball Classic have been announced, and six former Isotopes are among those chosen to play for four different teams in the tournament, which runs from March 2-19 in Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico and the U.S.

    In addition, six current Dodgers are among the Classic’s provisional participants: Ronaldo Belisario (Venezuela), Luis Cruz (Mexico), Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico), Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic), Nick Punto (Italy) and Paco Rodriguez (Spain).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 23...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., Valley gym

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Raton, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Air Force, 8 a.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Friday
    Basketball

  • No. 2 Laguna-Acoma topples No....

    If it’s true that Friday night’s Pecos-Laguna-Acoma matchup was a preview of the Class 2A boys’ state championship, the Panthers have some work ahead between now and March.

    Laguna-Acoma (14-1), which entered the weekend ranked No. 2 in the classification, dictated the tempo and held on to beat No. 1 Pecos 73-68 in front of a capacity crowd at Sanchez Gym.

    The visiting Hawks were hot to start, pushing the ball inside and taking a 24-12 lead. Laguna led 43-23 early in the third.

  • Cowboys, Eagles battle to...

    Bonus basketball was in order Friday night, as New Mexico Highlands and Chadron State went into double overtime at the Wilson Complex.

    Highlands won 89-86 aided by Lavell McDade’s free throw with five seconds to go. Chadron’s David Downey missed a three at the buzzer.

    The score was knotted up at 69-69 at the end of regulation and 79-79 after one overtime session.

    Highlands slipped to 5-9 overall and 3-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.