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Today's Sports

  • Cassidy wins 200th game

    As the all-time leading scorer in New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball history, a Stu Clark tourney record holder, and a two-time state champion head coach in Mora, Mark Cassidy is used to major milestones.

  • Champ Rangers await outcome

    Mora’s boys basketball team (23-3) avoided all the Monday blues that befell some of its neighbors.

    By virtue of their 84-64 rout of Peñasco this past Saturday, the Rangers wrapped up the regular-season district title for 2-2A and the top seed in this week’s district tournament, now under way.

    Mora hosts the boys’ district final at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Montoya Gym.

    “We were up 46-31 at the half and led by as much as 30 midway into the fourth,” noted Rangers head coach James Branch.

  • Junior wrestlers make mark

    Submitted to the Optic

    “Success is not measured by the obvious wins and losses in our lives,” said Las Vegas Junior Wrestling’s Christopher Trujillo.

  • HU sluggers start 5-1

    The NMHU Cowboys completed their trip to Hobbs with a 10-7 win over Eastern New Mexico on Sunday.

    The ‘Pokes (5-1) finished the weekend with two wins over the University of the Southwest (14-1, 11-4) and a split with Eastern New Mexico. The Greyhounds won the first one 14-7 on Saturday.

    NMHU drew first blood, scoring two runs in the fourth inning off an RBI single by A.J. Alexander and a sacrifice fly by Justin Rodriguez.

    ENMU hung four runs off three hits and one Cowboy error to take the lead 5-3 in the fifth.

  • Riders sweep NMMI

    In one of the most successful weekends for Luna Community College baseball, the Rough Riders swept New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell over the weekend. They won 2-1, 9-4 (12 innings), 8-2 and 3-1.

    LCC is 5-11 on the year. They play at Trinidad State on Friday and Saturday in doubleheader games. They are scheduled to play Dodge City College at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, in a nine-inning game at New Mexico Highlands University’s Brandt Park.

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  • State tourney caps wrestling...

    Highlights of the Class 1A-3A state wrestling tournament held this past weekend in Rio Rancho:

    106 lbs.) Toby Apodaca, Robertson, third place; finished 31-10; went 4-1 at state with two pins and overtime decision vs. Geno Palermo of St. Michael’s.
    Anthony Armijo, West Las Vegas, finished 4-19 as a freshman, lost two at state
    Nathaniel Ortiz, Pecos, went 1-2 and finished 21-15 as an eighth grader

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 22...

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • District 2-3A tournament: Robertson boys vs. Raton, 7 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • District tournaments, TBA

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • District tournaments, TBA

  • HU scares nationally ranked Metro

    Three points. Four points.

    That’s all that separated New Mexico Highlands from nationally ranked Metro State (women and men, respectively) on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Upsets would’ve been just what the doctor ordered for Highlands teams fighting for their playoff lives as the regular season winds down.

  • East-West sequel more sedate

    This time, all the drama was in the actual basketball.

    Robertson rolled past West Las Vegas 82-65 on Thursday at Mike Marr Gym, and unlike the crosstown rivals’ first meeting, this contest remained civil throughout.

    After a close first half, the Cardinals broke the game open after intermission, using a run of 17 uninterrupted points to put things out of reach.

  • Mora, RHS top districts

    The Mora Rangers clinched the District 2-2A regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in this week’s district tournament on Saturday by beating Peñasco 84-64 at Montoya Gym in Mora.

    Mora, which got 33 points from Tim Romero, improved to 23-3 overall and 7-1 in district.

    Coach James Branch and his team join the Robertson Lady Cardinals and their mentor Rick Armijo and the Wagon Mound Trojans and coach Bobby Clouthier as area teams who have claimed outright district championships in recent days.