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Today's Sports

  • Rangers keep up the pace

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    Homecoming activities combined with a road trip to West Las Vegas on Jan. 27 and to Monte Del Sol in Santa Fe the following day for their district opener did not seem to affect the focus of the Mora Rangers (19-2).

    After defeating the Class 3A Dons of West Las Vegas 79-67, the Rangers traveled to the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe to open District 2-2A play against the host Dragons of Monte Del Sol. The Rangers prevailed 57-45 after overcoming a sluggish first quarter start.

  • Fourth award for Manzano

    For the fourth time this basketball season, New Mexico Highlands junior Thomas Manzano has been named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

    Manzano played a key role in helping the Cowboys climb into third place in the league standings by beating the Central Region’s top-ranked Fort Lewis Skyhawks 82-64 on Saturday, one day after they dropped Adams State 90-81. Both teams, NMHU rivals in the RMAC West, had defeated Highlands in January on their home courts in Colorado.

  • Winter blast puts games on ice

    This past weekend was supposed to feature a couple of eagerly anticipated East-West basketball matchups in town.

    Mother Nature had other plans.

    The one-two punch was supposed to be a Robertson boys’ basketball home game vs. West Las Vegas on Friday at Mike Marr Gym, followed by Saturday’s scheduled West girls vs. RHS contest at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Mora upset at home

    The Mora Rangerettes were disappointed in their homecoming game as they lost to Mesa Vista on Jan. 29 by a score of 60-46.

    This is not reflective of the usual Rangerettes’ efforts this year. Some of their recent scores: Mora 66, Questa 39; Mora 65, Robertson 53; Mora 61, McCurdy 23. They won against the Mesa Vista girls at the Northern Rio Grande Tournament with a score of 52-45.

    Coach David Salcido noted that one of the team’s top rebounders was not able  to play Saturday because of a knee injury.

  • Smith honored by RMAC

    Highlands University’s China Smith was named the Rocky Mountain Atheltic Conference Player of the Week following her efforts in games Jan. 28-29.

    Smith led her team to a road sweep over the Thunderwolves of Colorado State-Pueblo (60-52) and the Mountain Lions of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (77-68). Those two wins gave the Cowgirls a four-game win streak, the longest under head coach Tiffany Darling. NMHU lost twice this past weekend.

  • Bustos scores 27 vs. Cowgirls;...

    Her final appearance at the Wilson Complex was a coup de grace for Vera Jo Bustos.

    The onetime West Las Vegas star, now a senior at Adams State, torched the hometown Highlands Cowgirls for 27 points Friday evening, leding the Grizzlies to a 77-60 win.

  • Back on track

    Usually, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team is known for its high-octane offense. But it was the Cowboys’ defensive effort that proved essential to its Saturday night upset of Fort Lewis College.

    Highlands (16-5, 12-5) held the Skyhawks — the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division II Central Region — to 43 percent shooting and outrebounded them 41-27 in an 82-64 romp at the Wilson Complex.

  • A Super experience

    By Chris Jenkins
    AP Sports Writer

    IRVING, Texas — When it comes to Super Bowl experience, the Green Bay Packers are pretty, well, green.

    Even their coach.

    When Mike McCarthy leads his team into Cowboys Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, it will be his first time at the big game — even as a spectator.

    His family wanted to go, but he always said no. Not until one of his teams actually played in it.

  • Sports commentary: Herrera was a...

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a series of articles written on old-school athletics by Luna Community College sports performance instructor Henry Sanchez.

    By Henry Sanchez
    Special to the Optic

    In the world of athletics, if a coach or athlete is known by one name it is considered the ultimate sign of respect. For example there are Babe (Ruth), Bird (Larry), Michael (Jordan), Wilt (Chamberlain) and Kobe (Bryant) to name a few.

  • Highlands sweeps Springs teams

    Chris Newsome stole the ball with 11 seconds left and, after drawing a foul, sank one of two free throws to preserve a hard-fought 90-84 win by New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team against host Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday night.

    The final minute proved crucial.

    Alan Paul’s dunk had given the Mountain Lions an 84-82 lead with a minute left in regulation.

    Thomas Manzano answered with an old-school three-point play, making it 85-84.