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Today's Sports

  • Local hunting show seeking...

    Optic readers are being encouraged to vote online for “Down the Road with Rick Rhoads” starring Jenna and J.T. Rhoads of Las Vegas.

  • Local fighters shine in Silver...

    Compared to almost everyone around him at Crespin’s Gym for this past weekend’s New Mexico Silver Gloves Championships, Amadeo Lopez didn’t bring much of a resumé of boxing accomplishments.

    He’s gone toe to toe with a number of opponents — on the tennis court.

    In the boxing ring?

    Not so much.

    In fact, the 15-year-old Las Vegan has only been training seriously for a few months, and his experience as a pugilist prior to the Silver Gloves event had been limited to a few sparring sessions.

  • Cards win Jag invite

    Daniel Martinez earned Outstanding Middleweight Wrestler honors — not to mention a 160-pound championship — in this past Friday’s 21st annual Jaguar Invitational, now a one-day event.

    In all, six Cardinals won individual titles, helping Robertson cruise to a team championship with 250.5 team points, ahead of Goddard, Santa Fe High and host Capital.

    Richard Montoya (103 lbs.), James Gonzales (125), Jeremy Valdez (135), Troy Estrada (145), and heavyweight Gabe Lovato joined Martinez in winning their weight classes.

  • Good Sports
  • Cards reach Prep tourney final

    The Robertson Cardinals made their first major waves of the boys’ basketball season over the weekend by reaching the finals of the Sandia Prep Invitational.

    Coach David Bustos’ Redbirds tempered that glory with a dose of perspective, however, as the host Sundevils bested them 70-45 on Saturday night in Albuquerque.

    Sandia Prep is 9-1 and ranked second among Class 3A boys’ teams, as it was most of last season. The Sundevils are considered a state title contender with a decent chance at upending top-rated Hope Christian.

  • Lady Dons 2-1 in SF tourney

    A consolation title, a sportsmanship trophy, an all-tournament team selection and an early win over a crosstown rival.

    Not a bad haul for the West Las Vegas girls’ basketball team and coach Jose Medina, who went 2-1 in the Capital City Invitational over the weekend in Santa Fe.

    It’s the first time in the hoops tourney’s history that a girls’ bracket has been included along with the boys’.

  • NMHU tagged with first loss

    Mesa State dealt visiting New Mexico Highlands its first defeat of the season Saturday night in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Mavericks won 89-82, ending the Cowboys’ season-opening win streak at six games.

    Highlands (6-1, 3-1 RMAC) had beaten Western State 77-66 the previous night in Gunnison, Colo.

    Thomas Manzano led NMHU with 21 points and seven rebounds; he went eight of 15 from the floor, helping the Cowboys shoot 53 percent.

  • Dons edge Pecos

    T.J. Esquibel sank three of four free throws within the last 34 seconds of regulation Friday night, securing a hard-fought 65-60 West Las Vegas win over Pecos at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Coach Morgan Montaño’s Dons improved to 3-3 overall and dropped

    Clyde Sanchez’s Panthers to a deceptive 1-3.

    With the exception of a strong second quarter for West Las Vegas, the game was closely contested throughout, as Pecos employed an effective press and created turnovers that led to transition opportunities.

  • Mesa needs overtime to beat...

    Highlands’ Cowgirls didn’t shoot very well Saturday night.

    Still, they stayed in the game with host Mesa State until overtime, when they went two for eight from the floor to end up losing 77-73.

    The defeat kept NMHU winless in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play at 0-4. Coach Tiffany Darling’s team is 3-7 overall.

    Beating Mesa State would have been a confidence-booster. At 6-2 overall and 3-1 in league play, the Lady Mavs are one of the early leaders in the RMAC.

  • Rodriguez named All-American

    Christmas came early for New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer standout Julissa Rodriguez, although she had to work pretty hard for these gifts.

    Rodriguez found out this week she has been named a third-team All-American by the   National Soccer Coaches Association of America. As was the case for Rodriguez’s NSCAA All-Region selection earlier this month, the All-America distinction is a first for Highlands soccer.