Today's Sports

  • Nip and tuck - Lady Dons defeat...

    Going down to the last minute, the first district girls’ basketball game of the year went to West Las Vegas, 55-50, on Wednesday at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Lady Dons (13-5) sealed the win when Celeste Trujillo caught a full-court lob from Deanna Bustos, made a short sprint ahead of the Robertson defense, and laid the ball up and in. The sequence left the host Lady Cardinals less than a full second to try a desperation shot that went awry.

  • Cowboys’ NFL dreams kindled in...

    While it’s unclear what kind of impression New Mexico Highlands linebacker Jordan Campbell made on NFL scouts in this past weekend’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, he certainly grabbed the attention of sportscasters calling the game.

    Campbell drew raves with his individual effort for Herm Edwards’ American team, which lost 34-0 to Dick Vermeil’s National squad.

    “He’s got exactly what you want in a linebacker — read and react,” said Bill Polian. Polian is best known for his years as an executive with the Indianapolis Colts.

  • Cardinal frontcourt key in...

    Robertson didn’t need much of an opening, and when the visiting Mora Rangers had a three-and-a-half-minute dry spell early in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals took full advantage.
    RHS rolled to a 72-59 win before a strong bipartisan crowd Tuesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    Ryan Tafoya, attacking the rim with bad intentions, led the Cardinals with 22 points, eight of which came in the final period.

    Mora’s Lorenzo Chavez scored 10 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter, which ended in a 17-17 tie.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 25...

    • Mora boys and girls (A,B) vs. Clayton, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Pecos boys and girls (A,B) vs. Mesa Vista, 4 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • Wagon Mound boys at Cimarron, 5 p.m., Cimarron
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. Raton, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at New Mexico Collegiate Invitational, 8 a.m., Albuquerque


  • Cheers!
  • 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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