Today's Sports

  • Mora sluggers break through

    The Mora Rangers picked up a breakthrough win in their first district baseball contest of the season on March 30, downing Peñasco 7-6.

    Mora sophomore pitcher Manuelray Benavidez earned the win after striking out 11 in seven innings. The Rangers’ leading hitter was Marcelino Herrera, who went 3 for 3. Benavidez helped his own cause, going 3 for 4, and senior Garrick Martinez hit 2 for 3.

    Mora couldn’t quite keep the momentum going in its next district game Tuesday in Pecos. The host Panthers won 3-1.

  • Gents back in action
  • Sipapu open again for skiers

    Submitted to the Optic

    VADITO, N.M. — After picking up more than a foot of new snow Monday night, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort announced Tuesday morning it would open for ski operations once more.

    Sipapu had been open weekends only since March 31, but after getting pounded with 14 inches of new snow last night, officials made the call to fire up the lifts again Tuesday morning.

  • Go Fish - April 6, 2012


    CHARETTE LAKES: Trout fishing fair using salmon eggs.  
    CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing was generally slow for all species. A few walleye were taken by anglers using jig and minnow combinations. Fishing pressure was light. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 50s.
    COYOTE CREEK: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait. Big fish reported this past week was a 14-inch brown.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 6...

    • NMHU at Metro State (DH), noon, Denver
    • Robertson hosts Cardinal Invite, 9 a.m., Gene Torres Golf Course (RESCHEDULED from Monday)
    • LCC vs. Lamar CC (DH), 11 a.m., Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo (DH), noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at UNM, TBA, Albuquerque


  • Bustos leads all-state selections

    Justin Bustos’ remarkable senior season received a crowning honor this past month with the announcement of his selection to the Class 3A boys’ basketball all-state team.

    Bustos led Robertson in scoring and was among the state and team leaders in several statistical categories, helping the Cardinals reach the state semifinals in March.

  • Cowgirls recover, earn split...

    A pair of bounce-back efforts on Sunday secured a doubleheader sweep and a four-game series split for New Mexico Highlands softball in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play against visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    The Cowgirls, who’d lost both ends of a Saturday twinbill with the Mountain Lions, trailed by three runs in Sunday’s opener but put together four runs in each of the third and fourth innings to prevail 8-4.

  • ‘Cats claim crown

    The Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS — Before his confetti-flecked suit gets back from the cleaners, John Calipari will be on the road.

    Such is life for a coach who recruits all that NBA-ready talent — especially when those players get in the habit of bringing championships back to their ol' Kentucky home.

  • Luna softball finds success on...

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    It was a largely successful road trip for the Luna Community College Lady Rough Riders, who swept Clarendon 5-3 and 5-4 last Wednesday and took one of four games from North Platte Community College in games played Friday and Saturday.

    They lost to North Platte 4-3, 10-1 and 8-5 and won 5-3.

    The Lady Rough Riders are now 8-23 on the year.

  • Vatos rumble past Brujos

    Submitted to the Optic

    After solid wins over Las Cruces (31-20) and Albuquerque (28-18), the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos Rugby Club will host Santa Fe  at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Perkins Stadium.