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Today's Sports

  • Locals excel in 4-H rodeo

    Submitted to the Optic

    This past season in 4-H rodeo, two young Las Vegas cowboys took the reins on the competition.

    Sidney Sena and Carlos “Chip” Ortiz both represented the area in the New Mexico 4-H finals in Las Cruces and brought home top honors.

    Sena, a native of Mora, brought home a first place ribbon in calf roping, a second place in breakaway roping, a second in ribbon roping and a second in the All-Around for high points in the season.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 8...

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Eastern Arizona CC (DH), noon, Thatcher, Ariz.
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Taos tourney, TBA, Taos
    Softball
    • LCC at Lamar CC (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.
    • NMHU vs. Azusa Pacific and Humboldt State, 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.

    Saturday
    Baseball

  • Augustus French’s block party...

    Do you have a fear of rejection?
    Then don’t bring that weak stuff when you’re driving the basketball against Augustus “Auggie” French.
    The 6-foot-7 New Mexico Highlands sophomore has been putting the “power” in power forward this season with his defensive prowess.
    He blocked eight shots over the weekend in games at Colorado State-Pueblo and UC-Colorado Springs. On Jan. 18, he shattered a league record by swatting 12 shots in one game against Chadron State.

  • Rico leads RHS effort

    A methodical performance in the 120-pound championship match resulted in a major decision for Robertson’s Rico Montoya against Los Lunas’ Ricardo Alvarado on Saturday afternoon.
    The win, Robertson’s only title in the Cardinal Classic’s Gold bracket, helped stake RHS to an eighth-place team finish in the field of nearly two dozen schools.

  • Mora girls rout Monte

    Monte del Sol was no match for the Mora Rangerettes this past Saturday evening.
    Mora steamrolled through their District 4-2A foe 61-18 to improve to 18-2 overall.
    Again, a fast start provided the Rangerettes ample breathing room; they sprinted to a 20-2 spread after the first eight minutes, and it was 37-9 at halftime. It was 52-14 at the end of three periods.
    Destiny Pacheco scored a game-high 17 points and also sparked the defense with seven steals. Chantel Rivera filled the stat sheet with 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals.

  • NMHU softball, LCC baseball make...

    Lynnsey Johnson smacked a two-run double with two outs in the top of the seventh, plating the tying and winning runs in New Mexico Highlands’ 13-12 victory over Southwest Oklahoma State on Sunday.
    Cowgirl pitcher Jessica Brink then held SWOSU to one hit and no runs in the bottom half of the inning, securing the win — and a weekend split of four games.
    The season-opening series was played in Weatherford, Okla.
    NMHU dropped the first two games on Saturday, 4-2 and 7-2.

  • Super Bowl: No. 3 all-time...

    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — With a partial power outage, an overly excited quarterback and a game that suddenly turned from snoozer to sizzler, CBS had its hands full at the Super Bowl. The game fell short of setting a viewership record, but it stands as the third most-watched program in U.S. television history.

  • Cowgirls hope for home boost

    Three of the four NMHU women’s basketball wins this season have come at the Wilson Complex. Coach Tiffany Darling and company hope to get a boost from their return to their home gym.

    The Cowgirls lost both games on the road swing through southern Colorado over the weekend.

    After falling 61-36 Friday evening at Colorado State-Pueblo, they came up short in a 74-53 loss Saturday at UC-Colorado Springs —one of the best teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at 15-4 overall and 12-3 in league play.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 6...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls (A,B) vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Softball
    • LCC at Lamar CC (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Eastern Arizona CC (DH), noon, Thatcher, Ariz.

  • Amanda wins battle of the Boom...

    Las Vegas boxer Amanda Crespin scored a unanimous decision over Brenda Gonzales on Friday night at Crowne Plaza hotel in Albuquerque.

    Crespin improves to 7-4-1 as a professional, and she has now won three consecutive fights.

    In beating Gonzales, who shares Crespin’s ring nickname of “Boom Boom,” the 21-year-old Crespin took down a solid foe whose mettle has been tested in mixed martial arts as well as boxing.

    Gonzales, 30, a native of Moriarty, falls to 2-1 as a pro boxer.