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Today's Sports

  • NMHU hoops back home

    Fans of New Mexico Highlands University basketball had better get their fix this weekend because the Cowboys and Cowgirls won’t be playing at home again until Jan. 14.

    NMHU hosts Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions on Friday and Colorado State-Pueblo ThunderWolves on Saturday. The women’s games tip off at 6 p.m. each night, with the men following at around 8.

    The Cowgirls are 3-7 overall and 0-4 in RMAC play under coach Tiffany Darling.

  • Cards electric vs. Pecos

    A power outage in the Meadow City bumped Wednesday night’s Robertson-Pecos boys’ basketball game from Mike Marr Gym to the Memorial Middle School campus.

    But that didn’t stop Justin Bustos and Josh Brito from trying to shoot the lights out at MMS.

    Bustos hit two 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Josh Brito swished three 3s on his way to 13 points in Robertson’s 74-60 victory.

  • Martinez triple-double lifts West

    Miranda Martinez came three rebounds shy of a quadruple-double as West Las Vegas (4-1) beat Socorro 67-54 in Class 3A girls’ basketball action Tuesday night in Socorro.

    Martinez filled the stat sheet with 15 points, 15 assists, 10 steals and seven rebounds.

    The game also showed West’s depth as younger players had a significant role. Cecilia Gutierrez scored a team-high 16, Alicia Cordova 12, Michelle Montaño 11. Michelle Tapia had nine rebounds for coach Jose Medina’s Lady Dons.

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    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.

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  • 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.