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Today's Sports

  • Robertson hoops teams go 0-for-2...

    Banged up or not, slow start or not, the St. Michael’s basketball teams successfully defended their home court this week against visiting Robertson.

    On Tuesday night, the Lady Horsemen (7-9) held on for a 57-48 win against the Lady Cardinals (6-5).

    The key may have been the opening quarter, controlled by St. Mike’s to the tune of a 19-3 score.

    Erica Herrera, a Robertson point guard, starred with 11 points.

    Christiana Gabaldon led St. Mike’s with a game-high 14.

  • Lobos nip Rebels to open MWC

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Los Alamos native Alex Kirk scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 25 New Mexico to a 65-60 win over No. 24 UNLV on Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.

    Justin Hawkins hit a three-pointer with 3:25 left to cap a 7-0 UNLV run that gave it a 58-56 lead. Then New Mexico (14-2, 1-0) took over, closing the game on a 9-2 run.

  • Two NMHU players in NFLPA bowl

    Two New Mexico Highlands University senior football players will have a chance to showcase their skills on a major stage as they pursue dreams of playing in the NFL.

    Jordan Campbell, a 6-0, 230-pound middle linebacker from Corona, Calif., has agreed to play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 19, the NFLPA announced.

    Campbell will join Highlands teammate Abdul Kanneh, a 6-0, 170-pound cornerback from London who had already accepted an offer to play in the game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 11...

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Fort Lewis, 6 and 8 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Portales Shootout, TBA, Portales
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Lovington, 5 p.m., Lovington
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

  • Hall doors stay closed this time

    The Associated Press

  • Rangerettes, Panthers win NRG

    The Pecos Panthers and Mora Rangerettes are getting plenty of practice hoisting tournament trophies this basketball season. Their fans can only hope that practice will come in handy in February and March.

    Both teams earned titles Saturday, winning the boys’ and girls’ brackets in the Northern Rio Grande Invitational hosted at Pojoaque High School.

  • RHS exploits Socorro turnovers

    Ryan Tafoya scored 14 of his 16 points in the first quarter Saturday, setting the tone early in Robertson’s 83-61 romp over visiting Socorro.

    The Cardinals and head coach Manuel Romero were to play at St. Michael’s (4-7) on Wednesday in what figures to be an interesting non-district encounter.  

    Getting off to a good start against Socorro was mainly a product of the Cardinals’ opportunistic defense, which converted three steals directly into fast break points as RHS (3-5) raced to leads of 9-0 and 15-3.

  • Cowboys split on Denver trip

    Shooting at a 54 percent clip and holding their own on the glass helped New Mexico Highlands drop host Regis 73-61 on Saturday. It also salvaged a split of the Cowboys’ two-game stay in Denver.

    Highlands is 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Cowboys  were coming off their biggest test to date, Friday night’s 92-71 loss to Metro State, the No. 2 ranked team in NCAA Division II men’s basketball.

  • Lady Dons fell Moriarty

    West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team ran its record to 10-3 on Monday night, beating Class 4A Moriarty on the road, 53-31.

    It was a big night for the backcourt. Jayme Quintana led the Lady Dons with 16 points, while Deanna Bustos and Celeste Trujillo scored 11 apiece.

    Michelle Tapia added eight for WLV.

    Moriarty is 1-12 this season.

    The Lady Dons are scheduled to play at Lovington on Friday evening as they continue an extended road swing. West’s next home game is the District 2-3A opener Jan. 23 against Robertson.

  • NHL back in business

    By Larry Lage
    AP Hockey Writer

    The NHL appears headed toward a 48-game season for the second time in two decades.

    “I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday to The Associated Press.

    The NHL shortened its 82-game slate to 48 games for the 1994-95 season after a 103-day lockout. A 301-day lockout in 2004-05 made the NHL the first major North American professional sports league to lose an entire season.