Today's Sports

  • Never a dull moment in rivalry

    After their sons got involved in a physical skirmish on the court Saturday night, Robertson head coach David Bustos and his West Las Vegas counterpart Ernie Rodriguez exchanged words and had to be separated, highlighting the first East-West boys’ basketball clash of the year.

    Robertson, which got 17 points apiece from Antonio Arguello, Justin Bustos and Ryan Tafoya, ended up grabbing an 80-60 victory before a near-capacity crowd at Gillie Lopez Gym. The Cardinals, currently ranked fifth in Class 3A, moved to 2-0 in District 2-3A while the Dons fell to 0-2.

  • Four Lady Cards score in doubles

    Jamie Allen scored 18 points to lead four Lady Cardinals in double figures as Robertson ran away with a 78-45 victory over crosstown rival West Las Vegas Friday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    As would be the case in the East-West boys’ game the following evening across the Gallinas River, Friday’s game was tough and physical and loaded with effort from both sides. Allen notably labored for every inside basket, her path to the hoop encumbered with Lady Don defenders.

  • Road losses drop Cowboys to...

    A sluggish start to Saturday night’s game for New Mexico Highlands, coupled with dual 19-point efforts from Fort Lewis’ Matt Billups and Matt Morris, spelled doom for the Cowboys in Durango, Colo.

    Fort Lewis won 87-70 in a game that pushed the host Skyhawks ahead of Highlands in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings with four weeks remaining in the regular season. Fort Lewis is 11-9 overall and 9-7 in the RMAC, while NMHU is 10-11 and 8-9 — part of a three-way tie for seventh place in the 14-team league.

  • Nationally ranked FLC overwhelms...

    Submitted to the Optic

    DURANGO, Colo. — The seventh-ranked Fort Lewis women’s basketball team (18-2, 15-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) opened up a 20-0 lead en route to a 96-56 win over New Mexico Highlands (11-10, 7-10) Saturday at Whalen Gymnasium.

    “It was almost the difference to the game right from the very beginning,” said seventh-year FLC head coach Mark Kellogg, whose team didn’t allow the Cowgirls to score in the first 7:28.

  • Rangerettes lose a second time

    Peñasco became just the second team this season to defeat the Mora Rangerettes, holding on for a 53-48 win Friday night to take over first place in District 2-2A.

    Looming large in the game was the Lady Panthers’ might inside the paint.

    “We struggled with Peñasco’s bigs,” said Mora head coach Mark Cassidy. “We did not shoot well at all. Their bigs intimidated us inside, and our outside game was off.”

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

    • Robertson boys at Tucumcari (A,B), 5:30 p.m., Tucumcari
    • NMHU at Wayland Baptist, 7 p.m., Plainview, Texas

    • Robertson boys vs. Raton (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Robertson girls at Tucumcari (A,B), 2:30 p.m., Tucumcari
    • West Las Vegas boys at Taos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Taos
    • LCC at Lamar (DH), 1 p.m., Lamar, Colo.

  • District hoops play under way

    A new season — District 2-3A — has begun for local high school basketball teams, and as of Wednesday night, Robertson and West Las Vegas are both undefeated in girls’ hoops, at least within the district schedule.

    That will change Friday night, however, as the Lady Cardinals host their crosstown rivals at Mike Marr Gym.

  • Dons fall in Los Alamos

    In a final tuneup before the onset of the district schedule, West Las Vegas pushed Class 4A Los Alamos on the road before fading in the second half of a 65-41 loss on Tuesday evening.

    The Dons, who were led by forward Joe Ortiz (11 points), trailed just 25-19 at the break.

    But the Hilltoppers pulled away in the third period and led by 20 going into the final frame.

    Coach Ernie Rodriguez now gets his Dons ready for district games (Thursday at Raton, after this issue went to press, then Saturday against Robertson at Gillie Lopez Gym.)

  • Cards down Trojans

    Neither Robertson nor Wagon Mound may have been especially happy about the final score of their boys’ basketball game Wednesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    For the visiting Trojans, the 70-56 loss was one of the few they’ve tasted all season. For the Cardinals, it may have been a bit closer than they’d have liked.

    Still, Wednesday could be considered win-win for both.

  • NMHU women leap to No. 11

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field team are breathing rarified air these days, having jumped four spots to No. 11 in the NCAA Division II national rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

    It’s the highest in-season ranking in the program’s history.