Today's Sports

  • Cowboys take 3 of 4 in Nebraska

    Not even the chilly Midwestern winter air could cool the hot New Mexico Highlands bats over the weekend, as the Cowboys won three of four games at Nebraska-Kearney.

    Highlands took the first three games by scores of 10-8, 26-10 and 10-2 before falling in Sunday’s series finale, 12-2.

    It’s an important series win for the Cowboys (13-2 overall and 7-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). UNK has been one of the top three or four teams in the RMAC postseason picture for a number of years.

  • Lobos, Aggies to ‘Dance’

    Las Vegas Optic staff and wire reports

    Saturday night was all right for dancing as both of New Mexico’s major college men’s basketball teams earned tickets to the Big Dance — the NCAA Tournament.

    Drew Gordon’s double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds capped a strong Mountain West tournament run for the University of New Mexico senior forward and earned him Most Valuable Player honors in the Lobos’ 68-59 triumph over No. 18 San Diego State on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    • NMHU at Western New Mexico (DH), noon, Silver City

    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Aztec tournament, TBA, Aztec
    • Robertson at APS Duals, 7:30 a.m., Albuquerque

    • LCC vs. Trinidad State JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park

  • Grant national long jump champ

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Jillisa Grant added the indoor national championship to her 2011 outdoor win in the long jump with a record-setting performance this past Friday afternoon in Mankato, Minn.

    Grant broke the longest-standing women’s indoor record in NCAA Division II with a leap of 6.26 meters (20-6) to erase Norfolk State’s Chandra Sturrup’s mark of 6.24 meters set in 1995.

  • A Trojan epic

    ALBUQUERQUE — Before Friday, the last time a Wagon Mound boys’ basketball team hoisted a state championship trophy, the Four Seasons were topping the pop charts with their ode to “December 1963 (Oh What A Night).”

    On Friday, the Trojans and longtime coach Bobby Clouthier might have been inspired to sing their own version of that happy tune.

  • Cards just shy against St. Mike’s

    ALBUQUERQUE — Justin Bustos launched his jump shot, this one from three-point territory on the far right corner, and watched it arc high in the air like so many thousands of others he’d put up over the years. The ball rotated rhythmically and sliced crisply into the middle of the hoop, pulling the nylon strings slightly taut. Nearby, a referee extended both arms to signal a three-point basket.

    The buzzer sounded on the hallowed floor of The Pit.

  • Rangerettes fall in semis

    A valiant 28-point, 14-rebound effort by Andrea Romero and a spirited comeback by the Mora Rangerettes weren’t enough to get them past defending state champion Navajo Pine in the Class 2A girls’ state tournament semifinals this past Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Navajo Pine, the No. 6 seed and eventual state runner-up, outscored Mora 6-3 in overtime to pull off a 46-43 win, ending a historic Rangerettes season that saw them set a new school record for wins with 28 (with just three losses).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    Track and field
    • NMHU at NCAA Indoor Nationals, TBA, Mankato, Minn.

    • West Las Vegas at Pojoaque Valley (DH), 3 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas at Española Valley, 4 p.m., Española

    • NMHU at Western New Mexico (DH), noon, Silver City


  • Colts, Manning go separate ways

    By Michael Marot
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning is getting an early glimpse into life as a free agent.

    Hours after a tearful, trying farewell news conference in Indianapolis, Manning flew back to his home in Miami and was immediately peppered with questions about his next landing spot. He’d better get used to it. The scene is likely to play out at every destination he visits until he decides where to play next season.

  • Cards make Final Four

    Justin Bustos shredded the Shiprock Chieftains for three dozen points — including a whopping 16 in the first quarter alone — and led Robertson to a 95-63 triumph over Shiprock on Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.