Today's Sports

  • National champs in town

    Colorado State-Pueblo, the team that won the NCAA Division II national football championship last December, will visit Perkins Stadium on Saturday, playing New Mexico Highlands in the regular-season finale for both sides.

    Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

    CSUP (9-1 overall, 8-0 RMAC) is ranked fourth in the nation and can clinch the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title with a win.

  • Rangel leads Cowboy grapplers

    Erick Rangel’s fourth-place finish in the 125-pound Elite division headlined the weekend for New Mexico Highlands wrestling in the University of Wyoming’s Cowboy Open.

    Rangel lost 9-0 to Isaac Jimenez of Air Force in the round of 16, but he battled back through the consolation bracket with four straight wins.

    He lost the third-place bout to Mitchell Brown of Utah Valley State, 17-2.

  • Spikers take on the State

    It’s already been a successful volleyball season for varsity teams at West Las Vegas, Robertson and Mora high schools.
    But the prizes at stake this weekend in Rio Rancho are what they’ve all been eyeing since the first bumps, sets and spikes of fall practice

    The Optic website, lasvegasoptic.com, will post the latest results from the state tournaments in Class 4A (WLV and RHS) and 2A (Mora) throughout the weekend. And the print editions out next week will have full coverage of area teams’ postseason runs.

  • District Champs
  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 12...

    •NMHU men vs. Eastern New Mexico at RMAC-Lone Star Shootout, 3 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    •NMHU women at Texas-Permian Basin, 4 p.m., Goodwell, Okla.
    •State tournaments: Class 2A quarters begin 8 a.m., Class 4A quarters begin 3 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

    •NMHU men vs. West Texas A&M at RMAC-Lone Star Shootout, 8 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    •NMHU women at Oklahoma-Panhandle State, 2 p.m., Goodwell, Okla.

  • 2005 champs reunite
  • 2005 champs reunite
  • Mora spikers second in pool

    Mora's volleyball team finished second in its three-team pool to start the Class 2A state tournament Thursday at Rio Rancho High School.

    The Rangerettes, the No. 3 seed overall entering the tourney, will play Jal at 5:45 p.m. in the first round. Winner moves on to play Mountainair at 8 a.m. Friday at the Santa Ana Star Center. Loser is eliminated.

    Fort Sumner-House won the pool and receive a first-round bye.

    In other pool play Thursday, West Las Vegas and Robertson were competing in Pools B and C, respectively, as part of the Class 4A tournament.

  • Highlands’ Kirui races to second...

    Collins Kirui of New Mexico Highlands finished just 2.4 seconds shy of the individual victory in Saturday’s NCAA Division II South Central cross country regional held in Canyon, Texas.

    Kirui’s second place assured him an individual qualification to nationals, to be held in Joplin, Mo., on Saturday, Nov. 21.
    The rest of the NMHU team wasn’t as fortunate. The men finished 11th and the women 20th, missing the cut to make nationals.

  • Finish line glory

    Pecos’ Julian Garcia crossed the finish line in 16:35, knowing he was a state champion.
    Within moments, he knew his whole Panther team was a champion, too.

    Pecos placed the first three boys’ runners in Saturday’s Class 3A state cross country race, four of the top five, five of the top eight, six of the top 10, and seven of the top 17, easily outpointing runner-up Laguna Acoma.

    The meet, hosted by Rio Rancho High School, was a culmination of a strong fall campaign for the Panthers, who are coached by Patrick Ortiz.