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Today's Sports

  • Former HU baseball standout now...

    LAKEWOOD, NJ — Former New Mexico Highlands University baseball standout Freddy Flores has been hired as head softball coach of Georgian Court University, the school announced this week.

    Georgian Court University Director of Athletics and Recreation Laura Liesman broke the news in a release issued Tuesday afternoon.

  • Cowboys nip Orediggers on road

    Roman Andrade made four of four foul shots and teammate Kelvin Franklin hit both of his free throws over the final 30 seconds Saturday night to seal New Mexico Highlands’ 76-73 road victory over Colorado School of Mines.

    NMHU improved to 8-5 overall and 2-3 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play while also snapping a two-game slide.

    Chris Dunn had tied the contest at 67-67, also via two free throws, with 2:13 left. A couple possessions later, Chop Tang knocked down a three-pointer.

  • Alone at the top!

    West Las Vegas girls’ basketball coach Jose “Majic” Medina had seen it before — a Lady Dons team falling behind by a few points in a big game, getting caught up in the moment, its collective confidence shaken, and letting a small deficit turn into a gaping chasm from which there would be no escape.

    Not this time.

  • Cowgirls come close

    GOLDEN, Colo. — Angie Charchalis drained a pair of free throws in the final five seconds to help secure a 60-58 win for Colorado School of Mines over visiting New Mexico Highlands on Saturday evening in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action at Lockridge Arena.   

    Twice in the final minute, the Cowgirls (6-6 overall, 1-4 RMAC) slashed the lead to three points before running out of time.

  • West girls stop Lovington in...

    In one of the bigger moments in program history, West Las Vegas rocked Lovington 72-55 in girls basketball Friday at Gillie Lopez Gym. Both teams tied for No. 1 Wednesday in the NMHSCA poll of Class 3A. West's win makes the Lady Dons 11-1. See Monday's Optic for details.

  • Cowboy wrestler upsets No. 1...

    New Mexico Highlands 125-pounder Seth Wright upset the No. 1-ranked wrestler in NCAA Division II in a competitive but ultimately unsuccessful dual meet Friday at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.

    The Grizzlies, rated No. 10 in the nation, won the dual 29-15.

    Wright’s effort in a 9-4 decision over national finals regular Arsenia Barksdale was one highlight for the Cowboys and coach Doug Moses, who returned to the mats after the holiday break. Wright is now 5-1 overall.

  • Several area teams ranked

    The latest New Mexico High School Coaches Association polls have a number of area basketball teams rated among the best in the state.

    West Las Vegas’ Lady Dons top the list, ranking No. 1 among the state’s Class 3A girls’ squads. WLV is tied with Lovington, whom the Lady Dons host on Friday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym. West is coached by Jose “Majic” Medina.

    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals are ranked eighth in the same poll after a recent run to the championship game in a Roswell Goddard tournament.

  • Top 3A girls' teams meet...

    It’s bigger than No. 1 vs. No. 2.

    It’s No. 1 vs. No. 1.

    When West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team plays Lovington on Friday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym, it’ll be a matchup between the state’s top two Class 3A teams — and it’s rare for the Meadow City to host such a contest in any sport.

    The Lady Dons and the visiting Wildcat girls, who tip off at 3:30, are in the unique position of sharing the No. 1 ranking in the latest New Mexico High School Coaches’ Association poll, released Wednesday.

  • Silver mettle

    Though they fielded wrestlers in just 10 of 14 weight classes, Robertson went a respectable 3-4 in the year-ending Silver Duals.

    Each of the Cardinal grapplers won at least once, and six posted winning records in the event, held last week in Silver City.

    Daniel Martinez (152 lbs.) went 7-0, recording early falls in every match. Johnathan Lucero (140) continued a strong start, going 6-1. Estevan Baca (215) also compiled a 6-1 record.

  • West extends Goddard but falls...

    For one half Saturday, West Las Vegas’ boys’ basektball team played well enough to ground the Class 4A Goddard Rockets.

    In a season of learning and building for coach Morgan Montaño’s squad, that is a positive sign.

    But it wasn’t nearly enough for the Dons to pull the upset. Ahead just four points at intermission, Goddard took off in the second half for a 72-55 win.