Today's Sports

  • Last games of the year
  • Stu Clark lineup loaded with...

    Some holiday basketball tournaments are made to order affairs for the home teams, providing them with the easiest path possible to the finals.
    Not this one.
    If anything, the 59th edition of the Stu Clark Tournament brings to town a field of visiting teams that will undoubtedly strengthen Robertson and West Las Vegas — in terms of strength of schedule and just plain old December dues-paying — but will also make finals appearances hard to come by.

  • Sports 2012 - Year was painful...

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer
    Good riddance, 2012.
    The year that almost was left us with a string of hideous story lines.
    From the ongoing repulsiveness of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State to Lance Armstrong being stripped of his Tour de France titles for injecting himself with everything but the kitchen sink.

  • Prep Roundup - Cardinal...

    Richard “Rico” Montoya captured third place to lead Robertson’s effort in the Old Chicago wrestling tournament Dec. 21-22 in Greeley, Colo.

    Montoya’s record sustained the first blemish of the season in a 10-8 sudden-victory setback vs. A.J. Rees of Discovery Canyon (Colo.) during the 120-pound semifinals.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 28...

    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell
    • Stu Clark Tournament (boys): consolation games 1 and 3 p.m., semifinals 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Tri-Cities Boys’ Basketball Tournament: consolation games 1 and 3 p.m., semifinals 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Montoya Gym, Mora
    • Robertson freshman boys at Maxwell, TBA, Maxwell
    • Robertson at Silver Duals, TBA
    • NMHU men vs. Lubbock Christian, 3 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Denver stays on top of NFL poll

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Peyton Manning and his Broncos are closing in on the playoffs as the top team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.
    Denver strengthened its grip on the top spot Wednesday following its 10th win in a row, receiving nine first-place votes and 381 points in balloting by The Associated Press panel of 12 media members who regularly cover the league.

  • West girls win in nailbiter vs....

    A gritty victory over one of Class 3A’s perennial state contenders was an early Christmas present for the West Las Vegas Lady Dons.

    Make no mistake — they earned it.

    West’s Michelle Tapia took a crisp pass across the lane from Jayme Quintana and laid the ball in for the game-winning bucket in a 45-43 verdict over Portales on Saturday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The basket came with just 16 seconds left in a game that saw six ties and a dozen lead changes — six of them in the final quarter alone.

  • Holiday tourneys on tap in Vegas...

    Merry Christmas, basketball fans of northern New Mexico.

    A souped-up Stu Clark Tournament bracket and a Tri-Cities tourney loaded with the area’s favorite small schools await.

    Both boys’ tournaments run from Thursday through Saturday.

    The Stu, in its 59th year, will be hosted at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. The Tri, also a longtime holiday tradition, is being held at Mora’s Montoya Gym.

  • Unbeaten no longer, Lobos get ‘...

    AP and Optic reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Lobos’ 12-game undefeated streak to start the season hit an unexpected speed bump Saturday at The Pit.

    You could say it got “jacked” by the Jackrabbits.

    Nate Wolters scored 28 points and handed out seven assists, leading South Dakota State to a 70-65 upset of No. 16 New Mexico. UNM plays a highly anticipated game at No. 11 Cincinnati (12-0) on Wednesday night.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 26...

    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell
    • Tri-Cities Boys’ Basketball Tournament: Santa Rosa vs. McCurdy, 1 p.m., Pecos vs. Escalante, 3 p.m., Wagon Mound vs. Monte del Sol, 5:30 p.m., Mora vs. Peñasco, 7:30 p.m., Montoya Gym, Mora