Today's Sports

  • Cowgirls leap to 8th in nationals

    New Mexico Highlands University’s women captured eighth place in the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships over the weekend in Mankato, Minn.

    The eighth-place national finish is the highest for any NMHU team since the school became affiliated with the NCAA in 1992.

  • Illness can’t keep Highlands...

    By Chros McDougall

    MANKATO, Minn. — Jillisa Grant got to Minnesota for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, and she immediately got sick.
    Her nose ran. She coughed. Grant called it the flu.

    “When I wake up in the morning I feel horrible,” she said.

    The situation was not ideal for her debut at the indoor championships. Yet three days later, on Friday, Grant leapt 6.26 meters (26 feet, 6 1/2 inches) on her first attempt in the long jump finals.

  • Young Dons off to 3-1 start

    What this year’s version of West Las Vegas baseball lacks in age, it is making up for with poise, hunger, coachability and — yes — experience.

    The Dons have won three of their first four games, beating Santa Fe Indian 11-4 and Socorro 8-4 and 6-5. The lone loss, a 13-1 setback, came against an excellent Hope Christian club expected to contend for a state title come mid-May.

  • 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).