Today's Sports

  • Cowgirls sweep homestand

    Tanee Denson-Griffin posted a double-double Saturday night for the New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team, and a couple of teammates almost joined her in that feat.

    Denson-Griffin had 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Cowgirls defeated Colorado Christian 68-61 to complete a sweep of a two-game homestand to end the calendar year.

    Denson-Griffin, a 5-9 senior guard, recently got her first action in Highlands purple and white after transferring from the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

  • Oklahoma State nips Stanford in...

    By John Marshall
    AP College Football Writer

    GLENDALE, Ariz.  — Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Blackmon in their final collegiate game, leading No. 3 Oklahoma State to a 41-38 overtime win against Andrew Luck and No. 4 Stanford in a wildly entertaining Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.

    The most anticipated postseason game outside of the BCS championship, the Fiesta Bowl was an impressive offensive show, two of the nation’s best teams trading big plays and scores.

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 4, 2012

    • Robertson boys vs. St. Michael’s (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • NMHU vs. Fort Hays State, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex

    • Robertson girls vs. Ruidoso (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    • NMHU women and men vs. Fort Lewis, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • 2011 a year of change in LV...

    A quick rundown of some of 2011’s top local sports stories:
    Tragic losses

    Fabian Trujillo, an All-American runner for Highlands and a mentor to fellow runners and basketball players in the community, died in a car crash early in the year. At the time of his death, he had been Robertson’s cross country coach.

    Henry O. Sanchez, former mayor and longtime basketball coach, died of a heart attack in September.

    Former NMHU football coach Fred Bleil lost a battle with cancer in September.

  • Lady Cards 2nd in Goddard

    Jamie Allen and Jenna Rhoads were named to the all-tournament team of the Goddard Invitational after helping Robertson take second place in the event this past week.

    The Lady Cardinals rocked host Goddard 62-42 in Tuesday’s opener, getting 23 points from Allen and 14 from Kendra Montoya.

    In the semifinals, Allen tallied 27 as Robertson edged Gadsden 58-55; Shannen Lopez added eight points for RHS.

  • Redbirds return to Stu final

    For the third time in as many seasons, the Robertson Cardinals have made it a December to remember, reaching the championship game of the Stu Clark Tournament.

    Robertson shook off a pesky Moriarty squad with a 24-point fourth quarter to win 65-53 in Thursday’s semifinals.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 1...

    No varsity events scheduled

    No varsity events scheduled

    • Robertson girls vs. St. Michael’s (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls at Pojoaque (A, B,C), 4 p.m., Jacona

    • Robertson boys vs. St. Michael’s (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • Cowboys go for 104 vs. Eagles

    It took nearly four minutes for New Mexico Highlands to get on the scoreboard Wednesday night against Northern New Mexico College, but once the Cowboys (5-5) got started, they were impossible to stop.

    Highlands passed the century mark for the first time this season, shooting down the visiting Eagles 104-78 before several thousand fans at the Wilson Complex. The game tipped off close to 10 p.m. and didn’t finish until nearly midnight. The university planned the late start in conjunction with a full day of Stu Clark Tournament basketball at the Cowboys’ home gym.

  • Early thrills in Stu Clark...

    Matinee games beat the prime-time contests in terms of pure basketball drama on Wednesday as the 58th Stu Clark Tournament got under way at the Wilson Complex.

    The tournament concludes Friday with a full day of action. (See schedule for times; next week’s Optic will carry full coverage of the remainder of the tourney.)

    First, tourney newcomer Moriarty overcame a 10-point deficit to sneak past Silver 49-48. The Colts, who got double-digit scoring efforts from Alex Lopez (18), Derek Salas (12) and Brandon Reese (10 plus six boards), led 28-23 at halftime.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 20...

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado School of Mines, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Stu Clark Tournament: seventh-place game 9 a.m., fifth-place game (consolation final) 11 a.m., third-place game 1 p.m., championship 9 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson at Silver Duals, Silver City

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Christian, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex