Today's Sports

  • Lady Cards rally not enough vs....

    Falling behind by 14 points at halftime, the Robertson Lady Cardinals chopped all but five points off that lead late in the third quarter — only to see Santa Fe Indian pull away again.

    The final result? The defending state champions broke free with a 68-47 win Tuesday night, eliminating Robertson from the Class 3A girls’ state basketball tournament.

  • Cowgirl softball rides again

    Las Vegas Optic

    Lynette Directo went 6 for 7 with a home run and two RBI in two games Wednesday, helping Highlands sweep Western New Mexico 6-0 and 12-3 at Cowgirl Field.

    Jenelle Klassen earned complete-game pitching wins, stirking out six Mustangs while allowing just two earned runs.

    The Cowgirls (11-12 overall, 6-4 RMAC) have won three straight.

  • Rec league volleyball planned

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center is now taking team registrations for its spring 2012 co-ed volleyball league.

    Games will be played on Wednesdays beginning April 4 and continuing until May 9.

    A single-elimination tournament will follow.

    League is considered non-competitive fun league class B and C, and rec center staff will referee games.

    Team registrations will be taken through March 30. Team fee is $150.

  • Go Fish - March 9, 2012

    This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Charette Lakes: Opened March 1.  Fishing is fair for trout and perch.
    Cimarron River: More water is open from the Palisades to Ute Park but water level is very low.

  • BREAKING: Mora girls win in...

    A couple of consecutive three-pointers by Angel Valencia and a go-ahead bucket by Andrea Romero with just a couple seconds left propelled the Mora Rangerettes past a well-prepared Clayton team 47-45 in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A girls’ state basketball tournament on Tuesday afternoon in Rio Rancho.

  • Madness is here!

    As the state high school basketball tournaments shift to the quarterfinals in the metropolitan area of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, Mora High head coaches James Branch and Mark Cassidy know their teams have a small-town secret weapon.
    Their fans.

    “I would like to thank the Mora fans for their support this season,” said Cassidy, whose Rangerettes were to play Clayton in Tuesday’s Class 2A girls’ quarters at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • Cowgirls split with Mesa

    Beginning and ending their four-game home series against Colorado Mesa with wins, the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls moved their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record to 5-3 while getting to 10-8 overall.

    Highlands took the Saturday opener 12-10, then lost 11-1. The next day, the Cowgirls fell 11-6 before closing with a 7-4 win.

  • Cowboys sweep Rangers

    A clean sweep of Regis over the weekend in Denver has New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team off to one of its strongest starts in years at 10-1 overall and 4-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

    Highlands has won six in a row and continues the RMAC schedule with a four-game series at Nebraska-Kearney this coming weekend.

    NMHU won 7-3 and 6-1 on Saturday and 14-9 and 7-5 on Sunday.

  • Riders nearly upset No. 1...

    Luna Community College’s baseball team came within a half inning of a monumental upset of Western Oklahoma State — the top-ranked team in junior college baseball — over the weekend in Altus, Okla.
    The Rough Riders led 3-2 going into the final frame of one game in its four-game series but gave up crucial base hits and the tying and go-ahead runs. As a result, Western Oklahoma State completed a sweep of the series by scores of 7-0, 12-0, 4-3 and 9-2.

  • NFL teams rely on franchise tags...

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    NEW YORK — It pays to play a skill position in the NFL, like New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, or receivers Wes Welker and Dwayne Bowe.

    It also pays to be a kicker, as five placekickers and one punter were given franchise tags, protecting their current teams from losing them without compensation.

    The NFL’s deadline for applying the tags was Monday afternoon, and a late flurry saw 10 players added to the list. In all, 21 players were tagged.