Today's Sports

  • RHS boys debut in Taos tourney

    Robertson boys’ basketball is back for a promising winter season, and the Cardinals split their first two games at the Taos Invitational before having to forfeit the third-place game due to bad weather.

    The Cardinals routed the Escalante Lobos 80-45 on Thursday in their season debut under head coach David Bustos.

    Senior guard Dalan Abreu accounted for a game-high 15 points and was one of three Cardinals in double digits. Josh Brito provided the other significant backcourt punch, collecting 14 points and 10 assists. And Ryan Tafoya had 13 points.

  • Cotto stops Margarito

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Fueled by an exuberant crowd, Miguel Cotto targeted the eye. Cotto unloaded so many punishing uppercuts and head shots to Antonio Margarito, the Mexican star’s right eye was sealed shut.

    A crowd of 21,239 at Madison Square Garden gasped — then roared for Cotto to continue — as the squeamish scene flashed on the big screen.

  • Third-ranked Metro State teams...

    Ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II men’s basketball, the Metro State Roadrunners zipped past New Mexico Highlands 88-68 on Friday night in Denver as both schools opened the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference portion of their schedules.

    Metro State outshot the visiting Cowboys from the floor (47 percent to 40 percent) and got to the foul line more (making 27 of 39 free throws compared to 18 of 25 for NMHU). The Roadrunners also outrebounded their guests 43-33 and forced 22 turnovers.

  • Weather leads to cancellations

    Inclement weather over the weekend led to the first cancellations of the 2011-12 sports year in Las Vegas.

    The first casualty was West Las Vegas’ scheduled girls’ basketball game Friday night against Ruidoso. The Lady Warriors did not make the trip due to snow and icy road conditions resulting from the storm that struck much of the state beginning Friday and continuing Saturday.

    The West Las Vegas wrestling team had been scheduled to travel to Los Lunas for a tournament on Saturday morning but opted against making the trek.

  • Rodriguez: All-American

    For the second time in her illustrious career at New Mexico Highlands University, Julissa Rodriguez has earned All-American status.

    Rodriguez, a 5-5 senior from Kennewick, Wash., was most recently named to the Daktronics NCAA DII Women’s Soccer All-America Third Team. The honor was announced this past Thursday.

    Rodriguez, who played forward for the Cowgirls, ends her career at NMHU as a two-time All-American, a two-time Daktronics All-Region First Team Selection as well as a two-time Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year.

  • Storm, Tigers, Wildcats take...

    It took a two-touchdown fourth-quarter comeback, but the Lovington Wildcats are again state football champs in Class 3A.

    The Cats, whose resumé included wins over both Robertson and West Las Vegas this season, overcame a 10-0 deficit to beat St. Michael’s 14-10 on a chilly Saturday at Ivan Head Stadium in Santa Fe.

    The Horsemen (12-1) were denied an undefeated season and their first title since beating Robertson for it in 2007.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 5...

    • Robertson boys vs. Santa Fe Indian (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    • NMHU women at Northern New Mexico, 5 p.m., Española
    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Rosa (A,B), 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Santa Rosa (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    No varsity events scheduled


  • Learning the ancient skill of...

    The ancient skill of archery has become a favorite hobby for some of the Mora people and the local 4-H program is in full bloom. The school had a period of archery classes taught by the  Game and Fish Department. Now the Mora National Fish Hatchery is offering classes in archery. The hatchery held its first class in archery earlier this month.

  • HU’s Campbell: All-Region

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU

    Exceptional individual effort by New Mexico Highlands University football player Jordan Campbell this past season did not go unrewarded.

    Campbell, a junior linebacker, has been named to the 2011 Daktronics Super Region No. 3 First Team Defense. He led the nation in tackles for loss with 28.5, a number that set new program and conference single-season records.

  • Cowgirls down Ags in shootout

    Loaded with long-range firepower, Oklahoma Panhandle State wanted to turn Wednesday night’s women’s basketball game into a shootout.
    They did just that. But New Mexico Highlands had enough ammunition to keep up with the fire-at-will Aggies, and the host Cowgirls scored a 118-106 win at the Wilson Complex.

    Alyssa Lopez continued her hot start, leading all scorers with 33 points on 11-of-18 shooting. After a relatively quiet first couple of games, Whitley Coca delivered a breakout performance with 29 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals.