Today's Sports

  • Shorthanded Lady Cards can’t...

    When you’re trying to match the muscle and physicality of a team like Portales’ Lady Rams, you need all hands on deck if possible.

    That wasn’t the case Friday night for Robertson, which lost its home opener 45-36 while missing the services of three key players, all sidelined by injuries.

    Portales improved to 7-2 while Robertson slipped to 4-2.

    Both squads entered the weekend ranked in the middle of the Class 3A Top 10 — RHS at No. 5, Portales No. 6.

  • Lady Dons take down Bernalillo

    A string of 20 uninterrupted points changed the game Thursday night as host West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team routed Bernalillo 62-36 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Beginning with a hoop by Lady Don guard Louanna Valencia with a couple of minutes left in the first quarter, West embarked on a run resulting in a 24-5 advantage by the 5:55 mark of the second period, when Michelle Tapia knocked down the second of two free throws.

  • Clippers on record run

    The Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES — After the Los Angeles Clippers set a record for the longest winning streak in franchise history, Chris Paul was thinking about Ron Harper, Corey Maggette and other former players who endured all that losing.
    Paul had 24 points and 13 assists to help the Clippers, for decades synonymous with long losing streaks, break a 38-year-old club mark with their 12th consecutive victory Friday night, 97-85 over the Sacramento Kings.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 24...

    No local sporting events scheduled

    No local sporting events scheduled

    • 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

    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell

  • Mora teams sweep Springer

    With Chantel Rivera leading the way by tallying a game-high 24 points, the Mora girls’ basketball team stayed undefeated Thursday, rolling past Springer 55-39.

    The Rangerettes (5-0) got 10 points from Destiny Pacheco.

    Meanwhile, the Mora boys’ squad (5-2) romped past Springer 79-41 on Thursday.

    Lorenzo Chavez (22 points), Cody Najar (19), Jeremiah Olivas (10), Curtis Vasquez and Amrick Velasquez (10) led the Rangers.  

  • Lobos complete sweep of Ags

    The Associated Press and Optic staff
    Kendall Williams tied a career high with 24 points, including nine during a first-half run that brought New Mexico back from a double-digit deficit, and the No. 16 Lobos beat rival New Mexico State for the second time in a week with a 68-63 win Wednesday night in Las Cruces.
    Tony Snell added 11 points for New Mexico (12-0), which matched the second-best start in school history.

  • Near fall
  • Cruz salutes a fallen fan

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

  • Tri-Cities basketball tourney...

    Mora High School will host the annual Tri-Cities Boys’ Basketball Tournament, one of the premier small-school events of the hoops season, beginning on Thursday of next week.
    The eight-team tournament will run through Saturday, Dec. 29, at Montoya Gym in Mora.
    In the opening afternoon session, Santa Rosa plays McCurdy at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. That game will be followed by Pecos vs. Escalante at 3 o’clock.

  • Mines athletics leads nation

    Submitted to the Optic
    CLEVELAND — After the completion of seven fall NCAA championships, Colorado School of Mines remains atop the standings in the Learfield Cup, a nationwide competition measuring performance in up to 14 intercollegiate sports.
    Colorado School of Mines, based in Golden, Colo., is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and a rival of New Mexico Highlands University.