Today's Sports

  • Cowboys, Grizzlies hungry to...

    Which Adams State team awaits New Mexico Highlands on Saturday in Alamosa, Colo.?

    The ferocious Grizzlies of Sept. 13, who gave nationally 20th ranked Chadron State a scare before succumbing 37-26?

    Or the quieter version of a week ago, which laid a goose egg in a 37-0 loss to Nebraska-Kearney?

    Both teams are 0-4 and trying to turn the tide.

    Adams State’s main shortcoming has been its defense, which has surrendered 306.8 yards and 42.8 points a game.

  • Ruidoso tops Robertson in key...

    Thursday’s dream matchup between two of the best Class 3A volleyball teams in New Mexico was anything but dreamy, as it turned out, particularly for the Robertson Lady Cardinals.

    Visiting Ruidoso (9-3 overall) swept Robertson (6-4) in a contest that never quite lived up to the billing.

    Both sides seemed to play tight through much of the match, leading to uncharacteristic breakdowns, and neither was able to sustain any momentum.

  • Local runners have solid weekend

    Highlights compiled from cross country meets involving local runners over the weekend:

    Kachina Classic (hosted by New Mexico State University, Las Cruces)

    Men’s race

    1. Nicolas Kipruto, Din, 15:31.6

    2. Japheth Ng'ojoy, UTEP, 15:35.2

    3. Laurent Ngirakamaro, NMHU, 15:40.7

    8. Nicaise Kazingo, NMHU, 16:24.6

    10. Alberto Espinoza, unattached, NMHU, 16:47.3

    19. Gabriel Vidal, NMHU, 17:14.8

    43. Will Jarmeko-Wright, NMHU, 18:19.6

    50. Josh Garcia, NMHU, 18:44.0

    55. Cesar Alviso, NMHU, 18:57.0

  • OPTIC POWER PICKS leaderboard

    Editor's note: The following are the latest standings in the Optic Power Picks competition as of Sept. 30, 2008. The contest, which involves weekly predictions on pro football games, remains open through the end of the season. To join, simply e-mail your predicted winners of the coming week's NFL games to dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com or magnummania@yahoo.com. Deadline each week is midnight Wednesday.

  • Mora spikers do it again, win...

    Back-to-back, back-to-back.

    The Mora Rangerettes, defending champs in the Northern Rio Grande Tournament and Cimarron Invite, repeated 2007’s accomplishment by winning their second consecutive tournament over the weekend.

    Leslie Vigil’s green and white machine did what it was expected to do — win both tournaments again.

    Coming out of pool play in second place, Mora met Peasco in the first round of the Cimarron event. The Lady Panthers won the opening set 25-22, but Mora took three in a row — by scores of 25-23, 25-19, 25-19 — to advance.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Dons romp to go...

    Look back in the West Las Vegas record books, and the names Cruz Flores, Ralph Duran, Michael Lopez, Jesus Lopez and Frank “Harpo” Sanchez come to mind when you hear the word touchdowns.

    Well, there may be a new name to add to that list, and that is Derek Gold.

    Gold scored five touchdowns Friday night as the Dons defeated Crownpoint 55-8. In the past two weeks, the West senior signalcaller has gone off for nine touchdowns. In all, Gold has scored 11 TDs thus far as the Dons improved to 3-1.

  • Memorial Middle School runners...

    Under the tutelage of Georgianne Brown, Memorial Middle School’s cross country teams are making some serious strides this season.

    Memorial’s girls’ team (made up primarily of sixth graders) started the year by winning at Espaola. “On top of that,” Brown said, “many of the girls established good times and other personal accomplishments.”

  • Cowgirl spikers sweep Zias

    The smiles are back for New Mexico Highlands University’s volleyball players.

    Playing with visible enthusiasm, the Cowgirls opened their home schedule Tuesday night with a rare sweep of intrastate rival Eastern New Mexico, 25-12, 25-17, 25-17.

    Among Highlands’ players — who endured a 4-24 campaign last year but have won five of 10 this season — he mood was light even as the play was disciplined.

    “It’s good to see smiles on their faces,” said first-year head coach Jim Deisler.

  • OPTIC POWER PICKS leaderboard


    Official League Standings, Top 20


    T-1. Geri Chavez, 10 (Car, Cin, GB, Jax, KC, Ind, NYG, Wash, Sea, TB, Ariz, Den, NYJ, Pitt, Dal)

    T-1. James Esquibel, 10 (Car, Ten, GB, Jax, KC, Minn, NYG, Wash, Sea, Atl, Ariz, Den, NE, Pitt, Dal)

    T-1. Mary Alice Ortiz, 10 (Car, Cin, GB, Jax, KC, Ind, NYG, Wash, SF, TB, Mia, Den, NYJ, Pitt, Dal)

  • Vatos rugby 1-1 to start season

    After winning their first game of the season 33-17 against a Albuquerque Rugby Football Club Development Side, the young Vatos moved to 1-1 with a hard-fought 45-35 loss to a strong, physical El Paso-UTEP RFC this past Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    “I was very impressed with the Vatos’ courage and toughness against a solid El Paso-UTEP team who had many experienced players from their good youth rugby program there, “ said Coach Dick Greene. “It was a very high-impact game with massive hitting and hard running.”