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Today's Sports

  • Rangers Tri-umph

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Mora Rangers are Tri-Cities champions.

    Casimiro Fresquez torched the host Santa Rosa Lions for a game-high 32 points Monday night, and Mora rolled to an 89-69 tally in the final.

    Mora (5-4) led 24-11 after one quarter and 43-27 at halftime.

    Ferdinand Valencia (20), Travis Romero (12) and Emmerick Martinez (10) also scored in double figures for the Rangers and coach Marco Sanchez.

    Gerard Crisostomo paced Santa Rosa (7-2) with 19 points; Jacob Sanchez added 13, and Pryce Marez and Dante Torello had 11 apiece.

  • Upcoming bowl games

    UPCOMING BOWL GAMES

    Friday, Jan. 2
    Armed Forces Bowl
    At Fort Worth, Texas
    Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Houston (7-5), 10 a.m. (ESPN)

    TaxSlayer Bowl
    At Jacksonville, Fla.
    Iowa (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6), 1:20 p.m. (ESPN)

    Alamo Bowl
    At San Antonio
    UCLA (9-3) vs. Kansas State (9-3), 4:45 p.m. (ESPN)

    Cactus Bowl
    At Tempe, Ariz.
    Oklahoma State (6-6) vs. Washington (8-5), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

    Saturday, Jan. 3

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 2...

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 1 p.m., Los Alamos
    • Mora, Pecos boys, girls at NRG Tournaments, TBA, Jacona
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Silver tourney, 10:30 a.m., Silver City

  • Stu Clark Special - St. Pius...

    West Las Vegas’ shooting touch went cold at the most inopportune time Sunday night, and it cost the Dons what would’ve been a record 16th Stu Clark championship.

    The cold spell afflicted Robertson as well in a spirited battle with Bernalillo for third place.

    The 61st annual Stu Clark Tournament wrapped its three-day run at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.
    Capsule summaries of Sunday’s Stu Clark final round:

    CHAMPIONSHIP
    St. Pius X 49, West Las Vegas 43

  • Ending 2014 in Roswell
  • Playoffs all set in NFL

    The Associated Press

    The Baltimore Ravens are back in the playoffs, while the Seattle Seahawks will be playing at home in them.

    Baltimore made the postseason in the first five years with John Harbaugh as coach and Joe Flacco at quarterback, winning the 2012 championship. They failed to get in last season, but a 20-10 victory Sunday, combined with San Diego’s 19-7 loss at Kansas City, did the trick.

  • Upcoming bowl games

    UPCOMING BOWL GAMES

    Wednesday, Dec. 31
    Peach Bowl
    At Atlanta
    Mississippi (9-3) vs. TCU (11-1), 10:30 a.m. (ESPN)

    Fiesta Bowl
    At Glendale, Ariz.
    Boise State (11-2) vs. Arizona (10-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN)

    Orange Bowl
    At Miami
    Mississippi State (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (10-3), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

    Thursday, Jan. 1
    Outback Bowl
    At Tampa, Fla.
    Wisconsin (10-3) vs. Auburn (8-4), 10 a.m. (ESPN2)

    Cotton Bowl Classic

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 31...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora, Pecos boys, girls at NRG Tournaments, TBA, Jacona

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 1 p.m., Los Alamos
    • Mora, Pecos boys, girls at NRG Tournaments, TBA, Jacona

    Saturday

  • Dons, Sartans make final

    With both teams hoping for deep tournament runs come March, West Las Vegas and St. Pius X certainly got a warm-up in December.

    The hometown Dons and Albuquerque-based Sartans earned positions in the 61st annual Stu Clark Tournament championship game Sunday night at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. (For complete coverage of Sunday’s action, please see Wednesday’s Optic.)

  • Rangers to face Lions for title

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Mora Rangers outlasted Escalante 66-57 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Tri-City Tournament held in Santa Rosa over the weekend.

    Mora will play the host Lions in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

    The Rangers opened by outscoring the Lobos 15-9 in the first quarter and took a 34-21 lead to the locker room at half.

    Escalante trailed 54-36 going into the fourth and rallied enough to cut the deficit in half before running out of time.