Today's Sports

  • Mora rules district after clean...

    MORA — Even in the most critical part of the volleyball schedule, it’s apparently basketball season in hoops-happy Mora County.

    On one play during Friday night’s District 5-2A volleyball tournament final, an enemy serve sailed onto the Mora half of the court at a troublesome angle, headed toward the back row. Rangerette Destiny Duran was there but couldn’t get a clean touch for the pass, and the ball popped up and over her head — and directly into a basketball goal for what would’ve been two points.

  • Vegas Bowl 55

    Three of five West Las Vegas turnovers — including two interceptions by Arjay Ortiz in the first quarter — led to Robertson scores Saturday afternoon, and the host Cardinals earned a 51-0 Vegas Bowl shutout.

    Robertson, which now leads the all-time series 33-21-1, clinched sole possession of the District 2-4A football title and finished the regular season 8-2 overall. The Cards, coached by Leroy Gonzalez, are the No. 4 seed in the Class 4A state playoffs and have a first-round bye, which they learned late Saturday.

  • Lady Cards edge West in 2-4A...

    The third-seeded Robertson volleyball team upended regular season champ West Las Vegas three games to two in a well-played District 2-4A tournament final Saturday night at Gillie Lopez Gym. 

    Game scores were 22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-11.

    It was only the third loss of the fall for the Lady Dons, but their second in three matches. They played without head coach Eric Zamora, whose absence is connected to an internal team dispute. Assistant coach Estrella Tenorio is filling in on an interim basis.

  • Kirui second in regional meet

    Collins Kirui of New Mexico Highlands finished just 2.4 seconds shy of the individual victory in Saturday's NCAA Division II South Central cross country regional held in Canyon, Texas. 

    Kirui's second place assured him an individual qualification to nationals in two weeks. 

    The rest of the NMHU team wasn't as fortunate. The men finished 11th and the women 20th, missing the cut to make nationals.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check back with the Optic print and online editions. 

  • Pecos wins state XC championship

    Pecos' Julian Garcia crossed the finish line in 16:35, knowing he was a state champion. 

    Within moments, he knew his whole Panther team was a champion, too.

    Pecos placed the first three boys' runners in Saturday's Class 3A state cross country race, four of the top five, five of the top eight, six of the top 10, and seven of the top 17, easily out pointing runner-up Laguna Acoma. 

    The meet was hosted by Rio Rancho High.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions. 

  • Cowboys win second straight on...

    Erasing a 19-0 halftime deficit, the New Mexico Highlands football team transformed turnovers into points in an inspired second half to beat Black Hills State 40-31 Saturday at Perkins Stadium. 

    It's the second win in a row for first-year head coach Jeff Mills and his Cowboys after an 0-8 start. 

    Highlands will close the season against defending NCAA Division II national champion CSU-Pueblo this coming Saturday at the Perk.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions. 

  • State XC: West boys, RHS girls...

    West Las Vegas' boys and Robertson's girls both raced to top-five team finishes Saturday at the state cross country championship meet in Rio Rancho.

    It marks one of the most successful joint outcomes for Meadow City distance runners in the event.

    West's Miguel Coca, Kevin Villanueva and J.J. Esquibel placed eighth, ninth and 10th individually among Class 4A boys to lead the Dons to a fourth place team finish.

    Robertson's Makayla Quintana capped a memorable freshman season by finishing 10th in the 4A girls' race, leading the Lady Cardinals to fifth place as a team.

  • Rangerette volleyball wins...

    Mora celebrated another district volleyball title Friday night, sweeping visiting McCurdy in three sets at Montoya Gym.

    The 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 win in the district tournament final gets the Rangerettes to 18-3 overall and a perfect 12-0 against district foes.

    Mora and coach Jacquelyn Sanchez await state tournament announcements on Sunday. The state tournament begins Thursday in Rio Rancho.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions.

  • Cards all alone atop district...

    Robertson clinched a District 2-4A football title outright on Saturday after shutting out West Las Vegas 51-0 before a bipartisan crowd at Cardinal Stadium.

    The Cardinals, who led 28-0 at halftime, finished the regular season 8-2 overall and 3-0 in district. The visiting Dons fell to 4-6 and 1-2.

    Both teams join others across New Mexico in waiting for the official announcement of state playoff brackets later in the day. Robertson is expected to earn a top-four seed and first-round bye. West is on the bubble but could also earn a playoff berth.

  • Cowboys open hoops at Grand...

    Jonathon Mines and Kendrick Nichols scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to get an upset Thursday night as New Mexico Highlands lost at Grand Canyon in the men’s basketball, 84-53 in an opener for both schools.

    GCU, an NCAA Division I program, hosted the exhibition on its Phoenix campus.

    Boubacar Toure’s double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds highlighted the Lopes’ effort. Dewayne Russell (16 points), De’Andre Davis (14) and Joshua Braun (13) joined Toure in double-digit scoring.