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Today's Sports

  • Carroll defends fateful play-call

    By Tim Booth
    AP Sports Writer

    PHOENIX — Less than 16 hours later, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was still stunned by the outcome while defending the decision to call a pass from the 1-yard line in the Super Bowl’s closing seconds, a choice that will long be debated.
    So close to another celebration. So close to becoming the next NFL dynasty.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 4...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Chadron State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Eastern Arizona (DH), noon, Thatcher, Ariz.

  • 2015 Cardinal Classic - Birds...

    Snaring three individual titles on Saturday, the Robertson wrestling team pushed front-runner Piedra Vista and runner-up Belen before settling into third place in its own Cardinal Classic.

    The Cardinals’ showing was the best of any school from Class 1A-4A and maintains the team’s momentum as the regular season comes to a close.

  • HU grapplers bear down on...

    Three straight individual victories in the higher weight classes busted up a 15-15 tie, tipping the scales in favor of New Mexico Highlands in a signature 27-15 dual meet win over Adams State this past Thursday night at the Wilson Complex.

    It is the first dual meet win for Highlands wrestling against Adams State since the program was reinstated, according to the school’s sports information office.

    The Cowboys and coach Doug Moses have won seven of 11 dual meets this season, their best start in the same span.

  • Weekend Roundup - HU’s McPherson...

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU Sports Information

    Shanice McPherson and Salcia Slack put together stellar performances to take the national lead and qualify for the NCAA championships in the long jump and pentathlon, respectively, over the weekend.

    The dual accomplishment highlighted a good weekend for the No. 19 nationally ranked New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field squad in the NCAA Division II Challenge in Golden, Colo.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries, won the women’s team title with 167 points,

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 2...

    Monday
    No local varsity events scheduled

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Socorro, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • WLV honors fall, winter athletes

    Submitted to the Optic

    West Las Vegas High School has honored several student-athletes for their recent performances in the classroom and on the competitive front.

    OCTOBER
    Jorge Gallardo and Jenika Padilla have been selected as West Las Vegas High School Student-Athletes of the Month for October.

    Padilla, a sophomore who has participated in volleyball, basketball and track and field, is a 4.05 student who plans on majoring in business or pre-med science after graduation.

  • Wonderland - Sipapu reaps...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort unveiled the largest terrain park in resort history this month, and mountain officials opened the park just in time for the 7.5 inches of snow that blanketed the ski area Jan. 21.

    Located on the intermediate trail Don Diego, the new park includes 11 big features, including a 38-foot tabletop gap jump, a 20-foot A-frame box (which includes a three-piece feature — otherwise known as a dragon tongue — made up of two urban take-offs and a straight mount), and several rails, boxes and jumps.

  • Cowboy sluggers in regional poll

    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands baseball team is ranked seventh in the preseason South Central Regional Rankings released by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

    In addition, the Cowboys have received votes in the preseason Collegiate Baseball Newspaper preseason rankings.

  • Super Bowl surprises

    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.

    The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren’t for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players coming up big at key times.

    Jermaine Kearse caught a touchdown pass in overtime in Seattle’s win over Green Bay in the NFC championship game.