Today's Sports

  • Ram-tough reality check

    Portales unceremoniously dumped West Las Vegas from the ranks of the unbeaten in girls’ basketball Tuesday night, dominating in an 84-40 win at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Rams, ranked among the top three in the state like they were last season, asserted themselves with a full-court defense, strong rebounding and high-percentage shot selection. Portales kept its record unblemished at 5-0, tagging West (4-1) with its first loss of the schedule.

  • Dons swat Yellowjackets

    Four West Las Vegas players reached double digits in scoring Tuesday night as the Dons (6-2) defeated Clayton 72-57 on the road.

    Fenix Young led West with a season-high 19 points. Freshman John Balizan had a strong game with 15. D.J. Bustos (13) and Isaiah Gallegos (11) followed a solid three-day effort at this past weekend’s Sandia Prep Sundevil Invite.

    West opened with a 25-11 head start through one period, and it was 42-24 at halftime. The Yellowjackets fell to 4-3.

  • NM Bowl Saturday: Lobos host UTSA

    Optic staff and wire reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Lobos will face University of Texas-San Antonio in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque on Dec. 17.

    The matchup was announced Dec. 5 by bowl officials.

    New Mexico (8-4) will be playing its 13th bowl game in school history and its fourth New Mexico Bowl. The Lobos previously appeared in the 2006, 2007 and 2015 games.

  • Lobos have made climb from bad...

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Six years ago, New Mexico’s football team was at one of the lowest points in its history with a dismal 1-11 record.

    UTSA was just about to start its football program.

    On Dec. 17, the two schools with rising programs will kick off the college postseason in the New Mexico Bowl following painful years of losing and long efforts to build competitive teams.

  • Bowl season: 40 games on tap

    By Ralph D. Russo
    The Associated Press

    Doing its best to challenge the premise that there can never be enough college football, the bowl system gives fans 40 FBS games from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2 that include 17 teams with 6-6 records and two more that went 5-7.

    Too much, you say? For the third straight year we are here with a reason to watch each and every one. And to pick the winners, which may also provide a reason to watch. Strictly for entertainment purposes, of course.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 16...

    • NMHU women and men vs. Western State, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Portales, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Mora boys and girls, Pecos boys, West Las Vegas girls at Ben Lujan tourney, TBA, Jacona
    • Mora boys JV at Peñasco tourney, TBA, Peñasco
    • Pecos at Vet Memorial Duals, 8 a.m., Window Rock, Ariz.

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Mesa, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Lovington, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Hope Christian, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • First win for Cards, who place...

    Kasean Pryor may be getting a bill in the mail from Sandia Prep for all the nets his outside shooting torched on Saturday morning.

    The Robertson sophomore swished seven three-point baskets — three in the first quarter alone — on his way to a game-high 37 points, and the Cardinals upended the host Sundevils 72-62 for seventh place in the tournament.

    It was Robertson’s first win of the season.

    The Cardinals and coach Manuel Romero host 5A power Capital on Thursday evening. The Jaguars just won the Capital City Invite on Saturday.

  • Lady Cards tame Lions, get to 6-0

    Filling the lane with stingy defenders, the Robertson Lady Cardinals overpowered visiting Santa Rosa 63-24 on Friday night at Marr Gym.

    Robertson is 6-0 but will see its schedule get significantly tougher this weekend, when both Portales and Hope Christian come to town.

    A day after rallying past Mora with a strong second half, the Lady Lions (3-4) struggled to break through a suffocating interior defense or to get any type of open shots in most of the first half.

    The Lady Cards pitched a shutout through the entire first quarter, going up 29-0.

  • In the Jaguars’ den

    SANTA FE — Predictably, the teams that topped the leaderboard of Saturday’s 2016 Jaguar Invitational were two squads that fielded wrestlers in all 14 weight classes.

    Los Lunas, which won the team title with 189 team points, and Volcano Vista, a runner-up with 175, benefitted from full participation.

    They were the only ones with a full 14-man roster at the Capital High event.

    The other 14 schools to score in the early-season tournament — including Robertson and West Las Vegas — had to do so considerably shorthanded.

  • Cowgirls fall in upset bid at CSU

    And now, back to your regularly scheduled RMAC women’s basketball season.

    New Mexico Highlands’ women took a quick detour from the usual grind of weekly Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents to play at NCAA Division I opponent Colorado State on Sunday in Fort Collins.

    The result wasn’t pretty, as the Rams bullied their Division II foes 96-31, outshooting them 56 percent to 21 percent.