Today's Sports

  • Volleyball pairings out on...

    Las Vegas Optic

    Sunday evening, prep volleyball teams across New Mexico will learn who among them has made the cut for the state tournaments.

    State competition begins on Thursday at several venues in Rio Rancho. Pool play will get things started in the morning and early afternoon, as teams play abbreviated matches to determine seeding positions for bracket play. Bracket play opens later in the day.

    Rounds continue through to Saturday’s championship matches in all classifications.

  • Wrestling gets early start

    College wrestling season is upon us, and a couple of recent Robertson High state champions are getting their first matches in on the proverbial next level.

    Rico Montoya, who won a record fifth individual New Mexico state wrestling championship for the Cardinals in February, is a freshman at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.

    Kenneth Yara, another repeat state title winner for RHS, is a frosh at New Mexico Highlands University.
    Both made their collegiate debuts this past weekend.

  • This week’s NFL games Nov. 8,...

    •Cincinnati 31, Cleveland 10

    •Green Bay at Carolina, 11 a.m.
    •Washington at New England, 11 a.m.
    •Tennessee at New Orleans, 11 a.m.
    •Miami at Buffalo, 11 a.m.
    •St. Louis at Minnesota, 11 a.m.
    •Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets, 11 a.m.
    •Oakland at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m.
    •N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay, 2:05 p.m.
    •Atlanta at San Francisco, 2:05 p.m.
    •Denver at Indianapolis, 2:25 p.m.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 8...

    •State tournament selection announcements

    •No local sports scheduled

    •No local sports scheduled


  • Turmoil in WLV volleyball

    With the District 2-4A volleyball tournament under way and a highly anticipated state tourney about to begin, one of this year’s main title hopefuls — West Las Vegas — has found itself in the middle of an untimely crisis.

  • RMAC: Lions oust Cowgirls

    The season is over for New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer, which lost 2-0 at Colorado-Colorado Springs on Wednesday evening in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.

    The host Mountain Lions scored one goal in each half to claim victory. While each side got similar numbers of shots (UCCS 18, NMHU 17), the Mountain Lions had nine shots on goal compared to five for the Cowgirls.

  • Big weekend for XC

    Las Vegas Optic

    It’s a big weekend ahead for local cross country runners.

    New Mexico Highlands’ men and women compete in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional on Saturday morning in Canyon, Texas, home of West Texas A&M University. At stake are team and individual qualifications for nationals in two weeks.

    The NMHU men, paced by Collin Kirui, have been ranked as high as 11th in the nation.

  • Rugby Vatos rebound with win...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Recovering from a rare loss the previous week, the Vatos (4-1) bolted to a 39-0 halftime lead over Colorado-Colorado Springs (3-2).

    After wholesaling rookies into the game (no free substitution) at half and winning 54-40, the players again realize they need to play a full 80 hard minutes to finish emphatically against good teams. Senior Dee Holmes was the clear Man of the Match.

  • Robertson spikers advance with...

    Getting contributions from across the lineup, Robertson volleyball made quick work of Taos in the District 2-3A tournament opener Tuesday night at Memorial Middle School gym.

    Robertson (11-10) won 25-12, 25-5, 15-13 and advanced to Thursday night’s semifinal at Pojoaque Valley. The winner of that contest plays at regular-season champ West Las Vegas Saturday night for the tourney championship. (RHS and WLV will vie for the JV title at 5 p.m.)

  • Vegas Bowl

    A Vegas Bowl that has more at stake than simple bragging rights in the Meadow City?
    Yes, please.

    Robertson (7-2 overall, 2-0 District 2-4A) and West Las Vegas (4-5, 1-1) both have extra incentive to win Saturday’s regular-season football finale, which kicks off at noon at Cardinal Stadium.

    Robertson, which has already clinched at least a share of the district title, can bolster its chances of getting a top-four seed in the Class 4A state playoffs and a first-round bye.