Today's Sports

  • Panther power - Pecos-Mora final...

    Joshua DeHerrera scored a team-high 25 points late Saturday to lead Pecos over Mora 80-69 in the boys’ championship game of the Ben Lujan Invitational in Jacona.

    The longtime regional rivals, who occupied the same district until being separated by reclassification a few years back, have renewed their rivalry with several head-to-head meetings in recent tournament finals. In 2015-16, they clashed three times, twice for trophies, with Mora — an eventual Class 2A runner-up — taking all three.

  • Cowboys pick up two league...

    Ron Lawton scored a combined 55 points in two games — both Cowboy wins — as New Mexico Highlands got into the win column for the first time this season in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

    The Cowboys defeated Western State on Friday and then Colorado Mesa on Saturday, improving to 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the RMAC.

    Lawton made 10 of 14 field goals Friday as NMHU edged WSC 90-84 at the Wilson Complex. Atem Bior scored 21.

    Lawton and James Healy combined to sink five of six foul shots in the final minute to hold off the Mountaineers.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 21...

    • Mora boys, girls vs. McCurdy, 2 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls JV Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Española Valley, 4 p.m., Española
    • Pecos boys (A,B) vs. Santa Rosa, 3:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls JV Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

    No local varsity events scheduled

    No local varsity events scheduled

  • Twice as nice

    By Gwen Albers
    United World College

    Nigerian twins Farid and Faisal Sani sacrificed their passion for competitive soccer to attend an international baccalaureate high school in northern New Mexico.

    Their decisions paid off.

    Initially unaware they could receive scholarships to play sports in the United States, the 17-year-old United World College-USA students are both looking at full rides to play collegiate soccer in the fall.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 18...

    No varsity events scheduled

    • Mora girls (A,B) at Tucumcari, 3 p.m., Tucumcari

    • Robertson boys (A,B) at Santa Rosa, 2 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 3 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Pecos boys (A,B) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 5 p.m., Sanchez Gym

    • West Las Vegas girls JV Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

  • 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.