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Today's Sports

  • OPTIC POWER PICKS leaderboard

    OPTIC POWER PICKS

    Official League Standings, Top 20

    PLAYER, TOTAL WINS, (LAST WEEK'S PICKS)

    T-1. Geri Chavez, 10 (Car, Cin, GB, Jax, KC, Ind, NYG, Wash, Sea, TB, Ariz, Den, NYJ, Pitt, Dal)

    T-1. James Esquibel, 10 (Car, Ten, GB, Jax, KC, Minn, NYG, Wash, Sea, Atl, Ariz, Den, NE, Pitt, Dal)

    T-1. Mary Alice Ortiz, 10 (Car, Cin, GB, Jax, KC, Ind, NYG, Wash, SF, TB, Mia, Den, NYJ, Pitt, Dal)

  • Vatos rugby 1-1 to start season

    After winning their first game of the season 33-17 against a Albuquerque Rugby Football Club Development Side, the young Vatos moved to 1-1 with a hard-fought 45-35 loss to a strong, physical El Paso-UTEP RFC this past Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    “I was very impressed with the Vatos’ courage and toughness against a solid El Paso-UTEP team who had many experienced players from their good youth rugby program there, “ said Coach Dick Greene. “It was a very high-impact game with massive hitting and hard running.”

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cowboys let one...

    Up by 17 points late in the third quarter, New Mexico Highlands’ football team had its first win of the season in its grasp.

    Then disaster struck — as in 24 unanswered points worth of disaster — and host Mesa State rallied for a 34-27 win in the teams’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener Saturday in Grand Junction, Colo.

    NMHU had built a 27-10 cushion with four minutes left in the third when things abruptly turned south for the Cowboys.

  • Cowboys at Mavs to open RMAC...

    Nobody can accuse the New Mexico Highlands University football team of having cupcakes on its non-conference schedule this season.

    It’s been a tough start for the Cowboys, who opened with games at Fort Hays State out of the rugged MIAA conference and at Northern Arizona, a member of the NCAA Division I “subdivision,” formerly I-AA, one rung below the big schools. Highlands lost at FHSU 44-0 and at NAU 68-10. While the Cowboys have averaged 168.5 yards of offense a game, they’ve given up 550.5.

  • GO FISH: Weekly fishing report...

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

    Red River Hatchery Pond: On Sept. 1, Jonas Morrison, 8, of Peralta, caught a 19-inch rainbow trout. He was using a black/brown spotted Panther Martin.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN':...

    I am a big fan of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program on Sunday mornings as the show brings up a variety of topics within the sports arena. Recently a show caught my eye about how early college coaches and starting to recruit student-athletes to attend their institutions.

    It was interesting to see that many of these athletes are being recruited before, during and after their freshman year in high school.

  • Rangerettes capture second NRG...

    Leslie Vigil and her Mora Rangerettes have won their second consecutive championship in the Northern Rio Grande Volleyball Tournament held this past weekend at McCurdy.

    Mora came out of pool play Friday seeded second.

    In round one of the tournament Mora rebounded from a close loss in the first set to defeat Dulce 23-25, 25-13, 25-12, 26-24.

  • Optic opens NFL picks contest to...

    From the Las Vegas Optic

    The Optic is inviting you to take part in the free Las Vegas Optic Power Picks contest beginning with this coming week, Week 2 of the NFL season.

    Each week (shortly after the conclusion of Monday Night Football broadcasts) the paper will e-mail participants a copy of the week’s NFL game lineup. Participants are asked to e-mail back with predicted winners; deadline is midnight Wednesday (11:59 p.m. Wednesday).

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN':...

    We all know about the “alleged” hazing incident which occurred last week involving the Robertson football team, and until the official investigation is over I believe it is important to use the word “alleged.”

  • GO FISH: Weekly fishing report...

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

    Elephant Butte: Aug. 8, James Koons of Silver City caught a 15-pound striped bass. He was using live bait.