Today's Sports

  • Wrestling at nationals

    New Mexico Highlands University 149-pounder Reis Humphrey placed fourth in last month's NCAA Division II West super regional at the Wilson Complex.

    He was set to compete in this weekend’s national championship tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Check lasvegasoptic.com and Wednesday’s print edition for coverage.

  • Luna baseball wins two to end...

    The Luna Community College baseball team is opening conference play this weekend with a series at Odessa College.

    Luna most recently broke a nine-game losing streak after beating University of the Southwest JV 9-7 and 16-12 on the weekend of March 2-3.

    The Rough Riders entered the weekend 6-12 on the year.

    J.R. Maldonado and Wellington Balsley each had two hits in game one.

    Jared Gonzalez added two RBI with Eric Alvarado hitting a double.

    James Ramos took the win with Manny Cachora had the save.

  • Pecos boys top Estancia, return...

    RIO RANCHO — Avenging the team's only loss to a fellow Class 3A boys' basketball team this season was just a bonus.

    Pecos turned up the intensity in the third quarter of its state semifinal and stormed to a 69-48 win over Estancia after leading 31-26 at halftime Thursday night at the Santa Ana Star Center. The Panthers' win came in front of hundreds of fans -- many adorned in green and gold -- and earned the team a return trip to The Pit for the state championship game on Saturday.

  • Quarterfinals tough on local...

    The Pecos Panthers, defending champs in Class 3A boys’ basketball, punched their return ticket to the final four on Wednesday night, bouncing Cuba 70-43 in a quarterfinal held at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    However, after this week's quarterfinals, the Panthers were the only Optic-area team left in the state tournament.

  • Cowgirl foursome at indoor...

    Four Cowgirl track and field athletes will represent New Mexico Highlands University at this weekend’s NCAA Division II Indoor national Championships in Pittsburg, Kans.

    Tashay Hunter, Annie Topal, Kristal Robertson and Osheen Erskine will compete at the NCAA meet this Friday and Saturday

  • Cowgirl softball sweeps Eastern

    Sometimes all it takes is a trip back home to make things better.

    Highlands’ softball team doubled its season win total Tuesday afternoon by sweeping a solid Eastern New Mexico program 9-7 and 9-1 at Cowgirl Field. It was the Cowgirls’ home debut after opening with 14 games on the road.

    Two of those 14 games were a doubleheader that Eastern swept on Feb. 20 in Portales.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 9-10

    FRIDAY (March 9)

    • Luna at Odessa College (DH), noon, Odessa, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Metro State, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson at Cobre tournament, TBA, Bayard
    • Class 3A state tournament final, teams TBA, 1:30 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 4A state tournament final, teams TBA, 3:30 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Luna vs. Dawson Community College (DH), noon, WLV field

  • Lady Dons out as top-seeded...

    Top-ranked Portales avoided becoming the second upset victim for West Las Vegas, rumbling to a 58-41 win in the 4A girls' quarterfinals Tuesday at The Pit.

    The taller Rams controlled the game with superior rebounding and interior presence, an advantage increased because West was missing starting forward Brianna Maes due to injury.

    But after falling behind 12-4, the Lady Dons made a game of it anyway. Jenna Bustos drilled three 3-point baskets in the first period, and West trailed just 15-12 after one.

  • Lady Cards fall to Pojoaque in...

    The fourth time was the charm for No. 7 seeded Pojoaque Valley, which upset No. 2 Robertson 58-52 in overtime Tuesday morning in the Class 4A state girls' basketball quarterfinals at Dreamstyle Arena AKA The Pit.

    The Lady Cardinals, who finish 25-4 under head coach Leroy Barela, had beaten their district rivals three times, by scores of 17, 21 and 16 this winter.

    But poor free throw shooting and the loss of leading scorer Alianza Darley to fouls with 6:30 left hurt Robertson in a game that spilled into overtime.

  • Williams helps U.S. rugby win on...

    Ke’Von Williams may have been one of the relative newcomers to the United States lineup, but he didn’t play like a rookie when he got his chance.

    Williams helped the U.S. defeat Argentina 28-0 in the gold-medal match of the HSBC World Sevens Rugby Series tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., over the weekend.