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Today's Sports

  • Rocky Mountain hey! Griego 2nd,...

    Joseph Paul Griego battled to a runner-up finish in this past weekend’s Rocky Mountain Nationals, leading a strong contingent of Las Vegas wrestlers in one of the country’s more prestigious grappling events.

    Griego, a Robertson sophomore who earned a Class 4A state title in February, lost in a rare all-New Mexico final against fellow 145-pounder Richard Govea, the state champ in Class 6A for Volcano Vista. Govea scored a late fall to edge Griego, who finished the weekend with a 6-1 record.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March...

    Wednesday
    Cheer and dance
    • West Las Vegas pre-state performance, 6 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Hope Christian (DH), 3 p.m., WLV
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Hope Christian, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas at Pecos tournament, TBA, Pecos
    • Robertson JV vs. Hope Christian (DH), 3 p.m., MMS
    Softball
    • Robertson at Rio Rancho tourney
    Track and field

  • Weekend Roundup: Good weekend...

    Hope springs eternal for Cowgirl softball.

    As if beckoned by the arrival of spring, the New Mexico Highlands squad has turned things around after a 1-13 start. The Cowgirls have won seven of their last 10 games and swept the first day of a four-game set with visiting Colorado State-Pueblo on Saturday at Cowgirl Field.

    NMHU won 9-4 and 2-0; the series was to conclude on Sunday.

  • NMSU bounced from tourneys

    The Associated Press

    OMAHA, Neb.  — A series of slow starts over the past few months had not prevented New Mexico State from winning 13 straight games and the Western Athletic Conference title.

    Another slow start Friday sent the Aggies home.

    After spotting second-seeded Kansas an 18-point first-half lead, coach Marvin Menzies’ bunch was unable to play catch-up in their NCAA Tournament opener. Frank Mason III had 17 points and the Jayhawks cruised to a 75-56 victory in the Midwest Region.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Robertson JV vs. Santa Fe (DH), 3 p.m., MMS

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas (A,B) vs. Bernalillo, 3 p.m., WLV field
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Hope Christian (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson JV vs. Taos (DH), 3 p.m., RHS
    Tennis
    • West Las Vegas at Capital, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Wednesday
    Cheer and dance
    • West Las Vegas pre-state performance, 6 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Tennis

  • Four homers, one inning

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    In something rarely seen in sports, the Luna Community College Lady Rough Riders softball team hit four consecutive home runs in one inning.

    The back-to-back-to-back-to back home runs came in a 27-4 loss to Howard College on Monday. It was the last of a four-game home series.

    Howard is currently No. 2 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.

  • Making contact
  • Junior wrestlers finish season

    Submitted to the Optic

    Continuing a strong tradition as well as one of the primary feeders to this year’s state champion Robertson Cardinals, the Las Vegas Junior Wrestling program has wrapped another busy season.

  • Grizzlies join Vegas scene

    Just about every football player who’s ever donned shoulder pads and laced up cleats entertains the dream of playing on Sundays.

    For the weekend warriors of the New Mexico Independent Football League, that dream is a reality, although you won’t find their gridiron exploits on SportsCenter.

  • Aggies coach a tourney veteran

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Tennessee State’s Larry Joe Inman and Mark Trakh of New Mexico State have joined an exclusive club, becoming the ninth and 10th women’s basketball coaches to guide at least three different schools to the NCAA Tournament.

    Their accomplishments are even more impressive considering both Inman and Trakh were out of the college head coaching ranks not too long ago and pulled off the feat at schools that hadn’t been to the tournament in at least two decades.