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Today's Sports

  • McPherson national champ

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Winning a national championship in track and field is difficult enough, but to do it as a freshman makes it more special.

    Shanice McPherson, one of only three first-year athletes in the long jump and one of only two to make the event finals, led from the third leap and never looked back as she took the Division II long jump title on Friday. She became the second athlete in Cowgirls history — for the third time overall — to win an NCAA Indoor Championship.

  • Lobos 3-peat in Sin City

    By W.G. Ramirez
    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — New Mexico won the Mountain West Conference tournament the last two seasons, and the Lobos weren’t prepared to let the title go.

    Trailing by one with a little more than a minute left, Cameron Bairstow scored five of the Lobos’ last eight points to help 20th-ranked New Mexico win its third consecutive tournament title, with a 64-58 victory over No. 8 San Diego State in Saturday’s championship game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Monte del Sol, 4 p.m., WLV field
    •  Robertson JV at Santa Rosa (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Rosa
    Softball
    • Robertson JV vs. Capital, 4 p.m., RHS field

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Tucumcari, 5 p.m. (NEW TIME), WLV field
    Softball
    • Robertson at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas JV at Portales (DH), 4 p.m., Portales
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Eagle Ridge (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field

  • Dons make Final Four

    Dons fans, celebrate — your team is headed to the Final Four.

    And Cody Najar is making up for lost time.

    The West Las Vegas senior, who transferred to the school from Mora but missed a chunk of the regular season in an eligibility dispute, exploded for a team-high 26 points Wednesday night, leading the Dons past Ruidoso in the Class 3A boys’ basketball quarterfinals.

  • Luna softball continues homestand

    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College baseball team took one game from Odessa College on the road this past weekend.

    The Rough Riders beat Odessa 4-0 in the third game of the series. They lost the other games 4-2, 12-7 and 4-2.

    The team takes on Clarendon College on the road this Friday and Saturday.

    The Rough Riders are now 7-16 overall and 3-5 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.

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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Clarendon (DH), noon, Clarendon, Texas
    • NMHU at Metro State, 3 p.m., Denver
    • Robertson JV vs. Capital, 3 p.m., MMS field
    Basketball
    • Class 3A boys’ semifinal: West Las Vegas vs. Hope Christian, 9:45 a.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 2A girls’ state championship, teams TBA, 5:30 p.m., The Pit
    • Class 3A girls’ state championship, teams TBA, 3:30 p.m., The Pit
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Western Texas (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park

  • Dons eye rematch with Warriors

    If there’s anything to be learned from West Las Vegas’ ill-fated meeting with Taos in the District 2-3A boys’ basketball tournament final, it may be that past matchups mean precious little when it gets down to postseason.

    After all, there is Madness in the air.

    So perhaps the Dons will do well to forget about the actual outcome of their last meeting with the Ruidoso Warriors.

  • Rangel all business in Cleveland

    By Vincent Nolasco
    Special to the Optic

    For the past two weeks, sophomore Erick Rangel has been preparing himself  for the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships that will take place this weekend (March 14-15) at Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Pit stop
  • Gators, Shockers top poll again...

    The Associated Press

    Florida, which finished an unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference, and Wichita State, which completed an undefeated regular season, are the top two teams in the AP college basketball poll for the third straight week.

    The Gators (29-2), who received 50 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday, open play in the SEC tournament Friday.