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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Cowboys rally from 10-2 hole

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    With the Cowboys facing a 10-2 deficit, who knew they had the ThunderWolves right where they would want them?

    The New Mexico Highlands baseball team (7-10, 4-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) scored 10 of the last 11 runs of the ball game to complete the comeback and stun Colorado State-Pueblo (7-9, 3-3 RMAC) 12-11 Sunday afternoon to complete the series split.

  • Junior Cardinal Classic champs...

    Dozens of area youngsters participated in the recent Junior Cardinal Classic wrestling camp and tournaments hosted by the Robertson High wrestling program at McFarland Hall.

    RHS head coach Richard Martinez said he is thankful to the community for its support, including the young grapplers’ participation and the work of the event’s volunteers and sponsors.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 12...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Class 3A boys’ state tournament: West Las Vegas vs. Ruidoso, 8:15 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    • Class B boys’ state tournament: Wagon Mound vs. Evangel Christian Academy, 8 a.m., Bernalillo High School
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Otero (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Class 2A girls’ state semifinal: Mora-Hatch winner vs. Tularosa-Ramah winner, 9:45 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center

  • Aztecs swipe Mountain West title

    The Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO — Xavier Thames and Matt Shrigley each made two free throws in the final 9 seconds to complete No. 10 San Diego State’s rally from a 16-point second-half deficit for a 51-48 victory over No. 21 New Mexico on Saturday night to win the outright Mountain West Conference title.

    Thames finished with 23 points for SDSU (27-3, 16-2), which clinched the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament in Las Vegas. Josh Davis, SDSU’s other senior, had nine rebounds.

  • The Pit or bust! Area teams tip...

    Ladies’ Night provided three victories in as many games for the Las Vegas-area girls’ basketball teams who qualified for the state tournaments.

    West Las Vegas and Robertson both triumphed at home in the Class 3A girls’ openers on Friday, while Mora held court as well in Class 2A.

    It was a somewhat different story on Saturday, when the boys took center stage. Of the four Vegas-area squads in the mix, the West Las Vegas Dons emerged victorious. But the Robertson and Mora boys saw their seasons come to an end on the road.

  • Sluggers endure sluggish offense

    A ground ball hit into a double play wiped away a potential tying and winning run for New Mexico Highlands on Friday in a 2-1 loss to visiting Colorado State-Pueblo.

    CSUP closer Kolby Rimer earned a save and preserved a win for starter Mike Fabrizio in a classic pitchers’ duel at Brandt Park.

    The ThunderWolves held the Cowboys to five hits — two by second baseman Nick Gonzales.

    Austin Mascorro opened the scoring for Pueblo by making it home in the top of the first off a groundout by Evan Kenebrew.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque (DH), 3 p.m., Jacona
    Softball
    • NMHU at Metro State and Colorado Christian, 10 a.m. and noon, Lakewood, Colo. (RESCHEDULED)
    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque (DH), 3 p.m., Jacona

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    Basketball
    • Class 2A girls’ state quarterfinal: Mora vs. Hatch Valley, 8 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho