Today's Sports

  • Finding Isaiah - NM native...

    Isaiah Rogers was happy to get to spend some quality time with his family from the Las Vegas and Mora communities over the holiday break.

    But the visit was cut short, because basketball practice was calling in Bakersfield, Calif.

    Rogers is a redshirt sophomore and starting point guard for the Bakersfield College Renegades, a school affiliated with the California Community College Athletic Association.

  • Red means ‘Stop’
  • Highlands’ Hargrave pins down...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Easton Hargrave’s effort was a significant contributor to New Mexico Highlands wrestling team’s successful trek to his old stomping grounds in the Pacific Northwest this past weekend.

    Hargrave on Monday was named the Subway Eat Fresh NMHU Student-Athlete of the Week.

    The Cowboys went unbeaten in the Gut Check Duals in Olympia, Wash., winning four duals plus an exhibition to improve to 5-0 on the winter.

  • Broncos’ Fox out in Denver

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Pro Football Writer

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.  — John Elway is looking for a new coach after agreeing to part ways with John Fox following Denver’s latest playoff meltdown.

    Fox won the AFC West all four of his years in Denver, but each of those seasons ended in ugly fashion in the playoffs, culminating with Sunday’s 24-13 upset by Indianapolis.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 14

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., WLV

    • Robertson boys vs. St. Mike’s at St. Michael’s Shootout, 7 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys, girls at Hope Christian tournament, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Pecos, 4 p.m., Pecos


  • Mat time at premium

    A couple of close calls separated the Robertson wrestling team from a 3-0 streak in Saturday’s Pinto Duals in Moriarty.

    With vacancies in three weight classes, the Cardinals were just six points — potentially one match — shy against a solid Los Lunas team. And the difference was a mere point in a loss to El Paso Hanks High.

    On the flip side, an undermanned Albuquerque High squad surrendered too many forfeit points in a one-sided loss to the Redbirds.

  • Roundup - Mixed results in...

    West Las Vegas pulled out a double-overtime boys’ basketball victory 70-69 over Clayton on Saturday afternoon in second-day action at the Portales Shootout.

    Dons sophomore D.J. Bustos clinched the win with a clutch foul shot in the closing seconds.

    That was a fitting highlight to the two-day round-robin event. The Dons had endured a sobering 85-71 upset to the host Rams on Friday and avoided a second consecutive defeat. The Yellow Jackets gave West a valiant battle Dec. 23 in Clayton before losing a close game.

  • Highlands grapplers pass the Gut...

    New Mexico Highlands wrestling team made a clean sweep of the weekend’s trip to the Gut Check Duals in Olympia, Wash., winning five duals to improve to 6-0 on the winter.

    The Cowboys on Friday picked up wins against Pacific (Ore.) 47-6, Warner Pacific 36-6 and at Highline Community College in the nightcap, 33-12.

    Then on Saturday, the Cowboys routed South Puget Sound Community College in an exhibition before punctuating the weekend with a 33-9 triumph against the Canadian school Simon Fraser (B.C.).

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 12...

    • Memorial Middle School boys at Mora, 4 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Taos, 10 a.m., Taos (RESCHEDULED)

    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Pecos girls (A,B) vs. McCurdy, 5:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., MMS

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., WLV

  • Close call in Cruces

    Kendrick Nichols smiled like a kid on Christmas morning as soon as his shot ripped neatly through the twine, then trotted gingerly upcourt, the infectious grin impossible to remove.