Today's Sports

  • A Valentine’s Day sweep

    Omar Garcia delivered a Valentine’s Day greeting that  New Mexico Highlands University baseball fans could appreciate.

    Garcia hit six times in seven at-bats Saturday, amassing eight RBI, six runs, two home runs and two doubles to help the Cowboys sweep Eastern New Mexico in a doubleheader at Brandt Park.

    NMHU won a 12-11 squeaker in Saturday’s first game, then held on for a 17-11 win in the nightcap.

  • Cardinals rack up district titles

    Nine individual District 2-4A wrestling championships were added to Robertson’s hardware haul on Saturday, and the countdown is on for what could be plenty more at this week’s state tournaments.

    Robertson had already won the district team title a week earlier at McFarland Hall, crushing all opposition in the district duals to reclaim the top spot from Taos.

  • Hoops Roundup - Dons bounce back...

    West Las Vegas’ boys got even with Taos on Saturday night at Gillie Lopez Gym, and they didn’t require leading scorer D.J. Bustos to do so.

    The Dons (18-5 overall, 3-1 in District 2-4A) won a back-and-forth slugfest 71-66, taking control in the third quarter after trailing most of the first half.

    Bustos, injured in a Thursday night comeback win at Pojoaque Valley, did not play for West. His status for this week is uncertain.

  • Lobos fall to Wolfpack in OT...

    The Associated Press

    RENO, Nev. — Marqueze Coleman gave Nevada the lead by hitting the first of two free throws with :35 left in overtime and AJ West put an exclamation on it by rebounding his missed second attempt and dunking, giving the Wolf Pack a 66-63 win over New Mexico Saturday night.

    Nevada trailed by eight points after Sam Logwood’s jumper with 4:14 left, but Coleman put the Wolf Pack on his back, drilling a 3-pointer and following it up with six straight free throws to put Nevada up by one, 57-56 with 1:50 to play.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 16...

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLV
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico (DH), noon, Portales

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • Lady Dons drop Pojoaque on road

    Jaylen Gutierrez torched the Pojoaque Elkettes for a game-high 17 points and kept her West Las Vegas club in the top half of the District 2-4A girls’ basketball standings on Wednesday night in Jacona.

    West won 54-40 to improve to 2-1 in district, tied with Taos, which beat Robertson.

  • Young out as HU football coach

    The Eric Young era is over at New Mexico Highlands University.

    School administrators announced late Tuesday that Young will not return as NMHU’s head football coach this coming school year.

    No further details were provided as to the reason for the decision.

  • Riders split season openers

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College freshman catcher Mercedes Gonzalez hit at a .714 clip to lead the Lady Rough Riders to a split in weekend softball action.

    It was the season opener for Luna Community College.

    The Lady Rough Riders beat Trinidad State 8-7 and lost to Colby Community College (Kan.) 12-10. Both games were played in Trinidad, Colo.

  • Changes in Highlands soccer...

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Oscar Mendoza, a native New Mexican who starred for Gadsden High before going on to more than 17 years in coaching, has been named head coach of women’s soccer at New Mexico Highlands.

    Mendoza succeeds Justin Wagar, who resigned in January.

    “I am pleased that Oscar has agreed to be our next soccer coach,” Athletic Director Jeff Falkner said. “I think his experiences and ties to the region will aid him greatly as he takes our soccer to new heights in the future.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 13...

    • LCC at Western Oklahoma State, noon, Altus, Okla.
    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico, 1 p.m., Brandt Park
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Mesa, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Valley, 4 p.m., Valley
    • LCC at Midland Classic, TBA, Midland, Texas