Today's Sports

  • Bookies agree: TCU, Baylor...

    By Tim Dahlberg
    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — What if the people who make their living rating teams every day were in charge of seeding the college football playoffs? What if the inaugural playoff season wasn’t decided by a group of people with different agendas that might factor into their judgment?

    There would be a lot more happy people in Texas, that’s for sure.

  • Cowgirls reap honors

    By Matthew Lofton
    Submitted to the Optic

    In a vote of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference sports information directors, Highlands University senior Anngelina Sanchez was named the Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Also, junior Miranda Martinez has been named the Subway Eat Fresh Student-Athlete of the Week, manager Regina Denardo announced.

  • More tourneys this week for LV...

    Early-season tournaments are an ideal way for high school teams to gain plenty of game experience and conditioning within a matter of days.

    As a bonus, teams get to compete against a variety of opponents they may not ordinarily see elsewhere on their regular season schedule.

    Las Vegas-area basketball players played in tournaments in Santa Fe and Santa Rosa over this past weekend. And this weekend will bring another helping of tournament hoops action for many of them even as local wrestlers hit the mats for the first of many tournaments this winter sports season.

  • Stu Clark passes now available

    One of the Meadow City’s most cherished holiday season traditions — the annual Stu Clark Tournament — is just a couple weeks away, and fans may now buy tournament passes.

    Passes are available for $12 each at the athletics offices at both Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools.

    The tournament, in its 61st year, will be hosted at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. It honors the late Stu Clark, who coached multiple sports at NMHU.

  • Abreu Jr. to coach Taos’...

    Art Abreu Jr., currently an assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands, has accepted the head coaching position at Taos High School.

    Abreu is a Robertson graduate who starred as a tight end for the Cardinals and contributed to the program’s championship successes before going on to play for NMHU. He has several years’ experience on the Cowboys’ coaching staff, most recently under Eric Young as the squad’s linebackers coach.

  • Heisman finalists announced

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.

    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are set to make the trip to New York for the Heisman presentation after the finalists were announced on Monday.

    Mariota is considered the clear front-runner to win the 80th Heisman on Saturday night in New York. He would become the first Oregon player to earn college football’s most famous player of the year trophy.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 10...

    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., MMS
    • Memorial Middle School at Pecos Quad, 3 p.m., Pecos

    • Robertson boys (A,B) at Sandia Prep tournament, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas girls at Capital City tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas boys (B) at Bernalillo tournament, TBA, Bernalillo


  • Dons nab Capital title

    SANTA FE — D.J. Bustos outscored the Capital Jaguars by himself in the first half of Saturday night’s Al Armendariz Classic boys’ basketball final.

    It was that kind of night, as the Dons defeated Capital 57-36 on the Jaguars’ home court at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium.

    Bustos poured in 16 of his game-high 30 points in the first half, leading West to a comfortable 29-13 advantage.

  • Lady Cardinals take third in...

    SANTA FE — Getting everyone involved translated into a win Saturday night for Robertson’s girls’ basketball team.

    RHS (3-1 under first-year coach Leroy Barela) came from behind to beat Piedra Vista 49-47 in the third-place game of Santa Fe Indian School’s tournament at Pueblo Pavilion.

    Piedra Vista’s strategy was to go to the post early on. The 6-1 Taylor Christenson overpowered the Lady Cardinals for two inside buckets and a bonus free throw to make it 5-0.

  • WLV duals