Today's Sports

  • Post-Thanksgiving feast

    The basketball made its descent and caught a piece of the rim, then circled and circled and circled — six times, maybe eight or nine or 10 — before deciding to drop through.

    Back in the stands, the Gillie Lopez Gym crowd cheered giddily. West Las Vegas’ D.J. Bustos had just scored his 14th, 15th and 16th points in the Dons’ eventual 72-49 win over Thoreau, and the uncertainty over whether the shooter’s roll 3-pointer from the left corner would be a make or a miss was about all the mystery left at that point, late in the third quarter.

  • Cowgirls lose at S. Utah

    Anngelina Sanchez scored a season-high 25 points Saturday in a losing cause, as New Mexico Highlands lost 82-64 at Division I Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah.

    Sanchez scored Highlands’ first five points and went eight for 11 from the floor, sinking all eight of her attempts from the free-throw line, in hitting the quarter-century mark for the Cowgirls (0-5). She also had four rebounds, three steals, one assist and six turnovers.

    The Cowgirls committed 30 turnovers in the loss.

  • State football finals set

    Ruidoso, the No. 2 seed behind Robertson and the only team to seriously threaten the Cardinals during their unbeaten regular season, will shoot for a state title in Class 4A football this coming weekend in Ruidoso.

    The Warriors won 14-7 over Silver, the 2013 state runner-up, in one of Saturday’s two semifinals.

    Their opponent? No. 5 seed Cobre, which knocked off No. 8 Hatch Valley 21-14 on Saturday.

    Defending champion Robertson was upset by Hatch 20-16 in the quarterfinal round last Saturday, finishing 10-1.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 1...

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., MMS

    • NMHU women vs. Texas-Permian Basin (FREE ADMISSION), 6 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Santa Fe Prep, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (C) vs. Roy, 5 p.m., TBA
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • A Cardinal apology

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova issued an apology Tuesday for inappropriate behavior by some members of the Robertson High School football team after their shocking loss to Hatch Valley on Saturday.  

    Unsportsmanlike conduct penalties were called against the Cardinals in the final seconds of the game. After the 20-16 playoff loss to Hatch Valley, several players walked off the field without shaking hands with Hatch players, and several hit their helmets against the wall. The game was played at Cardinal Stadium.

  • Cowgirls fall to 0-2 on Odessa...

    NMHU Sports Information

    ODESSA, Texas  — The Cowgirls led by as much as 14 in the first half, but a run that spanned both halves by the Falcons gave Texas Permian-Basin (2-0) a 76-55 win against New Mexico Highlands University (0-2) 76-55 Saturday afternoon.

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  • RHS cheerleader to perform in...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Madeleine A. Morse, a freshman from Robertson High School, is one of more than 300 elementary, junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who will perform in the 63rd H-E-B Holiday Parade on Thanksgiving Day in Houston.

    The event is one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country.

  • Highlands’ Tanui earns weekly...

    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands men’s cross country freshman Raymond Tanui has been honored as the Subway Eat Fresh Student-Athlete of the Week. The university and area Subway manager Regina Denardo announced the award on Monday.

    Tanui finished 23rd at the 2014 South Central Region NCAA Division II Championships to earn All-Region honors. He helped the men’s cross country team finish 10th.

    It is the second such honor for Tanui in three weeks. Tanui is from El Doret, Kenya.

  • Silva finishes strong

    Katrin Silva keeps on running — and she keeps on climbing.

    As in national rankings.

    The Las Vegas-area marathon runner recently wrapped up her 2014 schedule of competition with a championship finish in the Chimera 100-Miler Nov. 15-16 in California.

    Silva cruised into first place by a cozy margin of 1 hour and 29 minutes, according to husband David Silva, and had another sub-24-hour time (23:47). The race course saw an elevation gain of 22,000 feet over the Saddleback Mountains.