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Today's Sports

  • Grizzlies join Vegas scene

    Just about every football player who’s ever donned shoulder pads and laced up cleats entertains the dream of playing on Sundays.

    For the weekend warriors of the New Mexico Independent Football League, that dream is a reality, although you won’t find their gridiron exploits on SportsCenter.

  • Aggies coach a tourney veteran

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Tennessee State’s Larry Joe Inman and Mark Trakh of New Mexico State have joined an exclusive club, becoming the ninth and 10th women’s basketball coaches to guide at least three different schools to the NCAA Tournament.

    Their accomplishments are even more impressive considering both Inman and Trakh were out of the college head coaching ranks not too long ago and pulled off the feat at schools that hadn’t been to the tournament in at least two decades.

  • Go Fish - March 20

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow with just a few rainbows caught by anglers using Power Bait and worms under a bobber. Launching boats was a bit challenging due to low water conditions.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March...

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Midland (DH), noon, Midland, Texas
    • NMHU at Colorado Mesa, 6 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    Softball
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Pecos tournament, TBA, Pecos
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Colorado State-Pueblo, TBA, Pueblo, Colo.

    Saturday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Midland (DH), noon, Midland, Texas
    • NMHU at Colorado Mesa (DH), 1 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    Softball

  • NMSU teams going dancing

    The Associated Press
    LAWRENCE, Kan.  — Kansas, after winning its 11th straight regular-season Big 12 Conference title, will open the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional against 15th-seeded New Mexico State.
    The Jayhawks (26-8) will remain close to home when the open tournament play on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska — with a potential matchup against in-state foe Wichita State looming in the third round.

  • Lady Dons take two from SFIS

    Sonya Lujan blasted two home runs in her first two at-bats of the 2015 softball season, and West Las Vegas cruised to the first of two decisive wins over visiting Santa Fe Indian School on an idyllic Monday afternoon at WLV Field.

    Lujan accounted for four runs batted in courtesy of the two home runs, one delivered to each side of the outfield, in a 14-2 win for Lucas Griego’s Lady Dons.

    In the nightcap, West rolled to a 16-6 decision. Both games were called early due to the 10-run mercy rule.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March...

    Wednesday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas vs. Hope Christian, 4 p.m., WLV field
    Softball
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    Track and field
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Pojoaque Valley, 3 p.m., Jacona
    • Robertson JV at Los Lunas, 3 p.m., Los Lunas

    Friday
    Baseball

  • Spring 2015 sports schedule

    Friday, March 20
    BASEBALL
    LCC at Midland (DH), noon, Midland, Texas
    NMHU at Colorado Mesa, 6 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.
    Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, Santa Fe
    SOFTBALL
    Robertson at St. Mike’s tourney, Santa Fe
    West Las Vegas at Pecos tournament, Pecos
    TENNIS
    Robertson at Carlsbad, 7:30 a.m., Carlsbad
    TRACK AND FIELD
    NMHU women at Colorado State-Pueblo, Pueblo, Colo.

    Saturday, March 21
    BASEBALL
    LCC at Midland (DH), noon, Midland, Texas

  • State runner-up — West Las Vegas...

    ALBUQUERQUE — West Las Vegas moved a step closer to the elusive state boys’ basketball championship over the weekend, but the Hope Christian dynasty remains intact.

    Hope (27-4), ranked No. 1 all winter in Class 4A, earned a third consecutive state title and the program’s 13th under head coach Jim Murphy by beating West 69-57 on Saturday at WisePies Arena AKA The Pit.

  • No bull: Steers too ornery for...

    The Mora Rangers gave their best shot at what other teams had failed to do in 29 tries this season — knock off mighty Magdalena in boys’ basketball.

    But the No. 1 ranked Steers stampeded past Mora 78-65 on Thursday in the Class 2A boys’ semifinals at Bernalillo High.

    Magdalena would go on to nip Logan 61-60 in Saturday evening’s championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque, capping a 31-0 campaign.

    For the better part of three and a half quarters Thursday, the No. 5 seeded Mora (21-9) hung with Magdalena.