Today's Sports

  • Cowboys earn first win of Snow...

    NMHU Sports Information

    GUNNISON, Colo. — The Cowboys absolutely dominated the paint to the tune of 40-14 as New Mexico Highlands beat Western State 77-68 Friday night.

    It was the first victory as a collegiate head coach for former New Mexico Lobo assistant Craig Snow.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 15...

    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Mora, 4 p.m., MMS
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. Valley, 4 p.m., WLV

    • Memorial Middle School girls at Pecos, 6 p.m., Pecos

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 3 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton

  • Finally, college football has...

    The Associated Press

    GRAPEVINE, Texas — The first College Football Playoff expanded the national championship race, made the regular season even more intriguing and produced a final four with major star power.

    Nick Saban’s No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Urban Meyer’s No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes at the Sugar Bowl.

    Marcus Mariota, this season’s Heisman Trophy front-runner, and second-seeded Oregon vs. Jameis Winston, last season’s Heisman Trophy winner, and defending national champion Florida State at the Rose Bowl.

  • West teams win on road

    West Las Vegas’ basketball teams earned a couple of quality road wins Tuesday night, bolstering their positions in the statewide polls.

    The Dons overcame an early deficit with a strong second half and defeated Santa Fe Prep 66-58.

    Coach David Bustos’ squad is rated No. 2 in Class 4A boys’ hoops, trailing only defending state champion Hope Christian, according to the latest NMOTSC.com coaches’ poll.

    Santa Fe Prep led 16-14 after the first eight minutes of play, and after a close first half enjoyed a 30-29 advantage.

  • Bowl game schedule 2014-15

    The Associated Press

    Saturday, Dec. 20
    New Orleans Bowl
    Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4), 9 a.m. (ESPN)

    New Mexico Bowl
    At Albuquerque
    UTEP (7-5) vs. Utah State (9-4), 12:20 p.m. (ESPN)

    Las Vegas Bowl
    Colorado State (10-2) vs. Utah (8-4), 1:30 p.m. (ABC)

    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
    At Boise
    Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force (9-3), 3:45 p.m. (ESPN)

    Camelia Bowl
    At Montgomery, Ala.

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

    • NMHU women and men at Western State, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Gunnison, Colo.
    • 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
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Taos tournament, TBA, Taos
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Pecos, 3 p.m., Pecos


  • 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.