Today's Sports

  • Air Force bounces Lobos

    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev.  — Zach Kocur scored 20 points with four 3-pointers and No. 9 seed Air Force beat eighth-seeded New Mexico 68-61 in opening game of the Mountain West tournament on Wednesday.

    New Mexico allowed the Falcons (14-16) to wind down the shot clock with a five-point lead in the final minute and Trevor Lyons’ 18-foot jumper with 38 seconds left gave Air Force a 66-59 lead. The Academy held on from there to advance to a quarterfinals matchup with top-seeded Boise State on Thursday.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March...

    • NMHU vs. Regis, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson at Cobre tournament, TBA, Bayard
    •West Las Vegas at Socorro (DH), 11 a.m., Socorro
    • State tournaments, TBA
    • Robertson at Sandia Prep tourney, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Robertson at Cavern Classic, 7:30 a.m., Carlsbad
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at NCAA Division II indoor nationals, TBA, Birmingham, Ala.

  • Upset bid falls short

    West Las Vegas’ girls had the unenviable task of playing the No. 1 team in Class 4A girls’ basketball Tuesday morning in the state quarterfinals.

    Portales overcame a 10-4 deficit with a commanding second half in a 57-31 win at Wise Pies Arena AKA The Pit.

    The Lady Dons led by as many as six but went nearly 10 minutes of game time without scoring a field goal.

    Jaylen Gutierrez led West with 10 points. Deanna Bustos scored all of her eight in the first quarter as the Lady Dons took a 10-4 lead.

  • No. 25 Wolves handle NMHU...

    Faced with a road series at the No. 25 ranked team in NCAA Division II baseball, the Highlands Cowboys settled for one win in a four-game series this past weekend in Pueblo, Colo.

    Host Colorado State-Pueblo came back from a 4-3 defeat to the Cowboys on Friday to sweep a Saturday doubleheader 2-0 and 9-1 and then close the set with a 19-6 win on Sunday.

    NMHU and skipper Shannon Hunt return to the road this weekend, playing a series at Regis in Denver.

  • Ortiz helps Luna sluggers...

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College freshman pitcher Dev’n Ortiz pitched a shutout in the second game on Saturday to propel the Rough Riders to an 11-0 victory over visiting Odessa College.

    “Dev’n came out, got ahead, threw strikes and took advantage of Odessa’s mistakes,” said LCC head coach Antonio Siqueiros.

    Ortiz is a graduate of Carlsbad High.

    It was the lone win for the Rough Riders. Luna dropped game one 3-2, game three 12-2 and game four 13-9.

  • Cowgirls rise to No. 1 in D-II!

    NMHU and Optic reports

    For the first time in school history, a New Mexico Highlands University athletic program is at the top of the mountain.

    The NMHU women’s track and field team has ascended to first place in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll for NCAA Division II indoor competition.

    The poll was released Monday by the New Orleans-based organization.

  • Madness arrives

    There’s a reason it’s called March Madness.

    Unheralded Bosque Prep, one of the last teams to make the Class 4A boys’ basketball bracket as the No. 15 seed, made No. 2 ranked West Las Vegas sweat for a good portion of Saturday night’s first-round-of-state game at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Dons eventually pulled away for a 70-48 win, reaching the quarterfinal round, but the outcome was anything but assured through a tough first half.

  • Vegas sluggers win on Saturday

    Robertson swept Shiprock 5-3 and 3-1 to open its baseball slate on a mild Saturday afternoon at the borrowed Brandt Park.

    The Cardinals are 2-0 under Kenneth Sandoval.

    Robertson struck early in game one, plating its first three batters for a 3-0 advantage. Isaiah Baca, Keanu Baca and

    Colin Pedro staked the Redbirds to the lead.

    Austen King’s run in the sixth put an exclamation point on the win to answer a Chieftain rally.

    Isaiah Baca went 2 for 4 to pace the RHS offense. Nathan Archuleta had two runs batted in.

  • Ex-Lobo assistant named HU coach

    Former University of New Mexico defensive coordinator Jeff Mills on Friday was named as New Mexico Highlands’ next head football coach.

    “I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at New Mexico Highlands University,” Mills said. “Throughout my life, I have dreamed of following in my father’s footsteps in leading a football program to excellence. I am fired up to meet our team and am committed to guiding our players to success in the classroom, in the community and on the football field.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March 9...

    • Robertson JV vs. Pojoaque Valley (DH), 3 p.m., TBA
    • NMHU at Colorado-Colorado Springs (DH), 1 p.m., Colorado Springs

    • Robertson vs. Capital (DH), 3 p.m., TBA
    • Class 4A girls’ state tournament quarterfinal: West Las Vegas vs. Portales, 8 a.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 3A girls’ state tournament quarterfinal: Pecos vs. Clayton, 11:30 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho