Today's Sports

  • WLV, Mora girls prevail

    West Las Vegas’ girls put together a strong fourth quarter to pull away from Robertson on Friday night, adding a District 2-3A tournament championship to their regular-season title.

    West won 63-49 after a game that saw seven lead changes and four ties. Neither side led by double digits until a Deanna Bustos 3-pointer made it 50-40 with about six minutes left in the ballgame.

    Bustos finished with 24 points.

    West Las Vegas defeated Pojoaque Valley 49-43 in the girls’ junior varsity district championship.

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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 3...

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Mountain View (DH), 3 p.m., Rio Rancho
    • Robertson JV at St. Michael’s (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe

    • Robertson at Santa Fe High, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    • Robertson JV at Santa Fe High (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe

  • Vatos rugby hosting No. 3 Denver

    Submitted to the Optic

    The nationally ranked (9th of 230 teams) New Mexico Highlands University Vatos (6-0) start their spring schedule with one of their most important games in many years this Saturday.

    They host third ranked Denver University (7-0) at 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.   

    Both teams have secured national playoff positions, but there is more at stake. The winner will be the Frontier League champion and the No. 1 seed in the regional playoffs March 22-23 in Austin, Texas. The loser will be the No. 3 seed.  

  • Playoff intensity - RHS girls...

    If Robertson’s first two district tournament games are any indicator, basketball fans are in for one heck of a postseason.

    The Lady Cardinals rallied from a double-digit deficit Wednesday evening to knock off Pojoaque Valley 54-45 and set up a fourth East-West girls’ game of the season Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Rough Riders crack code, win...

    Sometimes the formula to winning in sports is simple. And over the weekend, the Luna Community College baseball team found it.

    The Rough Riders took three of four games over Eastern Utah State University and improved to 4-11 on the year. Ten of the Rough Riders’ 11 losses have been to ranked opponents.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 28...

    • LCC vs. El Paso CC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Adams State, 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • District 2-3A girls’ tournament: Robertson at West Las Vegas, 7 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • District 2-3A girls’ JV final: West Las Vegas vs. Pojoaque Valley, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC Indoor Championships, TBA, Alamosa, Colo.
    • NMHU at Western Regionals, TBA, Grand Junction, Colo.

  • Real season begins

    By Vincent Nolasco
    Special to the Optic

    The NCAA West Regional and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships will take place this Friday and Saturday at Brownson Area located on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

    The top three placers in the NCAA West Regional and RMAC Championships in each of the weight class will seal a ticket to the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, next month, March 14-15.

  • Destiny taking course

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Highlands sophomore Destiny Dilworth hit a pair of NCAA qualifying marks at the Joe Davies Open Saturday afternoon in the final tune-up for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

    The meet was held in Golden, Colo.

  • District tourneys roll on

    Robertson hosts the semifinal of the District 2-3A girls’ basketball tournament Wednesday night at Mike Marr Gym, and the winner gets to cross the Gallinas for a shot at regular-season champ West Las Vegas on Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Cardinals, who beat Pojoaque Valley 42-38 in the regular-season finale, await the winner between the Elkettes and Raton, a 55-54 winner over Taos.

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    The boys’ district tourney also continues Wednesday, with Pojoaque hosting Tuesday’s Raton-Robertson victor.

  • Lobos return to the Top 25

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s strategy was simple against No. 6 San Diego State: Get the ball to Cameron Bairstow.
    Bairstow scored 26 points on a series of jumpers, dunks and layups to lead the Lobos to a 58-44 victory over the Aztecs on Saturday night.

    As a result of that effort — and last week’s get-even triumph at Nevada-Las Vegas — the Lobos returned to the AP Top 25 for the first time since Week 2, checking in at No. 25.