Today's Sports

  • LV junior wrestlers rock mats

    Submitted to the Optic

    Eight local grapplers brought home medals from the New Mexico Junior Wrestling State Tournaments this past month.

    Las Vegas Junior Wrestling took wrestlers to District the first week of February and to the NMJW State Championships that  wrapped up Feb. 9 in Moriarty.

    “We are proud to say that we came home with two junior state champions, two third place, two fourth place, one fifth, one sixth,” the local club said through a news release.

  • Luna teams pick up wins;...

    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College softball team got back to its winning ways on Saturday after beating Trinidad State 9-4. The game was played in Trinidad, Colo.

    The win puts the Lady Rough Riders at 4-7 on the year.

    They will begin their conference season at home this Friday and Saturday as they take on Western Texas College. Two doubleheaders are scheduled for each day beginning at noon.

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  • All China - Highlands’ Smith...

    NMHU Sports Information

    In a vote by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference head coaches, senior China Smith has been named the 2013-14 Co-Defensive Player of the Year as well as First Team All-Conference, announced the RMAC offices Wednesday.

    Senior Alyssa Lopez became an All-Conference honoree for the third time when she was named to the Third Team for the season.

  • Lobos ground Falcons, set up...

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Seniors Cameron Bairstow and Kendall Williams put on a show in their final home game for No. 21 New Mexico, combining for 34 points Wednesday night to lead the Lobos to an 80-52 victory over Air Force.

    Bairstow finished with 21 points and seven rebounds and Williams had 13 points for New Mexico (24-5, 15-2 Mountain West).

    Leading 27-20, the Lobos closed the first half on a 7-0 run capped by a buzzer-beating dunk from Alex Kirk on an inbounds play for a 34-20 lead.

  • Go Fish - March 7

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and 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.

    Fishing report, March 4:
    Charette Lakes: Opened for the season March 1.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 7...

    • LCC at Odessa (DH), noon, Odessa, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson at Cobre tournament, TBA
    • Class 2A girls’ state tournament: Mora vs. Tohatchi, 6 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Class 3A girls’ state tournament: Robertson vs. Silver, 6 p.m., Mike Marr Gym; West Las Vegas vs. Thoreau, 7 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • LCC vs. Western Texas (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park

  • Going to State! Seven area teams...

    Seven area high school teams and their fans are gearing up for one of the most anticipated events on the calendar — the New Mexico Activities Association state basketball championships.

    Or, as they call it ‘round these parts, “State.”

    Teams learned their postseason pairings late Sunday, hours after the last of the district tournaments around the state had concluded. Considering how long the hoops season has been, things will happen now at a relentless pace.

  • Rangel earns trip to nationals

    By Vincent Nolasco
    NMHU Sports Information

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Erick Rangel was a man on a mission over the weekend, ensuring that New Mexico Highlands would be represented at the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships.

    Rangel placed third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament, which doubles as the NCAA Super IV Regional, in Grand Junction, Colo. The Cowboys’ 125-pounder will compete for a national title March 14-15 in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Cowgirls’ rally ends in eighth

    A couple of home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning were almost enough to turn the tide for New Mexico Highlands’ softball team in an extra-inning thriller against Regis on Sunday at Cowgirl Field.


  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 5...

    • 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

    • LCC at Odessa (DH), noon, Odessa, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • First round of girls’ state tournaments, TBA, campus sites