Today's Sports

  • Branch guides young Rangers squad

    Submitted to the Optic

    This year’s version of the Mora Rangers boys’ basketball team should be most intriguing.

    The Rangers were on the verge of competing for the 2014 state championship, but adversity hit the team when three returning starters transferred prior to the season beginning on Nov. 4, leaving Coach James Branch with a team composed of two seniors, six sophomores, and two freshmen on the varsity squad.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 20

    • NMHU women and men at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 and 7 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Española Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Portales, 4 p.m., Portales
    • Robertson at Greeley, TBA, Greeley, Colo.

    • NMHU women and men at Colorado State-Pueblo, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Portales, 1 p.m., Portales

  • Aggies get even in Pit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Even though New Mexico State jumped out to an early 18-point lead, Aggies coach Marvin Menzies knew it was going to take a big play at the end to secure a win against rival New Mexico.

    That’s exactly what he got when Renaldo Dixon batted away a fastbreak layup attempt with 34 seconds remaining that would have tied it.

    Instead, New Mexico State held on for a 67-61 victory over the Lobos.

  • No. 5 Colorado Mesa outlasts...

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    The Cowgirls overcame an 11-point deficit early to take a four-point lead at halftime, but it was not enough as New Mexico Highlands University (4-3, 1-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) fell short against No. 5 Colorado Mesa, 81-70, in women’s basketball Saturday night at the John A. Wilson Complex.

  • Familiar faces - Lady Dons rally...

    SANTA FE — The season’s first girls’ basketball meeting between Robertson and West Las Vegas came early — an impromptu face-off in the fifth-place game of this past weekend’s Capital City Invitational.

    West Las Vegas (5-2) rallied from a 25-24 halftime deficit to beat Robertson 70-51 in the consolation final Saturday at Toby Roybal Gymnasium on the campus of Santa Fe High.

  • Montoya wins individual title at...

    SANTA FE — Wrestling season is officially under way for the Meadow City, with local middle schoolers several events in and their high school counterparts having debuted this past Saturday at the 25th Jaguar Invitational at Capital High’s Ortiz Gymnasium in Santa Fe.

    Defending state champion Richard “Rico” Montoya led the charge for Robertson, winning his division at 132 pounds.

    Montoya beat Michael Hernandez of Deming in the final and helped the Cardinals to a ninth place finish despite their having only five wrestlers in the tournament.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 18

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Clayton, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Bernalillo
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton

    • NMHU women and men at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 and 7 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Española Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • DOMination - Eleven locals All-...

    Eight Robertson Cardinals and three West Las Vegas Dons are among the honorees named to the All-District 2-3A football team for this past fall season.

    Dominic Lucero, a Robertson junior who played both running back and linebacker, was named Most Valuable Player.

  • Super Mannie - Cass scores 41 to...

    Western State’s Jordan Adams missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and host New Mexico Highlands held on to a 101-99 triumph in double overtime Friday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Appropriately, Highlands’ Mannie Cass closed out the game for the Cowboys by sinking two free throws with 14 seconds left to break a 99-99 tie.

    Cass was otherworldly, pouring in 41 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor and a 17-for-19 job at the foul line. He also grabbed six rebounds, dished three assists, blocked three shots and stole the ball once.

  • Lucero in top 10 at national...

    The national title in team roping proved elusive this week for Las Vegas-area native Martin Lucero and partner Colby Lovell, but the pair made serious strides in the latter go-rounds.

    The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo wrapped up its weeklong run on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Lovell, the header, and Lucero, the heeler, were really clicking on Thursday, completing the roping in 4.2 seconds, the fastest of Round Eight by a three-tenths of a second margin.