Today's Sports

  • Montoya triumphs in Greeley

    His decision to go conservative cost Rico Montoya a point but it ultimately helped him secure victory in the third period of Saturday’s 126-pound championship match at the Old Chicago Open in Greeley, Colo.

    The Robertson junior and three-time state champion had built a two-point lead against Mitch Finesilver of Denver’s Cherry Creek High going into that final period.

    “He was real tall and lanky, and I didn’t want (to make a mistake), so I got defensive,” Montoya explained.

  • Weekend Roundup - Young...

    Giving the home fans more than a glimpse of their collective potential, the Robertson Cardinals led a strong Española Valley club by as much as 14 points Friday night in their home opener at Mike Marr Gym.

    But the savvier Sundevils didn’t get rattled, ending the first half on a 17-6 run and then taking control after intermission en route to a 76-66 victory.

    Richard Martinez’s Sundevils improved to 7-1 while Manuel Romero’s young Cardinals slid to 1-6 with the 60th annual Stu Clark Tournament on tap later this week.

  • Red and Green
  • Rams rally to victory in wild...

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — With less than 2 minutes to play and Colorado State down by eight points, Shaquil Barrett knew the Rams needed the ball back quickly to finish an improbable comeback against Washington State.

    Once down by 22 points in the New Mexico Bowl, the Rams got their chance when Cougars running back Jeremiah Laufasa came barreling toward Barrett.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 23

    • West Las Vegas boys (C) at Pecos tournament, TBA, Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (C) at Pecos tournament, TBA, Sanchez Gym

    No local sporting events scheduled

    No local sporting events scheduled


  • Stu Clark tickets on sale

    Advance tickets for the 60th annual Stu Clark Tournament are now on sale, and the tournament lineup has been released to the public.

    The tourney runs from Thursday, Dec. 26, to Saturday, Dec. 28, at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

    Last year’s champions, the Capital High Jaguars of Santa Fe, and the runner-up Central High Bobcats from the Phoenix area, will have a rematch in the first round of the Stu to highlight the first day of games. That contest is scheduled as part of the opening session on Thursday the 26th.

  • NM Bowl kicks off full slate

    The Associated Press

    SPOKANE, Wash.  — Washington State coach Mike Leach disputes the notion that running backs are under-utilized in his Air Raid offense.

    Washington State may run the ball less than half as much as the Cougars’ opponents, but the running backs catch a lot of passes.

    “They are the best athletes out there, with rare exceptions,” Leach said this week as Washington State (6-6) prepared to face Colorado State (7-6) in Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl. “You have to get running backs the football.”

  • 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.