Today's News

  • Publisher's Note: Collective memories

    Last month’s 10th anniversary of 9/11 got me to thinking about the national experiences that get etched into our collective memory. The ones in which we personally remember where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news.

  • Cowboys 4th in RMAC meet

    Led by Nicaise Kazingo’s 13th place individual finish, New Mexico Highlands scored a respectable fourth-place team result in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s cross country championship race Saturday in Denver.

    Also Saturday, the NMHU women ran ninth of 13 teams.

    Western State surprised Adams State with a sweep of the team titles, winning 27 to 31 on the women’s side and 28 to 31 on the men’s side.

    Lauren Kleppin and Tyler Pennel, both of WSC, won their respective races to earn Runner of the Year honors.

  • Cards: District champs!

    Ben Ratzlaff and Keen Martinez cracked the code of a tenacious Taos defense Saturday for a 2-1 win that — after the application of a tiebreaker formula — secured a District 1 boys’ soccer championship for the Robertson Cardinals.

    The Cardinal boys and their girls’ team counterparts were among the soccer programs who found out their state tournament seedings and first-round matchups on Sunday after this issue of the Optic went to press. (See Wednesday’s paper for follow-up coverage.)

  • Mora girls win ninth straight

    Three gritty victories in as many nights — including a come-from-behind win over big, hard-hitting Bosque Prep — kept alive a nine-match winning streak for the Mora Rangerettes (15-3, 6-0 District 4-2A) this past weekend.

    “These three in a row and four this past week, counting Pecos on Tuesday, this is preparing them for state,” said Mora head volleyball coach Jacquelyn Sanchez. “And two of them were intense games. This is teaching the girls they have to work to get where they want to go.”

  • HU kickers tie Mesa

    Autumn Woods’ shot with just one minute and 21 seconds remaining in regulation tied host Colorado Mesa 1-1 in what would hold up as the final score Friday in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer action in Grand Junction, Colo.

    New Mexico Highlands (9-6-1 overall, 7-4-1 RMAC) was to visit No. 21 nationally ranked Fort Lewis on Sunday in Durango, seeking to hold on to a top-five spot in the league standings as the regular season winds down.

  • Cowgirls shock Grizzlies in RMAC volleyball upset

    Gabriella Rifilato had just set up a Megan Tapia kill to give the RMAC West-leading Adams State volleyball team a 24-22 lead for match point of what would have been a clean sweep Friday night at the Wilson Complex.

    But then things got messy.

    The Highlands Cowgirls staved off elimination as Broke Fahnestock passed to Ashley Nugent for a kill.

    With CiCi Cordova at the service line and Dominique Benton and Kelsey Groff up front, the Cowgirls reeled off three straight points to steal game three.

  • Gents’ defense stingy in Vegas Bowl Jr. win

    A couple of long West Las Vegas runs set up by crisp blocking made the difference in a strong defensive show for both sides in Vegas Bowl Jr. this past Thursday at Perkins Stadium.

    The Gents won 16-2, snapping not only Memorial Middle School’s string of successes in the annual game but also a 19-game win streak for the Cardinals under coach Phil Leger and his staff.

    While both the Gents and Cardinals have produced some high-scoring wins this season, on Thursday it was their respective defenses that stood their ground.

  • Dead giveaway

    Take away the Cowboys’ turnovers and the resultant points surrendered to Nebraska-Kearney, and Saturday’s football game was a veritable toss-up.

    Alas, those mistakes did indeed count against New Mexico Highlands in a painful 38-14 defeat against the No. 13 ranked team in NCAA Division II.

    All told, the Cowboys (4-4, 2-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) coughed the ball up six times — three interceptions and three lost fumbles — for the second straight week.

  • Cardinal offense clicks at Raton

    Robertson’s football team welcomed head coach Leroy Gonzalez back to regular sideline duty with a resounding 35-6 romp over Raton in Friday’s District 2-3A opener.

    “I think we came out and executed right away,” said Gonzalez. “It wasn’t like that for the first seven games ... But it’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.”

  • Dons’ struggles continue in Taos

    West Las Vegas’ football roster was healthier Friday than it had been in weeks.

    Trouble is, the prolific Taos offense was beyond healthy.

    The host Tigers parlayed a quick 20-0 lead into a 64-20 blowout by night’s end, evening their own District 2-3A record at 1-1 while spoiling the Dons’ district opener.

    West coach Mike Ulibarri had quarterback George Martinez and two-way playmakers Jordan Lopez and Nathan Vigil all back from injuries, their recoveries aided by a well-timed bye-week break.