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  • Lady Dons rally, win district

    For a while there Saturday night, it looked like the Pojoaque Elkettes of their recent indomitable championship vintage were back in top form at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Covering the floor defensively with cool efficiency, Pojoaque won the first two sets — 25-21 and 26-24 — against West Las Vegas in the District 2-4A volleyball final.

    But the host Lady Dons not only averted a sweep, they rallied for three straight set victories to win their first district championship in nearly a decade.

  • Beasties’ run ends in Final 4

    ALBUQUERQUE — A few bad bounces loomed large and helped cost the Robertson girls’ soccer team a shot at the Class 1A-4A state title Friday. The Lady Cardinals, best known by the “Beastie Girls” moniker, lost 3-0 to St. Michael’s in a battle of the second- and third-ranked teams in the state semifinals.

    St. Mike’s went on to lose to defending champion and No. 1 ranked Hope Christian 2-1 in overtime on Saturday in the championship.

  • Cowboys upset after slow start...

    Black Hills State got out to a 17-0 head start and held on despite Highlands’ fourth-quarter rally to win 30-27 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football on Saturday afternoon in Spearfish, S.D.

    Ward Anderson rushed for one touchdown and passed for another — a 67-yard strike to Anthony Eboreim — as part of the Yellow Jackets’ big first quarter.

    Zach Tapia got the Cowboys on the board with field goals from 19 and 47 yards in the second period, and the halftime margin was BHSU 20, NMHU 6.

  • LV teams battle on in soccer...

    Sometimes all it takes is one momentary lapse — or one beautifully played sequence — to make the difference between victory and defeat.

    That’s pretty much all it took for New Mexico Highlands (11-4-4) to break through against Fort Lewis on Wednesday evening in the opening match of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament.

    Highlands won 1-0 and will play the No. 1 seed, Colorado School of Mines, in a tourney semifinal 2 p.m. Friday in Golden, Colo. Mines is the No. 9 ranked team in NCAA Division II.

  • Vegas Bowl

    There’s plenty to play for in this year’s Robertson-West Las Vegas football game.
    Vegas Bowl kicks off at high noon on Saturday at the Herrera Complex, and both squads have prizes at stake in what is traditionally the Meadow City’s most-anticipated gridiron clash of the year.

    Robertson is 9-0 overall, 2-0 in district, and hasn’t lost a game in more than a year. Coach Leroy Gonzalez’s Cardinals can wrap up an undefeated regular season and a District 2-4A title, as well as lock up the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs with a win Saturday.

  • Jones era marked by successes

    When Steve Jones arrived on the New Mexico Highlands University campus back in 1997, he didn’t exactly have a lot to work with.

    “When I got here, I had a baseball, a bat or two, and maybe a couple uniforms.“

    And the team itself hadn’t been setting the world on fire, either.

  • RHS girls outlast Taos

    As the evening got later Wednesday, Hannah Lopez went from bit player to the deciding factor in Robertson’s 3-1 win over Taos in the first match of the District 2-4A volleyball tournament.

    The Lady Cardinals won 27-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-17, advancing to a Thursday night semifinal at Pojoaque Valley. The winner of that contest will play at regular-season champ West Las Vegas on Saturday night for the district championship.

  • Rugby upset: Vatos stun No. 3...

    Las Vegas Optic

    The 13th nationally ranked New Mexico Highlands University rugby club upset No. 3 Denver University this past weekend 27-12, remaining unbeaten for the fall at 6-0.

    According to head coach P.J. Trujillo, it’s the first league defeat for the Denver Pioneers in three years and gives the Vatos sole possession of first place in the Frontier League.

    The physical play of the Vatos was evident throughout the entire game as the Vatos took an early lead and defended well.

  • State meet is Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic

    Robertson’s girls and West Las Vegas’ boys, as well as several individual runners from the area, will be among those contending in this weekend’s state championship meet in Rio Rancho.

    The meet gets under way at 9:15 a.m. with races in all classifications and will run through the early afternoon at Rio Rancho High School.

    As the district runner-up on the girls’ side, the Lady Cardinals qualified for state as a team. So did the third-place Dons on the boys’ side. Top three teams make the field.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 7...

    Friday
    Soccer
    • RMAC women’s tournament semifinal: NMHU-FLC winner at Colorado School of Mines, 2 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • Class 1A-4A state tournament semifinals, teams TBA, 11:30 a.m., APS Soccer Complex, Albuquerque
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    Saturday
    Cross country
    • RMAC championships, 11 a.m.,
    Gunnison, Colo.
    • State championships, 9:15 a.m., Rio Rancho
    Football