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Today's Sports

  • State: Miller third in girls’...

    Both the Robertson girls and West Las Vegas boys finished among the top eight in Saturday’s state championship cross country meet hosted by Rio Rancho High.

    Robertson’s Anabella Miller captured third place in the Class 3A girls’ race, making history as one of the highest finishers ever from a Las Vegas school in that event. She helped the Lady Cardinals take seventh as a team.

    Later, Moises Coca ran to a sixth place outcome, pacing the West Las Vegas Dons to an eighth place team result.

  • Lady Dons reach district...

    It was a familiar scene in a familiar place Saturday night at the Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona.

    The Pojoaque Valley Elkettes played the foil to the West Las Vegas Lady Dons in another District 2-3A volleyball tournament final.

    This time, the Elkettes asserted themselves early, taking game one 25-9.

    West made it tougher after that slow start, pushing the home team before falling 26-24 and 25-22.

  • Cowgirls to host clinic, tourneys

    Submitted to the Optic

    The NMHU women’s basketball team will host various events throughout the winter and spring to provide recreational activity to the community. Cowgirl Head Coach Tiffany Darling has scheduled several sessions of her “Little Dribblers” skills camps for the children of Las Vegas. The Cowgirls will also host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to allow the ballers of Las Vegas to show their skills.

  • Wolves extend streak to 36

    Held to an abysmal 11 percent efficiency in converting third-down situations, the New Mexico Highlands University football team racked up 430 largely fruitless yards Saturday in a 47-21 loss to Colorado State-Pueblo.

    CSUP (10-0, 8-0) clinched at least a share of its third consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship and can win the title outright next weekend against Western State.

    The ThunderWolves have won 36 straight regular-season games and 31 in a row against league foes.

  • Cowgirl spikers forge weekend...

    Eight Cowgirls contributed kills Saturday night as the New Mexico Highlands volleyball squad swept Western State at the Wilson Complex.

    The quick 25-22, 25-20, 25-16, victory gave Highlands a split of its weekend homestand. The Cowgirls had lost to Adams State 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, the previous evening.

    Darian Mullen led NMHU in kills both matches. She had 19 on Friday and 13 on Saturday.

    NMHU hit a healthy .237 to keep the Mountaineers winless in league play.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 11...

    Monday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Portland Bible College, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at Northern New Mexico, 6 p.m., Española
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., MMS Gym
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico, 7 p.m., Portales

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Portland Bible College, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    Wrestling

  • Regis 2, NMHU 0 - Cowgirls...

    Regis’ stingy defense limited New Mexico Highlands to just four shots on goal — with none finding the net — in a 2-0 win Wednesday night at Perkins Stadium.

    The match was part of the opening round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament.

    New Mexico Highlands and coach Justin Wagar finished 9-7-3 overall and 7-7-1 against RMAC opponents. Regis improved to 9-7-2 and 7-6-2, respectively, advancing to the tournament semifinals.

  • Vegas Bowl - Both teams battered...

    West Las Vegas’ football locker room has looked  an awful lot like a MASH unit this fall.

    Robertson’s has had more than its share of injuries as well as attrition due to other reasons.

    It’s not what either side was hoping for, heading into the last game of the regular season, with the Class 3A playoffs looming just ahead.

  • West to host 2-3A volleyball...

    Third-seeded Raton held serve on its home court late Wednesday, sweeping fifth-seeded Taos and earning a shot at the West Las Vegas Lady Dons in Friday night’s District 2-3A volleyball semifinal.

    West Las Vegas, off since Oct. 29, is 15-5 overall and 6-2 in district. The Lady Dons’ only 2-3A defeats came against longtime thorn-in-the-side Pojoaque.

    Friday’s winner advances to play regular-season champ Pojoaque Valley at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona.

  • Of note...

    Several key out-of-town sporting events of local interest  mark this weekend:

    • NMHU cross country competes in NCAA Division II South Central Regional on Saturday morning in Canyon, Texas, with nationals berths at stake.

    • State cross country championships unfold Saturday in Rio Rancho.

    • Vatos rugby (5-0) wraps fall slate at Red Rocks, Denver.