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Today's Sports

  • H Club banquet, other events on...

    Homecoming week festivities inevitably have a sports theme to them, but that’s particularly true of this week at New Mexico Highlands University.

    The theme: “Purple Reign.”

    On Thursday, the school plans a re-dedication of the Stu Clark Student Center, the facility named in honor of the longtime coach who — beginning in 1932 — had a two-decade run of success at Highlands. The re-dedication is set for 4:30 p.m.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 5...

    WEDNESDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos

    THURSDAY
    Football
    • West Las Vegas vs. Portales, 6 p.m., Perkins Stadium (RESCHEDULED)
    Soccer
    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., RHS field
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas at Des Moines, 5 p.m., Des Moines

    FRIDAY
    Football

  • FYI - Sports

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.

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  • HU runners tops in Oklahoma

    Ismael Samano and Justin Lueras placed in the top 10, kicking the New Mexico Highlands University men’s cross country team to a championship in the college division of Saturday’s Oklahoma State University Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.

    The Cowboys had 54 team points, well ahead of runner-up Southwestern (Kan.) and Missouri S&T, which had 121 and 127 points, respectively.

    Meanwhile, the NMHU women finished 13th in a crowded 32-team race.

  • Digging the defense
  • Cardinals line, QB rock in...

    A Girard Maestas interception with 1:05 left put the icing on Robertson’s 28-20 slugfest win at Ruidoso on Friday night.

    Maestas had a strong overall performance on both sides of the ball. As the Cardinals’ quarterback he rushed for touchdowns from 18 and 22 yards out, behind solid work across the offensive line.

    Robertson came up with three big interceptions — two by Dalan Abreu and one by Maestas — that were key to winning a rugged battle with the ninth-ranked Warriors.

  • Top-rated Lovington shuts out...

    Defending Class 3A state champion Lovington, still the No. 1 ranked team in the class, routed visiting West Las Vegas 44-0 on Friday night on the blue turf of Wildcat Stadium.

    Lovington enjoyed a running clock throughout the second half after darting out to a 35-0 lead by intermission.

    To West Las Vegas’ credit, the Dons kept the Wildcats honest in the ground game. Linebacker J.C. Martinez led a good effort against Lovington’s running backs.

  • No. 7 Skyhawks need overtime to...

    The hard-luck Highlands Cowgirls took another nationally ranked team to overtime before losing once again by one goal.

    NMHU (4-5 going into Sunday’s home match with Colorado State-Pueblo) lost to Fort Lewis College 3-2 on Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Highlands led 2-1 after Janelle McGee’s goal off a Jaime Sawchuck assist in the 75th minute. But Fort Lewis’ Elena Benavides played the spoiler, tying the match in the nick of time at the 89:47 mark. Then Benavides took a feed from Megan Striedel for the match winner in overtime.

  • Cowboys stumble at WSC

    Western State College’s Mountaineers exacted some retribution for New Mexico Highlands’ last-second heroics against them a season ago, scoring a 15-14 homecoming victory on a last-second 27-yard field goal by Lloyd Tucker on Saturday in Gunnison, Colo.

    It was the first loss of the season for the Cowboys (4-1 overall, 2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and the first win of the year for Western State (1-4, 1-2).

    Highlands, head coach Eric Young and his staff now prepare for a homecoming matchup against Adams State on Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Rio Grande game notable for its...

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico may be without fired head football coach Mike Locksley.

    But this past Saturday’s Rio Grande Rivalry between New Mexico and New Mexico State continued one recent tradition that is still a rarity in Football Bowl Subdivision games — two black head coaches going against each other.