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Today's Sports

  • Cowgirls’ Smith grabs a record...

    By Vincent Nolasco
    NMHU Sports Information

    HOBBS, N.M. — Behind a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record-breaking performance by senior China Smith, the New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team opened its 2013-14 season with a 74-36 victory against the University of the Southwest on Saturday.

    Smith set an  RMAC individual game rebounding record by pulling down 28 rebounds, 14 on the offensive end. The previous record of 27 was held by Pam DeCosta from Mesa State since the 1984-85 season.

  • Cowboy hoopsters dominate in...

    A balanced offensive effort was key as the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team won its season debut Monday night, downing Portland Bible College 91-71 at the Wilson Complex.

    Stargell Love led NMHU with 14 points and was one of five Cowboys to score in double figures.

    Love made seven of eight shots from the floor and added six assists, five rebounds and three steals to his stat line.
    Another NMHU veteran, Augustus French, posted a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Highlands frontcourt. He also blocked two shots.

  • Bucs winless no longer after...

    The Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla.  — No lead had been safe for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.

    So it was up to the defense to help them get their first win of the season.

    Rookie Mike Glennon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tackle Donald Penn and led a long fourth-quarter TD drive to put the Buccaneers ahead for good in a 22-19 victory over the embattled Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 13...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Portland Bible College, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    Wrestling
    • Memorial Middle School quadrangular (includes MMS, WLVMS, others), 3 p.m., MMS Gym

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., MMS
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Santo Domingo, 4 p.m., Valley Gym
    Volleyball
    * Class 2A state tournament: pool play TBA, Rio Rancho
    * Class 3A state tournament: pool play TBA, Rio Rancho

  • Bowl half empty - Cardinals rout...

    In probably the fastest Vegas Bowl in the 55-year history of the game, Robertson (5-5) bombarded West Las Vegas 53-0 on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

    The game was called to a halt at halftime due to the New Mexico Activities Association’s mercy rule requiring games to be stopped once the margin hits 50, provided at least two quarters have been played.

  • Cowboys earn trip to NCAA...

    New Mexico Highlands is headed to the national championship meet in men’s cross country.

    Bob DeVries’ Cowboys finished sixth in Saturday’s NCAA Division II South Central Regional to corral the last qualifying team spot at nationals.

    Highlands senior Henrique Chavez finished 18th individually, completing the longer-than-usual 10-kilometer course in 31:06 to earn All-Region honors.

  • 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.