Today's Sports

  • NMHU’s Samano concludes career

    NMHU reports

    New Mexico Highlands University cross country standout Ismael Samano capped his collegiate career with a 172nd place finish at the 2012 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships held Saturday in Joplin, Mo.

    Samano entered the race with high hopes of an All-American (top 40) finish after qualifying from the tough Central Region two weeks ago.

    “There are eight regions, “ noted NMHU coach Bob DeVries, “but the Central took 11 of the top 25 and 15 of the All-American spots in the race.”

  • Cowboys drop Iowa hoopsters

    Shooting at a 58 percent clip in the second half, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team pulled away from Iowa Wesleyan for a 100-78 win on Saturday in Alamosa, Colo.

    The Cowboys and head coach Joe Harge evened their season record at 1-1. They were to play Northern New Mexico on Sunday, also as part of the Alamosa Tourism & Bankers Classic hosted by Adams State University.

    Five Cowboys finished in double figures on Saturday, and all 12 who got playing time contributed to the victory.

  • State volleyball
  • Redbirds rally past Rams

    Overcoming a two-touchdown deficit in the state football playoffs is just part of the story for Robertson in its 40-26 triumph over visiting Portales on a cool Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

    The Cardinals (7-4) also found a way to overcome its penchant for incurring expensive penalties on both sides of the ball. And they overcame less-than-optimal health across the roster, finding a way to win against an improved Rams outfit with its own injury issues.

  • Irish 11-0 first time since ‘89

    By Tom Coyne
    The Associated Press

    SOUTH BEND, Ind.  — Notre Dame got one first-place vote in the coaches’ poll last Sunday — head coach Brian Kelly’s.
    Against Wake Forest, the Fighting Irish reinforced his faith in his team.

    Everett Golson threw three touchdown passes and Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run as No. 3 Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 38-0 Saturday to finish the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998 and keep its national championship hopes alive.

  • Wolf Pack hold on, hand Lobos...

    By The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Nevada’s Cody Fajardo threw three touchdown passes and ran for a career-high 186 yards Saturday to help the Wolf Pack beat New Mexico 31-24 and end a three-game losing streak.

    Fajardo hit Brandon Wimberly from 2 yards out for what proved to be the winning score with 4 minutes left in the third quarter for Nevada (7-4, 4-3 Mountain West).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 19...

    No varsity sporting events scheduled in town

    No varsity sporting events scheduled in town

    No varsity sporting events scheduled in town

    No varsity sporting events scheduled in town

    • NMHU women at Texas A&M-Kingsville, 11 a.m., Kingsville, Texas
    • Robertson boys at Bernalillo Invite, TBA, Bernalillo

  • Highlands’ Samano in national...

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Ismael Samano’s teammates may be taking some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling summer and fall of distance running.

    Samano himself has one race left before he can put his cleats away for the season.

    The New Mexico Highlands University standout qualified for this weekend’s NCAA Division II national cross country championships by finishing 18th in the South Central Regional meet on Nov. 3 in Denver.

    The national meet is scheduled for Saturday morning in Joplin, Mo.

  • Ten Cowboys earn All-RMAC honors

    NMHU and Optic reports

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After completing one of the best seasons in over a decade, the 2012 New Mexico Highlands football team has placed 10 student-athletes on the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams.

    The Cowboys finished the 2012 season with an 8-3 record, third in the final RMAC standings. In Eric Young’s second season as head coach, the team climbed as high as 27th — unofficially, since the poll recognizes the Top 25 — in the American Football Coaches Association rankings.

  • RHS athletes all-district in...

    Jalen Martinez’s frenetic energy on the pitch was a key ingredient as Robertson boys’ soccer team won District 1 a season ago and came close again this year.

    It also made him a Player of the Year in the district as he helped lead the Cardinals through a tough senior season categorized as a building year.

    “Great leadership,” commented longtime RHS head coach Clarence Montoya, who noted that Martinez had 23 goals and seven assists while serving as a co-captain of the squad.