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Today's Sports

  • Learning the ancient skill of...

    The ancient skill of archery has become a favorite hobby for some of the Mora people and the local 4-H program is in full bloom. The school had a period of archery classes taught by the  Game and Fish Department. Now the Mora National Fish Hatchery is offering classes in archery. The hatchery held its first class in archery earlier this month.

  • HU’s Campbell: All-Region

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU

    Exceptional individual effort by New Mexico Highlands University football player Jordan Campbell this past season did not go unrewarded.

    Campbell, a junior linebacker, has been named to the 2011 Daktronics Super Region No. 3 First Team Defense. He led the nation in tackles for loss with 28.5, a number that set new program and conference single-season records.

  • Cowgirls down Ags in shootout

    Loaded with long-range firepower, Oklahoma Panhandle State wanted to turn Wednesday night’s women’s basketball game into a shootout.
    They did just that. But New Mexico Highlands had enough ammunition to keep up with the fire-at-will Aggies, and the host Cowgirls scored a 118-106 win at the Wilson Complex.

    Alyssa Lopez continued her hot start, leading all scorers with 33 points on 11-of-18 shooting. After a relatively quiet first couple of games, Whitley Coca delivered a breakout performance with 29 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

  • WLV grapplers open with road win

    Brandon Chavez started the 2011-12 wrestling season like he ended the 2010-11 campaign — with a pinfall victory.

    The West Las Vegas heavyweight was one of eight Dons varsity grapplers to have their hands raised in victory on Tuesday night as WLV won a season-opening dual meet in Bernalillo.

    Chavez, who surprised Robertson’s Sam Marquez in the Class 1A-3A state final this past February in Rio Rancho, pinned his opponent in the third period Tuesday.

    Chavez is one of just a few veterans on this year’s squad.

  • Dons take venom out of Rattlers

    Jordan Lopez scored 11 of his 33 points in a 19-4 West Las Vegas run in the first half of Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game with Tucumcari, and the Dons stayed in front for good.

    West’s 72-57 victory over the Rattlers — the third-ranked team in Class 2A — pushed their record to 2-1 under new head coach Ernie Rodriguez.

    Tucumcari’s Shawn Martinez banked a three-pointer from the left corner to make it a 13-12 score with a minute and a half left in the first period.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 2, 2011

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Robertson boys at Taos Invitational, TBA, Taos

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Regis, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Robertson boys at Taos Invitational, TBA, Taos
    • Robertson girls at Socorro (A,B), 1 p.m., Socorro
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Ruidoso (A,B,C), 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling

  • FYI - Sports - Dec. 2, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for boys’ grades 3-7 runs Dec. 12 through Jan. 6 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Girls and co-ed K-2 registration concluded Nov. 7. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.

  • Cowboys chosen sixth; Harge has...

    Joe Harge has done nothing but win since taking the helm of New Mexico Highlands University men’s basketball in 2008, and he’s looking to keep that going in 2011-12.

    His Cowboys went 19-8 overall and 15-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last season, just missing a third consecutive 20-win mark. Harge inherited a program that had gone 1-25 in 2007-08, overhauled the roster and led Highlands to 20-8, 20-11 and 19-8 records over the last three seasons.

  • Cowgirls hoping for more upward...

    If recent history is any indicator, Fort Lewis and Metro State figure to again battle it out for supremacy in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball ranks, leaving everyone else to fight over third place.

    While it’s unclear whether her New Mexico Highlands team is ready to crash the party, coach Tiffany Darling may be feeling her squad is better than the 12th place prediction it received in a preseason poll.

  • Pinning predicament