Today's Sports

  • ‘Pokes back on the radar

    Colorado State University at Pueblo remains No. 1 in the American Football Coaches Association national rankings of NCAA Division II football after beating Colorado Mesa 48-10 this past Saturday.

    After being shut out of the poll entirely a week ago on the heels of a 36-33 loss to Chadron State, NMHU picked up some votes in the AFCA poll, unofficially ranking 35th. The Cowboys went as high as 27th before falling to the Eagles on Oct. 20.

    Chadron, a 41-23 winner over Western New Mexico last week, moved up to 28th, unofficially.

  • Gabaldon hired to head WLV...

    According to sources close to the West Las Vegas athletic department, the school has named Ryan Gabaldon as its new head baseball coach.

    Gabaldon has coached with West several years, both as a top assistant for the varsity and as a middle school coach. He also had winning results at the Little League level with many of the players currently on the Dons roster.

    The Dons baseball job has been open since the district declined to renew the contract of Dean Gallegos, who had also served as food services director.

  • Elkettes wrap up top seed

    Pojoaque Valley rolled toward another regular-season District 2-3A volleyball title — and hosting rights for next week’s district tourney — by sweeping West Las Vegas on Tuesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym, 25-18, 25-15, 25-17.

    West opened with a Deanna Bustos ace and got points from a block by Maya Roybal and Faith Romero and an attack by Caelin Bustos.

    The Lady Dons led game one by margins of 6-1 and 10-4, but Pojoaque’s Erica Rendon sparked a run of 11 straight points to take a 21-13 lead they would keep.

  • Cowgirl kickers All-RMAC

    Autumn Woods and Marci Johnson of New Mexico Highlands have been named to the third-team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer squad for fall 2012.

    Announcements were made Wednesday.

    Woods is a 5-7 sophomore midfielder from Mapleton, Utah. Both of her two goals were game-winners, and she had seven shots on goal.

    Johnson is a 5-3 sophomore forward from Lindon, Utah. She led NMHU in points with 17, tallying four goals and nine assists.

    The Cowgirls finished 6-10-2 overall and 4-8-2 in the league this season.

  • Youth Football - Nov. 2, 2012

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Cowgirls stun Division I Utah...

    The New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team has a chance to make its weeklong, three-game road trip through Utah a winner with a victory at Utah State on Friday night in Logan.

    The Cowgirls earned a 67-62 exhibition win Wednesday at NCAA Division I Utah Valley in Orem, Utah, to even their preseason record at 1-1. Highlands lost at another Division I opponent, Southern Utah, on Monday night.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 2...

    • NMHU women at Utah State, 7 p.m., Logan, Utah
    Cross country
    • District 4-2A championships, 3 p.m., TBA
    • Robertson at Taos, 7 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas at Raton, 7 p.m., Raton
    • NMHU at Adams State, 7 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

    Cross country
    • NMHU at NCAA Division II Central Regional, 10:30 a.m., Willis Case Golf Course, Denver

  • State: Lady Cards earn No. 4 seed

    The Robertson girls’ soccer team will be staying home when the first round of the state soccer tournaments takes place this weekend.
    But it’s good news.

  • NMHU men move to 2-0 in preseason

    Defense set up offense aplenty on Sunday as the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team throttled Virginia-Lynchburg 97-63 before a sparse but spirited crowd at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowboys repeatedly used heads-up defense to force turnovers and score in transition, contributing to a 52 percent field goal accuracy in the team’s second win of the preseason.

    Erick Vega paced the scoring output with 19 points. Roland Fitch again had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards, and Stuart Sullivan sank five threes to finish with 15 points.

  • Last XC tuneup in Santa Rosa

    Cross country season is nearing the home stretch — with district and state meets taking place over the next two weekends — and local runners got one last tuneup this past Thursday in Santa Rosa.

    Mora’s Alonzo Chavez raced to victory in the boys’ varsity division — his sixth win in eight meets.

    Mora placed second with 65 team points behind Pecos’ 43 in the boys’ race.