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Today's Sports

  • Metro holds on to beat Cowgirls

    Unable to come back after falling into a four-goal chasm by halftime, the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team nonetheless kept battling en route to a 4-1 defeat against Metro State on Sunday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    Metro is one of the top four teams in the region and unoffically rates among the top 30 in the nation.

    Julie Essick scored the lone Highlands goal on a free kick from 35 yards away in the 68th minute.

  • NMHU-Mesa gridiron clash pivotal

    Saturday’s New Mexico Highlands football home game could be pivotal in determining the Cowboys’ standing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this fall.

    The Colorado Mesa Mavericks bring identical overall and league records at 2-2 and 1-1, respectively. They lost a close one Sept. 21 at then-No. 21 nationally ranked Chadron State, 30-24, then clobbered Black Hills State last week by a 49-11 count.

    Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.

  • West golfer Quintana nabs second...

    West Las Vegas’ Joedy Quintana is another step closer to getting back to the state golf tournament.

    Quintana shot a 78 for a 10-stroke victory and a second qualifying score in this past Monday’s West Las Vegas Invitational held at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Prep golfers need to qualify three legs in order to make it into the state tourney in May.

    Quintana got the first leg by shooting a 92 on Sept. 16 in Los Alamos.

  • Youth Soccer - Oct. 4, 2013

    The following are this coming weekend’s scheduled Las Vegas Youth Soccer League matches:

    U6 DIVISION
    All U6 matches are played at 8:45 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.
    Italy vs. Chile, Field 1
    Mexico vs. Greece, Field 2
    Peru vs. Croatia, Field 3
    Russia vs. USA, Field 4

    U8 DIVISION
    All U8 matches are played at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.
    Norway vs. Belgium, Field 1
    Portugal vs. Germany, Field 2
    Spain vs. France, Field 3

  • Rio Rancho JV runners also...

    Las Vegas Optic
    More results from this past weekend’s Meadow City Invitational cross country meet held at the Gene Torres Golf Course:

    HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY BOYS
    1. Deven Paredes, Rio Rancho, 16:24
    2. Noah Dodd, Rio Rancho, 16:47
    3. Trevor Amestoy, Rio Rancho, 17:13
    4. David Ogden, Rio Rancho, 17:56
    5. Zach Allen, Rio Rancho, 17:56
    6. Meint Agena, Rio Rancho, 18:10
    7. Thomas Mitchell, Maxwell, 18:29
    8. Jason Montgomery, Rio Rancho, 18:59
    9. Anthony Pedemore, Rio Rancho, 19:17

  • Go Fish - Oct. 4, 2013

    FISHING REPORT, Oct. 1
    Charette Lakes: Due to low water levels only small boats are being launched here and with some difficulty.  
    Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 6.3 cfs. With low water conditions the best bet was pocket waters again this past week. Trout fishing was rated as fair to good by anglers using caddis, bead-head pheasant tails, copper John Barrs and worms.  

  • Mushball benefit Saturday

    A co-ed mushball tournament to benefit local softball standout Megan Esquibel — as she raises funds for a select camp in Oklahoma City — will be held Saturday in town. Registration is $10 per player, $100 per team. The tourney is double elimination, and at least three girls must be on the field for a team at all times. Registration runs though Friday. For more information and to register, call Julie, 426-7526.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 4...

    Friday
    Football
    • Robertson at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso
    • West Las Vegas at Laguna Acoma, 7 p.m., TBA
    Soccer
    • NMHU women at Colorado School of Mines, 7 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas at Portales tournament, TBA, Portales

    Saturday
    Cross country
    • NMHU at Chile Pepper Festival, 9 a.m., Fayetteville, Ark.
    • Mora at Santa Fe Indian John Grimley Memorial, 9 a.m., Cochiti

  • MMS runners finish on a high note

    For the second time in as many years, Memorial Middle School’s Makayla Quintana has raced to an individual championship in the Meadow City Cross Country Invitational.

    Quintana led the MMS girls to a team title Saturday in their final meet of the fall, while Leandro Garduño did the same for the MMS boys. (See Monday’s Optic for related story.)

    Coach Mike Maldonado said his teams finished well to punctuate a productive overall season that included several championship finishes.

  • Home course advantage

    Highlands senior Henrique Chavez trailed South Plains College’s Jose Martinez through the first mile or two of Saturday’s NMHU XC Jam, but the Mora standout was just biding his time, pacing himself for the push to come.