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Today's Sports

  • Mora volleyball outlasts Prep,...

    Saturday’s hard-fought five-set win over Santa Fe Prep and Monday’s sweep at Monte del Sol have the Mora Rangerettes sitting pretty in District 2-2A volleyball.

    The team hosts its “Dig Pink” night Friday when Peñasco visits Montoya Gymnasium; the evening is dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

    Mora’s win over Prep drew high praise from head coach Jacquelyn Sanchez.

  • Cowboys trip up in overtime...

    Homecoming heartburn.
    A fumbled handoff in overtime enabled Adams State to score the winning touchdown against New Mexico Highlands on Saturday night at Perkins Stadium.
    Final: 30-24 Grizzlies.
    The Cowboys slid to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
    James Ackel rushed in from the Cowboy 9-yard line for the game-winner, getting past a tired, injury-thinned defense.

  • NMHU men 2nd at Metro

    Las Vegas Optic
    Putting five varsity runners in the top 12, the Highlands men’s cross country team had one of its best pack times in securing a runner-up team finish in Saturday morning’s Metro State Invite in Denver.
    Nicaise Kazingo (third place individually in 25:58) and Ismael Samano (fourth, 26:03) led the Cowboys, followed by Justin Lueras, Henrique Chavez and Troy Madalena. The pack time was 1:05.
    Host Metro won with 33 team points to NMHU’s 38.

  • Cowgirl spikers drop two

    Las Vegas Optic
    Angelina Pulu hit. 314 on her way to a match-high 15 kills to lead hard-hitting Western New Mexico past New Mexico Highlands in volleyball Thursday night at the Wilson Complex.
    Game scores were 25-19, 25-22, 25-17, WNMU.
    Darian Mullen led NMHU with 11 kills and six digs.
    WNMU is 10-6 overall and 6-2 in the RMAC.
    Saturday at Adams State in Alamosa, Colo., Highlands lost a narrow battle after taking the first set, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 26-24.

  • Cowgirl kickers edge CCU

    Highlands women’s soccer is a veteran of one-goal matches, and the Cowgirls continued the trend Friday night, defeating Colorado Christian 1-0 at a rain-soaked Perkins Stadium.
    Autumn Woods delivered the game-winner at the 77:35 mark after getting to Julissa Rodriguez’s corner kick. It was Woods’ fourth goal of the season.
    NMHU (5-6, 3-4 RMAC) dominated the pitch, outshooting the Cougars 30 to 4 and getting 13 shots on goal to keep CCU keeper Caitlyn Moses busy. But the Cougars held up well defensively until the decisive play.

  • H Club induction: Highlands...

    As part of the school’s 2011 homecoming week, New Mexico Highlands’ H Club inducted 10 new members into its Hall of Honor at a banquet this past Thursday.
    A look at the honorees:

    FRED BLEIL

  • Rams put quick end to WLV game

    The Portales Rams added insult to injuries Thursday night.
    Taking advantage of a West Las Vegas football lineup that has begun to look more and more like a MASH unit in recent days, the seventh-ranked Rams (4-2) scored an early knockout, 54-0, in front of a few hundred fans at Perkins Stadium. The Dons fell to 1-6 with their second shutout loss in a row vs. a top-10 foe.
    Officials called the game just a few minutes into the third quarter after Ramon Sigala hauled in a touchdown pass to break the 50-point spread that forces an automatic stoppage of play.

  • Fourth quarter lifts Sartans

    A commanding fourth quarter by St. Pius X, the 10th ranked team in Class 4A football, made the difference in Friday night’s tug of war with Robertson (2-4).
    The 21-14 Sartans victory was closer in every way than last year’s St. Pius rout in Albuquerque.
    Robertson led for a lot of the game. After a scoreless first quarter, the Cardinals got on the scoreboard first. St. Pius fumbled a snap on a punt late in the opening period, and the Cards recovered the ball at the Sartan 31.

  • Weekend Roundup

    Looking healthy again, Robertson’s girls’ soccer team cruised to an 8-0 shutout of visiting Santa Fe Indian School on Thursday afternoon.

    “(We had) much better passing and teamwork, especially in the first half,” said RHS coach Ray Parks. “Second half was fun, but not as organized.”

  • FYI - Sports Oct. 10, 2011

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.
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