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Today's Sports

  • Lady Dons fall to Raton in...

    Raton was crisper on the attack and West Las Vegas couldn’t recover, paving the way to a 3-0 sweep for the visiting Lady Tigers in the District 2-3A volleyball tournament final Saturday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Dons, who had won the regular-season district title with a 5-1 record in 2-3A, will join Raton and others in the Class 3A state tournament this week. Pool play is set for Thursday in Rio Rancho; tournament seedings were to be announced Sunday after this issue went to press.

  • Pecos’ Varela wins state title

    Pecos senior Antonio Varela’s last race as a high school cross country runner went according to plan — much like all the races he’s run this year.

    Varela crossed the finish line of the Class 1A-2A boys’ state championship in 15:59, easily outkicking East Mountain’s Eric Eridon for the individual title.

    Varela helped Pecos take second place — behind Laguna Acoma — in the boys’ team standings as part of a full morning of distance running at Rio Rancho High School’s campus.

  • RHS soccer teams tumble in...

    Robertson’s soccer teams stayed close but couldn’t get the offense they needed to survive the quarterfinal round of the state tournament.

    The RHS girls lost 2-0 to district nemesis Taos on Thursday morning at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. Taos had beaten the Lady Cardinals twice during the regular season to take the district title.

    Later Thursday, Robertson’s boys lost 2-0 against Portales. The Rams had won by a single goal over the Cardinals back in September.

  • No. 1 LSU edges No. 2 Alabama 9-6

    The Associated Press

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The defenses lived up to the billing in the latest Game of the Century. Neither No. 1 LSU nor No. 2 Alabama could reach the end zone Saturday night, not even with extra time.

    The Tigers aren’t complaining. They now have the inside track to the BCS title game.

  • Fourth quarter surge gets...

    Unable to generate a passing game and hampered by five turnovers, New Mexico Highlands stumbled to a 25-18 defeat Saturday at Western New Mexico, allowing the Mustangs 25 unanswered points in the second half to squander an 18-point cushion.

    With one game left in the regular season (Saturday at home against Fort Lewis), Highlands fell to 4-6 overall and 2-6 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. WNMU evened its record at 5-5 and 4-4.

  • Cowgirl spikers make RMAC cut

    New Mexico Highlands volleyball is back in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament for the first time since 2005 .

    Entering their final match of the regular season against CSU-Pueblo, the Cowgirls were a half game behind Colorado Mesa University. Mesa, which fell to Adams State College, needed a win to gain the final seed into the RMAC West Playoffs.

    Highlands’ win on Friday night against Western State brought NMHU and Mesa to even in the standings, but under a tie-breaker rule, Highlands earns the playoff berth.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 7...

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. University of the Southwest, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    TUESDAY
    Volleyball
    • RMAC tournament: NMHU at Western New Mexico, 7 p.m., Silver City

    WEDNESDAY
    No varsity sports events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Volleyball
    • State tournament begins, TBA, Rio Rancho

  • HU soccer season ends in Durango

    While the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team had a short run in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament — losing 3-1 to host Fort Lewis on Wednesday in the opening round — the Cowgirls did get richly rewarded for their play this season.

    Julissa Rodriguez earned RMAC Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season, the league announced this week, and she was one of three Cowgirls to be recognized on all-RMAC teams.

  • Muscling up

    Throwing a lot of heavy weights around is nothing new to Ralph Archuleta.

    The 29-year-old West Las Vegas grad has been lifting for years, often while hanging around gyms with the likes of uncle Tommy and older brothers Adam and Frankie — who made his name as a professional boxer.

    Four years ago, he even ventured into competitive powerlifting, winning an event in Rio Rancho and earning a nationals qualifier. But he passed on the opportunity to go to the next level.

    “Just work,” he said of opting out. “Too busy.”

  • Vegas Bowl Saturday

    In Saturday’s Vegas Bowl, the Robertson Cardinals will be looking to beef up their resume in time for Sunday’s state playoff seeding. The West Las Vegas Dons will be playing for pride, trying to end on an upbeat note.

    No matter what, the annual East-West game always means something.

    Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. Because of parking issues at RHS, a shuttle service is being offered from other school sites to and from the stadium.