Today's Sports

  • District openers in volleyball...

    West Las Vegas defeated Taos in four games on Tuesday night in the District 2-4A opener, held in Taos.

    The Lady Dons started strong with 25-17 and 25-12 wins. But the Lady Tigers rallied and won a slugfest in game three, 26-24. West then closed out the night with a decisive 25-15 result in the fourth set.

    It was the second match in as many nights for the Lady Dons, who took Class 5A’s third-ranked Española Valley to four games in defeat Monday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West is ranked sixth in Class 4A.

  • Highlands’ Koster earns 2nd award

    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands senior Jared Koster is the first repeat athlete of the Subway Eat Fresh Student-Athlete of the Week honor.

    Against Colorado Mesa on Oct. 11, Koster led the New Mexico Highlands football team (2-4, 2-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) for the sixth time in tackled. He recorded 12 solo tackles and five assisted tackles for 17 total tackles, the second-most in a game this season for the linebacker. He also recorded two tackles for loss.

  • Spaulding, Villanueva honored at...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Kyanna Spaulding and Kevin Villanueva have been selected as West Las Vegas Student-Athletes of the Month for October.

    Kyanna Spaulding is a junior and is an active member of the Lady Dons volleyball team. Spaulding is maintaining a 4.10 GPA and plans on attending Georgetown University upon graduation in 2016. She says her goal is to become a Hoya and pursue a degree in political science and political communication. Spaulding adds she plans to continue her education beyond her B.A. and work towards a degree in law.

  • RMAC hoops polls released

    After finishing 11-15 overall — and 8-14 in league play — last winter, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team found itself on the outside looking in when playoffs rolled around.

    New head coach Craig Snow, whose credentials include a stint as an assistant for Craig Neal and the New Mexico Lobos, looks to improve on that finish.

    Snow takes over for Joe Harge.

    The Cowboys are projected to finish 10th in the 14-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, per a preseason coaches’ poll released this week.

  • Go Fish - Oct. 10

    Fishing report, Oct. 14

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

  • Youth Soccer - Oct. 17

    The following are Las Vegas Youth Soccer League matches scheduled for this coming weekend.

  • Youth Football - Oct. 17

    The following are Las Vegas Young American Football League games scheduled this weekend.

    49ers vs. Santa Fe Extreme, 12:45 p.m., Saturday, Altos Park, Santa Fe
    Cowboys vs. Santa Fe Trojans, 2 p.m., Saturday, Altos Park, Santa Fe

    Rams vs. Santa Fe, 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Altos Park, Santa Fe
    Panthers vs. Rams, 9 a.m., Sunday, Cardinal Stadium

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Oct. 17...

    • Robertson vs. Pojoaque Valley, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, Tackle Breast Cancer Night, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • NMHU women vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 4 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • NMHU vs. Western State Colorado, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Cross country
    • NMHU at Fort Hays State, 8 a.m., Hays, Kan.
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Rio Rancho, 9 a.m., Rio Rancho

  • Cowgirls, Hawks draw

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    For the second straight game against the Skyhawks, the Cowgirls surrendered the first goal of the game. Unlike in Las Vegas last month, the Cowgirls were able to get the equalizer.

    Both teams scored in the first half and then played a scoreless second half and two overtime periods as New Mexico Highlands (6-3-3, 3-2-3, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and Fort Lewis (4-3-5, 3-1-4) tied 1-1 in swirling winds Sunday afternoon in Durango, Colo.

  • RHS football enjoying top ranking

    Alumni of Robertson High School returned to their alma mater this past weekend to discover their Cardinal football team flying high, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.

    The Cardinals, who host Pojoaque Valley on Friday night to open the District 2-4A portion of their schedule, have been in that lofty perch since first kickoff.

    As the reigning state champion with much of its players from last year’s run still in the fold, RHS was an early favorite to repeat.