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Today's Sports

  • State soccer brackets set

    Robertson will host first-round matches in both the boys’ and girls’ state soccer tournaments this coming Saturday, and while RHS is the higher seed in each case, both Cardinals and Lady Cardinals will be tested early.

    Times had not been set as of Monday evening.

  • Skyhawks ground NMHU

    Again, the Highlands’ women’s soccer team came up on the losing end of a one-goal margin against one of the top teams in the nation.

    This time, it was Fort Lewis, the No. 14 team in NCAA Division II, on Sunday in Durango, Colo., dealing the Cowgirls a 2-1 defeat after 90 minutes of competitive soccer.

    Hayley Hollenga scored both goals for the Skyhawks, who hold on to the top spot in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with a 13-1-3 overall and 10-1-2 league record.

    NMHU is 9-7-1 overall and 7-5-1 in the RMAC.

  • Rangers a win away from Series...

    The Associated Press

    ARLINGTON, Texas — A long drive by Mike Napoli, a lucky bounce near the mound and suddenly the Texas Rangers were on the brink of their first World Series championship.

    Napoli delivered the biggest hit of his charmed season, lining a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning that sent the Rangers past the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night for a 3-2 edge.

    The slugging catcher then capped off his night of double duty, throwing out a would-be base stealer in the ninth as Albert Pujols struck out.

  • Cowgirl spikers lose twice in...

    The Highlands Cowgirls tried to double down Monday in the onetime gambling town of Silver City, but they came back without much to show for it.

    Non-league opponent Grand Canyon swept the Cowgirls 25-21, 25-23, 25-19, and then Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Western New Mexico also took Highlands down in three sets, 25-21, 25-21, 25-19.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 26...

    WEDNESDAY
    Volleyball
    • Pecos at Santa Fe Prep, 5:30 p.m., Santa Fe

    THURSDAY
    Volleyball
    • Robertson vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    FRIDAY
    Cross country
    • District 2-3A championship meet, 4 p.m., Gene Torres Golf Course
    • District 4-2A championship meet, time TBA, Santa Fe
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Taos, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

  • FYI - Sports - Oct. 26, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for co-ed grades K-2 and girls’ grades 3-7 runs through Nov. 7 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. For boys’ grades 3-7, sign-up is Dec. 12 through Jan. 6. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.
     

  • Cowboys 4th in RMAC meet

    Led by Nicaise Kazingo’s 13th place individual finish, New Mexico Highlands scored a respectable fourth-place team result in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s cross country championship race Saturday in Denver.

    Also Saturday, the NMHU women ran ninth of 13 teams.

    Western State surprised Adams State with a sweep of the team titles, winning 27 to 31 on the women’s side and 28 to 31 on the men’s side.

    Lauren Kleppin and Tyler Pennel, both of WSC, won their respective races to earn Runner of the Year honors.

  • Cards: District champs!

    Ben Ratzlaff and Keen Martinez cracked the code of a tenacious Taos defense Saturday for a 2-1 win that — after the application of a tiebreaker formula — secured a District 1 boys’ soccer championship for the Robertson Cardinals.

    The Cardinal boys and their girls’ team counterparts were among the soccer programs who found out their state tournament seedings and first-round matchups on Sunday after this issue of the Optic went to press. (See Wednesday’s paper for follow-up coverage.)

  • Mora girls win ninth straight

    Three gritty victories in as many nights — including a come-from-behind win over big, hard-hitting Bosque Prep — kept alive a nine-match winning streak for the Mora Rangerettes (15-3, 6-0 District 4-2A) this past weekend.

    “These three in a row and four this past week, counting Pecos on Tuesday, this is preparing them for state,” said Mora head volleyball coach Jacquelyn Sanchez. “And two of them were intense games. This is teaching the girls they have to work to get where they want to go.”

  • HU kickers tie Mesa

    Autumn Woods’ shot with just one minute and 21 seconds remaining in regulation tied host Colorado Mesa 1-1 in what would hold up as the final score Friday in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer action in Grand Junction, Colo.

    New Mexico Highlands (9-6-1 overall, 7-4-1 RMAC) was to visit No. 21 nationally ranked Fort Lewis on Sunday in Durango, seeking to hold on to a top-five spot in the league standings as the regular season winds down.