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Today's Sports

  • RMAC teams in regionals

    Submitted to the Optic

    INDIANAPOLIS  — Two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams received the top two seeds in the NCAA Football Super Regional Three, which was announced Monday evening from Indianapolis.

    Also moving on in the postseason are three RMAC volleyball teams.

    Twenty-four teams were selected to the NCAA Division II football tournament.

    The Super Regional Three consists of three conferences: RMAC, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

  • Three Vatos play for All-Stars

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    Three NMHU Vatos student-athletes were selected to play for the Eastern Rockies Rugby Union College All Star Team in the USA West Rugby Union All-Star Championships Nov. 5-6 in Kansas City, Kans.

    The Eastern Rockies All-Stars reached the finals before losing to the Heart of America All-Stars. The Texas All-Stars won the consolation.

    Vatos senior Estevan Martinez from Mora, junior Adrian McDuff from Dallas, and junior Jake Whiting from Los Angeles were highly applauded by Coach Micah Carter from Regis University in Denver.

  • Remembering Smokin’ Joe

    By Dan Gelston and Tim Dahlberg
    The Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA  — He beat Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, battled him nearly to the death in the Thrilla in Manila. Then Joe Frazier spent the rest of his life trying to fight his way out of Ali’s shadow.

    That was one fight Frazier never could win.

    He was once a heavyweight champion, and a great one at that. Ali would say as much after Frazier knocked him down in the 15th round en route to becoming the first man to beat Ali at Madison Square Garden in March 1971.

  • Redbirds trample Portales

    Robertson High football was a fixture in the Class 3A state playoffs through much of the 2000s, owing its sustained success largely to an exploitative defense and a run-happy approach that more often than not left defenders gasping for air by game’s end.

    Those same traits were again evident Saturday as the Cardinals eliminated Portales in the first round of state, 31-7. The Redbirds move on to the quarterfinals and a trip to No. 2 seed Silver this coming weekend.

  • Early exits for WLV, Mora

    RIO RANCHO — One and done, both West Las Vegas and Mora were eliminated in the first round of the state volleyball tournaments on Thursday night.

    West Las Vegas shook off the bad vibes from pool play to win its opening set against Hatch Valley 25-17. But the Bears rebounded with a commanding 25-13 win in game two, and they held on for close verdicts in games three and four, 25-19 and 25-21.

  • Unlucky 7th for Cowboys

    Saturday’s regular-season finale between host New Mexico Highlands and Fort Lewis was a thing of beauty — if low-scoring, defensive football is your thing. And if you happen to favor the underdog in a matchup of underdogs.

    Fort Lewis overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit by scoring the game’s lone touchdown in the third quarter and held on for a 6-3 verdict before an announced crowd of 573 at Perkins Stadium.

  • Cowgirls ousted from tourney

    The New Mexico Highlands volleyball team finished out its most successful season since 2005 with a loss to Western New Mexico University in the first round of the RMAC Playoffs this past week.

    The Cowgirls fell in three (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) to the RMAC West leader, who advanced to take on Metro State.

    Highlands was led by Ashley Nugent who compiled 11 kills on 24 attempts, hitting .375. Sheila Olaechea had 18 digs and an ace.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 14...

    MONDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    TUESDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    WEDNESDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Midwestern State, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    SATURDAY
    Basketball

  • Cowboys look for silver lining

    Six consecutive losses have soured the sweet taste of four straight season-opening wins by New Mexico Highlands football.

    But a victory this weekend over visiting Fort Lewis (2-8, 1-6 RMAC) in the season finale would make a nice after-dinner mint for the Cowboy faithful.

    Highlands fell to 4-6 overall and 2-6 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference after a loss at Western New Mexico this past Saturday, taking away any chance at making head coach Eric Young’s debut season a winning one.

  • Dazzling debut

    Beginner’s luck?

    Not even close, says Andrea Romero, who attributes her recent fitness competition championships to a gauntlet of high-intensity training and dieting.

    A native of the Las Vegas area, Romero captured first place in three categories at the National Physique Committee’s GNC Colorado Open on Oct. 22 in Denver.

    She placed first in Bikini Novice A-class, Bikini Open B-class and was named Overall Bikini Champion. The NPC sanctions competitions in men’s and women’s bodybuilding and women’s fitness categories.