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Today's Sports

  • Dons can’t get past St. Mike’s

    SANTA FE — Back in the state playoffs after a 13-year absence, the West Las Vegas Dons averted a shutout but couldn’t do much more at St. Mike’s, a team accustomed to playing deep into November.

    The sixth-seeded Horsemen (8-3) scored the first 29 points and rode that to a 42-6 win Saturday at Christian Brothers Athletic Complex.

    It was St. Mike’s second win over the district rival Dons in eight days after a 47-8 tally on Nov. 5 in the regular-season finale.

  • Cowboys finish grid slate 0-11

    Highlands’ most prolific scoring output of the football season wasn’t enough to lift the Cowboys to victory this past Saturday.

    Visiting Adams State won a shootout 50-40 in the regular-season finale, sending NMHU to an 0-11 final record in Jeff Mills’ second season in charge.

    The Cowboys led twice in the opening quarter, as Cody Keith hit Jairan Manning for one touchdown and ran for another.

  • BREAKING: Rangerettes state...

    RIO RANCHO -- The Mora Rangerettes are Class 2A state volleyball champions.

    Mora defeated the tournament's top seed Mesilla Valley Christian in four sets after winning the first two on Saturday morning at the Santa Ana Star Center.

    Robertson also reached the championship match but lost to defending 4A champion Sandia Prep in straight sets. 

    Check back for more information in the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • RMAC fall honor roll includes 17...

    Seventeen student-athletes from New Mexico Highlands University have been honored with selection to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll for fall 2016.

    The RMAC announced the list this past month.

    In order to qualify for academic all-conference recognition, the student-athletes had to maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average with at least one academic year at NMHU and be a contributor for their team.

    By sport:

  • Drill team heading to nationals
  • Go Fish - Nov. 11, 2016

    Editor’s note: 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.

    Catches of the week
    Eagle Nest Lake: Matt Gary caught a 20-inch, 4-pound, rainbow trout Nov. 6. He was using a homemade dough bait.

    Fishing report, Nov. 9
    Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 26 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 13...

    SUNDAY
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Northern Colorado Old Chicago Open, 9 a.m., Greeley, Colo.

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Española, 4 p.m., MMS gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. El Dorado, 4 p.m., Valley gym

    TUESDAY
    Basketball

  • BREAKING: Robertson, Mora...

    RIO RANCHO -- Robertson and Mora both will play for state volleyball championships on Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center.

    In Class 4A, No. 3 seed Robertson swept No. 2 St. Mike's 25 -16, 25-20, 25-23 in a Friday evening semifinal. It was the Lady Cardinals' fourth win in six head-to-head meetings with their district nemesis. Earlier Friday, RHS swept Hope Christian 25-19, 25-22 and 25-23 in a quarterfinal.

    The Lady Cardinals advance to play No. 1 seed and defending state champion Sandia Prep, a winner over No. 4 Moriarty, at 11 a.m. Saturday.

  • State football playoffs begin

    Talk about deja vu.

    The West Las Vegas Dons don’t have to dig deep through their old game film or scorebooks to research their first opponent in the Class 4A state football playoffs.

    They were at St. Michael’s just last weekend, losing 47-8.

    As fate would have it, a New Mexico Activities Association seeding committee paired the Dons against the same Horsemen bunch against whom they ended the regular season. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex in Santa Fe.

  • State volleyball this weekend

    Going into the state tournament as a favorite hasn’t worked out in recent history for the West Las Vegas volleyball team.

    As they boarded a bus and headed to Rio Rancho on Wednesday afternoon — Destination: Santa Ana Star Center! — the Lady Dons had to hope for a surprise run as an underdog.

    West (8-13 overall under first-year coach Elizabeth Ulibarri) was to open pool play Thursday morning against a couple of the toughest teams in the Class 4A tournament.