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Today's Sports

  • Vatos nip Scorpions

    The NMHU Rugby Club Vatos (6-2) bounced past the solid, rugged, and experienced El Paso Scorpions (5-2) this past Saturday at Perkins Stadium, 24-22.

    “Following another exciting Cowboy football win, it was a good afternoon of contact sport for NMHU,” said coach Dick Greene. “True success and sportsmanship beget a culture of high expectation and class. This should be the standard at NMHU... I was pleased that the lads showed a better understanding of the game and had moments of excellence.”  

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept....

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • Robertson at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso
    • West Las Vegas at Lovington, 7 p.m., Lovington
    • Mora vs. Escalante, TBA, Las Vegas
    Soccer
    • NMHU women vs. Fort Lewis, TBA, Perkins Stadium
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Pecos vs. Escalante, 5 p.m., Sanchez Gym

    SATURDAY

  • Cowgirls to take on No. 3 FLC

    For the second time this season, New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team is hosting a program ranked among the top three in the nation.

    Highlands faces Fort Lewis, ranked third in NCAA Division II, at 7 p.m. Friday at Perkins Stadium.

    The Skyhawks are undefeated with an 8-0-1 overall record and are the top team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with a 5-0 mark.

    NMHU and coach Justin Wagar are 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the RMAC. The Cowgirls are coming off a 3-2 loss at No. 16 Regis in Denver this past Sunday.

  • Guerin, Baklini win in Lobo Cup

    Submitted to the Optic

    Juliana Guerin of Las Vegas and Susan Baklini won the Gold at the New Mexico Lobo Cup held Sept. 17-19 in Albuquerque.

    Guerin and Baklini received the No. 1 seed in the 16’s doubles division and held their standing throughout the tournament, beating three other doubles teams — Melissa Pick and Scarlett Rush (8-3); Sara Kuutila and Eva Lou Edwards (8-3); Meredith Rotwein and Natalie Tribados (8-6).

  • LV Xplosion: State Fair champs

    A 6-0 win streak in the State Fair Classic secured another tournament championship for the Las Vegas Xplosion 11-and-under softball team.
    In the championship game Las Vegas edged N.M. Sol 5-4.

    Sol had won a Ruidoso tournament the previous weekend, emerging victorious from a field of 12 teams from Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.

  • Gents roll
  • Go Fish - Sept. 30, 2011

    FISHING REPORT, SEPT. 27

    COYOTE CREEK: Flow is 0.78 cfs. Fishing is fair for trout. Better fishing reported in the beaver ponds downstream from the camp areas.

  • NMHU rodeo wins big at Cochise

    This past weekend, the New Mexico Highlands University rodeo teams made their way to the Mexican border to compete in the above 90-degree weather at the annual Cochise College rodeo, held in Douglas, Ariz.

    The second rodeo of the season, Cochise treated NMHU rodeo teams very well. Three championship buckles were brought back to Las Vegas, just as the weekend before at the Mesalands Community College rodeo. With the season beginning to take shape, many of the standings have NMHU at the top.

    The most prestigious award in rodeo may just be the all-around title.

  • Cowboys climb to 35th in poll

    With four consecutive victories to start the season — and counting — the New Mexico Highlands University football team jumped several spots in this week’s American Football Coaches Association poll.

    Highlands garnered nine votes in the poll, which was released Monday, unofficially ranking 35th among NCAA Division II programs nationwide.

    A week ago, the Cowboys got a single vote, good for 42nd.

    The rankings are unofficial because the AFCA poll only recognizes the top 25 teams in the country.

  • Remembering a legend

    Editor’s note: The following tribute was written by Luna Community College spokesman Jesse Gallegos, who read this during the college’s half-hour radio show on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Sanchez, who died Sept. 19,  was a part-time instructor in sports performance at LCC. A longtime friend of Sanchez, Gallegos covered his coaching career while serving as New Mexico Highlands University’s sports information director and as sports editor of the Optic.

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College