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Today's Sports

  • Frosh in tennis finals

    Robertson High tennis teammates Emilio Gomez and Dave Romero recently excelled in several regional tournaments of note.

    Romero, a freshman ranked fifth in the state 14-year-old division, reached the finals of the Jerry Cline tournament in Albuquerque despite competing against 15- and 16-year-olds. He pushed Gavin Lynch, the No. 18 player in the Southwest region, to a tiebreaker before falling. Romero won the first set 6-2 before losing 6-3. In a 10-point tiebreak, Lynch prevailed 10-7.

  • Mid-school LV Bowl is Oct. 21

    They meet every year, but this time the middle school football matchup between East and West is generating the type of buzz ordinarily reserved for the high school game.

    Memorial Middle School and West Las Vegas Middle School have both rolled to unblemished records, dominating opponents and fueling speculation that this year’s head-to-head meeting will be an instant classic and — ideally, as far as local fans are concerned — a glimpse of good times in the not-too-distant future for the Cardinals and Dons varsity programs.

  • Vatos take care of business

    Homecoming weekend was sweet to the Highlands rubgy club as well.

    The Vatos improved their 2010-11 season record to 5-1 with impressive 44-7 “A” side and 26-14 “B” side wins over a tough Western State College Rugby Club this past Saturday at Perkins Stadium.  

  • Cowgirls muzzle Wolves in...

    Krista Mashak sliced a shot past Colorado State-Pueblo goalkeeper Jessica Stumpf 27 seconds into overtime Sunday, sneaking New Mexico Highlands to a 4-3 verdict on the road.

    The Cowgirls improved to 5-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in their second season under Justin Wagar.

    CSUP scored twice in the first eight minutes and held on to a 2-0 halftime lead. Tamra Nee scored off a deflection five minutes into the match. Then at the 7:24 mark, Katie Thiebaut connected to the upper right corner of the net, beating Amanda Rose Johnson.

  • Lady Card runners take 4th in...

    Highlights from the Santa Fe Indian School Cross Country Invitational, held Saturday in Santa Fe and featuring Robertson, Mora and Pecos:

    GIRLS' VARSITY TEAMS

    1. Los Alamos, 24

    2. St. Michael's, 74

    3. Shiprock, 82

    4. Robertson, 94

    5. Santa Fe Indian, 111

    6. Pojoaque, 158

    7. Hope Christian, 168

    GIRLS' VARSITY

    INDIVIDUALS

    1. Kate Norskog, St. Mike's, 20:08

    6. Kaitlyn Hutchinson, RHS, 21:14

    18. Karleen Montaño, RHS, 22:53

    21. Alexis DeVries, RHS, 23:02

  • HU spikers swept on road

    It’s been rough on the road lately for New Mexico Highlands’ volleyball team, which saw its current losing skid reach seven over the weekend courtesy of the top two teams in its division..

    NMHU (4-12 overall, 0-6 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) lost in straight sets at Fort Lewis in Durango, Colo., and at Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colo., on Friday and Saturday nights.

    The Cowgirls gave Fort Lewis’ Skyhawks a good test in games one and three, losing 25-20, 25-15, 25-22 on Friday.

  • Big run in Boulder

    Moses Kirui continues his strong regular-season effort for the New Mexico Highlands men’s cross country team. Kirui cracked the top 10 of the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Shootout 8-kilometer men’s race on Saturday in Boulder, Colo., with a time of 25:37.

    As a team, the Cowboys finished a respectable fifth among non-Division I schools in the meet, hosted by the University of Colorado-Boulder.

  • Lady Dons 4th, Dons 8th at East...

    Highlights from the East Mountain Cross Country Invitational, held Saturday in Sandia Park and featuring West Las Vegas:

    GIRLS' VARSITY TEAMS

    1. Wingate, 49

    2. Bosque, 104

    3. Santa Fe Prep, 121

    4. West Las Vegas, 145

    5. Estancia, 155

    6. East Mountain, 157

    7. Tucumcari, 160

    GIRLS' VARSITY

    INDIVIDUALS

    14. Amanda Ortzow, WLV, 23:09

    21. Cecilia Gutierrez, WLV, 24:03

    29. Esperanza Garduño, WLV, 24:36

    33. Cassandra Miller, WLV, 25:13

  • Weekend Roundup: A Cowboy classic

    Down but never quite out, the Highlands Cowboys found a way to win Saturday in front of a homecoming crowd.

    DiAmaal Holmes caught a game-tying touchdown to cap an improbable NMHU rally in the waning seconds.

    Then Ernesto Guerra’s extra point with no time left — and from 15 yards back because of a penalty — gave the Cowboys a 32-31 victory, their first of the season, over Western State (0-5, 0-3).

    It was a Hollywood finish to a dramatic week in Cowboyland.

  • Roanhaus on leave

    Chad Roanhaus is not expected to be on the sidelines as his New Mexico Highlands football team hosts Western State in Saturday’s homecoming game.

    Roanhaus has requested and been granted leave for health reasons, NMHU athletic director Ed Manzanares told the Optic on Wednesday.  

    Just how long Roanhaus will be away is not certain. A call to Roanhaus’ office went unreturned as of press time.