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Today's Sports

  • Homecoming turnaround?

    Two teams eager to turn around their fortunes will go head to head 2 p.m. Saturday at Perkins Stadium. The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys are hoping the influx of alumni and homecoming fan support can give them the psychological edge over visiting Western State (Colo.).

    On the flip side, they’ll likely be dealing with the absence of head coach Chad Roanhaus, who has been granted some time off to deal with health issues, according to the school’s athletic director. (See related story.)

  • One enough vs. Regis

    The Highlands Cowgirls picked up their fourth win of the season only after a hard-fought, physical battle with visiting Regis on a balmy Sunday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    Each side — particularly Regis in the early going — made deep advances into enemy territory only to be turned away by gritty back-line defense. The match went scoreless until the 70th minute, when Krista Mashak took a pass from Arianna Strickland and beat Ellen Augsburger for a goal, Mashak’s third of the season.

    There would be no more scoring.

  • Disc golf taking flight

    In New Mexico, flying saucers aren’t just for Roswell anymore.

    Thanks in part to Bill and Sue Leslie of Vadito, the sport of disc golf is slowly but surely growing in popularity and spreading across the Land of Enchantment. Through a philanthropic program the Leslies help carry out, West Las Vegas Middle School recently became the latest to join what Bill describes as “the fastest growing sport in the country.”

  • UNK going MIA(A)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Officials from the University of Nebraska at Kearney announced today that they have accepted an offer to join the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

    “Nebraska-Kearney has been a very good member of the RMAC for a number of years,” said Smith. “While we hate to see them go, we are moving forward as a conference and are looking at a number of membership scenarios.”

  • Highlands runner recognized

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Moses Kirui has been named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Runner of the Week for his performance at the Texas Tech Open on Sept. 16.

    Kirui placed fourth overall in the 8-kilometer race with a time of 24:56. More than 100 runners from 11 schools competed in the event. Kirui helped the NMHU men to a fourth place team finish as well.

    This was Kirui’s second consecutive team leading effort. He had previously been the Cowboys’ No. 1 man at the Lobo Open hosted by the University of New Mexico on Sept. 4.

  • Grizzlies, Cowgirls go five

    A kill by Adams State’s Dominique Davis led to two straight service points by Davis and a 17-15 win in the fifth and final set of this past Friday's volleyball match with New Mexico Highlands.

    The Grizzlies won that final set to edge the Cowgirls in a five-game thriller. The teams traded the first four sets, 25-20, 20-25, 25-13, 23-25, to necessitate game five.

    NMHU fell to 4-10 under coach Jim Deisler.

  • Lady Card linksters close in on...

    With a commanding victory in Monday’s Meadow City Invitational, the Robertson girls’ golf team took another step toward qualifying for state as a group.

    The Lady Cardinals shot a combined 332, well beneath the 398 threshold needed to qualify their second leg of three required to make the Class 3A state tournament field this coming spring.

    Additionally, four Lady Card linksters shot individual qualifying scores; the top three individuals in the girls’ draw hailed from Robertson.

  • Cowboys tabled at Mesa

    Mesa State racked up 408 offensive yards and Caleb Pavy kicked four field goals as the Mavericks defeated New Mexico Highlands in a battle of two winless Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams Saturday in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Mavericks (1-2, 1-1) won 40-6. Highlands (0-4, 0-2) amassed 256 pass yards but threw four interceptions.

    The Cowboys got their only score on defense. That was when Kenny Shanahan intercepted the ball from Jason Haferman and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown that made it 26-6 with 7:47 left in the game.

  • Blea shines in Dons' defeat

    Exploiting a slew of West Las Vegas turnovers, the Cobre Indians hijacked the Dons’ homecoming game for a 33-14 victory Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    The versatile Martin Blea had a hand in both WLV touchdowns, returning a kickoff 90 yards for one score and passing to Jayvis Medrano for another to the delight of the green-and-gold faithful.

    The Dons had their chances, but turnovers made them slip out of reach.

  • Prep runners chart new course

    There might be some mixed reviews about the newly mapped Meadow City Invitational cross country course, but Pecos’ Antonio Varela probably has few complaints.

    Varela breezed to an individual boys’ varsity title Saturday morning, his time of 16:44 giving him a 23-second cushion over runner-up Stephen Carbajal of Belen.