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Today's Sports

  • Cowgirls nip Cougars

    The last seven minutes (and 15 seconds) were heavenly for New Mexico Highlands’ women’s soccer team on Friday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    Shut out up until that point in their match with Colorado Christian, the Cowgirls found a late burst and scored twice over a four-minute span to pull out a 2-1 comeback in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener.

    The match was scoreless until CCU’s Chelsea Fishman took a pass from Clara Meredith and zipped the ball past Scottie Prince with 75:39 elapsed.

  • Cards run over St. Mike's

    Daniel Martinez rushed for two quarterback-keeper touchdowns in an assertive first half for Robertson on Friday night, leading the host Cardinals in a 28-12 upset of St. Michael's.

    In a much-anticipated matchup of two of Class 3A’s better rushing offenses, it was the Cardinals who chewed up the most real estate, particularly in the first half.

    “We played really well (Friday) night, at least for the first half,” said RHS coach Leroy Gonzalez the following afternoon.

  • Another round of 'Boxeo...

    Several of Las Vegas' professional boxers will be showcased when local promoter Carlos Crespin brings his second major pro card to town in November.

    “Boxeo en Las Vegas II” is set for Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Gillie Lopez Gymnasium. Tickets -- $25 bleachers, $50 floor seats -- will go on sale in a couple of weeks, Crespin told the Optic on Wednesday.

  • Football galore in town

    West Las Vegas' football team finally plays a home game (if you count Perkins Stadium, anyway).

    Robertson renews pleasantries with an old rival.

    And the Highlands Cowboys open league play still searching for a breakthrough.

    It’s all on the schedule for this weekend, as the Meadow City’s three football programs take the field in a trio of home games.

  • A few losses among top prep...

    A look at how the state’s top-ranked prep football teams fared this past weekend, followed by a ranking of volleyball teams (as documented by the New Mexico Overtime Sports Center Web site):

    Class 5A

    1. La Cueva beat Clovis 41-21

    2. Las Cruces beat Volcano Vista 51-14

    3. Eldorado Beat Rio Rancho 39-0

    4. Mayfield beat Carlsbad 42-21

    5. Manzano beat Artesia 42-38

    6. Cleveland beat Oñate 40-14

    7. Clovis lost to La Cueva 41-21

    8. Sandia lost to Sandia 41-10

    9. Hobbs beat Roswell 41-31

  • A salute

    Newly named in honor of the late local sportscaster, the Bernie Allingham Pressbox was formally introduced to the public during Robertson’s homecoming ceremonies this past Friday at Cardinal Stadium. Las Vegas City Schools board members recognized the Allingham family, including Bernie’s widow, Helen; his children and grandchildren. Bernie Allingham worked for more than 30 years as a play-by-play sports announcer at Las Vegas’ KFUN-KLVF, broadcasting hundreds of football and basketball games involving local teams.

  • Hutchinson races to first in Taos

    Kaitlyn Hutchinson is used to being near the front of the pack.

    On Saturday, she found herself all by her lonesome.

    The Robertson senior finished in a time of 21 minutes, 32 seconds, to win the girls’ varsity race of the Taos Invitational cross country meet held at Kit Carson Park and Taos Pueblo.

    Hutchinson outkicked her closest competitor, Española’s Gabrielle Fresquez, by 26 seconds at the finish line.

  • RHS: Homecoming beatdown

    Starters on the Robertson football team got to celebrate the school’s 2010 homecoming a little early on Friday night.

    Their work in the first quarter of the team’s game with Española Valley resulted in a 35-0 cushion and earned them a quick exit.

    A group consisting mainly of reserves added another touchdown to the total before the Sundevils broke their drought and made it a 42-6 halftime spread that would end up as the final score as well.

  • Turnovers doom Cowboys vs. Ags

    GOODWELL, Okla. -- Turnovers are costly.

    That line held true on Saturday as the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys fell to the Aggies of Oklahoma Panhandle State University by a score of 14-6.

    The Cowboys offense threw three interceptions during their tangle with the Aggies and all three would prove detrimental to Highlands.

  • Rattlers slither around Dons

    Little did West Las Vegas freshman Nathan Vigil know when he woke up Friday that before the day was over, he’d be quarterbacking the Dons’ varsity for the first time.

    Vigil was pressed into action in West’s game at Tucumcari because starting QB George Martinez got hurt early in the third quarter Friday. The Dons trailed 22-6 at that point and wound up on the short end of a 43-6 defeat.

    Still, WLV coach Mike Ulibarri said he thought Vigil and the Dons acquitted themselves fairly well and hold promise for the future.