Today's Sports

  • NMHU spikers can’t slow 12th...

    A difficult three-night swing through the Denver area resulted in three defeats for Highlands’ volleyball team (8-13 overall, 3-9 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference).

    Highlands opened the trip Thursday with a 25-14, 25-23, 25-22 loss at No. 12 nationally ranked Metro State, which hit a blazing .365 and improved to 17-4 and 9-3 with additional weekend wins over Colorado State-Pueblo and Adams State.

    The Cowgirls got nine kills from Darian Mullen and eight by Dominique Benton.

  • Sixth straight win for Cowgirl...

    Janelle McGee scored twice and Julissa Rodriguez had one goal and one assist Friday night as Highlands’ women’s soccer team won its sixth straight match, a 3-0 shutout of visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs (7-6, 3-6).

    The Cowgirls ran their record to 8-6 overall and 6-4 in the RMAC.

    The Mountain Lions managed just three shots on goal, and all three were stopped by Bianca Contreres, the third goalkeeper the Cowgirls employed Friday.

  • Alive and digging

    West Las Vegas’ Larrissa Gallegos lunged forward, one arm in front of her, trying to beat the volleyball to the floor without skidding under the net nearby. She managed to do so, rolling in a somersault out of bounds. The ball’s trajectory, meanwhile, carried it up and over the net and somehow down neatly between two Robertson players on the other side.

    Match point. Game over.

  • Pecos’ Varela: Runner-up in Rio

    Pecos’ Antonio Varela tried the big-school race on for size Saturday in Rio Rancho — and almost won the darn thing.

    Varela finished second with a time of 15:32, just seven seconds off the winning pace set by Class 5A Cleveland’s Luis Martinez.

  • Soccer: Cards on a roll

    Three consecutive wins have Robertson boys’ soccer team riding a wave of momentum as the district schedule winds down.

    Coach Clarence Montoya’s Cardinals are 8-5 overall and 5-1 in district with a handful of matches left in the regular season, including home games Monday and Wednesday against Pojoaque and Peñasco and a makeup at Questa on Thursday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 17...

    • Robertson boys vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., RHS field

    • Pecos vs. Mora, 5:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym

    • Robertson girls at Moreno Valley, 4 p.m., Angel Fire
    • NMHU vs. University of the Southwest, 6 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Cross country

  • Highlands men back in top 20

    New Mexico Highlands University returned to the national rankings in men’s cross country this week after a string of solid performances in recent meets.

    The Cowboys, coached by Bob DeVries in his 20th season, jumped up to No. 20 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll after being unranked the previous week.

    The poll was announced Wednesday by Tom Lewis of the USTFCCCA.

  • West, RHS volleyball face off on...

    The start of the district schedule has Robertson and West Las Vegas volleyball teams eager to begin anew.

    But they’ll have to do it at one another’s expense this Saturday, when the Lady Dons host the Lady Cardinals at Gillie Lopez Gym. Action opens with the freshmen at 11 a.m., followed by the junior varsity and varsity.

  • NMHU rodeo ropes way to title at...

    Three short-go performances in as many events by Kindee Wilson helped corral a women’s team championship for New Mexico Highlands on Monday at Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz.

    The Cowgirls won by more than 300 points.

    Wilson won all-around honors after efforts in breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping (with NMHU teammate Katie Jolly). Wilson won the breakaway in both long and short rounds and average.

  • AVRH hosts ‘Life Run’

    Las Vegas Optic

    Daniel Hutchinson took home the overall event championship in the recent Alta Vista Regional Hospital Life Run 5-kilometer race with a time of 19:36.

    On a larger scale, however, community health and wellness was a winner.

    The event, held late last month on a course near the hospital, drew dozens of participants of various ages.