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Today's Sports

  • Dons edge Pecos

    T.J. Esquibel sank three of four free throws within the last 34 seconds of regulation Friday night, securing a hard-fought 65-60 West Las Vegas win over Pecos at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Coach Morgan Montaño’s Dons improved to 3-3 overall and dropped

    Clyde Sanchez’s Panthers to a deceptive 1-3.

    With the exception of a strong second quarter for West Las Vegas, the game was closely contested throughout, as Pecos employed an effective press and created turnovers that led to transition opportunities.

  • Mesa needs overtime to beat...

    Highlands’ Cowgirls didn’t shoot very well Saturday night.

    Still, they stayed in the game with host Mesa State until overtime, when they went two for eight from the floor to end up losing 77-73.

    The defeat kept NMHU winless in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play at 0-4. Coach Tiffany Darling’s team is 3-7 overall.

    Beating Mesa State would have been a confidence-booster. At 6-2 overall and 3-1 in league play, the Lady Mavs are one of the early leaders in the RMAC.

  • Rodriguez named All-American

    Christmas came early for New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer standout Julissa Rodriguez, although she had to work pretty hard for these gifts.

    Rodriguez found out this week she has been named a third-team All-American by the   National Soccer Coaches Association of America. As was the case for Rodriguez’s NSCAA All-Region selection earlier this month, the All-America distinction is a first for Highlands soccer.

  • Holiday spirit on the hill
  • Dons tame Lions

    Las Vegas Optic

    West Las Vegas picked up its second straight boys’ basketball victory on Tuesday night, beating the Santa Rosa Lions on the road 65-46.
    It’s a good win over a high-ranked Class 2A squad loaded with a half dozen seniors.

    Brandon Quintana led the Dons with 24 points despite going 4 of 9 at the line. Martin Blea had 15. T.J Esquibel added  eight and had “a solid defensive game,” said coach Morgan Montaño. “We actually went pretty deep,” he said. “We had 12 guys play good minutes.”

  • Foul shots boost Braves

    Las Vegas Optic

    A disparity in free-throw attempts and conversions proved critical in Santa Fe Indian School’s 69-58 win over visiting Robertson in boys’ basketball action Monday in Santa Fe.

    “We didn’t play very well,” said RHS head coach David Bustos. “The difference was at the free-throw line.”

    The Braves were brilliant at the stripe, sinking 28 of 31 foul shots. The Cardinals (2-2) attempted just 16 free throws, making 11.

  • Rodriguez makes all-region...

    New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer season ended nearly a month ago, but the honors keep rolling in for Cowgirl standout Julissa Rodriguez.


    Rodriguez, a junior forward from Washington state, was named to the 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association of America-Performance Subaru Women’s NCAA Division II All-Central Region First Team. This is the first time a Cowgirl has earned the honor, which was announced late last week.

  • Manzano takes RMAC honor

    In his short time on the New Mexico Highlands University campus, Thomas Manzano has made his presence known.
    After the first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games of his career Manzano has been named the RMAC-Baden Player of the Week. Manzano earned the honor after his high-scoring play and tenacious defense over the Cowboys’ RMAC-opening weekend in Las Vegas.

  • Silver gloves
  • It’s official: Roanhaus out at HU

    Chad Roanhaus on Thursday made official his departure from his job as New Mexico Highlands head football coach, an announcement that came as little surprise to the campus community.


    The official word came Thursday morning in a news release from the university’s sports information office, with NMHU athletic director Ed Manzanares stating simply that Roanhaus “had resigned from his position as of (Dec. 1).”