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Today's Sports

  • Cowboys 6th in RMAC hoops poll

    After losing several key players instrumental in a historic turnaround of Cowboy basketball’s fortunes over the past two years, the New Mexico Highlands men’s hoops program is picked to finish sixth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this season.

    Meanwhile, Fort Lewis College — led by consensus RMAC Preseason Player of the Year DeAndre Lansdowne — is the favorite to take the league championship.

    Those were among the findings in the RMAC’s preseason coaches’ poll released this month.

  • Don Woods Day
  • Cowboys let one slip away

    A trying season for New Mexico Highlands football came to an end Saturday afternoon, with host Fort Lewis pulling away in the second half for a 36-13 win.


    Highlands led briefly in this, the season finale for both teams. Mychal Leupepe’s 6-yard touchdown run with 10:11 left in the third quarter, coupled with Ernesto Guerra’s extra point, gave the Cowboys a 13-9 edge.

  • Cowgirl rally not enough in D2...

    The 2010 season came to a close for the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team as the Regis Rangers outscored them 3-2 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday in Minnesota.


    The Rangers built a 3-0 cushion going into the half and the Cowgirls were only able to answer back with two goals after intermission. The late surge in the cold and wet conditions wasn’t enough for the Cowgirls to get the win.

  • Area spikers make runs at state

    So much for pre-tournament seeding.


    Saddled with the 12 seed on Selection Saturday Nov. 6, West Las Vegas reached the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state volleyball tournament over the weekend. West led a solid contingent of local area schools — WLV, Robertson, Mora, Pecos — in the big event.

  • Saturday night’s alright for...

    Meadow City fighters fared well in front of an estimated 800 hometown fans Saturday night in “Boxeo en Las Vegas II,” Crespin’s Promotions’ second professional boxing card at Gillie Lopez Gym.
    Arturo Crespin (6-1) fought off a game Charles Alderete — a late substitution — for a six-round unanimous decision in the main event.


    Sister Amanda Crespin (4-2-1) unleashed the evening’s most explosive flurry of punches en route to a three-round technical knockout of D.J. Morrison.

  • Vegas Bowl 2010 imagery
  • Cowboys reach end of trying year

    Win, lose or draw on Saturday afternoon in Durango, Colo., it’ll be the end of the line for what has been a dramatic and difficult season of New Mexico Highlands University football.


    The Cowboys (1-9, 1-7) play at Fort Lewis (2-7, 2-6) in the regular-season finale for both teams; kickoff is 1 p.m.

  • Spikers in state tourney

    The New Mexico state high school volleyball tournaments in all classes reach the quarterfinal round Friday morning at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center.


    As of press time Thursday, four Optic-area teams were still alive and immersed in pool play. Class 3A’s tourney had ninth-seeded Robertson and 12th-seeded West Las Vegas in action. Old nemesis Pojoaque, a former district rival of the Lady Cardinals and Lady Dons, is the team to beat.

  • Rangers stand in Cowgirls’ way

    Highlands’ women’s soccer team makes its first-ever national tournament appearance Friday with a rematch against Regis, the same team that knocked the Cowgirls out of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.


    The match is set for a noon (Mountain) kickoff in Winona, Minn., host site for the NCAA Division II Central regional.


    Regis (14-4-1) won the RMAC tourney Nov. 7 with wins over NMHU and regular-season champ Fort Lewis.


    The Highlands-Regis winner plays Winona State on Sunday.