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Today's Sports

  • Lady Dons 4th, Dons 8th at East...

    Highlights from the East Mountain Cross Country Invitational, held Saturday in Sandia Park and featuring West Las Vegas:

    GIRLS' VARSITY TEAMS

    1. Wingate, 49

    2. Bosque, 104

    3. Santa Fe Prep, 121

    4. West Las Vegas, 145

    5. Estancia, 155

    6. East Mountain, 157

    7. Tucumcari, 160

    GIRLS' VARSITY

    INDIVIDUALS

    14. Amanda Ortzow, WLV, 23:09

    21. Cecilia Gutierrez, WLV, 24:03

    29. Esperanza Garduño, WLV, 24:36

    33. Cassandra Miller, WLV, 25:13

  • Weekend Roundup: A Cowboy classic

    Down but never quite out, the Highlands Cowboys found a way to win Saturday in front of a homecoming crowd.

    DiAmaal Holmes caught a game-tying touchdown to cap an improbable NMHU rally in the waning seconds.

    Then Ernesto Guerra’s extra point with no time left — and from 15 yards back because of a penalty — gave the Cowboys a 32-31 victory, their first of the season, over Western State (0-5, 0-3).

    It was a Hollywood finish to a dramatic week in Cowboyland.

  • Roanhaus on leave

    Chad Roanhaus is not expected to be on the sidelines as his New Mexico Highlands football team hosts Western State in Saturday’s homecoming game.

    Roanhaus has requested and been granted leave for health reasons, NMHU athletic director Ed Manzanares told the Optic on Wednesday.  

    Just how long Roanhaus will be away is not certain. A call to Roanhaus’ office went unreturned as of press time.

  • 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.