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Today's Sports

  • Regis ends Cowgirls’ RMAC run

     

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    New Mexico Highlands’ run at a league title in women’s soccer came to a halt Friday afternoon in Durango, Colo., courtesy of the Regis Rangers, the 23rd ranked team in NCAA Division II.

     

    Now the Cowgirls hope their resumé is impressive enough to make the cut for NCAA II regionals. The field will be announced Monday evening.

     

  • Boxing to be main event Saturday

     

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Four Meadow City fighters will make their return to the ring Saturday night as part of “Boxeo en Las Vegas II,” the sophomore effort from Crespin’s Promotions.

     

    Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and first bell rings at 6:30 for the nine-bout professional boxing card, to be held at Gillie Lopez Gym. Tickets are available at Premier Signs & Graphics, Sena’s Music, Xtreme Nutrition, House of Pain Tattoos and from promoter Carlos Crespin (429-4068).

  • Mustangs kick past Cowboys

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Kevon Williams caught seven passes for 81 yards in a losing effort for New Mexico Highlands (1-9) against Western New Mexico on Saturday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

     

    The visiting Mustangs overcame a 10-7 deficit to take a 38-13 verdict.

    On defense, Kenny Shanahan shined for Highlands, making 10 tackles and returning an interception 30 yards.

     

  • RHS girls 5th in state cross-...

     

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Kaitlyn Hutchinson’s seventh place individual finish helped her Robertson Lady Cardinals finish fifth among Class 3A girls’ teams in this past Saturday’s state cross country championships.

     

    Hutchinson finished her final race of her senior season in 20 minutes, 59 seconds. Only two girls broke the 20-minute threshold — winner Kate Norskog of St. Mike’s (a runaway 19:21) and Leanne Lee of Zuni (19:47). 

  • Kirui 3rd as NMHU hosts RMAC meet

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    For most of Saturday’s league championship meet, Moses Kirui ran like he owned the place.

     

    Kirui glided along with the lead pack — top-heavy with members of national champion Adams State and archrival Western State — and only slipped to third in the final stretch.

     

  • Cowgirls reach RMAC semis

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    It has been a week of firsts for the New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer program.

     

    • First Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year nod ... to junior Julissa Rodriguez, who was tied for the league lead in scoring as of Wednesday night with 14 goals.

     

    • First RMAC Coach of the Year honors ... for Justin Wagar, who’s in his second season at the helm.

     

  • Weekend loaded with local sports

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Long regarded as the prime rib of Meadow City sporting events, Vegas Bowl rarely has to share the plate with any other local happening when it rolls around on the calendar.

     

    Not this time.

     

    The weekend ahead is an all-you-can-watch buffet for local sports fans.

     

  • Bustos nabs RMAC honor

    Submitted to the Optic

     

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former West Las Vegas star Vera Jo Bustos was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year and her Grizzlies, coming off the program’s first trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, were picked to win the league, according to the 2010-11 preseason coaches’ poll released by conference officials on Monday.  

     

  • Big sports week begins
  • Mora XC teams make state cut

    Las Vegas Optic


    Pecos and Mora will be among the teams vying for state cross country titles this Saturday in Rio Rancho after strong efforts in the District 2 1A-2A meet on Friday in Pojoaque.


    Both Mora boys’ and girls’ teams qualified for the state meet by picking up dual fourth-place finishes in the 13-team district meet.

    Top five make the cut for state, noted second-year head coach Mark Cassidy.


    For the Rangerette runners, the team qualification is a first, Cassidy said.