Today's Sports

  • Cowgirls beat T-Wolves, end skid

    Snapping out of a recent four-game slide, the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team blanked visiting Colorado State-Pueblo 2-0 this past Sunday at Perkins Stadium.

    Coach Justin Wagar’s Cowgirls improved to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. CSUP is 4-7 and 1-5, respectively.

  • West girls fifth in East...

    With times under 24 minutes, Cecilia Gutierrez and Esperanza Garduño both finished in the top 10 individually, helping pace West Las Vegas’ girls cross country to a fifth-place team finish this past Saturday at East Mountain in Sandia Park.

    Overall, West enjoyed a pretty good day on the course. The varsity boys took seventh place behind individual top-20 finishers Moises Coca and Max Sedillo. And boasting five runners in the top 10, the WLV Middle School boys’ squad brought home a championship in its race, a 2-mile run.

  • Ferrill to speak at Luna

    Submitted to the Optic

    Former Highlands University football coach and NFL advance scout Carl Ferrill is scheduled to talk to Luna Community College student-athletes at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the LCC Nursing Auditorium.

  • H Club banquet, other events on...

    Homecoming week festivities inevitably have a sports theme to them, but that’s particularly true of this week at New Mexico Highlands University.

    The theme: “Purple Reign.”

    On Thursday, the school plans a re-dedication of the Stu Clark Student Center, the facility named in honor of the longtime coach who — beginning in 1932 — had a two-decade run of success at Highlands. The re-dedication is set for 4:30 p.m.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 5...

    • Robertson boys at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos

    • West Las Vegas vs. Portales, 6 p.m., Perkins Stadium (RESCHEDULED)
    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., RHS field
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas at Des Moines, 5 p.m., Des Moines


  • FYI - Sports

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.

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  • HU runners tops in Oklahoma

    Ismael Samano and Justin Lueras placed in the top 10, kicking the New Mexico Highlands University men’s cross country team to a championship in the college division of Saturday’s Oklahoma State University Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.

    The Cowboys had 54 team points, well ahead of runner-up Southwestern (Kan.) and Missouri S&T, which had 121 and 127 points, respectively.

    Meanwhile, the NMHU women finished 13th in a crowded 32-team race.

  • Digging the defense
  • Cardinals line, QB rock in...

    A Girard Maestas interception with 1:05 left put the icing on Robertson’s 28-20 slugfest win at Ruidoso on Friday night.

    Maestas had a strong overall performance on both sides of the ball. As the Cardinals’ quarterback he rushed for touchdowns from 18 and 22 yards out, behind solid work across the offensive line.

    Robertson came up with three big interceptions — two by Dalan Abreu and one by Maestas — that were key to winning a rugged battle with the ninth-ranked Warriors.

  • Top-rated Lovington shuts out...

    Defending Class 3A state champion Lovington, still the No. 1 ranked team in the class, routed visiting West Las Vegas 44-0 on Friday night on the blue turf of Wildcat Stadium.

    Lovington enjoyed a running clock throughout the second half after darting out to a 35-0 lead by intermission.

    To West Las Vegas’ credit, the Dons kept the Wildcats honest in the ground game. Linebacker J.C. Martinez led a good effort against Lovington’s running backs.