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Today's Sports

  • Cards going Bear hunting

    Thus far, the Class 3A state football playoffs have been devoid of upsets.


    Hatch Valley is looking to change that trend Saturday afternoon when the Bears visit Cardinal Stadium.


    Fourth-seeded Robertson (8-2) hosts fifth-seeded Hatch (6-4) in what figures to be one of the better quarterfinals.


    The Bears rumbled past 12th seed Shiprock 48-6 this past Saturday in Hatch.


    As one of the top four seeds, RHS had the weekend off.

  • Cowgirl junior is regional...

    After leading the region with 39 offensive points, New Mexico Highlands University’s Julissa Rodriguez has been named the Daktronics Women’s Soccer NCAA Division II Central Region Player of the Year.


    Rodriguez led the 26 overall selections to the all-region team, divided amongst 13 player first and second teams.

  • Cowgirl hoopsters win Alaska...

    The Cowgirls must think Alaska is pretty cool so far.
    The New Mexico Highlands University women’s basketball team started the 2010-11 season on an up note, beating the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 55-50.


    This marks the second season in a row under head coach Tiffany Darling that the Cowgirls start off the season 1-0.


    The Cowgirls are playing four games in the land of snow and ice. Late Wednesday, they were to take on the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for the second time in as many nights.

  • Williams, Gonzales honored

    Two New Mexico Highlands football players have been named to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams.


    Cowboy wide receiver  and return man Kevon Williams was named to the All-RMAC First Team as a returner and to the All-RMAC Second Team as a receiver. Vicente Gonzales nabbed his second All-RMAC honor with a third-team selection as a punter.

  • Promoter: ‘Boxeo II’ drew 1,000...

    Saturday night’s “Boxeo en Las Vegas II” show attracted more than 1,000 fans, says promoter Carlos Crespin.

    Crespin put the estimate at up to 1,400 who showed up for the professional boxing card, his second such venture as head of Crespin’s Promotions.

    The Optic earlier reported an attendance figure closer to 800 at Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

    Whatever the correct figure, Saturday’s event seemed to be a hit with fans, and it served up both competitive, entertaining fights and quick knockouts.

  • 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.