Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • No. 7 Skyhawks need overtime to...

    The hard-luck Highlands Cowgirls took another nationally ranked team to overtime before losing once again by one goal.

    NMHU (4-5 going into Sunday’s home match with Colorado State-Pueblo) lost to Fort Lewis College 3-2 on Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Highlands led 2-1 after Janelle McGee’s goal off a Jaime Sawchuck assist in the 75th minute. But Fort Lewis’ Elena Benavides played the spoiler, tying the match in the nick of time at the 89:47 mark. Then Benavides took a feed from Megan Striedel for the match winner in overtime.

  • Cowboys stumble at WSC

    Western State College’s Mountaineers exacted some retribution for New Mexico Highlands’ last-second heroics against them a season ago, scoring a 15-14 homecoming victory on a last-second 27-yard field goal by Lloyd Tucker on Saturday in Gunnison, Colo.

    It was the first loss of the season for the Cowboys (4-1 overall, 2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and the first win of the year for Western State (1-4, 1-2).

    Highlands, head coach Eric Young and his staff now prepare for a homecoming matchup against Adams State on Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Rio Grande game notable for its...

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico may be without fired head football coach Mike Locksley.

    But this past Saturday’s Rio Grande Rivalry between New Mexico and New Mexico State continued one recent tradition that is still a rarity in Football Bowl Subdivision games — two black head coaches going against each other.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 3...

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • NMHU women vs. Texas-Permian Basin, 3 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Robertson girls at Pojoaque Valley, 3 p.m., Jacona
    • Mora vs. Pecos, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym

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


  • FYI - Sports - Oct. 3, 2011

    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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  • Ex-NMHU coach Bleil dies

    Another esteemed member of the New Mexico Highlands University coaching fraternity has died.

    Fred Bleil, who was head coach of the NMHU football program when it won its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship in 1981, died Monday in Houston.

    A native of Kingsley, Iowa, Bleil had lived in San Marcos, Texas, at the time of his death. He was 62.

    Bleil took over the Cowboys football program in 1979 and in his third year at the helm he led the ‘Pokes to a 7-3 record and the RMAC title.

  • RHS boys stomp Moreno Valley

    Robertson continued to assert its boys’ soccer dominance over district foe Moreno Valley on Wednesday, winning an 8-1 romp.

    Coach Clarence Montoya’s Cardinals are now 4-4 overall. But even factoring in that Wednesday’s win came on the heels of a 4-1 verdict Saturday at Socorro, Montoya won’t say his club now has momentum on its side.

    “Sometimes with games like this, you go backward,” he said.

  • Zias slam Cowgirls

    After a strong effort in games one and two Tuesday night, the New Mexico Highlands volleyball team slipped off the pace in a 3-1 loss to visiting Eastern New Mexico.

    The defeat, which dropped the Cowgirls to 7-7 on the season, came in spite of solid front-line play. Jazmine Harge, a former Robertson standout, had one of her best matches with 10 kills (on a .348 hitting clip), two solo blocks, three block assists, three digs and one service ace. Dominique Benton also had 10 kills to go with one block and three block assists.