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Today's Sports

  • RHS: Homecoming beatdown

    Starters on the Robertson football team got to celebrate the school’s 2010 homecoming a little early on Friday night.

    Their work in the first quarter of the team’s game with Española Valley resulted in a 35-0 cushion and earned them a quick exit.

    A group consisting mainly of reserves added another touchdown to the total before the Sundevils broke their drought and made it a 42-6 halftime spread that would end up as the final score as well.

  • Turnovers doom Cowboys vs. Ags

    GOODWELL, Okla. -- Turnovers are costly.

    That line held true on Saturday as the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys fell to the Aggies of Oklahoma Panhandle State University by a score of 14-6.

    The Cowboys offense threw three interceptions during their tangle with the Aggies and all three would prove detrimental to Highlands.

  • Rattlers slither around Dons

    Little did West Las Vegas freshman Nathan Vigil know when he woke up Friday that before the day was over, he’d be quarterbacking the Dons’ varsity for the first time.

    Vigil was pressed into action in West’s game at Tucumcari because starting QB George Martinez got hurt early in the third quarter Friday. The Dons trailed 22-6 at that point and wound up on the short end of a 43-6 defeat.

    Still, WLV coach Mike Ulibarri said he thought Vigil and the Dons acquitted themselves fairly well and hold promise for the future.

  • NMHU junior honored

    It looks like Justin Wagar’s wishes for big-time offense on his New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team are coming true.

    Julissa Rodriguez, one of the Cowgirls’ key offseason acquisitions, scored three goals — a hat trick — and assisted on another in NMHU’s 4-1 defeat of St. Martin’s this past Sunday in Phoenix.

    In response, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honored Rodriguez as its Player of the Week.

  • RHS homecoming on tap

    Robertson welcomes its alumni -- and the Española Sundevils -- to town Friday night for the Cardinals’ homecoming football game.

    Meanwhile, West Las Vegas plays at Tucumcari and the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys get ready to tangle with Oklahoma Panhandle State.

  • Tough start for Cowgirl spikers

    The New Mexico Highlands University volleyball team kicked off its 2010 season over the weekend at the BritKare West Texas A& M University Lady Buff Classic in Canyon, Texas.

    The Cowgirls opened the tournament with the Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps.

    The Lady Chaps proved to be a tough competitor as they took three games from the Cowgirls. The Cowgirls fell to the Lady Chaps with scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-18 in their first match of the day.

  • Power Picks season gets started

    Today (10 p.m. Wednesday) is the deadline for readers like you to submit the first week’s worth of predictions in the Optic’s annual Power Picks football competition.

  • Golf for a Good Cause

    In bragging rights and cash prizes (emphasis, perhaps, on the former), the 2010 Pendaries Pro-Am Golf Tournament proved to be lucrative for its record 125 participants.

    But the real winner, as has been the case in previous years, is charity.

    The tournament generated approximately $5,500 to be donated to the Ilfeld Foundation, reported Larry Webb, the Pendaries Golf Course’s PGA pro and an organizer of the annual tourney.

    A list of winners, their scores and prizes, by category:

    AMATEUR GROSS SCORES

    1. L. Luna, 66, $200

  • MSU a rude visitor

    There were some upbeat moments for the New Mexico Highlands football team even in the face of an ugly 52-6 beatdown this past Thursday night at the hands of the 17th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs.

    One came in an otherwise brutal first half, when Vicente Gonzales unleashed a pretty 62-yard punt that the Cowboys stopped at the MSU 7-yard line to pin the Mustangs deep.

  • Lovington spikers drop local...

    Lovington’s volleyball team — winless through their first two matches of the young season — got healthy on their weekend trip to the Meadow City.

    The Lady Wildcats got past West Las Vegas 3-1 on Friday evening, then swept Robertson 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.

    Kenzie Black, also one of the state’s better girls’ basketball players, led Lovington, and she got plenty of assistance up front from Cori Haley.