Today's Sports

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 12...

    •NMHU men vs. Eastern New Mexico at RMAC-Lone Star Shootout, 3 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    •NMHU women at Texas-Permian Basin, 4 p.m., Goodwell, Okla.
    •State tournaments: Class 2A quarters begin 8 a.m., Class 4A quarters begin 3 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

    •NMHU men vs. West Texas A&M at RMAC-Lone Star Shootout, 8 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    •NMHU women at Oklahoma-Panhandle State, 2 p.m., Goodwell, Okla.

  • 2005 champs reunite
  • 2005 champs reunite
  • Mora spikers second in pool

    Mora's volleyball team finished second in its three-team pool to start the Class 2A state tournament Thursday at Rio Rancho High School.

    The Rangerettes, the No. 3 seed overall entering the tourney, will play Jal at 5:45 p.m. in the first round. Winner moves on to play Mountainair at 8 a.m. Friday at the Santa Ana Star Center. Loser is eliminated.

    Fort Sumner-House won the pool and receive a first-round bye.

    In other pool play Thursday, West Las Vegas and Robertson were competing in Pools B and C, respectively, as part of the Class 4A tournament.

  • Highlands’ Kirui races to second...

    Collins Kirui of New Mexico Highlands finished just 2.4 seconds shy of the individual victory in Saturday’s NCAA Division II South Central cross country regional held in Canyon, Texas.

    Kirui’s second place assured him an individual qualification to nationals, to be held in Joplin, Mo., on Saturday, Nov. 21.
    The rest of the NMHU team wasn’t as fortunate. The men finished 11th and the women 20th, missing the cut to make nationals.

  • Finish line glory

    Pecos’ Julian Garcia crossed the finish line in 16:35, knowing he was a state champion.
    Within moments, he knew his whole Panther team was a champion, too.

    Pecos placed the first three boys’ runners in Saturday’s Class 3A state cross country race, four of the top five, five of the top eight, six of the top 10, and seven of the top 17, easily outpointing runner-up Laguna Acoma.

    The meet, hosted by Rio Rancho High School, was a culmination of a strong fall campaign for the Panthers, who are coached by Patrick Ortiz.

  • Cowboys win second straight

    Erasing a 19-0 halftime deficit, the New Mexico Highlands football team transformed turnovers into points in an inspired second half to beat Black Hills State 40-31 Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    It’s the second win in a row for first-year head coach Jeff Mills and his Cowboys after an 0-8 start.

    Highlands will close the season against defending NCAA Division II national champion CSU-Pueblo this coming Saturday at the Perk.

  • Another classic

    For a moment Saturday night, it seemed Jaylen Gutierrez was going to restore order, finishing the decisive fifth set of the District 2-4A volleyball tournament final with a commanding attack in the middle.

    The West Las Vegas senior had come alive in the game, with a half dozen attacks leading the Lady Dons from a 7-3 deficit to a 10-10 tie. Gutierrez then sent an ace off Robertson’s Ashley Encinias to secure an 11-10 lead for the regular-season champs.

  • Mora rules district after clean...

    MORA — Even in the most critical part of the volleyball schedule, it’s apparently basketball season in hoops-happy Mora County.

    On one play during Friday night’s District 5-2A volleyball tournament final, an enemy serve sailed onto the Mora half of the court at a troublesome angle, headed toward the back row. Rangerette Destiny Duran was there but couldn’t get a clean touch for the pass, and the ball popped up and over her head — and directly into a basketball goal for what would’ve been two points.

  • Vegas Bowl 55

    Three of five West Las Vegas turnovers — including two interceptions by Arjay Ortiz in the first quarter — led to Robertson scores Saturday afternoon, and the host Cardinals earned a 51-0 Vegas Bowl shutout.

    Robertson, which now leads the all-time series 33-21-1, clinched sole possession of the District 2-4A football title and finished the regular season 8-2 overall. The Cards, coached by Leroy Gonzalez, are the No. 4 seed in the Class 4A state playoffs and have a first-round bye, which they learned late Saturday.