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Today's Sports

  • Six run Saturday

    Cross country practice still started at the same time and same place this week at Robertson and West Las Vegas. Head coaches Fabian Trujillo and Leroy “Caro” Armijo were still on hand to issue instructions.

    But there were only three runners at each campus — junior Kaitlin Hutchinson, eighth-grader Karlene Montaño and freshman Brian Maestas at RHS and junior Amanda Ortzow and sophomores Jordan Lopez and Adrian Gallegos at WLV.

  • Cowboys show fight, but Lobos...

    Enthusiasm ran high on Tuesday night — at the world-famous Pit as well as back home in Las Vegas — as the Highlands Cowboys dueled with big brother University of New Mexico for a men’s basketball exhibition game.

    Dozens of fans shuttled and numerous others also made the four-hour round trip from Las Vegas to Albuquerque to see NMHU’s hoopsters take on the Lobos. In Cowboy country, a crowd estimated at 250 packed the Plaza Hotel’s newly refurbished ballroom to watch a simulcast of the big game. Still others were able to catch the game over the radio.

  • LV runners qualify for state meet

    Six Las Vegas cross country runners are headed to the New Mexico state championship meet this coming weekend after qualifying individually in the District 2-3A run this past Saturday in Jacona.

    The state meet is slated for 8 a.m. Saturday on the campus of Rio Rancho High School.

    West Las Vegas’ Amanda Ortzow, who placed sixth in the district girls’ race, will be joined by Robertson’s Kaitlin Hutchinson (10th) and Karlene Montaño (15th) in the Class 3A girls’ competition.

  • Coach credits total team effort

    Beating a perennial state championship contender like St. Michael’s — especially in a 26-0 shutout at Brother Abdon Field, as Robertson did on Saturday — doesn’t just happen.

    One might say that it takes a village...

    “This win was a total team effort,” RHS head coach Richard Martinez told the Optic. “Both the offensive and defensive lines controlled the lines of scrimmage.”

  • Plaza Hotel to show Cowboys-...

    Want to check out Tuesday night’s Cowboys-Lobos basketball game but can’t make the trip to the Duke City?

    Thanks to the Plaza Hotel, you can still watch the big game.

    The Plaza will show a live telecast of the game via closed circuit on a 10-foot TV screen in its newly refurbished ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tipoff is set for 7. Refreshments will be available. And the hotel is offering the game without a cover charge.

  • Cowboys win!

    They never gave up.

    Rallying improbably from an 18-point deficit, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys broke through for their first win of the season Saturday, a 39-35 triumph over Fort Lewis College.

    The win snaps a 10-game losing streak that dates to the last game of 2008.

  • Cards stun No. 3 Horsemen 26-0

    Daniel Martinez and Dalan Abreu combined for nearly 200 yards rushing Saturday, dealing the St. Michael’s Horsemen a Halloween trick in the form of a stunning 26-0 defeat at Brother Abdon Field.

    St. Mike’s had entered the game as the third-ranked team in Class 3A football. With a win over West Las Vegas in this coming Saturday’s Vegas Bowl, Robertson clinches the District 2-3A runner-up spot (behind Raton) and would likely host a first-round state playoff game.

  • Underdogs no longer

    So, how do you top the No. 1 turnaround season in the history of men’s college basketball?

    New Mexico Highlands coach Joe Harge can think of a few things that might do the trick. Winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament and getting to the national playoffs, for example.

  • Weekend Roundup

    With a sweep of Pecos on Friday, the Mora Rangerettes claimed their fifth consecutive District 4-2A championship.

    Mora won 25-13, 25-14, 25-18 in the finale, held at Montoya Gym in Mora. Pecos had emerged from the weeklong bracket as the challenger to the top seed Rangerettes. Mora will play the District 1 runner-up, either Ramah or Navajo Pine, this week in a regional playoff.

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    It took overtime to eliminate the Robertson soccer teams from the Class 1A-3A state tournament over the weekend.

  • Cowboys picked to take title

    A secret no longer, the New Mexico HIghlands men’s basketball team is the preseason favorite to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    After breaking a record for best single-season turnaround in NCAA hoops history, coach Joe Harge and his Cowboys garnered seven of 14 first-place votes in the 14-team league’s preseason coaches’ poll released Wednesday. NMHU was 20-8 and 14-5 RMAC in Harge’s first season at the helm.

    Nationally ranked Metro State was the favorite to win the RMAC East and received five first-place votes.