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Today's Sports

  • Lopers looming large

    Tough competition on the gridiron awaits all three local teams.

    New Mexico Highlands plays the current No. 1 team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference — Nebraska-Kearney — on Saturday, looking for what would be a monumental upset.

    The visiting Lopers are 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the RMAC, tied with Colorado School of Mines for the top spot. And they are the 21st ranked team in NCAA Division II.

    NMHU is 0-6 and 0-4 in league play after falling 51-7 at defending RMAC champ Chadron State.

    Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

    Friday night scores: No. 1 Raton 26, Robertson 9... Pojoaque 28, West Las Vegas 18. See Monday print edition for details...

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cards, Dons...

    Fortune smiled down on the Meadow City’s high school football teams over the weekend. The college team, meanwhile, is still waiting for a break.

    Robertson sophomore fullback blasted his way across the goal line for a go-ahead touchdown with just 35 seconds remaining in regulation on Friday night, giving the Cardinals a come-from-behind win at Ruidoso.

    In a game that saw both defenses yield but ultimately hold scoring to a minimum, the host Warriors took a 7-0 advantage at halftime.

    Ruidoso led much of the game and held a 7-6 edge late in the fourth quarter.

  • Torres takes women's golf...

    Dodie Torres wrapped up a strong September with a victory in the Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association mini-tournament Sept. 30 in town.

    Torres also had the most birdies among the association players in September, reported Judy Long.  

    The honor for fewest putts in September play went to Merlyn Gonzales, and Marie Montoya won the non-golfers prize at the association’s monthly luncheon, also held Sept. 30.  Long described it as “a windy but fun day.”

  • Vatos fall to stout Texas-El...

    In their 24-7 loss to a good Division 2 El Paso-UTEP Rugby Club (3-0) last Saturday in Perkins Stadium, the Division 3 NMHU Vatos (1-3) were again shown the level of rugby that they will need to be competitive at the national level next spring.

    The Vatos won the second half and missed numerous scoring options through poor decisions and inexperience, said adviser Dick Greene.

    Sophomore captain Estavan “Guapo” Martinez from Mora was “Man of the Match.”

  • On the road again for Vegas teams

    The challenging schedule continues for the Robertson High football team, which visits Ruidoso on Friday night.

    Ruidoso (2-2) has played a pretty tough schedule of its own. Coach Kief Johnson’s Warriors own wins over Roswell (18-6) and Hot Springs (27-13), with losses to Socorro (47-20) and Hatch Valley (27-16, last week in Hatch). None of the teams is a lightweight; Roswell is out of Class 4A, and the other three are typically in the Class 3A state playoff mix.

  • RHS linksters win big

    Robertson’s girls’ golf team qualified its second leg (of three) for the 2010 state tournament by winning the Sandia Prep Invite this past week in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Cardinals had a 395 team score, led by Jamie Allen (who shot a 91) and Jayme Quintana (95) to place third and fourth, respectively. Allen and Quintana also qualified their second leg individually.

  • Golf team qualifies

    Robertson’s girls’ golf team qualified its second leg (of three) for the 2010 state tournament by winning the Sandia Prep Invite this past week in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Cardinals had a 395 team score, led by Jamie Allen (who shot a 91) and Jayme Quintana (95) to place third and fourth, respectively. Allen and Quintana also qualified their second leg individually.

  • Bean Day rodeo winners honored

    Bean Day and the rodeo that accompanies it are always a big deal in Wagon Mound and northeastern New Mexico. But this year’s rodeo kicked up even more dust than usual.

    “This year’s (rodeo) was one of the largest,” said Ron Luebke, secretary of the Wagon Mound Bean Day Association, in a news release submitted to the Optic. “Three action-packed days with 467 competitors. So winning a buckle was no easy chore.”

  • DAVE'S DRIVE-IN: '...

    There are low-brow B movies dressed up as sports cinema, and then there is a real fumble like “Varsity Blues.”

    A 1999 film written by W. Peter Iliff and directed by Brian Robbins, “Varsity Blues” chronicles what would happen if “Mutiny on the Bounty” met “Friday Night Lights,” except with far inferior character development, plot, dialogue, etc.