Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Cards can't stop Cats

    Maybe it was that garish blue playing surface.

    Robertson’s football team lost the turnover battle Friday night, and that helped the host Lovington Wildcats take a 28-6 victory. Both teams are now 1-1.

    For the Cardinals, the turnovers came at most inopportune times.

    RHS quarterback Daniel Martinez, who’d strung together a good series, had driven his team deep into scoring range when the Cats picked off his pass in the end zone late in the first half.


    Scores from Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-4:

    THURSDAY, NMHU football lost 52-6 to visiting Midwestern State. The Mustangs, ranked 17th in the nation, opened a 28-0 lead in the opening quarter, exploiting several Cowboy turnovers.

    Robertson girls' soccer stopped Goddard 3-0. In her first appearance as Lady Card goalkeeper, Ashley Jaramillo recorded five saves.

  • Dons double up Espanola

    Lorenzo Morales and Jayvis Medrano combined for more than 300 rushing yards and four touchdowns Friday night, keying West Las Vegas’ 40-20 triumph at Española Valley.

    It was the Dons’ first win of the football season, their second under head coach Mike Ulibarri.

    With the West offensive line holding tough all night, quarterback George Martinez counted on Morales and Medrano to charge up the middle of the field against the Class 4A Sundevils.

  • Cowboy runners picked fifth

    New Mexico Highlands University’s men’s cross country team remains a regional contender of note, thanks in part to the return of All-American Nicaise Kazingo.

    A coaches’ poll tabbed the Cowboys to finish fifth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, which has 11 men’s cross country schools. It’s a respectable prediction, given that the RMAC is usually the toughest league in the nation for distance running.

  • Cards, Dons on road

    Defending Class 3A state champion Lovington scored 49 points in a loss to mighty 4A Artesia last week to kick off the prep football season. Robertson put up 41 in its win over Portales.

    While it’s unlikely the Wildcats and visiting Cardinals will combine for 90 again this week head to head on the blue carpet in Cat country, who knows?

    The teams, who have become regular parts of each other’s schedules since meeting for the state title a few years back, play at 7 p.m. Friday in Lovington.

  • Sorenson, Hazelrigg are club...

    Al Sorenson picked up lucky No. 7. And Elaine Hazelrigg won in a photo finish.

    Sorenson and Hazelrigg captured the individual men’s and women’s club championships on Aug. 22 at Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    “The ladies’ race was very close with Denise Franken and Lou Fox offering a big challenge to Elaine,” wrote Pendaries golf pro Larry Webb. “This was Al’s seventh out of the last nine club championships. That is an unprecedented accomplishment.”

  • ‘Pokes open Thursday

    Looking to break through in the win column this fall — and erase the taste of 2009’s 1-10 campaign — the New Mexico Highlands University football team kicks off its season at 7 p.m. Thursday when Midwestern State comes to Perkins Stadium.

    In last year’s season opener, Midwestern State toppled Highlands 41-0 in a non-conference game and wound up capturing the Lone Star Conference’s South Division title.

  • Good start for RHS, WLV runners

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Meadow City’s usual suspects were near the front of the pack this past Saturday in the Española cross country invitational.

    Robertson’s Kaitlyn Hutchinson and Brian Maestas came away with dual third-place medals to lead their respective squads in the girls’ and boys’ races. Meanwhile, West Las Vegas’ Jordan Lopez was eighth and Amanda Ortzow 13th to pace the harriers in green and gold.