Today's Sports

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    • Robertson at Seery Invite, 9 a.m., Socorro
    • West Las Vegas at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico, noon, Brandt Park
    • Robertson at Seery Invite, 9 a.m., Socorro
    • Robertson vs. Española Valley, 3 p.m., RHS field
    • West Las Vegas vs.Hope Christian, 3 p.m., WLV field

  • Cardboard derby fun returns to...

    Submitted to the Optic

    VADITO, N.M. — Masters of Duct Tape, rejoice: the Ninth Annual Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort Cardboard Derby returns to Sipapu this coming Saturday.

    Sipapu’s Cardboard Derby is the resort’s most popular event and New Mexico’s only cardboard derby. Participants construct vessels using cardboard, duct tape, string, twine and paint only and race them down the mountain as they aim for a bull’s eye in the base area. Points are awarded based on how close the derbies hit the target.

  • Go Fish - March 6, 2012

    This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    CIMARRON RIVER: More open water but fishing still very slow.
    CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing for walleye is good at about 50-60 feet with minnows. White bass are also being caught; however fishing pressure is still very light.

  • Cardinal sluggers stun No. 1...

    Luke Aragon and many of his Robertson baseball teammates had plenty of time to consider how the Sandia Prep Sundevils ended their deep postseason run last May.

    So when new RHS coach Tony Renon learned those same Sundevils would be his Cardinals’ opponent in the season-opening Socorro tournament last week, he asked Aragon where he wanted to play.

    “He said, ‘I want the ball,’” Renon recalled. And Renon complied, letting a revenge-minded Aragon have the pitching start.

    It didn’t turn out too badly for the Redbirds.

  • Vatos rugby splits spring opener...

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University Vatos Rugby Football Club (11-4-1) began its spring 2012 season on March 3 with a poorly played win and followed with a well-played loss.

    The Vatos prevailed 10-7 over the Albuquerque A/B team and the following day fell 21-15 to the University of Northern Colorado.

    Northern Colorado is a recent USA National Collegiate D2 Champion and last year’s D1 quarterfinalist, having lost to Stanford by five points.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    • LCC vs. Trinidad State JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Christian (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Aztec tournament, TBA, Aztec
    • West Las Vegas at Portales tournament, TBA, Portales
    • Robertson at APS Duals, 7:30 a.m., Albuquerque

    • LCC vs. Trinidad State JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park

  • Cowgirls leap to 8th in nationals

    New Mexico Highlands University’s women captured eighth place in the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships over the weekend in Mankato, Minn.

    The eighth-place national finish is the highest for any NMHU team since the school became affiliated with the NCAA in 1992.

  • Illness can’t keep Highlands...

    By Chros McDougall

    MANKATO, Minn. — Jillisa Grant got to Minnesota for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, and she immediately got sick.
    Her nose ran. She coughed. Grant called it the flu.

    “When I wake up in the morning I feel horrible,” she said.

    The situation was not ideal for her debut at the indoor championships. Yet three days later, on Friday, Grant leapt 6.26 meters (26 feet, 6 1/2 inches) on her first attempt in the long jump finals.

  • Young Dons off to 3-1 start

    What this year’s version of West Las Vegas baseball lacks in age, it is making up for with poise, hunger, coachability and — yes — experience.

    The Dons have won three of their first four games, beating Santa Fe Indian 11-4 and Socorro 8-4 and 6-5. The lone loss, a 13-1 setback, came against an excellent Hope Christian club expected to contend for a state title come mid-May.

  • Cowboys take 3 of 4 in Nebraska

    Not even the chilly Midwestern winter air could cool the hot New Mexico Highlands bats over the weekend, as the Cowboys won three of four games at Nebraska-Kearney.

    Highlands took the first three games by scores of 10-8, 26-10 and 10-2 before falling in Sunday’s series finale, 12-2.

    It’s an important series win for the Cowboys (13-2 overall and 7-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). UNK has been one of the top three or four teams in the RMAC postseason picture for a number of years.