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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Roanhaus, Rifilato to meet again

    The last time Chad Roanhaus and Ed Rifilato were at Perkins Stadium together for a football game, the Highlands Cowboys won a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship.

    That was 1999, one full decade ago, and Rifilato was head coach at NMHU while Roanhaus, a recent alumnus of the program, was one of the assistants. Now Rif is manning the sidelines at RMAC rival Fort Lewis and Roanhaus is coaching his old team.

  • Mustangs sweep Cowgirls

    In completing a fall sports sweep of its intrastate rival, Western New Mexico’s volleyball team made quick work of visiting New Mexico Highlands Tuesday night In Silver City.

    WNMU defeated the Cowgirls in straight sets (25-17, 25-20, 25-19).

    Vanessa Leal led the Highlands  attack with seven kills. Linda Stevens collected 19 assists. Katie Spence and Kelsey Groff hit the deck for 12 and 10 digs, respectively.

    Lone Mustang senior Ellen East notched 31 assists, two service aces, nine digs, and three block assists in the WNMU home finale.

  • Coach hopes for better at...

    Calling this past Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference cross country championships “pretty much a mixed bag for us,” New Mexico Highlands head coach Bob DeVries said he hopes for a much better effort in the regional meet two weeks from now in Wayne, Neb.

    NMHU placed seventh in each of the men’s and women’s races Saturday, a middle-of-the-pack showing in NCAA Division II’s most talent-heavy conference. Adams State, the owner of multiple national titles, cruised to team victories in both races.