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Today's Sports

  • Cowboys eye record in weekend...

    The Highlands Cowboys are poised to become the poster boys for single-season improvement in all of college basketball.

    A win in either of two home games this weekend will give NMHU sole possession of the all-time record for turning a program around in NCAA men’s hoops. Highlands already is tied for a share of that distinction, having earned 19 wins under first-year coach Joe Harge compared to one in 2007-08.

  • RHS, WLV girls to meet Wednesday...

    Meadow City hoops fans, get ready for another East-West matchup with major postseason implications.

    Tonight at 7, West Las Vegas’ girls host Robertson in the second round of the District 2-3A tournament. The winner advances to play at second-seeded St. Michael’s on Thursday evening in Santa Fe. Then Thursday’s winner journeys to Jacona on Saturday to meet undefeated defending state champion Pojoaque Valley.

  • Rivera scores 32, Dons beat Cards

    Adrian Rivera posted another monster night, scoring 32 points to lead West Las Vegas past Robertson 76-50 in the first round of the District 2-3A boys’ basketball tournament Monday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The fourth-seeded Dons will visit third-seeded Santa Fe Indian School tonight for the right to move on to Wednesday’s semifinal at Pojoaque Valley. The Braves dropped Raton 86-59 in Monday’s other tournament opener.

  • RHS wrestling to hold clinic,...

    Young wrestlers — kindergarten through sixth grade ages — have opportunity to learn from the reigning state champs.

    The Robertson High School wrestling team, winners of four consecutive Class 3A championships, is holding the 22nd annual Cardinal Wrestling Classic for elementary schoolers in early March.

    The instructional clinic begins with registration (5:15 to 5:30 p.m.) and first practice Monday, March 2, at the McFarland Hall wrestling room.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP 2: Details make...

    Every point was crucial, says head coach Richard Martinez, in Robertson's 12th district wrestling championship victory.

  • Lady Dons get even at RHS

    Last time these teams met — 11 days hence, to be exact — Robertson played every bit the spoiler, hanging around all game and then grabbing a big road win in the closing seconds.

    This time around, West Las Vegas’ girls did enough to prevent a repeat of that Feb. 5 result. And the Lady Cardinals’ poor shooting certainly played a role as well.

  • Cowboy sluggers take two of...

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys went 2-1 in their weekend baseball series at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs.

    Highlands won the first game 16-2, lost the second game 13-11 and closed out the series with a win of 12-1. The Cowboys are now 6-5 on the season and have yet to start Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

     

    For more on the series, please see Tuesday's print version of the Optic.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cardinal...

    Five individual championships and two runner-up finishes helped the Robertson Cardinals run their string of district wrestling championships to an even dozen Saturday in Tucumcari.

    “Every wrestler stepped up thsi weekend and played a role,” said head coach Richard Martinez, who has presided over most of the team’s successful run.

  • District wrestling tourney...

    For more than a decade, Robertson has used the district wrestling tournament as a springboard to glory in the state championship competition.

    The Cardinals have won three straight state titles and six of the last seven.

    RHS is again a favorite in the District 1A-3A duals, set to begin around 9 a.m. Saturday in Tucumcari.

    Daniel Martinez (152) has earned a slew of Outstanding Wrestler honors at various tournaments and is a two-time state champ as a sophomore.

    Wally Diaz (140) has three state titles to his credit and is in his senior campaign.

  • Rough Riders split with Dodge...

    Isaiah Dominguez gave the Luna Community College Rough Riders all the insurance they could have asked for on Monday afternoon.

    The Las Cruces freshman smashed a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring Manuel Chavez, Ricardo Taddy and himself to increase Luna’s lead to 8-3.

    Then Rough Rider pitcher Eric Jaramillo and the defense held up in the top of the seventh to preserve the victory over visiting Dodge City Community College.

    Earlier, Dodge City won the doubleheader's first game 13-2.