Today's Sports

  • Cowboys reach end of trying year

    Win, lose or draw on Saturday afternoon in Durango, Colo., it’ll be the end of the line for what has been a dramatic and difficult season of New Mexico Highlands University football.

    The Cowboys (1-9, 1-7) play at Fort Lewis (2-7, 2-6) in the regular-season finale for both teams; kickoff is 1 p.m.

  • Spikers in state tourney

    The New Mexico state high school volleyball tournaments in all classes reach the quarterfinal round Friday morning at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center.

    As of press time Thursday, four Optic-area teams were still alive and immersed in pool play. Class 3A’s tourney had ninth-seeded Robertson and 12th-seeded West Las Vegas in action. Old nemesis Pojoaque, a former district rival of the Lady Cardinals and Lady Dons, is the team to beat.

  • Rangers stand in Cowgirls’ way

    Highlands’ women’s soccer team makes its first-ever national tournament appearance Friday with a rematch against Regis, the same team that knocked the Cowgirls out of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.

    The match is set for a noon (Mountain) kickoff in Winona, Minn., host site for the NCAA Division II Central regional.

    Regis (14-4-1) won the RMAC tourney Nov. 7 with wins over NMHU and regular-season champ Fort Lewis.

    The Highlands-Regis winner plays Winona State on Sunday.

  • Commentary: Roybal exemplified ‘...

    By Henry Sanchez

    Growing up most  athletes have their heroes or role models. My role model and hero was Toby Roybal from Santa Fe. Toby Roybal died from lymphatic cancer on July 11, 1962, at the young age of 30.

    Let me tell you a few things about my role model. Toby’s father Celestino died when Toby was 13, leaving his wife Ruth and seven children on earth. This made Toby — as his brother Lenny recalls — the father of the family.

  • Card to show off local fighters

    Opponents can switch with little warning in the mercurial universe of pro boxing. So it comes as little surprise, then, that Arturo Crespin’s main event matchup Saturday will have him facing Patrick Thompson instead of the originally scheduled Oscar Castillo.

    But fight fans should consider this change — assuming it holds, of course — a positive.

  • Cowgirls get nationals bid!

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s soccer team will play on after earning its first-ever NCAA Division II tournament selection.

    Highlands (12-6-2 overall, 10-3-2 in league play) will play Regis (14-4-1) in a rematch of their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference semifinal. The match will take place at noon Friday in Winona, Minn.
    The NCAA announced the 48-team field Monday night.

  • Varela leads Pecos; Mora runners...

    Mora’s cross country teams were one of the pleasant surprises of this past weekend’s state championships.

    Pecos’ Antonio Varela, on the other hand, didn’t surprise too many people.

    Varela, a juniorstandout for the Panthers all season, jammed to a time of 16:05, which not only won him his second consecutive individual title among Class 1A-2A boys, it also was the fastest of any classification.

    The meet was held along with those for all classes on Saturday in Rio Rancho.

  • YAFL 49ers strike silver
  • Vegas Bowl champs


    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic


    Slowed only by penalties, the Robertson football team cruised to a 53-0 victory in Friday’s Vegas Bowl, the regular-season finale for both RHS and West Las Vegas.


    The win gives Robertson head coach Leroy Gonzalez a District 2-3A title his first year in charge. But he signaled that his team is just getting started.


  • Cardinals earn No. 4 seed

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic


    Robertson football team members learned their playoff fate Saturday evening, and it was much as coach Leroy Gonzalez expected. 


    The Cardinals (8-2) were awarded the No. 4 seed behind Lovington, Silver and Albuquerque Academy. Those four teams will have a bye through this coming weekend’s first round of the 12-team Class 3A bracket.