Today's Sports

  • NMHU junior honored

    It looks like Justin Wagar’s wishes for big-time offense on his New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team are coming true.

    Julissa Rodriguez, one of the Cowgirls’ key offseason acquisitions, scored three goals — a hat trick — and assisted on another in NMHU’s 4-1 defeat of St. Martin’s this past Sunday in Phoenix.

    In response, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honored Rodriguez as its Player of the Week.

  • RHS homecoming on tap

    Robertson welcomes its alumni -- and the Española Sundevils -- to town Friday night for the Cardinals’ homecoming football game.

    Meanwhile, West Las Vegas plays at Tucumcari and the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys get ready to tangle with Oklahoma Panhandle State.

  • Tough start for Cowgirl spikers

    The New Mexico Highlands University volleyball team kicked off its 2010 season over the weekend at the BritKare West Texas A& M University Lady Buff Classic in Canyon, Texas.

    The Cowgirls opened the tournament with the Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps.

    The Lady Chaps proved to be a tough competitor as they took three games from the Cowgirls. The Cowgirls fell to the Lady Chaps with scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-18 in their first match of the day.

  • Power Picks season gets started

    Today (10 p.m. Wednesday) is the deadline for readers like you to submit the first week’s worth of predictions in the Optic’s annual Power Picks football competition.

  • Golf for a Good Cause

    In bragging rights and cash prizes (emphasis, perhaps, on the former), the 2010 Pendaries Pro-Am Golf Tournament proved to be lucrative for its record 125 participants.

    But the real winner, as has been the case in previous years, is charity.

    The tournament generated approximately $5,500 to be donated to the Ilfeld Foundation, reported Larry Webb, the Pendaries Golf Course’s PGA pro and an organizer of the annual tourney.

    A list of winners, their scores and prizes, by category:


    1. L. Luna, 66, $200

  • 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.