Today's Sports

  • No. 7 Skyhawks need overtime to...

    The hard-luck Highlands Cowgirls took another nationally ranked team to overtime before losing once again by one goal.

    NMHU (4-5 going into Sunday’s home match with Colorado State-Pueblo) lost to Fort Lewis College 3-2 on Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Highlands led 2-1 after Janelle McGee’s goal off a Jaime Sawchuck assist in the 75th minute. But Fort Lewis’ Elena Benavides played the spoiler, tying the match in the nick of time at the 89:47 mark. Then Benavides took a feed from Megan Striedel for the match winner in overtime.

  • Cowboys stumble at WSC

    Western State College’s Mountaineers exacted some retribution for New Mexico Highlands’ last-second heroics against them a season ago, scoring a 15-14 homecoming victory on a last-second 27-yard field goal by Lloyd Tucker on Saturday in Gunnison, Colo.

    It was the first loss of the season for the Cowboys (4-1 overall, 2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and the first win of the year for Western State (1-4, 1-2).

    Highlands, head coach Eric Young and his staff now prepare for a homecoming matchup against Adams State on Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Rio Grande game notable for its...

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico may be without fired head football coach Mike Locksley.

    But this past Saturday’s Rio Grande Rivalry between New Mexico and New Mexico State continued one recent tradition that is still a rarity in Football Bowl Subdivision games — two black head coaches going against each other.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 3...

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • NMHU women vs. Texas-Permian Basin, 3 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Robertson girls at Pojoaque Valley, 3 p.m., Jacona
    • Mora vs. Pecos, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym

    • Robertson boys at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos


  • FYI - Sports - Oct. 3, 2011

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.


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  • Ex-NMHU coach Bleil dies

    Another esteemed member of the New Mexico Highlands University coaching fraternity has died.

    Fred Bleil, who was head coach of the NMHU football program when it won its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship in 1981, died Monday in Houston.

    A native of Kingsley, Iowa, Bleil had lived in San Marcos, Texas, at the time of his death. He was 62.

    Bleil took over the Cowboys football program in 1979 and in his third year at the helm he led the ‘Pokes to a 7-3 record and the RMAC title.

  • RHS boys stomp Moreno Valley

    Robertson continued to assert its boys’ soccer dominance over district foe Moreno Valley on Wednesday, winning an 8-1 romp.

    Coach Clarence Montoya’s Cardinals are now 4-4 overall. But even factoring in that Wednesday’s win came on the heels of a 4-1 verdict Saturday at Socorro, Montoya won’t say his club now has momentum on its side.

    “Sometimes with games like this, you go backward,” he said.

  • Zias slam Cowgirls

    After a strong effort in games one and two Tuesday night, the New Mexico Highlands volleyball team slipped off the pace in a 3-1 loss to visiting Eastern New Mexico.

    The defeat, which dropped the Cowgirls to 7-7 on the season, came in spite of solid front-line play. Jazmine Harge, a former Robertson standout, had one of her best matches with 10 kills (on a .348 hitting clip), two solo blocks, three block assists, three digs and one service ace. Dominique Benton also had 10 kills to go with one block and three block assists.

  • Vatos nip Scorpions

    The NMHU Rugby Club Vatos (6-2) bounced past the solid, rugged, and experienced El Paso Scorpions (5-2) this past Saturday at Perkins Stadium, 24-22.

    “Following another exciting Cowboy football win, it was a good afternoon of contact sport for NMHU,” said coach Dick Greene. “True success and sportsmanship beget a culture of high expectation and class. This should be the standard at NMHU... I was pleased that the lads showed a better understanding of the game and had moments of excellence.”  

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept....

    • Robertson at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso
    • West Las Vegas at Lovington, 7 p.m., Lovington
    • Mora vs. Escalante, TBA, Las Vegas
    • NMHU women vs. Fort Lewis, TBA, Perkins Stadium
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Pecos vs. Escalante, 5 p.m., Sanchez Gym