Today's Sports

  • Little Dons Cheer Camp this week

    Little Dons Cheer Camp is set for Wednesday, Sept. 7, and is open to youngsters kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. at Armijo Elementary. Camp runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and continues through Thursday, also from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Campers will perform for the home game of the West Las Vegas High School Dons on Friday, Sept. 9, when they play Portales.

    Fee is $30 for the camp.

    Please contact Isabel at 429-1737 for more information.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 7...

    • West Las Vegas girls JV vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Pecos (A,B), at Jemez Valley, 5 p.m., Jemez

    Cross country
    • NMHU at Texas Tech Open, 8 a.m., Lubbock, Texas
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • NMHU women at West Texas A&M, 4:30 p.m.,Canyon, Texas
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Capital, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

  • Cards, Dons stay unbeaten on...

    Robertson and West Las Vegas both improved to 2-0 Friday night, winning decisively over Cobre and Grants, respectively. 

    In Bayard, the No. 1 ranked Cardinals got out to a 22-0 halftime lead and held on for a 36-16 win. Kickoff was delayed about a half hour by weather, but RHS quickly got to work once the officials gave the all clear.

    Back in Las Vegas, the Dons kicked off their home slate by prevailing in a turnover-plagued game with the 5A Pirates by a 45-30 score. West led by as much as 25 and got 192 rushing yards and three TDs from Darion Williams.

  • Close one in Utah

    Eighteen yards away from a game-tying touchdown, New Mexico Highlands quarterback Cody Keith spotted Regan Atkins near the goal line.

    Keith launched the football, and for a moment it looked like Atkins was going to haul it in, never mind the Dixie State defender affixed to his side.

  • Beasties, Spartans battle to a...

    Robertson’s girls’ soccer team came up with an answer in the second half after falling behind 1-0 at halftime at Class 5A Bernalillo.

    The goal ended up securing a 1-1 tie that couldn’t be decided after two overtimes at the Spartans’ home pitch.

    That gave the Lady Cardinals a 1-1-1 record as they start a four-game road swing. Next up is a trip to Santa Fe Indian on Tuesday and a return to the City Different to play Capital on Thursday.

  • Lobos bully Coyotes

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Teriyon Gipson scored on the first play from scrimmage and New Mexico continued to pile up yards and points against South Dakota in a 48-21 victory on Thursday night.

    Gipson finished with 181 yards on 10 carries and had touchdown runs of 84 and 75 yards on his first two touches. The second TD tied it at 14-all and started the Lobos (1-0) on a 31-point scoring binge over the next two quarters.

  • Vols escape - Appalachian State...

    The Associated Press

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  — Exactly nine years to the day after it pulled off one of the greatest upsets in college football history, Appalachian State nearly did it again.

    A couple of missed kicks and an inability to recover an overtime fumble prevented the Mountaineers from getting it done.

    Jalen Hurd pounced on quarterback Joshua Dobbs’ fumble in the end zone and No. 9 Tennessee overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to escape with a 20-13 victory over Appalachian State on Thursday night.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 4...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 1:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas
    • NMHU women vs. Midwestern State, 11 a.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Valley Middle School vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Valley gym

    • Robertson JV at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Rio Rancho, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex

  • Cowboys fall in close season...

    New Mexico Highlands University lost its football season opener 21-14 at Dixie State Thursday night in St. George, Utah.

    The Cowboys had a chance to tie in the final minute but a touchdown pass went incomplete on fourth down, giving the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference newcomers a win on their home field. 

    See the print editions of the Optic for more coverage. 

  • Desert draw - Wildcats slow...

    Wednesday’s 1-1 tie with visiting Desert Academy may have been a splash of cold water in the face for the Robertson boys’ soccer team.

    The Cardinals, who handled Class 5A Moriarty on the road in the season opener, followed that up with a competitive 4-2 defeat Tuesday at Capital, the state champion in 5A two seasons ago.

    That result had the Cardinals and their fans feeling upbeat to say the least — as any near-upset of a recognized soccer power is apt to do.