Today's Sports

  • RHS grapplers own district duals

    Taos’ reign as district wrestling champion is over.

    The Robertson Cardinals reclaimed their usual perch atop the district on Friday with a commanding performance in the 2-4A duals at McFarland Hall.

    Robertson and head coach Richard Martinez are on track to compete for a state team championship Feb. 20-21 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    But first the Cardinals join the same schools they saw Friday — Taos, West Las Vegas, Tucumcari and Pecos — for the individual district tournament this coming Saturday in Pecos.

  • Cowboys top Chadron, fall to...

    Wrestling at home for the final time in his New Mexico Highlands wrestling career, Easton Hargrave broke Ian Cheatum in the third period for a huge pin that left the Cowboys within striking distance of their third major Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual win within a two-week span.

    But visiting Colorado School of Mines broke a three-match win streak and clinched victory with Paul Willson’s pin of Jermey Misailegalu.

    The Orediggers won 24-18 in a Friday afternoon matinee that marked the home finale for Highlands.

  • Dons, Lady Cards take Round 1

    Seemingly wanting to wash away the sour taste of an upset loss at Taos, the West Las Vegas Dons ran past Robertson 80-60 on Friday night.

    The first East-West hoops meeting of the winter entertained a near-capacity crowd at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    D.J. Bustos poured in 20 of his game-high 28 points in the first half, including two 3-pointers in the opening quarter as the Dons took an 18-13 lead.

    West’s depth and ability to connect from distance were key factors.

  • Cowgirls end skid, trap Grizzlies

    Jenny Johnson drained five 3-point baskets and led all scorers with 17 points to lead New Mexico Highlands to a 67-60 win in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball action Friday evening at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowgirls’ win snapped a nine-game losing streak. They hadn’t won since Dec. 20.

    Highlands led throughout, holding the Grizzlies to 33 percent shooting while managing a 40 percent clip.

  • Hunt era begins in Texas

    NMHU Sports Information

    Seniors Colby Wilmer and Matthew Chavez began the year with a career day while Jesus Caporal made an immediate impression at the plate, but the New Mexico Highlands baseball team (0-1) lost to Lubbock Christian (4-0) 23-13 Friday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas.

    It was Shannon Hunt’s debut as NMHU head coach.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 9...

    • Memorial Middle School boys at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • NMHU at Wayland Baptist, 6 p.m., Plainview, Texas

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Pojoaque

  • ‘Caro’ in Hall of Fame

    West Las Vegas High School’s Leroy “Caro” Armijo has been a cross country and track and field coach for a long time.

    Just don’t ask him how long.

    Candid on many other subjects, Armijo turned sheepish when asked for specific dates and years he started this or that.

    “You won’t get a straight answer on that one,” he said. “It’s been quite a while.”

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  • McPherson earns national acclaim

    NMHU Sports Information

    It is not often a student wins even one national athlete of the week award in their collegiate career.

    Only a sophomore, Shanice McPherson can claim two.

    Announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, McPherson was named the NCAA Division II Female Athlete of the Week.

    She captured the award as a freshman on Jan. 27, 2014, and went on to win the 2014 Indoor NCAA Division II Indoor Long Jump Championship.

  • Hargrave wins, but Cowboys fall...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Senior Easton Hargrave recorded the second period pin, but the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team (8-5, 1-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) lost to Colorado State-Pueblo (8-7, 3-3 RMAC) Tuesday night in Pueblo, Colo.

    Hargrave forced the action early for the Cowboys, getting the first period takedown and his opponent, Riley Argyle, was dinged for stalling. Hargrave was then taken down in the second period, but an escape and then his takedown of Argyle led to the fall in 4:37.