Today's Sports

  • Outlaws state runner-up

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Outlaws are the 2014 High Desert Championships state runner-up in the Peewee Division (8-9 year-olds) in the Cactus bracket in youth football play.

    They are currently 12-4, finishing as runner-up in the 7-8 division of the Northern New Mexico Children’s football league.

    Up next for the Outlaws is the national championship this week in Las Vegas, Nev. The Outlaws will face two California teams and one team from Colorado in their pool for the national championship.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 26...

    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Capital, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • Robertson boys at Bernalillo tournament, TBA, Bernalillo
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    • NMHU women at Southern Utah, 1 p.m., Utah
    • Robertson boys at Bernalillo tournament, TBA, Bernalillo

  • Unbearable - Missing three key...

    Murphy’s Law 1, Cardinals 0.

    Robertson’s reign in Class 4A football is over, thanks to the Hatch Valley Bears and a perfect storm of bad breaks — some self-inflicted — over the last couple of weeks.

    The eighth-seeded Bears upset the No. 1 ranked and defending state champion Cardinals 20-16 on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium, shaking up the playoff bracket.

    The absence of three key RHS players had a significant impact.

  • Montoya signs with UNC

    A chance to learn from a national championship caliber coach was all the push Rico Montoya needed to sign with the University of Northern Colorado.

    The Robertson senior, who will pursue his fifth state wrestling title this winter, made his college choice official this past week by signing a national letter of intent.

    “UNC wasn’t really on my radar until I saw that Troy Nickerson was going to be coaching there,” Montoya said.

  • Slavin leads Cowboys in league...

    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands football boasted 11 players on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Teams, and senior Tyler Slavin was named Offensive Player of the Year.

    Seniors Patrick Carney and Jared Koster were named were named First Team All-Conference punter and inside linebacker, respectively.

  • NMHU runners shut out at...

    New Mexico Highlands’ cross country season came to an end Saturday in Denver, with the men finishing 10th and the women 18th in the NCAA Division II South Central regionals.

    Only the top six teams and the top three individual runners from non-qualifying schools make the cut for nationals.

    Highlands’ Raymond Tanui just missed individual qualification as the sixth-fastest runner from a non–qualifying school. He earned All-Region honors by finishing among the top 25 men overall.

  • All-district: ‘Beastie Girls’...

    On the heels of the program’s deepest run in school history (matching the one made with many of those present on board two years prior), the Robertson girls’ soccer team landed a dozen players on the All-District 5 1A-4A team for 2014.

    Senior forward Caitlin Diefendorf earned one of two Player of the Year honors, while Ian Williamson was named Coach of the Year.

  • Cowgirls scare No. 1

    Last year’s national runner-up and the preseason No. 1 team in NCAA Division II women’s basketball, West Texas A&M never could shake pesky New Mexico Highlands on Wednesday night.

    The Cowgirls led late in the first half and — despite falling behind by double digits in the second — they stayed within striking distance in an 84-73 defeat at the Wilson Complex.

    Four Cowgirls finished in double figures. Jenny Johnson scored a team-high 18 points, followed by Claudia Meneses (13), Brittany Brown (12) and Giulia Simioni (10).

  • State quarters: Cardinals host...

    Robertson High School’s football team — seeking a second consecutive state gridiron championship and the fourth in school history — kicks off the postseason at 1 p.m. Saturday when Hatch Valley comes to Cardinal Stadium.

    But the Cardinals will have to start out short-handed due to a couple of significant player suspensions.

    The Cardinals are 10-0 this season and soaring on a 15-game win streak that dates back more than a full calendar year.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 21...

    • Memorial Middle School girls at Pojoaque tournament, TBA, Pojoaque
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls host sixth grade tourney, TBA, WLV

    • NMHU women at Texas-Permian Basin, 1 p.m., Odessa, Texas
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Pojoaque tournament, TBA, Pojoaque
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls host sixth grade tourney, TBA, WLV
    Cross country
    • NMHU at NCAA regionals, 11 a.m., Denver