Today's Sports

  • KICKOFF 2008: NMHU soccer

    Ron Blue invested much of the last few seasons building his team’s defensive backfield.

    Somehow, it up and vanished on him this past offseason.

    Time ran out for all-region goalkeeper McKayla Dorman, and for reliable four-year letterwinners Nikki Garcia and Nicole Parra-Perez, who helped the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team reach the postseason and develop a culture of improvement and growth.

  • KICKOFF 2008: RHS soccer

    Two years ago, Clarence Montoya and Ray Parks guided their Robertson boys’ and girls’ soccer teams to dual district championships — a first for the school in the sport.

    In spite of some key losses to graduation, both clubs have a great shot at duplicating that feat.

    For Parks’ Lady Cardinals, another district title would mean a threepeat on the heels of last year. While they’ve lost a few strong athletes, the core remains intact. Ari Trujillo, a speedy scoring threat, is back. So is captain Samantha Marshall, an expressive leader.

  • Highlands hires rodeo coach,...

    From the Las Vegas Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University recently announced the hirings of a rodeo coach and a head athletic trainer, and both have already begun work as the fall season quickly approaches.

    Jon Peek is the new rodeo mentor, succeeding Danny Garcia. And Yolanda Diaz has taken over head training duties after longtime staffer Liz Sedillo’s departure for a similar post in Alamogordo.

    A Pueblo, Colo., native, Peek is a rodeo cowboy and member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, according to an NMHU news release.

  • NMHU soccer, volleyball teams...

    Who knows? Maybe seven will be a lucky number for New Mexico Highlands University’s athletic teams this year.

    Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference coaches’ polls for women’s soccer and volleyball were released this week, and both have NMHU pegged to finish seventh in their divisions.

    That matches the seventh-place finish predicted for Cowboy football in a July coaches’ poll.

    Women’s soccer

  • LV bodybuilder targets Mr. New...

    Grueling twice-a-day workouts, including two hours of exhausting cardiovascular exercise and an hour of heavy-duty weightlifting, aren’t easy.

    But the most difficult aspect of training for a bodybuilding contest? To Larry Gonzales, it’s the diet.

    “That’s the hardest part,” he said, shaking his head and grinning.

  • It's

    Just a few more days and the world as we know it is about to change. Just a few more days and some high school seniors will never again look at themselves in the same manner. Just a few more days and the class of 2009 will start its final journey of high school life.

    Can you believe it? At long last you can finally be called the kings and queens of your high school. Just wait; May will be here before you know it. Graduation is only nine and a half months away. Time to start filling out those college application papers and start looking into which college you want to attend.

  • No power shortage for Isotopes...

    The electricity went out Tuesday night at Isotopes Park, causing an 18-minute delay midway through the baseball game scheduled there.

    As it turned out, the host Isotopes had more than enough power to send their fans home happy anyway.

    Albuquerque won 13-6 in a series finale with Fresno, snapping a four-game losing slide. The team has back-to-back road series in the Pacific Northwest before returning to Isotopes Park Aug. 9.

  • LV bull rider Griego 16th in...

    No bull.

    Las Vegas native Jose Griego earned a 16th place finish in the bull riding competition of the National High School Rodeo Association Finals, which wrapped up a weeklong run Sunday in Farmington.

    Griego amassed a 129-point total between his two successful rides. That total put him 16 shy of the top 10, and it was the best nationals finish for a New Mexico rider, as he was the only one from the Land of Enchantment to cover more than one bull for a score. Event winner Riker Carter of Stone, Idaho, scored a combined 232 points on his three rides.

  • FYI

    High school students planning on joining an athletic team this coming fall are reminded they need to complete a sports physical exam. Contact your family physician for details.


    The 2008 Luna Community College Foundation Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada. A shotgun start is scheduled at 9 a.m.

  • All-Star fracas embarrassing end...

    By Richard Tripp

    At what point is the North-South All-Star game not an exhibition and things go too far?