Today's Sports

  • At last!

    Ending a winless drought of more than a full calendar year, the New Mexico Highlands football team saw its hard work pay off with a 24-16 triumph over Chadron State, one of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s most consistently tough contenders.

  • Dragons eliminate Robertson

    One goal — a follow-through shot off a corner kick midway through the second half — decided the outcome of this past Saturday’s Class 1A-4A first-round state tournament matchup between No. 8 seed Robertson and No. 9 Monte del Sol.

    The Dragons will move on to the quarterfinals on Thursday in Albuquerque. The Lady Cardinals will not.

  • What a rush

    Joseph Paul Griego roared louder than the Taos Tigers, piling up 254 yards on the ground in Robertson’s 25-0 win Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

    Behind an offensive line that is making progress each week, Griego led the Cards’ most run-heavy attack of the fall and helped his team inch closer to another District 2-4A football title.

  • Cowgirls earn RMAC berth

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s soccer team will extend its run of postseason appearances when it takes on Colorado-Colorado Springs on Wednesday in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.

  • Working overtime

    When you come back from a 21-0 deficit, force overtime, then win 24-21 — as the West Las Vegas football team did this past Friday night against Pojoaque Valley — there’s plenty of credit to go around.

    Jorge Gallardo intercepted an Elk pass to stuff the visitors’ first and only overtime series.

    Devon Maes, accustomed to extra points here and there but not necessarily field goals, booted the game-winning field goal from 22 yards out.

  • Cards, Dons prevail in district...

    Looks like Vegas Bowl will decide the District 2-4A football title.

    West Las Vegas stumbled to a 21-0 deficit against visiting Pojoaque on Friday night but rallied to send the game into overtime. Then after a huge defensive stand to deny the Elks, West got a 24-yard field goal from Devon Maes to grab a 24-21 win.

  • On to the tourneys

    The fabled second season begins this week for volleyball teams around New Mexico.

    With the conclusion of regular-season district play this past Thursday night, the pecking order for District 2-4A volleyball has been set.

  • WLV honors Paiz, Gonzales

    Submitted to the Optic

    Isaiah Paiz and RayVen Gonzales have been selected as the West Las Vegas High School Student-Athletes of the Month for September.

    Paiz is a freshman who carries a 3.0 GPA and is currently participating in golf and also participates in cross country as well as basketball.

    “This is a great feeling and I would like to thank my parents and coaches as well with my teachers,” Paiz said.
    Upon graduation, Paiz plans to study medicine and become a doctor.

  • Sena cousins rope 4H honors

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    Sidney Sena (Mora County) and Chantel Sena (San Miguel) earned first-place saddles at the New Mexico State 4-H Finals in September at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. 

    Both teens were awarded saddles for the end-of-year high point average in their events.

    After a two-year break from 4-H rodeo, Sidney Sena returned to the circuit with a bang. 

  • This week’s NFL games Nov. 1,...

    •Miami at New England

    •Detroit at Kansas City (in London), 7:30 a.m.
    •Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 11 a.m.
    •Arizona at Cleveland, 11 a.m.
    •San Francisco at St. Louis, 11 a.m.
    •N.Y. Giants at New Orleans, 11 a.m.
    •Minnesota at Chicago, 11 a.m.
    •San Diego at Baltimore, 11 a.m.
    •Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m.
    •Tennessee at Houston, 11 a.m.
    •N.Y. Jets at Oakland, 2:05 p.m.
    •Seattle at Dallas, 2:25 p.m.