Today's Sports

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept....

    • NMHU women at Angelo State, 11 a.m., San Angelo, Texas
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 2 p.m., United World College, Montezuma

    • Robertson JV vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • Robertson (A,B,C) at Moriarty, 4 p.m., Moriarty
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    • Valley Middle School at Tierra Encantada, 4 p.m., Santa Fe


  • Friday night football: Cards...

    The top-ranked team in Class 4A football, Robertson had to battle to get past Santa Rosa 21-18 Friday night at Santa Rosa. But a late interception by Brandon Lucero sealed the win and the Cardinals are 3-0.

    Meanwhile the No. 3 Portales Rams blew open a close game by outscoring host West Las Vegas 41-0 in the second half for a 55-12 victory. The Dons dropped to 2-1.

    New Mexico Highlands hosts Colorado School of Mines at noon Saturday at Perkins Stadium. 

    For more coverage, see the Optic print editions this week. 

  • So we meet again

    At the end of his one and only season coaching West Las Vegas volleyball, Eric Zamora wasn’t in the gym with the Lady Dons, an exile that was either self-imposed or encouraged, depending on the source.

    On Tuesday night, Zamora was back at Gillie Lopez, only this time leading the opponents, Class 5A contender Valencia.

    The Lady Dons, a markedly younger group than the one suited up at the end of last season, gave the visiting Lady Jaguars a tough challenge before falling in four sets, 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21.

  • Cowboys in town on Saturday

    New Mexico Highlands football makes its first home appearance of the season on Saturday, when the Cowboys host Colorado School of Mines.

    Also on tap, West Las Vegas (2-0) tests its win streak against perennial contender Portales, while Robertson (2-0) pays Santa Rosa a visit, both on Friday night.

    Jeff Mills’ NMHU team faces an Oredigger side that just stunned defending RMAC champ CSU-Pueblo 57-21. After falling behind 8-0, Mines exploded for 36 unanswered points in the second quarter and saw QB Justin Dvorak throw for 402 yards and six TDs.

  • Beasties sweep Lady Braves

    Freshman Maricela Montoya scored two goals and added an assist Tuesday to lead Robertson past Santa Fe Indian, 4-0, on the road.

    It was the second time this season the Lady Cardinals beat SFIS in shutout fashion.

    Montoya opened the scoring, and Sierra Atencio soon followed with a goal to go with another by Montoya — her third this fall.

    Beasties coach Jeff Houdek praised Montoya’s ability to adapt to the field conditions and weather to dominate at her position.
    Gabrielle Montoya, Savannah Padilla and Victoria Valdez were credited with assists.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 9...

    • Robertson at Santa Rosa, 7 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • West Las Vegas vs. Portales, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Robertson boys vs. Tierra Encantada, 3 p.m., RHS
    • Mora at Fort Sumner Invite, TBA, Fort Sumner
    • Mora JV at Santa Fe Indian tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Mountain View tournament, TBA, Rio Rancho

    Cross country
    • Robertson at Alamosa, TBA, Alamosa, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas at Jemez Valley, TBA, Jemez
    • Mora, Pecos, Mora Middle School, Memorial Middle School at ATC, 9 a.m., Santa Fe

  • West, East both 2-0

    Two full weeks into the prep football schedule and counting, and the Meadow City remains undefeated on the gridiron.

    DONS 45, PIRATES 30

    West Las Vegas (2-0) won a turnover-plagued shootout with visiting Grants this past Friday night in the team’s home debut at the Herrera Complex.

    Darion Williams continued his torrid start, rushing for 192 yards.

  • All square - Cowgirls,...

    One hundred and 10 minutes of strong defense by both sides resulted in a scoreless draw between New Mexico Highlands University and Midwestern State in a Labor Day women’s soccer clash at Perkins Stadium.

    It was the season opener for the Cowgirls, whose most recent action was an exhibition win Aug. 14.

    After the Cowgirls outshot the Mustangs 5-1 in the first half, it was Midwestern State with more chances in the second.

    But most of those shots went wide, and Highlands goalkeeper Makenna Luster turned away three that went on goal.

  • Lady Dons pick up first win

    Make no mistake — West Las Vegas head volleyball coach Elizabeth Ulibarri is thrilled that her team broke through for its first win of the season Saturday in Grants.

    But there are more important measurements than simple wins and losses and numbers on a scoreboard.

    “More important is that they were out there having fun, talking, hustling,” Ulibarri said of the Lady Dons. “That was more than the win.”

  • Kurui 5th in Border Classic

    New Mexico Highlands University began its cross country season with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Border Classic hosted by Fort Hays State in Kansas.

    Highlands’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Colorado State-Pueblo swept men’s and women’s titles in the meet.

    Collins Kurui paced the NMHU effort and ran fifth in the men’s race, finishing within 16 seconds of the winner.

    Meanwhile, several area high school teams competed in the UNM Lobo Invite in Albuquerque.