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  • Cowboy football ends 12-game...

    Luke Jones' 40-yard field goal with 2:48 left in the game lifted New Mexico Highlands to a stirring 23-22 comeback victory over Dixie State (Utah) in the season opener.

    Highlands ended a 12-game losing skid and gave first-year head coach Marty Fine a win in his debut. The game was held at the Herrera Complex on the campus of West Las Vegas, which has served as a makeshift home for the Cowboys while their home stadium undergoes turf replacement.

    The Cowboys trailed most of the game, and they faced a 22-7 deficit with 7:52 left in the third quarter.

  • Run to the hills

    Miguel Coca and J.J. Esquibel both raced to top-four individual finishes for West Las Vegas in the Del Valdez Invitational this past weekend in Española.

    “We did all right, considering we started late (in preseason training),” said West coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo. “Some kids have only been running one or two weeks.”

    Robertson had a slight edge in terms of pack time for its front five and earned a fifth-place team finish while West landed in sixth.

  • Bonus baseball at Lab

    Thanks to Tuesday’s rain delay, Isotopes fans got to see a Wednesday doubleheader with two games that both spilled into extra innings. Albuquerque settled for a split, taking game one 6-4 and losing the nightcap 7-6.

    At 65-71, the Isotopes were on the verge of elimination from postseason contention. They were to conclude the series (and home schedule) against the Aces on Thursday night, then finish the regular season on the road. Reno is 78-59.

  • Dons hope for better luck on...

    The extra point that was — and then wasn’t.

    The extra point that wasn’t — and then was.

    A hustle play that resulted in a quarterback-turned-receiver to become a quarterback once again.

    West Las Vegas’ football team can only hope the strange string of adverse conditions it encountered this past Friday against Moriarty will be a one-off thing as it gets ready for a trip to Grants in week two.

  • Tests come early on gridiron

    For the second time in as many years, Robertson edged Estancia by one point in the high school football season opener for both schools.

    Friday, it was a 13-12 verdict in Bear Country.

    Estancia scored the game’s first touchdown: a 95-yard scamper by Moises Anaya in the first period.

    Anaya started right, then veered left and up the sideline, outrunning Arjay Ortiz and Brandon Lucero to reach paydirt.

    The Bears (0-1) missed the extra point try.

  • Defensive gem on RHS pitch

    Visiting Moriarty’s boys’ soccer team (3-0) shut out its second straight opponent with a 1-0 squeaker Saturday at Robertson (0-1).

    Both teams played gritty defense throughout.

    Luke Lionbarger’s rebound goal off a Pinto shot that had bounced wildly off the right goalpost — drawing RHS keeper Blaze Payne off his line — stood up as the only score of the game.

    That score came midway through the first half.

    Robertson had a couple decent chances, both heavily contested.

  • Runners solid in debuts

    Las Vegas Optic

    Robertson’s girls’ cross country team placed a respectable third in the Española Valley Invitational this past weekend.

    It figures to be another challenging fall in District 2-4A; Taos (26 team points) and St. Mike’s (59) finished as the top two on the girls’ side ahead of RHS (67) and the rest of a crowded field.

    In the boys’ race, Santa Fe Indian (65) won, with Robertson (114) and West Las Vegas (119) fifth and sixth, respectively.

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  • Highlands kicks off Thursday

    When the New Mexico Highlands football team takes the field for the first time this season Thursday night against Dixie State, it’ll be like home away from home.

    That’s because the Cowboys and first-year coach Marty Fine are hosting the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference neophytes — at West Las Vegas’ Herrera Complex. The team has practiced on the WLV field — itself under remodeling — while its own facility undergoes an oft-delayed turf replacement project.

    Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

  • Playoff hopes fade

    Ryan Carpenter was dealing out strikes on Monday night against the Reno Aces.

    Carpenter (9-9) struck out 10 and held the Aces to two runs on six hits and two walks through seven innings in Albuquerque’s 6-2 win at Isotopes Park.

    However, the Isotopes will need a serious run of luck to make the postseason at this point. At 64-70, they trailed division-leading Salt Lake by four and a half games (and El Paso by three and a half) going into Tuesday.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 30...

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys at Desert Academy, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    Softball
    • City league games, TBA, Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Football
    • NMHU vs. Dixie State, 5 p.m., Herrera Complex, West Las Vegas H.S.
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa