Today's Sports

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept....

    Cross country
    • Memorial Middle School at Taos, 3 p.m., Taos
    • Robertson vs. Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • NMHU women at Adams State, 4 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • Robertson boys at Desert Academy, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • NMHU at Colorado School of Mines, 7 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • Robertson at Santa Fe tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • Valley Middle School vs. Cariños, 4 p.m., Valley

  • Kurui 2nd in Lubbock meet

    NMHU and Las Vegas Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands University cross country squads competed in a rare mid-week competition Thursday at the Texas Tech Open. Running against a strong field of DI, DII, NAIA and JUCO schools, the Highlands men placed fourth out 14 scoring teams and were the top DII finisher. The Cowgirls placed seventh in their race against 12 schools.

    Collins Kurui had the day’s top performance with a runner-up finish in the men’s race. Kurui was just two seconds behind Bernard Keter of DI Texas Tech

  • Darley leads Robertson sweep

    Alianza Darley torched the Socorro Warriors for roughly a dozen kills, four blocks and four aces Thursday night as the Robertson volleyball team ran its record to 2-0 under coach Stacy Fulgenzi.

    The Lady Cardinals had little trouble in a 25-11, 25-13, 25-13 sweep — the second in as many nights to begin the season.

    Robertson did not trail at any point in the evening, starting each set well and never allowing Socorro to make any serious runs.

  • Fiesta on the course

    Submitted to the Optic

    What do you get when you cross 40 women from 12 different golf clubs with perfect New Mexico weather and a pristine golf course?

    A Fiesta of fun.

    The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association recently hosted its annual Fiesta de Golf tournament on Aug. 31 at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Hole sponsors and silent auction donors helped to raise almost $2,000, which supports LVWGA course improvements such as planter beds, flags, tee boxes and high school student golf programs.

  • Romo on way out?

    The Associated Press

    Tony Romo followed the best season of his career in 2014 with one injury after another.

    The question no longer is whether Romo can duplicate the success he had just two years ago when he led the Dallas Cowboys to 12 wins and the NFC East title. Rather, people wonder if can stay healthy to play at all.

    Romo missed 12 games in 2015 after he broke his left collarbone twice. He begins this year on the sideline after suffering a back injury in the preseason.

    The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback is clearly on the decline.

  • 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.