Today's Sports

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 16...

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLV
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico (DH), noon, Portales

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • Lady Dons drop Pojoaque on road

    Jaylen Gutierrez torched the Pojoaque Elkettes for a game-high 17 points and kept her West Las Vegas club in the top half of the District 2-4A girls’ basketball standings on Wednesday night in Jacona.

    West won 54-40 to improve to 2-1 in district, tied with Taos, which beat Robertson.

  • Young out as HU football coach

    The Eric Young era is over at New Mexico Highlands University.

    School administrators announced late Tuesday that Young will not return as NMHU’s head football coach this coming school year.

    No further details were provided as to the reason for the decision.

  • Riders split season openers

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College freshman catcher Mercedes Gonzalez hit at a .714 clip to lead the Lady Rough Riders to a split in weekend softball action.

    It was the season opener for Luna Community College.

    The Lady Rough Riders beat Trinidad State 8-7 and lost to Colby Community College (Kan.) 12-10. Both games were played in Trinidad, Colo.

  • Changes in Highlands soccer...

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Oscar Mendoza, a native New Mexican who starred for Gadsden High before going on to more than 17 years in coaching, has been named head coach of women’s soccer at New Mexico Highlands.

    Mendoza succeeds Justin Wagar, who resigned in January.

    “I am pleased that Oscar has agreed to be our next soccer coach,” Athletic Director Jeff Falkner said. “I think his experiences and ties to the region will aid him greatly as he takes our soccer to new heights in the future.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 13...

    • LCC at Western Oklahoma State, noon, Altus, Okla.
    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico, 1 p.m., Brandt Park
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Mesa, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Valley, 4 p.m., Valley
    • LCC at Midland Classic, TBA, Midland, Texas

  • More nationals qualifiers for HU...

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Three individuals and one relay team from New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team qualified for nationals with their performances in this past weekend’s University of New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque.

  • Cowboys split in Lubbock

    New Mexico Highlands won its first baseball game under new head coach Shannon Hunt on Saturday, downing host Lubbock Christian 18-8 in the nightcap of a doubleheader and the finale of a three-game set in Lubbock, Texas.

    NMHU is due to host Eastern New Mexico at 1 p.m. Friday in the Cowboys’ home opener at Brandt Park. The teams will play a four-game series through Sunday.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 11...

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Pojoaque
    • NMHU at Western State, 7 p.m., Gunnison, Colo.

  • RHS grapplers own district duals

    Taos’ reign as district wrestling champion is over.

    The Robertson Cardinals reclaimed their usual perch atop the district on Friday with a commanding performance in the 2-4A duals at McFarland Hall.

    Robertson and head coach Richard Martinez are on track to compete for a state team championship Feb. 20-21 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    But first the Cardinals join the same schools they saw Friday — Taos, West Las Vegas, Tucumcari and Pecos — for the individual district tournament this coming Saturday in Pecos.