Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Cowboys top Chadron, fall to...

    Wrestling at home for the final time in his New Mexico Highlands wrestling career, Easton Hargrave broke Ian Cheatum in the third period for a huge pin that left the Cowboys within striking distance of their third major Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual win within a two-week span.

    But visiting Colorado School of Mines broke a three-match win streak and clinched victory with Paul Willson’s pin of Jermey Misailegalu.

    The Orediggers won 24-18 in a Friday afternoon matinee that marked the home finale for Highlands.

  • Dons, Lady Cards take Round 1

    Seemingly wanting to wash away the sour taste of an upset loss at Taos, the West Las Vegas Dons ran past Robertson 80-60 on Friday night.

    The first East-West hoops meeting of the winter entertained a near-capacity crowd at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    D.J. Bustos poured in 20 of his game-high 28 points in the first half, including two 3-pointers in the opening quarter as the Dons took an 18-13 lead.

    West’s depth and ability to connect from distance were key factors.

  • Cowgirls end skid, trap Grizzlies

    Jenny Johnson drained five 3-point baskets and led all scorers with 17 points to lead New Mexico Highlands to a 67-60 win in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball action Friday evening at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowgirls’ win snapped a nine-game losing streak. They hadn’t won since Dec. 20.

    Highlands led throughout, holding the Grizzlies to 33 percent shooting while managing a 40 percent clip.

  • Hunt era begins in Texas

    NMHU Sports Information

    Seniors Colby Wilmer and Matthew Chavez began the year with a career day while Jesus Caporal made an immediate impression at the plate, but the New Mexico Highlands baseball team (0-1) lost to Lubbock Christian (4-0) 23-13 Friday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas.

    It was Shannon Hunt’s debut as NMHU head coach.