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Today's Sports

  • Armijo scores 21 as Cowgirls win

    Jessica Armijo scored 12 of her game-high 21 points in the second half Monday night as New Mexico Highlands tripped up visiting Oklahoma Panhandle State 67-55.

    The Cowgirls’ 5-2 start is their best in four years, according to NMHU’s sports information office. The team hosts intrastate rival Eastern New Mexico on Thursday night at the Wilson Complex, continuing a three-night homestand and  a detour from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule.

  • Mora girls NRG champs

    Sophomore guard Andrea Romero scorched Mesa Vista’s defense for 20 points this past Saturday to lead Mora’s girls’ basketball team past the Trojans in the championship game of the Northern Rio Grande Invitational.

    It’s the second straight NRG girls’ basketball title for the Rangerettes, who won in 2008 under then-head coach Mark Cassidy.

  • Martinez wins division; RHS ends...

    SANTA FE  — Daniel Martinez stayed unbeaten over the weekend, earning the 152-pound championship in Capital’s 21st annual Jaguar Invitational.

    Martinez, a Robertson junior and a three-time state champion, was honored as the tournament’s outstanding middleweight wrestler.

    The Cardinals, who’d entered Saturday’s semifinal round as the No. 3 team in the 18-team draw, wound up dropping to sixth place with 111 team points by the end of the tourney.

  • Sluggish start leads to RHS loss

    For Robertson’s Lady Cardinals, the turning point Wednesday night against visiting Taos came early.

    The Tigers took advantage of a slow start by RHS and darted out to a 14-3 first-quarter lead. The Lady Cards never quite recovered, although they outscored their guests every quarter thereafter. Final score: Taos 50, Robertson 48.

    “We gave up a lot of easy shots in that first quarter,” said RHS coach Aunna Bradley.

    “Then we got into foul trouble. Daniella (Montoya) had to sit halfway through the third.”

  • Cowboys get first RMAC win

    Roman Andrade hit five three-pointers on his way to tallying 33 points Friday night as New Mexico Highlands picked up its first league victory, a 98-82 verdict against visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    Apparently eager to snap a two-game slide, the Cowboys (6-3 overall, 1-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) broke out to a 14-point halftime lead. The Mountain Lions (1-6, 1-1) rallied to play evenly with NMHU in the second half but never caught up; the closest second-half margin was seven points.

  • Cards third in Sandia tourney

    Enjoying the advantages of good depth and an improving offense, the Robertson boys’ basketball team punctuated its appearance in the Sandia Prep Invitational by beating Ruidoso 79-56 for third place in the eight-team bracket.

    The three-day tournament wrapped up Saturday in Albuquerque.

    In the third-place game, Robertson guard Larry Romero led four double-digit scorers by pumping in 16 points. Fabian Varela had 15, Justin Bustos added 14, and R.J. McNellis chipped in 10. Mike Martinez scored eight.

  • HU teams eye rebound at home

    New Mexico Highlands basketball teams hope a little holiday season home cooking will leave a pleasant taste in their mouths this weekend when league rival Colorado-Colorado Springs comes to town.

    The Cowboys (5-3) and Cowgirls (3-2) are looking to rebound from their first back-to-back losses of the season after being swept on the rugged Nebraska road trip last weekend in Kearney and Chadron.

  • Tourney-toughened

    Early-season tournaments can be grueling for the high school wrestler. But they help build skills — and conditioning — for the important tournaments, the ones that come after the regular season.

    “It’s pretty good to have these guys get that mat time now,” said West Las Vegas coach Robert Alarcon.

  • Cowgirls fend off Lion attack

    The New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls ran through the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions by a final score of 68-59 on Friday in the John A. Wilson Complex in front of a raucous home crowd.

    The Cowgirls played behind a great shooting performance by Jessica Armijo, who finished the night with 14 points.  

    NMHU (4-2, 12 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) takes on non-conference opponent Oklahoma Panhandle State University tonight at home. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

  • Lady Dons coast past Thoreau

    When she wasn’t dishing the ball to teammates for assists, Linda Esquibel was putting it in the basket herself Saturday evening, leading West Las Vegas to its fifth victory — all by 14 points or more — in as many games.

    This time the opponent was the visiting Thoreau Hawks, who fell by a 57-42 margin at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Esquibel opened the contest by passing to set up baskets by Miranda Martinez and Vanessa Lucero. It was only a matter of time before she got into the action herself.

    Oh, did she.