Today's Sports

  • Top-rated Tigers stingy vs. Cards

    Ranked atop the Class 3A football polls much of this season, the Raton Tigers are getting used to being front-runners.

    They still had a bit of trouble from visiting Robertson on Friday night, as the Cardinals stayed within striking range until late in the game. A late touchdown for Raton made the final margin 26-8.

    Raton QB Dustin Walton was a force all game, and his 3-yard TD pass with 7:47 left in the second quarter put an end to a long scoring drought by both sides.

  • Elks look legit, top Dons

    So is that Pojoaque football team legit?

    After Friday, the West Las Vegas Dons might be inclined to say yes.

    The Elks ran their record to 6-1 with a 28-18 decision against the Dons at Perkins Stadium in the District 2-3A opener for both schools.

    It continues a brilliant start for Pojoaque, which had been an also-ran in the district’s football race for years.

    But it was a closer game than the final score indicated, and with 10 minutes left, the Dons trailed by a mere three points.

  • Highlands runner takes OSU race

    Nicaise Kazingo showed his racing ability Saturday in Stillwater, Okla., taking top honors at the Oklahoma State Cross Country Jamboree.

    Running in the college division against nearly 240 runners, the New Mexico Highlands sophomore covered the 8-kilomer course in 25:00 to win by nearly 20 seconds.

  • St. Mike's handles Lady...

    Perennial state contender St. Michael’s ended the Robertson Lady Cardinals’ winning streak at two matches Tuesday, controlling the field in a 4-0 shutout.

    The Lady Cardinals (3-10) play at Santa Fe Prep on Saturday and close with a string of district games. Going into Tuesday, the team had won two straight shutouts — a 10-0 romp over Española and Saturday’s district-opening 5-0 victory over Moreno Valley.

    St. Mike’s improved to 10-6 overall.

  • Cowboys search for elusive win

    It’s been a trying season in Cowboy country, as New Mexico Highlands University’s football team continues to seek victory six games into the schedule.

    Unfortunately for Highlands fans, wins appear difficult to come by in the immediate future. Nebraska-Kearney, this coming Saturday’s opponent, and Colorado State-Pueblo are two of the better teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. UNK is 5-1, 4-0 RMAC. CSUP is 3-3, 2-2.

    The Cowboys have averaged 10.2 points a game while allowing 45.5, accumulating 210.2 yards of offense to 415 for the opposition.

  • Lopers looming large

    Tough competition on the gridiron awaits all three local teams.

    New Mexico Highlands plays the current No. 1 team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference — Nebraska-Kearney — on Saturday, looking for what would be a monumental upset.

    The visiting Lopers are 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the RMAC, tied with Colorado School of Mines for the top spot. And they are the 21st ranked team in NCAA Division II.

    NMHU is 0-6 and 0-4 in league play after falling 51-7 at defending RMAC champ Chadron State.

    Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.


    Friday night scores: No. 1 Raton 26, Robertson 9... Pojoaque 28, West Las Vegas 18. See Monday print edition for details...

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cards, Dons...

    Fortune smiled down on the Meadow City’s high school football teams over the weekend. The college team, meanwhile, is still waiting for a break.

    Robertson sophomore fullback blasted his way across the goal line for a go-ahead touchdown with just 35 seconds remaining in regulation on Friday night, giving the Cardinals a come-from-behind win at Ruidoso.

    In a game that saw both defenses yield but ultimately hold scoring to a minimum, the host Warriors took a 7-0 advantage at halftime.

    Ruidoso led much of the game and held a 7-6 edge late in the fourth quarter.

  • Torres takes women's golf...

    Dodie Torres wrapped up a strong September with a victory in the Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association mini-tournament Sept. 30 in town.

    Torres also had the most birdies among the association players in September, reported Judy Long.  

    The honor for fewest putts in September play went to Merlyn Gonzales, and Marie Montoya won the non-golfers prize at the association’s monthly luncheon, also held Sept. 30.  Long described it as “a windy but fun day.”

  • Vatos fall to stout Texas-El...

    In their 24-7 loss to a good Division 2 El Paso-UTEP Rugby Club (3-0) last Saturday in Perkins Stadium, the Division 3 NMHU Vatos (1-3) were again shown the level of rugby that they will need to be competitive at the national level next spring.

    The Vatos won the second half and missed numerous scoring options through poor decisions and inexperience, said adviser Dick Greene.

    Sophomore captain Estavan “Guapo” Martinez from Mora was “Man of the Match.”