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Today's Sports

  • Cowboys honored by league

    New Mexico Highlands University baseball fans got two lots of good news Wednesday.

    1. NMHU’s Steve Jones, Jason Carr and Drew Vassil were named coach of the year, player of the year and pitcher of the year, respectively, in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    2. Led by homers from Carr, Danny Brown and Christian Garcia, the Cowboys trampled Regis 18-4 in the opening round of the RMAC tourney in Kearney, Neb.

  • Vigil paces RHS

    Estevan Vigil has a need for speed.

    Robertson’s senior standout, a veteran of state championship football and wrestling teams and an individual state champ in a number of track events, has ventured into many an athletic endeavor.

    But he still loves the pure thrill of running at top speed, so much so that the prototypical sprinter’s sprint, the 100-meter dash, is too slow for him.

    Huh?

  • RHS, SFIS split

    Marka Garcia’s two-run triple was a walk-off winner for the Robertson softball team Wednesday against Santa Fe Indian. The 17-6 mercy-rule win gave the Lady Cardinals a split of their home finale doubleheader.

    SFIS won the first game 12-8.

    Robertson closes the regular season Saturday at West Las Vegas.

    In Wednesday’s opener, RHS rallied from a 10-5 hole on the strength of Brandy Garcia’s three-run double in the fifth inning. But an infield error helped the Lady Braves score twice in the seventh, and the home team was unable to answer.

  • RHS alive in state tennis fray

    Robertson’s tennis teams will look to claim titles as the focus of this week’s state tournaments turns to the team competition.

    Team brackets get under way Friday morning at the Albuquerque Academy campus.

    Singles and doubles tournaments wrapped up Thursday. (See the Optic Web site, www.lasvegasoptic.com for updates.)

    As of press time, the only local score of note had been finalized — the RHS boys’ duo of David Romero and Marcus Alcaraz lost 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, to Bosque School’s Eric Deichmann and Tim Patten on Wednesday evening.

  • Dramatic win on course

    Just one stroke made the difference Monday as Robertson’s Lady Cardinal golf team stunned host St. Michael’s for the district championship.

    With regular tournament play closing and Robertson and St. Mike’s tied with a 375 team score, a playoff was ordered at the Santa Fe course.

    Continuing the strongest day of play to date, RHS delivered.

    “It was nerve-racking,” said RHS coach Gene Gurule. “The girls stuck to their game plan and came out on top ... The girls did awesome.”

  • Esquibel leads West

    Some time Saturday evening, Linda Esquibel will finally be able to rest.

    The West Las Vegas senior hasn’t had much opportunity to do that over the last four years or so. In the fall, she’s played volleyball and run cross country. In the winter, she’s been a key starter for a strong girls’ basketball team. And in the spring, it’s track and field and a host of events that showcase her athletic versatility — jumps, hurdles, mid-distance runs, relays.

    Oh, and she’s a member of a state championship choir, too.

  • RMAC final: Cowboys, Mavs

    With no love lost between them, New Mexico Highlands University and archrival Mesa State don’t need much reason to battle, but this time they did it with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament title on the line.

    On Saturday, Mesa State emerged from the loser's bracket and beat NMHU 15-8 in what would have been a championship clincher for the Cowboys.

    The Mavericks put the game out of reach with a five-run fifth inning, pinning the loss on Dylan Wisneski.

  • Cardinals hope for second act

    Looking to finish this baseball season the way they started it, the Robertson Cardinals know they have a difficult hurdle ahead in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.

    RHS (11-14) is the 15th seed and has the unenviable task of making a trip to No. 2 Bloomfield (13-8-1) on Saturday. Saturday’s winner plays the Socorro-Ruidoso winner in the state quarterfinals May 13 in Rio Rancho.

  • Dons have made strides

    The road back to baseball respectability has been a long and sometimes rocky one for the West Las Vegas Dons, but this weekend the team begins perhaps West’s most promising postseason in years.

    WLV, the 14th seeded team in Class 3A, plays at third-seeded Cobre (14-11) on Saturday in Bayard. The winner moves on to play the Portales-Raton winner in a quarterfinal on May 13 in Rio Rancho.

  • Robertson netters head to state

    Once again, both boys’ and girls’ tennis programs at Robertson High will vie for state team championships this coming weekend in Albuquerque.

    But first, led by a pair of district singles champions, the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals go for individual hardware Wednesday and Thursday at the Jerry Cline Complex in the heart of the Duke City’s Northeast Heights.