Today's Sports

  • Prowling for championships

    The Pecos High School cheer squad has been a steady source of enthusiasm.

    This weekend, the spotlight is on them.

    Pecos will look to defend its state 3A cheer title this Friday and Saturday at Dreamstyle Arena, aka The Pit.

    West Las Vegas, which won the 4A co-ed cheer category, will also seek a repeat, while Robertson, one of the programs on the rise in both cheer and dance, looks to make some noise as well.

    Check lasvegasoptic.com for updates Friday and Saturday.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 25-...

    SUNDAY (March 25)

    • NMHU at Regis, noon, Denver
    • NMHU vs. Metro State (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field


    • West Las Vegas at St. Michael’s (DH), 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Mora vs. Jemez Valley (DH), 3 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. St. Michael’s, TBA
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Hope Christian, 8 a.m., Albuquerque

  • Fulgenzi shining in San Antonio

    Warren Fulgenzi Jr.’s excellence on the tennis court hasn’t missed a beat as he’s transitioned from high school to college.

    Fulgenzi, a sophomore, earned Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors recently for Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Fulgenzi won in both singles and doubles against Sul Ross State and University of the Southwest.

    Our Lady of the Lake competes in the NAIA.

  • Power trip: Hard-hitting Lady...

    McKayla Encinias smashed two home runs and two doubles in game one of Robertson softball’s doubleheader sweep of Kirtland Central (2-9) on Wednesday at RHS Field.

    The Lady Cardinals (5-4) combined for three homers and nine doubles in a 16-1 romp that ended after four innings. They went on to a 6-2 win in game two to complete the sweep.

    Kendra Duran went the distance in the pitcher’s circle in game one and allowed four hits and one earned run; she struck out seven.

  • Right on track: Coca, Montoya,...

    Angelica Montoya triumphed in two throwing events, Tonati Aparicio-Blythe crossed the finish line first in the 800 and won the triple jump, and Pecos boys’ runners led by Isaiah Armijo monopolized the top five in the 2-mile to highlight this past weekend’s Rattler Relays in Tucumcari.

  • No ordinary Joe: Singleton...

    Joe Singleton may have come to Las Vegas as an outsider back in the mid-1950s, but he left the Meadow City as one of its favorite adopted sons.

    Singleton, who arrived as a two-sport student-athlete at New Mexico Highlands University, went on to teach and coach at Robertson High in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, later returning to serve as athletic director at NMHU from 1996 to 2000.

    Singleton’s death on March 14 in his Davis, Calif., hometown, has stirred up reminiscences among the many New Mexicans his life touched during his stays here.

  • Prep roundup: Gonzalez stars in...

    A little late-winter breeze couldn’t cool off Noah Gonzalez’s golf game on Monday.

    The Robertson senior overcame the elements to shoot a 72 and capture first place in the West Las Vegas Invitational at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Gonzalez’s strong performance was one of several state-qualifying efforts Monday.

    Raton’s Sydni Silva shot an 86 to win the girls’ individual title, and she and Taos’ Taylor and Madison Tomashot — close behind with an 87 and 91, respectively — all turned in qualifying scores.

  • Former AD, coach Singleton dies...

    Joe Singleton, who coached at Robertson High School in the 1960s and returned to town as athletic director at his alma mater New Mexico Highlands in the late 1990s, has died.

    Singleton, 82, was residing in his longtime hometown of Davis, Calif., at the time of his death this past Tuesday, March 14. He is survived by wife Corrine and their five children and several grandchildren.

  • Montoya finishes 2-2 in D-I...

    Robertson alumnus Rico Montoya came within one match of the quarterfinals before losing in the NCAA Division I national wrestling championship tournament this past weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Montoya, who competed in the 133-pound weight class, compiled a 2-2 record in the tournament.

    He helped the University of Northern Colorado to a tie for 38th place in the team standings among 72 schools represented.

    Montoya opened the three-day tournament by stunning No. 12 seed Josh Terao of American University, doubing him up 10-5.

  • Difficult series for collegians

    Howard College brought the No. 1 softball team in the region to town for its conference opener over the weekend, and the Hawks demonstrated their full array of weapons in a four-game sweep of Luna Community College.

    Scores were 14-0 and 12-4 on Friday, 11-0 and 18-1 Saturday.

    As it did the previous weekend, Luna played without its usual coaching staff, relying on a couple of volunteers from players’ families.