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Today's Sports

  • Cowboys get offensive in sweep

    Morgan McCasland smashed a home run and a double to fuel New Mexico Highlands’ 8-5 win over Colorado School of Mines in Sunday’s finale of a weekend baseball series at Brandt Park.

    The Cowboys completed a four-game sweep of the Orediggers and climbed to the .500 mark at 13-13 overall. NMHU is 7-9 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Mines is 9-14, 4-12.

    Coming on in relief, pitcher Mike Chavez limited the Orediggers to one earned run on two hits and one walk in four and two-thirds innings. Chavez is 2-0.

  • WLV Invite: Area athletes win 13...

    The following are results of this past Saturday’s West Las Vegas Track and Field Invitational held at the Herrera Complex.

    BOYS’ TEAM STANDINGS
     1. St. Michael’s, 103.5
     2. Española Valley, 76
     3. Santa Rosa, 56
     4. Pecos, 53
     5. West Las Vegas, 51
     6. Santa Fe Prep, 36
     7. Robertson, 28.5
     8. Santa Fe Indian, 19
     9. Taos, 6
    10. Mora, 2

    BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL
    HIGHLIGHTS

  • State champs! WLV cheer squad...

    On Saturday, the spotlight in The Pit belonged to West Las Vegas’ cheer squad.

    The team captured a Class 4A state championship in the co-ed cheer category with a strong routine that defeated half a dozen other schools represented.

    It’s the first time West has earned a top-three trophy at the state spirit competition since 2009, when the squad placed third. West was a state runner-up in 2007.

    “It’s been an amazing year,” said WLV head coach Isabel Cavazos. “Each of these kids are the best.”

  • Weekend Roundup: A slugfest...

    Robertson softball gained ample experience against some solid competition in one of the biggest tournaments in the region over the weekend in Rio Rancho.

    The Lady Cardinals nipped Los Alamos 9-8 in extra innings and then played Mayfield to place 21st in the 32-team Kristin Griego Invite.

    Elicia Trujillo hit three home runs in the tournament and has four total.

    RHS lost its opener to Valencia 19-11, then dug deep for a 13-12 win against Belen. Next came a 13-9 defeat vs. Bloomfield on Friday.

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  • West meet: WLV, RHS girls top 3

    West Las Vegas and Robertson finished second and third behind St. Michael’s in the girls’ team standings of Saturday’s WLV Track and Field Invitational at the Herrera Complex.

    The Lady Dons, who got individual wins in seven events, amassed 92 points. The Lady Cardinals had 77. Mora was eighth and Pecos tied for 10th. St. Mike’s won with 109 team points.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March...

    Monday
    Softball
    • Robertson JV at Raton (DH), 3 p.m., Raton
    Track and field
    • Robertson JV hosts RHS Invite, 3 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Robertson at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. McCurdy, 3 p.m., WLV
    Softball
    • Robertson at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    Tennis
    • West Las Vegas at Raton, 3 p.m., Raton

    Wednesday
    Baseball

  • Dons spank Spartans

    Jeremy Fernandez made the Spartans remember him.

    The West Las Vegas pitcher held visiting Bernalillo to a single hit and struck out five in a complete-game 5-2 victory Tuesday evening.

    Fernandez had help behind him. The Dons defense turned four double plays to take Spartan runners off the diamond.

    “Defense was on fire ... and worked like a team,” said WLV head coach Ryan Gabaldon.

    Brian Gonzales (3 for 3, two RBI), Santiago Mondragon (two RBI) and Andy Gabaldon (1 for 1, two walks, two runs) helped provide run support.

  • North All-Stars: 7 from area

    Fresh off their run to the Class 4A state championship game, West Las Vegas’ Martin “Tino” Castellano and Andres

    Gallegos have been selected to help represent the North in the 2015 Class 3A-4A boys’ basketball all-star game.

    The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Volcano Vista High in Albuquerque.

    The Dons were a state runner-up this winter under head coach David Bustos, and Castellano and Gallegos both played key roles in helping them get there.

  • Bobby was LV’s super fan

    If Bobby Garcia — who died this week — wasn’t THE No. 1 sports fan in Las Vegas, he certainly was on a short list of the biggest the Meadow City has ever seen.

    Known simply as “Bobby” to most, here was a guy who loved nothing better than to talk sports, any and all, with whomever would indulge him a few minutes. It inevitably impressed me, on those occasions when I would do so, just how knowledgeable he was about the games and the players.

  • Cowgirls favored in RMAC outdoor...

    Submitted to the Optic

    COLORADO SPRINGS — The New Mexico Highlands  women’s track and field team is the favorite to win the RMAC outdoor title, according to a poll of league coaches released Wednesday.

    In addition, senior Salcia Slack was selected as the Preseason Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year.