Today's Sports

  • Lady Cards batter St. Mike’s

    Robertson softball doesn’t have many home games this spring — just six on four dates.

    So the Lady Cardinals took full advantage of the first of those, smashing St. Michael’s 17-0 on Tuesday at RHS Field.

    McKayla Encinias turned in an efficient start, striking out three in three innings and holding the visiting Lady Horsemen to two singles with just two other baserunners.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    • Luna Community College at New Mexico Military (DH), noon, Roswell
    • NMHU at Colorado Mesa, 3 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Robertson JV vs. West Las Vegas (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    • Luna Community College at Odessa College (DH), noon, Odessa, Texas
    • Robertson at Artesia tourney, TBA, Artesia
    • Robertson JV at Rio Rancho tourney, TBA, RIo Rancho


  • Rangers on the rise

    Don’t look now, but that Mora baseball team is back on its way up the ranks in Class 2A.

    The Rangers, coached by Manuel Benavidez, won the GEO Clayton Yellowjacket Classic over the weekend to improve to 7-2 overall. The Rangers now gear up to play former district foe Pecos — a squad that finished as state runner-up in 3A last May — on Thursday in the first round of Santa Rosa’s tourney.

  • Raiders set to relocate to Sin...

    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — Sometime in the not distant future, they will become the Las Vegas Raiders.

    Until then, likely in 2020, Mark Davis’ team belongs to Oakland. Well, sort of.

    NFL owners approved the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas 31-1 at the league meetings Monday. Miami was the lone dissenter. Davis insisted the club his father, Hall of Fame owner Al Davis, built into a champion — in Oakland and Los Angeles — should still be considered a part of the Bay Area community.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    • Robertson JV vs. Pecos (DH), 3 p.m., MMS Field
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Robertson (DH), 3 p.m., TBA
    • Robertson boys vs. Bosque, 3 p.m., RHS courts
    • Robertson girls at Bosque, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

  • BREAKING: WLV, Pecos cheer...

    ALBUQUERQUE -- Cheerleaders representing West Las Vegas and Pecos high schools have won state championships at this weekend's NMAA State Spirit competition.

    West won in the category of Class 1A-4A Co-ed Cheer. Pecos won in Class 3A Cheer.

    The two-day event was held at Wise Pies Arena AKA The Pit.

  • Locals chosen for North hoops...

    Ten area players have been honored by being named to the North-South all-star games for basketball.

    Selection is limited to seniors from each year’s graduating class. The annual North-South games are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, with selections based on input from coaches in their respective regions. In addition to those named to initial all-star rosters, there may be additional honorees depending on participation.

  • Ninjas win gold

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas’ Meadow City Soccer Club recently took 10 players to compete in a 100-plus team Classic FC Spring Cup XXII in Albuquerque. The 07 Ninjas battled harsh weather and opponents from around the state in the two-day tournament of 7v7 action.

    Playing with four underage players and two talented girls in the age 10 Boys division, the Ninjas outscored their opponents 12-2 and won Las Vegas’ first-ever gold in a tournament this size.  

    The club is now training for a tournament in Clovis in late April.

  • Dons fall in one-run nailbiter

    James Archuleta struck out five Bernalillo batters through four innings, but West Las Vegas’ strong defensive effort was trumped by the Spartans’ go-ahead run in the fifth.

    Bernalillo won the pitchers’ duel 2-1 Tuesday afternoon at WLV Field.

    The Dons fell to 5-2. They and Robertson (7-2) will play in this weekend’s Portales tournament.

    The Spartans opened with a run in their first at-bat.

    But West tied the score soon enough, as an Archuleta base hit scored Santiago Mondragon from third base.

  • Padilla, Coca among early...

    West Las Vegas’ Jenika Padilla and Miguel Coca wasted no time qualifying for state in their first meet out of the chutes this past weekend in Moriarty.

    Padilla’s 109-3 in the girls’ javelin earned her a spot at state, as did Coca’s 4:33.61 in the mile run.

    Padilla came within two inches of also qualifying in the long jump. Moses Esquibel was within a second of making the cut in the 400-meter dash. And J.J. Esquibel missed the cut in the half-mile by three seconds.