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Today's Sports

  • Xplosion wins Labor Day tourney

    The Las Vegas Xplosion 11-and-under team won eight of its nine games en route to a championship in the Rio Rancho USSSA softball tournament over Labor Day weekend.

    It’s another state championship for eight of the 10 team members, who also won in July as part of the Las Vegas Little League 10-11 All-Stars.

    After edging the Sundancers 9-8 on Monday, Las Vegas earned a rematch with Illusion, which had beaten the team 6-1 earlier in the tournament.

    Illusion features members from the elite Albuquerque Little League Eastdale team.

  • Cowboys look to ride winning...

    Having already matched last year’s win total thanks to a dramatic 43-36 overtime win over Eastern New Mexico in Portales, the New Mexico

    Highlands football team can double that this weekend.

    The opponent for Highlands’ home opener is Oklahoma Panhandle State, which lost 34-23 to Missouri S&T in its first game of the season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Lady Cards nip Rangerettes

    Mary Bustos and her Robertson Lady Cardinal volleyball team evened their season record at 1-1 Tuesday night at the expense of visiting Mora, but the Rangerettes (5-2) and Jacquelyn Sanchez likely felt like winners nonetheless.

  • RHS soccer sweeps Monte del Sol

    Keen Martinez’s surge to the net delivered the game-winning goal in overtime Tuesday afternoon, and Robertson won in boys’ soccer against Monte del Sol by a 3-2 count.

    It was the first win for head coach Clarence Montoya and his team, who next host Portales on Sept. 15. The RHS boys are 1-2.

    Caitlin Diefendorf and Elena Martinez each scored a hat trick as Robertson’s girls’ soccer team defeated Monte del Sol 6-0 in the nightcap.

  • Go Fish - Sept. 9. 2011

    Fishing report, Sept. 6

    Coyote Creek: Flow is 1.2 cfs. Fishing is fair for trout.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports Sept. 9,...

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Santa Rosa, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 7 p.m., Tucumcari
    • Wagon Mound-Roy-Mosquero vs. Hondo, 4:30 p.m., TBA
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at West Texas A&M tournament (vs. Incarnate  Word, 9:30 a.m.; vs. Wayland Baptist, 4 p.m.), Canyon Texas
    • Pecos at St. Michael’s, 5:30 p.m., Santa Fe

    SATURDAY
    Cross country

  • FYI - Sports

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.

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    Coaches, we love covering your teams! Submit your scores, stats and story ideas to the Optic: dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Correction - Sports Sept. 9, 2011

    A caption accompanying the Robertson football action photograph in Monday’s Optic misidentified a player. The Cardinals’ Dominic Yara was pictured along with Antonio Arguello.
     

  • Locals among leaders at Lobo meet

    Henrique Chavez and Amanda Ortzow were once leaders of their respective packs — the Mora boys’ cross country team and the West Las Vegas Lady Dons runners.

    At least on Saturday, they weren’t far from the front for New Mexico Highlands University.

    Chavez was the Cowboys’ No. 2 man behind Ismael Samano. He finished the 8-kilometer men’s course at the University of New Mexico Lobo Invitational in 26:17, good for 23rd place overall. Samano was 16th individually with a time of 25:29.

  • Pushing No. 3

    Highlands’ women’s soccer team extended the No. 3 nationally ranked Saint Rose Golden Knights to 104 minutes — the full 90 minutes plus overtime — before falling 2-1 this past Saturday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Derith Fernandes ended the match with a lengthy shot from the right wing after getting a pass from teammate Laura Taylor.

    Highlands came close to a monumental upset in its first match of the season.