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Today's Sports

  • Lady Dons sweep Grants

    All phases of the game are clicking for the West Las Vegas softball team, which engineered a lopsided sweep at Class 4A Grants this past Thursday.

    The 14-2 and 19-1 wins followed a dominant three-game performance by the Lady Dons in the recent St. Michael’s Invitational.

    “We’re hitting the ball really well,” said WLV coach Lucas Griego. “We’ve got five girls hitting .600 or better, and against Grants I think we hit over .600 as a team.”

    Close enough. The Lady Dons went 41 for 69 combined in the doubleheader.

  • Final Four: Kansas, Kentucky...

    By Nancy Armour
    AP National Writer

    NEW ORLEANS  — Well, this matchup is going to look familiar.

    John Calipari and his Kentucky juggernaut will face Kansas for the national championship on Monday night. That would be the same school that beat Memphis in overtime for the NCAA title in 2008, back when Calipari was coaching the Tigers.

    It also would be the same Kansas team that the Wildcats beat back in November.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 2...

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • LCC vs. Western Nebraska (DH), 10 a.m., Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Robertson hosts RHS Invite, 9 a.m., Gene Torres Golf Course
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas at Roswell, 6 p.m., Roswell
     

  • Valdez pins down state grappling...

    Though she’d already wrestled — and had her arm raised in victory — a number of times that day, Robertson’s Lorilee Valdez didn’t realize she had won a state championship until well after her last match.

    “It was pretty exciting when I found out,” she recalls. “I didn’t know I’d won until the medals were handed out.”

  • Cowgirls, Zias split

    In-state rivals New Mexico Highlands and Eastern New Mexico remained dead even in their season softball series after Wednesday’s doubleheader at Cowgirl Field.

    Eastern won the opener 6-4 in extra innings, but the Cowgirls pulled out a 7-6 verdict in game two.

    NMHU is 17-19 overall; ENMU, a non-league foe that plays in the Lone Star Conference, is 7-25.

  • Redbirds dismiss Capital

    Antonio Arguello and Estevan Montoya  combined for 11 strikeouts Tuesday, taking the claws out of the visiting Capital Jaguars in a 17-2 Robertson victory.

    “Our defense was much-improved today,” said Robertson head coach Tony Renon.

    Arguello held the Jags to one hit and struck out seven through three innings, and Montoya fanned four more in two innings of relief.

    Nate Archuleta was a sterling 3 for 3; Luke Aragon, Dalan Abreu and Ryan Tafoya each hit 3 of 4, with Tafoya drilling a triple.

  • Tennis teams in Reload mode

    Less than five years removed from his state championship swan song as a high school tennis hero, Roman Fulgenzi finds himself coaching his alma mater instead of playing.

    While there is plenty different about this year’s version of the Robertson tennis program, the ultimate goal remains the same.

  • Guerin 3-time Carlsbad champ

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robertson’s No. 1 girls’ singles player Juliana Guerin walked off with the gold medal at the Carlsbad Invitational for the third consecutive year on March 23.  

    Guerin has taken the top honors at this tournament since her eligibility in the eighth grade.  

    Eight teams participated including El Paso, Texas and many schools from around New Mexico.

    Guerin defeated Kalee Marrujo of Deming 6-2, 6-0  in the first round.

  • Mora routs Peñasco

    In a district softball doubleheader Tuesday in Mora, the host Rangerettes (4-2 overall, 2-0 4-2A) made quick work of Peñasco.

    Mora put both games away early via the 15-run rule. In the opener, the home team won 18-3 after three innings. In the nightcap, the rangerettes took a 26-11 shootout decided in four innings.

    Mora visits Pecos on Friday for another district twinbill.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas at Grants (DH), 3 p.m., Grants

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • Robertson vs. Española Valley (DH), 11 a.m., MMS field
    Rugby
    • Vatos vs. Albuquerque, 2 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    Tennis