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Today's Sports

  • High hopes for Beasties

    Great expectations are the norm for Robertson High’s girls’ soccer program.

    This fall, with the return of two of New Mexico’s premier scoring threats to the lineup, there’s no telling how far the self-ascribed “Beastie Girls” can go.

    “We return eight seniors, many of whom were first and second-team all-district players,” noted third-year head coach Ian Williamson.

  • WLV soccer a construction project

    Comeback story indeed.

    At least it will be if it sticks.

    West Las Vegas is making another run at building a soccer program this fall, and the guy hired to do so insists he’s going to see it through.

    Paul Bonchi, whose most recent coaching experience was three years leading a U13 squad in the Las Vegas Youth Soccer League, is hoping to develop many of the same positives within the fledgling Lady Dons team.

  • Dons run 2nd in Española

    Just enough West Las Vegas boys’ cross country runners for a qualifying team score made it to this past Saturday’s Española meet.

    That’s all the Dons needed.

    West ran second only to a strong Taos squad in the varsity boys’ race.

    “They ran a good race,” longtime West Las Vegas coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo said of his Dons. “Taos is pretty solid.”

  • Crespin outlasts rival

    Arturo “El Toro” Crespin earned a six-round unanimous decision over Augustine Renteria in the hard-hitting co-main event of “Battle At Sunset” professional boxing card Saturday night in Albuquerque.

    Judges ruled the fight in favor of Crespin 60-54, 60-54, 58-56. The Meadow City native is now 12-3-1 with one no-contest as a pro. He’s won back-to-back fights and five of his last six.

  • Carr to start in Oakland

    The Associated Press

    ALAMEDA, Calif.  — Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season.

    Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the starter for the foreseeable future ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 3...

    Wednesday
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    Thursday
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    Friday
    Football
    • West Las Vegas at Española  Valley, 7 p.m., Española
    Soccer
    • NMHU women at Texas-Permian Basin, 6 p.m., Odessa, Texas
    • Robertson girls at Navajo Prep, TBA, Rehoboth tournament
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Woman’s, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Canyon, Texas

    Saturday
    Cross country

  • Stay hungry - Champion Cardinals...

    Becoming a champion is tough enough. Staying a champion may be even tougher.

    The Robertson Cardinals, who begin their quest for a repeat on Friday night vs. Portales, are learning that this fall.

    “We’re not going to sneak up on people this year,” said RHS head coach Leroy Gonzalez. “(But) we’re not going to lose because we didn’t work hard.”

  • New system, new hope for Dons

    It’s not always easy for football players to buy into a new coach’s way of running things, especially when there’s been a history of turnover on the staff.

    But at West Las Vegas, Adrian Gonzales encountered plenty of positive vibes when he took over the team, and it’s not simply because he’s an alumnus of the green and gold.

    “There was already a sense of excitement even before I got hired,” he said. “Being that we’re in the same town, the kids were familiar with what we’ve done.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 1...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, (season finale), 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Rodeo
    • Bean Day Rodeo, Wagon Mound

  • Football kicks off tonight

    It seems the road to the new Class 4A state football championship goes through Las Vegas — specifically Cardinal Stadium.

    The preseason pick to repeat as state champ, Robertson begins that road on Friday night at home with a game against Portales.

    Kickoff is 7 p.m.

    RHS head coach Leroy Gonzalez said he doesn’t mind his team being in the spotlight ever since the Redbirds ran roughshod over opponents en route to the title — the school’s third state football championship — last December.