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Today's Sports

  • Weekend Roundup: Highlands men...

    Placing five of the top 11 and seven of the top 21, New Mexico Highlands stormed to a men’s cross country team championship in Friday’s Texas Tech Open in Lubbock, Texas.

    The Cowboys’ Nicaise Kazingo and Ismael Samano were fourth and fifth, respectively, with times of 25:59.18 and 26:00.72.

    Justin Lueras and Alberto Espinosa were a tight eighth and ninth, and former Mora Ranger Henrique Chavez rounded out the varsity scoring with an 11th place finish.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept....

    MONDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Questa, 4 p.m.

    TUESDAY
    Volleyball
    • Robertson vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    WEDNESDAY
    Soccer
    • NMHU women vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    Volleyball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • FYI - Sports - Sept. 19, 2011

    Three-on-three basketball tournament to benefit the Pecos/DC Civic Youth Group will be held Oct. 1-2 at the Pecos gym. Divisions from third grade to adults over 40. Youth entry fee $50 per team if paid before Sept. 23; $75 thereafter. Adult fee is $75 a team before Sept. 23; $100 thereafter. To obtain registration form and further information, call Evelyn Hurtado, 470-2980, or Rhonda Sanchez, 231-0201.

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  • Rangerettes top Lady Dons

    If Mora volleyball coach Jacquelyn Sanchez was feeling vindication Tuesday night after her current team’s defeat of her former team, West Las Vegas, she wasn’t showing it too much.

    A Facebook post by Sanchez praised her Rangerettes but also credited the Lady Dons for “a tough game” in the 3-1 Mora victory at Gillie Lopez Gym.
    Mora had a better defensive effort than it showed in a 3-2 loss at Robertson on Sept. 6, with the back row getting to most of the Lady Dons’ attacks. And despite giving up a height advantage across the front line, the Rangerettes held their own up front as well.

  • RHS boys golf wins Raton fall...

    After watching their girls’ team counterparts hog all the headlines in recent years, the Robertson boys’ golf crew may be poised to take its turn in the spotlight.

    The Cardinals won their first event of the fall schedule this past Monday, posting a team score of 363 to take the title in the Raton Invitational.

    “It’s a good showing because Raton is a top team in our district,” said Gene Gurule, who is head coach of both boys’ and girls’ golf at Robertson.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept....

    FRIDAY
    Cross country
    • NMHU at Texas Tech Open, 8 a.m., Lubbock, Texas
    Football
    • West Las Vegas at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso
    • Mora vs. Laguna Acoma, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Wagon Mound-Roy-Mosquero at Lake Arthur, 4:30 p.m., Lake Arthur
    Soccer
    • NMHU women at Colorado Christian, 1 p.m., Lakewood, Colo.
    • Robertson girls at Rehoboth tournament, TBA, Rehoboth
    Volleyball
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Tournament of Champions, TBA, Santa Fe

    SATURDAY
    Cross country
    • Robertson at Taos, 9 a.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas at Manzano, 9 a.m., Albuquerque

  • 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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  • Phillies clinch playoff spot

    HOUSTON — Roy Halladay pitched his 20th career shutout and the Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to reach the playoffs this season with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

    The NL East leaders clinched at least a wild-card berth and will appear in the postseason for the fifth straight year. Philadelphia won the World Series in 2008 and took the NL pennant in 2009.

    Once the club signed ace Cliff Lee last winter to round out a dominant rotation, another playoff berth for Philadelphia seemed a foregone conclusion.

  • Vatos feeling sentimental?

    The current edition of the Vatos rugby club may have scored a solid runner-up finish in the recent Santa Fe 10s Tournament, but the Vatos alumni — a gathering of fellows from 20 years of competition — showed they still have plenty of fight left too.

    More than 50 current NMHU Vatos and alumni took part in the Sept. 4 event. “It was a good day of rugby,” said founding coach and adviser Dick Greene.

    In the College Division the Vatos A side defeated UNM 28-10, Santa Fe 24-0 and NMSU 32-12. They again defeated UNM 33-5 before losing in the finals to New Mexico Tech 15-10.

  • Go Fish - Sept. 16, 2011

    FISHING REPORT, SEPT. 13

    COYOTE CREEK: The flow is 1.4 cfs. Fishing is fair for trout.