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Today's Sports

  • Steers spoil Mora home debut

    Playing in front of a home crowd for the first time in years, the Mora Rangers treated their fans to a quick touchdown in the first quarter Thursday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Helped by fresher legs later in the game, the visiting Magdalena Steers retaliated, winning 34-16.

    Louis Montoya punched in for a Rangers touchdown from 12 yards out, and Mora (1-2) led 8-0 four minutes in.

    Magdalena scored the next three TDs and led 20-8 with 6:16 left in the third.

  • 2A two good: Rattlers slither...

    A week after dumping Class 4A Española, the 3A West Las Vegas Dons lost 40-8 at 2A Tucumcari.

    While the Rattlers are one of the tougher teams in 2A, the Dons’ loss is a setback after a couple weeks of marked improvement for WLV (1-2).

    Turnovers hurt the Dons, and Tucumcari’s Angelo Montaño made them pay early, intercepting a pass and returning it for a 27-yard touchdown.

    Montaño then caught a TD lob early in the second quarter, and the Rattlers led 14-0.

  • Weekend Roundup: WLV runners...

    Cecilia Gutierrez and Genevieve Atencio ran a solid one-two and finished 20th and 22nd individually to pace the West Las Vegas girls’ cross country team to an eighth-place team finish in Saturday’s Jemez Valley Invitational.

    Gutierrez finished the course in 24 minutes and 27 seconds, and Atencio was 20 seconds back.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept....

    MONDAY
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at University of the Southwest, 5 p.m., Hobbs

    TUESDAY
    Volleyball
    • Robertson vs. Española, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Pecos vs. Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Pecos

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Soccer

  • 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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  • NFL OKs 9-11 uniform tributes

    NFL OKs 9-11 uniform tributes

    The NFL relaxed its normally rigid uniform policy so players could commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    League spokesman Michael Signora tweeted that the league told its 32 clubs that players may wear special shoes and gloves from official NFL equipment licensees for Week 1 games.

  • 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.