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Today's Sports

  • West Las Vegas, Mora open pool...

    West Las Vegas and Mora are both headed to the state volleyball tournaments, which run Thursday through Saturday in Rio Rancho.

    The Lady Dons, coached by Felix Flores, earned the No. 9 seed in the Class 3A tournament after winning the regular-season title in District 2-3A and finishing as runner-up to Raton in the district tournament.

    They play in Pool A along with No. 1 Pojoaque Valley and No. 8 Lovington beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • State XC: Repeat title for Pecos...

    By winning another individual state cross country championship, Pecos senior Antonio Varela helped his Panthers wrap up a second consecutive runner-up finish in the small-school division.

    He also assured himself a permanent place in history.

    Varela won by a 37-second margin in a time of 15:59, completing a stellar cross country career with Pecos.

    Not far behind was Mora’s Alonzo Chavez, who ran third in 16:53; the Rangers finished 12th as a team on the boys’ side.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 9...

    WEDNESDAY
    No varsity sports events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Volleyball
    • Class 2A state tournament: Mora in pool play, 8 a.m., followed by evening bracket play TBA, Cleveland High, Rio Rancho
    • Class 3A state tournament: West Las Vegas in pool play, 2 p.m., followed by evening bracket play TBA, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

    FRIDAY
    Volleyball
    • Class 2A and 3A state tournament quarterfinals and semifinals, TBA, Rio Rancho

  • YAFL season wraps up

    Another season of Las Vegas Young American Football League action is in the books, and a couple of local teams made solid region playoff runs over the weekend in town.

    The 49ers, a group of fifth and sixth graders, beat Tucumcari — and a bitter chill — on Saturday morning with a 45-6 score.

  • Kazingo headed to national meet

    Nicaise Kazingo will have a chance to add to his All-America collection after finishing ninth individually in Saturday’s NCAA Division II Central Region cross country meet in Denver.

    Kazingo, a New Mexico Highlands senior, qualified for nationals as one of the top two runners on a non-qualifying men’s team. He and Highlands teammate Ismael Samano (25th overall) earned all-Central Region honors.

  • Vegas Bowl rout gives RHS a title

    Robertson seniors Dalan Abreu and Antonio Arguello each ran for two touchdowns as the Cardinals ran roughshod over West Las Vegas 42-0 on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

    The Vegas Bowl shutout extended the Redbirds’ current streak in the crosstown rivalry series and left Robertson standing all alone atop the District 2-3A standings as the regular season came to an end.

    West Las Vegas’ aggressive defense kept the Dons in the game in the early going, and the first quarter ended in a scoreless tie.

  • Lady Dons fall to Raton in...

    Raton was crisper on the attack and West Las Vegas couldn’t recover, paving the way to a 3-0 sweep for the visiting Lady Tigers in the District 2-3A volleyball tournament final Saturday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Dons, who had won the regular-season district title with a 5-1 record in 2-3A, will join Raton and others in the Class 3A state tournament this week. Pool play is set for Thursday in Rio Rancho; tournament seedings were to be announced Sunday after this issue went to press.

  • Pecos’ Varela wins state title

    Pecos senior Antonio Varela’s last race as a high school cross country runner went according to plan — much like all the races he’s run this year.

    Varela crossed the finish line of the Class 1A-2A boys’ state championship in 15:59, easily outkicking East Mountain’s Eric Eridon for the individual title.

    Varela helped Pecos take second place — behind Laguna Acoma — in the boys’ team standings as part of a full morning of distance running at Rio Rancho High School’s campus.

  • RHS soccer teams tumble in...

    Robertson’s soccer teams stayed close but couldn’t get the offense they needed to survive the quarterfinal round of the state tournament.

    The RHS girls lost 2-0 to district nemesis Taos on Thursday morning at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. Taos had beaten the Lady Cardinals twice during the regular season to take the district title.

    Later Thursday, Robertson’s boys lost 2-0 against Portales. The Rams had won by a single goal over the Cardinals back in September.

  • No. 1 LSU edges No. 2 Alabama 9-6

    The Associated Press

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The defenses lived up to the billing in the latest Game of the Century. Neither No. 1 LSU nor No. 2 Alabama could reach the end zone Saturday night, not even with extra time.

    The Tigers aren’t complaining. They now have the inside track to the BCS title game.