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Today's Sports

  • Mushball benefit Saturday

    A co-ed mushball tournament to benefit local softball standout Megan Esquibel — as she raises funds for a select camp in Oklahoma City — will be held Saturday in town. Registration is $10 per player, $100 per team. The tourney is double elimination, and at least three girls must be on the field for a team at all times. Registration runs though Friday. For more information and to register, call Julie, 426-7526.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 4...

    Friday
    Football
    • Robertson at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso
    • West Las Vegas at Laguna Acoma, 7 p.m., TBA
    Soccer
    • NMHU women at Colorado School of Mines, 7 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas at Portales tournament, TBA, Portales

    Saturday
    Cross country
    • NMHU at Chile Pepper Festival, 9 a.m., Fayetteville, Ark.
    • Mora at Santa Fe Indian John Grimley Memorial, 9 a.m., Cochiti

  • MMS runners finish on a high note

    For the second time in as many years, Memorial Middle School’s Makayla Quintana has raced to an individual championship in the Meadow City Cross Country Invitational.

    Quintana led the MMS girls to a team title Saturday in their final meet of the fall, while Leandro Garduño did the same for the MMS boys. (See Monday’s Optic for related story.)

    Coach Mike Maldonado said his teams finished well to punctuate a productive overall season that included several championship finishes.

  • Home course advantage

    Highlands senior Henrique Chavez trailed South Plains College’s Jose Martinez through the first mile or two of Saturday’s NMHU XC Jam, but the Mora standout was just biding his time, pacing himself for the push to come.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 2...

    Wednesday
    Cross country
    • Memorial Middle School, West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Fe Indian, 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Questa, 4 p.m.
    Volleyball
    • Valley Middle School vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., Valley

    Thursday
    Soccer
    • Robertson girls at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    Volleyball
    • Pecos (A,B) at Santa Fe Prep, 4:30 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., WLV

    Friday
    Football

  • Weekend Roundup - Lucero lights...

    Homecoming 2013 proved to be soothing for the Robertson football program.

    Following back-to-back losses to Class 2A and 3A state champions, the Cardinals reversed course with a 47-8 blowout of Capital on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

    Itching to get back on the field after being required to sit out the St. Mike’s game, Dominic Lucero delivered his most explosive effort yet.

  • Running with heart

    It has been a trying month for Leandro Garduño and the rest of his family.

    But Saturday was all right — a ray of sunshine amid the clouds.

    Garduño, a standout cross country runner at Memorial Middle School, lost his stepfather Felipe a couple of weeks ago to an extended battle with cancer.

    It was devastating news for him and sister Esperanza, a varsity runner at West Las Vegas. Esperanza didn’t compete in the Belen meet with her teammates so she could be with her family.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept....

    Monday
    Volleyball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., WLVMS

    Tuesday
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys (A,B) at Clovis, 3 p.m., Clovis
    • Robertson girls at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Mora (A,B) vs. Santa Rosa, 6 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Pecos (A,B) at McCurdy, 5 p.m., Española

    Wednesday
    Cross country

  • NMHU runners No. 11 in nation

    Coming off a win at the West Texas A&M Buffalo Stampede, the New Mexico Highlands University men’s cross country team held on to the No. 11 ranking in the nation in the USTFCCCA poll released Tuesday.

    Buena Vista native Alonzo Chavez won his first collegiate race and led the Cowboy runners to victory this past Saturday in Canyon, Texas.

  • Birds hope for homecoming respite

    Robertson head football coach Leroy Gonzalez has stuck with a familiar refrain the past several seasons — play a bunch of tough schools early to get his team battle-tested in time for the District 2-3A portion of the schedule.

    It’s a formula that has worked in terms of district competitiveness, although the rigorous early slate tends to take a toll.