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Today's Sports

  • Hackers prevail again

    Too much power.

    The Benavidez Construction Hackers men’s softball team usually has too much power for its opponents. Sometimes, the Hackers unleash too much power for their own good, too.

    Such was the case Sunday afternoon when, having quickly exceeded the five home runs allowed by league rules, the Hackers smashed a couple more long balls for good measure.

    As per regulations, those were recorded as outs instead of base-clearing hits.

  • Mora racks up nearly 400 rush...

    Mora head football coach Manuel Benavidez is hoping his Rangers can stay under the radar for the time being.

    That might be easier said than done in light of the team’s 56-6 drubbing of Wingate to open the season this past Friday night at Fort Wingate.

    Louis Montoya accounted for 111 yards of offense and two touchdowns, and quarterback Danny Enriquez had 106 yards and two more scores to lead the Rangers to victory in their first varsity game back since the program was discontinued several years ago.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports Aug. 31,...

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Ruidoso, 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Robertson girls at Goddard, 3 p.m., Roswell
    Volleyball
    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Lovington, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Española Valley, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium

  • NBA talks on Wednesday

    NEW YORK — Two people with knowledge of the plans say the lead negotiators for the NBA owners and players will meet Wednesday for just the second time since the lockout began.

  • FYI - Sports

    Las Vegas Adult Softball League registration is under way for fall regular and co-ed leagues. Rosters can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $200 for an eight-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Games will be held on Sundays at Rodriguez Park complex. Deadline to register and submit complete rosters is Wednesday, Aug. 31. Games begin the first week of September.


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  • Rangers rock Wingate 56-6

    “We could surprise some people,” new Mora High School head football coach Manuel Benavidez told the Optic this past week, as his team prepared for its first game. “And I think we will.”

    Optimism abounds this time of year, of course. Everyone is undefeated in the preseason.

    But one game into their schedule, so are the Mora Rangers.

    Mora, which has returned to the ranks of New Mexico football after a four-year absence, stunned Wingate on Friday night by a 56-6 margin.

  • Game slips away from Cards

    Turnovers by Robertson helped Portales score 21 unanswered points in the second half Friday night, and the host Rams took a 26-7 win in the season opener for both football teams.

    Robertson’s vaunted defense appeared as sharp as ever in the first half.
    An Antonio Arguello interception led to a Cardinal touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The Redbirds led 7-6 at halftime.

  • Dons fall to No. 5 Socorro

    Unable to stop Ibrahim Maiga, the West Las Vegas Dons had to settle for containing him for the last three quarters of the game Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Maiga scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half to lead Socorro — the fifth-ranked team in Class 3A — to a 35-8 victory.

    It was the season opener for both schools and a host of others around the state.

  • Lady Cards win Española...

    Karlene Montaño and eighth-grader Annabella Miller finished second and third individually to help propel Robertson girls’ cross country to a team championship Saturday in the Española Valley Invitational.

    The Robertson girls won the meet with 48 points, holding off second-place St. Michael’s (66); West Las Vegas was fifth with 97 points. On the boys’ side, Pojoaque powered to a title with 26 points; Robertson (106) was fourth and WLV  (190) seventh.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports Aug. 29,...

    MONDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson girls at Monte del Sol, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    TUESDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys at Roswell, 4 p.m., Roswell

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Ruidoso, 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Robertson girls at Goddard, 3 p.m., Roswell
    Volleyball