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Today's Sports

  • Cage fights here Friday night

    Arturo “Tutti” Padilla, who was a multi-sport star at Robertson High in the 1990s, will headline “Vegas Fight Night,” an evening of mixed martial arts Friday at the Night Owl.

    Tickets are $20 general admission, $30 reserved and $50 cage-side; they’ll be sold at the door. For advance ticket information, fans may call 426-6191.

    Doors at the Night Owl will open at 6 p.m., with the first fights starting around 7.

    Padilla is slated to battle Fernando Rivera of Taos in the main event.

  • Lady Dons’ strong start not...

    Big hits. Solid pitching. Stingy defense.  

    West Las Vegas’ softball team seemingly had all the ingredients for an important win Tuesday at Pojoaque Valley.

    For a while, all those ingredients came together.

    Then, one by one, they dissipated — and the host Elkettes pulled out a 9-8 win to finish a 9-2 rally over the last two and a half innings.

  • Manzano, Bustos on All-Region...

    New Mexico Highlands standout Thomas Manzano and Vera Jo Bustos — an Adams State star who played her high school ball at West Las Vegas — are among the basketball players honored with selection to the All-Central Region teams for 2011
    Manzano was chosen to the Daktronics All-Central Region (NCAA Division II) second team.

    A junior at NMHU this past season, Manzano led the Cowboys to a 19-8 record and a third straight appearance in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout postseason tournament.

  • Graham All-American again

    Angella Graham now has one All-American performance for each of her 10 fingers.

    The New Mexico Highlands University senior finished her collegiate career by placing among the top 10 in three events in the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championship meet. The meet was hosted Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

  • Sunday rallies fall short for...

    Sunday afternoon was one for rallies that fell just short.

    New Mexico Highlands baseball and softball teams both erased sizable deficits with late-game heroics only to come up shy.

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    Coach Steve Jones’ Cowboys (7-8 overall, 3-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) spotted Nebraska-Kearney an 11-0 lead through two innings, then battled back to eventually make it a one-run margin at 13-12 going into the ninth.

  • Luna softball off to winning...

    Luna Community College’s softball coaches aren’t getting ahead of themselves.

    “It’s still early,” said Marco Aragon, Meredith Gilpin’s assistant coach.

    And while it’s true the team has close to 30 games left to play, it’s also fair to say the Rough Riders are off to a positive start at 9-8. It’s the latest into a season in their three-year history that they’ve been over .500, and the progress has been measurable against more-established programs.

  • Mora coach resigns after loss

    After two years at the helm of the Mora Rangers basketball program, Coach Hank Laumbach announced his resignation Tuesday.

    “It was an amazing couple of seasons,” Laumbach said in a news release. “A lot of work and time invested resurrecting the program. It’s time to move on.”

    Under the guidance of Laumbach, the Rangers brought home first-place trophies from both the Tri-Cities and the Northern Rio Grande tournaments. They also won District 2-AA in back-to-back seasons.

  • RHS netters debut

    Robertson’s tennis teams opened their season over the weekend with a pair of third-place finishes in the Roswell Invitational.

    St. Michael’s, Farmington and Robertson were the top three boys’ teams. Farmington, St. Mike’s and Robertson were the top girls’ squads.

    Emilio Garcia, the Cardinals’ No. 1 man, highlighted the weekend with a 6-1, 6-2 singles victory over Will Matthews of St. Mike’s.

  • ‘El Toro’ fights Friday

    Arturo “El Toro” Crespin faces one of his biggest tests to date this Friday, when he fights Janks Trotter as part of an eight-bout professional boxing card at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix.

    Trotter, 27, is the No. 4 Canadian boxer in his weight class and is 4-0 with four knockouts. His latest fight was a first-round KO of John Hoffman on Nov. 12 before a hometown crowd in Calgary, Alberta.

    Crespin is 6-1 with two KO wins. Most recently, he took an eight-round unanimous decision over Charles Alderete on Nov. 13 in Las Vegas.

  • Cards 3rd in Socorro tournament

    With wins over Española and Hatch Valley to follow an opening loss to Lordsburg, the Robertson baseball team collected a third-place finish over the weekend in the Socorro Wood Bat Invitational.

    Lordsburg, aided by a two-hour time limit, won 11-5 on Thursday.

    Robertson’s Dominic Yara belted a three-RBI double in the second inning.

    Miclo Allen was tagged with the loss.

    The Cardinals bounced back to bump Española 11-3 on Friday.