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Today's Sports

  • Friday Night Frankie

    Frankie Archuleta’s long-awaited return to the boxing ring is on again — with a nationwide audience this weekend.

    Archuleta (27-7, 14 wins by knockout) is scheduled to fight Juan Carlos Bursos (25-1, 18 KOs) as part of a “Friday Night Fights” telecast set for 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN2. The card originates from the Million Dollar Elm Casino’s Osage Event Center in Tulsa, Okla.

  • La Plaza Little League meeting...

    It’s almost “play ball!” time for the Meadow City’s hundreds of Little Leaguers and their fans.

    La Plaza Little League is holding an organizational meeting for coaches this weekend.

    La Plaza coaches are being asked to gather at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at West Las Vegas Middle School.

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    On the other side of town, early registration for Las Vegas Little League players in baseball, softball and tee-ball recently came to a close (Feb. 20).

  • No. 7 Buffs sweep Cowgirls

    Seventh ranked national power West Texas A&M proved too tough for New Mexico Highlands softball this past week, sweeping the Cowgirls’ home doubleheader 3-0 and 11-2 in five innings.

    The two non-conference losses drop NMHU to 3-6.

    Highlands mustered just three hits in game one — by Roxanne Avalos, Shelby Hoffman and Alysha Alvarez.

    Melissa Martinez (2-4) was tagged with the loss despite holding the Lady Buffs to three runs on four hits, striking out 10.

  • District hoops tourneys this week

    The Mora Rangers have played themselves into a week off from basketball.

    Riding the 8-0 unbeaten streak in the District 2-2A schedule, second-year head coach Hank Laumbach and company coasted to a No. 1 seed in this week’s district tournament. The Rangers (24-2 and ranked third in the state), who got 30 points from Tim Romero and 17 from Tyler Martinez in the regular-season finale vs. Peñasco, will host the final on Saturday night at Montoya Gym.

    Meanwhile, Robertson boys and girls also await whoever emerges from the fray this week.

  • Strong start
  • Commentary: Bobby the Bullet a...

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a series of articles written on old-school athletics by Luna Community College sports performance instructor Henry Sanchez.

    Bobby Santiago, known as “The Bullet” during his glorious football career, must be regarded as one of the best running backs the state of New Mexico has ever produced.

  • Transfer rule changes March 1

    The days of a Dons athlete suddenly becoming a Cardinal or vice versa are about to become a thing of the past.

    Thanks to a new New Mexico Activities Association rule, student-athletes who transfer from one school district to another will now have to sit out 180 school days before participating in varsity athletic programs at the new school.

    The rule change goes into effect Tuesday, March 1.

  • Martinez is five-time champ

    The short version of this past weekend’s state wrestling tournament in Rio Rancho: Daniel Martinez captured title No. 5; Robertson fell just a win short of a team championship; the Cardinals won two individual titles (Martinez’s 160-pound medal and eighth-grader Rico Montoya’s at 103); and West Las Vegas earned one (heavyweight Brandon Chavez’s in the very last match of the tourney).

  • HU men foil Metro State

    Momcilo Latinovic and Thomas Manzano scored 15 points apiece and Pojoaque’s Ryan Gonzales had 11 for New Mexico Highlands in a key 74-67 win at Metro State win Saturday night in Denver.

    Highlands is third among the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s men’s basketball teams going into the final weekend of the regular season.

  • RHS teams clinch top seeds

    The path to both District 2-3A basketball championships will go through Mike Marr Gymnasium.

    Robertson’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams ensured that this past week, clinching both regular-season district titles and No. 1 seeds in the 2-3A tournaments to be held this week.

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    The first Cardinals-Dons game (played Tuesday at Gillie Lopez Gym) may have been spellbinding, but the sequel was considerably less so.