Today's Sports

  • Gents’ defense stingy in Vegas...

    A couple of long West Las Vegas runs set up by crisp blocking made the difference in a strong defensive show for both sides in Vegas Bowl Jr. this past Thursday at Perkins Stadium.

    The Gents won 16-2, snapping not only Memorial Middle School’s string of successes in the annual game but also a 19-game win streak for the Cardinals under coach Phil Leger and his staff.

    While both the Gents and Cardinals have produced some high-scoring wins this season, on Thursday it was their respective defenses that stood their ground.

  • Dead giveaway

    Take away the Cowboys’ turnovers and the resultant points surrendered to Nebraska-Kearney, and Saturday’s football game was a veritable toss-up.

    Alas, those mistakes did indeed count against New Mexico Highlands in a painful 38-14 defeat against the No. 13 ranked team in NCAA Division II.

    All told, the Cowboys (4-4, 2-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) coughed the ball up six times — three interceptions and three lost fumbles — for the second straight week.

  • Cardinal offense clicks at Raton

    Robertson’s football team welcomed head coach Leroy Gonzalez back to regular sideline duty with a resounding 35-6 romp over Raton in Friday’s District 2-3A opener.

    “I think we came out and executed right away,” said Gonzalez. “It wasn’t like that for the first seven games ... But it’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.”

  • Dons’ struggles continue in Taos

    West Las Vegas’ football roster was healthier Friday than it had been in weeks.

    Trouble is, the prolific Taos offense was beyond healthy.

    The host Tigers parlayed a quick 20-0 lead into a 64-20 blowout by night’s end, evening their own District 2-3A record at 1-1 while spoiling the Dons’ district opener.

    West coach Mike Ulibarri had quarterback George Martinez and two-way playmakers Jordan Lopez and Nathan Vigil all back from injuries, their recoveries aided by a well-timed bye-week break.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 24...

    • NMHU women vs. University of the Southwest, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • NMHU vs. Grand Canyon, 2 p.m., NMHU at Western New Mexico, 6 p.m., Silver City
    • Pecos vs. Peñasco, 5:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym

    No varsity events scheduled

  • FYI - Sports - Oct. 24, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for co-ed grades K-2 and girls’ grades 3-7 runs through Nov. 7 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. For boys’ grades 3-7, sign-up is Dec. 12 through Jan. 6. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.


  • Gridders to open district slate

    Las Vegas Optic

    After taking last week off to regroup and get healthy (in truth, a rare shared bye week), Robertson and West Las Vegas football teams kick off the District 2-3A portion of the schedule.

    Both teams have endured a tough schedule to date, but the district race provides opportunity to start fresh; at least the champion and possibly the runner-up will receive a state playoff berth.

  • RHS sails past Moreno

    Caitlin Diefendorf burned Moreno Valley with three goals and two assists as Robertson won 10-0 on Wednesday in Angel Fire.

    “We scored five off 10 shots in the second half,” noted RHS head coach Ray Parks. “Everyone got playing time and starters got some well-needed rest.”
    Robertson’s “Beastie Girls” are 13-5 overall and 6-1 in district.

    Lexus Jaramillo opened the onslaught, taking a Diefendorf assist to score in the third minute.

  • NMHU spikers sweep Mustangs

    The Highlands Cowgirl volleyball team earned its ninth win of the season in a 25-9, 25-22, 25-9 win over the Mustangs of the University of the Southwest on Wednesday at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowgirls handed the Mustangs their 19th loss of the season in a mere 65 minutes. Highlands had 38 kills and hit .370, hitting over .400 in the first and third sets (.444 and .550).

    Junior Ashley Nugent led Highlands with nine kills and two blocks; sophomore Sheila Olaechea notched 16 digs and two aces.

  • YABL sign-ups starting

    Las Vegas Optic

    The City of Las Vegas announces its Young American Basketball League registration periods and a YABL volunteer coaches meeting on the upcoming calendar.

    • For girls’ YABL  (third and fourth grade division and fifth through seventh division), as well as the co-ed kindergarten through second grade division, the registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 7.
    Entry fee is $40.

    A mandatory player evaluation session will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.