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  • RHS athletes all-district in...

    Jalen Martinez’s frenetic energy on the pitch was a key ingredient as Robertson boys’ soccer team won District 1 a season ago and came close again this year.

    It also made him a Player of the Year in the district as he helped lead the Cardinals through a tough senior season categorized as a building year.

    “Great leadership,” commented longtime RHS head coach Clarence Montoya, who noted that Martinez had 23 goals and seven assists while serving as a co-captain of the squad.

  • Roethlisberger out indefinitely

    The Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH — Right arm tucked into a black sling, weary eyes betraying a decided lack of sleep, Ben Roethlisberger tried to stay positive after the worst — and by far the most harrowing — injury of his career.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback believes he can return this season despite spraining his right shoulder and suffering what he called a dislocated rib in Monday night’s overtime win against Kansas City.

  • DreamKillers 2nd in tourney

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas-based New Mexico DreamKillers started the new soccer tournament season with another medal finish, placing second at this past weekend’s Gaylord Shepard Soccer Tournament in the U7 Boys Division.

    The New Mexico Rush All-Star team Inferno made up of U7 players from all of Rush’s club teams beat the DreamKillers 4-2 on a frigid, windy day at the New Mexico Soccer Complex.

  • WLV’s Griego to join Grizzlies

    Looking to continue its pipeline of standout athletes from the Meadow City, Adams State University has successfully recruited West Las Vegas’ Gabrielle “Gabby” Griego to join the school’s softball program in 2013-14.

    Griego signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday morning at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Lobos rally from 16 down, win...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Tony Snell had 25 points, including a shot-clock-beating 3-pointer with a minute left that helped New Mexico complete an 86-81 comeback win over Davidson early Tuesday.

    De’Mon Brooks scored 22 points for the Wildcats (1-1), who led 50-36 early in the second half.

    The Lobos (1-0) got back into the game in part because of a dominating performance on the boards in the second half. After getting outrebounded in the first half, New Mexico held a 27-7 margin after the break.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 16...

    Friday
    Volleyball
    • Mora in Class 2A state tournament, TBA, Rio Rancho
    • West Las Vegas in Class 3A state tournament, TBA, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Iowa Wesleyan, 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    Cross country
    • NMHU’s Ismael Samano in NCAA Division II national championships, 9 a.m., Joplin, Mo.
    Football
    • Class 3A state playoffs: Robertson vs. Portales, 2 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    Volleyball

  • Cardinals to host Rams in opener

    Robertson is back in the Class 3A state football playoffs.

    The Cardinals on Sunday learned they will be the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Portales with a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

    Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 students and seniors; only cash will be accepted on site.

    The Cardinals, who went unbeaten in the District 2-3A portion of their schedule, are 6-4 overall coming off this past Friday’s 42-26 triumph over West Las Vegas in the annual Vegas Bowl.

  • Rangers run 4th in state XC meet

    Mora’s boys’ cross country team hit the accelerator at the right time.
    And the finish line paid off with the best individual and team results ever.

    The Rangers, who finished second to archrival Pecos in the District 2-2A meet one week earlier, defeated the Panthers — and all but three fellow Class 2A boys’ outfits — in the state championships this past Saturday in Rio Rancho.

  • West, Mora spikers headed to...

    Volleyball teams from West Las Vegas (15-8) and Mora (17-5) will join other state hopefuls on Thursday, when the state championship tournaments begin in Rio Rancho.

    Tourneys begin with pool play on Thursday morning; performance in pool play will determine bracket pairings, and bracket play will commence later in the day. Pool matches are two games each, played to 25.

  • Weekend Roundup - Chavez, C de...

    Alonzo Chavez made Mora sports history Saturday by capturing an individual state championship in boys’ cross country.

    Chavez, who helped the Rangers take fourth place in the Class 2A team standings, has also won two state titles in track and field as a distance runner.

    The state meet for all classifications was held Saturday at Rio Rancho High School.