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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Unstoppa-bulls!
  • Cowboys sweep Lopers on Saturday

    J.P. Hollywood scored on a Clay Mohr single down the left field line, breaking a scoreless stalemate with a walk-off winner in the first of two wins Saturday by New Mexico Highlands against Nebraska-Kearney.

    Highlands also won the nightcap, 4-2, to take a 2-1 lead in the weekend Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball series at Brandt Park.

    The Lopers (9-5, 5-2 RMAC) had prevailed 14-4 on Friday, spoiling a three-run homer by Highlands’ Michael Garcia.
    Kyle Sayers, who pitched seven innings and limited the Lopers to five hits and three

  • No. 1 SFIS deals Lady Dons a...

    Before Tuesday night’s quarterfinal matchup with West Las Vegas, Cindy Roybal said she couldn’t see anyone beating her Santa Fe Indian School Lady Braves except themselves.

    Roybal’s prediction held true against the Lady Dons, as the No. 1 seed SFIS girls rolled their former district rivals 71-45 in the Class 3A girls’ state tournament at The Pit in Albuquerque.

  • Socorro comes back to beat...

    Prior to Wednesday, Robertson hadn’t lost a boys’ basketball game since Socorro stole a 49-48 nailbiter way back on Jan. 8 at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Warriors made sure the sequel — a Wednesday evening quarterfinal in the Class 3A boys’ state tournament — was every bit as painful for the boys in red and white, who finished 21-7.

    It was a bit of deja vu. Robertson controlled most of the game only to relinquish that control late, battle to regain the lead but ultimately taste defeat, 54-51.

  • Rattlers upset Mora Rangers;...

    A ferocious second-half rally wasn’t enough to rescue the Mora Rangers on Wednesday, and as a result, the seventh-seeded Tucumcari Rattlers made it to the Class 2A boys’ Final Four instead.

    Tucumcari dictated the tempo and helped clog the usually high-octane Mora offense.

    The Rattlers scored the game’s first eight points and led 12-1 after the first eight minutes.