Today's Sports

  • Grant: RMAC athlete of month

    For the first time, a New Mexico Highlands University athlete has been honored by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as its Athlete of the Month.

    It’s appropriate that it’s the lone Highlands competitor to have won a national championship this year — Cowgirl track and field standout Jillisa Grant.

    Grant won national championships in the long jump and the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 9-10 in Mankato, Minn. She was one of just two multiple event winners in the meet.

  • Cowboys bury Orediggers

    The lead switched hands four times Saturday afternoon before New Mexico Highlands’ four-run surge in the bottom of the sixth claimed a hard-fought 11-9 triumph over visiting Colorado School of Mines.

    The back-and-forth nature of the game — the second in a three-game weekend series — served up drama that didn’t really reflect the Cowboys’ strength in winning the first three contests.

  • Isotopes open home slate

    Albuquerque (3-7) blinked first in the 13th inning of a four-hour, 21-minute Saturday night marathon against Omaha at Isotopes Park, falling 14-10 in just the second home game of the year.

    The visiting Storm Chasers pulled ahead with five runs in the top of the 13th to end a 9-9 stalemate that had stayed intact since a two-run ‘Topes rally in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.

  • Prep Roundup: District race...

    Throwing a wrench into the Robertson Cardinals’ strong start to the District 2-3A baseball schedule, the Taos Tigers earned a road split Saturday at a wind-swept Whorton Field.

    The host Cardinals (13-6) cruised to a 10-0 win in game one and led 4-1 in game two but allowed Taos to rally back for a 6-4 win.

    “The first game, we played sound baseball,” said Robertson head coach Tony Renon. “Antonio Arguello did an outstanding job on the mound, throwing a shutout.”

  • Cowgirls go halfers with Skyhawks

    Highlands (23-25) generated two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 6-2 win in Saturday’s series opener against visiting Fort Lewis.

    Erica Wieck hit an RBI double, and she and Brittany Potter each collected two hits in the Cowgirl victory over their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes.

    Jessica Brink (9-6) held the Skyhawks to six hits, three walks and two runs — both unearned — in a seven-inning performance that also included five strikeouts.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    • Robertson at Los Alamos Invite, 9 a.m., Los Alamos

    • Robertson at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, 3 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson at Hope Christian Invite, 8 a.m., Albuquerque
    • Robertson at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, 3 p.m., WLV field


  • FYI - Sports - April 16, 2012

    The City of Las Vegas Recreation Department is looking for people interested in serving as umpires for adult softball league games. Season starts May 7. Check with the Abe Montoya Recreation Center for more information.

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  • Free baseball!

    Luke Aragon’s blooper single scored fellow senior Girard Maestas from third base, breaking an extra-inning tie for a 10-9 Robertson victory over crosstown rival West Las Vegas on Tuesday evening at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field.

    It was the second time this spring that the Cardinals and Dons have met, and both games have been instant classics decided in the final at-bats.

    West came back from being down 7-3, pulling within 7-5 by the middle of the fifth inning.

  • All West in city softball...

    It took the West Las Vegas Lady Dons just three innings to win round one of their crosstown rivalry softball game with Robertson on Tuesday afternoon.

    That’s all it took for the Lady Don offense to rack up 16 runs in a 16-0 romp over a young Robertson squad still learning how to contain opposing hitters.

    Coming off a 12-4 triumph over Class 4A Capital, Robertson had some positive momentum coming in. But that was washed away with the rain that splashed across Las Vegas in time for Tuesday’s game — and the monsoon of Lady Don scoring.

  • Little Leagues to open season

    Both of the Meadow City’s Little League organizations are beginning their 2012 seasons over the next couple of weekends.

    Las Vegas Little League will host opening day activities on Saturday at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue. The action commences with a full day of baseball and softball games with first pitch at 9 a.m. continuing until around 7:30 p.m.

    The on-field activity will be interrupted at noon for the LVLL opening ceremonies featuring the league’s board of directors and introductory remarks.