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Today's Sports

  • Dons double up Espanola

    Lorenzo Morales and Jayvis Medrano combined for more than 300 rushing yards and four touchdowns Friday night, keying West Las Vegas’ 40-20 triumph at Española Valley.

    It was the Dons’ first win of the football season, their second under head coach Mike Ulibarri.

    With the West offensive line holding tough all night, quarterback George Martinez counted on Morales and Medrano to charge up the middle of the field against the Class 4A Sundevils.

  • Cowboy runners picked fifth

    New Mexico Highlands University’s men’s cross country team remains a regional contender of note, thanks in part to the return of All-American Nicaise Kazingo.

    A coaches’ poll tabbed the Cowboys to finish fifth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, which has 11 men’s cross country schools. It’s a respectable prediction, given that the RMAC is usually the toughest league in the nation for distance running.

  • Cards, Dons on road

    Defending Class 3A state champion Lovington scored 49 points in a loss to mighty 4A Artesia last week to kick off the prep football season. Robertson put up 41 in its win over Portales.

    While it’s unlikely the Wildcats and visiting Cardinals will combine for 90 again this week head to head on the blue carpet in Cat country, who knows?

    The teams, who have become regular parts of each other’s schedules since meeting for the state title a few years back, play at 7 p.m. Friday in Lovington.

  • Sorenson, Hazelrigg are club...

    Al Sorenson picked up lucky No. 7. And Elaine Hazelrigg won in a photo finish.

    Sorenson and Hazelrigg captured the individual men’s and women’s club championships on Aug. 22 at Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    “The ladies’ race was very close with Denise Franken and Lou Fox offering a big challenge to Elaine,” wrote Pendaries golf pro Larry Webb. “This was Al’s seventh out of the last nine club championships. That is an unprecedented accomplishment.”

  • ‘Pokes open Thursday

    Looking to break through in the win column this fall — and erase the taste of 2009’s 1-10 campaign — the New Mexico Highlands University football team kicks off its season at 7 p.m. Thursday when Midwestern State comes to Perkins Stadium.

    In last year’s season opener, Midwestern State toppled Highlands 41-0 in a non-conference game and wound up capturing the Lone Star Conference’s South Division title.

  • Good start for RHS, WLV runners

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Meadow City’s usual suspects were near the front of the pack this past Saturday in the Española cross country invitational.

    Robertson’s Kaitlyn Hutchinson and Brian Maestas came away with dual third-place medals to lead their respective squads in the girls’ and boys’ races. Meanwhile, West Las Vegas’ Jordan Lopez was eighth and Amanda Ortzow 13th to pace the harriers in green and gold.

  • Lady Cards getting chances

    The stingy defense and effective ball control that Robertson girls’ soccer coach Ray Parks wants to see from his club has been in full effect thus far this season.

    As for the improved offense and goal totals?

    “It’s getting there.”

    The Lady Cardinals, also known by their moniker “Beastie Girls,” lost Saturday’s season opener at Portales 3-0, then cruised to a 3-0 win Monday over visiting Monte del Sol.

    Playing in its fourth game, Portales outshot Robertson 13-8, mostly in the first half.

  • Women's golf tourney an ace

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    A picture perfect day, a golf course in pristine condition and a lot of hard work by the Tournament committee contributed to a wonderful Play Day Tournament Aug. 25 at the Gene Torres Highlands Course.

    Twenty women from Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Pendaries competed for prizes which were awarded at a luncheon following the 18-hole scramble tournament.

    Martha Spencer won “closest to the hole” and Las Vegas’ own Dodie Torres won “longest drive.” 

  • What a hoot!

    Regular-season champs in Las Vegas’ women’s softball league, the AVRH Scrubs were the early bird.

    But the Night Owl-Bud Light flew away with the big trophy on Tuesday night.

    Night Owl’s team upset the Scrubs in the city league tournament semifinals earlier in the week, then held off Bases Loaded in the championship game 8-7.

    Ellie Baca-Alarcon, Night Owl’s second baseman, seemingly could do no wrong defensively, with her glove responsible for stuffing many a Bases Loaded rally on a cool August evening at Rodriguez Softball Complex.

  • Prep football teams kick off

    Get ready for some football.

    Las Vegas’ two prep gridiron teams are starting off this campaign against some tough competition.

    Robertson and guest Portales will kick off the 2010 season at 7 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Stadium.

    It’ll be the official launch of the Leroy Gonzalez era at RHS, although an argument could be made that that era began long ago. While Friday night marks Gonzalez’s debut as head coach, the Cardinals’ longtime defensive coordinator has already enjoyed ample success with the program.