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Today's Sports

  • ‘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.

  • Las Vegas team ropers win big in...

    STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS —  A pair of Las Vegas-area ropers were big winners during the recent United States Team Roping Southwest Regional Championship Finals held Aug. 19-22 at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque.

    Kodi K Armitage and partner Chris Francis of Las Vegas combined to take the top prize in the No. 11 Preliminary Division, defeating 121 other teams in the team roping competition.

    The duo roped four steers in 33.59 seconds to earn a $5,748 paycheck from the $16,808 total purse along with custom Martin trophy saddles.

  • Weekend Roundup: Big debut for...

    Leroy Gonzalez couldn’t contain his grin.

    On the first play from scrimmage in Gonzalez’s debut as Robertson’s head football coach, Dalan Abreu picked off a Portales pass.

    That a huge defensive play would immediately christen the first game of fall 2010 (and of the new coach’s tenure) was highly appropriate, given that Gonzalez’s history with the team has been most notable for a distinguished run as its defensive coordinator.

  • Highlands women's soccer...

    Growth has been the operative word in describing the recent path of New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer program.

    Growth in fan interest? Uh huh. Crowds have been increasingly robust at Perkins Stadium in support of the Cowgirls, particularly in comparison with the friends-and-family-only turnout of the program’s early years.

    Growth in a chronological sense? It’s been a decade and a half since Highlands added the sport, making Cowgirl soccer a teenager.

  • Runners fare well in Raton

    “North to Alaska! Go north; the rush is on.”

    — Johnny Horton

    Four Las Vegas-area runners did pretty well when they headed north to Raton recently. Three locals will take the show a bit farther north — up to the land country music legend Johnny Horton once crooned about — in the days ahead.

    Joseph Montaño, Leroy Chavez, Tony Gallegos and Howard Dunbar all competed in Raton’s recent St  Patrick’s-St. Joseph Catholic Church Fiesta run.