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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • City league softball at end

    Through the beginning of the week, it was all chalk in the City of Las Vegas’ women’s softball tournament.

    Top seed AVRH Scrubs and No. 2 Night Owl-Bud Light had both won their early games to reach a semifinal showdown with one another.

    Victory Home Health opened the tourney on Aug. 18 with a 6-0 shutout of the Rowdy Rascals. The same evening, Night Owl squeaked past Bases Loaded 12-11.

    On the following night, Bases Loaded eliminated the Rascals 6-0, saddling the Rowdy ones with a fifth-place finish for the tournament.

  • Cards young but prolific on...

    If they can recover from the loss of the entire starting defensive backfield, the Robertson Cardinals look to make a good run at the state boys’ soccer tournament come November.

    The Cardinals’ offense certainly looks strong. Forward Henry Robertson, the second-leading scorer in the state in 2009, is back. So is another major scoring threat, Keen Martinez.

  • RHS girls look for big finishers

    “I think we might turn the corner this season with our ability to score,” said Robertson girls’ soccer coach Ray Parks.

    In recent campaigns, following through and finishing on scoring chances has been an Achilles’ heel for the Lady Cardinals, but Parks is optimistic that change is coming.

  • Hackermania runs wild!

    Boasting a lineup that many a college or semipro coach would envy, the Benavidez Construction Hackers men’s softball team on Tuesday completed a nearly perfect season with a Las Vegas city league championship.

    But DB’s Milkmen, the league runner-up, ensured the finish wouldn’t be a simple coronation ceremony.

    Riding an inspired postseason surge, the Milkmen handed the Hackers only their second loss of the season — and first in the double-elimination tournament — in Tuesday’s first title game, an 18-15 thriller.

  • Pendaries Pro-Am golf Aug. 30

    For the sixth year, the Pendaries Pro-Am Golf Tournament will be raising more than divots on the scenic Rociada course.

    The Pro-Am, which begins 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, will also be raising money for area charities, primarily the Ilfeld Foundation and its effort to help pay health care costs for those who cannot afford them.

  • Poll rates Cards 9th

    The Robertson Cardinals will remain a contender, though they won’t be a favorite, in Class 3A football this fall, according to a preseason poll.

    The poll, presented by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association and published online via the New Mexico Overtime Sports Center Web site, ranks Robertson ninth in the classification.

    Lovington, which beat fellow southern New Mexico gridiron power Socorro in the 2009 state championship game this past December, was tabbed as the No. 1 team in Class 3A.

  • Leagues crowning champs

    By this time next week, another summer of city league softball will be in the books.

    The City of Las Vegas Recreation Department’s women’s division tournament begins Wednesday evening at Rodriguez Park’s softball complex.

    (The schedule has been tweaked from the one originally posted. More on that in a moment.)