Today's Sports

  • Cardinal grapplers get healthier

    Troy Estrada’s return from an injury came at a welcome time for the Robertson High wrestling team.

    Estrada racked up a 5-0 record over the weekend, boosting the Cardinals to a fourth-place finish in the Moriarty Duals.

    “Troy has been out with an injury, and we are really glad to have him back in the lineup,” said coach Richard Martinez.

  • Gonzalez to lead RHS football

    Speculation about the future of the Robertson High football program can come to a close.

    The school is promoting defensive coordinator Leroy Gonzalez to the head coaching position, sources close to the school’s athletic department have confirmed.

    Gonzalez succeeds Richard Martinez, who submitted his letter of resignation shortly before the holiday break.

  • Crespin siblings fight Jan. 29...

    Getting even.

    It’s part of what Arturo and Amanda Crespin hope to accomplish on Jan. 29 when they return to the ring for a professional boxing card at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque.

    Arturo is scheduled for a rematch with Carlos Sanchez, who dealt him his first professional defeat last year.

    Amanda is slated to take on Nohime Dennison, who spoiled her pro debut in a narrow decision this past August.

  • Rifilato returns

    The last man to lead the New Mexico Highlands football program to a league championship is returning to a sideline near you.

    NMHU late last week announced the hiring of Ed Rifilato — most recently the head coach at Fort Lewis — as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator.

    In 1999, his sole year as Highlands’ head coach, Rifilato led the Cowboys to a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title. He had been Carl Ferrill’s defensive coordinator at NMHU the three years prior to that.

  • Lady Dons vanquish Demonettes

    Linda Esquibel scored nine of her 17 points in the opening period Monday night, and she was one of nine Lady Dons to put points on the scoreboard in a 60-25 shellacking of host Santa Fe High.

    The No. 1 team in Class 3A girls’ basketball, West Las Vegas is 13-1 as it heads into Wednesday night’s home game with Peñasco, the last tuneup before the district schedule gets under way Jan. 20 with Santa Fe Indian School.

  • Cards' rally falls short at...

    Foul shooting played a role for better and for worse Saturday night as Robertson lost a 75-71 boys’ basketball nailbiter at Taos.

    The Cardinals, ranked fourth in the latest Class 3A boys’ poll, lost their first game in nearly a month at the hands of the 4A Tigers, who will join District 2-3A next season as part of a statewide reclassification.

  • WLV's Mares wins title

    West Las Vegas wrestler Conrad Mares captured the 152-pound championship over the weekend in the annual St. Michael’s Invitational held at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe.

    Mares’ work on the mat led the Dons to a sixth place team finish in the tournament.

    Rosendo “Ross” Valdez took fourth place at 125, and 215-pounder Manuel Silva reached the quarterfinals before withdrawing due to an ankle injury, noted WLV head coach Robert Alarcon.

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  • Mora rallies, but Lady Dons roll

    Monique Duran and her Mora Rangerette teammates put up a fight but it was for naught against Class 3A’s top-ranked team.

    West Las Vegas came out unscathed from its Tuesday night game against Mora, the No. 7 team in Class 2A, winning 54-43 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Former HU baseball standout now...

    LAKEWOOD, NJ — Former New Mexico Highlands University baseball standout Freddy Flores has been hired as head softball coach of Georgian Court University, the school announced this week.

    Georgian Court University Director of Athletics and Recreation Laura Liesman broke the news in a release issued Tuesday afternoon.

  • Cowboys nip Orediggers on road

    Roman Andrade made four of four foul shots and teammate Kelvin Franklin hit both of his free throws over the final 30 seconds Saturday night to seal New Mexico Highlands’ 76-73 road victory over Colorado School of Mines.

    NMHU improved to 8-5 overall and 2-3 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play while also snapping a two-game slide.

    Chris Dunn had tied the contest at 67-67, also via two free throws, with 2:13 left. A couple possessions later, Chop Tang knocked down a three-pointer.