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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.