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Today's Sports

  • Cards third in Sandia tourney

    Enjoying the advantages of good depth and an improving offense, the Robertson boys’ basketball team punctuated its appearance in the Sandia Prep Invitational by beating Ruidoso 79-56 for third place in the eight-team bracket.

    The three-day tournament wrapped up Saturday in Albuquerque.

    In the third-place game, Robertson guard Larry Romero led four double-digit scorers by pumping in 16 points. Fabian Varela had 15, Justin Bustos added 14, and R.J. McNellis chipped in 10. Mike Martinez scored eight.

  • HU teams eye rebound at home

    New Mexico Highlands basketball teams hope a little holiday season home cooking will leave a pleasant taste in their mouths this weekend when league rival Colorado-Colorado Springs comes to town.

    The Cowboys (5-3) and Cowgirls (3-2) are looking to rebound from their first back-to-back losses of the season after being swept on the rugged Nebraska road trip last weekend in Kearney and Chadron.

  • Tourney-toughened

    Early-season tournaments can be grueling for the high school wrestler. But they help build skills — and conditioning — for the important tournaments, the ones that come after the regular season.

    “It’s pretty good to have these guys get that mat time now,” said West Las Vegas coach Robert Alarcon.

  • Cowgirls fend off Lion attack

    The New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls ran through the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions by a final score of 68-59 on Friday in the John A. Wilson Complex in front of a raucous home crowd.

    The Cowgirls played behind a great shooting performance by Jessica Armijo, who finished the night with 14 points.  

    NMHU (4-2, 12 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) takes on non-conference opponent Oklahoma Panhandle State University tonight at home. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

  • Lady Dons coast past Thoreau

    When she wasn’t dishing the ball to teammates for assists, Linda Esquibel was putting it in the basket herself Saturday evening, leading West Las Vegas to its fifth victory — all by 14 points or more — in as many games.

    This time the opponent was the visiting Thoreau Hawks, who fell by a 57-42 margin at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Esquibel opened the contest by passing to set up baskets by Miranda Martinez and Vanessa Lucero. It was only a matter of time before she got into the action herself.

    Oh, did she.

  • Boxing tourney this weekend in...

    Local boxing trainer Carlos Crespin says the state Silver Gloves tournament — which is expected to bring up to 100 fighters and their entourages to town this weekend — should be just the beginning.

    Crespin, whose Valencia Street gym will host the tourney, said he wants to bring more boxing to the Meadow City in the future.

    “It’s good for the city,” he said. “It’s good for the local economy. Everybody coming in stays in town and spends money at the local businesses.”

  • Cowgirls win CSM track meet

    And the winner is ... the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls!

    Highlands’ women surprised the field by capturing a team title in the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Extravaganza indoor track and field meet this past weekend in Golden, Colo.

    The Cowgirls outscored Adams State 108-105 to mark the first time in the program’s history that the team finished in front of the Grizzlies — a perennial national power — in a track competition.

  • NMHU wrestlers shut out in Nevada

    Like many a gambler in Sin City has learned (or not) over the years, betting against a stacked house rarely yields big dividends. The New Mexico Highlands wrestling team found that out in the weekend’s Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, a tournament loaded with many of the nation’s premier collegiate talent.

    Highlands managed no team points in the 42-team tournament over the weekend at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev.

  • Cards 3rd in Taos

    Clutch free-throw shooting helped Robertson’s boys’ basketball team secure a third-place finish in this past weekend’s Taos Tiger Invitational.

    The Cardinals held off tournament host Taos 69-63 in the “bronze medal game.”

    The Tigers had trimmed Robertson’s lead to 65-63 with 10 seconds to go before RHS as a team made four of five free throws in the closing seconds.

  • Rio duals prove tough

    Rio Rancho High’s Great Southwest Duals lived up to its growing reputation as one of the stoutest early-season events of the New Mexico high school wrestling season on Saturday.

    Robertson, a defending state champ in Class 1A-3A, won two of its seven duals amid a long day of mat action.

    “There were a lot of good teams, all of them tough,” said RHS coach Richard Martinez.