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Today's Sports

  • Dons surprise Cards

    The error came for the West Las Vegas Dons baseball team, but this time they did not allow it to turn into several more. The team played focused, yet relaxed, and the Dons waited patiently for the payoff.

    The payoff?

    It came Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Robertson. The third-ranked Cardinals fell 7-5 and 7-4 at WLV Field.

    West is 4-9 overall but 3-1 in District 2-3A entering the week; Robertson is 8-5 and 1-2, respectively.

    Both teams were to play Pojoaque early this week.

  • Cowboys complete sweep of Mines

    The 10th ranked Highlands baseball team made it a clean sweep of Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, downing the Orediggers 12-9.

    NMHU is 25-6 and 15-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    David Bustillos and Jason Carr both went 4 for 5 to pace the Cowboy offense, helping reliever Tyler Shaddy (2-1) to a pitching win. The game was knotted at 9-9 midway through the eighth inning, but Carr hit a three-run homer — his 12th — to push Highlands forward.

  • RHS netters take own event

    Dual championship victories for the home teams were the order of the day Saturday in the Robertson Tennis Invitational.

    It’s the second tournament win in as many weekends for coach Juan Carlos Fulgenzi’s Cardinals, who also won in Carlsbad.

    The RHS Invite included teams from Belen, Portales, Raton and Sandia Prep as well as Robertson. West Las Vegas usually participates but is not fielding a team this year.

  • Cowboys bury Mines

    Jason Carr crushed a three-run homer to spark the Highlands Cowboys’ offense in the first inning of a four-game series against visiting Colorado School of Mines, and he and his team kept its recent streak of success rolling along.

    NMHU won Thursday’s opener 17-6, then swept CSM 10-2 and 4-3 on Friday at Brandt Park. The teams were to play a non-league tilt on Saturday after this issue went to press.

    Through Friday, Highlands is 24-6 overall and 14-3 in RMAC play, good for first place both in the RMAC Mountain Division and in the eight-team league as a whole.

  • Rattlers sweep Luna in softball

    The Rattlers of visiting Otero Junior College slithered off with two wins Thursday in a softball doubleheader at Luna Community College.

    Otero’s pitching and defense dictated matters in the opener, a 7-1 win.

    Both sides got the sticks going in a competitive, wind-swept game two.

  • Several locals qualify for state

    With a month to go before the New Mexico high school track and field championships, a number of area athletes have punched their tickets to the big meet.

    The small-school state meet is May 5-6, followed by the one for Class 3A through 5A on May 7-8, all at the University of New Mexico complex in Albuquerque.

    Class 3A qualifiers include:

    • Estevan Vigil, Robertson, in the boys’ 100-meter dash (11.02 seconds); 200 (22.6); 400 (51.76); long jump (20-3); and javelin (158-2, longest throw to date among 3A boys);

  • Vatos blaze past Montana

    With a convincing 34-10 win our the 30-year-old University of Montana rugby club on Monday night at Perkins Stadium, the NMHU Rugby Club Vatos improved their spring record to 3-2.

  • District baseball, softball...

    One step forward, two steps back, one step forward again.

    Robertson High’s baseball team jumped to a No. 3 ranking in Class 3A on Wednesday, one day after a solid win at Santa Fe Indian School to open the District 2-3A schedule.

    Beating SFIS 8-7 gave first-year skipper Shannon Aragon reason to exhale again. Robertson had been rated fourth in the state by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll before it stumbled in a doubleheader defeat (16-3, 16-5) at Bernalillo on Saturday.

  • RHS tennis hosting tournament

    As building (or rebuilding) projects go, Robertson tennis could do a lot worse than this.

    Both Juan Carlos Fulgenzi’s boys and Randy Garcia’s girls are long on youth and short on varsity experience. But both squads are coming off a good weekend that showed plenty of promise for the remaining six weeks of the season — and beyond. The Cardinal boys won the eight-team Carlsbad Invite and the Lady Cardinals took third after both took decisive wins at New Mexico Military.

  • Cowboys sweep Lopers on Day 2

    New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team bolstered its hold on first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference on Sunday with a doubleheader sweep of host Nebraska-Kearney.

    And longtime NMHU coach Steve Jones earned his 400th win, extending his own all-time Cowboy baseball career coaching record.