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Today's Sports

  • Little League opens

    Hundreds of locals packed the Keyes Park complex on Sunday for the opening ceremony of Las Vegas Little League’s 2010 season.

    Among them was Julian Rains, who was honored by the LVLL board for several decades of involvement in youth baseball.

    “It takes a lot to be involved in Little League for 30 years,” said John Charles O’Neil, LVLL’s new president. “And Coach Rains is one of the few and far between.”

    Several dozen current and former players gathered around Rains as the league formally recognized him and his family.

  • Birds show fight, sweep Braves

    Antonio Arguello turned a crisp double play to help crush a Santa Fe Indian School rally in the fifth inning Saturday afternoon, and the Robertson Cardinals polished off a doubleheader sweep of the Braves.

    In so doing, the Cardinals (10-9, 3-6) showed signs of life in the District 2-3A race and more importantly they strengthened their resume for the upcoming state tournament.

  • Rider softball spanks Lamar

    Quietly, the Luna Community College softball program has been building momentum throughout a spring season where the spotlight — for better or worse — has focused on other teams.

    This past week, it was the softball Rough Riders’ turn to roar. The team swept visiting Lamar College in a four-game series at Rodriguez Park, a first for a program in only its second season of existence.

  • Cowboys pass 30 wins

    New Mexico Highlands University’s baseball team may be new to the top of the Central Region, but the Cowboys are no stranger to the 30-win mark, where Steve Jones has guided them with consistency over the course of his 14 years at the school.

    On Friday at Colorado Christian, the Cowboys bullied their hosts 22-6, earning their 30th win in 36 games. And they hit another milestone, too — their 20th win in 23 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games to date.

  • WLV cheer squad 4th in state

    West Las Vegas’ cheerleaders captured fourth place in the co-ed cheer category over the weekend at the State Spirit Championships, hosted by the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    With 361 team points in the Class 3A cheer category, the squad edged St. Michael’s for third and finished behind Hope Christian (502), Bloomfield (471.5) and Raton (403.5). Robertson was eighth with 349 points.

  • Mora's Chavez, Romero shine

    Mora’s Henrique Chavez won the 1,600-meter run and the Rangerette track team managed an 11th place team finish this past weekend in the Fort Sumner Qualifier.

    Chavez won the 1,600 with a time of 4:55.52; more than nine seconds separated him and his closest competitor.

    Chavez ran a 2:04.87 in the 800, placing second to Fort Sumner’s Skylar McMath (2:04.32). He ran third in the 400 (53.42).

  • Turner excels in elite meet

    Pecos’ Yeshemabet Turner added to her long list of athletic accolades on Monday, cracking the top three in the elite Marilyn Sepulveda Classic.

    The meet is an annual, invitation-only affair reserved for the top high school track and field competitors across the state, regardless of school size. Much like the Joe Vivian Classic in wrestling, it combines many of the state’s top athletes for a “best of the best” competition. Great Friends of UNM Track — also site of the state finals — hosts the meet.

  • Vatos' home finale Saturday

    Fans will be treated to a full afternoon of rugby Saturday as the NMHU Vatos (6-4) conclude their home schedule at Perkins Stadium.

    The rugby begins at 2:30 with three youth games with six teams from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Española. Beginning at 4:30 the Vatos play round robin games with Clovis/Cannon AFB and national finalist Albuquerque. A social dinner will conclude the activities. Everyone is invited.

  • Cowboys riding high in region

    For the first time, New Mexico Highlands University’s baseball team is No. 1 in the NCAA Division II Central Region.

    The NCAA’s assistant coordinator for championships, Kerstin Hunter, made it official Wednesday with the release of the rankings.

    Highlands is 29-6 overall, with a 26-6 record within the Central Region. The Cowboys also are 19-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and play at league opponent Colorado Christian this Friday and Saturday in Lakewood, Colo.

  • Las Vegas sluggers look for...

    With the state tournaments less than a month away, Las Vegas’ high school baseball teams are looking to cure what ails them in time to make a run.

    Robertson baseball, once ranked third in Class 3A, is trying to get back on track. Coach Shannon Aragon said playing well throughout a game is key.  

    “It has been frustrating because the team has so much potential and we are underachieving,” he said.  “We have been committing too many errors, and the players need to continue battling until the game is over.”