Today's Sports

  • Commentary: Roybal exemplified ‘...

    By Henry Sanchez

    Growing up most  athletes have their heroes or role models. My role model and hero was Toby Roybal from Santa Fe. Toby Roybal died from lymphatic cancer on July 11, 1962, at the young age of 30.

    Let me tell you a few things about my role model. Toby’s father Celestino died when Toby was 13, leaving his wife Ruth and seven children on earth. This made Toby — as his brother Lenny recalls — the father of the family.

  • Card to show off local fighters

    Opponents can switch with little warning in the mercurial universe of pro boxing. So it comes as little surprise, then, that Arturo Crespin’s main event matchup Saturday will have him facing Patrick Thompson instead of the originally scheduled Oscar Castillo.

    But fight fans should consider this change — assuming it holds, of course — a positive.

  • Cowgirls get nationals bid!

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s soccer team will play on after earning its first-ever NCAA Division II tournament selection.

    Highlands (12-6-2 overall, 10-3-2 in league play) will play Regis (14-4-1) in a rematch of their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference semifinal. The match will take place at noon Friday in Winona, Minn.
    The NCAA announced the 48-team field Monday night.

  • Varela leads Pecos; Mora runners...

    Mora’s cross country teams were one of the pleasant surprises of this past weekend’s state championships.

    Pecos’ Antonio Varela, on the other hand, didn’t surprise too many people.

    Varela, a juniorstandout for the Panthers all season, jammed to a time of 16:05, which not only won him his second consecutive individual title among Class 1A-2A boys, it also was the fastest of any classification.

    The meet was held along with those for all classes on Saturday in Rio Rancho.

  • YAFL 49ers strike silver
  • Vegas Bowl champs


    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic


    Slowed only by penalties, the Robertson football team cruised to a 53-0 victory in Friday’s Vegas Bowl, the regular-season finale for both RHS and West Las Vegas.


    The win gives Robertson head coach Leroy Gonzalez a District 2-3A title his first year in charge. But he signaled that his team is just getting started.


  • Cardinals earn No. 4 seed

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic


    Robertson football team members learned their playoff fate Saturday evening, and it was much as coach Leroy Gonzalez expected. 


    The Cardinals (8-2) were awarded the No. 4 seed behind Lovington, Silver and Albuquerque Academy. Those four teams will have a bye through this coming weekend’s first round of the 12-team Class 3A bracket.


  • District champs!


    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic


    West Las Vegas swept the regular-season volleyball series with Robertson, but the Lady Cardinals contented themselves with sweeping the Lady Dons in Saturday night’s District 2-3A tournament final.


    The Lady Cards finally got over the hump against their crosstown rivals, scoring a 25-13, 25-20, 25-15 win.


  • Regis ends Cowgirls’ RMAC run


    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic


    New Mexico Highlands’ run at a league title in women’s soccer came to a halt Friday afternoon in Durango, Colo., courtesy of the Regis Rangers, the 23rd ranked team in NCAA Division II.


    Now the Cowgirls hope their resumé is impressive enough to make the cut for NCAA II regionals. The field will be announced Monday evening.


  • Boxing to be main event Saturday


    Las Vegas Optic


    Four Meadow City fighters will make their return to the ring Saturday night as part of “Boxeo en Las Vegas II,” the sophomore effort from Crespin’s Promotions.


    Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and first bell rings at 6:30 for the nine-bout professional boxing card, to be held at Gillie Lopez Gym. Tickets are available at Premier Signs & Graphics, Sena’s Music, Xtreme Nutrition, House of Pain Tattoos and from promoter Carlos Crespin (429-4068).