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Today's Sports

  • Remembering a fallen Vato

    The Vatos rugby club will play in the 40th annual High Desert Classic Rugby tournament this Saturday and Sunday in Albuquerque at Bullhead Park. The Vatos have won the tournament five times but none recently.

    Notably, the Vatos will enter both a college and a men’s side. The men’s team will have more than 25 NMHU alumni players from across the country. They have dedicated the tournament to their late Vato teammate and friend, Mike Esquibel, who died last January in a train accident in Las Vegas.

  • Robertson golfers first in own...

    A pair of first-place finishes was the reward for a strong Robertson High effort in the Meadow City Golf Invitational held Monday at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Robertson’s girls shot “extremely well” in the words of coach Gene Gurule. The Lady Cardinals posted a state-qualifying team score of 377, also good for first place.  

    This gives the Lady Cardinals their final team-qualifying leg for state competition this coming spring.

  • East-West soccer, volleyball...

    Get ready, Meadow City sports fans.

    The East-West game is Thursday. Actually, make that TWO East-West games that day.

    While it’s true the fabled Vegas Bowl — the annual football clash between Robertson and West Las Vegas — won’t take place until Saturday, Nov. 7, Thursday will provide ample opportunity to choose red or green.

    First, Robertson’s boys’ soccer team plays host to West Las Vegas in the second of their two meetings this season. Kickoff is 4 p.m. at RHS Field.

  • RMAC teams rate among best in...

    Several of New Mexico Highlands University’s league rivals are rated among the elite teams in NCAA Division II.

    Six of the top 10 women’s soccer teams in the region hail from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. No. 1 Metro State (11-1) visits Highlands this Sunday afternoon. The others are No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, No. 4 Fort Lewis, No. 5 Regis, No. 7 Mesa State and No. 9 Colorado Christian.

  • Valley spikers go undefeated

    Thirteen middle school student-athletes from Sena, Bernal, Ribera, Gonzales Ranch, Curuco, Villanueva, San Jose and Ancon did what many thought was unthinkable this past volleyball season — going undefeated — winning 14 consecutive games for the Valley Middle School Roadrunners.

  • Ortzow, Hutchinson, Maestas...

    Amanda Ortzow’s 18th place individual finish was a highlight of Saturday’s Jaguar Invitational cross country meet hosted by Capital High School in Santa Fe.

    The West Las Vegas junior had a time of 21:32 in the girls’ varsity race.

    Kaitlin Hutchinson won the girls’ junior varsity race with a time of 22:22, pacing the Robertson Lady Cardinals to a fourth place team result. RHS teammate Heather Aragon joined her in the top 10 (10th, 23:54).

  • No. 13 unlucky for 'Pokes

    Defense kept New Mexico Highlands in the game for most of the first half, but the overwhelming strength of Nebraska-Kearney prevailed in a 52-3 rout Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    UNK, which jumped from 21st to 13th in the NCAA Division II national rankings this past week, is the No. 1 team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at 6-1 overall and 5-0 in league play.

    Highlands fell to 0-7, 0-5, and will try again for its first win Saturday when Colorado State-Pueblo comes to town.

  • RHS soccer teams pitch shutouts

    Rheanne Parks’ successful penalty kick nearly 62 minutes into the match lifted Robertson to a 1-0 triumph over Santa Fe Prep in girls’ soccer action on a cool Saturday afternoon at RHS field.

    And Lady Cardinal goalkeeper Maggie Duran made a whale of a save with 2:20 remaining in regulation, leaping vertically to stop a well-placed shot that arced just below the crossbar.

  • Top-rated Tigers stingy vs. Cards

    Ranked atop the Class 3A football polls much of this season, the Raton Tigers are getting used to being front-runners.

    They still had a bit of trouble from visiting Robertson on Friday night, as the Cardinals stayed within striking range until late in the game. A late touchdown for Raton made the final margin 26-8.

    Raton QB Dustin Walton was a force all game, and his 3-yard TD pass with 7:47 left in the second quarter put an end to a long scoring drought by both sides.

  • Elks look legit, top Dons

    So is that Pojoaque football team legit?

    After Friday, the West Las Vegas Dons might be inclined to say yes.

    The Elks ran their record to 6-1 with a 28-18 decision against the Dons at Perkins Stadium in the District 2-3A opener for both schools.

    It continues a brilliant start for Pojoaque, which had been an also-ran in the district’s football race for years.

    But it was a closer game than the final score indicated, and with 10 minutes left, the Dons trailed by a mere three points.