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Today's Sports

  • Lady Cards get it done at Raton

    Karlee Bradley led all scorers with 20 points and Kassandra Tapia turned out another double-double Monday night for Robertson in a 55-41 win at Raton.

    Bradley, who’d fouled out of the Lady Cardinals’ shorthanded loss at Santa Fe Indian School on Saturday,, provided offense to spare on Monday. Tapia recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds, Daniella Montoya had 16 points and Miranda Garcia grabbed eight boards for Robertson.

  • Locals shine in Cardinal Classic

    Highlights from this past weekend’s Cardinal Wrestling Classic, hosted by Robertson at Mike Marr Gym:

    Team scores

    Robertson, 337 points

    Aztec, 301.5

    Hobbs, 257.5

    Belen, 229

    Roswell, 195

    Los Lunas, 190.5

    Española valley, 183

    Goddard, 165

    Moriarty, 146.5

    Bernalillo, 145

    West Las Vegas, 142.5

    Santa Fe, 118.5

    Taos, 115

    Robertson JV, 108

    Albuquerque Academy, 106

    Capital, 86

    Los Alamos, 79

    Pecos, 68

    Aztec JV, 52

  • Cardinals champs of their own...

    No, the Robertson Cardinals still don’t enjoy 100 percent health, and recent forfeits in up to four or five weight classes have limited their point-scoring potential.

    But the wrestlers these Redbirds do have available showed some of what they are capable of Friday and Saturday at Mike Marr Gym. With eight varsity men making the medal round — first through fourth place matches — Robertson clinched the team championship of its own Cardinal Classic.

  • 'Pokes rock the Hawks

    Battling to get back in the chase for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division title, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys came through with a 95-93 victory Saturday night over Fort Lewis College.

    The host Skyhawks (15-4 overall, 9-2 RMAC) entered the game as the sixth-ranked team in the region. Before Saturday, their only conference loss had come Dec. 4 at nationally ranked Metro State.

    Highlands snapped FLC’s seven-game winning streak while pumping its own record up to 12-7 overall and 6-5 in the RMAC.

  • Bustos' Grizzlies beat...

    In a head-to-head meeting of former Las Vegas high school basketball stars now plying their trade on the college hardwood, this one was a statistical toss-up.

    Jessica Armijo, Robertson High alumnus now with New Mexico Highlands, was 5 for 12 from the floor for 13 points to go with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Vera Jo Bustos, West Las Vegas alumnus now with Adams State College, was 4 of 11 for 13 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks, one steal and nine turnovers in 35 minutes.

  • No bull: 'El Toro'...

    Friday night, Arturo "El Toro" Crespin got even.

    The Las Vegas junior middleweight avenged his only professional defeat with a four-round decision against Albuquerque’s Carlos "El Gallo" Sanchez. The bout was part of the undercard for Friday’s ShoBox event at Tingley Coliseum. Onetime Las Vegan Gary Shaw promoted the card.

    Sanchez had beaten Crespin in the WLV graduate’s third pro fight in June 2009. In a recent interview with the Optic, the 19-year-old Crespin said he was looking for “redemption” in the rematch.

  • West girls zip past St. Mike...

    West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team had the most memorable game — and the lone victory — in a challenging weekend for the Meadow City’s four varsity high school basketball squads.

    The Lady Dons, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, squeaked out a 38-34 win over St. Michael’s at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe on Saturday night, keeping their hold on first place in District 2-3A.

  • RHS wrestlers inch closer to form

    As big, economy-stimulating local sporting events go, the revered Stu Clark Tournament has nothing on the Cardinal Wrestling Classic.

    The Classic, which has carved out a traditional mid-winter spot on the Meadow City’s sports calendar, brings a couple dozen teams to town for mat action Friday and Saturday at Mike Marr Gym.

    The host Cardinals are looking to pick up a little momentum after last weekend’s strong showing. The team took first place in the Belen Duals and second in Albuquerque Manzano’s tournament.

  • Local boxers in ring Friday at...

    A trio of boxers with local ties will be in the ring Friday night at Albuquerque’s Tingley Coliseum, site of a ShoBox card being staged by Gary Shaw Promotions.

    Michael Coca-Gallegos, an area native now living in Albuquerque, will be seeking his first professional victory after losing his first two fights. Coca-Gallegos is looking to upset fellow up-and-comer Vincent “Lil Man” Mirabal (4-0, 1 KO).

  • Dons battle but fall at Pojoaque

    In its 62-46 defeat of visiting West Las Vegas on Wednesday night at Ben Lujan Gymnasium, Pojoaque pumped its district record against Las Vegas teams to 2-0.

    But the outcome was far from certain early in the fourth quarter.

    Tomas Benavidez had just driven to the hoop and scored off a pass from Ambrosio Castellano to bring the Dons within 43-40, and West looked to have a little momentum on its side. Ryan Montoya answered for the Elks, but a bucket by T.J. Esquibel made it 46-42.