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Today's Sports

  • State track field expands with...

    The following local athletes have qualified for state in track and field to date this season. Class 3A state championships will be held May 7-8 at the University of New Mexico track in Albuquerque.

    The small-school state meet is May 5-6, also at UNM.

    Class 3A qualifiers include:

    • Estevan Vigil, Robertson, in the boys’ 100-meter dash (10.19 seconds, fastest time to date among 3A boys); 200 (22.43); 400 (51.76); long jump (a state-leading 21-7); and javelin (158-2, longest to date);

  • RHS sweeps own meet

    Dual first-place finishes for the second time in as many weeks were the reward for the performance of Robertson boys’ and girls’ track teams in Friday’s Meadow City Invitational at Cardinal Stadium.

    Estevan Vigil highlighted the day, posting his fastest time of the year in the boys’ 100-meter dash with a 10.19. That is also the fastest sprint among Class 3A boys this season.

  • Cards, Elks split

    Nicholas Aragon and Girard Maestas jacked two home runs apiece and Antonio Arguello went yard once to help the Robertson baseball team take a split with Pojoaque Valley on Saturday at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field.

    RHS (11-11 overall) had hoped to climb to second place in District 2-3A, but with West Las Vegas’ sweep of Santa Fe Indian (via forfeits), the Dons look to lock up second.

  • Vegas boxers thrill home crowd

    Amanda Crespin scored her first professional victory much the way she might have wanted it — in front of a hometown crowd at the old gym she used to frequent.

    Crespin (1-2-1) endured a final-round barrage from opponent Linda Custodio to win a unanimous decision Saturday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Generally, it was a good night for the locals whose pugilistic skills were showcased in Carlos Crespin’s first card as a pro boxing promoter.

  • Lady Dons get offensive

    Hitting .500 in both games, West Las Vegas swept Santa Fe Indian in district softball by scores of 11-8 and 10-8 on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, Robertson lost twice to Pojoaque, 6-3 and 5-2.

    “We are playing better every week,” said West coach Lucas Griego, noting his team hit 18 of 36 in game one and 17 of 34 in game two.

    Larrissa Gallegos opened the scoring for West with a two-run double that plated Kris Padilla and Angelica Salazar. Mariquita Zamora drove in Gallegos, and Francine Solano did the same for Zamora.

  • Highlands wins conference

    Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champs.

    New Mexico Highlands University claimed that distinction over the weekend in perhaps the sweetest way possible — with a decisive road win over nemesis Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Cowboys (33-8 overall and 23-5 in RMAC play) beat the host Mavericks 15-8 on Friday for the clincher.

    As a result, the team will be the top seed in the RMAC tournament coming up May 5-8 in Kearney, Neb.

  • West gets it done

    How the West has won.

    West Las Vegas topped Robertson in baseball and softball games on Tuesday, taking the former by a 7-5 count and the latter in a 9-4 verdict.

    The Dons’ win gives them a three-game series sweep of their crosstown rivals and puts them in striking distance of second place in District 2-3A.

    Manny Blea chalked up three hits in four at-bats for West, but he got plenty of help through the lineup, as eight Dons had at least one hit each.

  • Highlands athletes recognized...

    A number of New Mexico Highlands University student athletes in the school’s winter and spring sports are among the league honorees for academic performance this year.

  • Brown honored by RMAC

    While the New Mexico Highlands baseball team has continued its ascent in the national rankings, the Cowboys have also racked up individual accolades. Danny Brown, the Cowboys’ dual threat in pitching and hitting,  this past week became the latest honoree, securing the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week award.

    It is the fourth such award for a Highlands player this season.

  • Luna fires baseball coach

    It’s been a rough ride indeed this season for the Luna Community College baseball program, but for embattled head coach Peter Ortiz, the ride is over.

    Luna officials on Wednesday afternoon announced Ortiz has been fired effective immediately, with assistant coach Antonio Siqueiros taking over for the remainder of the season.

    LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos said the college will not comment on the reasons for Ortiz’s termination because it is a personnel matter. And Ortiz has not responded to the Optic’s requests for an interview.