Today's Sports

  • Home at last

    Almost everyone present at the Herrera Complex for Friday night’s West Las Vegas-Tucumcari football game was mindful of the significance of the moment.

    Everyone, from members of the chain gang on the sidelines to the casual fan in the stands to the booming public address voice of James Esquibel, was chattering about the same thing — West playing its first-ever varsity football game under the lights at the facility.

    The Tucumcari Rattlers weren’t paying attention, however.

  • Class 2A champ Lions roar past...

    Defending Class 2A state champion Santa Rosa played an effective game of keep-away on Friday night, controlling the ball and time of possession in a 48-7 romp over visiting Robertson.

    The Lions, who again appear to be the team to beat in 2A, relied on much of the same successful formula that has produced wins and titles for a number of years.

    The Cardinals scored early and the contest was knotted up at 7-7 in the first quarter, but that didn’t last long.

  • ‘Beasties’ rock Monte

    For the second time in five days, Caitlin Diefendorf scored four goals, and Robertson had little trouble dispatching Monte del Sol 11-1 Saturday in Santa Fe.

    Morgan Diefendorf and Elena Martinez each added two goals and one assist. “Amber Yara had a spectacular day out on the flank with one goal and two assists from the midfield,” said RHS head coach Ian Williamson. “Katie Houdek also dominated both as a defender and as an attacker with one goal and two assists.”

  • Lady Dons sweep Prep

    West Las Vegas head volleyball coach Mary Bustos credited a total team effort with her squad’s straight-sets victory Saturday at Santa Fe Prep.

    The Lady Dons won 25-10, 25-19, 25-17, chasing the four-set win Thursday night at home against Santa Fe Indian.

    Deanna Bustos’ defense was sharp to the tune of 39 digs, and Gabby Griego — whose big serve packed a punch in the win over the Lady Braves on Thursday — added 12 for the Lady Dons.

  • Cards split with rivals

    A couple of gritty matches proved costly for Robertson boys’ soccer over the weekend, and head coach Clarence Montoya said he’s looking forward to the laborious schedule easing up a bit in the days ahead.

    “Some of the kids played six games this week, because some play both varsity and J.V.,” Montoya noted. “It won’t be as bad now the rest of September.”

  • Youth Soccer - Sept. 17, 2012

    The Optic plans to carry weekly schedules as well as photographs from Las Vegas Youth Soccer League matches through the end of the season, Oct. 28.

    Note that as with other scheduled games, these are subject to change.

  • Novel test ahead for 2-0 Cowboys

    Two commanding victories are in the books for the New Mexico Highlands football team this young season, spurring talk of the Cowboys across the community and — to a lesser degree — the league.

    Things will get more interesting on Saturday, as the team visits Southern Utah, an NCAA Division I school based in Cedar City, Utah.

    It’s not a trip the Cowboys are accustomed to making, for one thing.

  • Local standout now at LCC
  • More ‘Topes to Dodgers

    Albuquerque Isotopes

    With the Albuquerque Isotopes season concluded, the Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled infielder Elian Herrera and right-hander Stephen Fife to help with their push to a National League playoff berth.  

    Shortstop Dee Gordon, with the ‘Topes their last eight games and the playoffs on a rehab assignment, has also been activated.

  • Soccer teams strong at home

    Home-field advantage may have had less to do with the outcomes than simple on-field superiority as the Robertson varsity soccer teams overwhelmed visiting foes this week.

    On Tuesday, the Lady Cardinals pitched a 6-0 shutout of Class 4A Belen, getting another four-goal performance from smoking-hot scorer Caitlin Diefendorf.

    Diefendorf struck first in the seventh minute, then again off a pass from Elena Martinez in the 14th.