Today's Sports

  • RHS girls win district, lead 3A...

    The Robertson Lady Cardinals capped their regular season with a District 2-3A title and now have momentum rolling into this coming weekend’s Class 3A state championships at UNM in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Cardinals set several season bests and roped in individual honors galore.

    Las Vegas has a couple of state-leading performers looking for titles this weekend. Robertson’s Brian Maestas in the boys’ mile, and West Las Vegas’ Danielle Gurule in the discus, an event she won last May.

  • RMAC meet delayed

    RMAC and Optic staff reports

    GUNNISON, Colo. — Rain and snow caused slick and wet conditions in Mountaineer Bowl on Monday, which led officials to suspend the second day of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

    A modified schedule for the three-day meet was to be followed on Tuesday.

    A few events did take place as scheduled. Highlights of NMHU women:

  • Tough draws for Mora, Pecos

    Pecos and Mora softball teams didn’t catch any breaks in their pairings for the Class 2A state softball tourney, which opens Wednesday in Rio Rancho.

    Pecos (15-11) is the No. 13 seed and plays No. 4 Rehoboth (18-3). No. 12 Mora (13-12-1) has to play No. 5 Jal, the defending state champ. It’s the second year in a row Mora opens with a defending champ after drawing Loving last postseason.

  • Mora boys 6th in small-school...

    “Everything came together this weekend,” said Mora head track and field coach James Branch.

    Highlighted by a pair of Class 2A state championship performances by Rangers distance runner Alonzo Chavez, the Mora boys’ squad placed sixth in a crowded field of participating schools at the Class1A-2A state championship meet held at the University of New Mexico on Friday and Saturday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 9,...

    • RMAC tournament: NMHU vs. Nebraska-Kearney, noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    • Class 3A state tournament first-round games, TBA
    • Class 1A-2A state tournament first-round games: Mora vs. Jal, 10 a.m., Pecos vs. Rehoboth, 10 a.m., Rio Rancho High

    • RMAC tournament: NMHU vs. TBA, time TBA, Pueblo, Colo.

  • Guerin a two-time state champ

    Juliana Guerin proved unstoppable on the tennis court this past week, collecting her second individual state girls’ singles tennis championship in three years.

    The Robertson sophomore did not drop a set in winning three matches this past Thursday to capture the title.

    She opened by knocking off eighth-seeded Emily Walker of Portales, 6-1, 6-0. Walker had survived a tough three-set battle with Hope Christian’s Melissa Rosenthal in the opening round Wednesday night.  

  • Lady Dons romp Socorro

    Marissa Cordova allowed only two baserunners — both on walks — in a no-hit 13-0 shutout of Socorro on Saturday afternoon, and West Las Vegas moved on to the second round of the Class 3A state softball tournament.

    So efficient were the Lady Dons that their game lasted roughly an hour and nearly concluded at the same time as the Robertson-Pojoaque baseball playoff across the street, and that game had started two hours earlier.

    Cordova recorded five strikeouts and gave up no runs and no hits in five innings of work.

  • Cards sweep Elks, advance

    Dominic Yara’s time out of the Robertson batting order Saturday was short-lived.

    “I re-entered him to get a hit, and he came through for us,” said RHS head coach Tony Renon after Yara slapped the game-winning walk-off single in the eighth inning in the Cardinals’ first-round state playoff series against Pojoaque Valley. The Cards, who had dominated the visiting Elks 10-2 on Friday, had to rally from three runs down for an 11-10 extra-inning triumph on Saturday.

    “Great win,” Renon said. “Good senior leadership.”

  • Chavez takes 2 state titles

    A photo finish separated Mora junior Alonzo Chavez and Pecos senior Antonio Varela in the Class 2A boys’ 3,200-meter run, but it was Chavez — kicking forward by five hundredths of a second — who won the state championship on a sunny Saturday at the University of New Mexico track and field complex in Albuquerque.

    It was a meet to remember for Chavez, who also took home a state title in the 1,600-meter run. He edged Dulce senior Graham Thomas by less than a full second to win that event on Friday.

  • Bustos: ‘We accomplished quite a...

    Disappointed he won’t be able to continue as Robertson head boys’ basketball coach, David Bustos said he is proud of what he and his team was able to accomplish during his four-year tenure.

    “I don’t really know how much more we could have done in four years,” he told the Optic on Tuesday.

    Within this past week, Bustos learned he would not be rehired as coach. Like all other head coaches at Robertson, he had to reapply this year in the wake of an administrative decision to open and advertise the coaching positions.