Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Cousins top district
  • National rankings for HU

    Both the New Mexico Highlands University baseball team and the school’s women’s track and field squad made a leap upward in the national rankings this past week as their respective seasons wind down.

    Highlands baseball, coached by Steve Jones, has attained its first national ranking of the season, according to NMHU associate athletic director Gavino Archuleta. The online publication College Baseball Lineup has tabbed the Cowboys No. 29 in its most recent ratings.

  • State tennis tourneys under way

    A number of state tournaments are under way or just ahead for local high school athletes. Highlights:

    The Robertson Cardinals boys’ doubles pairing of Marcos Gallegos and Michael Salas passed their first test of the state tournament Wednesday evening.

    Gallegos and Salas dispatched Capps and Garcia from Lovington to reach Thursday morning’s quarterfinals.

    No. 3 seed Amadeo Lopez of West Las Vegas, No. 4 David Romero III of RHS and Nick Newman, also of RHS, were competing in the boys’ singles draw.

  • Luna softball reaches finish

    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College softball team ended its season with a 3-1 and 10-2 loss to Otero Community College last week.

    A doubleheader with Trinidad Junior College scheduled at home on Sunday, April 29, was cancelled. The Lady Rough Riders finished the season at 10-34.

    “I think we ended the year on a strong note and we are looking forward to next season,” said LCC head coach Meredith Gilpin. “We have commitments for next year.”

  • Small-school state meet this...

    The two-weekend run of state track and field championships commences Friday in Albuquerque.

    This weekend it’s the small schools’ turn in the spotlight, with Class 1A and 2A athletes — including a number from Mora and Pecos — vying for state titles.

    Next weekend, May 11-12, it’ll be the state meet for Class 3A through 5A. Both meets are at the Great Friends of UNM Track and Field Stadium.