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Today's Sports

  • State soccer: Beasties upset Taos

    No. 10 seed Robertson girls' soccer surprised No. 7 Taos by a 2-0 count Saturday afternoon at Eco Park in Taos.

    The Lady Cardinals and coach Jeff Houdek advance to play Bosque in the Class 1A-4A state quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

    As a top-four seed, Robertson's boys had a first-round bye. They play either No. 6 Hatch Valley or No. 11 Bernalillo at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the complex.

    See the Optic print and online editions for coverage.

  • Reaching for the top: RHS...

    In three years’ time they’ve gone from a surprise state tournament darkhorse to a clear top-three program, perhaps the best Class 4A volleyball team in New Mexico other than juggernaut Sandia Prep.
    These Robertson Lady Cardinals are legit.

    On Thursday night, they completed an undefeated run through the District 2-4A schedule, taking down Pojoaque Valley — 25-14, 25-9, 25-7 — at Mike Marr Gym.

    Robertson has gotten better about putting opponents away when they have a chance to finish early.

  • Vegas Bowl 57: A preview

    Vegas Bowl 57, you look marvelous.

    Not a day over 56, and possibly just as good as your early days.
    When Robertson hosts West Las Vegas for the Meadow City’s annual football classic, renewing a rivalry that’s a throwback to the times when the Rio Gallinas was more a border and less a gathering spot, it’ll be a game that has real implications for the District 2-4A title race as well as for postseason positioning.

  • Cowboys' next foe: RMAC...

    There's good news and bad news for the Highlands football team.
    The good: With new turf finally installed at their stadium, the Cowboys may be able to play their last home game on campus.

    The bad: First, they have to play at Colorado Mesa and attempt to reverse course from a five-game losing streak.

    The Mavericks set Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference records for total offense (933 yards), rushing offense (708) and rushing touchdowns (10) in the teams’ 2016 contest at Perkins Stadium — an 87-14 rout.

  • Beasties open state tourney at...

    Robertson will be the No. 10 seed in the Class 1A-4A state girls’ soccer tournament, which opens this weekend around New Mexico.

    The Lady Cardinals — or Beastie Girls, if you prefer — know their opponent well.

    Host Taos, the No. 7 seed, has been a chief district rival. The Lady Tigers finished third in 2-4A at 11-5 overall and 6-4 in the district. Taos swept the teams’ head-to-head meetings with a 3-0 shutout Sept. 21 and a 1-0 squeaker in the Oct. 7 rematch.

  • Lady Card spikers chalk up...

    Having clinched the No. 1 seed in the district tournament, Robertson made quick work of Taos in their penultimate match of the regular season Tuesday night in Taos.

    The Lady Cardinals won 25-6, 25-12, 25-12, to improve to 17-2 overall and 7-0 in District 2-4A under head coach Stacy Fulgenzi. Winner of seven straight matches, Robertson is ranked No. 3 in Class 4A by MaxPreps, with only defending state champion Sandia Prep (16-2) and Portales (14-4) higher.

    The Lady Cards were to host Pojoaque Valley on Thursday night to close the regular season.

  • Kipkogei, Marrujo pace Highlands...

    With this past weekend’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference cross country championships in the books, New Mexico Highlands is hard at work retooling in preparation for the South Central Regionals on Nov. 4.

    It was a challenging weekend for Highlands overall. Collins Kurui, the Cowboys’ usual No. 1 man and a contender in the talent-rich RMAC, fell back in the pack midway through.

    That left Kennedy Kipkogei to take the lead runner role, as he had in the NMHU XC Jam back in September. He and Kurui finished just inside the top 50.

  • College roundup: Plans go awry...

    New Mexico Highlands’ men finished 11th and the women 13th in this past Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference cross country championships in Chadron, Neb.
    Kennedy Kipkogei (42nd, 27:02) and Natalia Marrujo (47th, 23:58) paced the Cowboys and Cowgirls, respectively. Collins Kurui was 50th and finished less than two seconds behind Kipkogei on the men's side.

  • Football: Dons stay unbeaten in...

    In a marquee football clash pitting the top two teams in Class 4A against each other, No. 1 Robertson led visiting No. 2 St. Michaels most of the night but wound up losing 33-27.

    Across town, West Las Vegas got out to an early lead and held on, despite Taos tying the game twice. The Dons won 35-27, matching the Horsemen with a 4-0 district record.

    The Cardinals (7-1, 3-1) and Dons (6-2, 4-0) meet for Vegas Bowl 57 on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium; kickoff is 2 p.m.

  • Volleyball: Straight-set...

    Robertson completed a regular-season sweep of West Las Vegas on Saturday night with a 25-7, 25-11, 25-12 win at Mike Marr Gym.

    The evening was most noteworthy for the RHS recognition of — and the LVCS school district’s ongoing fundraising effort for — some local community members battling cancer.