Today's Sports

  • YABL registration under way in...

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Las Vegas Recreation Department is signing up participants for its Young American Basketball League, specifically boys and girls, kindergarten through second grades, as well as boys in grades three through seven. (Girls’ league play for grades three through seven will begin in January.)

    The fee per child is $40.

    Those in seventh grade must not also participate on a school team.

  • Looking Ahead, Sunday, Oct. 1,...


    Football: City youth league games, TBA; Soccer: NMHU women at Colorado Christian, 1 p.m., Lakewood, Colo.: Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., UWC fields, Montezuma


  • Homecoming showdown

    Homecoming, indeed.

    One Robertson High School alumnus is returning to his old stadium, and he’s hoping his team — not the host Cardinals — will be flying high when Friday’s Homecoming game is done. While it’s not Taos head football coach Art Abreu Jr.’s first antagonistic encounter with his alma mater, this figures to be his best chance yet to lead the Tigers to an upset.

    Like Robertson, Taos is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in District 2-4A. The Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the MaxPreps ratings right behind the No. 2 Cardinals.

  • Roundup: Spikers ace another...

    Ranked second in Class 4A, Robertson volleyball (9-1) has had a robust early schedule this season, having already played three other teams in the top five.

    The latest of those matches came Tuesday night: a straight-sets win at No. 3-ranked St. Michael’s in Santa Fe.

    Game scores were 25-12, 25-16, 25-22.

    Brandee Fulgenzi led Robertson with 13 kills and 23 digs. Alianza Darley had 13 kills and seven blocks. Lauren Fulgenzi logged 33 assists. Ashlea Lujan and Taylor Jackson combined for 35 digs.

  • Looking Ahead, Friday, Sept. 29...


    Cross country: Robertson at Desert Twilight, TBA, Casa Grande, Ariz. Football n Robertson vs. Taos (homecoming), 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium Golf : Robertson, West Las Vegas at Raton, 10 a.m., Raton; Soccer: NMHU women at Colorado School of Mines, 5 p.m., Golden, Colo.; West Las Vegas girls (B) at Academy for Technology and the Classics, 4 p.m., Santa Fe; Volleyball:  Metro State at NMHU, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex;  Robertson, West Las Vegas at Portales tournament, TBA, Portales.


  • Clifford out as NMHU A.D.

    Bob Clifford is reportedly out as New Mexico Highlands University athletic director.

    University spokesman Sean Weaver confirmed that Clifford had submitted his resignation Tuesday, although it is unclear whether he is leaving on his own terms. The resignation was made effective immediately on Tuesday.

    Craig Snow, who is Highlands’ men’s basketball coach, has taken over as interim athletic director. No details on any severance package or contract buyout – if any -- were immediately disclosed.

  • Cross Country: Royal welcome at...

    Nothing was going to stop Natalia Marrujo from having a great race — her first home meet as a collegian — on Saturday morning at Kings Stadium.

    Not rain. Not mud. Not a killer hill that had mere mortals swearing in broken breaths (but had cross country pain-lovers vowing to return for more).

    Marrujo, who won a state championship for Mora last November, raced to sixth place (20:05) and helped New Mexico Highlands’ women to third as a team.

  • Football: Dons, Cards win big

    Antonio Bustamante turned Friday night’s football game at Pojoaque Valley into his own highlight reel.

    The West Las Vegas junior ran for six touchdowns and a 2-point conversion as the Dons (3-2) took a mercy-rule-shortened 52-0 win in the District 2-4A opener.

    West’s defense stuffed the Elks consistently and didn’t give up a first down until the second quarter. In the meantime, Bustamante had run for twin 24-yard touchdowns, and John Balizan had connected with older brother David on a 32-yard strike to make it 20-0.

  • Weekend roundup: State final...

    Reaching a tournament title match for the second weekend in a row, the Robertson volleyball team this time got a close look at Sandia Prep, one of the favorites to win state.

    The Lady Cards, having finished as Class 4A runner-up last November, are also in that category. In fact, MaxPreps has the Sundevils and Lady Cards as No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. But Sandia Prep, host of the weekend tourney, came up with a straight-sets win, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23, on Saturday evening in the Sundevil Invite.

  • Looking Ahead, Wednesday, Sept....


    Cross country: West Las Vegas Middle School at Desert Ridge, TBA; Football: Memorial Middle School at De Vargas, 4 p.m., Santa Fe; Volleyball: West Las Vegas (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Valley; Santa Fe Indian at Memorial Middle School 4 p.m.


    Soccer: Robertson boys (A,B) at Questa, 3 and 5 p.m.; Socorrogirls (A,B) at Robertson, 3 and 5 p.m., RHS Field; West Las Vegas girls (B) at Los Alamos, 4 p.m.; Volleyball: Mora (A,B) at Peñasco, 5 p.m.; Memorial Middle School at Valley, 4 p.m.