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Today's Sports

  • Right on track: Coca, Montoya,...

    Angelica Montoya triumphed in two throwing events, Tonati Aparicio-Blythe crossed the finish line first in the 800 and won the triple jump, and Pecos boys’ runners led by Isaiah Armijo monopolized the top five in the 2-mile to highlight this past weekend’s Rattler Relays in Tucumcari.

  • No ordinary Joe: Singleton...

    Joe Singleton may have come to Las Vegas as an outsider back in the mid-1950s, but he left the Meadow City as one of its favorite adopted sons.

    Singleton, who arrived as a two-sport student-athlete at New Mexico Highlands University, went on to teach and coach at Robertson High in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, later returning to serve as athletic director at NMHU from 1996 to 2000.

    Singleton’s death on March 14 in his Davis, Calif., hometown, has stirred up reminiscences among the many New Mexicans his life touched during his stays here.

  • Prep roundup: Gonzalez stars in...

    A little late-winter breeze couldn’t cool off Noah Gonzalez’s golf game on Monday.

    The Robertson senior overcame the elements to shoot a 72 and capture first place in the West Las Vegas Invitational at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Gonzalez’s strong performance was one of several state-qualifying efforts Monday.

    Raton’s Sydni Silva shot an 86 to win the girls’ individual title, and she and Taos’ Taylor and Madison Tomashot — close behind with an 87 and 91, respectively — all turned in qualifying scores.

  • Former AD, coach Singleton dies...

    Joe Singleton, who coached at Robertson High School in the 1960s and returned to town as athletic director at his alma mater New Mexico Highlands in the late 1990s, has died.

    Singleton, 82, was residing in his longtime hometown of Davis, Calif., at the time of his death this past Tuesday, March 14. He is survived by wife Corrine and their five children and several grandchildren.

  • Montoya finishes 2-2 in D-I...

    Robertson alumnus Rico Montoya came within one match of the quarterfinals before losing in the NCAA Division I national wrestling championship tournament this past weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Montoya, who competed in the 133-pound weight class, compiled a 2-2 record in the tournament.

    He helped the University of Northern Colorado to a tie for 38th place in the team standings among 72 schools represented.

    Montoya opened the three-day tournament by stunning No. 12 seed Josh Terao of American University, doubing him up 10-5.

  • Difficult series for collegians

    Howard College brought the No. 1 softball team in the region to town for its conference opener over the weekend, and the Hawks demonstrated their full array of weapons in a four-game sweep of Luna Community College.

    Scores were 14-0 and 12-4 on Friday, 11-0 and 18-1 Saturday.

    As it did the previous weekend, Luna played without its usual coaching staff, relying on a couple of volunteers from players’ families.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 21-...

    WEDNESDAY (March 21)
    Baseball

    • Mora at Peñasco, 4 p.m., Peñasco
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Estancia (DH), 3:30 p.m., WLV field
    Cheer and dance
    • West Las Vegas community performance, 6 p.m., Lopez Gym
    Softball
    • Robertson vs. Kirtland Central (DH), 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Pecos at Jemez Valley (DH), 3 p.m., Jemez Pueblo

    THURSDAY
    Baseball

  • Tall order

    The Robertson cheer squad and other squads in the area — including state-champion groups from West Las Vegas and Pecos — are preparing for the state spirit competition the weekend of March 23-24 in The Pit.
     

  • Aggies coach among first-timers

    The Associated Press

    Fifteen teams are being led by first-time NCAA Tournament head coaches. All but one is a double-digit seed, so let’s just say a run to the championship is improbable.

    Just don’t say impossible.

  • For the love of rugby

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Ever since Donavan Kandjii set foot on a rugby field as a 10-year-old in Namibia, Africa, he said he felt the joy of the game surge through his body. Now the standout rugby player is looking to help the New Mexico Highlands Vatos rugby club win more national championships.