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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Oct. 25-28

    WEDNESDAY
    • No varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Soccer
    • NMHU women vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 11 a.m., Eco Park, Taos
    Volleyball
    • Robertson (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Pecos (A,B) at Monte del Sol, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    FRIDAY
    Cross country
    • District 2-4A championships, 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    Volleyball

  • RHS girls' XC third in...

    Makayla Quintana’s third-place individual race sparked a third-place team outcome for Robertson’s girls in the Grants meet on Saturday.

    The Lady Cardinals (102 team points) finished behind Cottonwood Classical (75) and Miyamura (95) but managed to outperform a good Zuni outfit (122) in an 18-school meet.

    Robertson’s boys placed sixth with 153 points. Zuni was first on the boys’ side with 57.

    Coming up next for area teams and others are district meets this weekend at various locations.

  • BREAKING: Robertson boys No. 3...

    Robertson has been awarded the No. 3 seed in the state boys' soccer tournament.

    And the Lady Cardinals AKA Beasties are in as the No. 10 seed.

    The Cardinals, who stunned 2016 state champion Santa Fe Prep for the district title on Saturday, will receive a first-round bye as one of the top four seeds. They will play either No. 6 Hatch Valley or No. 11 Bernalillo, who will meet this weekend in a first-round game.

    Robertson's boys, led by head coach Bryan Trujillo, will play in one of four quarterfinals on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

  • District champs! Cardinal soccer...

    For the first time in a half dozen years, Robertson boys' soccer is heading to state.

    The Cardinals won their first district title since 2011 by edging the defending state champion Santa Fe Prep 1-0 in double overtime Saturday at RHS Field. The regular season finale, it was the second time in a week that the Cardinals shut out the Blue Griffins, one of the state's top-ranked programs.

  • Friday night football: Dons,...

    In a marquee football clash pitting the top two teams in Class 4A against each other, No. 1 Robertson led No. 2 St. Mike's 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 next Saturday at Cardinal Stadium; kickoff is 2 p.m.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas-area sports, check back with the Optic online and print editions for full coverage this week.