Today's Sports

  • Dons run 2nd in Española

    Just enough West Las Vegas boys’ cross country runners for a qualifying team score made it to this past Saturday’s Española meet.

    That’s all the Dons needed.

    West ran second only to a strong Taos squad in the varsity boys’ race.

    “They ran a good race,” longtime West Las Vegas coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo said of his Dons. “Taos is pretty solid.”

  • Crespin outlasts rival

    Arturo “El Toro” Crespin earned a six-round unanimous decision over Augustine Renteria in the hard-hitting co-main event of “Battle At Sunset” professional boxing card Saturday night in Albuquerque.

    Judges ruled the fight in favor of Crespin 60-54, 60-54, 58-56. The Meadow City native is now 12-3-1 with one no-contest as a pro. He’s won back-to-back fights and five of his last six.

  • Carr to start in Oakland

    The Associated Press

    ALAMEDA, Calif.  — Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season.

    Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the starter for the foreseeable future ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 3...

    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas at Española  Valley, 7 p.m., Española
    • NMHU women at Texas-Permian Basin, 6 p.m., Odessa, Texas
    • Robertson girls at Navajo Prep, TBA, Rehoboth tournament
    • NMHU at Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Woman’s, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Canyon, Texas

    Cross country

  • Stay hungry - Champion Cardinals...

    Becoming a champion is tough enough. Staying a champion may be even tougher.

    The Robertson Cardinals, who begin their quest for a repeat on Friday night vs. Portales, are learning that this fall.

    “We’re not going to sneak up on people this year,” said RHS head coach Leroy Gonzalez. “(But) we’re not going to lose because we didn’t work hard.”

  • New system, new hope for Dons

    It’s not always easy for football players to buy into a new coach’s way of running things, especially when there’s been a history of turnover on the staff.

    But at West Las Vegas, Adrian Gonzales encountered plenty of positive vibes when he took over the team, and it’s not simply because he’s an alumnus of the green and gold.

    “There was already a sense of excitement even before I got hired,” he said. “Being that we’re in the same town, the kids were familiar with what we’ve done.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 1...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, (season finale), 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Bean Day Rodeo, Wagon Mound

  • Football kicks off tonight

    It seems the road to the new Class 4A state football championship goes through Las Vegas — specifically Cardinal Stadium.

    The preseason pick to repeat as state champ, Robertson begins that road on Friday night at home with a game against Portales.

    Kickoff is 7 p.m.

    RHS head coach Leroy Gonzalez said he doesn’t mind his team being in the spotlight ever since the Redbirds ran roughshod over opponents en route to the title — the school’s third state football championship — last December.

  • Back at it - Parks returns to...

    In the match marking Ray Parks’ comeback to coaching as well as the very first “for real” competition of the fall sports season in the Meadow City, the Clovis Wildcats stole the show in a 2-0 final on Wednesday at RHS Field.

    Through the well-played first half, neither side could break through, although there were chances. At halftime, it was 0-0.

    Robertson’s goalkeeper Lorenzo Marquez, kept busy all afternoon, fared very well, nimbly covering the penalty area and turning away repeated attacks by the Wildcats.

  • City champs! Hackers defend title

    All’s well that ends well, the way the Hackers see it.

    A season-opening upset loss for the defending Las Vegas Adult Softball League men’s division champions only served as a wake-up call.

    “After suffering our first season loss in years, 8-15 by Balls Deep, we cruised through the rest of the summer going 11-1,” noted Hackers mainstay Carl Vigil.