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Today's Sports

  • Lady Dons get even at RHS

    Last time these teams met — 11 days hence, to be exact — Robertson played every bit the spoiler, hanging around all game and then grabbing a big road win in the closing seconds.

    This time around, West Las Vegas’ girls did enough to prevent a repeat of that Feb. 5 result. And the Lady Cardinals’ poor shooting certainly played a role as well.

  • Cowboy sluggers take two of...

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys went 2-1 in their weekend baseball series at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs.

    Highlands won the first game 16-2, lost the second game 13-11 and closed out the series with a win of 12-1. The Cowboys are now 6-5 on the season and have yet to start Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

     

    For more on the series, please see Tuesday's print version of the Optic.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cardinal...

    Five individual championships and two runner-up finishes helped the Robertson Cardinals run their string of district wrestling championships to an even dozen Saturday in Tucumcari.

    “Every wrestler stepped up thsi weekend and played a role,” said head coach Richard Martinez, who has presided over most of the team’s successful run.

  • District wrestling tourney...

    For more than a decade, Robertson has used the district wrestling tournament as a springboard to glory in the state championship competition.

    The Cardinals have won three straight state titles and six of the last seven.

    RHS is again a favorite in the District 1A-3A duals, set to begin around 9 a.m. Saturday in Tucumcari.

    Daniel Martinez (152) has earned a slew of Outstanding Wrestler honors at various tournaments and is a two-time state champ as a sophomore.

    Wally Diaz (140) has three state titles to his credit and is in his senior campaign.

  • Rough Riders split with Dodge...

    Isaiah Dominguez gave the Luna Community College Rough Riders all the insurance they could have asked for on Monday afternoon.

    The Las Cruces freshman smashed a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring Manuel Chavez, Ricardo Taddy and himself to increase Luna’s lead to 8-3.

    Then Rough Rider pitcher Eric Jaramillo and the defense held up in the top of the seventh to preserve the victory over visiting Dodge City Community College.

    Earlier, Dodge City won the doubleheader's first game 13-2.

  • East-West boys' varsity...

    West Las Vegas WILL host Robertson in boys’ basketball Friday night.

    But the East-West faceoff will not include varsity teams. Because of an overscheduling violation by West, the schools will meet only in freshman and junior varsity games. First game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. (new time) at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Last chance to see NMHU...

    If a college wrestling meet can figure into your Valentine’s Day plans, New Mexico Highlands will provide everything but the candlelight and wine.

    Saturday’s dual meet with Colorado State-Pueblo will be the last chance to see the Highlands wrestling team at home this season.  First match begins at 7 p.m. at the Wilson Complex.

    In recent weeks, the Cowboys , coached by Doug Moses, have battled some of the top-rated squads in NCAA Division II.

  • Outlaws stun Razorbacks

    Las Vegas Outlaws surprised the nationally ranked New Mexico Razorbacks 26-8 Saturday at Perkins Stadium, site of the TeamBuilders Bowl, the season kickoff event for the New Mexico Football Alliance, a "semi-pro" football league with national affiliations.

    Former West Las Vegas quarterback Mike Martinez was voted Most Valuable Player by an ad-hoc media panel covering the game. Martinez overcame a shaky start and hooked up with Donovan Nance, Daniel White, Henry Montoya for touchdown passes. And fullback Frederick Gilford added a 28-yard TD run in the third quarter.

  • LV Outlaws to host bowl game...

    Some of the Meadow City’s premier past high school and college football players will suit up for the fledgling Las Vegas Outlaws “semi-pro” gridiron team in its second full season of competition.

    The season kicks off Saturday with the TeamBuilders Bowl at Perkins Stadium. The game — pitting the Outlaws against the New Mexico Razorbacks — begins at 2 p.m., but the action commences an hour earlier with a lineup of entertainment designed to pump up the home crowd.

  • Third quarter dooms RHS girls;...

    Santa Fe Indian School and nimble point guard Jenine Coriz didn’t do anything fancy.

    They just plain outworked Robertson in the pivotal third quarter of Thursday night’s District 2-3A girls’ basketball clash at Mike Marr Gym.

    Coriz scored 10 of her 17 points in that period as the Lady Braves outscored their hosts 20-3 to seize a 48-35 lead.

    The Lady Cardinals came to life in the final period, pressing and attacking with the urgency they lacked the previous eight minutes. But they ultimately came up just shy in a 51-49 defeat.

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