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  • Cowgirl track now No. 7

    New Mexico Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field squad will head to this weekend’s meet in Phoenix sporting its highest ranking ever.

    The Cowgirls moved up two spots to No. 7 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings released Wednesday.

  • NMHU players honored

    NMHU and Las Vegas Optic

    Highlands baseball player A.J. Alexander and softball player Lynette Directo have earned dual Player of the Week awards from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    In the Cowboys’ weekend series sweep over the Orediggers of the Colorado School of Mines. Alexander hit .615, going 8 for 13. He had eight hits, six RBI and three doubles for the ‘Pokes in four games started.

    Alexander, a senior outfielder from Wailuku, Hawaii, leads the RMAC in batting average (.457) and is tied for fourth in doubles with 13.

  • La Plaza opener Saturday

    La Plaza Little League commences its 2012 season with a full day of action Saturday at Rodriguez Park complex off Grant Street.

    Opening ceremonies for La Plaza will start around 11 a.m, moved up from the originally announced noon start time. Baseball, softball and tee-ball games will be played throughout the day at the complex.

    Las Vegas Little League began its games this past week at Keyes Park.

  • Isotopes stop Iowa

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (6-8) beat visiting Iowa 13-6 and 6-4 on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Will Savage ran his pitching record to 3-0 by holding the Cubs to two hits over a four-inning stretch in the latter contest.

    Jeff Baisley (3 for 4) homered Wednesday night for three RBI.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 20, 2012

    • LCC at El Paso CC (DH), noon, El Paso, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Regis, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • District 2-3A pre-district tournament, TBA

    • LCC at El Paso CC (DH), noon, El Paso, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Regis (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • West Las Vegas vs. Robertson (DH), 11 a.m., WLV field
    • LCC at Trinidad State (DH), 11 a.m., Trinidad, Colo.

  • Top disc golfers in Pendaries tourney

    Some of the premier disc golfers in the country will be competing for glory at the Pendaries Spring Classic this weekend in Rociada, northeast of Las Vegas.

    Leading the list are Nathan Doss, a three-time pro world champion, and Valerie Jenkins, a two-time world champ. Both are ranked No. 1 in the world.

  • Vatos bumped from playoffs

    Submitted to the Optic

    “The Vatos like to bang; they certainly like contact,” said Chris Pappas, coach of the Tucson Rugby Club.

    This past Saturday,  Tucson eliminated the NMHU Rugby Club Vatos 24-5 in the championship playoffs of the Arizona/New Mexico Rugby Union. Tucson  (10-2) also beat Phoenix 38-14 on Sunday to advance to the divisional   USA Rugby National Championships Final 16 in San Diego.

    The Vatos (14-5-1) won the consolation Sunday with a 28-0 win over Las Cruces.

  • Co-ed Volleyball - April 20, 2012

    Update from the Las Vegas Recreation Department’s Co-ed Volleyball League:

    April 11: Team Shred 2, Julie’s Squad 0
    Senior Bunch 2, Scrubs 0
    Orlando’s Magic 2, Abreu 1
    April 18: Team Shred 2, Abreu 0
    Rick James 2, Julie’s Squad 0
    Abe’s Aces vs. Orlando’s Magic, late

    Team Shred, 2-0
    Senior Bunch, 1-0
    Orlando’s Magic, 1-0
    Rick James, 1-0
    Abe’s Aces, 0-0
    AVRH Scrubs, 0-1
    Abreu, 0-2

  • Little League - April 20, 2012

    Update from Las Vegas Little League (all games played at Keyes Park):

    None reported

    April 23: LVLL Majors Cubs vs. Mariners, 5:30 p.m.; Angels vs. Cardinals, 7:30 p.m.
    LVLL Tee-Ball Bulldogs vs. Aggies, 5:15 p.m.; Sundevils vs. Tigers, 6:25 p.m.; Huskies vs. Aggies, 7:35 p.m.
    April 24: LVLL Minors Volcanos vs. Threshers, 5:30 p.m.; Thunder vs. Owlz, 7:30 p.m.
    LVLL Softball Stars vs. Pink Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Psychlones vs. Lady Devils, 7:30 p.m.

  • Go Fish - April 20, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.