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Today's News

  • Updates from NCAA II baseball regional; state softball, tennis and track

     

     

     

    BASEBALL

    New Mexico Highlands came up on the short end of an 11-3 score against a third-seeded Wayne State (Neb.) team on Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Central Regional in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Cowboys (39-20) will play again 3:30 p.m. Friday, against the winner of a Thursday night game between No. 1 Mesa State and No. 6 Colorado State-Pueblo, who are the regular-season and tournament RMAC champions, respectively.

    SOFTBALL

  • RHS girls third in state golf

    A strong day two for Robertson's girls' golf team propelled the Lady Cardinals to third place in the final standings Tuesday at the state tournament.

    It's the second year in a row that the Lady Cardinals have placed at state.

    Jayme Quintana shot a 93 on day two for a total of 184, jumping from a tie for ninth place to sixth. She edged Brittani Webb of Socorro by one stroke to make the top six.

    Shannon Lopez matched her Monday score of 104 for a two-day total of 208, good for 12th place.

  • Cowboys advance in RMAC baseball tourney

    New Mexico Highlands became the first team to advance in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament after winning 9-4 over fourth-seeded Metro State on Wednesday afternoon. Steve Jones' Cowboys are the tournament's third seed and seeking their first RMAC tournament title since 2005.

  • NMAA suspends all sports, other activities

    In light of swine flu-related closures of schools in Socorro, Carlsbad and elsewhere in the southern half of the state, the New Mexico Activities Association has suspended all extracurricular activities -- including sporting events and practices -- until further notice.

    NMAA officials said the decision to suspend activities this week comes primarily from a concern over competitive fairness, since several schools will be shut down through Sunday and will not allow any practices or other related activities.

  • End of road for LV baseball teams

    Except for Little League and the growing assortment of traveling youth teams, baseball season is over in the Meadow City.

    Robertson lost twice to third-seeded Sandia Prep on Saturday in the Class 3A high school state tournament, dashing high hopes after a 6-5 upset of the Sundevils on Friday evening in Albuquerque. Sandia Prep won 34-4 and 14-1 to move past the 14th-seeded Cardinals.

  • Two locals to lead Highlands' national rodeo contingent

    CASPER, Wyo. -- Jose Griego from Las Vegas and Jesse Estrada from Trementina have qualified for the upcoming College National Finals Rodeo, to be held June 14-20 in Casper.

    Both will represent New Mexico Highlands University. Griego, a freshman, will be making his first appearance in bull riding. Estrada, also a freshman and making his first appearance, will compete in bareback riding.

  • NMAA lifts ban on prep sports; new state schedule out

    In response to the reopening of 16 schools in southern half of the state, the New Mexico Activities Association has lifted its suspension of high school sports effective on Wednesday.

    As a result, the usual round of spring sports championship events will indeed be staged, albeit with a revised "Plan C" schedule, also released on Wednesday. The revised schedule contains several differences from the tentative one issued on Monday. (See the weekend print edition of the Optic for a full explanation and the schedule.)

  • Upset in state baseball tourney

    Robertson's 14th seed Cardinal baseball team edged No. 3 Sandia Prep 6-5 in Albuquerque on Friday evening to open the Class 3A state tournament. The Cards will need to win once more in a Saturday doubleheader to complete the upset and advance to the quarterfinals.

    Meanwhile, West Las Vegas, the 15th seed, lost 18-4 at No. 2 Bloomfield. The Dons need to sweep the host Bobcats on Saturday to move on in the tourney.

    The quarterfinals of the Class 3A bracket will be held Thursday in Albuquerque at a couple of local high schools. The finals are Saturday at Isotopes Park.

  • LETTER: Now protect the roadless areas

    Last month, when President Obama signed into law the furthest-reaching land protection in 15 years, he did it in the name of Theodore Roosevelt. In 1908, President Roosevelt established 150 national forests as America’s legacy for future generations.

    Here in New Mexico, Roosevelt’s vision created the Carson, Cibola, Lincoln, Santa Fe and Gila national forests. A century later, those forests and others like them still stand, because Americans enthusiastically embraced our heritage lands and pushed back when special interests threatened them.

  • EDITORIAL: Board right to raise issue

    A firm auditing a governmental entity’s finances should be unquestionably independent. That’s in the interests of public credibility.

    Recently, the West Las Vegas school board debated whether it should choose J.J. Griego Professional Services as the district’s auditor for the next three years, as it has been for the previous three.