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Today's Sports

  • Mora, Pecos in state track meet

    The following Mora and Pecos athletes are slated to compete in the small-school (Class 1A-2A) state track and field championships May 5-6 at the University of New Mexico track in Albuquerque. Also listed are their top qualifying efforts of the season in their respective events.

    • Yeshemabet Turner, Pecos, in the girls’ long jump (a state-best 17-10), triple jump (a state-best 37-9), high jump (5-0), 100-meter dash (12.61), 200-meter dash (26.63);

  • Cowboys finish with a flourish

    As the top seed in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, New Mexico Highlands will open the postseason against sixth-seeded Regis at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Kearney, Neb.

    The Cowboys, who’d clinched the top seed a week earlier, concluded the regular season Saturday at Metro State in Denver. The Roadrunners, incidentally, are the No. 4 seed in the RMAC and play No. 3 Mesa State at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the tourney’s opening game. Host Nebraska-Kearney is the No. 2 seed and tangles with No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo for a 7 p.m. nightcap.

  • Little League Results and...

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    Games are played weeknights at Rodriguez Park and Keyes Park, respectively. Schedule subject to change.

    THURSDAY, APRIL 29

    La Plaza Minors Baseball: Marlins 8, Cubs 5

    La Plaza Majors Baseball: Athletics 14, Cubs 4

    Interleague Softball: La Plaza Marlins 15, Las Vegas Lady Longhorns 14; La Plaza Athletics 17, Las Vegas Lady Devils 7

    FRIDAY, APRIL 30

  • Horsemen netters edge Robertson...

    Miranda Garcia and Juliana Guerin have been an unstoppable combination this season in doubles tennis, and that held true over the weekend in the district tournament hosted by Robertson High.

    Garcia and Guerin toppled the St. Michael’s pair of Paloma Gomez and Nada Mohammed 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, to score the Lady Cardinals’ lone win in the girls’ team competition.

    The Lady Horsemen, a 5-1 victor in Saturday’s team final, and Robertson both advance to state this week in Albuquerque.

  • RHS district track champs

    For the first time in at least recent history, Robertson is a dual champion in District 2-3A track and field.

    The Cardinals, coached by Mike Boyle, and Lady Cardinals, coached by Benny Ortiz, earned that distinction Saturday at St. Michael’s, edging the home team for the titles.

    In the process, RHS gained several new individual qualifiers for the state meet, to be held Friday and Saturday at the UNM track complex.

  • Dons, Cards slide to 4th, 5th

    By now, the Meadow City’s high school baseball teams know who they’ll be matched up with in the first round of the state tournament AKA regional round.

    The seedings for Robertson and West Las Vegas arguably could have been dropped a bit by doubleheader defeats both sustained on the last weekend of the regular season.

    WLV lost 6-2 and 5-2 at Pojoaque. RHS fell 18-10 and 17-1 to Raton. Instead of either school grabbing second place in District 2-3A, the Dons and Cardinals landed in fourth and fifth behind St. Mike’s, Pojoaque and Raton.

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    Games are played weeknights at Rodriguez Park and Keyes Park, respectively. Schedule subject to change.

    MONDAY, APRIL 26

    La Plaza Minors Baseball: Yankees 16, Giants 1

    La Plaza Majors Baseball: Rockies 13, Angels 1

    TUESDAY, APRIL 27

    Interleague Softball: La Plaza Marlins 24, Las Vegas Stars 5; La Plaza Athletics 15, Las Vegas Pink Sox 6

  • Lady Cardinals upset St. Mike...

    Seven Lady Horseman errors helped visiting Robertson pull off one of its better wins of the season Tuesday, a 7-2 nod at St. Michael’s in Santa Fe.

    “We needed it,” said RHS head coach Chris Najar.

    It’s been a season of building and learning for the Lady Cardinals, now 5-11 and 2-7 in District 2-3A. RHS lost a half dozen starters from last year’s team but have coalesced into a generally tight-knit group that has improved over the season.

  • Cowboys to finish in Denver

    New Mexico Highlands University remained the No. 1 team in the NCAA Division II Central Region this week despite losing three of four at Mesa State over the weekend.

    The Cowboys dropped from seventh to 12th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll; they are sixth in the National College Baseball Writers Association poll and 12th in the American Baseball Coaches Association ratings.

    NMHU (33-9 overall) wraps up the regular season this weekend with a trip to Metro State College in Denver. First pitch of the three-game series is set for 3 p.m. Friday.

  • Cowgirls, Wolves go halfers

    The Cowgirls split a four-game series this past weekend at Colorado State University-Pueblo, the eighth-ranked team in NCAA Division II’s Central Region and the top squad in the RMAC West.

    NMHU won the first two games 8-7 and 4-0, then lost 8-0 and 7-4.

    Under head coach Shellie Broyles, the Cowgirls are 15-27 overall and 10-21 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. In 2009, Broyles’ first season, the team was 8-47 and 3-35, respectively.