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Today's Sports

  • Locals help Cowgirl track get...

    New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field has returned to the national top 10 for outdoors for the first time since 2015.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob  DeVries, are 10th in this week’s U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.

  • Both unbeaten in 2-4A, RHS and...

    On paper, Robertson and Miyamura softball teams entered Tuesday’s head-to-head meeting as two evenly matched teams.

    On the dirt, it was a different story.

    Robertson (12-6 overall, 4-0 District 2-4A) swept the non-district doubleheader 5-0 and 12-8, sending the Class 5A Patriots home 9-7-1.

  • Hitting that home stretch

    Several Las Vegas, Pecos and Mora athletes put up strong performances in track and field meets this past weekend, with just less than a month to go before the state championships in Albuquerque.

    Teams were to participate in this week’s Meadow City Invitational. (See the Optic print and online editions this coming week for more coverage.)

     

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    Robertson’s boys placed fifth and the RHS girls were seventh in this past weekend’s Moriarty Invitational.

  • Little Leagues' openers on...

    Both local Little Leagues host opening ceremonies this weekend in town.

    Las Vegas Little League opens at 9 Saturday morning at Keyes Park, with ceremony followed by a full slate of games.

    La Plaza has moved its opneing ceremony to 1 p.m. Sunday, and games will be played at Rodriguez Park throughout the day.

    Regular game schedules will run Monday through Friday starting next week.

  • Go Fish: Friday, April 13

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & 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.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Gary Thomas of Estancia caught and released a 4.24-pound largemouth bass.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 13-...

    FRIDAY (April 13)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park
    • Luna at El Paso Community College (DH), noon, El Paso, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    Softball
    • Luna at Clarendon College (DH), 1 p.m., Clarendon, Texas
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Colorado School of Mines, TBA, Golden, Colo.

    SATURDAY
    Baseball

  • College roundup: Erskine races...

    Osheen Erskine’s victory in the 100-meter hurdles highlighted a good weekend for New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open on Saturday in Albuquerque.

    Erskine won that event in 14.02 seconds. She finished just .05 of a second behind UTEP’s Annette Bolomboy in the 200.

    Highlands also had top-three finishers in each of three throwing events.

    (See Friday’s Optic for more individual results.)

     

    SOFTBALL

  • Prep roundup: Mora's...

    Roderick Martinez struck out 10 and allowed just one baserunner — via a walk — to lead Mora (6-2) to a 12-0 shutout of Peñasco on Friday.

    The Rangers pinned five runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, added one in the second and doubled their lead in the third; the game ended after four and a half innings.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 11-...

    WEDNESDAY (April 11)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Robertson vs. Pojoaque Valley (makeup), 4 p.m., MMS field
    • Mora vs. Questa, 4 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m., Rio Rancho
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas JV at Raton (DH), 3 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m., Rio Rancho
    Track and field

  • Cancion del Mariachi: Isotopes...

    As part of an effort throughout affiliated minor-league baseball to recognize the heritage of its Hispanic fan base, the Albuquerque Isotopes have adopted the Mariachis de Nuevo Mejico as their alter ego.

    The Isotopes will don the alternate Mariachis uniforms for four home games this season: Saturday, May 5; Tuesday, June 26; Friday, July 20; and Sunday, Aug. 19. The organization plans to have mariachi-themed promotions on those dates, with the possibility of actual mariachi groups performing at The Lab.