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Today's Sports

  • Cowboys open RMAC tourney

    New Mexico Highlands University’s baseball team finished the regular season much like it started.

    The Cowboys are riding an eight-game winning streak heading into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament, which begins Wednesday in Pueblo, Colo.

  • Banner year for Lady Dons
  • State golf: Three locals in top...

    While Socorro’s Kristen Cline broke loose with a four-stroke lead on day one of the Class 1A-3A state golf tournament, a trio of Meadow City girls was among the top 20 in the standings.

    The tournament, being hosted by the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course, was to conclude Tuesday after this issue went to press.

    Cline, who won state in 2010, shot a 77 in the first round, good enough for a four-stroke cushion atop the leaderboard on the girls’ side.

  • RHS girls win district, lead 3A...

    The Robertson Lady Cardinals capped their regular season with a District 2-3A title and now have momentum rolling into this coming weekend’s Class 3A state championships at UNM in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Cardinals set several season bests and roped in individual honors galore.

    Las Vegas has a couple of state-leading performers looking for titles this weekend. Robertson’s Brian Maestas in the boys’ mile, and West Las Vegas’ Danielle Gurule in the discus, an event she won last May.

  • RMAC meet delayed

    RMAC and Optic staff reports

    GUNNISON, Colo. — Rain and snow caused slick and wet conditions in Mountaineer Bowl on Monday, which led officials to suspend the second day of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

    A modified schedule for the three-day meet was to be followed on Tuesday.

    A few events did take place as scheduled. Highlights of NMHU women:

  • Tough draws for Mora, Pecos

    Pecos and Mora softball teams didn’t catch any breaks in their pairings for the Class 2A state softball tourney, which opens Wednesday in Rio Rancho.

    Pecos (15-11) is the No. 13 seed and plays No. 4 Rehoboth (18-3). No. 12 Mora (13-12-1) has to play No. 5 Jal, the defending state champ. It’s the second year in a row Mora opens with a defending champ after drawing Loving last postseason.

  • Mora boys 6th in small-school...

    “Everything came together this weekend,” said Mora head track and field coach James Branch.

    Highlighted by a pair of Class 2A state championship performances by Rangers distance runner Alonzo Chavez, the Mora boys’ squad placed sixth in a crowded field of participating schools at the Class1A-2A state championship meet held at the University of New Mexico on Friday and Saturday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 9,...

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • RMAC tournament: NMHU vs. Nebraska-Kearney, noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    • Class 3A state tournament first-round games, TBA
    Softball
    • Class 1A-2A state tournament first-round games: Mora vs. Jal, 10 a.m., Pecos vs. Rehoboth, 10 a.m., Rio Rancho High

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • RMAC tournament: NMHU vs. TBA, time TBA, Pueblo, Colo.

  • Guerin a two-time state champ

    Juliana Guerin proved unstoppable on the tennis court this past week, collecting her second individual state girls’ singles tennis championship in three years.

    The Robertson sophomore did not drop a set in winning three matches this past Thursday to capture the title.

    She opened by knocking off eighth-seeded Emily Walker of Portales, 6-1, 6-0. Walker had survived a tough three-set battle with Hope Christian’s Melissa Rosenthal in the opening round Wednesday night.  

  • Lady Dons romp Socorro

    Marissa Cordova allowed only two baserunners — both on walks — in a no-hit 13-0 shutout of Socorro on Saturday afternoon, and West Las Vegas moved on to the second round of the Class 3A state softball tournament.

    So efficient were the Lady Dons that their game lasted roughly an hour and nearly concluded at the same time as the Robertson-Pojoaque baseball playoff across the street, and that game had started two hours earlier.

    Cordova recorded five strikeouts and gave up no runs and no hits in five innings of work.