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Today's Sports

  • Launching pad

    Not too many people knew about Michael Ormseth when he left Luna Community College last year.

    That is not the case today.

    Ormseth led the New Mexico State Aggies to the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship. His seven wins was tops at NMSU this season.

    “He is a hard-working kid,” said LCC baseball coach Antonio Siqueiros. “He has always done the small things. He got the grades he needed to transfer to a Division I school.”

  • Thunder evens series with Spurs

    By Jeff Latzke
    AP Sports Writer

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 18 of his 36 points in a scintillating final 7 minutes, Serge Ibaka added a career-high 26 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder evened the Western Conference finals at two games apiece by beating the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 Saturday night.

    After seeing his team's 15-point lead dwindle to four, Durant took over midway through the fourth quarter by scoring all 16 of the Thunder's points during a span of just over 5 minutes to keep the Spurs at bay.

  • NCAA baseball: Lobos advance;...

    The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES  — Austin House pitched seven shutout innings and DJ Peterson homered to lead New Mexico to a 4-0 victory over San Diego in the opening game of the Los Angeles Regional on Friday.

    House (8-5) struck out five and gave up six hits as the Lobos won their 10th straight game. Michael Wagner (5-2) took the loss for the Toreros (40-16).

  • Express grounds Isotopes

    A solo home run by Brian Cavazos-Galvez, the former Albuquerque Manzano star, wasn’t enough to get the Albuquerque Isotopes over the hump on Saturday night in a 3-2 setback at Round Rock, Texas.

    Cavazos-Galvez, Albuquerque’s starting left fielder, hit 2 of 4 with one run batted in and one run scored. He rocked a leadoff homer against Express pitcher Michael Kirkman in the seventh inning to make it a one-run game. But his teammates couldn’t follow suit to make it a rally.

    Cavazos-Galvez is hitting .304 on the year.

  • Kings’ OT win fuels 2-0 lead

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

    NEWARK, N.J. — Jeff Carter scored at 13:42 in overtime and the Los Angeles Kings moved within two wins of their first NHL title with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night.

    Jonathan Quick made 32 saves and Drew Doughty scored on a magnificent end-to-end rush as the Kings won their 10th straight road game this postseason, and their 12th in a row over the last two seasons. Both are NHL records.

  • Cowgirls: 12 All-America honors

    Jillisa Grant rounded out her storied collegiate track and field career with three more All-American honors, and the New Mexico Highlands University women’s squad combined for a total of 12 All-American performances in the recent national meet.

    Highlands finished seventh in  the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Colorado State University-Pueblo this past weekend.

    The Cowgirls’ point total was the best in program history.

  • North-South slugfest coming to...

    For years now, the Class 3A North-South all-star games in football and boys’ and girls’ basketball have been situated in Las Vegas and specifically the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    Now Class 1A-3A North-South baseball is about to make its debut in the Meadow City.

    The New Mexico High School Coaches Association has announced the all-star games for the sport will be held June 29-30 at NMHU’s Brandt Park, with preliminary activities for the honorees starting June 27 in town.

  • WLV spikers dominate club circuit

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Lady Dons club volleyball team ended its season on May 6 with a first-place finish in the Rio Rancho Spring Series Tournament.

    The team is in the 13’s age group and this is the first year for the girls in club volleyball with their only prior experience in middle school volleyball.  

    The team has come a long way since their first tournament in Española where they lost in the first round back in March.

  • Local athletes tackle Memorial...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas area runners and walkers turned out for the races in the annual Santa Fe Run Around this past Saturday.

    The races were marked by mild temperatures and gusty winds over the Memorial Day weekend. More than 300 runners competed in the 1-mile Fun Run, 5K run, 5K walk and 10K run. Race proceeds were to benefit the Santa Fe chapter of Girls on The Run. The course consisted of one or two laps on a 5k loop beginning and ending at the downtown Plaza.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 1...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, 5:30, 7 p.m., Keyes Park

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, beginning 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    Softball
    • Men’s city league, 6, 7 p.m., city complex
    • Women’s city league, 6, 7 p.m., city complex
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park