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  • Lopers end Cowboys’ run

    New Mexico Highlands may have been the sixth and last team to make the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, but the Cowboys were one of the last teams playing by Saturday night, as the tourney field narrowed toward the finals.

    Nebraska-Kearney held off the Cowboys 12-8 in a Saturday night semifinal to end Highlands’ run.

    Highlands spotted UNK a 9-0 lead by the halfway point of the third inning before getting on the board in the bottom of the third. Eric Maupin drove in Erik Scott, and A.J. Alexander later did the same for J.P. Hollywood.

  • Strong finish

    Daniel Martinez, Jon Adam Dimas, Danielle Gurule, the combination of Abbey Bradley, Chantel Davis, Kristen Montaño and Erica Herrera, and the team of Martinez, Johnathan Lucero, David Coca and Keen Martinez captured individual championship medals over the weekend, and Robertson’s boys surged to a second-place team finish in the Class 3A state track and field championship meet.

    The Cardinal boys accumulated 58 team points, trailing only Lovington (67).

  • Area teams battle it out in...

    A roundup of state baseball and softball results involving area teams:

    CLASS 3A SOFTBALL

    That last-minute doubleheader with fifth-ranked Portales (resulting in a split on the final day of the regular season) almost paid off for the West Las Vegas softball team.

    The Lady Dons put up a fight before being eliminated 4-2 by those same Rams in the losers’ bracket of the state tournament Friday morning at Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High School.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 16,...

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball

  • Cowgirls third in RMAC

    Jillisa Grant’s day-three heroics helped elevate her team and drew the respect of those in attendance at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week in Golden, Colo.

    Grant, a junior from Spanish Town, Jamaica, earned Athlete of the Meet honors, and she shared Athlete of the Year kudos with Adams State College’s Indira Spence.

  • This is it
  • Lady Card golfers back in top 3

    Further cementing their reputation as one of the better programs in the state, the Robertson High girls’ golf team placed third in the Class A-3A state tournament held Monday and Tuesday at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

    It’s the third top-three finish for the Lady Cardinals in four seasons. Head coach Gene Gurule guided a young Robertson to a fifth-place outcome in 2010.

    Joedy Quintana led the Lady Cards’ two-day effort, tying for 12th individually.

  • NMHU rodeo ropes in regional...

    The New Mexico Highlands University women’s rodeo team brought home a Grand Canyon Regional Championship from Las Cruces’ Doña Ana County Events Center.

    Highlands placed in several events.

    “I am very proud of these athletes,” said interim head coach Curtis Jones. “With all the adversity that came there way, they kept their heads and came out ahead.”

    The team title entitles the Cowgirls to attend the College National Finals Rodeo on June 12-18 in Casper, Wyo.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 13,...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • RMAC tournament: NMHU in game TBA, Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Class 2A state tournament TBA, Rio Rancho
    • Class 3A state tournament TBA
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • State tournaments, TBA, Rio Rancho
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • Little League - May 13, 2011

    The following are scores reported to the Optic by local Little Leagues as of press time.

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
    LVLL softball: Lady Devils 16, Longhorns 13

    THURSDAY, May 5
    La Plaza Majors: Cubs 14, Angels 7
    La Plaza Minors: Angels 4, Marlins 3

    FRIDAY, May 6
    La Plaza Majors: Red Sox 12, Angels 7
    La Plaza Minors: Red Sox 3, White Sox 1

    MONDAY, May 9
    La Plaza Majors: A’s 20, Marlins 0 (A’s Gonzales: homered over center field fence)