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Today's Sports

  • Cowboys go 2-2 in league...

    On the heels of another deep run in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament, the Highlands baseball team awaited an invitation to continue its season in the NCAA Division II Central Regionals.

    The NCAA was to announce regional matchups on Sunday. (Check Wednesday’s Optic for details).

    NMHU’s resumé includes a 39-14 overall record, including a 3-2 record against nationally ranked Colorado Mesa.

  • Cowgirls 3rd in RMAC meet

    New Mexico Highlands University earned its best finish yet at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week at the Mountaineer Bowl in Gunnison, Colo.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries, made a serious push for second and wound up third with 128.5 team points in the women’s standings. The meet concluded Tuesday.

    Adams State emerged with the women’s team championship, amassing 181.2 points. Western State was the runner-up, edging Highlands with 137.2 points.

  • Suns shine
  • Quintana captures sixth in state...

    Ascending a half-dozen spots on the leaderboard, West Las Vegas’ Jayme Quintana led a local contingent at the Class 1A-3A state golf championships by finishing tied for sixth on the girls’ side.

    Quintana shaved 10 strokes off her solid Monday total, going from a 94 to an 84 on Tuesday. Quintana’s second round effort was the fourth best of day two.

  • ‘Pokes climb in polls

    As the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament got under way in Pueblo, Colo., the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys enjoyed a bump in the most recent national and regional rankings.

    The Cowboys, coached by Steve Jones, moved to the unofficial No. 30 position in the NCAA Division II, according to the National College Baseball Writers Association poll released Tuesday. The team received 14 points.

    With 56 points, Highlands held on to the No. 4 spot in the Central Region rankings also compiled by the NCBWA.

  • State softball: Mora, Pecos...

    Softball teams representing Mora and Pecos met with a quick exit against some strong opponents in the opening round of the Class 1A-2A state tournament Wednesday in Rio Rancho.

    The 12th seeded Rangerettes, coached by Josh Garcia, lost 18-2 in five innings against defending state champion Jal. Jal entered the game as the No. 5 seed.

    Leonard Velasquez’s Pecos team, seeded 13th, fell in a close 7-5 battle with No. 4 Rehoboth. Rehoboth went on to best Jal in the second round as the tourney shifted from single-elimination to double-elimination.

  • Go Fish - May 11, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the New Mexico Department of Game and 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:
    Heron Lake: May 1, Melcor and Cindy Chavez of Albuquerque caught a 15.4-pound, 31-inch lake trout.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 11...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • RMAC tournament TBA, Pueblo, Colo.
    • Class 3A state tournament
    Softball
    • Class 3A state tournament
    • Class 1A-2A state tournament
    Track and field
    • Class 3A-5A state championships, 8 a.m., UNM, Albuquerque

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    • RMAC tournament TBA, Pueblo, Colo.
    • Class 3A state tournament
    Softball
    • Class 3A state tournament

  • 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