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Today's Sports

  • Cowboys to face Mavs in regional

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Fingers were crossed really tight among Cowboy nation, but all the good thoughts paid off as the New Mexico Highlands baseball team (32-20) learned it will continue the 2014 season with a berth in the national playoffs.

    The Cowboys will again make the jog to Grand Junction, Colo., to take on fellow Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Colorado Mesa in the first round of the NCAA Division II baseball tournament.

    Highlands and Colorado Mesa are the only RMAC teams to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

  • Pecos’ C de Baca top 4 in two...

    Cassandra C de Baca medaled in two of her three distance running events at this past weekend’s Class 1A-2A state track and field championships hosted by the University of New Mexico’s track and soccer complex in Albuquerque. The Pecos junior’s individual effort was a highlight of the weekend for Las Vegas-area schools.

    C de Baca placed third in the Class 2A girls’ 800-meter run with a time of 2:26.5, just five ticks behind winner Aubri Wrye of Estancia. And she took fourth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:30.26.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 14...

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Class 2A state tournament: Pecos vs. Capitan, 1 p.m., Rio Rancho High, Rio Rancho

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • NCAA Division II South Central Regional: NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 7 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park

  • RHS girls take state!

    ALBUQUERQUE — Juliana Guerin became a four-time state champion in Class 3A girls’ tennis this past Thursday, capping a remarkable high school career with a commanding victory.

    Then she and her Lady Cardinal teammates went on to upset No. 1 Bosque 5-3 to capture the girls’ team championship on Saturday afternoon.

  • Taos sweeps district track titles

    The bad news for local track and field programs is that Taos stormed into town Saturday and swept the District 2-3A team championships.

    The good news is that, as a result of the meet, more Robertson and West Las Vegas athletes will move on to represent their schools at the Class 3A state track and field championships Friday and Saturday at University of New Mexico’s track and soccer complex in Albuquerque.

    See Wednesday’s Optic for an updated list of state qualifiers plus coverage of Pecos in the 2A state meet.

  • Little League - May 12

    The following are upcoming scheduled Las Vegas Little League games. LVLL games are held at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    MAJORS DIVISION
    Monday, May 12: Yankees vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Mets vs. Red Sox, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, May 14: Yankees vs. Red Sox, 4 p.m.; Angels vs. Orioles, 6 p.m.; Cardinals vs. Mets, 8 p.m.

    MINORS DIVISION
    Monday, May 12: Threshers vs. Paw Sox, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Sandgnats, 7:45 p.m.
    Tuesday, May 13: Bats vs. Rivercats, 6:15 p.m.; Rattlers vs. Thunder, 7:45 p.m.

  • Lady Cards advance

    It took the Lady Cardinals a few innings to get their bats going, but — as has been the case more often than not this spring — once that happened, there was no turning back.

    Robertson triumphed 12-1 against visiting Ruidoso in the first round of the Class 3A state softball tournament.

    The fifth-seeded Lady Cards now will travel to a neutral site in Rio Rancho to face the No. 4 Hope Christian Lady Huskies, who beat West Las Vegas on Friday.

  • Cowboys 3rd in RMAC tourney

    Outdueled twice by the defending tournament champion, the New Mexico Highlands University baseball came away with third place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament held this past week at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo.

    ThunderWolves 9, Cowboys 6
    No. 3 seed Colorado State-Pueblo won 9-6 Friday night in an elimination game, ending the Cowboys’ season at 32-20 overall.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 12...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Class 1A-3A state tournaments, TBA, New Mexico State University Golf Course, Las Cruces

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Class 1A-3A state tournaments, TBA, New Mexico State University Golf Course, Las Cruces
    Softball

  • Cowgirls second in RMAC

    Led by a record heptathlon performance by junior Salcia Slack, the New Mexico Highlands University women corralled a runner-up finish in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships, which wrapped up Tuesday in Alamosa, Colo.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries, amassed 170 team points in the three-day competition. That was second only to host Adams State, a perennial national title contender; the Grizzlies had 192 points to lead the 10 participating schools.