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Today's Sports

  • Correction - Sports - March 27,...

    A story in the March 20 issue incorrectly listed the name of the sponsor of the three-point shooting contest in the B.J. Gonzales basketball tournament. The sponsor is De Sena Electric, not Sena Electric.

  • Opening rounds had highs, lows

    By Jon Krawczynski
    AP Basketball Writer

    Florida Gulf Coast was the breakout star of the weekend, alley-ooping its way on to the national stage to capture everyone’s attention. You probably watched the Eagles crash the round of 16 like everyone else. Well, there were 63 other teams playing last weekend, too.

    La Salle broke through as well. Bluebloods such as Duke and Michigan State were big winners as well. So the next round will have something for everyone.

  • RMAC in Elite Eight for D-II

    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is being represented in the Elite Eight of both men’s and women’s NCAA Division II basketball tournaments.

    Colorado Mesa University, formerly known as Mesa State, earned the program’s first-ever appearance in the women’s Elite Eight (national quarterfinals). The Maverick women (31-1) are playing in San Antonio, Texas. They were to play Dowling on Tuesday, with a spot in Wednesday’s semifinals (5 p.m. Mountain time tipoff). The final is 6 p.m. Friday.

  • Mesa holds off Cowboys, sweeps

    Highlands outplayed Colorado Mesa in several statistical categories Sunday but came up just short in the most important one — the  scoreboard.

    The Mavericks, ranked 17th in NCAA Division II baseball going into the four-game weekend series, held on for a 4-3 win that completed a sweep over the Cowboys in Grand Junction, Colo.

    Mesa improved to 19-5 overall and 13-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Highlands dropped to 14-12 and 10-6, respectively.

  • ‘El Toro’ return delayed

    Arturo “El Toro” Crespin had hoped to return to the boxing ring this coming weekend, but the Meadow City fighter will have to wait a bit longer.

    Crespin told the Optic he’d been originally scheduled to box Victor Villareal of Colorado as part of Friday’s card at the Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque, but Villareal withdrew from the contest. A potential replacement opponent was also vetoed because Crespin had stopped him in his last fight Oct. 27.

  • Fulgenzi clan earns national...

    Submitted to the Optic
    CHICAGO — Everyone knows that the Fulgenzis are New Mexico’s first family when it comes to tennis.
    They literally grew up on the hardcourts against each other. Watching. Playing. Competing. Coaching. They all learned early the importance of game plans and that teamwork wins championships.

  • March sadness for Lobos, Aggies

    By Eddie Pells
    AP National Writer
    SALT LAKE CITY — Among the provisions New Mexico gave coach Steve Alford in his brand-new, 10-year contract was a $125,000 bonus for making the Final Four.
    After their latest disappointing loss in the NCAA tournament, the Lobos will save the money, but feel the pain.
    Third-seeded New Mexico was handed the biggest upset on the first full day of play in the NCAA tournament, a 68-62 loss to 14th-seeded Harvard on Thursday night.

  • Inspired effort gives Billikens...

    By Antonio Gonzalez
    AP Sports Writer

  • Mavs get tough vs. NMHU

    The 17th ranked Colorado Mesa baseball team asserted itself with a series win over visiting New Mexico Highlands, taking the first three games over their archrivals at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction.

    NMHU dropped to 14-11 overall and 10-5 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference heading into Sunday’s game four.

    Mesa (18-5, 12-1) won Friday’s nine-inning opener 11-6, then swept a doubleheader 11-1 and 4-1 on Saturday.

  • Vatos rugby wraps up home slate

    Officially, New Mexico Highlands University’s Vatos rugby side scored a 28-0 forfeit win over Las Cruces on Saturday.

    Unofficially, it was a lot closer but also encouraging for the Vatos.

    Playing on in an exhibition match, in which the Vatos lent a few players to the shorthanded visitors, the home team recorded a 33-24 victory.