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Today's Sports

  • Luna softball finds success on...

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    It was a largely successful road trip for the Luna Community College Lady Rough Riders, who swept Clarendon 5-3 and 5-4 last Wednesday and took one of four games from North Platte Community College in games played Friday and Saturday.

    They lost to North Platte 4-3, 10-1 and 8-5 and won 5-3.

    The Lady Rough Riders are now 8-23 on the year.

  • Vatos rumble past Brujos

    Submitted to the Optic

    After solid wins over Las Cruces (31-20) and Albuquerque (28-18), the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos Rugby Club will host Santa Fe  at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Chavez has highlight day

    Anytime you can stay close to — much less defeat — Pecos star Antonio Varela in a race, it’s a very good day.

    Mora’s Alonzo Chavez pulled off that particular feat this past Saturday in the Fox-Vixen Relays hosted by Fort Sumner High School. Running in the boys’ 1,600-meter run, Chavez finished in 4:49, good enough to win the event and edging Varela — the two-time defending state champion in the event — by more than four seconds.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 4...

    WEDNESDAY
    Track and field
    • Fabian Trujillo Memorial Invitational (includes Robertson, West Las Vegas, others), 3 p.m., TBA

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU at Metro State, 3 p.m., Denver
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Lamar CC (DH), 1 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • West Las Vegas vs. Portales (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field
    Tennis
    • Robertson boys at Bosque, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

  • Highlands bounces back vs. Mesa

    A meeting with their arch-rivals apparently was enough to stoke the Highlands Cowboys’ competitive fire — and burn away the memory of last weekend’s losses at CSU-Pueblo.

    The Cowboys won two of their first three games against Colorado Mesa over the weekend in a triumphant return to Brandt Park. The visiting Mavericks came into the weekend series ranked 23rd in NCAA Division II baseball.

  • MMS Track Invite
  • Lady Dons sweep Grants

    All phases of the game are clicking for the West Las Vegas softball team, which engineered a lopsided sweep at Class 4A Grants this past Thursday.

    The 14-2 and 19-1 wins followed a dominant three-game performance by the Lady Dons in the recent St. Michael’s Invitational.

    “We’re hitting the ball really well,” said WLV coach Lucas Griego. “We’ve got five girls hitting .600 or better, and against Grants I think we hit over .600 as a team.”

    Close enough. The Lady Dons went 41 for 69 combined in the doubleheader.

  • Final Four: Kansas, Kentucky...

    By Nancy Armour
    AP National Writer

    NEW ORLEANS  — Well, this matchup is going to look familiar.

    John Calipari and his Kentucky juggernaut will face Kansas for the national championship on Monday night. That would be the same school that beat Memphis in overtime for the NCAA title in 2008, back when Calipari was coaching the Tigers.

    It also would be the same Kansas team that the Wildcats beat back in November.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 2...

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • LCC vs. Western Nebraska (DH), 10 a.m., Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Robertson hosts RHS Invite, 9 a.m., Gene Torres Golf Course
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas at Roswell, 6 p.m., Roswell
     

  • Valdez pins down state grappling...

    Though she’d already wrestled — and had her arm raised in victory — a number of times that day, Robertson’s Lorilee Valdez didn’t realize she had won a state championship until well after her last match.

    “It was pretty exciting when I found out,” she recalls. “I didn’t know I’d won until the medals were handed out.”