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Today's Sports

  • Cowboys sweep CCU, claim spot in...

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    After winning six straight games to close the regular season, the New Mexico Highlands baseball team secured a spot in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason tournament.

    The Cowboys (25-24 overall, 19-21 RMAC) and coach Steve Jones now head to Grand Junction, Colo., for the six-team tourney on the campus of Highlands' longtime archrivals, Mesa State College. NMHU opens with top-seeded Nebraska-Kearney at noon on Wednesday.

  • Robertson takes district track...

    Highlights of the District 2-3A track and field meet, held Saturday at Cardinal Stadium:

    BOYS' TEAM STANDINGS
    1. Robertson, 199.5; 2. Taos, 126.5; 3. West Las Vegas, 93; 4. Raton 7

    GIRLS' TEAM STANDINGS
    1. Robertson, 211.5; 2. West Las Vegas, 90.5; 3. Taos, 75; 4. Raton, 48

    BOYS' INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
    Discus: 1. M. Segura, Robertson, 122-5
    Pole vault: 1. H. Green, Taos, 8-6
    Shot put: 1. N. Zarasua, Taos, 41-3

  • State baseball: Cardinals...

    Winning a pretty pitching duel 2-1 Friday and a 14-4 blowout on Saturday, eighth-seeded Robertson disposed of ninth-seed Socorro in the first round of the Class 3A state baseball tournament.

    The Cardinals and coach Mike Salazar advance to face No. 1 Sandia Prep at 11 a.m. Thursday at Rio Rancho High.

    In Bayard, No. 3 Cobre eliminated visiting West Las Vegas 10-3 and 10-0 to move on in the tournament. The Dons and coach Dean Gallegos finish 9-19.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 9,...

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Robertson girls in state tournament, 8 a.m., Las Cruces
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Track and field
    • NMHU women in RMAC outdoor championships, Golden, Colo.

    TUESDAY

  • Cowgirl track ranked 10th

    For the first time in the program’s history, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team is ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

    The latest NCAA Division II poll, out April 26, has the Cowgirls rated 10th.

    It’s a notable accolade, says NMHU head coach Bob DeVries, as the team gears up for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor championships this weekend on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden, Colo.

  • Derby field set

    By Beth Harris
    The Associated Press

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A total of 22 horses have been entered for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, two more than the maximum allowed field of 20.

    The entry box closed Wednesday morning, with the draw to determine post positions set for later in the afternoon. The field is limited to the top 20 horses based on earnings in graded stakes races.

  • The finish line
  • Frankie to meet Johnny again

    After plenty of anticipation and more than a year of delays, the third fight between former world champion Johnny Tapia and Las Vegas’ own Frankie Archuleta is finally a go — we think.

    Tapia-Archuleta III is set as the 10-round main event of a June 4 boxing card at the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque.

    Tickets range from $25 to $200 and are available via the casino’s box office and online.

  • Little League - May 6, 2011

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

    THURSDAY, APRIL 28
    La Plaza Majors: Cubs 14, Angels 7
    La Plaza Minors: Angels 4, Marlins 3
    LVLL Minors: D-Backs 13, Cubs 7; Cardinals 12, Mariners 6; Padres 11, Dodgers 5; Rockies 8, Red Sox 7

    FRIDAY, APRIL 29
    La Plaza Majors: A’s 10, Rockies 0

  • State tennis opens

    Robertson opened the state tennis tournaments Wednesday in Albuquerque with victories in boys’ doubles (Nick Newman and Henry Robertson) and girls’ doubles (Elise Almendarez and Gia LaFerriere).

    Individual brackets wrap up Friday; team play concludes Saturday.