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Today's Sports

  • Cards, Dons, Panthers make cut

    Three area baseball teams are headed to the state tournament, which begins this week.
    In Class 3A baseball, Robertson and West Las Vegas will join District 2-3A champion Raton in the state tournament, which begins this weekend at campus sites of the top eight seeds.

    One of that top eight, Robertson, is the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Socorro in a best-of-three series this weekend at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field. The Warriors are 13-13 overall.

  • Cowboys get one at UNK

    Submitted to the Optic

    KEARNEY, Neb. — Junior lefty Edgar Vela threw a strong six and two-thirds innings and the New Mexico Highlands baseball team had 16 hits to salvage the last game of this past weekend’s series with Nebraska-Kearney, 7-1, Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.

    With the win, the Cowboys improve to 20-24 (14-21 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) while the Lopers (30-13, 25-9 RMAC) see a four-game win streak come to an end.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 4,...

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Christian (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park

  • RHS tennis dominates district

    Just about the only thing standing in the way of district tennis championships for Robertson High this past weekend? Robertson itself.

    Robertson nearly monopolized the individual district finals on Friday in Taos, placing both finalists in boys’ singles, girls’ singles and girls’ doubles.

    Then on Saturday, the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals swept to team championships, looking to garner high seeds in this week’s state tournament, which begins Thursday in Albuquerque.

    Seniors held court in the singles matches.

  • Role models
  • Lopers turn away Cowboy challenge

    With wins by 8-1, 8-1 and 5-3 counts, Nebraska-Kearney stormed to a home series win over visiting New Mexico Highlands in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball action over the weekend. The series finale was set for Sunday, after this issue went to press.

    Todd Stachura set the tone in game one, shackling the Cowboys for three hits in a nine-inning complete-game pitching showcase.

    Jarod Robinette drove in the lone Highlands run (by Luis Saenz) to make it 3-1 in the top of the fourth, but the Lopers allowed no more.

  • Weekend Roundup: Raton holds...

    Controlling their own destiny heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Raton Tigers left nothing to chance Saturday — in baseball and in softball.

    As a result, the Tigers are district champs — times two.

    Raton’s baseball team swept visiting Robertson 10-0 and 15-10. The Tigers put the first game away in five innings, quieting a Cardinal offense that had come off a string of 10-run rule wins.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 2,...

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Robertson in district tournament, TBA, Tucumcari
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park

  • FYI - Sports

    City of Las Vegas presents Spring Road Running: Spring Running is a fun program designed to teach the basics of running. Recreation staff will provide instruction which includes stretching exercises, running techniques, running games, timed races and cool down techniques. This five-week program will let you kick up your heels and shake off the winter cobwebs. Participants will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25 through May 26 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

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  • Luna softball closing strong

    The Rough Rider softball team of Luna Community College is punctuating its best season in the program’s brief history in style — and has a shot at a winning record for the spring.

    Luna won three of four games in its series with Lamar College on Tuesday and Wednesday at Rodriguez Park. The Riders won the opener 10-3, then lost game two 6-3 before closing with a doubleheader sweep of a pair of nailbiters, 13-12 and 4-3.

    That surge was enough to lift Luna back to the .500 mark with a 24-24 record.