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Today's Sports

  • Little League - May 20, 2011

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

    FRIDAY, May 13
    La Plaza Majors: A’s 16, Rockies 0
    La Plaza Minors: A’s defeated Red Sox, forfeit

    MONDAY, May 16
    La Plaza Majors: Marlins 9, Angels 0
    La Plaza Minors: Marlins 7, Giants 5

    TUESDAY, May 17
    La Plaza Majors: Cubs 9, Red Sox 8
    La Plaza Minors: A’s 3, Phillies 2; Marlins 5, Giants 0

  • Highlands’ Mohr, Maupin honored

    At least in terms of New Mexico Highlands’ late-season and postseason run this spring, this was shades of Mantle and Maris.

  • Ortzow, Rael sign to continue at...

    Amanda Ortzow’s love of the octagon helped her decide to continue her distance running career at the collegiate level.

    The West Las Vegas senior has committed to attending and running for New Mexico Highlands University in cross country and track and field in 2011-12, she reported to the Optic this week.

    “I didn’t want to stop running — or fighting — after high school was over,” she said. “I love it too much.”

  • Barela to head Lady Panthers...

    Leroy Barela, who just finished guiding the Pecos High School track and field team to a host of medals at the Class 2A state championship meet, will be picking up an additional whistle this coming school year.

    Barela has been hired to take over the school’s girls’ basketball program, the coach said Saturday.

    Barela served as a top assistant to basketball programs at Class 3A West Las Vegas for four years. Before that, he coached two years at Valley Middle School.

  • Leader of the pack


     

  • Mavericks, Thunder lead new West

    By Jaime Aron
    AP Sports Writer

    DALLAS — Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have been through so many playoff series, they would be good sources to discuss the prevailing themes in the Western Conference finals, like how valuable experience is at this stage and whether there’s such thing as too much rest between rounds.

    Only, Bryant and Duncan aren’t around. For just the second time since 1998, neither the Lakers nor the Spurs will represent the West in the NBA finals.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 18,...

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

  • Lopers end Cowboys’ run

    New Mexico Highlands may have been the sixth and last team to make the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, but the Cowboys were one of the last teams playing by Saturday night, as the tourney field narrowed toward the finals.

    Nebraska-Kearney held off the Cowboys 12-8 in a Saturday night semifinal to end Highlands’ run.

    Highlands spotted UNK a 9-0 lead by the halfway point of the third inning before getting on the board in the bottom of the third. Eric Maupin drove in Erik Scott, and A.J. Alexander later did the same for J.P. Hollywood.

  • Strong finish

    Daniel Martinez, Jon Adam Dimas, Danielle Gurule, the combination of Abbey Bradley, Chantel Davis, Kristen Montaño and Erica Herrera, and the team of Martinez, Johnathan Lucero, David Coca and Keen Martinez captured individual championship medals over the weekend, and Robertson’s boys surged to a second-place team finish in the Class 3A state track and field championship meet.

    The Cardinal boys accumulated 58 team points, trailing only Lovington (67).

  • Area teams battle it out in...

    A roundup of state baseball and softball results involving area teams:

    CLASS 3A SOFTBALL

    That last-minute doubleheader with fifth-ranked Portales (resulting in a split on the final day of the regular season) almost paid off for the West Las Vegas softball team.

    The Lady Dons put up a fight before being eliminated 4-2 by those same Rams in the losers’ bracket of the state tournament Friday morning at Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High School.