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Today's Sports

  • Quintana sisters shine in home...

    Jayme Quintana shot an 82 to take top honors by a three-stroke margin in the recent West Las Vegas Golf Invite held at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Jayme and sister Joedy, whose 89 was good for fourth place in the girls’ tournament, posted qualifying scores for May’s state tourney.

    Raton’s Clair Willden (second place, 85) and Brianna Paisley (third, 88) also had qualifying scores.

    Louanna Valencia (133) and Frannie Gonzales (136) also competed for West Las Vegas.

  • Pecos tracksters thrive in Ft....

    As a team, Pecos was decidedly middle-of-the-pack in Saturday’s big Fox-Vixen Relays meet in Fort Sumner. But there were several Panthers and Lady Panthers with plenty to celebrate.

    “It was just a great day with individual (achievements),” said coach Leroy Barela. “A number of the kids had personal records.”

    Pecos’ Cassandra C de Baca ran a personal-best 12:45.64 in the girls’ 3,200-meter run, qualifying for state, placing third overall and first among small-school entrants.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 8...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games: Mariners vs. Yankees, 5:30 p.m., Angels vs. Orioles, 7:30 p.m.; Red Wings vs. Rivercats, 6:15 p.m., Bats vs. Paw Sox, 7:45 p.m., Keyes Park

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Raton, 4 p.m., WLV field
    • Las Vegas Little League games: Owlz vs. Sandgnats, 6:15 p.m., Thunder vs. Paw Sox, 7:45 p.m.; Keyes Park
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Raton, 4 p.m., WLV field

  • Several area athletes all-state...

    Pecos’ Johnny Vigil and Aaron Lujan have been named to the Class 2A boys’ basketball all-state second team by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Wagon Mound’s Eric Olguin was honored with selection to the Class B boys’ all-state first team; Trojan teammate Jose Aguilar was tabbed to the second team.

    Mora’s Chantel Rivera was chosen for the Class 2A girls’ second team.

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  • Isotopes have plenty of major...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Life for an Albuquerque Isotope — or for any minor league baseball player for that matter — is all about upheaval.

    The Isotopes that won their division in 2012 with an 80-64 record and contributed to a good showing by the parent Los Angeles Dodgers (86-76, second in the NL West) aren’t exactly the same club that takes the field this week for the beginning of the Pacific Coast League season.

  • Merged leagues; distinct...

    In a quiet merger conducted this past winter, the Meadow City’s two Little Leagues chose to combine their boards into one.

    The change may not seem apparent to fans who turn out for the games, which begin for Las Vegas Little League with opening ceremonies this Saturday at Keyes Park. (Games run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a one-hour break at 10 a.m. for the ceremonies themselves.)

    La Plaza Little League’s opening day is slated for late April.
    Both leagues will maintain distinct schedules and operate under their existing charters.

  • WLV Invite
  • Looking Ahead - Sports April 5,...

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at New Mexico JC (DH), noon, Hobbs
    • NMHU at Regis, 3 p.m., Denver
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Odessa (DH), 1 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Portales tourney, TBA
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Air Force/Tailwind Invite, Colorado Springs/Albuquerque

    Saturday
    Baseball
    • LCC at New Mexico JC (DH), noon, Hobbs
    • NMHU at Regis (DH), noon, Denver
    • West Las Vegas vs. Robertson (DH), 11 a.m., WLV field

  • Cowgirls cap weekend sweep

    A clean sweep of both Black Hills State and Chadron State over the weekend gave New Mexico Highlands’ softball team a boost as the season enters its final month.

    The Cowgirls improved to 14-21-1 overall and 7-15-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Highlands defeated BHSU 7-2 and Chadron 7-3 on Saturday in town, duplicating the previous day’s sweep of those teams.

    Highlands and head coach Shellie Broyles are on a four-game tear, reversing the six-game skid they’d been on entering the weekend of RMAC pod play.

  • Noah’s (shooting) arc

    Las Vegas native Noah Leger won the 2013 Southwest Regional Elks Hoop Shot Free Throw Contest championship on March 23 in Dallas.

    Leger represented New Mexico after winning the state level competition, advancing from the local contest sponsored by the Las Vegas Elks Lodge.

    Leger won the boys’ 12-13 age division by swishing 22 free throws in 25 attempts, beating the second-place finisher by one shot.