Today's Sports

  • Cowboys now alone in second

    On Fan Appreciation Weekend,  the New Mexico Highlands University baseball team gave its supporters something to cheer for, taking sole possession of second place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    The Cowboys (32-12 overall, 25-10 RMAC going into Sunday) won their first three games against league opponent Nebraska-Kearney, putting some distance between themselves and third-place Colorado State-Pueblo, which lost three in a row against Colorado Mesa and fell to 25-20, 22-13.

  • Games over

    Dominic Yara and the Robertson defense held on in the final inning Saturday afternoon, clinching a 4-3 win over Raton in the final game of the regular season at Whorton Field.

    The game gave the host Cardinals a split with the district champ Tigers, who won the opener 13-7.

    Across town, a quick-hitting Raton softball team swept Robertson 16-7 and 11-5.

    West Las Vegas was out of town Saturday, playing at Taos in both baseball and softball to wrap up the regular season.

    The Lady Dons softball squad had already sewn up the district title.

  • District champs

    Robertson High earned district tennis championships in both boys’ and girls’ team categories Saturday in Taos. And they swept the girls’ individual titles and had runner-up finishes in the boys’ individual brackets.

    All in all, not a bad haul of hardware for first-year head coach Roman Fulgenzi.

    “It’s just kind of a little confidence booster going into state,” Fulgenzi said Saturday evening. “We’re putting the pieces together. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    • District tournaments, TBA

    • Class 2A state tournament first-round games, TBA, campus sites
    • Class 1A-3A state tournament: girls’ singles first round, 6:30 p.m.; boys’ singles first round, 7:30 p.m.; girls’ doubles first round, 3:30 p.m.; boys’ doubles first round, 5 p.m.; Jerry Cline Complex, Albuquerque

  • Regular seasons near conclusion

    With the regular season about to wrap up, several area baseball and softball teams are on track for state tournament selections — at least according to the polls of NMOTSC.com.

    Robertson is ranked seventh in the website’s April 23 poll, which is voted on by coaches around the state.

    The Cardinals (15-8, 4-3) most recently beat Taos 8-1 on the road this past Tuesday. They close the regular season with a doubleheader vs. Raton this Saturday at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field.

  • Fan appreciation day Saturday...

    Free hot dogs.

    Souvenir baseballs.

    And plenty of action on the diamond.

    It’s all in store for local baseball buffs Saturday as New Mexico Highlands University and corporate sponsor Southwest Capital Bank hold NMHU Baseball Fan Appreciation Day at Brandt Park.

    The promotion will be held as part of the Cowboys’ weekend series with Nebraska-Kearney. It’s a critical series to the team’s hopes of getting a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the upcoming Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.

  • Late-season rally falls short...

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College baseball team needed to win all four games this past weekend to make the playoffs. They came up a little short of their dream, winning only one at El Paso Community College.

    The Rough Riders (20-26) won the final game of the series 4-3. They lost 8-2, 6-3 and 11-1.

  • Local girls make cut

    West Las Vegas’ Jayme and Joedy Quintana and Robertson’s Jamie Allen have made the cut for the state golf tournament.

    Jayme Quintana has seven qualifying rounds (three needed), with her most recent an 85 at Santa Fe on Monday.

    Allen has five qualifying efforts. Her most recent was an 88 at UNM April 17.

    Joedy Quintana has four qualifiers. She shot an 82 Monday, also at Santa Fe.

  • Mora track squads 2nd in NRG meet

    Submitted to the Optic

    This past Saturday, the Mora boys and girls track teams finished second  at the Northern Rio Grande Invitational. The meet is an annual event that features eight of the top Class 2A teams in northern New Mexico. This year’s event was held in Dulce.

    The Rangers narrowly missed first place totaling 85.5 points behind Dulce, first with 94 points.

  • Class 2A state qualifiers list...

    A list of qualifying performances by area athletes for the Class 2A state track and field championships, to be held May 4-5 in Albuquerque:

    • Girls’ 800-meter run: Andrea Romero, Mora, 2:34.9; Cassie C de Baca, Pecos, 2:35.9
    • Boys’ 800-meter run: Alonzo Chavez, Mora, 2:02.8
    • Girls’ 1,600-meter run: Andrea Romero, Mora, 5:46.8
    • Boys’ 1,600-meter run: Alonzo Chavez, Mora, 4:36.7; Antonio Varela, Pecos, 4:47