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Today's Sports

  • Cowgirls split with Eagles

    Efficiency was the name of the game for New Mexico Highlands’ softball team in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Chadron State in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference pod play.

    The Cowgirls (7-32 overall, 4-24 RMAC) split two games with the Eagles (15-20, 13-15), having lost Sunday’s opener 10-6.

    NMHU got just four hits — two by Ashley Paiz — in the 3-0 victory, but made the most of its baserunning opportunities.

    In the top of the third, Samantha Butler’s sacrifice fly scored Melissa Martinez to break a scoreless tie.

  • Cowgirl track tops region

    For the first time in program history the NMHU women's track and field team sits atop the NCAA Central Region rankings determined by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

    The Cowgirls are leading by nearly 30 points over second-ranked Chadron State. The rankings are determined by a point system that compares performances in each event versus other regional teams. The Highlands women are well ahead of RMAC foes Western State (No. 4) and Adams State (No. 7) in this past week’s ranking.

  • National champ returns to LV

    Las Vegas Optic

    Hector Hernandez, who won a national wrestling championship for Highlands in 1987, will be the special guest speaker in an enchilada dinner fundraiser Thursday.

    The dinner, which doubles as a recognition ceremony for top local high school wrestlers, begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hillcrest Flamingo Dining Room; tickets are available for $20, with proceeds to benefit the NMHU wrestling program.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    WEDNESDAY
    Softball
    • LCC at Otero JC (DH), noon, La Junta, Colo.
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Los Alamos, 3 p.m., Los Alamos

    THURSDAY
    Softball
    • Robertson vs. St. Michael’s (DH), 3 p.m., RHS Field
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Mount Sac Relays, 9 a.m., Walnut, Calif.
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Raton Invite, 3 p.m., Raton

    FRIDAY
    Baseball

  • FYI - Sports

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  • LV Elite stun Dukes; move to 5-1...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Elite scored one of its most riveting wins of the season over the weekend, handing the previously undefeated Dukes their first loss in Rio Rancho by a 7-6 count.
    The Elite held the Dukes in the first inning and scored one run.

    In the fifth inning, with his team down by one run, Caleb Marrujo was hit by a pitch; he stole his way around to tie the game at 6-6

  • WLV Junior Wrestling
  • Metro takes first three at NMHU

    Metro State is making a case for a regional ranking, and the Roadrunners bolstered their resume with three straight wins at New Mexico Highlands over the weekend in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball action.

    Metro won a nine-inning pitching gem 2-1 on Friday, then swept Saturday’s doubleheader 18-8 and 11-8.

    The Roadrunners (19-8, 15-7 RMAC through Saturday) dropped Highlands to 15-16 and 9-13, respectively.

  • Lions drop Cowgirls twice

    UCCS Sports Information

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Christina Blanton hit a grand slam in the opener and Jessica Belsterling drove in five runs in the second game as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs swept its doubleheader against the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls Saturday at Mountain Lion Field.

    UCCS won the first game 5-1 and the second 10-8.

  • RHS, Cats split games

    Adrian Jaramillo saw plenty to like from his Robertson softball team Friday in a split with visiting Lovington.

    “The girls are making good decisions, moving people over on the basepaths,” he said. “And we laid down several sacrifice bunts; they’re not selfish.”

    Robertson won the opener 6-5 and rallied but fell short of completing a comeback in an 11-9 defeat in game two.