Today's Sports

  • Weekend Roundup - March 3, 2013

    Travis Valdez went 5 for 6 at the plate, and Andy Gabaldon smashed four doubles to lead West Las Vegas to a sweep of visiting Socorro on Saturday in the first prep baseball action of the season.

    The Dons, who had to wait most of the 2013 season to play a few games on their own field (due to facility work), got off to a 2-0 start at home.

    With Jake Ulibarri on the mound in the first game, the Dons scored the key runs in the third inning and held on for a 4-1 win.

    Then Gabaldon posted a solid start as West won big in game two, 16-2.

  • Cowgirls 3rd in RMAC indoors

    Three individual event titles and some nationals-qualifying performances highlighted New Mexico Highlands’ march to third place over the weekend at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Alamosa.

    Shanice McPherson’s long jump of 19-9 1/2 (6.03 meters) was not only good enough to win; it also automatically qualified her for the NCAA meet.

    Salcia Slack and Destiny Dillworth finished one-two in the indoor pentathlon with 3,825 and 3,589 points, respectively.

  • WLV, Mora girls prevail

    West Las Vegas’ girls put together a strong fourth quarter to pull away from Robertson on Friday night, adding a District 2-3A tournament championship to their regular-season title.

    West won 63-49 after a game that saw seven lead changes and four ties. Neither side led by double digits until a Deanna Bustos 3-pointer made it 50-40 with about six minutes left in the ballgame.

    Bustos finished with 24 points.

    West Las Vegas defeated Pojoaque Valley 49-43 in the girls’ junior varsity district championship.

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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 3...

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Mountain View (DH), 3 p.m., Rio Rancho
    • Robertson JV at St. Michael’s (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe

    • Robertson at Santa Fe High, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    • Robertson JV at Santa Fe High (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe

  • Vatos rugby hosting No. 3 Denver

    Submitted to the Optic

    The nationally ranked (9th of 230 teams) New Mexico Highlands University Vatos (6-0) start their spring schedule with one of their most important games in many years this Saturday.

    They host third ranked Denver University (7-0) at 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.   

    Both teams have secured national playoff positions, but there is more at stake. The winner will be the Frontier League champion and the No. 1 seed in the regional playoffs March 22-23 in Austin, Texas. The loser will be the No. 3 seed.  

  • Playoff intensity - RHS girls...

    If Robertson’s first two district tournament games are any indicator, basketball fans are in for one heck of a postseason.

    The Lady Cardinals rallied from a double-digit deficit Wednesday evening to knock off Pojoaque Valley 54-45 and set up a fourth East-West girls’ game of the season Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Rough Riders crack code, win...

    Sometimes the formula to winning in sports is simple. And over the weekend, the Luna Community College baseball team found it.

    The Rough Riders took three of four games over Eastern Utah State University and improved to 4-11 on the year. Ten of the Rough Riders’ 11 losses have been to ranked opponents.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 28...

    • LCC vs. El Paso CC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Adams State, 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • District 2-3A girls’ tournament: Robertson at West Las Vegas, 7 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • District 2-3A girls’ JV final: West Las Vegas vs. Pojoaque Valley, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC Indoor Championships, TBA, Alamosa, Colo.
    • NMHU at Western Regionals, TBA, Grand Junction, Colo.

  • Real season begins

    By Vincent Nolasco
    Special to the Optic

    The NCAA West Regional and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships will take place this Friday and Saturday at Brownson Area located on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

    The top three placers in the NCAA West Regional and RMAC Championships in each of the weight class will seal a ticket to the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, next month, March 14-15.

  • Destiny taking course

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Highlands sophomore Destiny Dilworth hit a pair of NCAA qualifying marks at the Joe Davies Open Saturday afternoon in the final tune-up for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

    The meet was held in Golden, Colo.