Today's Sports

  • Gents finish 6-10 campaign

    Submitted to the Optic

    In a feel-good finish to the season, the West Las Vegas Middle School Gents baseball team took down a strong Class 4A Los Alamos with a 7-4 win on April 25.

    The boys have been playing Ironman baseball with only nine players on the team as three of their usual sluggers have been in Chicago with the national award-winning West Las Vegas Business Professionals of America club.

    Led by head coach Isaac Lopez and assistant coach Mike Jaramillo, the Gents were 6-10 and led in every game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 16...

    • NCAA Division II Central Regional: NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 11 a.m.., Mankato, Minn.; St. Cloud State vs. Winona State, 2:30 p.m.; Minnesota State vs. Regis, 6 p.m.
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, TBA, Keyes Park
    • Men’s city league, 5:30, 6:45 p.m., city complex
    • Co-ed city league, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 p.m., Abe Montoya Recreation Center

  • State title repeat for Gurule

    West Las Vegas junior Danielle Gurule earned her second consecutive Class 3A state championship in the girls’ discus, beating her nearest competitor by 8 feet, 3 inches, on Friday at UNM Track Stadium.

    Gurule had a throw of 108 feet, defeating runner-up Haley Gansz of Raton (99-9).

  • Lady Dons, Cards put up fight...

    A ferocious seven-run rally in the sixth inning enabled Portales to overcome West Las Vegas on Friday in the Class 3A state softball tournament, and the Lady Dons were eliminated by a 9-6 score.

    WLV finished 22-7.

    Beginning with Montanna Martinez’s two-run homer to start the game, the third-seeded Lady Dons had held the lead most of the way against the top-seeded Rams.

  • Cowboys go 2-2 in league...

    On the heels of another deep run in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament, the Highlands baseball team awaited an invitation to continue its season in the NCAA Division II Central Regionals.

    The NCAA was to announce regional matchups on Sunday. (Check Wednesday’s Optic for details).

    NMHU’s resumé includes a 39-14 overall record, including a 3-2 record against nationally ranked Colorado Mesa.

  • Cowgirls 3rd in RMAC meet

    New Mexico Highlands University earned its best finish yet at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week at the Mountaineer Bowl in Gunnison, Colo.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries, made a serious push for second and wound up third with 128.5 team points in the women’s standings. The meet concluded Tuesday.

    Adams State emerged with the women’s team championship, amassing 181.2 points. Western State was the runner-up, edging Highlands with 137.2 points.

  • Suns shine
  • Quintana captures sixth in state...

    Ascending a half-dozen spots on the leaderboard, West Las Vegas’ Jayme Quintana led a local contingent at the Class 1A-3A state golf championships by finishing tied for sixth on the girls’ side.

    Quintana shaved 10 strokes off her solid Monday total, going from a 94 to an 84 on Tuesday. Quintana’s second round effort was the fourth best of day two.

  • ‘Pokes climb in polls

    As the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament got under way in Pueblo, Colo., the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys enjoyed a bump in the most recent national and regional rankings.

    The Cowboys, coached by Steve Jones, moved to the unofficial No. 30 position in the NCAA Division II, according to the National College Baseball Writers Association poll released Tuesday. The team received 14 points.

    With 56 points, Highlands held on to the No. 4 spot in the Central Region rankings also compiled by the NCBWA.

  • State softball: Mora, Pecos...

    Softball teams representing Mora and Pecos met with a quick exit against some strong opponents in the opening round of the Class 1A-2A state tournament Wednesday in Rio Rancho.

    The 12th seeded Rangerettes, coached by Josh Garcia, lost 18-2 in five innings against defending state champion Jal. Jal entered the game as the No. 5 seed.

    Leonard Velasquez’s Pecos team, seeded 13th, fell in a close 7-5 battle with No. 4 Rehoboth. Rehoboth went on to best Jal in the second round as the tourney shifted from single-elimination to double-elimination.