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Today's Sports

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    Games are played weeknights at Rodriguez Park and Keyes Park, respectively. Schedule subject to change.

    MONDAY, APRIL 26

    La Plaza Minors Baseball: Yankees 16, Giants 1

    La Plaza Majors Baseball: Rockies 13, Angels 1

    TUESDAY, APRIL 27

    Interleague Softball: La Plaza Marlins 24, Las Vegas Stars 5; La Plaza Athletics 15, Las Vegas Pink Sox 6

  • Lady Cardinals upset St. Mike...

    Seven Lady Horseman errors helped visiting Robertson pull off one of its better wins of the season Tuesday, a 7-2 nod at St. Michael’s in Santa Fe.

    “We needed it,” said RHS head coach Chris Najar.

    It’s been a season of building and learning for the Lady Cardinals, now 5-11 and 2-7 in District 2-3A. RHS lost a half dozen starters from last year’s team but have coalesced into a generally tight-knit group that has improved over the season.

  • Cowboys to finish in Denver

    New Mexico Highlands University remained the No. 1 team in the NCAA Division II Central Region this week despite losing three of four at Mesa State over the weekend.

    The Cowboys dropped from seventh to 12th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll; they are sixth in the National College Baseball Writers Association poll and 12th in the American Baseball Coaches Association ratings.

    NMHU (33-9 overall) wraps up the regular season this weekend with a trip to Metro State College in Denver. First pitch of the three-game series is set for 3 p.m. Friday.

  • Cowgirls, Wolves go halfers

    The Cowgirls split a four-game series this past weekend at Colorado State University-Pueblo, the eighth-ranked team in NCAA Division II’s Central Region and the top squad in the RMAC West.

    NMHU won the first two games 8-7 and 4-0, then lost 8-0 and 7-4.

    Under head coach Shellie Broyles, the Cowgirls are 15-27 overall and 10-21 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. In 2009, Broyles’ first season, the team was 8-47 and 3-35, respectively.

  • Golf to benefit HU football

    Former New Mexico Highlands University football coaches Carl Ferrill and John Levra will be hosting a Professional Football Coaches Charity Golf Tournament, a Highlands University Football and Chaffey (California) College Reunion along with a Legends of Football on the River Coaches Clinic on Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5, in Laughlin, Nev.  

    Ferrill is suggesting that participants show up on Thursday night, June 3. The Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino and the Edgewater Hotel and Casino are the host venues.

  • La Plaza sluggers take field

    An estimated 312 players, accompanied by their coaches and fans, flocked to Rodriguez Park on Sunday for La Plaza Little League’s traditional opening day activities.

    The season has been dedicated to former league president Mary Jean Flores-Ortiz and the late Mariah Arguello, a former player slain in a recent suspected DWI crash.

  • Lady Card netters 2nd seed

    Robertson girls’ tennis team nabbed the No. 2 seed in this coming weekend’s district tournament by virtue of their performance in the pre-district event over the weekend in Santa Fe.

    Meanwhile the Robertson boys’ team finished third in the pre-district competition.

    Coach Randy Garcia's Lady Cardinals lost 5-1 to St. Michael’s in the championship, averting a shutout with Juliana Guerin’s 6-1, 7-6 sweep of Paloma Gomez at No. 1 singles.

  • Silva bullet

    Manuel Silva, a senior at West Las Vegas, recently captured high-point athlete honors in the Fort Sumner Fox and Vixen Relays.

    Silva accumulated 25 points in various throwing events. He took first place in the shot put with a toss of 42 feet, 5 inches, and won the javelin with a 120-6.5. Additionally, he threw the discus 100 feet even, good for third place among large-school competitors. He also was runner-up in the 400-meter dash in 57.73 seconds.

    As a team, West had 112.5 team points in the large-school boys’ standings, second to Hope Christian (199.5).

  • State track field expands with...

    The following local athletes have qualified for state in track and field to date this season. Class 3A state championships will be held May 7-8 at the University of New Mexico track in Albuquerque.

    The small-school state meet is May 5-6, also at UNM.

    Class 3A qualifiers include:

    • Estevan Vigil, Robertson, in the boys’ 100-meter dash (10.19 seconds, fastest time to date among 3A boys); 200 (22.43); 400 (51.76); long jump (a state-leading 21-7); and javelin (158-2, longest to date);

  • RHS sweeps own meet

    Dual first-place finishes for the second time in as many weeks were the reward for the performance of Robertson boys’ and girls’ track teams in Friday’s Meadow City Invitational at Cardinal Stadium.

    Estevan Vigil highlighted the day, posting his fastest time of the year in the boys’ 100-meter dash with a 10.19. That is also the fastest sprint among Class 3A boys this season.