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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.

    TUESDAY, MAY 11

    Las Vegas minors: Mariners 13, Rockies 5

    La Plaza minors: Marlins 15, Angels 4

    La Plaza majors: A’s 12, Angels 2

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 12

    La Plaza majors: Dodgers 16, Rockies 2

    La Plaza minors: Cubs 9, Marlins 6; Yankees 12, Indians 2

    Upcoming games:

    FRIDAY, MAY 14

    La Plaza majors: A’s vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.

  • Local recalls encounter with...

    Submitted by Henry Sanchez

    former mayor of Las Vegas

    Dr. Jay Jones and his wife, Lillian, have been in Las Vegas since 1977, retired and made this community their permanent home.

    Jones ran the Northern New Mexico Rehabilitation Center for 12 years until he retired. He is a graduate of Columbia University, majoring in anthropology. Lillian was a professor at Highlands University. Both are in their 80s and still very active in their community.

    Jones wrote and shared a recollection of his own:

  • HU rodeo back in nationals

    Four athletes from New Mexico Highlands University will compete in the College National Finals Rodeo in June, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association has announced.

    The College National Finals Rodeo is scheduled June 13-19 in Casper, Wyo. Representing Highlands University at the finals will be Jesse Estrada, Dixie Richards, Dirk Tavenner and Sarah Zybach.  

  • Cowboys to host regional

    NCAA regionals, here we come.

    New Mexico Highlands on Sunday won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, beating archrival Mesa State 8-6 in the second of two games with the Mavericks.

    As the No. 1 team in the region, the Cowboys (39-11) will host this week’s NCAA Division II Central Regional in Farmington.

    David Bustillos and Scott Heath tallied three hits apiece and Kyle Gutchewsky drove in three runs to lead Highlands on Sunday. Tyler Wichmann was the winning pitcher.

  • RMAC lands 3 in tourney

    Highlighted by New Mexico Highlands’ remarkable run, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference apparently has commanded enough respect this baseball season to warrant three seeds in the national tournament instead of the usual two.

  • Lady Dons headed to state...

    West Las Vegas' softball team learned its fate on Sunday afternoon: the Lady Dons are going to the state tournament as the No. 14 seed and will play No. 3 Portales in a first-round game Friday in Las Cruces.

    First pitch is noon at Maag Field No. 1. The winner advances to a 6 p.m. 6 p.m. quarterfinal, playing the winner between No. 6 Miyamura and No. 11 St. Michael’s.

    Quarterfinals, semifinals (11 a.m. Saturday) and the championship game (3:30 p.m. Saturday) are all set for Las Cruces’ Field of Dreams complex.

  • 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.

    FRIDAY, MAY 7

    Las Vegas softball: Stars 13, Lady Longhorns 10

    La Plaza minors: Cubs 19, Indians 6  

    La Plaza majors: Rockies 12, Cubs 6

    MONDAY, MAY 10

    La Plaza majors baseball: Yankees 11, Dodgers 10

    La Plaza minors baseball: Marlins 15, Yankees 2

    Las Vegas majors baseball: Cardinals 15, Reds 1; Yankees 11, Giants 7

  • Luna softballers chosen for...

    Luna Community College softball players Jennifer Inocencio, Brandi Rodriguez and Tomasita Smith have been selected to play on America’s Team that will compete in the Dominican Republic this summer.

    “Players are chosen on athletic ability, character and integrity as they will be ambassadors for softball, the college, community and America,” LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos said in a news release.

    The trio along with other college athletes will tour and compete in Santo Domingo, Santiago and Cabarete from July 27 to August 5.

  • Why not Brandt?

    As NMHU’s baseball team prepares to make a four-hour drive west to Farmington, site of the NCAA Division II Central Regional that lists Highlands as host, some curious fans are asking:

    “Why Farmington? Why not Brandt Park, the Cowboys’ actual home field?”

    It’s a fair question, and as one fan who contacted the Optic pointed out, league rival Mesa State (in Grand Junction, Colo.) may have a shorter trip than NMHU.

  • Lady Dons going dancing