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Today's Sports

  • State baseball ride ends for Las...

    For being a couple of the state tournament’s longest-shot underdogs, Las Vegas’ two prep baseball teams put quite a scare into their heavily favored opponents on Saturday, miles from the Meadow City.

    Fifteenth seed Robertson led No. 2 Bloomfield much of their game but stumbled late in losing 7-5.

    To the south, 14th seed West Las Vegas kept close most of the way but fell at No. 3 Cobre by a 9-5 count.

  • Vatos put up a fight in regionals

    In Fort Worth, Texas, last weekend, the young Highlands University Vatos finished one win short of reaching the USA Rugby Sweet 16.

    In a big upset, the Vatos defeated Texas’ No. 1 Austin Rugby Club 13-7 before losing to Texas’ No. 2 Dallas, 25-10 in the semifinals.

    A 43-22 consolation loss for third place to Missouri No. 1 St Louis Rugby Club landed the Vatos with a fourth place trophy. The top three of eight regionals advance to the national final 16.

  • Nip-tuck East-West softball...

    In a day of wild rallies and photo finishes, Robertson and West Las Vegas battled to a split Saturday in the final softball doubleheader of the regular season.

    Each team had something at stake in terms of state tournament seeding (announced Sunday as this issue was going to press). And they both played like it.

    West Las Vegas won the opener 13-11 on Larrissa Gallegos’ walk-off two-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth inning.

  • Jump for joy!

    A child did lead them.

    Robertson freshman Kristen Montaño led off a successful state track meet by winning the girls’ long jump, clearing 17 feet, 2 inches.

    Montaño, who built up a list of state-qualifying performances over the second half of the season, won by nearly a half foot over runner-up Dionna Montoya, a Pojoaque senior.

    That victory set the tone for a strong weekend for locals at the meet, held at UNM’s track complex.

  • Guerin a state champ!

    Just an eighth grader, Juliana Guerin is a state champion in girls’ tennis.

    Guerin knocked off Paloma Gomez of St. Michael’s in the Class 3A girls’ singles final on Thursday to capture the title, capping a successful first year on the Robertson High varsity.

  • Crespin wins again

    Amanda Crespin squared her professional record at 2-2-1 Friday night, taking a four-round unanimous decision over Clara de la Torre (1-10) of Santa Fe.

    The match opened a card co-promoted by Danny Romero and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions at Isleta Casino in Albuquerque.

    It was the second win in less than two weeks for Crespin, who beat Linda Custodio on April 24 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Little League

    Las Vegas Optic

    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.

    THURSDAY, MAY 6

    La Plaza minors baseball: Angels 18, Giants 3

    La Plaza majors baseball: Yankees 12, Angels 2

    Interleague softball: La Plaza Marlins 18, Las Vegas Pink Sox 12

    Las Vegas minors baseball: DBacks 13, Mariners 10; Red Sox 8, Cubs 3;

    Upcoming games:

    MONDAY, MAY 10

    La Plaza majors baseball: Yankees vs. Dodgers, 7:30 p.m.

  • NMHU wins RMAC tourney

    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. The Cowboys (39-11) are expected to be officially named the host team of the upcoming NCAA 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.

  • Amanda back in ring tonight

    Less than two weeks after scoring her first professional victory, Meadow City boxer Amanda Crespin is back in the ring.

    Crespin is scheduled to fight Clara de la Torre of Santa Fe on Friday night as part of the cooperative venture of Danny Romero and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions at Isleta Casino in Albuquerque. Tickets range from $15 to $100.

    ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” will televise part of the card, which begins at 7 p.m.

  • Big meet at UNM

    The last finish line of the season awaits.

    More than four dozen local athletes will represent Las Vegas in the Class 3A state track and field championships Friday and Saturday at the University of New Mexico track complex in Albuquerque.

    They are:

    • Estevan Vigil, Robertson, in the boys’ 100-meter dash (10.47 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);