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Today's Sports

  • Esquibel leads West

    Some time Saturday evening, Linda Esquibel will finally be able to rest.

    The West Las Vegas senior hasn’t had much opportunity to do that over the last four years or so. In the fall, she’s played volleyball and run cross country. In the winter, she’s been a key starter for a strong girls’ basketball team. And in the spring, it’s track and field and a host of events that showcase her athletic versatility — jumps, hurdles, mid-distance runs, relays.

    Oh, and she’s a member of a state championship choir, too.

  • RMAC final: Cowboys, Mavs

    With no love lost between them, New Mexico Highlands University and archrival Mesa State don’t need much reason to battle, but this time they did it with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament title on the line.

    On Saturday, Mesa State emerged from the loser's bracket and beat NMHU 15-8 in what would have been a championship clincher for the Cowboys.

    The Mavericks put the game out of reach with a five-run fifth inning, pinning the loss on Dylan Wisneski.

  • Cardinals hope for second act

    Looking to finish this baseball season the way they started it, the Robertson Cardinals know they have a difficult hurdle ahead in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.

    RHS (11-14) is the 15th seed and has the unenviable task of making a trip to No. 2 Bloomfield (13-8-1) on Saturday. Saturday’s winner plays the Socorro-Ruidoso winner in the state quarterfinals May 13 in Rio Rancho.

  • Dons have made strides

    The road back to baseball respectability has been a long and sometimes rocky one for the West Las Vegas Dons, but this weekend the team begins perhaps West’s most promising postseason in years.

    WLV, the 14th seeded team in Class 3A, plays at third-seeded Cobre (14-11) on Saturday in Bayard. The winner moves on to play the Portales-Raton winner in a quarterfinal on May 13 in Rio Rancho.

  • Robertson netters head to state

    Once again, both boys’ and girls’ tennis programs at Robertson High will vie for state team championships this coming weekend in Albuquerque.

    But first, led by a pair of district singles champions, the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals go for individual hardware Wednesday and Thursday at the Jerry Cline Complex in the heart of the Duke City’s Northeast Heights.

  • Lady Card golfers win title

    Enduring a tough challenge Monday, the Robertson girls’ golf team held on to score a district championship.

    The victory provides ample momentum as the Lady Cardinals and head coach Gene Gurule prepare for next week’s state tournament. State for Class 3A is May 9-11 at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

    The RHS girls qualified the necessary three legs this past fall (team scores of 395 at Ladera and Los Alamos in September and a 377 at NMHU in October).

    Gurule guided the RHS girls to a third-place team finish in 2009.

  • Mora, Pecos in state track meet

    The following Mora and Pecos athletes are slated to compete in the small-school (Class 1A-2A) state track and field championships May 5-6 at the University of New Mexico track in Albuquerque. Also listed are their top qualifying efforts of the season in their respective events.

    • Yeshemabet Turner, Pecos, in the girls’ long jump (a state-best 17-10), triple jump (a state-best 37-9), high jump (5-0), 100-meter dash (12.61), 200-meter dash (26.63);

  • Cowboys finish with a flourish

    As the top seed in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, New Mexico Highlands will open the postseason against sixth-seeded Regis at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Kearney, Neb.

    The Cowboys, who’d clinched the top seed a week earlier, concluded the regular season Saturday at Metro State in Denver. The Roadrunners, incidentally, are the No. 4 seed in the RMAC and play No. 3 Mesa State at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the tourney’s opening game. Host Nebraska-Kearney is the No. 2 seed and tangles with No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo for a 7 p.m. nightcap.

  • Little League Results and...

    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.

    THURSDAY, APRIL 29

    La Plaza Minors Baseball: Marlins 8, Cubs 5

    La Plaza Majors Baseball: Athletics 14, Cubs 4

    Interleague Softball: La Plaza Marlins 15, Las Vegas Lady Longhorns 14; La Plaza Athletics 17, Las Vegas Lady Devils 7

    FRIDAY, APRIL 30

  • Horsemen netters edge Robertson...

    Miranda Garcia and Juliana Guerin have been an unstoppable combination this season in doubles tennis, and that held true over the weekend in the district tournament hosted by Robertson High.

    Garcia and Guerin toppled the St. Michael’s pair of Paloma Gomez and Nada Mohammed 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, to score the Lady Cardinals’ lone win in the girls’ team competition.

    The Lady Horsemen, a 5-1 victor in Saturday’s team final, and Robertson both advance to state this week in Albuquerque.