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Today's Sports

  • Speed is focus of NMHU camp

    New Mexico Highlands University head track and field coach Bob DeVries and his staff will host the first NMHU Speed Development Camp June 14-16 at the NMHU track. The camp is open to athletes in all sports entering grades 7-12.

    NMHU assistant coach Patrick Johnson will be the lead instructor at the camp.

    Johnson is a Level 5 IAAF certified coach in the sprints---the highest level of certification offered by the world track and field governing body. His athletes have won numerous championships in Jamaica — the current sprinting capital of the world.

  • Bradley-bound

    Keeping alive a family tradition while making a little history all his own, Kevin Keiner of Las Vegas will play tennis and attend school at Bradley, an NCAA Division I university in Peoria, Ill.

    This past weekend was busy for Keiner, who not only attended his graduation ceremony at Robertson High, he also signed a national letter of intent making official his college choice.

    Oh yeah. He also made time for an impromptu game with sister Jennifer, now an assistant tennis coach at Cincinnati, who returned to Las Vegas to celebrate both major moments with her kid brother.

  • City league opens play

    With the “clink” sound of aluminum bats colliding with the hide of softballs, not to mention the occasional off-color humor and “carilla” from the field, dugouts and stands, it sounds like summer is here in the Meadow City.

  • 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 21

    Las Vegas: Cardinals 18, Reds 3

    MONDAY, MAY 24

    La Plaza majors:Rockies 18, Cubs 8

    La Plaza minors: Cubs 15, Giants 0; Marlins 18, Indians 4

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

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

    La Plaza minors: Marlins vs. Indians, 5:30 p.m.; Giants vs. Angels, 8:30 p.m.

  • Adult softball

    The following are upcoming city league adult softball games sponsored by the City of Las Vegas Recreation Department. Games are held nightly Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Rodriguez Park Softball Complex off of Grant Street.

    Scores will be published as reported to the Optic.

    The season began Monday, May 24.

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

    Men’s division: Buzzards vs. Tecolote, 6:15 p.m.; Vegas Boyz vs. DB’s Milkmen, 7:30 p.m.; Blaze vs. Dream Team, 8:45 p.m.

    THURSDAY, MAY 27

  • WLV fires volleyball coach

    It’s a familiar refrain: West Las Vegas High School is reportedly looking for a new head volleyball coach.

    The school relieved Brian Gurule of his coaching duties late this past week, the coach confirmed Friday.

    Gurule took over the program in 2008, his second time at the helm, and had coached the last two seasons. The Lady Dons were 7-14 this past fall.

    “I’m disappointed,” he said. “But you’ve just got to move on. I wish the girls the best of luck.”

  • 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.

    THURSDAY, MAY 20

    La Plaza majors: Yankees 11, Angels 9

    La Plaza minors: Marlins 15, A’s 0

    FRIDAY, MAY 21

    La Plaza minors: Angels 17, Indians 3; Cubs 14, Yankees 3

    Upcoming games:

    MONDAY, MAY 24

    La Plaza majors: Rockies vs. Cubs, 7:30 p.m.

    La Plaza minors: Cubs vs. Giants, 5:30 p.m.; Indians vs. Marlins, 8:30 p.m.

  • Graham heads to nationals in...

    New Mexico Highlands University track All-American Angella Graham has qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in four events — the heptathlon, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash. Meanwhile, the Cowgirls’ 400-meter relay team, a provisional qualifier, found itself on the outside looking in.

    The national meet is May 27-29 in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Carr, Bustillos All-Americans

    New Mexico Highlands University baseball players Jason Carr and David Bustillos have been named to the Daktronics Baseball All-America teams.

    Carr, a Mr. Everything for the Cowboys in the 2010 season, was named to the Daktronics All-America First Team and Bustillos received All-American Honorable Mention honors for his efforts in the 2010 season.

  • NMHU 11th in all-sport...

    Boosted by a league championship in baseball, New Mexico Highlands University finished 11th among 14 schools in the annual Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Sports Competition Cup race.

    The RMAC awards points to each school based on its finish in the standings for each sport. A maximum of 100 points (given to the league champion) is awarded in each sport, and provided the school fielded a team in the sport, a minimum of 10 points is allotted.