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Today's Sports

  • What a year

    A dream season for New Mexico Highlands University baseball came to an end Saturday night in Farmington courtesy of the underrated St. Cloud State Huskies.

    St. Cloud State cut a late rally short and dealt Highlands a 12-8 loss in an elimination game that also determined who would face Minnesota State in the NCAA Division II Central Regional final on Sunday at Ricketts Park.

    NMHU finished 41-13 overall.

    Entering the regional as the sixth seed, the Huskies were responsible for both of top seed NMHU’s defeats in the six-team, double-elimination affair.

  • Lady Dons make final four

    In the end, only District 2-3A rival Raton — and really, just one or two productive innings — stood in the way of a spot in the state championship game.

    West Las Vegas shocked third-seeded Portales 11-4 in the first round of the Class 3A state softball tournament on Friday in Las Cruces.

    Then the Lady Dons, the 14th seeded team in the field, upended sixth-seeded Miyamura 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

    Those two upsets moved West into a Saturday morning semifinal matchup with Raton — the district champion and the No. 2 team in the state.

  • 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: Cubs 14, Dodgers 3; Padres 9, Cardinals 8

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 12

    Las Vegas softball: Pink Sox 10, Stars 9; Psychlones 19, Longhorns 19 (will resume at later date)

    Las Vegas majors: Red Sox 24, Mets 14; Reds 13, Rockies 6

    THURSDAY, MAY 13

    Las Vegas minors: Cubs 8, DBacks 3; Mariners 2, Padres 1

    FRIDAY, MAY 14

  • Lady Card linksters fifth

    High winds helped drive scores up this week at the Class 3A state golf championships, and the Robertson Lady Cardinals wound up fifth in the team standings.

    The tournament was held at New Mexico Tech course in Socorro.

    Robertson compiled a two-day team score of 831, three strokes behind Bosque and nine behind third-place St. Michael’s.

    Socorro (749) had the best round each day and held off Hot Springs (806) for the girls’ team title.

  • Frankie vs. Johnny III is June 12

    Las Vegas’ Frankie Archuleta and former world champion Johnny Tapia will meet in the ring for a third (and decisive?) professional boxing match June 12 at the Ohkay Casino in Española.

    Archuleta and Tapia were the star attractions Wednesday at a public press conference hosted by Crespin’s Gym, part of a series of pre-fight publicity jaunts for the rivals. (Due to court-imposed obligations, Tapia was present only briefly, though he spent time in town earlier in the day — including lunch at Charlie’s.)

  • Regional under way in Farmington

    Capsules about the six teams playing in the NCAA Division II Central Regional under way through Sunday at Ricketts Park in Farmington:

  • Graham leads Cowgirls to fifth

    Angella Graham of New Mexico Highlands is the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Outdoor Track and Field Regional Field Athlete of the Year.

    Graham cruised to conference titles in the triple jump (38-11.75), long jump (18-11.75) and high jump (5-5.25), and she finished second in the 200-meter dash (25.09) and 100-meter hurdles (14.79), boosting Highlands to fifth place in this week’s RMAC outdoor track and field championships in Pueblo, Colo.

  • 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.