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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Rodeo play dates in Las Vegas

    Another full summer of rodeo fun is on tap for young competitors and their fans, courtesy of a local organization.

    Las Vegas’ Ride to Pride 4-H and Junior Rodeo Club is hosting an open playday series of rodeo events over the next three months.

    The series opens June 5-6 at Ride to Pride’s arena just northeast of town off Airport Road, near the city’s solid waste transfer station.

    A second playday weekend is set for July 10-11, and the finals are on Aug. 21. In each case, the gates open at 9 a.m. and events begin at 10.

  • NMHU to host girls' hoops...

    Girls’ basketball players ages 5 to 18 are invited to take part in a summer skills camp hosted and presented by New Mexico Highlands University’s women’s basketball program.

    The camp will be held Tuesday, June 1, through Thursday, June 3, at the Wilson Complex on the NMHU campus.

    For those age 5 to 10, the Junior Deputy Camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon each of the three days. Cost is $50 a player.

    For those age 11 to 18, the Cowgirl Camp runs from 1 to 5 p.m. those days. Cost is $65 a player.

  • 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.

    MONDAY, MAY 17

    La Plaza majors: Dodgers 18, Angels 0

    La Plaza minors: Yankees 19, A’s 1; Cubs 14, Indians 5

    Las Vegas majors: Reds vs. Mets postponed due to lightning; Rockies 14, Giants 0

    Las Vegas softball: Stars 15, Longhorns 14

    TUESDAY, MAY 18

    La Plaza minors: Indians 11, Giants 1

  • More honors for Cowboys

    Though their season may be over, the Highlands Cowboys continue to rake in postseason accolades.

    Jason Carr, an NMHU senior first baseman from Puyallup, Wash., was named 2010 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Central Region Player of the Year this past week.

    Carr, who hit .459, belted 22 home runs and accounted for 78 runs batted in and 41 walks in the regular season, is now a candidate for the Daktronics National Player of the Year award. It is the second time he has been named to the all-region team.

  • A wow finish

    “Everybody’s beatable.”

    That’s what West Las Vegas head softball coach Lucas Griego’s mantra was going into the postseason.

    The second-year skipper wanted his troops to fear no one and simply play their game.

    They didn’t do too bad.

    Despite being saddled with the 14th seed in a 16-team Class 3A state tournament, the Lady Dons made it all the way to the semifinals and had better than a fighting chance to make the championship game.