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Today's Sports

  • Luna softballers chosen for...

    Luna Community College softball players Jennifer Inocencio, Brandi Rodriguez and Tomasita Smith have been selected to play on America’s Team that will compete in the Dominican Republic this summer.

    “Players are chosen on athletic ability, character and integrity as they will be ambassadors for softball, the college, community and America,” LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos said in a news release.

    The trio along with other college athletes will tour and compete in Santo Domingo, Santiago and Cabarete from July 27 to August 5.

  • Why not Brandt?

    As NMHU’s baseball team prepares to make a four-hour drive west to Farmington, site of the NCAA Division II Central Regional that lists Highlands as host, some curious fans are asking:

    “Why Farmington? Why not Brandt Park, the Cowboys’ actual home field?”

    It’s a fair question, and as one fan who contacted the Optic pointed out, league rival Mesa State (in Grand Junction, Colo.) may have a shorter trip than NMHU.

  • Lady Dons going dancing
  • 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.