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Today's Sports

  • Highlands wins conference

    Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champs.

    New Mexico Highlands University claimed that distinction over the weekend in perhaps the sweetest way possible — with a decisive road win over nemesis Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Cowboys (33-8 overall and 23-5 in RMAC play) beat the host Mavericks 15-8 on Friday for the clincher.

    As a result, the team will be the top seed in the RMAC tournament coming up May 5-8 in Kearney, Neb.

  • West gets it done

    How the West has won.

    West Las Vegas topped Robertson in baseball and softball games on Tuesday, taking the former by a 7-5 count and the latter in a 9-4 verdict.

    The Dons’ win gives them a three-game series sweep of their crosstown rivals and puts them in striking distance of second place in District 2-3A.

    Manny Blea chalked up three hits in four at-bats for West, but he got plenty of help through the lineup, as eight Dons had at least one hit each.

  • Highlands athletes recognized...

    A number of New Mexico Highlands University student athletes in the school’s winter and spring sports are among the league honorees for academic performance this year.

  • Brown honored by RMAC

    While the New Mexico Highlands baseball team has continued its ascent in the national rankings, the Cowboys have also racked up individual accolades. Danny Brown, the Cowboys’ dual threat in pitching and hitting,  this past week became the latest honoree, securing the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week award.

    It is the fourth such award for a Highlands player this season.

  • Luna fires baseball coach

    It’s been a rough ride indeed this season for the Luna Community College baseball program, but for embattled head coach Peter Ortiz, the ride is over.

    Luna officials on Wednesday afternoon announced Ortiz has been fired effective immediately, with assistant coach Antonio Siqueiros taking over for the remainder of the season.

    LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos said the college will not comment on the reasons for Ortiz’s termination because it is a personnel matter. And Ortiz has not responded to the Optic’s requests for an interview.

  • Boxing is back Saturday

    Shawn Gallegos, Arturo Crespin, Amanda Crespin and Michael Coca Gallegos have been de facto ambassadors of the Meadow City in the world of professional prizefighting.

    Now they’re coming home to ply their trade.

  • Garcia, Graham pace Cowgirl...

    Led by strong individual performances from distance runner Carolina Garcia and All-American Angella Graham, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team  came away with a third-place finish in the Colorado State-Pueblo Invitational April 15-17 in Pueblo.

    NMHU joined 20 teams from throughout the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains for the meet. Teams from as far north as the Dakotas as well as Wyoming and Nebraska attended the chilly 42-degree meet at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl Stadium and Throws complex.

  • Rugby lights up the Perk

    The Vatos’ home finale of the spring season was long on action if short on victories for the home side, entertaining spectators at Perkins Stadium this past Saturday.

    “We had a good weekend of rugby,” said Vatos adviser Dick Greene, noting the full afternoon of activity. In addition to Vatos matchups with Clovis and the always-tough Albuquerque Aardvarks, those teams played each other, and there were a couple of high school contests as well.

    Game 1:

  • NMHU gets 4th RMAC sweep

    The New Mexico Highlands Cowboys completed their fourth series sweep of the season against a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponent over the weekend, beating Colorado Christian 5-4 and 13-2 on Sunday in Lakewood, Colo.

    Highlands (32-6 overall, 22-3 RMAC) had beaten the Cougars 22-3 in Friday’s series opener. CCU fell to 12-31, 9-17.

  • Longtime sportscaster dies

    Bernie Allingham, who delivered live radio broadcasts of Las Vegas high school sports for decades, died early Saturday after an extended battle with cancer.

    Allingham, initially hired by longtime friend and former KFUN-KLVF station manager Dennis Mitchell, developed into an icon of northern New Mexico sports broadcasting. He was known for his gravelly voice, easy familiarity with local athletes and proficiency in live coverage.