Today's Sports

  • More make state at Meadow City...

    Chilly conditions — with brisk winds and a few sprinkles of rain for good measure — couldn’t hamper the mood at this past Thursday’s Meadow City Invitational. Several more athletes qualified for the state track and field meet in spite of the weather.

    Local teams placed in the top three in both boys’ and girls’ competition.

  • ‘Topes win 5th straight

    The Albuquerque Isotopes have won five in a row, including Saturday’s 6-1 triumph in the series opener at Oklahoma City.

    Alex Castellanos hit two solo home runs and finished 3 for 4 with two RBI.

    The ‘Topes did most of the damage in the third inning, scoring four runs to break a 1-1 tie. After Castellanos homered, Josh Fields went on to hit an RBI double and Tim Federowicz finished with a two-run double.

  • Cowgirls fall at ASC

    Highlands’ softball team lost both games of a Saturday doubleheader to start a four-game series at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.  

    The Cowgirls came back from a 5-0 deficit, scoring four runs, before finally losing game one by the final score of 9-4.  

    In game two, the Grizzlies strung together three two-run innings late in the game to get the win by the final score of 7-1.  

    With the losses against the Grizzlies, the Cowgirls, led by head coach Shellie Broyles, fell to a 16-22 record in the RMAC and 24-28 in overall play.

  • Cowboys recover for day-two...

    The New Mexico Highlands Cowboys (29-11, 22-9 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) used six pitchers to earn two wins (by scores of 5-1, 15-13) against RMAC foes Regis University (20-20, 15-16 RMAC) on Saturday at Brandt Park.

    Matt Gualco improved to 5-1 in his complete game in the first half of the doubleheader. Gualco’s outing included six strikeouts and two walks. Gualco also made an appearance in the second game as a pinch hitter against the submarine-style pitcher Hunter Aronson.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    • Robertson at Capital CIty Invite, 9 a.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas vs. Raton, 3 p.m., WLV field
    • LCC at Otero JC (DH), 1 p.m., La Junta, Colo.
    • Robertson at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas vs. Raton, 4 p.m., WLV field
    No local varsity events scheduled

  • WLV teams smash Taos

    Pancho Caro’s masterful pitching performance Tuesday against Taos was not only stingy, it was efficient.

    The West Las Vegas junior held the visiting Tigers to one hit, no runs and no walks — a near-perfect effort in a 6-0 win — and through seven complete innings his pitch count only hit 73.

    “Pancho controlled them,” said West coach Dean Gallegos. “He did a good job; he hit spots and threw the off-speed and breaking pitches.”

    As well as Caro pitched, he did have ample help.

  • Cowgirl track now No. 7

    New Mexico Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field squad will head to this weekend’s meet in Phoenix sporting its highest ranking ever.

    The Cowgirls moved up two spots to No. 7 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings released Wednesday.

  • NMHU players honored

    NMHU and Las Vegas Optic

    Highlands baseball player A.J. Alexander and softball player Lynette Directo have earned dual Player of the Week awards from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    In the Cowboys’ weekend series sweep over the Orediggers of the Colorado School of Mines. Alexander hit .615, going 8 for 13. He had eight hits, six RBI and three doubles for the ‘Pokes in four games started.

    Alexander, a senior outfielder from Wailuku, Hawaii, leads the RMAC in batting average (.457) and is tied for fourth in doubles with 13.

  • La Plaza opener Saturday

    La Plaza Little League commences its 2012 season with a full day of action Saturday at Rodriguez Park complex off Grant Street.

    Opening ceremonies for La Plaza will start around 11 a.m, moved up from the originally announced noon start time. Baseball, softball and tee-ball games will be played throughout the day at the complex.

    Las Vegas Little League began its games this past week at Keyes Park.

  • Isotopes stop Iowa

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (6-8) beat visiting Iowa 13-6 and 6-4 on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Will Savage ran his pitching record to 3-0 by holding the Cubs to two hits over a four-inning stretch in the latter contest.

    Jeff Baisley (3 for 4) homered Wednesday night for three RBI.