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Today's Sports

  • Lady Riders sweep!

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College softball team did something it had never done before — sweep a conference opponent.

    The Lady Rough Riders swept Western Texas College 6-5, 5-3, 10-6 and 14-13 this past weekend at home in its conference opener.

  • Ortiz wins in nationals

    Elijah Ortiz could use a larger trophy case for his next birthday.

    Sooner, if you can help him out.

    The 6-year-old Las Vegas resident completed a long undefeated season in junior wrestling that began in October and concluded in March with a national championship. Ortiz is the son of Angelo and Olivia Ortiz and the brother of Noah and Jonah Ortiz.

  • Lobos all business this time

    By Glen Rosales
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It’s a memory that everybody connected to the New Mexico basketball program is hard-pressed to forget.

    A year ago, the Lobos were media darlings. They were seeded third and were a popular pick to reach the Final Four.
    This from a program that had never won more than one game in any NCAA tournament.

    Rather that reaching the last weekend of the season, however, New Mexico fell to unheralded and 14th-seeded Harvard in the opening game.

  • Roundup - Dons down Rattlers

    Getting production from both sides of the ball, West Las Vegas scored its second varsity baseball victory in as many days on Tuesday evening against visiting Tucumcari.

    This time the Dons won 12-2, relatively smooth sailing after Monday’s close-shave 5-4 win against Monte del Sol.

    “Our (defense) was on,” said WLV skipper Ryan Gabaldon, “and our sticks all around.”

    Andy Gabaldon prevailed as the winning pitcher, and his father hailed “a total team effort — it was great.”

  • Go Fish - March 21

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Fishing report, March 18:
    Charette Lakes: No reports.
    Cimarron River: Trout fishing was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    Friday
    Baseball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson at St. Mike’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Socorro tournament, TBA, Socorro
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Clarendon (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • Robertson at St. Mike’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Carlsbad tournament, 7:30 a.m., Carlsbad
    Track and field
    • Memorial Middle School at Santa Fe Indian, 3 p.m., Santa Fe

    Saturday

  • Vatos aim for nationals

    Submitted to the Optic

    “The Vatos are the best team we have faced in a very long time, a very physical team,” noted Coach Allan Wilson after his No. 3 nationally ranked Denver University overcame the No. 9 NMHU Vatos 21-5 earlier this month at Perkins Stadium.

    Although the disciplined Pioneers team controlled most of the ball and tempo, the score mildly flattered DU (9-0) as the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos (8-1) initially led the game, were dangerous with the ball in hand, and tackled relentlessly.

  • Roundup - Rangel falls in NCAA

    Erick Rangel’s bid for a national wrestling championship came up short this past weekend, with the New Mexico Highlands University standout finishing 0-2 at the NCAA Division II tournament in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Rangel was locked in a narrow battle in his second match, and only a takedown awarded late in the second period made the difference in knocking him out of the wrestle-back bracket. Patrick Mestrez of Belmont Abbey took the 5-4 verdict after allowing only a single point — on a Rangel escape — in the third period.

  • Silva on a serious roll

    Submitted to the Optic

    She continues to set records.  

    In each of Katrin Silva’s last three ultra races, the Las Vegas-area resident has taken the women’s first place award.  

    On Oct. 19, Silva was the 1st Place Woman and 4th overall at the Deadman Peaks 50-Miler in New Mexico. Last month, Feb. 15, she was the 1st Place Woman and 9th overall at the Black Canyon 100K in Arizona.

    And on Saturday Silva was the First Place Woman and third overall at the Monument Valley 50-Miler in Utah.  

  • Madness tips off

    By John Marshall
    AP Basketball Writer
    College basketball fans, start your brackets.
    March Madness kicks into high gear this week with the start of the NCAA tournament, the time hoop heads circle the calendar like it’s Christmas.
    This year’s run through the field of 68 should be a blast — an undefeated team in the bracket, a wide-open field and a heavy dose of great players.
    So stock up the fridge, work on that fake cough to call in sick and dig the remote from under the couch cushions. It’s time to roll.