Today's Sports

  • Cowboys slugging it out in RMAC

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The New Mexico Highlands baseball team (31-18) started its second season on Thursday at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The winner of the RMAC Tournament will get an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament and the South Central Region, which will be at a site to be determined.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 9,...

    • NMHU at RMAC Tournament, TBA, Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Class 3A state tournament best-of-three first-round series: Robertson at Bloomfield, 6 p.m., Bloomfield; West Las Vegas at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Class 3A state tournament: West Las Vegas at Hope Christian (single-elimination first-round game), 4 p.m., Albuquerque


  • Little League

    Las Vegas Optic
    The following are upcoming scheduled Las Vegas Little League games. All LVLL games are held at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.
    Friday, May 9: Mets vs. Yankees, 5:30 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Orioles, 7:30 p.m.
    Monday, May 12: Yankees vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Mets vs. Red Sox, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, May 9: Bats vs. Express, 6:15 p.m.; Rattlers vs. Red Wings, 7:45 p.m.
    Monday, May 12: Threshers vs. Paw Sox, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Sandgnats, 7:45 p.m.

  • Go Fish - May 9

    Fishing report, May 6:
    Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair using minnows and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair to good using senkos, tubes, worms, jerk baits and spinner baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits and spinner-night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair using crank baits and Kastmasters for white bass. We had no reports on other species.
    Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs and small prince nymphs.

  • Dramatic wins for local golfers

    Both boys’ and girls’ individual District 2-3A golf championships boiled down to dramatic playoff situations on Monday at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    In each case, a golfer from the Meadow City emerged triumphant.

    Robert Gallegos of Robertson overcame an erratic shot on the first playoff hole, winning on a second playoff hole against Tucumcari’s John Paul Garcia, a state qualifier last season.

  • LV sluggers in state playoffs

    Their reward for a winning spring that included a District 2-3A title is a home game in the first round of the state softball tournament.

    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals will be the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Ruidoso, tentatively at 11 a.m. Saturday.

    West Las Vegas, which made it all the way to the 3A final last year, will make a return trip to state, albeit with a tougher path. The Lady Dons are the No. 13 seed and travel to No. 4 Hope Christian in Albuquerque. Game time had not been set as of press time.

  • State tennis in spotlight

    Juliana Guerin is eyeing her third state singles tennis title. David Romero III is hunting his first after taking one in doubles last May.

    Those storylines and others will play out this week in Albuquerque, site of the Class 1A-3A state tennis championships. First-round action gets things started on Wednesday afternoon at the Jerry Cline Complex.

  • Highlands’ Slack shatters...

    Salcia Slack racked up an NCAA Division II record 5,833 points in the women’s heptathlon on Monday in Alamosa, Colo., easily winning the event in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships.

    Slack has already qualified for the NCAA Division II outdoor national championships in the heptathlon.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 7,...

    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Class 1A-3A state tournaments (individuals), TBA, Jerry Cline Complex, Albuquerque

    • NMHU at RMAC Tournament, TBA, Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park

  • Harge, Darling out at NMHU

    Both of New Mexico Highlands University’s head basketball coaches will end their six-year tenures with the school, the Optic learned late this past week.

    Details were not made clear as of press time, but a source with the school administration confirmed that both coaches Joe Harge and Tiffany Darling are leaving NMHU.