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Today's Sports

  • Scoring in the classroom

    Continuing a tradition of solid performance in the classroom, New Mexico Highlands baseball and softball players were among those honored with All-Academic selection in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this spring.

    The RMAC, based in Colorado Springs, announced the All-Academic honorees this past week.

    Fourteen from Highlands were honorable mentions for baseball and softball.

    Cowboys on the list:
    • Steven Bishop, a senior from Albuquerque, who posted a 3.68 grade point average in human performance and sport.

  • Lady Cards clinch share of...

    With a pair of lopsided wins — 17-1 and 16-1 — at Pojoaque Valley on Thursday, the Robertson softball team assured itself of at least a share of the District 2-4A championship.

    Coach Michael Quintana’s squad is 17-6 overall and 9-0 in the district. The team is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A behind only Silver (17-5), according to MaxPreps’ ratings.

  • Go Fish - April 23, 2017

    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 an≠d anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Mani Loveless of Albuquerque caught her biggest largemouth bass ever April 15. The bass measured 24 inches and was caught on a curly tail grub tipped with a night crawler.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque  
    Soccer
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College, Montezuma
    Softball
    • NMHU at Colorado-Colorado Springs (DH), 11 a.m., Colorado Springs  

  • Ulibarri, Duran dual threats on...

    Strengthening a hold on second place in District 2-4A softball, West Las Vegas took care of Pojoaque Valley 18-5 in a road game.

    WLV sophomore Andrea Ulibarri hit her first career home run and then did it again, and Elena Archuleta hit a home run and a double to highlight a stellar offensive performance for the visitors. Marquisa Montoya and Jennifer Sanchez were credited with driving in runs for the Lady Dons, who improved to 13-8 overall and 6-3 in district.

    Ulibarri also recorded the pitching victory, going the distance for Tuesday’s win.

  • Dons win Meadow City meet

    Miguel Coca’s sweep of the distance running events keyed a rousing team victory for West Las Vegas’ boys in this past week’s Meadow City Invitational.

    Coca won in the 800-meter run as well as the mile and 2-mile races, part of an afternoon in which the Dons won seven individual events. As a team, West’s boys amassed 127.5 points, easily outpointing runner-up Santa Rosa (79).

  • Isotopes’ skid hits six games

    Zack Godley was almost unhittable Wednesday, striking out seven and giving up just one single in seven innings of work.

    As a result, Godley and the Reno Aces took a 5-1 win over Albuquerque, sending the Isotopes to their sixth consecutive defeat.

    The Isotopes, who’d won six of their first eight games, fell to 6-8 heading into Thursday. The team completes the Reno series Friday night, then hosts Tacoma for a four-game set beginning Saturday night.

  • In Brief - Sports - April 21,...

    Staff and wire reports

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Luna Community College vs. New Mexico Junior College (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • LVLL games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 9 a.m., Tucumcari
    Softball
    • Luna Community College vs. El Paso Community College (DH), noon, TBA
    Tennis  
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at pre-district, TBA, Taos

    SATURDAY

  • East-West, the sequels

    The battle for Cinder Road took a dramatic turn on Saturday.

    West Las Vegas (11-6-1, 5-2-1) stayed close to St. Mike’s (11-7, 4-1) in the District 2-4A standings, sweeping Robertson 8-4 and 8-2 on the Cardinals’ home field.

    That came after the Redbirds had won at West on April 4.

    Robertson (14-8, 3-5) was to try for payback at Taos on Tuesday while West was at Pojoaque Valley.

    Antonio Bustamante hit 2 for 3 and scored twice to highlight West’s effort in game one Saturday.