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Today's Sports

  • Alex Kirk hoops camp in town...

    Las Vegas Optic

    Alex Kirk, who made headlines starring for the University of New Mexico Lobos before a stint in the NBA, will bring his basketball camp for area youngsters back to Las Vegas on June 8.

  • Litherland heads to Montana...

    Nicoletta Litherland was an all-district goalkeeper for a strong Robertson girls’ soccer program, one that reached the state semifinals in 2014.

    But for her senior season, Litherland jumped at the opportunity to shake things up. New head coach Jeff Houdek gave her (and others) the option to try new positions, and Litherland decided to move to a spot in the field.
    “My senior year, we just needed more players to play in the field,” she said. “So I moved to defense.”

  • Gonzalez signs with Rough Riders

    J.R. Gonzalez caught touchdown passes and intercepted enemy throws in his years with Robertson football.

    He executed takedowns and made thrilling escapes and reversals and pinned multiple opponents as a Cardinal wrestler.
    He won state team championships with both programs.

    But it’s his love for baseball that stood out.

    Earlier this month, Gonzalez signed a letter of intent to continue his education and play baseball for the Luna Community College Rough Riders.

  • FISHING REPORT, MAY 24

    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.

    Catches of the week

    Ute Lake: Mickey Trousdale of Tucumcari caught and released a 4.78-pound largemouth bass May 22. He was using a chigger craw.

  • Looking Ahead - May 29, 2016

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 11:08 a.m., Des Moines, Iowa
    •  Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    •  La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park; La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park

  • Cowgirls’ McPherson jumps at...

    Las Vegas Optic

    Shanice McPherson is a veteran of competing in national championships.

    Now the New Mexico Highlands University junior is hoping to make a run at a national title in the long jump.

    McPherson will represent NMHU’s women at this weekend’s NCAA Division II track and field championships in Bradenton, Fla.

    McPherson enters the fray with the second best distance in the nation at 6.26 meters, set at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open on April 2 in Albuquerque.

  • Golf

    The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association is in full swing for the season. This year the association has donated a large planter box which was installed next to the putting green at the Gene Torres Golf Course. The LVWGA’s fund-raising efforts support improvements to the course. Women of all golfing levels are invited to join. Play is every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Contact Judy Long at 429-0379 to become a member of this group.

  • Omaha good for Isotopes

    Las Vegas Optic

    A road trip to Omaha, of all places, proved to be soothing for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

    The team snapped a six-game losing skid — its worst of the season — by winning two of the first three games at the Storm Chasers’ ballpark this week.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 27...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 6:08 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    •La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 6:08 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 12:08 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa
    •La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park

    MONDAY
    Baseball

  • Coca going the distance

    Miguel Coca, a West Las Vegas sophomore this past year, admits to occasionally daydreaming about still being teammates with older brother Moises.

    “We’d be a good team,” he said. “We’re pretty good now, but with him still with us, we’d be tough.”

    Moises was a distance running standout for West in recent years. Before he graduated, the two brothers briefly shared time on the school’s cross country and track teams.