Today's Sports

  • Tripp to leave WLV post

    For a second time, Richard Tripp is retiring from West Las Vegas.

    Tripp, whose first go-round working for his alma mater included 29 years teaching English and history in addition to coaching basketball, baseball and football, said he is leaving his athletic coordinator post as of July 1. He had been serving in that capacity since 2014, lured out of retirement after a brief stint at Atrisco Heritage.

  • Savannah smiles: RHS track...

    Believe it or not, Savannah Sena used to hate running.

    But prodded on by her parents when she was in seventh grade, she began to acquire a taste for running as part of conditioning and preparation for sports in general.

    Eventually, the running itself became something she loved — or at least liked, a lot.

    “I like the competition,” she said. “You have to work hard to reach the finish line.”

  • LV summer softball is on tap

    Rosters are now being accepted for this year’s Meadow City Adult Summer Softball League.

    Deadline to submit rosters to the city recreation office (Abe Montoya Rec Center, 1751 North Grand Ave.) is Friday, May 11. Contact the office at 426-3212 for more information.

    Fees are $550 per team, which includes sponsor fee and team player fee. Both men’s and women’s leagues are planned.

    A co-ed softball league and mush-ball league are also in the works, according to the city recreation department.

  • Isotopes' road woes...

    Daniel Castro kept his hitting streak alive at 12 games, but the Albuquerque Isotopes continued to struggle in the early going Wednesday night, falling 14-2 at Tacoma, Wash.

    Castro’s hit streak leads the Pacific Coast League, and teammate Josh Fuentes is right behind him with an 11-game streak. On another positive note, David Dahl is back in the lineup off the seven-day disabled list.

  • Tuesday's gone with the wind

    Maybe the 76 mph peak wind gusts should be considered part of the home-field advantage.

    Robertson and West Las Vegas baseball and softball teams all hosted games on Tuesday afternoon despite extreme windy conditions — and all four local squads came out victorious.

    To be sure, the wind did plenty of damage. As the Optic reported, the gusts tore chunks of roofing materials off local buildings, and they created havoc with power lines and electrical currents.

  • Little Leagues open seasons

    Both local Little Leagues opened their seasons with emotional tributes this past weekend.
    Las Vegas Little League, dedicating its season to the late Lacy Houdek and brothers Tom and John Gallegos on behalf of their supportive family, kicked off on Saturday morning at Keyes Park.

    La Plaza Little League honored three families at its opening ceremony on Sunday afternoon at Rodriguez Park. The season was dedicated to Art Archuleta, Tony Lopez and Manuel Ortega, with salutes to the Archuleta, Lopez and Ortega families.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 20-...

    FRIDAY (April 20)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Tacoma Rainiers, 8:05 p.m., Tacoma, Wash.
    • Luna at New Mexico Junior College (DH), noon, Hobbs
    • Mora vs. Mesa Vista, 4 p.m., Mora
    • Las Vegas Little League games, TBA, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Luna at El Paso CC (DH), 1 p.m., El Paso, Texas 
    • Pecos vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Pecos

  • Go Fish: Friday, April 20

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & 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.

    Catches of the week
    Monastery Lake: Jonah Montano, age 7, of Belen, caught three rainbow trout Apr. 14. He was fishing with his dad and nino and using orange PowerBait.

  • Vatos back in national sevens...

    The Vatos are going back to Pennsylvania.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s rugby club has made a habit of playing in the national sevens championship tournament, and that’s exactly what the Vatos will be doing in June.

    The Vatos defeated Wabash University 29-7 to claim the top spot in the Oak Leaf 7s Qualifier hosted by Vanderbilt this past weekend in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee-Chattanooga bested Duke 36-0 for third place in the same event.

  • RHS doubles down, drops Dons on...

    Bedazzled by the sequence of pitches he was seeing from his West Las Vegas counterpart Robbie Alarcon, Robertson’s Brandon Lucero paused to point at Alarcon up on the mound, giving him props for his artistry.

    Alarcon had his stretches of brilliance in a riveting game one in Saturday’s East-West baseball doubleheader at WLV Field. So, too, did Lucero, whose economy of motion — a rapid-fire pitching routine with little time devoted to wind-up or reflection — kept the Dons hitters on their heels.