Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Lady Cards win showdown for 2-4A...

    As Robertson seized sole possession of first place in District 2-4A softball with a sweep at West Las Vegas on a blustery Saturday afternoon on Cinder Road, WLV second-year head coach Pam Sandoval told her young charges to keep their heads up.

    “That team has been hitting 10 home runs a game,” she said of Robertson. “Today you held them to one.”

    The one came from Kylee Moberg, whose blast in game one helped cap a 13-1 Lady Cardinal win.

  • College roundup: Two nailbiters...

    Highlands’ baseball team (15-27, 10-18 RMAC) has shown a flair for the dramatic this spring.
    This past weekend, the Cowboys won with another late-game rally and lost in a similar fashion during a four-game split with visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    NMHU trailed the Mountain Lions 7-5 going into the bottom of the ninth inning in Friday’s series opener. Auggie Francis hit a game-tying RBI single, and then Joseph Cilladi won it with an RBI single to cap a three-run at-bat for the Cowboys.

  • Meadow City windy town for track...

    Robertson and West Las Vegas finished a close two-three in the boys’ standings behind St. Michael’s to headline results of this past Thursday’s Meadow City Invitational held at Cardinal Stadium.
    West’s girls placed fourth and Robertson’s girls seventh as Clayton edged Bernalillo for that team title.

    Mora placed ninth in both boys’ and girls’ standings out of the dozen schools represented.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 18-...

    WEDNESDAY (April 18)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Tacoma Rainiers, 8:05 p.m., Tacoma, Wash.

  • Meadow City Invite

    Robertson and West Las Vegas boys’ teams finished second and third, respectively, in Thursday’s Meadow City Invitational.

    St. Mike’s won the boys’ team title.

    Clayton was the big winner on the girls’ side, with West fourth and Robertson seventh.

    The Mora boys and girls both placed ninth.

    See the Optic print and online editions this coming week for more on the meet.