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    As a Lady Don, Padilla put team first

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Jenika Padilla shrugs off the suggestion that she’s got a reputation for being unselfish, the consummate team player.
    As far as she’s concerned, that’s the only way to do things on a team.

    “I’m grateful to think that people think that about me,” she said. “But it’s a team sport. You have to have the right mindset.”

  • Go Fish - April 16, 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 and anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Fishing season began April 1; don’t forget your new license.

    Catches of the week
    Pecos River: Josiah Roybal, 5, of Pecos, caught a 17-inch rainbow trout April 9. He was fishing near the Dalton Day Use area and using corn.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Tacoma Rainiers, 2:35 p.m., Tacoma, Wash.  

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Tacoma Rainiers, 12:35 p.m., Tacoma, Wash.
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Robertson (DH), 2 p.m., TBA
    • LVLL Majors: Angels vs. Orioles, 5:30 p.m.; Yankees vs. Mets, 7:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • LVLL Minors: Fireflies vs. Thunder, 6:15 p.m.; Hot Rods vs. Red Wings, 7:45 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza first games TBA, Rodriguez Park

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  • Four from West in elite meet

    Four West Las Vegas track and field athletes will be among those competing in the state’s premier regular-season meet on Monday in Albuquerque.

    Miguel Coca, J.J. Esquibel, Moses Esquibel and Jenika Padilla have been selected to the invitation-only Marilyn Sepulveda Classic, hosted at UNM Track and Soccer Complex. Field events begin at 3 p.m. Monday, with races starting at 4.

    Coca, a junior, will run in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races.

    J.J. Esquibel, a junior, will compete in the 800-meter run.

  • WLV teams drop Taos

    Robbie Alarcon wasn’t taking any chances with the visiting Taos Tigers this past Tuesday at WLV Field.

    The Dons’ ace provided effective offense to help his own cause on the pitching mound in a 5-3 win. Alarcon hit 2 for 2 with one double and one walk, scoring one run and driving in another.

    As a pitcher, he racked up 11 strikeouts and allowed three runs — two earned — on five hits.

    Brandon Graston drove in two runs, with Marcus Lopez and James Archuleta getting one RBI apiece.

  • Isotopes’ late burst pays off

    By Andrew Cockrum
    Albuquerque Isotopes

    The Isotopes rallied from a four-run deficit Wednesday night behind a seven-run sixth inning to defeat the Reno Aces, 9-7, at Greater Nevada Field. Albuquerque (a division-leading 5-2) recorded 15 hits on the night, 12 of which came after the fifth inning.

    Noel Cuevas, Rafael Ynoa and Ryan Hanigan each collected three hits to lead the attack.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • Luna Community College vs. El Paso Community College (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • NMHU at Colorado-Colorado Springs (DH), noon, Colorado Springs
    • Luna Community College vs. Clarendon (DH), noon, TBA
    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo (DH), noon, Cowgirl Field
    Track and field  
    • NMHU women at Mount Sac Relays, TBA, Walnut, Calif.


  • Remembering Danielle

    Tributes to Danielle Cordova were everywhere over the weekend, painting softball fields across the Land of Enchantment with Bernalillo red and New Mexico Highlands purple.

    Cordova, 19, died in a single-car accident while traveling north on Interstate 25 this past Wednesday night. She was headed back to school at NMHU after a visit with family in her native Bernalillo.

  • Vatos earn return to sevens...

    New Mexico Highlands’ Vatos are headed back to the big dance of small-college rugby.

    The Vatos upended Iowa Central Community College 24-10 Saturday in the final of the National Small College Rugby Organization “sevens” qualifier hosted by Tulane University.

    The Vatos avenged a 12-0 defeat to the Iowa school in pool play to emerge as one of the national tournament qualifiers.