Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Archuleta shines on both sides...

    West Las Vegas baseball (8-6-1) won its first game of a scheduled doubleheader with Pojoaque Valley 3-2, getting a walk-off victory on James Archuleta’s RBI hit to end the game.

    Archuleta went the distance on the mound for the Dons, holding the Elks to seven hits in as many innings, striking out five.

    Game two was knotted up at 4-4 when it was called due to darkness after nine innings. A makeup will only be set if the outcome will impact the district standings at season’s end, according to WLV officials.

  • Four in a row
  • Opening day
  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • Robertson at Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson JV vs. Hope Christian (DH), 4 p.m., MMS Field
    • Luna Community College vs. Adams State (DH), 3 p.m., TBA
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Robertson (DH), 3 p.m., WLV Field

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • NMHU at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 p.m., Colorado Springs

  • No need to fear - Isotopes slide...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Creeping tarantulas, yipping dogs and a banquet setting of ballpark food lovingly christened with names like Radiation Burger and Nuclear Nachos.

    It must be opening week for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

    The team opened its 15th season under that name on Thursday night against the Salt Lake Bees, but not before amping up the excitement with Media Day on Monday afternoon at Isotopes Park.

  • Go Fish - April 9, 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: Andres Martinez caught a 6-pound catfish March 27. He was fishing the river near Puerto de Luna and using chicken liver.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 9...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park
    • NMHU at Adams State, noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies at Santa Fe Sting, 2 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College fields, Montezuma
    • NMHU vs. Fort Lewis (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park

  • L’Esperance leads Redbird golf...

    Justin L’Esperance of Robertson shot a 74 on Monday, leading the Cardinal boys’ golf team to a win in the West Las Vegas Invitational held at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    L’Esperance’s score was good for an individual championship as well.

    The RHS junior qualified a first leg (of three required) toward qualification to the Class 1A-4A state tournament. So too did Robertson’s boys as a team, coached by Sam Hillis, in his first year.

    Robertson’s girls also scored a win as a team.