Today's Sports

  • Sunday hoops camp stars Bustos

    Sunday is the day for the Elite Basketball Camp for area boys and girls.

    West Las Vegas grad Vera Jo Bustos, who went on to set a school scoring record and All-American acclaim at Adams State before playing professionally in Greece, is heading the camp alongside Robertson girls’ coach Leroy Barela. Bustos is now an assistant with the UNM women’s program.

    Camp for elementary students runs from 9 a.m. to noon; for middle schoolers it’s 1 to 5 p.m. at Mike Marr Gym. The cost is $40 per player.

  • Go Fish - June 11, 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.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Russ Schuler of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch walleye June 2. He was using a shad colored wally diver with a night crawler trailer.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 11...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies at Voodoo, TBA, Albuquerque

    • Las Vegas Little League minors division playoff games, 6:15 and 7:45 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park


  • Homers not enough for Topes

    The Albuquerque Isotopes combined for three home runs Wednesday night — tying a season high — but couldn’t hang on, falling 6-5 to the visiting El Paso Chihuahuas.

    The defeat dipped Albuquerque below the .500 mark again at 29-30 — three and a half games behind Salt Lake for first place in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern.

    El Paso (28-32), the division’s third-place team, earned at least a split of the four-game series, which was to wrap up with a Thursday matinee at Isotopes Park.

  • One last dance - North-South...

    It’s been a whirlwind of a month for Jaci Fulgenzi.

    Fulgenzi, 18, graduated from Robertson this past weekend.  She has unofficially committed to New Mexico Military Institute to play college tennis, continuing a career that has produced a state doubles title (with sister Jenese), two runner-up doubles finishes and four consecutive state team championships.

    And this week she is in Albuquerque as the school’s lone representative in the North-South tennis all-star matches.

  • Postseason perfection - Golden...

    By Tom Withers
    The Associated Press

    CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant released his deep shot, the one he always makes in his dreams.

    As the ball hung in the air, his plan to win a championship, Golden State’s grip on the series, Cleveland’s last-gasp attempt to defend its title, all of it was on the line.


  • ‘Skillz and Drillz’
  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 9...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Salt Lake City
    • Class 1A-4A North-South all-star games, 7 p.m., Rio Rancho
    • LVLL championship games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Class 1A-2A North-South girls’ all-star game, 6 p.m., Cibola High, Albuquerque
    • Class 3A-4A North-South all-star game, 7 p.m., Nusenda Community Stadium, Albuquerque

  • Vatos place fifth at nationals

    The New Mexico Highlands University rugby club defeated Duke 31-0 to claim fifth place in the National Small College Rugby Organization sevens tournament on Sunday in Chester, Pa.

    The Vatos, who’d won the last two national championships in sevens rugby, were bumped from contention for a third straight title Saturday after finishing in third place in the pool play round.

    First-year NSCRO participant Christendom College (Va.) — a team the Vatos beat on Saturday — went on to edge St. Mary’s (Md.) 24-19 in the final on Sunday afternoon.

  • Valdez’s secret: Hard work

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robertson High School 2017 graduate Victoria Valdez is the second recipient of the Eliana Marie Herrera Memorial Scholarship.