Today's Sports

  • It’s Grizzly season
  • For Tar Heels, some ugly...

    The Associated Press

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes.

    An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they’ve been waiting an entire year to celebrate.

    Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left Monday and North Carolina pulled away for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga that washed away a year’s worth of heartache.

  • No. 21 Mavericks take four

    The 21st ranked Colorado Mesa baseball team sent visitor New Mexico Highlands away empty-handed after a four-game series over the weekend in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Mavericks won 6-0, 2-0, 11-10 and 8-1, dropping the Cowboys to 10-21 overall and 6-12 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

    Joseph Cilladi smacked a three-run triple to force extra innings in Saturday’s nightcap, tying the contest 10-10 to finish a seven-run Cowboy rally.

    But the Mavs’ leadoff hitter J.J. Carr drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 5...

    • West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque tourney, TBA
    • West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 4:30 p.m., WLV field
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Hope Christian, 3 p.m., TBA

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees (season opener), 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque tourney, TBA
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Hope Christian (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field

  • Champs in town
  • All-state hoops lists out

    Seven Las Vegas-area high school basketball players — each of whom had a starring role in making this past winter one of the more riveting hoops seasons in recent northern New Mexico history — have been named to all-state teams by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Unlike the NMHSCA’s North-South All-Star teams, selection to all-state lineups is made without regard to players’ year in school.

  • Go Fish - April 2, 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 Friday editions of the Optic.

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

    Catches of the week

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 2...

    • NMHU at Colorado Mesa, noon, Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies vs. ABQ Voodoo, 2 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College fields, Montezuma
    • NMHU at Black Hills State (DH), 11 a.m., Spearfish, S.D.

    • West Las Vegas JV at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m., Rio Rancho

  • D.J. Bustos to sign with...

    D.J. Bustos, the West Las Vegas senior who recently shattered the all-time state scoring record for boys’ high school basketball in New Mexico, is headed for New Mexico Highlands University.

    Bustos this week confirmed he plans to sign a letter of intent in April to continue his education and playing career at the hometown NMHU.

  • Dons conquer home meet

    West Las Vegas’ boys’ track and field team captured first place in its own home meet this past weekend, racking up individual wins in several racing events.