Today's Sports

  • Hat trick!

    Mallory Bostic scored a hat trick in the first sporting event of the fall season, New Mexico Highlands’ 7-0 women’s soccer romp against visiting University of the Southwest this past week at Perkins Stadium.

    The win came in an exhibition game against an overmatched smaller school, but there was plenty to like if you’re a fan of the Cowgirls.

    Anyssa Dagnino, last season’s leading scorer for NMHU, put the pressure on USW’s defense early and seemed to have a breakaway or two in hand but was called for offsides.

  • Dawkins’ dunks revolutionized...

    The Associated Press

    Darryl Dawkins, whose board-shattering dunks earned him the moniker “Chocolate Thunder” and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, died this past Thursday. He was 58.

    The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania coroner’s office said Dawkins died Thursday morning at a hospital. Later Thursday, Dawkins’ family said a heart attack was the cause of death.

  • Taking Flight - Robertson...

    It’s looking like a wide-open field of contenders in the Class 4A state football chase this fall.

    But of the seven chief championship hopefuls, only a couple can claim recent title credentials. Robertson is one of them.

    While the Cardinals’ usual strengths — an opportunistic defense that sniffs out turnovers, an offense built on a prolific ground game — are intact, there’s a feeling akin to a fresh start as they kick off the schedule Friday night in Portales.

  • Cheer camp with the champs
  • Isotopes rally, drop OKC in...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (57-75) finished off a four-game set with a come-from-behind 11-6 win Wednesday night against visiting Oklahoma City (79-52).

    It was a series split.

    The Isotopes spotted Oklahoma City a five-run lead through the middle of the sixth inning before scoring for the first time.

    A huge five-run outburst in the bottom of the frame tied the game 5-5. After a strikeout by Tim Wheeler, the Topes connected six straight times, including a two-RBI single by Trevor Story and a three-run bomb by Wilin Rosario.

  • Go Fish - Aug. 28

    Fishing report, Aug. 11

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow with murky water conditCharette Lakes: Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using PowerBait. We had no report on perch.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow on Monday below Eagle Nest was 17 cfs. Fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, elk hair caddis flies, tricos and brassies for trout. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair to good using PowerBait and salmon eggs.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 28...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Cross country
    • NMHU at Rust Buster Relays, TBA, Lubbock, Texas
    • Robertson at Portales, 7 p.m., Portales
    • West Las Vegas vs. Clayton, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Cross country

  • Outlaws start youth football...

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, Aug. 22, the Las Vegas Outlaws 7-8 and 9-10 teams both opened the 2015 fall season of the Northern New Mexico Children Football League with wins.

    The 7-8 Outlaws beat up on the NMCFL spring flag champion Santa Fe Venom 20-0. Scoring for the young Outlaws: C.J. Perea with two rushing touchdowns and Ethan Tafoya with one.

    “We had a great day of blocking by our offensive line; without those boys we wouldn’t score a point,” said head coach Carlos Perea.

  • Dons football team pushing...

    There was a time in the fall of 2014 when the West Las Vegas football team found itself trailing Pojoaque Valley on the road, 21-0.

    “There would’ve been times (in years prior) when they would’ve given up at that point,” said WLV head coach Adrian Gonzales. “They would’ve thought ‘We can’t come back.’”

    Not this time.

    The Dons dug deep and rallied, somehow making a game of it before falling by just two points, 21-19, to the favored Elks.

  • Hold on, cowboy