Today's Sports

  • Lobos bully Coyotes

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Teriyon Gipson scored on the first play from scrimmage and New Mexico continued to pile up yards and points against South Dakota in a 48-21 victory on Thursday night.

    Gipson finished with 181 yards on 10 carries and had touchdown runs of 84 and 75 yards on his first two touches. The second TD tied it at 14-all and started the Lobos (1-0) on a 31-point scoring binge over the next two quarters.

  • Vols escape - Appalachian State...

    The Associated Press

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  — Exactly nine years to the day after it pulled off one of the greatest upsets in college football history, Appalachian State nearly did it again.

    A couple of missed kicks and an inability to recover an overtime fumble prevented the Mountaineers from getting it done.

    Jalen Hurd pounced on quarterback Joshua Dobbs’ fumble in the end zone and No. 9 Tennessee overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to escape with a 20-13 victory over Appalachian State on Thursday night.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 4...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 1:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas
    • NMHU women vs. Midwestern State, 11 a.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Valley Middle School vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Valley gym

    • Robertson JV at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Rio Rancho, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex

  • Cowboys fall in close season...

    New Mexico Highlands University lost its football season opener 21-14 at Dixie State Thursday night in St. George, Utah.

    The Cowboys had a chance to tie in the final minute but a touchdown pass went incomplete on fourth down, giving the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference newcomers a win on their home field. 

    See the print editions of the Optic for more coverage. 

  • Desert draw - Wildcats slow...

    Wednesday’s 1-1 tie with visiting Desert Academy may have been a splash of cold water in the face for the Robertson boys’ soccer team.

    The Cardinals, who handled Class 5A Moriarty on the road in the season opener, followed that up with a competitive 4-2 defeat Tuesday at Capital, the state champion in 5A two seasons ago.

    That result had the Cardinals and their fans feeling upbeat to say the least — as any near-upset of a recognized soccer power is apt to do.

  • Lady Dons face state champions

    The young West Las Vegas volleyball team fell to 0-2 Tuesday evening with a straight-sets defeat at Los Lunas, the defending Class 5A state champions.

    Los Lunas won 25-16, 25-14, 25-9 in its season opener.

    The Lady Tigers defeated Centennial in four sets last November in the 5A state title match.

    It’s been a tough early schedule for the Lady Dons and first-year head coach Elizabeth Ulibarri. Mora, a state semifinalist in 2A, overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge WLV 3-2 on Aug. 25 at Montoya Gym.

  • Looking upward - Cowgirl...

    There’s nowhere to go but up for the New Mexico Highlands University volleyball team.

    The Cowgirls were saddled with a prediction to finish in the cellar of the 15-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this season, according to a coaches’ poll released Aug. 15 by the Colorado Springs-based league.

    On the other end of the spectrum, Colorado School of Mines was chosen as the favorite to win the RMAC championship.

  • Cards, Dons to test their good...

    After dispatching week-one opponents Estancia and Clayton in a pair of entertainingly close football games, Robertson and West Las Vegas look to make it 2-0.

    West hosts Class 5A Grants in its home opener, kicking off at 7 p.m. Friday at the Herrera Complex.

    The Pirates are looking for their first win after having lost 30-6 to a visiting neighbor, Miyamura out of Gallup.

  • Isotopes out of playoff...

    Albuquerque saw its playoff hopes disappear Wednesday night, falling 5-3 in the second game of a doubleheader at Salt Lake. The loss, combined with El Paso’s win over Las Vegas (Nev.), gives the Chihuahuas the PCL Pacific Southern division championship.

    Raimel Tapia hit 3 of 4 in the leadoff spot for the visitors, who fell behind 5-0 through five frames.

    The Isotopes (67-71) won game one of the twinbill 1-0 but needed some help or a win to keep their postseason hopes alive. Brandon Barnes’ RBI double scored Pat Valaika for the lone run of that game.

  • Go Fish - Sept. 2, 2016

    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.

    Catch of the week
    Hopewell Lake: Lawrence Lopez of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch rainbow trout Aug 28. His wife Ida caught a 19-inch rainbow. They were both using brown wooly buggers.