Today's Sports

  • Looking ahead, Friday, June 23

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa

  • Pushups raise funds for team

    Fundraisers for Little League travel and other expenses can run the gamut from bake sales to raffles to car washes.

    Add pushups to the list.

    Las Vegas 9-11 All-Stars assistant coach Leroy Lujan  offered to perform one pushup for every dollar donated to the team as it prepares for district tournament play this coming weekend in Santa Rosa.

    Lujan ended up doing 256 within the prescribed hour and will donate two hours of community service to the city of Las Vegas as he promised.

  • District tourney time

    Santa Rosa will be the center of attention for northeastern New Mexico Little League fans starting this weekend, as the District 4 tournaments begin in the City of Lakes.

    Locally, Las Vegas Little League and La Plaza Little League recently completed their end-of-season tournaments and released all-star rosters of teams who’ll be representing the leagues at the district level.

  • Fiesta Run deadline Monday

    Deadline to sign up for the 2017 Las Vegas Fiesta Run is coming on Monday.

    The Fiesta Run, sponsored by Southwest Capital Bank, will be held Sunday, July 2, with the first races starting at 7 a.m.
    Participants may choose from the 10-kilometer run, 5K run, 5K walk and a 1-mile children’s run.

    Registration is available at www.active.com and www.lvfiestarun.com. Deadline to sign up is Monday, June 26. No registrations will be conducted on the day of the run.

  • Rockies’ Gray to start for...

    Las Vegas Optic and Isotopes reports

    Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray is scheduled to start for the Isotopes this Saturday, June 24, at Isotopes Park.  It will be Gray’s third rehab assignment as he works his way back from a fracture in his left foot.  

    This season with Colorado, Gray has started three games, going 0-0 with a 4.38 earned run average (six earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings pitched).  He was placed on the disabled list on April 14.  

  • Dogs’ day afternoon

    “Open both your eyes and watch the pitch,” the Bulls’ manager Allen Lujan admonished his young player, Aubrey Montoya, as she thumped her bat at home plate.

    “But I poked my own eyeball,” she explained.

    The sequence repeated after the coach-fed pitching machine had sent another baseball past her.

    “I can’t see,” she said. “I poked my own eyeball.”

    “Look!” Lujan said. “There’s a fidget spinner there on the ground by home plate!”

  • McMahon earns PCL honors

    Las Vegas Optic

    Ryan McMahon, one of the newest additions to the Albuquerque Isotopes, wasted little time making an impact.

    McMahon, 22, earned Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors for June 12-18 following a torrid six-game stretch for the infielder playing just his second week of Triple-A baseball.

    McMahon hit .593 with 16 hits in 27 at-bats including five home runs, four doubles and 14 runs batted in.

  • Riders hire new coach

    T.C. Nusser has been hired as new head baseball coach for the Luna Community College Rough Riders.

    Nusser and a source at LCC confirmed the hire earlier this month.

    A 2004 graduate of Portales High who played baseball and football for the Rams, Nusser is an alumnus of Eastern New Mexico (‘09).

    He began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater — alongside his father and brother — as well as neighboring Clovis High.

  • Flores to lead WLV spikers

    Las Vegas Optic

    West Las Vegas’ volleyball vacancy — a question mark since the season ended in early November — has been filled.

    Felix Flores, 30, has been hired to lead the Lady Dons, WLV athletic coordinator Richard Tripp said Monday.

    Flores will take over for Elizabeth Ulibarri, whose only year at the helm ended  with an 8-14 record and a first-round loss to Santa Fe Indian in the Class 4A state tournament.

  • Extra-base hits boost ‘Topes...

    Las Vegas Optic

    Eight doubles and two triples — the most extra-base hits in the season for Albuquerque — lifted the Isotopes to an 11-6 win at Sacramento on Monday night.

    The Topes (35-35) outhit the River Cats 16-8, including three hits apiece for Dustin Garneau and Domonic Brown.