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Today's Sports

  • West High School students leave...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Omar Cano, Moses Esquibel. Isaiah Gallegos, Austin Jensen, Liam Lopez, John Linzie and Fenix Young were the 2016 West Las Vegas High School representatives to New Mexico Boys State held in Portales last month.

    The event began in El Rito 69 years ago and has evolved each year. The program revolves around the U.S. and New Mexico Constitutions.

  • Cats pin unlucky 13 on...

    An RBI single by Ben Paulsen to score Rafael Ynoa in the eighth inning cut the deficit in half.

    But the visiting Albuquerque Isotopes failed to extend the rally and lost their series opener 4-2 at Sacramento on Thursday night.

    It was the 13th straight defeat for Albuquerque, which occupied the cellar of its division with a 31-49 record as of Friday morning.

    The Isotopes are back at The Lab for Monday’s Independence Day festivities, which feature a free fireworks show immediately following their game with division-leading El Paso.

  • Title town

    Midnight had fallen on Rodriguez Park on the far western reaches of the Meadow City when the District 4 Juniors Division softball championship was finally decided late Thursday (or early Friday, to be precise).

    By that point, only the most diehard fans — i.e. players’ parents and a few others —.were left to watch the proceedings, joining the hordes of moths thrashing madly against the stadium lighting.

    Not that there wasn’t a lot of excitement to be witnessed.

  • Icons left significant legacies

    It’s been an especially brutal year in terms of the deaths of major icons of pop culture and now sports.

    Six months into 2016, we’ve already lost music greats David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard and Prince, to name just a few.

    More recently, we were hit with the losses of several of the biggest names ever to grace the sports pages — Muhammad Ali, Gordie Howe, Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan. A few words on each ...

  • Icons left significant legacies

    It’s been an especially brutal year in terms of the deaths of major icons of pop culture and now sports.

    Six months into 2016, we’ve already lost music greats David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard and Prince, to name just a few.

    More recently, we were hit with the losses of several of the biggest names ever to grace the sports pages — Muhammad Ali, Gordie Howe, Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan. A few words on each ...

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 3...

    SUNDAY
    Baseball

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.
    Running

    •Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run, starting 7 a.m.

    MONDAY
    Baseball

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    TUESDAY
    Baseball

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball

  • Fiesta Run deadline Friday

    Las Vegas Optic

    Friday is the deadline to register for Sunday’s annual Las Vegas Fiesta Run.

    Registration is available from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Southwest Capital Bank, 622 Douglas Ave. in Las Vegas. Those who have already signed up may also pick up their packets at that time.

    There will be no same-day registration.

  • A June swoon

    Albuquerque Isotopes fans didn’t let the continuing struggles of their favorite baseball team spoil their appetites on Tuesday night.

    The audience woofed down 32,312 hot dogs, according to the Isotopes media relations department, as part of the team’s 50-cent Hot Dog Night promotion.

    With 9,353 fans in attendance, that’s an average of three and a half hot dogs per fan — easily surpassing the first such night, which saw 26,413 consumed.

  • Ninjas kick to tourney win

    Las Vegas Optic

    A traveling youth soccer team from Las Vegas brought home its first team championship from the Kick It 3v3 tournament this past weekend in Roswell.

    Members of Team Ninja 07 from the Meadow City Soccer Club battled seven teams from New Mexico,  Texas and Colorado during a two-night, event of three-on-three soccer.

    The Ninjas won all seven of their games, outscoring their opponents 46-16.

    This is the first tournament gold for the club, which is completing its first year. The team is coached by Ian Williamson.

  • La Plaza sluggers wrap up titles

    Las Vegas Optic

    The first couple days of the District 4 All-Star tournaments were all about Las Vegas Little League softball.

    The next couple days, it was La Plaza baseball’s turn to take the spotlight.

    La Plaza’s Senior Division baseball team, hosting Mora on its home field, captured the district title with two straight wins in what amounted to a best-of-three series.

    La Plaza won 12-0 and 13-3 on Tuesday evening at Rodriguez Park.