Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 21...

    • CIty league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

  • All-state teams

    One last set of postseason honors poured in earlier this month for the state’s top prep baseball and softball players — including five from the Meadow City.

  • Heads-up play
  • Sports physicals being offered

    Submitted to the Optic

    El Centro Health Clinic, located at 1024 South Pacific, is giving free sports physicals to all West Las Vegas athletes for the 2017-18 school year.

    All athletes must have a physical in order to participate in any athletic activity.

    Make your appointment today by calling 505-426-2599.

    El Centro Health Clinic does have blank physical forms on hand.  Parents also can print them; access online at www.wlvs.k12.nm.us and click “online documents.”

  • Go Fish - June 18, 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.

    Catches of the week
    Morphy Lake: Mykeljon Mario Vasquez, 8, of Las Vegas, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout. He was using garlic PowerBait.

    Santa Rosa Lake: Zolin Guhrke, 9, of Rio Rancho, caught and released a largemouth bass that weighed approximately 2 pounds June 10. He was fishing from the bank and using a live crawfish.