Today's Sports

  • All-state hoops lists out

    Seven Las Vegas-area high school basketball players — each of whom had a starring role in making this past winter one of the more riveting hoops seasons in recent northern New Mexico history — have been named to all-state teams by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Unlike the NMHSCA’s North-South All-Star teams, selection to all-state lineups is made without regard to players’ year in school.

  • Go Fish - April 2, 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. For future weekly reports, see Friday editions of the Optic.

    Fishing season begins April 1; don’t forget your new license.

    Catches of the week

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 2...

    • NMHU at Colorado Mesa, noon, Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies vs. ABQ Voodoo, 2 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College fields, Montezuma
    • NMHU at Black Hills State (DH), 11 a.m., Spearfish, S.D.

    • West Las Vegas JV at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m., Rio Rancho

  • D.J. Bustos to sign with...

    D.J. Bustos, the West Las Vegas senior who recently shattered the all-time state scoring record for boys’ high school basketball in New Mexico, is headed for New Mexico Highlands University.

    Bustos this week confirmed he plans to sign a letter of intent in April to continue his education and playing career at the hometown NMHU.

  • Dons conquer home meet

    West Las Vegas’ boys’ track and field team captured first place in its own home meet this past weekend, racking up individual wins in several racing events.

  • Lady Cards batter St. Mike’s

    Robertson softball doesn’t have many home games this spring — just six on four dates.

    So the Lady Cardinals took full advantage of the first of those, smashing St. Michael’s 17-0 on Tuesday at RHS Field.

    McKayla Encinias turned in an efficient start, striking out three in three innings and holding the visiting Lady Horsemen to two singles with just two other baserunners.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    • Luna Community College at New Mexico Military (DH), noon, Roswell
    • NMHU at Colorado Mesa, 3 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Robertson JV vs. West Las Vegas (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    • Luna Community College at Odessa College (DH), noon, Odessa, Texas
    • Robertson at Artesia tourney, TBA, Artesia
    • Robertson JV at Rio Rancho tourney, TBA, RIo Rancho


  • Rangers on the rise

    Don’t look now, but that Mora baseball team is back on its way up the ranks in Class 2A.

    The Rangers, coached by Manuel Benavidez, won the GEO Clayton Yellowjacket Classic over the weekend to improve to 7-2 overall. The Rangers now gear up to play former district foe Pecos — a squad that finished as state runner-up in 3A last May — on Thursday in the first round of Santa Rosa’s tourney.

  • Raiders set to relocate to Sin...

    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — Sometime in the not distant future, they will become the Las Vegas Raiders.

    Until then, likely in 2020, Mark Davis’ team belongs to Oakland. Well, sort of.

    NFL owners approved the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas 31-1 at the league meetings Monday. Miami was the lone dissenter. Davis insisted the club his father, Hall of Fame owner Al Davis, built into a champion — in Oakland and Los Angeles — should still be considered a part of the Bay Area community.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    • Robertson JV vs. Pecos (DH), 3 p.m., MMS Field
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Robertson (DH), 3 p.m., TBA
    • Robertson boys vs. Bosque, 3 p.m., RHS courts
    • Robertson girls at Bosque, 3 p.m., Albuquerque