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  • Cowgirls’ McPherson jumps at...

    Las Vegas Optic

    Shanice McPherson is a veteran of competing in national championships.

    Now the New Mexico Highlands University junior is hoping to make a run at a national title in the long jump.

    McPherson will represent NMHU’s women at this weekend’s NCAA Division II track and field championships in Bradenton, Fla.

    McPherson enters the fray with the second best distance in the nation at 6.26 meters, set at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open on April 2 in Albuquerque.

  • Golf

    The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association is in full swing for the season. This year the association has donated a large planter box which was installed next to the putting green at the Gene Torres Golf Course. The LVWGA’s fund-raising efforts support improvements to the course. Women of all golfing levels are invited to join. Play is every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Contact Judy Long at 429-0379 to become a member of this group.

  • Omaha good for Isotopes

    Las Vegas Optic

    A road trip to Omaha, of all places, proved to be soothing for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

    The team snapped a six-game losing skid — its worst of the season — by winning two of the first three games at the Storm Chasers’ ballpark this week.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 27...

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 6:08 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    •La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 6:08 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 12:08 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa
    •La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park


  • Coca going the distance

    Miguel Coca, a West Las Vegas sophomore this past year, admits to occasionally daydreaming about still being teammates with older brother Moises.

    “We’d be a good team,” he said. “We’re pretty good now, but with him still with us, we’d be tough.”

    Moises was a distance running standout for West in recent years. Before he graduated, the two brothers briefly shared time on the school’s cross country and track teams.

  • Grizzlies rally past Thunder

    Las Vegas Optic

    Quarterback Dominick Markham scrambled for a winning touchdown with no time left Sunday, lifting the Las Vegas Grizzlies to an exhilarating 24-20 win over the visiting Albuquerque Thunder.

    The semipro league football game took place at the Herrera Complex on the West Las Vegas High School campus.

    The Grizzlies’ Mike Jaramillo said the win is the sixth in a row for his team and gives them a 6-3 record this season.

    The Grizzlies will host the Albuquerque Yellow Jackets on Sunday, June 5.

  • Outlaws fall in spring title game

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Las Vegas Outlaws youth football team came away with a second-place finish in the New Mexico YAFL spring season.

    The Outlaws lost to the Volcano Vista Hawks 12-6 in overtime this past Saturday at Albuquerque’s Mesa del Sol fields. The game was the NMYAFL spring championship for the rookie division.

    Josh Martinez provided the lone score for the Outlaws, who finish 7-2 in the spring.

    Both losses came against the champions from Albuquerque Volcano Vista.

  • Vatos rumble to Celtics title

    Las Vegas Optic

    With the team gearing up for the upcoming National Small College Rugby Organization’s sevens championship, the Vatos of NMHU battled to a title in the Celtics sevens tourney this past weekend in Albuquerque.

    The title match was a doozy, with the Vatos outlasting the University of Arizona 22-17.

    Arizona is ranked No. 3 among Division I rugby clubs, while Highlands is No. 1 in Division III.

    The Vatos scored lopsided shutouts in their first two contests, beating Albuquerque 42-0 and El Paso 52-0.

  • Future bright for Lady Cards

    It’s probably safe to say Elicia “Chilie” Trujillo loves softball — she’s played in hundreds of games and won 26 of the last 31 as the cornerstone third baseman of the Robertson Lady Cardinals.

    But that doesn’t mean she loves softballs.

  • Grizzlies in town Sunday

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Las Vegas Grizzlies, the semipro football team of record in the Meadow City, will host the Albuquerque Thunder this weekend.

    Kickoff for the game is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Herrera Complex on the West Las Vegas campus.

    The Grizzlies are 5-3 this spring and looking to return to the playoffs after making it in 2015, their inaugural season.