Today's Sports

  • Cowboys in RMAC cellar

    About to kick off his debut season as New Mexico Highlands University head football coach, Marty Fine can at least look forward to laboring unburdened by high expectations.

    The Cowboys were picked to finish in the cellar of the 11-school Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference gridiron ranks this coming season, according to a preseason coaches’ poll.

  • RMAC football: Wolves again lead...

    RMAC and Optic reports

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado State-Pueblo sits atop the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football preseason coaches’ poll for the fifth consecutive year.

    The ThunderWolves have been a preseason favorite since 2013. In a four-year span, the Pack has won three RMAC championships (2013, 2014, 2016) and an NCAA Division II national title (2014). CSU-Pueblo garnered 93 points and four first-place votes in this year’s coaches poll after finishing the 2016 season 8-2 in the RMAC and 8-3 overall.

  • WLV, Pecos cheer champs...

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Several New Mexico state championship teams from the 2016-17 school year hailed from northeastern New Mexico. With the start of school approaching, a few of them are already gearing up for another season.

    Coach Isabel Cavazos and her West Las Vegas cheer squad, as well as coach Jessica Flores and Pecos’ cheerleaders, are among the first to jump back into the fray. West won state in Class 1A-4A co-ed cheer, while Pecos took the title for Class 3A cheer at the state spirit competition this past March

  • Volleyball camp

    A weeklong youth volleyball camp got under way at Robetson High School's Mike Marr Gym on Monday.

    The camp, presented by Fulgenzi and other coaches and players from the program that finished as Class 4A state runner-up last November, drew about 100 participants who are entering the second through the seventh grades.

  • Close call for Baby Cakes

    Eury Perez drove in the game-winning run with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning Monday, lifting New Orleans to a walk-off 6-5 win over visiting Albuquerque.

    The Isotopes lost for the fourth time in the past five games, sliding to 57-58 — two games out of first place in the division race. Salt Lake won Monday, ending a four-game skid to improve to 59-56.

  • Mora sluggers showcased

    Continuing its recent showing on the diamonds, Mora Little League fielded two All-Star teams for competition in the District 4 tournaments this summer.

    The 10-12 year-old team included Marcus Montoya, Casey Benjamin, Arieanna Velasquez, Jeremiah Romero, Dante Alcon, Joaquin Manuel Jr, Dillion Pacheco, Kristen Trujillo, Isabella Martinez, Isaiah Atencio and Jordan Martinez. It was coached by Manuel Benavidez, Joaquin Manuel and Jolynn Benavidez. Bottom row:

  • Go Fish — Aug. 6, 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

    Conchas Lake: Glenn Garcia of Albuquerque caught a 23-inch walleye July 30. He was using a 3-inch tube.

  • New dates for Summer Slam hoops

    From Las Vegas Optic reports

    Summer Slam, the City of Las Vegas-sponsored three-on-three tournaments, will now be played Aug. 19-20 instead of their originally scheduled dates. That means a little extra time for area hoopsters to register.

    The deadline is now Aug. 14. The entry fee for each team is $100. Checks and money orders may be mailed to City of Las Vegas, Abe Montoya Recreation Center, 1751 North Grand Ave., Las Vegas, NM 87701.

  • Round Rock and a hard place

    A couple of days after notching his second Pacific Coast League Player of the Week award, Ryan Mc Mahon pounded a solo home run against Round Rock on Thursday night.

    But that would be the only scoring for the Albuquerque Isotopes as they began an eight-game road trip.The host Express confined Albuquerque’s offense to only three hits — including McMahon’s homer in the top of the fourth inning — and went on to a 6-1 victory.Tyler Wagner, who started on the mound for Round Rock, collected just his third pitching win with a masterful performance.

  • (Senior) Olympic dreams

    When Rose Lucero was in school back in the 1950s and 60s, she wanted to play organized basketball.

    Such opportunities just weren’t available to girls in those days before federal Title IX and other gender-equity laws were introduced.

    Lucero, whose athletic inclinations and talents never quite went away even without the chance to showcase them, had to wait. In the late 1990s — decades later — she learned about Las Vegas’ Senior Olympics program, and in 2001 she gave it a try.