Today's Sports

  • Kurui wins Lobo Invite

    Amid a crowd of runners from big NCAA Division I schools, Collins Kurui struck a blow for D-II New Mexico Highlands.

    Kurui raced to victory in the Lobo Invitational’s collegiate cross country meet this past Saturday in Albuquerque. Kurui’s time of 15:24 was second only to UNM’s Alexander Palm, who ran unattached and did not score officially in the 5-kilometer course.

  • Late push not enough for Topes

    Las Vegas Optic

    Albuquerque’s baseball season came to a close Monday night with a 13-1 loss at Reno (80-62).

    Rafael Ynoa paced the Isotopes with three of the team’s nine hits. The Aces scored 10 runs in the second.

    The Isotopes finished the summer — their 15th as a franchise — 68-73, good for third place, four and a half games behind champion El Paso in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern.

    Manager Glenallen Hill, who recently won his 200th game, is expected to return in 2018.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 6...

    • Pecos vs. Jemez Valley, 6:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • Valley Middle School at Anton Chico, 4 p.m., Anton Chico

    Cross country
    • West Las Vegas Middle School, Valley at Edgewood, 3 p.m., Edgewood
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • NMHU women vs. West Texas A&M, 5:30 p.m., Eco Park, Taos

  • Cardinals punish Cobre 45-0

    Arjay Ortiz's 96-yard touchdown run put an exclamation point on Robertson's 45-0 shutout of Cobre on a balmy Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

    It was another big day for Ortiz, who ran for two TDs, passed for two more and intercepted two Cobre passes.

  • Dons score KO in Grants

    Austin Abeyta scored three touchdowns and West Las Vegas sunk the Grants Pirates 53-0 on Friday night in Grants.

    The Dons, who played without a couple of key offensive starters, had their depth at the skills positions tested but dominated nonetheless in improving to 1-1.

    The game was stopped with 4:36 left in the fourth quarter due to the mercy rule.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas-area sports, see the print and online editions of the Optic this week.

  • Cowboys snap skid

    Luke Jones’ 47-yard field goal Thursday night did more than just win a football game for New Mexico Highlands University.

    It also helped smash a losing streak that had reached 12 games dating back to Nov. 7, 2015, while starting the Marty Fine NMHU coaching era off on the right foot.

  • Go Fish - Sept. 3, 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: Mike Estrada of Belen caught and released a 4.38-pound largemouth bass Aug. 26. He was using a green jig with a green pumpkin Yamamoto baby craw trailer.

    Shuree Ponds: Ruth Laws, 8, and Will Laws, 7, of Albuquerque, caught 16-inch rainbows Aug. 26. They were using Pistol Petes.

  • Beasties cruise in home debut

    Within the first 20 minutes of Thursday’s home opener with Bernalillo, the Robertson Lady Cardinals scored twice.

    As it turned out, they’d need both goals to pull out a win and get back to .500 at 2-2.

    Miranda Montoya set up the first goal when her drive on the left flank lured the Bernalillo keeper off her line for a botched early save attempt. Montoya regained control of the ball, but instead of shooting, she dished it across to Gabriella Montoya, who punched it into the unprotected net.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 3...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m., Reno, Nev.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • NMHU women vs. Southern Nazarene, 1:30 p.m., Eco Park, Taos

    • Robertson (B) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., RHS Field

  • Cowboy football ends 12-game...

    Luke Jones' 40-yard field goal with 2:48 left in the game lifted New Mexico Highlands to a stirring 23-22 comeback victory over Dixie State (Utah) in the season opener.

    Highlands ended a 12-game losing skid and gave first-year head coach Marty Fine a win in his debut. The game was held at the Herrera Complex on the campus of West Las Vegas, which has served as a makeshift home for the Cowboys while their home stadium undergoes turf replacement.

    The Cowboys trailed most of the game, and they faced a 22-7 deficit with 7:52 left in the third quarter.