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Today's Sports

  • ‘We Are Baseball’

    Fans of America’s pastime are advised to mark their calendars for May 19-27, when “We Are Baseball,” a traveling exhibition, makes its way to Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.

    The Major League Baseball exhibition is described as “a cutting edge collaboration of baseball and technology,” featuring virtual reality gear, an original IMAX movie and specially curated artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 17...

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Memphis Redbirds, 10:05 a.m., Memphis, Tenn.
    • LVLL games, starting 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Tee-ball
    • LVLL games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Nashville Sounds, 5:35 p.m., Nashville
    • LVLL games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park

  • State track: Coca triumphs in 800

    ALBUQUERQUE -- West Las Vegas junior Miguel Coca outlived everyone over the last 200 meters to capture the state championship in the Class 4A boys 800-meter run on Saturday afternoon at UNM Track and Soccer Complex.

    Coca celebrated his first state title after having made some serious threats in previous tries, including cross country and track, most recently Friday's mile run, in which he placed second.

    Coca was to try for another medal in the 3,200 later Saturday.

  • State runs end for Mora, RHS

    The state tournament ride is over for the Mora baseball and Robertson softball teams.

    Mora lost 21-6 to top-ranked Lordsburg on Thursday afternoon at Cleveland High in Rio Rancho. Mora trailed just 9-6 going into the seventh inning but Lordsburg scored eight times before getting their first out.

    The No. 4 seed in 2A baseball, the Rangers overcame a 12-2 chasm to edge Magdalena 13-12 on Wednesday night.
    Coach Manuel Benavidez’s team finished 19-7. It was Mora’s second straight state playoff appearance.

  • WLV forum Thursday

    The West Las Vegas AD/Parent Forum, which was to take place this past Tuesday, has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the West Las Vegas board room.

    “We encourage any parents, fans or anyone else with concerns regarding athletics to please attend and voice your concerns,” said Richard Tripp, West Las Vegas athletic coordinator.

    “Once again, the only discussion we will not partake in is hiring and firing of coaches. This is not a decision-making event.

    This is simply a forum for people to express concerns or issues.

  • A Fullerton flourish

    Freshman Janell Fullerton’s dominant finish in the heptathlon fueled a fourth-place team result for the New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor championships this past week in Gunnison, Colo.

    Fullerton, who hails from Clarendon, Jamaica, placed first in four of the seven heptathlon events and amassed 4,905 points to grab the RMAC title.

  • Hackers rule Cinco de Mayo
  • Go Fish - May 14, 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 weekend editions of the Optic.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Aryanna Vasquez, 6, of Las Vegas, caught a 25-inch catfish May 6. She was using worms. MykelJon Vasquez, 8, of Las Vegas caught an 18-inch largemouth bass May 6. He was using a red worm jig.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 14...

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Nashville Sounds, 1:05 p.m., Nashville, Tenn.
    Football
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies bye week, Mothers Day
    Soccer
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College, Montezuma
     
    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Memphis Redbirds, 5:35 p.m., Memphis, Tenn.
    • LVLL games, starting 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Tee-ball

  • State track: Ortiz conquers high...

    ALBUQUERQUE -- Robertson junior Arjay Ortiz was the last man standing, er, leaping.

    Ortiz won the Class 4A boys high jump championship with a 6-2 Friday morning at UNM Track and Soccer Complex, becoming the first local to win a state title in this year's big-school meet.

    West Las Vegas junior Miguel Coca took second in the boys mile.

    Robertson's Angelica Montoya placed second in the girls discus.

    West Las Vegas' Moses Esquibel took third in the boys long jump.