Today's Sports

  • A global sport: UWC embraces...

    By Dave Wheelock
    Special to the Optic

    A dozen or so teenage women stand close together on the grass, listening intently to the young man offering real-world advice in an African accent.

    Each is clad in the navy blue jerseys, shorts, and knee stockings of the Montezuma Rugby Club, and all are students at the United World College near Las Vegas, New Mexico. One girl wears a Muslim hijab and leggings. None of the girls has ever played in a “live” rugby match before today.

  • Rangers play 21

    An eight-run third inning for Mora combined with a shutout by three Ranger pitchers spelled a 21-0 romp against Questa this past Wednesday.

    Mora (7-2 and ranked second in Class 2A baseball by the latest NMOTSC.com coaches' poll) recorded 12 hits, with Javier Branch going 3 for 5 to lead the way. Gene Hern, Kenny Martinez and Roddy Martinez also had multiple hits.

    Alonzo Aragon, Branch, Devondre Cordova, Hern and Roddy Martinez each drove in runs in the runaway third.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 15-...

    SUNDAY (April 15)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 1:05 p.m., Isotopes Park
    • NMHU vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, noon, Brandt Park
    • La Plaza Little League opening day, games starting 9 a.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., UWC campus, Montezuma
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo (DH), 11 a.m., Pueblo, Colo.


  • Locals help Cowgirl track get...

    New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field has returned to the national top 10 for outdoors for the first time since 2015.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob  DeVries, are 10th in this week’s U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.

  • Both unbeaten in 2-4A, RHS and...

    On paper, Robertson and Miyamura softball teams entered Tuesday’s head-to-head meeting as two evenly matched teams.

    On the dirt, it was a different story.

    Robertson (12-6 overall, 4-0 District 2-4A) swept the non-district doubleheader 5-0 and 12-8, sending the Class 5A Patriots home 9-7-1.

  • Hitting that home stretch

    Several Las Vegas, Pecos and Mora athletes put up strong performances in track and field meets this past weekend, with just less than a month to go before the state championships in Albuquerque.

    Teams were to participate in this week’s Meadow City Invitational. (See the Optic print and online editions this coming week for more coverage.)


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    Robertson’s boys placed fifth and the RHS girls were seventh in this past weekend’s Moriarty Invitational.

  • Little Leagues' openers on...

    Both local Little Leagues host opening ceremonies this weekend in town.

    Las Vegas Little League opens at 9 Saturday morning at Keyes Park, with ceremony followed by a full slate of games.

    La Plaza has moved its opneing ceremony to 1 p.m. Sunday, and games will be played at Rodriguez Park throughout the day.

    Regular game schedules will run Monday through Friday starting next week.

  • Go Fish: Friday, April 13

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Gary Thomas of Estancia caught and released a 4.24-pound largemouth bass.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 13-...

    FRIDAY (April 13)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park
    • Luna at El Paso Community College (DH), noon, El Paso, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Luna at Clarendon College (DH), 1 p.m., Clarendon, Texas
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Colorado School of Mines, TBA, Golden, Colo.


  • College roundup: Erskine races...

    Osheen Erskine’s victory in the 100-meter hurdles highlighted a good weekend for New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open on Saturday in Albuquerque.

    Erskine won that event in 14.02 seconds. She finished just .05 of a second behind UTEP’s Annette Bolomboy in the 200.

    Highlands also had top-three finishers in each of three throwing events.

    (See Friday’s Optic for more individual results.)