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Today's Sports

  • Vatos fall in regional final

    New Mexico Highlands’ pursuit of a national championship in small-college rugby came to a halt in the regional final this past weekend in Vallejo, Calif.

    The Vatos reached the Elite Eight but lost to national playoff veteran Claremont Colleges 37-22 in the PacWest Region championship on Sunday.

  • Topes get even with Tacoma

    Las Vegas Optic

    Chris Nelson launched a solo home run in the fourth inning to give Albuquerque an 11-3 advantage en route to an 11-6 win Monday against visiting Tacoma at Isotopes Park.

    The Isotopes, who evened their season record at 6-6, did most of the damage in the bottom of the second, when they bullied Rainiers staring pitcher Joe Wieland for seven runs.

    Nelson finished 4 for 4 with four runs batted in and two runs scored.

  • Portales tees off at Vegas’...

    Las Vegas Optic

    Portales has officially joined the conversation as to who is the best Class 4A softball team in New Mexico.

    With road sweeps of West Las Vegas and No. 1 Robertson over the weekend, the Lady Rams improved their record to 14-5 and figured to climb in the polls this week.

    Wendy Baeza, a Portales eighth-grader, was superlative in the pitching circle and recorded all four wins.

    On Friday, the Lady Rams defeated West 13-4 and 8-3, ending the Lady Dons’ six-game win streak.

  • Locals dominate Meadow City...

    Local boys won 12 individual events and girls took first in another half dozen to put a hometown stamp on the Meadow City Invitational this past week at Cardinal Stadium.

    Miguel Coca raced to first place in three distance events — the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 — to lead West Las Vegas to its second boys’ team title in less than three weeks. The Dons’ 125 team points positioned them comfortably ahead of St. Michael’s (93), Robertson (73) and Santa Rosa (66) atop the leaderboard.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    Softball
    •West Las Vegas JV vs. St. Mike’s, 3 p.m., WLV Field
    Tennis
    •Robertson boys at New Mexico Military, 3 p.m., Roswell

  • New women’s hoops coach at HU

    Las Vegas Optic

    Joseph Anders once led Division I Arizona State to the PAC-12 women’s basketball semifinals.

    He was on board as part of ASU’s coaching staff when they made it to the Elite Eight.

    More recently, he helped the University of New Mexico women reach the Mountain West postseason two times in four years.

    Now, Anders will try to turn around the women’s hoops program at New Mexico Highlands. He was named interim head coach of the Cowgirls this past week, replacing Brianna Finch.

  • Three in a row for Isotopes

    Breaking a 2-2 tie when Jordan Patterson’s line-drive double scored Stephen Cardullo in the top of the sixth, the Albuquerque Isotopes relied on good defense until they got a couple late insurance runs in a 5-2 win Thursday in Reno, Nev.

    It was the third straight victory for the Isotopes, clinching a series win over the Aces to wrap the season-opening eight-game road trip.

    The Topes are hosting Tacoma and then Reno in an eight-game homestand at Isotopes Park. Matinees are slated for both Sunday and Monday.

  • Right on track

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Once again, the throwing events of the Class 4A state track and field championships figure to be of particular interest to fans in the Meadow City a month from now.

    Robertson’s Angelica Montoya owns the classification’s best marks in both the girls’ discus and shot put.

    West Las Vegas’ Nicholas Gurule has the longest throw in the boys’ javelin.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Rugby
    •Vatos at PacWest Regional, TBA, Vallejo, Calif.
    Soccer
    •Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, TBA

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •Robertson JV vs. West Las Vegas (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    •West Las Vegas Middle School at McCurdy, 4 p.m., Española

  • Gallegos second in golf invite

    Robert Gallegos made the most of his chance to play at home Tuesday, shooting a 77 — a state-qualifying leg — in the Robertson Golf Invitational at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Gallegos’ score was good for second place individually, two strokes behind Jason Parker of Raton.

    As a team, the Robertson boys placed second (339) behind St. Michael’s (330), which had a state-qualifying team score. The Cardinals missed the state-qualifying score by just eight strokes. Taos was third (364).