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Today's Sports

  • Avalanche begin Triple Crown bid

    It’s a familiar refrain — an Avalanche rolling through the heart of the Rockies.

    The Las Vegas Avalanche 14-and-under traveling baseball team is playing in the 2010 Triple Crown World Series this week in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

    Managed by Diego Trujillo, the club posted a fifth-place finish in the USSSA Rio Rancho league and won its AABC Santa Fe league.

    “This will be the fourth consecutive World Series berth for the majority of the kids in our club” Trujillo told the Optic.  

  • Big hitters boosted LV 10-11...

    Offensive fireworks helped Las Vegas Little League’s 10-11 All-Star softball team make this a July to remember.

    The team finished as state runner-up to Petroglyphs in the recent state tournament held in Santa Fe, falling to that defending champ in a best two-out-of-three series for the championship.

    Earlier, LVLL’s girls — managed by Gary Sanchez —  had brought home the District 4 title.

    All along, the team hit well and put up a bunch of runs on the boards.

  • Baseball team qualifies for...

    For the fourth straight year, the Las Vegas Avalanche 14-and-under baseball team has qualified for the Triple Crown World Series.

    The team plays in the national tournament, which gets under way Monday and continues through Saturday in Steamboat Springs, Colo.  

    The Avalanche, managed by Diego Trujillo, has concluded its 2010 regular seasons with a fifth-place finish in the USSSA Rio Rancho league and first place in the AABC Santa Fe League.

  • Beyond the mat

    Wrestling taught Marcos Martinez and Jesse Valdez how to be tough, resilient, self-disciplined, self-reliant, diligent, focused and hard-working.

    And those qualities, Martinez and Valdez said, put them on a lifelong path of self-improvement, with the latest turns being doctorate programs that begin this fall. Martinez will be pursuing a doctorate in social work at Arizona State, while his longtime friend and former Robertson High teammate Valdez will be enrolled in the counseling and psychology program at Northern Colorado.

  • Veteran West Las Vegas mentor...

    After 32 years in education, longtime West Las Vegas teacher and coach Virginia Lujan has decided it is time to retire from a job she loves and respects.

    Lujan, a huge Michigan Wolverines fan, taught and coached 29 years in the WLV district and three in the Española school district.

    During her time as a coach at West, she was the head coach in three sports including volleyball, girls’ basketball and softball, all three sports achieving great success.

    In volleyball, Lujan won 152 games including the 1995 District 2-3A runner-up spot.

  • Trujillo shines; Las Vegas 11-...

    Tapped to pitch in Saturday night’s District 4 11-12 All-Star baseball championship game against Taos, Brandon Trujillo helped his own cause tremendously at the plate.

    Trujillo went 4 for 4 at the plate and smashed a grand slam to lead a prolific Las Vegas offense in a 14-0 rout. He also pitched four innings and struck out 10 batters as he and his LVLL defense quieted the Taos bats.

    Colin Pedro went 3 of 4, J.R. Gonzales and Estevan Varela 2 of 3 for Team Vegas.

  • Adult softball

    The following are upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league.

    Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex.

    Men’s division

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESday, JuLY 21

    DB’s Milkmen vs. Vegas Boyz, 6:15 p.m.; Hackers vs. Blaze, 7:30 p.m.; Louisville Chuggers vs. The Best, 8:45 p.m.

    Standings:

    1. Hackers, 11-0

    2. DB’s Milkmen, 9-3

    3. Tecolote, 7-4

    4. Blaze, 6-4

    5. Vegas Boyz, 4-7

    6. Dream Team, 3-7

  • Women's golfers sought for...

    Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association is inviting any level player to join the group as it continues weekly play and plans an August tournament.

    The LVWGA plays a nine-hole game at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Highlands’ Gene Torres Golf Course. The last Wednesday of every month includes a luncheon after golf at the Grill at the course at 11:30.

    “We are often joined by ladies who no longer play but enjoy the camaraderie of the group,” said Anne Pepper of the association.

  • Runners share fond memories

    Las Vegas might be famous for hosting the Rough Riders reunion. But over the recent Fourth of July weekend, it was former Robertson High School cross country runners who flocked to the Meadow City to take part in a reunion to honor three successful coaches.

    The RHS cross country alumni who were coached by George, Leroy and Cathy Chavez held a reunion to pay tribute to the coaches.

  • Twin titles for LV softball

    RATON — Makayla Quintana got to play the part of hero in Tuesday’s District 4 Little League All-Star final for 9-10 softball.

    Quintana, 9, came into the game as a pinch runner and used her speed to reach third and then score the winning run for Las Vegas in a walk-off 6-5 verdict over Raton.

    The game required nine innings in 96-degree heat.