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Today's Sports

  • Former HU hoops star Caton dead...

    Oran Caton, 93, a Highlands University hoopster of the 1930s and the last living member of the 1933 state champion Forrest High basketball team, died Friday, July 23, at his home in Albuquerque.

  • Youth soccer sign-up under way

    Young soccer players in the Meadow City area are being encouraged to sign up for the coming season of Las Vegas Youth Soccer League.

    Through Monday, the fee for each player is $40, but after that deadline, the cost rises to $60. (Families with multiple players entered receive a $5 discount for each additional player.)

    The league is open to anyone between 4 and 19 years old as of July 31.

    There are multiple ways to register:

    • Log on to www.lasvegasyouthsoccer.org;

  • LV 11-12 sluggers bedevil...

    Team Vegas overcame multiple forms of adversity this week to advance in the state Little League tournament for 11-12 baseball.

    The short story: Las Vegas Little League’s 11-12 All-Stars defeated Española 5-4.

    The longer version:

    • LVLL barely fielded enough players to make a minimum team, with two having left to join the Las Vegas Avalanche 14-and-under squad in the Triple Crown World Series.

  • Colfax fair hosts volleyball

    Neighbors to the north, the Colfax County Fair organizers are inviting participation in its first sand volleyball tournament.

    The tournament will carry a three-on-three co-ed format, with a maximum of four players per team, and it will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Springer’s POW Park. Team captains are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m.

    Entry fee is $60 a team, and deadline for entry is 8 a.m. the day of the event. To register, or more more information, contact Miguel Vasquez at 429-9962.

  • Commentary: McDonald is the...

    I believe that it is almost impossible to compare athletes from different eras because of all the variables involved. Yet, after saying this, I offer you the legend of Tommy McDonald.

    He was born on July 16, 1934, on a farm just outside of Roy, N.M.

  • LV 9-10 girls make a run

    A 7-2 heartbreaker against Mile High All-Stars on Monday night in Los Lunas brought a close to a spirited run by Las Vegas Little League’s 9-10 softball team.

    The outcome left LVLL just a couple victories short of a berth in the state championship game.

    Manager Angela Pino’s team, which earned a trip to state by winning the District 4 title earlier this month in Raton, won two of four games in the state tournament.

    The first of those games — Friday evening’s opener against Deming — may have been the most memorable.

  • 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.