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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.