Today's Sports

  • Bonus baseball at Lab

    Thanks to Tuesday’s rain delay, Isotopes fans got to see a Wednesday doubleheader with two games that both spilled into extra innings. Albuquerque settled for a split, taking game one 6-4 and losing the nightcap 7-6.

    At 65-71, the Isotopes were on the verge of elimination from postseason contention. They were to conclude the series (and home schedule) against the Aces on Thursday night, then finish the regular season on the road. Reno is 78-59.

  • Dons hope for better luck on...

    The extra point that was — and then wasn’t.

    The extra point that wasn’t — and then was.

    A hustle play that resulted in a quarterback-turned-receiver to become a quarterback once again.

    West Las Vegas’ football team can only hope the strange string of adverse conditions it encountered this past Friday against Moriarty will be a one-off thing as it gets ready for a trip to Grants in week two.

  • Tests come early on gridiron

    For the second time in as many years, Robertson edged Estancia by one point in the high school football season opener for both schools.

    Friday, it was a 13-12 verdict in Bear Country.

    Estancia scored the game’s first touchdown: a 95-yard scamper by Moises Anaya in the first period.

    Anaya started right, then veered left and up the sideline, outrunning Arjay Ortiz and Brandon Lucero to reach paydirt.

    The Bears (0-1) missed the extra point try.

  • Defensive gem on RHS pitch

    Visiting Moriarty’s boys’ soccer team (3-0) shut out its second straight opponent with a 1-0 squeaker Saturday at Robertson (0-1).

    Both teams played gritty defense throughout.

    Luke Lionbarger’s rebound goal off a Pinto shot that had bounced wildly off the right goalpost — drawing RHS keeper Blaze Payne off his line — stood up as the only score of the game.

    That score came midway through the first half.

    Robertson had a couple decent chances, both heavily contested.

  • Runners solid in debuts

    Las Vegas Optic

    Robertson’s girls’ cross country team placed a respectable third in the Española Valley Invitational this past weekend.

    It figures to be another challenging fall in District 2-4A; Taos (26 team points) and St. Mike’s (59) finished as the top two on the girls’ side ahead of RHS (67) and the rest of a crowded field.

    In the boys’ race, Santa Fe Indian (65) won, with Robertson (114) and West Las Vegas (119) fifth and sixth, respectively.

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  • Highlands kicks off Thursday

    When the New Mexico Highlands football team takes the field for the first time this season Thursday night against Dixie State, it’ll be like home away from home.

    That’s because the Cowboys and first-year coach Marty Fine are hosting the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference neophytes — at West Las Vegas’ Herrera Complex. The team has practiced on the WLV field — itself under remodeling — while its own facility undergoes an oft-delayed turf replacement project.

    Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

  • Playoff hopes fade

    Ryan Carpenter was dealing out strikes on Monday night against the Reno Aces.

    Carpenter (9-9) struck out 10 and held the Aces to two runs on six hits and two walks through seven innings in Albuquerque’s 6-2 win at Isotopes Park.

    However, the Isotopes will need a serious run of luck to make the postseason at this point. At 64-70, they trailed division-leading Salt Lake by four and a half games (and El Paso by three and a half) going into Tuesday.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 30...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Robertson boys at Desert Academy, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • City league games, TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • NMHU vs. Dixie State, 5 p.m., Herrera Complex, West Las Vegas H.S.
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa

  • Friday night football: Cards...

    West Las Vegas had an encouraging start in a 33-19 defeat to Moriarty on Friday night at the Herrera Complex, but the Dons were left smarting from several injuries.

    The most notable pain was suffered by starting quarterback John Balizan, bumped from the game just before halftime by a brutal helmet-to-helmet collision. Balizan is expected to miss at least the next game with a concussion.

    The Dons trailed just 14-13 at the half.

  • Go Fish

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catches of the week
    Pecos River: Graydon Adams, 9, of Roswell, caught a 15-pound channel catfish Aug. 19. He was using chicken liver.

    Santa Cruz Reservoir: Preston Hagman, 12, of Santa Fe, caught a 19-inch rainbow trout Aug. 20. He was using red salmon eggs.