Today's Sports

  • Lady Cards soar into top four

    Their quest may have fallen short of the coveted blue trophy, but the Robertson softball team gave fans some thrills with a fourth-place finish in the Class 4A state tournament this past weekend in rain-soaked Rio Rancho.

    Coach Adrian Jaramillo’s Lady Cardinals finished 3-2 in the tournament, reaching the consolation semifinals before losing to No. 5 seed Cobre.

  • No rain on this parade

    Neither rain nor hail nor lightning could keep Morgan Diefendorf from her appointed rounds Saturday — specifically, winning the Class 4A girls’ state championship in the 800-meter run.

    Diefendorf, a Robertson junior, ripped across the finish line in 2:24.14, more than a second faster than Sandia Prep senior Kalei Yepa, who’d had the fastest time in the event all spring and was considered a favorite to win Saturday.

    The Lady Cardinal standout turned it up a notch in the final quarter of the race to pull away with the win.

  • Slack, DeVries, Johnson sweep...

    NMHU Sports Information

    On the eve of the NCAA outdoor nationals, the No. 2 nationally ranked New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team has  accomplished a rare feat, announced the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Friday.

    Senior Salcia Slack — who won both of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Female Performer of the Year honors for indoor and outdoor track — swept those same awards in the South Central Region.

  • Little League - May 18

    The following are upcoming games scheduled by Las Vegas Little League. All LVLL games are played at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    MONDAY: Cardinals vs. Reds, 5:30 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Mets, 7:30 p.m.
    WEDNESDAY: Mets vs. Orioles, 5:30 p.m.; Reds vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.

    MONDAY: Red Wings vs. Threshers, 6:15 p.m.; Sandgnats vs. Thunder, 7:45 p.m.
    TUESDAY: Rivercats vs. Red Wings, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Sandgnats, 7:45 p.m.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - May 18...

    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, evenings, Rodriguez Park
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento RiverCats, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, evenings, Rodriguez Park
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento RiverCats, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque


  • Back in the high life - For...

    This past winter, when Warren Fulgenzi Jr. and sister Brandelyn found themselves joining father Warren in switching schools from Santa Fe High to Robertson, the move didn’t come without mixed feelings.

    Having to uproot and leave their friends, classmates, teachers and teammates behind wasn’t easy.

  • State golf: Quintana 4th

    Consistent effort despite variable conditions led Joedy Quintana back to fourth place in this week’s Class 1A-4A state golf championships.

    The West Las Vegas senior and other participants weathered cool temperatures and gusty wind that generally drove scores upward Tuesday, the second day of the two-day tournaments, at The Canyon Club in Albuquerque.

  • State brackets unfold

    Las Vegas Optic

    No. 14 seed Pecos stunned No. 3 Capitan Wednesday afternoon at Rio Rancho High in the second round of the Class 3A state softball tournament. The Lady Panthers won 20-6 and advanced to play Rehoboth Christian, a 15-9 winner over McCurdy.

    Pecos baseball saw its strong 2015 campaign come to an end Wednesday morning in the Class 3A state tournament quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Panthers (18-11) lost 15-3 to fifth-seeded Mesilla Valley Christian (13-7) at Lobo Field in Albuquerque.

  • Free hoops clinic Saturday at HU

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team and head coach Brianna Finch are pleased to announce a free basketball clinic for boys and girls, age 6-13, at the Wilson Complex on Saturday.

    The camp will run from 9 to 11 a.m.

    “We are excited to offer a basketball clinic for boys and girls, ages 6-13 years, and all skill levels,” said Finch.

  • Youth Soccer - May 15

    The following are upcoming games scheduled by the Las Vegas Youth Soccer League:

    All U6 games are played at 9 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.

    Peru vs. Italy, Field 1; USA vs. Russia, Field 2; Chile vs. Croatia, Field 3; Greece vs. Mexico, Field 4

    All U8 games are played at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.

    France vs. Portugal, Field 1; Germany vs. Switzerland, Field 2; Belgium vs. Spain, Field 3; England vs. Norway, Field 4; Colombia has a bye