Today's Sports

  • LCC player signs with Oklahoma...

    Today Ridge Hoopii-Haslam is going to school and hitting home runs for Luna Community College. Soon he will be doing the same at Oklahoma Baptist University.

    Hoopii-Haslam, a sports performance major, signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for Oklahoma Baptist next season. More importantly, OBU is considered one of the best in the entire nation by The Princeton Review.

  • Isotopes fall to .500

    The Albuquerque Isotopes fell to the .500 mark Saturday night, dropping the opener of their home series with division rival Oklahoma City, 3-1.

    Albuquerque (8-8) has generally found ways to score runs this spring, but the ‘Topes struggled against the RedHawks.

    Alex Castellanos drove in the lone Isotopes run when he singled to bring home Elian Herrera in the bottom of the fourth inning.

    As a team, the ‘Topes managed just four hits.

  • Pecos track teams fourth in own...

    Pecos’ track and field teams corralled twin fourth-place showings in their own Pecos Invite this past week.
    The Lady Panthers trailed overall winner Santa Rosa, Cuba and Cimarron on the girls’ side.
    The Panthers placed behind winner Santa Rosa, Cimarron and Academy for Technology and the Classics on the boys’ side.
    Pecos head coach Leroy Barela said the meet was ended early due to inclement weather.
    Weather also forced the postponement of the Meadow City Invite, now set for Monday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

  • Vatos earn playoff nod

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Vatos rugby club has earned a spot in the Division III college playoffs after a victorious run in the recent regional college tournament in Tucson, Ariz.

    Opponents, dates and times will be determined. The national Sweet 16 is slated for Dallas later this spring.

    It’s the first nationals bid for the Vatos since 2008.

    See Wednesday’s Optic for more on the Vatos.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    • Las Vegas Little League games (see schedule, Page 8)
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Taos, 10 a.m., Taos
    • La Plaza Little League game
    • Las Vegas Little League game
    • La Plaza Little League game
    Track and field
    • Meadow City Invitational (includes RHS, WLV, others), 3 p.m., Cardinal Stadium (RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 18)


  • Luna softball making strides

    When Nate Trujillo took over the Luna Community College softball program late in the offseason, he was — by his own admission — “overwhelmed.”

    A few months later, the Rough Riders are holding up quite nicely at a respectable 17-24 that includes a recent win over the No. 9 team in their national junior college ranks. In their first year with a conference affiliation after laboring as an independent for the program’s first several seasons, they are 8-12 and in line for a trip to the postseason tournament.

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  • NMHU’s Phipps and Rochester rise...

    CANYON, Texas — New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field athletes Danisha Phipps (heptathlon) and Sheneika Rochester (100-meter dash) each moved into the national top ten with their performances at the West Texas A&M Open in Canyon, Texas over the past weekend.

  • MMS boys win WLV Invite

    Highlights of the West Las Vegas Middle School Track and Field Invitational held this past Saturday at the Herrera Complex:

    1. Memorial Middle School, 91 points
    2. Tucumcari, 59
    3. West Las Vegas, 42
    4. Los Alamos, 37
    5. Española, 36
    6. St. Michael’s, 31
    7. Valley, 27
    8. Pojoaque, 24
    9. Taos, 15
    10. Peñasco, 14
    11. Santa Fe Waldorf, 7
    12. Mesa Vista, 6


  • One race finish disputed

    One of the more dramatic finishes of the day in this past Saturday’s West Las Vegas Middle School Invite came in the boys’ 800-meter run.

    A late surge by West’s Miguel Coca gave him a split-second, photo-finish win over Memorial’s Leandro Garduño — or did it?

    Garduño’s mother Maria questioned the official outcome of the race, producing home video and still images that appear to show her son finishing just ahead of Coca.