Today's Sports

  • Isotopes open 10th season

    Albuquerque Isotopes

    If the Opening Day roster is any indication, the 2012 Albuquerque Isotopes are shaping up to be an offensive juggernaut, with established Triple-A sluggers Jerry Sands and Trent Oeltjen combining with up-and-coming stars Scott Van Slyke and Alex Castellanos, among others, for one of the most prodigious Opening Day offenses in team history.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aprl 9...

    • LCC at University of the Southwest JV (DH), noon, Hobbs
    • Robertson at Jaguar Invite, 9 a.m., Santa Fe

    • LCC at University of the Southwest JV (DH), noon, Hobbs

    • LCC at University of the Southwest JV (DH), noon, Hobbs


  • Honoring Fabian

    Northern New Mexico track and field athletes representing 10 schools gathered for an upbeat memorial service held not in a chapel but in the sun and shadows of Cardinal Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Mora sluggers break through

    The Mora Rangers picked up a breakthrough win in their first district baseball contest of the season on March 30, downing Peñasco 7-6.

    Mora sophomore pitcher Manuelray Benavidez earned the win after striking out 11 in seven innings. The Rangers’ leading hitter was Marcelino Herrera, who went 3 for 3. Benavidez helped his own cause, going 3 for 4, and senior Garrick Martinez hit 2 for 3.

    Mora couldn’t quite keep the momentum going in its next district game Tuesday in Pecos. The host Panthers won 3-1.

  • Gents back in action
  • Sipapu open again for skiers

    Submitted to the Optic

    VADITO, N.M. — After picking up more than a foot of new snow Monday night, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort announced Tuesday morning it would open for ski operations once more.

    Sipapu had been open weekends only since March 31, but after getting pounded with 14 inches of new snow last night, officials made the call to fire up the lifts again Tuesday morning.

  • Go Fish - April 6, 2012


    CHARETTE LAKES: Trout fishing fair using salmon eggs.  
    CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing was generally slow for all species. A few walleye were taken by anglers using jig and minnow combinations. Fishing pressure was light. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 50s.
    COYOTE CREEK: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait. Big fish reported this past week was a 14-inch brown.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 6...

    • NMHU at Metro State (DH), noon, Denver
    • Robertson hosts Cardinal Invite, 9 a.m., Gene Torres Golf Course (RESCHEDULED from Monday)
    • LCC vs. Lamar CC (DH), 11 a.m., Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo (DH), noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at UNM, TBA, Albuquerque


  • Bustos leads all-state selections

    Justin Bustos’ remarkable senior season received a crowning honor this past month with the announcement of his selection to the Class 3A boys’ basketball all-state team.

    Bustos led Robertson in scoring and was among the state and team leaders in several statistical categories, helping the Cardinals reach the state semifinals in March.

  • Cowgirls recover, earn split...

    A pair of bounce-back efforts on Sunday secured a doubleheader sweep and a four-game series split for New Mexico Highlands softball in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play against visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    The Cowgirls, who’d lost both ends of a Saturday twinbill with the Mountain Lions, trailed by three runs in Sunday’s opener but put together four runs in each of the third and fourth innings to prevail 8-4.