Today's Sports

  • Wolves bite Cowgirls

    Ending their visitors’ four-game winning streak, the Colorado State-Pueblo ThunderWolves softball team swept a Saturday twinbill against New Mexico Highlands.

    The Cowgirls dropped to 15-24-1 overall and 7-17-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as of Saturday night. The teams were to play another doubleheader on Sunday.

    CSUP (21-9, 18-7) did most of its damage in the third inning of game one, when Carlie Lucas rocked a grand slam to left field, turning a modest 2-0 score into a 6-0 wall.

  • Isotopes bully Iowa

    Small ball or not, the Albuquerque Isotopes are off to a big start, having won their first three games of the 2013 season.

    The Isotopes scored half of their runs in the eighth inning Saturday night en route to an 8-3 victory, their third in as many days over the visiting Iowa Cubs.

    First baseman Scott Van Slyke, one of the returning leaders from the lineup that won the PCL American South last summer, is leading Albuquerque with seven hits in 12 at-bats as of Saturday night.

    Elian Herrera and Rusty Ryal have six hits apiece through three games.

  • Leaps of faith
  • Luna softball hits offensive zone

    Luna Community College

    Having one of the best offensive outputs in the history of the program, the Luna Community College softball team took three of four games at home from Frank Phillips College over the last weekend of March.

    The Lady Rough Riders won 29-4, 7-2, and 5-0 and lost 9-8.

    “We ended up with 25 hits; everyone on that day was producing,” said LCC interim head coach Nathan Trujillo of his team’s 29-run game.

    Luna’s Keri Mays went 5 for 5 with three home runs and 10 RBI in the 29-run game.

  • Quintana sisters shine in home...

    Jayme Quintana shot an 82 to take top honors by a three-stroke margin in the recent West Las Vegas Golf Invite held at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Jayme and sister Joedy, whose 89 was good for fourth place in the girls’ tournament, posted qualifying scores for May’s state tourney.

    Raton’s Clair Willden (second place, 85) and Brianna Paisley (third, 88) also had qualifying scores.

    Louanna Valencia (133) and Frannie Gonzales (136) also competed for West Las Vegas.

  • Pecos tracksters thrive in Ft....

    As a team, Pecos was decidedly middle-of-the-pack in Saturday’s big Fox-Vixen Relays meet in Fort Sumner. But there were several Panthers and Lady Panthers with plenty to celebrate.

    “It was just a great day with individual (achievements),” said coach Leroy Barela. “A number of the kids had personal records.”

    Pecos’ Cassandra C de Baca ran a personal-best 12:45.64 in the girls’ 3,200-meter run, qualifying for state, placing third overall and first among small-school entrants.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 8...

    • Las Vegas Little League games: Mariners vs. Yankees, 5:30 p.m., Angels vs. Orioles, 7:30 p.m.; Red Wings vs. Rivercats, 6:15 p.m., Bats vs. Paw Sox, 7:45 p.m., Keyes Park

    • West Las Vegas vs. Raton, 4 p.m., WLV field
    • Las Vegas Little League games: Owlz vs. Sandgnats, 6:15 p.m., Thunder vs. Paw Sox, 7:45 p.m.; Keyes Park
    • West Las Vegas vs. Raton, 4 p.m., WLV field

  • Several area athletes all-state...

    Pecos’ Johnny Vigil and Aaron Lujan have been named to the Class 2A boys’ basketball all-state second team by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Wagon Mound’s Eric Olguin was honored with selection to the Class B boys’ all-state first team; Trojan teammate Jose Aguilar was tabbed to the second team.

    Mora’s Chantel Rivera was chosen for the Class 2A girls’ second team.

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  • Isotopes have plenty of major...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Life for an Albuquerque Isotope — or for any minor league baseball player for that matter — is all about upheaval.

    The Isotopes that won their division in 2012 with an 80-64 record and contributed to a good showing by the parent Los Angeles Dodgers (86-76, second in the NL West) aren’t exactly the same club that takes the field this week for the beginning of the Pacific Coast League season.

  • Merged leagues; distinct...

    In a quiet merger conducted this past winter, the Meadow City’s two Little Leagues chose to combine their boards into one.

    The change may not seem apparent to fans who turn out for the games, which begin for Las Vegas Little League with opening ceremonies this Saturday at Keyes Park. (Games run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a one-hour break at 10 a.m. for the ceremonies themselves.)

    La Plaza Little League’s opening day is slated for late April.
    Both leagues will maintain distinct schedules and operate under their existing charters.