Today's Sports

  • Maldonado 'disappointed,...

    Mike Maldonado hopes to be reinstated as head coach of West Las Vegas football and boys’ track. But he said he entertains no illusions about that possibility.

    Maldonado was informed by Superintendent Jim Abreu that he will not be retained in either capacity, effective immediately. Maldonado, who also teaches at the high school, coached football for two seasons and track for one.

    The spring track and field preseason begins in a couple of weeks.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Dons OK without...

    Even without Adrian Rivera in the lineup, the West Las Vegas Dons bullied Raton on Friday for a 59-35 road rout.

    WLV improves to 2-0 in District 2-3A with a 2008 state final rematch on tap for Thursday night at Gillie Lopez Gym; Raton slips to 0-2.

    The Dons, missing Rivera due to illness, gained the lead at 6-4 and did not trail the rest of the night.

    West led 13-9 after the first period, 27-16 at half, and 38-22 through three quarters.

  • Don wrestlers 4th in Trinidad;...

    Eight was enough.

    West Las Vegas’ wrestling team, taking just eight grapplers — six short of the full 14, wrangled a fourth-place finish in the 14-team Gene Gagliardi Invitational this past Saturday in Trinidad, Colo.

    John Armijo pinned all five of his opponents, including Jacob Bookout of Pueblo (Colo.) Central in the final, to win the 171-pound division for West.

    Rosendo “Ross” Valdez (125 lbs.), Mike Jaramillo (140) and Conrad Mares (160) also reached the finals, finishing second.

  • Lady Cards, Lady Dons drop...

    For a time Thursday night, the Robertson Lady Cardinals were trading punches evenly with the defending champs and even briefly had them on the ropes.

    Too bad for RHS fans that fights aren’t decided in one round, at least not without a knockout.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Late shot lifts...

    Relatively quiet through the first three quarters of Friday night's game vs. Aztec, John Martinez showed the Tigers he can roar, too.

    Martinez took a pass from Derek Gold and dropped a three-pointer at the buzzer to break a tie and give West Las Vegas a 51-48 victory at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Martinez scored nine of his 12 points in the final quarter. None of his shots was as big as the last one.

    Actually, the last five.

  • OPTIC POWER PICKS leaderboard

    Editor's note: The following are the latest standings in the Optic Power Picks competition as of Jan. 24, 2009. The contest, which involves weekly predictions on pro football games, remains open through the end of the season. To join, simply e-mail your predicted winners of the coming week's NFL games to dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com or magnummania@yahoo.com. Deadline each week is midnight Wednesday. Once you e-mail us your picks, (or send us your e-mail address and express interest in participating) we'll e-mail you the weekly lineup early Tuesday mornings.

  • Maldonado era over at WLV

    Two and out.

    Mike Maldonado is out after two years as head coach of football and one of boys’ track and field at West Las Vegas High School.

    WLVS Superintendent Jim Abreu said he informed Maldonado on Wednesday of his decision “to go in a different direction” with both athletic programs. The football decision had been reached within the past several days, but this week the school district also opted to relieve Maldonado of the track responsibilities as well.


    When my good friend Manny Lucero sent me a text Saturday morning stating that he and his wife Ita were on their way to Albuquerque, as her brother-in-law, former Optic sports writer Vince Rivera, was being administered last rites, I felt a thump in my chest.

    As the day progressed, I would text Manny for updates on Vince’s status. Finally, shortly after 10 p.m. the text message came: “Vince just passed away.”

  • Friends remember fallen Vatos...

    While many will associate Mike Esquibel’s name with the horrific way he died this past Thursday, those who knew him are remembering him as a good friend who loved the adventure of new experiences yet stayed fiercely loyal to the people and places of his hometown.

    Esquibel died after his pickup truck was struck by a train on a crossing north of Las Vegas.

    Funeral services were scheduled this morning at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, followed by a gathering of his friends at the Plaza Hotel.

  • WLV opens district by holding...

    Adrian Rivera scored 29 and Fabian Varela 15 as West Las Vegas held off visiting Santa Fe Indian 65-61 Wednesday night.

    Meanwhile in Jacona, Pojoaque chipped away at Robertson’s lead and pulled away with a 60-53 decision. Clint Brayfield (12 points) and Justin Bustos (11) led RHS scoring.

    It was the District 2-3A opener for the four schools.