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Today's Sports

  • New system, new hope for Dons

    It’s not always easy for football players to buy into a new coach’s way of running things, especially when there’s been a history of turnover on the staff.

    But at West Las Vegas, Adrian Gonzales encountered plenty of positive vibes when he took over the team, and it’s not simply because he’s an alumnus of the green and gold.

    “There was already a sense of excitement even before I got hired,” he said. “Being that we’re in the same town, the kids were familiar with what we’ve done.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 1...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, (season finale), 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Rodeo
    • Bean Day Rodeo, Wagon Mound

  • Football kicks off tonight

    It seems the road to the new Class 4A state football championship goes through Las Vegas — specifically Cardinal Stadium.

    The preseason pick to repeat as state champ, Robertson begins that road on Friday night at home with a game against Portales.

    Kickoff is 7 p.m.

    RHS head coach Leroy Gonzalez said he doesn’t mind his team being in the spotlight ever since the Redbirds ran roughshod over opponents en route to the title — the school’s third state football championship — last December.

  • Back at it - Parks returns to...

    In the match marking Ray Parks’ comeback to coaching as well as the very first “for real” competition of the fall sports season in the Meadow City, the Clovis Wildcats stole the show in a 2-0 final on Wednesday at RHS Field.

    Through the well-played first half, neither side could break through, although there were chances. At halftime, it was 0-0.

    Robertson’s goalkeeper Lorenzo Marquez, kept busy all afternoon, fared very well, nimbly covering the penalty area and turning away repeated attacks by the Wildcats.

  • City champs! Hackers defend title

    All’s well that ends well, the way the Hackers see it.

    A season-opening upset loss for the defending Las Vegas Adult Softball League men’s division champions only served as a wake-up call.

    “After suffering our first season loss in years, 8-15 by Balls Deep, we cruised through the rest of the summer going 11-1,” noted Hackers mainstay Carl Vigil.

  • Topes wrap up season with...

    By Lee VanHorn
    Albuquerque Isotopes

    Fan Appreciation Weekend highlights the final homestand of the year for the Albuquerque Isotopes as they welcome the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets affiliate) to Isotopes Park for a four-game, five-day series that wraps up Monday at Isotopes Park.

    Over $30,000 in prizes will be given away throughout the weekend.

  • Go Fish - Aug. 29

    Fishing report, Aug. 26
    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.
    Charette Lakes: No reports.
    Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 12 cfs. Trout fishing was good using Royal Wullfs, parachute Adams, stimulators, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using Pistol Petes and Power Bait.

  • Crespin training a team effort

    Arturo Crespin’s return to the boxing ring has been a team effort, his longtime trainer and father Carlos Crespin says.

    While Crespin himself has again been in his son’s corner throughout, two other coaches — Charles Gallegos and David “Cobra” Martinez — have helped prepare the Las Vegas middleweight.

    “They have really been very helpful,” Crespin said.

    “El Toro” will box against Augustine Renteria in an eight-round middleweight contest that will serve as the co-main event

  • NFL contest invites local kids...

    The popular NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition for youth is coming to Las Vegas.

    The NFL Punt Pass and Kick will be held at Cardinal Stadium at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. It’s a free event for boys and girls ages 6-15, said local organizer Carlos Perea.

    Winners qualify for regionals and a chance to perform in the event during a NFL game.

    Registration is available online at www.nflppk.com, Perea said.

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  • Youth cheer camp at West LV next...

    Local youngsters can get a chance to be guest cheerleaders at a Dons home football game by participating in a camp this coming week.

    The West Las Vegas Cheer Camp will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2-3, at Armijo Elementary School.

    Participants in elementary school (from kindergarten to fifth grade) are invited. Cost is $30 per child and includes a camp T-shirt as well as instruction in cheers, jumps and stunts.

    The West Las Vegas cheerleaders will help provide instruction to the youngsters.