Today's Sports

  • Isotopes fall in 11 frames

    An RBI triple by Mike Freeman drove in Peter O’Brien for the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday night in Reno, Nev., and the Isotopes fell to the Aces 3-2.

    It was the third loss in a row for Albuquerque, which will wrap up the series Sunday at Greater Nevada Park before heading home to Isotopes Park for an eight-game homestand starting Monday evening.

     Albuquerque (12-9 going into the weekend) took the early lead when Rafael Ynoa scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Tauchman in the top of the first inning.

  • State brackets out Sunday

    On Sunday, shortly after 4 p.m., baseball and softball teams from across New Mexico will find out if and when they will play in the state tournaments.

    The New Mexico Activities Association’s selection and seeding show for both sports will reveal postseason brackets. The tournaments get under way this coming weekend, May 6 and 7, at campus sites of superior seeds.

    The remainder of the state tourneys play out May 11-14 in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

    For some, making state is not a matter of if.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - May. 1...

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 2:05 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    •NMHU at CSU-Pueblo (DH), noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    •NMAA state tournament selection and seeding show
    •Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 2 p.m., Montezuma
    •NMAA state tournament selection and seeding show

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento Rivercats, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park

  • Vatos punch return ticket to...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Having disappointed themselves with only an Elite Eight finish in NSCRO rugby 15’s, the NMHU Vatos are determined to defend their national title in NSCRO rugby 7’s.

    They have a good start.

    This past weekend the Vatos decisively beat five other college teams at the Midwest Qualifier in Nebraska by a collective margin of 176-12.

  • West to host forum May 9

    Las Vegas Optic

    West Las Vegas athletic coordinator Richard Tripp is inviting all parents and fans of WLV athletics to the district’s Second Annual Forum, 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the high school gym.

    “The purpose of the forum is to discuss, both positive and negative concerns there are within our program,” Tripp said.
    “We will not be discussing coaches hires and firings.”

    “We want to hear from our great parents and fan base how we can make WLV athletics better and the best in New Mexico.”

  • District tennis in town

    Las Vegas Optic

    Reigning state champion Robertson is hosting the district tennis tournaments Friday and Saturday at Leroy Fulgenzi Complex.

    RHS is expected to have a strong weekend on the courts after wrapping up top seedings in each bracket this past weekend in Taos for pre-district.

    Action begins at 7:30 a.m. each day with players representing RHS, West Las Vegas, Raton and Taos.

    Top four seeds follow.


  • Cowboys near finish

    Las Vegas Optic

    With just two series remaining in the regular season, New Mexico Highlands University baseball is rapidly nearing its conclusion for 2016.

    The Cowboys play at Colorado State-Pueblo this Friday through Sunday. Then it’s off to Denver the following weekend for a series at Regis to wrap up the spring.

    At 11-31 overall and 8-21 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the Cowboys will miss the postseason for the second consecutive spring.

  • LCC Baseball
  • Outlaws shut out Cibola

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Las Vegas Outlaws 9-year-old travel football team beat Cibola 48-0 this past weekend to improve to 3-1 in Albuquerque spring league play.

    Scoring for the Outlaws were C.J. Perea, Ethan Tafoya, Devaughn Kensey and Patrick Rodriguez Jr.

    The team plays the Rio Grande Ravens at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Mesa del Sol football fields in Albuquerque

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    •LCC at Frank Phillips (DH), noon, Borger, Texas
    •NMHU at CSU-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    •West Las Vegas JV at Rio Rancho tourney, TBA
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    •District 2-4A tournaments, 7:30 a.m., RHS courts
    Track and field
    •NMHU women at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colo.