Today's Sports

  • Isotopes 2017 schedule

    Thursday, April 6
    Salt Lake Bees, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park (promotion: fleece blankets)

    Friday, April 7
    Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park

    Saturday, April 8
    Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park (promotion: Dukes Retro Night)

    Sunday, April 9
    Salt Lake Bees, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park (promotion: magnet schedules)

    Monday, April 10
    Salt Lake Bees, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park

    Tuesday, April 11
    At Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, noon, Brandt Park
    • B.J. Gonzales Memorial Basketball Tournament, 9 a.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies at Santa Fe Venom, TBA
    • NMHU vs. Adams State (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field

    • West Las Vegs vs. Raton (DH), 4 p.m., WLV Field
    • Robertson JV vs. Santa Fe (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field

  • Taking on No. 1
  • Lady Dons, Cardinals take down...

    The Pam Sandoval era is off to a good start.

    West Las Vegas’ softball varsity, now under the direction of new head coach Sandoval, opened its schedule with an 18-11 shootout win at Ruidoso on Tuesday.

    Jasmine Sanchez hit 4 for 5 with a double. Lucia Martinez was 3 for 6 with a double, triple and three RBI. Jennifer Sanchez was 3 of 5 with one RBI. Amri Lucero had two doubles.

    The Lady Don junior varsity also won, 7-1.

    Sandoval, a veteran of the Las Vegas Police Department, has coached in various capacities over the years.

  • Ready for the links
  • Bulldogs maul competition
  • March Madness

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Saddled with the No. 14 seed in the East bracket — paired against powerful No. 3 seed Baylor — the New Mexico State University men’s basketball team wants nothing better than to play the Cinderella role when it opens the NCAA tournament on Friday.

    The Aggies and first-year head coach Paul Weir enter with a 28-5 record but will be a long shot to get past the Bears (25-7).

  • B.J. Gonzales hoops tourney this...

    As the B.J. Gonzales Memorial Basketball Tournament turns 15, the growth of the event still amazes its founder.

    “It’s mind-boggling,” said Benedict Gonzales, who launched the event as a way to honor his late son, killed in a vehicular accident years ago.

    The tournament tips off at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through the weekend with full days of basketball on Saturday and Sunday at Gillie Lopez Gym on the West Las Vegas campus.

    Admission to the tournament is $3, with proceeds going toward a benefit scholarship fund.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    • Luna Community College vs. Frank Phillips (DH), noon, TBA
    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    • B.J. Gonzales Memorial Basketball Tournament, 6 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Luna Community College at Howard (DH), noon, Big Springs, Texas
    • Robertson JV, West Las Vegas JV at Pecos tournament, TBA, Pecos
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Eagle Ridge, 3 p.m., TBA
    • Robertson at Carlsbad Invite, TBA

  • State champs! Pecos Panthers...

    ALBUQUERQUE — As was the case one year earlier, the Pecos Panthers ended their journey through the state basketball tournament feeling the pain.

    This time, though, it was a different kind of pain.

    “My face hurts from smiling,” said Carlos Cordova, smiling nonetheless as a team that had somehow escaped widespread media attention all winter found itself at the center of a post-championship press conference.

    Cordova and the Panthers defeated Santa Rosa 60-49 in the Class 3A boys’ title game Saturday morning at The Pit.