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Today's Sports

  • LVLL softball sweeps

    Las Vegas Optic

    Another summer.

    Another sweep.

    The Las Vegas Little League softball teams again monopolized the championship banners in the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 age divisions this week in Raton, home site of the District 4 all-star tournaments.

    The LVLL 9-10 girls recorded this year’s first district title by a local team on Sunday, taking two in a best-of-three series with crosstown foes La Plaza.

  • Ledecky punches Olympics ticket

    The Associated Press

    OMAHA, Neb. — Katie Ledecky has set the bar so high, it’s a bit of a disappointment when she doesn’t set a world record.
    The 19-year-old has no complaints.

    She’s heading back to the Olympics.

    Getting that formality out of the way in her first event of the U.S. swimming trials, Ledecky held off a persistent challenge from Leah Smith to win the 400-meter freestyle on Monday night.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 29...

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    •District 4 Little League Tournaments, games TBA, Raton

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.

  • Mud volleyball, horseshoes in...

    Las Vegas Optic

    Area residents are invited to take part in a mud volleyball and horseshoes event on Saturday, July 9, at the San Miguel Sheriff’s Posse grounds on Main Street in Pecos.

    The event, to be held for the second year, will benefit the Pecos boys’ basketball program. The Panthers reached the state Final Four in Class 3A this past winter under coach Ira Harge.

    Registration begins at 8 a.m. on July 9, with competition beginning at 9.

  • Bowl bound
  • Arguello awarded Marr Memorial...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Francisco Palemon Arguello, a 2016 Las Vegas Robertson High School graduate and affectionately known as “Koko,” has been selected as the recipient of the 35th Annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.  The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Robertson High student-athlete who has excelled academically and participated in the football program. 

  • Sluggers in Juniors, Seniors up...

    Las Vegas Optic

    District All-Star tournaments are coming this week for those on the Juniors and Seniors levels, with Las Vegans among those hoping to advance to state and regional competition.

    The District 4 tourneys for younger age groups — 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 — are currently under way in Raton. Brackets for the Juniors and Seniors divisions were to be finalized and announced early this week.

  • Reserved seating

    Sometimes the stands are packed. Other times, there are plenty of good seats to be had.

    But at every home game for the West Las Vegas baseball team, there’s one seat that remains vacant — a chair of honor reserved for the ones who cannot be present.

    The black chairback, marked with the familiar Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action insignias, is meant to acknowledge and pay tribute to the sacrifices of the military, particularly those designated as POWs or MIA.

  • NBA draft goes abroad

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft, and a record number of international players followed.

    The Philadelphia 76ers took the Australian with the No. 1 pick on Thursday night, making him the first of a record 14 international players chosen in the first round.

    Nearly half the selections in the 30-pick round were international players, topping the 12 international players in the first round in 2013.

  • Garneau homer can’t break slide...

    Dustin Garneau drilled a home run and a double in a 2-for-4 outing Thursday night, but it was just the silver lining for what went down as the Isotopes’ seventh consecutive loss.

    Host Fresno won 5-2 to take the third straight game in the four-game series.

    The skid is the longest of the season for Albuquerque, which occupies the cellar in the PCL’s Pacific Southern Division with a 31-43 record under Glenallen Hill.

    Garneau opened the scoring with a two-out solo home run in the top of the second inning.