Today's Sports

  • Eyes on state

    Las Vegas Optic

    Samantha Montaño smashed three home runs to double her season total, leading Robertson to a road sweep of Pojoaque Valley this past Tuesday in Jacona.

    With just Saturday’s single game at Taos remaining on the schedule, the Lady Cardinals has clinched the District 2-4A championship.

    Robertson (21-3 overall) blanked the Elkettes 20-0 and then won 11-1 to collect its sixth and seventh district wins with no losses in 2-4A.

  • Go Fish April 29 , 2016

    APRIL 26

    Editor’s note: 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. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Jaiden Carrillo, 8, of Santa Fe, caught a 20-inch, 3-pound white bass April 24. He was using a Rapala.

  • Topes’ luck runs out in Sin City

    Las Vegas Optic

    Albuquerque’s win streak was capped at seven games, ending with back-to-back losses at the Las Vegas 51s this week
    The Isotopes (12-8 going into Thursday’s opener at Reno) lost the series finale 7-2 on Tuesday afternoon.

    The 51s pinned home runs in consecutive at-bats on Topes lefty Ryan Carpenter in the sixth inning.

    Las Vegas also won on Monday, edging the visitors 6-5.

  • Don tracksters runners-up in...

    Adding to their recent stretch of strong performances, West Las Vegas’ boys finished second to host Taos in this past Saturday’s Taos Tiger Relays.

    Taos won handily with 179.5 team points in the boys’ standings, but West outpointed St. Michael’s, Pojoaque Valley and the rest of the field with 79 points. Robertson was sixth with 36.

  • Vatos Advance

    Las Vegas Optic

    One week after reaching the National Small College Rugby Organization’s Elite Eight, the Vatos of NMHU punched their ticket to a second-straight nationals appearance in sevens rugby.

    The Vatos won a qualifier this past weekend in Wayne, Neb., and will have a chance to defend their NSCRO sevens national championship on June 4-5 in Philadelphia.

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  • Mora sluggers on the rise

    Mora baseball is an overnight success that’s been years in the making.

    The Rangers, coached by Manuel Benavidez, have built a record of 13-4 overall and 9-1 in district. Mora is coming off a sweep of Cimarron, 7-6 and 14-1 in five innings, and the team is eyeing a serious run at the district title and a spot in the eight-team Class 2A state tournament.

    This might be a breakthrough year. But it’s been a gradual, deliberate climb for a program that continues to toil in the shadow of the valley’s first love — basketball.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    •West Las Vegas at Pojoaque Valley (DH), TBA, Jacona
    •West Las Vegas JV at Rio Rancho tourney, TBA
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    •West Las Vegas at Pojoaque Valley (DH), TBA, Jacona

    Track and field

  • Vatos’ title quest ends in Elite...

    Submitted to the Optic

    With a lot of courage and luck this past Saturday in San Francisco, the Vatos slipped past the PacWest No. 1 seed (and nationally ranked No. 3) CSU Maritime Academy 31-29.

    Although given little ball and space, All-American Jeremy Misailegalu literally muscled in three scores. For his toughness in the forward trenches, Ray Henley was named Man of the Match helping the Vatos reach the National Elite 8.

  • Gonzalez tops in homers

    New Mexico Highlands finds itself on the outside looking in as teams make a push for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason in baseball and softball.

    Still, there have been some solid individual efforts this spring for both Cowboys and Cowgirls.

    NMHU baseball is 10-29 overall and 7-19 in the RMAC standings in the second year of the Shannon Hunt era.

    The Cowboys host Adams State this weekend for four games, hoping to climb as far as third place in the RMAC Plains Division.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - April...

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 1:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    •NMHU vs. Adams State, noon, Brandt Park
    •Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, TBA
    •NMHU at CSU-Pueblo (DH), 11 a.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    •West Las Vegas JV vs. Taos, 3 p.m., WLV Field
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park