Today's Sports

  • National champ: Benavidez wins...

    Horseshoes and hand grenades.

    Cathy Benavidez, a resident of Montezuma, did a whole lot better than just get close in the former.
    She won a gold medal in the event at the National Senior Games June 9-14 in Birmingham, Ala.

    Benavidez competed in the women’s singles division for age 65-69 and triumphed over one of the larger fields — more than a dozen finalists — on her way to the gold medal.

    Her closest competition came from Maidena Wildcatt of North Carolina and Linda Kauffman of Tennessee.

  • Repeat champs

    The Las Vegas Little League Angels baseball team recently took the Majors Division championship for the second consecutive season and finished second place in regular-season play.
    Standing: Coach Martin Lucero,  Seneca Saiz-Gomez, Saul Allen, Clyde Sanchez, Coach Esequiel Mascareñas, Jordan Padilla, Santana Martinez, Noah Martinez, Aric Johnson, Manager Gil “Guba” Martinez.
    Kneeling: Trey Leger, Carlo Lucero, Esequiel Mascareñas, Evan Pino, Mike Montoya.
    Not pictured: Coach Mike Allen.

  • Go Fish, Friday, June 23

    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.

    Catches of the week
    Cowles Ponds: Justin Mcafee, 5, of Tijeras, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout June 18. He was using an olive green Pistol Pete.

    Pecos River: Pat Garcia of Santa Fe caught a 24-inch rainbow trout June 18. He was using salmon eggs.

    Fishing report, June 20

  • Looking ahead, Friday, June 23

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa

  • Pushups raise funds for team

    Fundraisers for Little League travel and other expenses can run the gamut from bake sales to raffles to car washes.

    Add pushups to the list.

    Las Vegas 9-11 All-Stars assistant coach Leroy Lujan  offered to perform one pushup for every dollar donated to the team as it prepares for district tournament play this coming weekend in Santa Rosa.

    Lujan ended up doing 256 within the prescribed hour and will donate two hours of community service to the city of Las Vegas as he promised.

  • District tourney time

    Santa Rosa will be the center of attention for northeastern New Mexico Little League fans starting this weekend, as the District 4 tournaments begin in the City of Lakes.

    Locally, Las Vegas Little League and La Plaza Little League recently completed their end-of-season tournaments and released all-star rosters of teams who’ll be representing the leagues at the district level.

  • Fiesta Run deadline Monday

    Deadline to sign up for the 2017 Las Vegas Fiesta Run is coming on Monday.

    The Fiesta Run, sponsored by Southwest Capital Bank, will be held Sunday, July 2, with the first races starting at 7 a.m.
    Participants may choose from the 10-kilometer run, 5K run, 5K walk and a 1-mile children’s run.

    Registration is available at www.active.com and www.lvfiestarun.com. Deadline to sign up is Monday, June 26. No registrations will be conducted on the day of the run.

  • Rockies’ Gray to start for...

    Las Vegas Optic and Isotopes reports

    Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray is scheduled to start for the Isotopes this Saturday, June 24, at Isotopes Park.  It will be Gray’s third rehab assignment as he works his way back from a fracture in his left foot.  

    This season with Colorado, Gray has started three games, going 0-0 with a 4.38 earned run average (six earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings pitched).  He was placed on the disabled list on April 14.  

  • Dogs’ day afternoon

    “Open both your eyes and watch the pitch,” the Bulls’ manager Allen Lujan admonished his young player, Aubrey Montoya, as she thumped her bat at home plate.

    “But I poked my own eyeball,” she explained.

    The sequence repeated after the coach-fed pitching machine had sent another baseball past her.

    “I can’t see,” she said. “I poked my own eyeball.”

    “Look!” Lujan said. “There’s a fidget spinner there on the ground by home plate!”

  • McMahon earns PCL honors

    Las Vegas Optic

    Ryan McMahon, one of the newest additions to the Albuquerque Isotopes, wasted little time making an impact.

    McMahon, 22, earned Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors for June 12-18 following a torrid six-game stretch for the infielder playing just his second week of Triple-A baseball.

    McMahon hit .593 with 16 hits in 27 at-bats including five home runs, four doubles and 14 runs batted in.