Today's Sports

  • All-district - Thirteen players...

    All-District 2-4A teams for baseball and softball have been announced and include a number of Meadow City athletes.

    After leading Robertson (21-8) to the district championship and a No. 2 seed in the Class 4A state tournament, Michael Quintana was honored as Coach of the Year.

    It was the second such title in as many years the Lady Cardinals have won since Quintana took the helm. It’s also the program’s fourth consecutive district championship.

  • Ten Rangers earn acclaim

    The Mora Rangers enjoyed one of the better seasons in the recent history of the school’s baseball program, rising to a No. 4 seed in Class 2A under Coach Manuel Benavidez.

    Mora (19-7) ranked as high as No. 2 in the class at one point, behind eventual state champion Lordsburg, to whom the Rangers lost in the 2A state semifinals.

    The Rangers also landed 10 players on the all-district team this spring.

  • Tennessee split for Topes

    Albuquerque Isotopes

    The Isotopes were held scoreless for the first seven innings Thursday night before plating two runs in the eighth, but that would be the only scoring they produced as the Redbirds took the series finale 4-2 at AutoZone Park. Albuquerque and Memphis split the series 2-2 while the Isotopes finished their eight-game road trip with a 4-4 record.

  • British soccer camp June 5-9

    Area youngsters age 3 to 14 are invited to register for the annual Challenger British Soccer Camp, coming June 5-9 to United World College in Montezuma.

    Participants develop speed and agility, juggling, foot skills, passing and control, dribbling and shooting, taught by a team of British coaches.

    First Kicks (ages 3-4) runs from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and costs $80 for the week. Half-Day (ages 5-14) runs from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $124. Those who sign up for the half-day camp may opt for additional Golden Goal session from 1 to 3 p.m. ($47).

  • WLV golf tourney June 10

    The West Las Vegas Athletics golf tournament, raising funds to benefit the department, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Format is four-man scramble; entry fee is $100 per person or $400 per team of four. The fee covers prizes, range balls, greens fees, cart and lunch. Checks should be made payable to WLV Athletics.

    Hole sponsorships ($150 each) and renewals ($100) are being sold.

    Registration starts at 8 a.m. with tee time at 9. Call 429-5617 or 426-2517 for more information.

  • Go Fish - May 21, 2017

    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. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Catches of the week
    Gravel Pit Lakes: Olivia Radasa, 2, of Mora, caught her first brown trout May 13. She was using worms.

    Storrie Lake: Mike Barela of Las Vegas caught a 33.5-inch, 15.5-pound catfish May 13. He was using PowerBait.

    Fishing report, May 9

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 21...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Colorado Springs SkySox, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Colorado Springs SkySox, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • LVLL games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • LVLL games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park


  • Little League - May 19, 2017
  • Sanchez hired as Dons’...

    Clyde Sanchez, a veteran of the northern New Mexico coaching ranks with ties to West Las Vegas, has been hired as the Dons’ new head basketball coach.

    Sanchez’s hiring was confirmed on Tuesday evening.

    Sanchez is a former assistant at West and at Santa Fe Prep, and he is a former head coach at Pecos and Prep.

    “We look forward to working with Clyde and all that he brings to West Las Vegas,” said Richard Tripp, WLV athletic coordinator. “He has a great reputation as a head coach and as a person.”

  • Vera Jo gives back

    When Vera Jo Bustos takes the time to help a young girl work on her dribble or her jump shot, she can’t help but get flashbacks.

    “Absolutely,” she said.

    Bustos, the West Las Vegas multi-sport star who went on to break Adams State’s all-time scoring record, then play professionally in Greece, is an assistant coach with the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team. Part of her new responsibilities is coordinating the Lobos’ outreach camps for young players.