Today's Sports

  • Beasties back - RHS girls shut...

    It took all of 30 seconds Thursday afternoon for the Beastie Girls to strike.

    Victoria Valdez, one of just a couple seniors on Robertson’s girls’ varsity soccer team, got the ball shortly after kickoff and drove 30 yards for a rapid-fire goal against Santa Fe Indian School.

    It was just the start, not only to a 10-0 shutout but to a season that the team hopes will end deep into the state tournament in November.

    Sierra Atencio netted a hat trick with three goals in the game, and Valdez and Maricela Montoya scored two apiece.

  • Mora rallies back against Lady...

    When these two teams were last in action, it was on the floor of the Santa Ana Star Center, deep in separate state volleyball tournaments.

    On Thursday, Mora and West Las Vegas served up a contest worthy of that big stage.

    The Rangerettes (1-0) rallied from a two-games-to-none deficit with three straight sets to prevail 3-2 over the visiting Lady Dons at Montoya Gym.

    West showed poise in holding on to tight wins in the first two sets, 25-22 and 26-24.

    Facing a sweep on its home floor, Mora came right back, taking game three 25-18.

  • Dream on - 1992 U.S. hoops team...

    The greatest basketball team ever assembled still has no match.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 28...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Salt Lake City, Utah
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Jacona

  • Hungry for more - After coming...

    Just a few proverbial bounces of the ball separated Robertson from its fourth state football championship this past December in Hatch.

    That defeat lingers in the minds of RHS head coach Leroy Gonzalez and his players as they get ready to open the 2016 slate Friday night against visiting Estancia.

    “It’s a bad taste in our mouths,” he said. “You’re right there — and it just doesn’t happen. Sure (it’s a motivator). It’s our goal to win our last game.”

  • Seeking the right balance

    Over the past two decades, West Las Vegas football fans have grown accustomed to a pass-heavy attack that has produced varying degrees of success.

    Expect that to change some this fall.

    “I expect us to be more balanced on offense,” predicted Dons head coach Adrian Gonzales, in the middle of a week preparing for his squad’s season-opening trip to Clayton. (Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday.)

    “We’re going to have more of a run game than we’ve had in years past.”

  • Amnesty 5K run a success

    Submitted to the Optic

    Amnesty International Group 463 organized the third annual 5-kilometer AIR run on Saturday, Aug. 13, in town.

    Each of the 30-plus participants aged 8 to 70-plus dedicated the race to a prisoner of conscience.

    Overall winner Javier Torres-Hughes impressed observers by finishing with a time of 18:50, with Ivan Gold following in 22:19 and Aman Winkel, age 12, in 23:40.

    Xzavier Gutierrez, at age 10 the youngest male runner, was fourth with a time of 24:16.

  • One last push - Final homestand...

    Albuquerque’s slender playoff hopes took a blow Wednesday night with a 4-2 loss to division-leading El Paso.

    The Chihuahuas (69-62 as of Thursday) have enjoyed a cozy lead atop the PCL’s Pacific Southern much of the summer.

    But a recent surge by the Isotopes (63-67) has seen them ascend from the division cellar to second place, five and a half games behind El Paso.

  • Go Fish - Aug. 26, 2016

    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.

    Catch of the week
    Conchas Lake: Joe Weber of Albuquerque caught and released a 4.7-pound smallmouth bass Aug. 21. He was using a Zara Spook. Young Darrius King of Santa Fe caught his biggest smallmouth bass weighing in at 1.5 pounds Aug. 21. He was using a weedless jig with a rage craw trailer.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 26...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Robertson vs. Estancia, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas at Clayton, 7 p.m., Clayton

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Cross country
    • Robertson at Española Valley, 8 a.m., Española