Today's Sports

  • Dons visit No. 1 Portales; RHS...

    With early games against a top-five Class 4A Moriarty team and 5A Grants on the road, it hasn’t been an easy schedule for West Las Vegas’ football team.

    Now the Dons get to visit defending state champion and No. 1 ranked Portales.

    Portales is 2-0 after routing Texico 41-0 on the Wolverines’ home field and doubling up Lovington 42-21. Head coach Jaime Ramirez has led his Rams to 25 wins in the last 27 games, including a 43-14 victory over Robertson in the state championship game Dec. 3 in Portales.

  • Highlands’ Kurui earns major...

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Collins Kurui of New Mexico Highlands University has been named one of the national athletes of the week by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Kurui is a junior from Iten, Kenya.

    He raced to victory with a time of 15:24 in this past Saturday’s Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque. In doing so, he beat a field of NCAA Division I and II competitors from host UNM as well as Texas-El Paso, NMSU and Fresno State.

  • Fundraiser set up for Luna...

    A GoFundMe account has been established for a Luna Community College softball student-athlete who was hospitalized after a recent vehicle crash.

    Sierra Gonzalez, a native of the Las Cruces area and a prep standout at Oñate High, was one of several individuals injured during the reported rollover Aug. 24 on Interstate 25 near Socorro.

    Fundraisers, including the online account “Support for Sierra & Lee Anne” accepting donations, have been taking place in the past couple of weeks.

  • Hall of Fame seeks voter input

    The popular vote may not be the deciding factor in U.S. presidential elections, but it will have influence on who gets inducted into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame this year.

    This year’s pool of 80 candidates includes an array of individuals with ties to the Meadow City. According to the NMSHOF, this will be the fourth time in the organization’s 45-year history that it will open balloting to the public.

  • West runners second in Mora

    MORA — With teammate Mikah Paiz making his season debut in Saturday morning’s Mora Invite, West Las Vegas’ Miguel Coca and J.J. Esquibel led the way to a clean 1-2-3 finish for the Dons varsity.

    As strong as those three ran, however, it wasn’t quite enough to upset Santa Fe Indian, which put enough of its runners between the lead troika of Dons and the rest of West’s team to swipe the team title with 42 team points.

    West finished second with 51, and the host Rangers took fourth with 109 behind Mesa Vista (66).

  • Tri-umph! Vegas football teams...

    Arjay Ortiz’s 96-yard touchdown run put an exclamation point on Robertson’s 45-0 shutout of Cobre on a balmy Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

    It was another big day for Ortiz, who ran for two TDs, passed for two more and intercepted two Cobre passes. In all, Ortiz generated 352 total offensive yards (191 passing, 161 rushing).

    It was also a good afternoon for Darian Duran and the Robertson defense, which consistently found its way into the Indians’ backfield for sacks and tackles for loss.

  • Kurui wins Lobo Invite

    Amid a crowd of runners from big NCAA Division I schools, Collins Kurui struck a blow for D-II New Mexico Highlands.

    Kurui raced to victory in the Lobo Invitational’s collegiate cross country meet this past Saturday in Albuquerque. Kurui’s time of 15:24 was second only to UNM’s Alexander Palm, who ran unattached and did not score officially in the 5-kilometer course.

  • Late push not enough for Topes

    Las Vegas Optic

    Albuquerque’s baseball season came to a close Monday night with a 13-1 loss at Reno (80-62).

    Rafael Ynoa paced the Isotopes with three of the team’s nine hits. The Aces scored 10 runs in the second.

    The Isotopes finished the summer — their 15th as a franchise — 68-73, good for third place, four and a half games behind champion El Paso in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern.

    Manager Glenallen Hill, who recently won his 200th game, is expected to return in 2018.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 6...

    • Pecos vs. Jemez Valley, 6:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • Valley Middle School at Anton Chico, 4 p.m., Anton Chico

    Cross country
    • West Las Vegas Middle School, Valley at Edgewood, 3 p.m., Edgewood
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • NMHU women vs. West Texas A&M, 5:30 p.m., Eco Park, Taos

  • Cardinals punish Cobre 45-0

    Arjay Ortiz's 96-yard touchdown run put an exclamation point on Robertson's 45-0 shutout of Cobre on a balmy Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

    It was another big day for Ortiz, who ran for two TDs, passed for two more and intercepted two Cobre passes.