Today's Sports


    I am a big fan of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program on Sunday mornings as the show brings up a variety of topics within the sports arena. Recently a show caught my eye about how early college coaches and starting to recruit student-athletes to attend their institutions.

    It was interesting to see that many of these athletes are being recruited before, during and after their freshman year in high school.

  • Rangerettes capture second NRG...

    Leslie Vigil and her Mora Rangerettes have won their second consecutive championship in the Northern Rio Grande Volleyball Tournament held this past weekend at McCurdy.

    Mora came out of pool play Friday seeded second.

    In round one of the tournament Mora rebounded from a close loss in the first set to defeat Dulce 23-25, 25-13, 25-12, 26-24.

  • Optic opens NFL picks contest to...

    From the Las Vegas Optic

    The Optic is inviting you to take part in the free Las Vegas Optic Power Picks contest beginning with this coming week, Week 2 of the NFL season.

    Each week (shortly after the conclusion of Monday Night Football broadcasts) the paper will e-mail participants a copy of the week’s NFL game lineup. Participants are asked to e-mail back with predicted winners; deadline is midnight Wednesday (11:59 p.m. Wednesday).


    We all know about the “alleged” hazing incident which occurred last week involving the Robertson football team, and until the official investigation is over I believe it is important to use the word “alleged.”

  • GO FISH: Weekly fishing report...

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

    Elephant Butte: Aug. 8, James Koons of Silver City caught a 15-pound striped bass. He was using live bait.

  • Andino's cycle highlights...

    Robert Andino hit for the cycle and notched five hits overall as host Albuquerque throttled New Orleans 16-8 Thursday night at Isotopes Park.

    Albuquerque (61-72) moved within a game of the Zephyrs for second place in the PCL American South.

    Andino’s cycle is the first for a ‘Tope since Derek Wathan did it in 2004. The Isotopes outhit New Orleans 20-15 and led 16-5 after six.

    The Isotopes'final homestand of the season continues through Sunday.

  • KICKOFF 2008: WLV soccer

    Building a program from scratch isn’t for the faint of heart. Perhaps that’s why West Las Vegas turned to RosaKay Carrillo when it decided to launch a soccer team.

    A former college player whose passion for the sport is a family tradition, Carrillo was entrusted with this construction project in 2007. The blueprint involved recruiting players generally new to soccer, developing their skills and waiting.

    Waiting for a home field to practice and play on.

    Waiting at least a year for the team to be upgraded to varsity standing.

  • LV boxer Crespin turns pro Aug....

    Las Vegas welterweight Arturo Crespin will make his professional boxing debut on Saturday, Aug. 30, as part of a full card at Sky City Casino in Acoma.

    It’s been a long time coming for Crespin, who has developed a strong reputation as an amateur fighter over the past decade. The 18-year-old West Las Vegas alumnus has long been trained by his father, Carlos Crespin, who also had a notable career in the ring.

  • KICKOFF 2008: NMHU soccer

    Ron Blue invested much of the last few seasons building his team’s defensive backfield.

    Somehow, it up and vanished on him this past offseason.

    Time ran out for all-region goalkeeper McKayla Dorman, and for reliable four-year letterwinners Nikki Garcia and Nicole Parra-Perez, who helped the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team reach the postseason and develop a culture of improvement and growth.

  • KICKOFF 2008: RHS soccer

    Two years ago, Clarence Montoya and Ray Parks guided their Robertson boys’ and girls’ soccer teams to dual district championships — a first for the school in the sport.

    In spite of some key losses to graduation, both clubs have a great shot at duplicating that feat.

    For Parks’ Lady Cardinals, another district title would mean a threepeat on the heels of last year. While they’ve lost a few strong athletes, the core remains intact. Ari Trujillo, a speedy scoring threat, is back. So is captain Samantha Marshall, an expressive leader.