Today's Sports

  • Mora sluggers on the rise

    Mora baseball is an overnight success that’s been years in the making.

    The Rangers, coached by Manuel Benavidez, have built a record of 13-4 overall and 9-1 in district. Mora is coming off a sweep of Cimarron, 7-6 and 14-1 in five innings, and the team is eyeing a serious run at the district title and a spot in the eight-team Class 2A state tournament.

    This might be a breakthrough year. But it’s been a gradual, deliberate climb for a program that continues to toil in the shadow of the valley’s first love — basketball.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    •West Las Vegas at Pojoaque Valley (DH), TBA, Jacona
    •West Las Vegas JV at Rio Rancho tourney, TBA
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    •West Las Vegas at Pojoaque Valley (DH), TBA, Jacona

    Track and field

  • Vatos’ title quest ends in Elite...

    Submitted to the Optic

    With a lot of courage and luck this past Saturday in San Francisco, the Vatos slipped past the PacWest No. 1 seed (and nationally ranked No. 3) CSU Maritime Academy 31-29.

    Although given little ball and space, All-American Jeremy Misailegalu literally muscled in three scores. For his toughness in the forward trenches, Ray Henley was named Man of the Match helping the Vatos reach the National Elite 8.

  • Gonzalez tops in homers

    New Mexico Highlands finds itself on the outside looking in as teams make a push for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason in baseball and softball.

    Still, there have been some solid individual efforts this spring for both Cowboys and Cowgirls.

    NMHU baseball is 10-29 overall and 7-19 in the RMAC standings in the second year of the Shannon Hunt era.

    The Cowboys host Adams State this weekend for four games, hoping to climb as far as third place in the RMAC Plains Division.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - April...

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 1:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    •NMHU vs. Adams State, noon, Brandt Park
    •Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, TBA
    •NMHU at CSU-Pueblo (DH), 11 a.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    •West Las Vegas JV vs. Taos, 3 p.m., WLV Field
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park

  • Defensive gem as RHS edges WLV

    Robertson’s Brandon Lucero and West Las Vegas’ Robbie Alarcon combined to put on a pitching clinic on Tuesday at WLV Field.
    With stout defenses backing them up, Lucero and Alarcon each threw an exceptional game in the third and final regular-season meeting between East and West baseball teams this spring.

  • Highlands football scrimmage...

    Curious football fans will have a chance to see what New Mexico Highlands University football coach Jeff Mills and his team have been cooking this spring.

    \That chance comes at noon Saturday, when the Cowboys host an intrasquad scrimmage at Perkins Stadium in conjunction with a full day of NMHU baseball at home.

    “This is really the first time in my two springs here that we’ll be scrimmaging live,” Mills said Wednesday night.

  • A Marilyn moment

    Las Vegas Optic

    Three West Las Vegas boys’ track and field standouts represented the Meadow City in the annual Marilyn Sepulveda Classic on Monday at UNM in Albuquerque.

    The Marilyn is a de facto all-star track meet for the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, bringing together top athletes, regardless of classification, in an invitation-only event.

    Nicholas Gurule posted the third-longest javelin throw at 169-2 1/2. It was second best among Class 4A throwers.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •LCC vs. New Mexico Military (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    •NMHU vs. Adams State, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    •Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., MMS Field
    •West Las Vegas JV at Pojoaque, TBA, Jacona
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    •LCC vs. Western Texas (DH), 1 p.m., Cowgirl Field or TBA
    •West Las Vegas JV at Pojoaque, TBA, Jacona

  • Back in business

    After crashing to earth in a doubleheader defeat to visiting Portales this past weekend, the Robertson softball team was looking for a bounce-back game.

    They got it.

    The Lady Cardinals (17-3) overcame a 2-1 deficit to beat West Las Vegas 9-2 on Tuesday afternoon at WLV Field.

    It was the third RHS win in as many head-to-head meetings between the local schools this season. West is 9-11 overall.

    Ashlea Lujan, who reached on a walk, scored on a wild pitch to stake Robertson to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.