Today's Sports

  • Dons score KO in Grants

    Austin Abeyta scored three touchdowns and West Las Vegas sunk the Grants Pirates 53-0 on Friday night in Grants.

    The Dons, who played without a couple of key offensive starters, had their depth at the skills positions tested but dominated nonetheless in improving to 1-1.

    The game was stopped with 4:36 left in the fourth quarter due to the mercy rule.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas-area sports, see the print and online editions of the Optic this week.

  • Cowboys snap skid

    Luke Jones’ 47-yard field goal Thursday night did more than just win a football game for New Mexico Highlands University.

    It also helped smash a losing streak that had reached 12 games dating back to Nov. 7, 2015, while starting the Marty Fine NMHU coaching era off on the right foot.

  • Go Fish - Sept. 3, 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.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Mike Estrada of Belen caught and released a 4.38-pound largemouth bass Aug. 26. He was using a green jig with a green pumpkin Yamamoto baby craw trailer.

    Shuree Ponds: Ruth Laws, 8, and Will Laws, 7, of Albuquerque, caught 16-inch rainbows Aug. 26. They were using Pistol Petes.

  • Beasties cruise in home debut

    Within the first 20 minutes of Thursday’s home opener with Bernalillo, the Robertson Lady Cardinals scored twice.

    As it turned out, they’d need both goals to pull out a win and get back to .500 at 2-2.

    Miranda Montoya set up the first goal when her drive on the left flank lured the Bernalillo keeper off her line for a botched early save attempt. Montoya regained control of the ball, but instead of shooting, she dished it across to Gabriella Montoya, who punched it into the unprotected net.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 3...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m., Reno, Nev.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • NMHU women vs. Southern Nazarene, 1:30 p.m., Eco Park, Taos

    • Robertson (B) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., RHS Field

  • Cowboy football ends 12-game...

    Luke Jones' 40-yard field goal with 2:48 left in the game lifted New Mexico Highlands to a stirring 23-22 comeback victory over Dixie State (Utah) in the season opener.

    Highlands ended a 12-game losing skid and gave first-year head coach Marty Fine a win in his debut. The game was held at the Herrera Complex on the campus of West Las Vegas, which has served as a makeshift home for the Cowboys while their home stadium undergoes turf replacement.

    The Cowboys trailed most of the game, and they faced a 22-7 deficit with 7:52 left in the third quarter.

  • Run to the hills

    Miguel Coca and J.J. Esquibel both raced to top-four individual finishes for West Las Vegas in the Del Valdez Invitational this past weekend in Española.

    “We did all right, considering we started late (in preseason training),” said West coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo. “Some kids have only been running one or two weeks.”

    Robertson had a slight edge in terms of pack time for its front five and earned a fifth-place team finish while West landed in sixth.

  • Bonus baseball at Lab

    Thanks to Tuesday’s rain delay, Isotopes fans got to see a Wednesday doubleheader with two games that both spilled into extra innings. Albuquerque settled for a split, taking game one 6-4 and losing the nightcap 7-6.

    At 65-71, the Isotopes were on the verge of elimination from postseason contention. They were to conclude the series (and home schedule) against the Aces on Thursday night, then finish the regular season on the road. Reno is 78-59.

  • Dons hope for better luck on...

    The extra point that was — and then wasn’t.

    The extra point that wasn’t — and then was.

    A hustle play that resulted in a quarterback-turned-receiver to become a quarterback once again.

    West Las Vegas’ football team can only hope the strange string of adverse conditions it encountered this past Friday against Moriarty will be a one-off thing as it gets ready for a trip to Grants in week two.

  • Tests come early on gridiron

    For the second time in as many years, Robertson edged Estancia by one point in the high school football season opener for both schools.

    Friday, it was a 13-12 verdict in Bear Country.

    Estancia scored the game’s first touchdown: a 95-yard scamper by Moises Anaya in the first period.

    Anaya started right, then veered left and up the sideline, outrunning Arjay Ortiz and Brandon Lucero to reach paydirt.

    The Bears (0-1) missed the extra point try.