Today's Sports

  • Local ADs to athletes: Get those...

    Fall sports season practices are a couple weeks old, and season openers are days away.

    With that in mind, local high school athletic administrators are reminding student-athletes they need to have sports physicals in order to participate.

    “Parents and athletes of WLVHS, WLVMS and Valley — friendly reminder, you must have a physical before you can start practicing or participating,” West athletic coordinator Richard Tripp said via a news release.

  • Outlaws open fall with win

    The Las Vegas Outlaws 9-10 football team kicked off its season with a 37-13 win over the No. 2 ranked Albuquerque Bulldogs this past Sunday at the Herrera Complex.

    C.J. Perea accounted for five Outlaw touchdowns —four passing and one rushing. Perea connected with Ethan Tafoya for three TD passes and with Josh Martinez for another.

    The Outlaws, coached by Carlos Perea, are now part of the New Mexico American Youth Football, which he called the state’s “only nationally competitive league.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 11...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • NMHU women vs. Trinidad State Junior College (exhibition), TBA

  • Cowboys in RMAC cellar

    About to kick off his debut season as New Mexico Highlands University head football coach, Marty Fine can at least look forward to laboring unburdened by high expectations.

    The Cowboys were picked to finish in the cellar of the 11-school Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference gridiron ranks this coming season, according to a preseason coaches’ poll.

  • RMAC football: Wolves again lead...

    RMAC and Optic reports

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado State-Pueblo sits atop the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football preseason coaches’ poll for the fifth consecutive year.

    The ThunderWolves have been a preseason favorite since 2013. In a four-year span, the Pack has won three RMAC championships (2013, 2014, 2016) and an NCAA Division II national title (2014). CSU-Pueblo garnered 93 points and four first-place votes in this year’s coaches poll after finishing the 2016 season 8-2 in the RMAC and 8-3 overall.

  • WLV, Pecos cheer champs...

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Several New Mexico state championship teams from the 2016-17 school year hailed from northeastern New Mexico. With the start of school approaching, a few of them are already gearing up for another season.

    Coach Isabel Cavazos and her West Las Vegas cheer squad, as well as coach Jessica Flores and Pecos’ cheerleaders, are among the first to jump back into the fray. West won state in Class 1A-4A co-ed cheer, while Pecos took the title for Class 3A cheer at the state spirit competition this past March

  • Volleyball camp

    A weeklong youth volleyball camp got under way at Robetson High School's Mike Marr Gym on Monday.

    The camp, presented by Fulgenzi and other coaches and players from the program that finished as Class 4A state runner-up last November, drew about 100 participants who are entering the second through the seventh grades.

  • Close call for Baby Cakes

    Eury Perez drove in the game-winning run with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning Monday, lifting New Orleans to a walk-off 6-5 win over visiting Albuquerque.

    The Isotopes lost for the fourth time in the past five games, sliding to 57-58 — two games out of first place in the division race. Salt Lake won Monday, ending a four-game skid to improve to 59-56.

  • Mora sluggers showcased

    Continuing its recent showing on the diamonds, Mora Little League fielded two All-Star teams for competition in the District 4 tournaments this summer.

    The 10-12 year-old team included Marcus Montoya, Casey Benjamin, Arieanna Velasquez, Jeremiah Romero, Dante Alcon, Joaquin Manuel Jr, Dillion Pacheco, Kristen Trujillo, Isabella Martinez, Isaiah Atencio and Jordan Martinez. It was coached by Manuel Benavidez, Joaquin Manuel and Jolynn Benavidez. Bottom row:

  • Go Fish — Aug. 6, 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: Glenn Garcia of Albuquerque caught a 23-inch walleye July 30. He was using a 3-inch tube.