Today's Sports

  • Valdez’s secret: Hard work

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robertson High School 2017 graduate Victoria Valdez is the second recipient of the Eliana Marie Herrera Memorial Scholarship.

  • Obstacle race will benefit RHS...

    Community members are invited to take on an obstacle course race this weekend that will generate funds for the benefit of Robertson High School’s athletic department.

    The event will take place Sunday, June 11, with all participants meeting at the Cardinal Stadium football field. Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. with first wave of runners starting at 9.  The runners will be moving throughout the campus, completing various obstacles covering approximately 2 miles.

  • Warriors go up 2-0

    By Janie McCauley
    The Associated Press

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry dribbled every which way and ran a circle around LeBron James, then drove left through the paint and beat him to the rim for a right-handed layup over the star’s outstretched arm in a move reminiscent of his recent MVP magic.

    Steve Kerr got a front-row seat again for the show, delighted to be back on the bench witnessing those signature moments he has seen so many times before.

  • Vatos shut out Duke, take fifth

    The New Mexico Highlands University rugby club defeated Duke 31-0 to claim fifth place in the National Small College Rugby Organization sevens tournament on Sunday in Chester, Pa.

    The Vatos, who'd won the last two national championships in sevens rugby, were bumped from contention for a third straight title Saturday after finishing in third place in the pool play round.

    First-year NSCRO participant Christendom College -- a team the Vatos beat on Saturday -- was to play St. Mary's in the final on Sunday afternoon.

  • Vatos to play for fifth in...

    New Mexico Highlands' rugby club will play for fifth place in the National Small College Rugby Organization sevens tournament on Sunday in Chester, Pa.

    The Vatos went 2-1 in pool play on Saturday; Sunday brackets are based on the eight qualifying teams' performance in pool play.

    Highlands opened with a 31-14 loss to Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The team rebounded to smash Colby College 38-7 but got extended in a 19-14 nailbiter over Christendom College, a first-year participant in NSCRO rugby.

    NMHU will face Duke in the fifth place contest at 10:20 a.m. Mountain Time Sunday.

  • Vatos eye threepeat

    Philadelphia has become a home away from home for the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos rugby club.

    And that’s the way they like it.

    Philly is the host city for the National Small College Rugby Organization championships, to be held this weekend.

    NMHU is the two-time defending national champion in NSCRO sevens rugby, having won in 2015 and 2016.

  • Topes nip Cats in 13

    With two outs in the bottom of the 13th — some four hours since first pitch — Albuquerque pitcher Matt Flemer went up to pinch hit.

    Flemer connected, driving Raimel Tapia home from third for the walk-off run in a 6-5 win over visiting Sacramento late Thursday at Isotopes Park.

    It was the third time in four games that the Isotopes won in walk-off fashion.

    Albuquerque manager Glenallen Hill employed a total of 19 players in the win, which pushed the team’s record to 28-25 — a half-game behind division leader Salt Lake.

  • British soccer camp this week

    Area youngsters age 3 to 14 are invited to register for the annual Challenger British Soccer Camp, coming this week, June 5-9 to United World College in Montezuma.

    Participants develop speed and agility, juggling, foot skills, passing and control, dribbling and shooting, taught by a team of British coaches.

    First Kicks (ages 3-4) runs from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and costs $80 for the week. Half-Day (ages 5-14) runs from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $124. Those who sign up for the half-day camp may opt for an additional Golden Goal session from 1 to 3 p.m. ($47).

  • Go Fish - June 4, 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. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Catches of the week
    Morphy Lake: Prescott Scargill, 8, and Maya Scargill, 10, of Santa Fe caught limits of trout including four which measured from 16.5 inches to 20 inches May 26. They were trolling black with red wooly buggers and green Pistol Petes.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 4...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento River Cats, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • NMHU Vatos in NSCRO national sevens championship, TBA, Chester, Pa.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • LVLL games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • LVLL games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park