Today's Sports

  • Champions crowned

    The Dodgers were one out away from a championship upset Saturday afternoon in La Plaza’s Majors Division final at Rodriguez Park.

    Then Anthony Silva happened.

    Silva ripped a two-run homer over the “mini-Green Monster” in right field, instantly flipping the script from an 11-10 Dodgers lead to a 12-11 Yankees win.

    The Yankees emerged as the only La Plaza team to win both the regular-season and tournament titles; earlier Saturday, the No. 2 seeds knocked off the No. 1s in both Minors baseball and Majors softball.

  • North-South gets chippy

    Local area athletes helped the North win annual all-star competitions in boys’ and girls’ basketball and tennis over the weekend in Albuquerque.

    Meanwhile, an out-of-control brawl that caused the Class 3A-4A football game to be called at halftime grabbed headlines in the 2017 North-South Games.

  • Golden moment

    The Associated Press

    OAKLAND, Calif. — As the gold confetti fell and a fresh gray NBA champion cap sat a tad off-kilter on his head, Kevin Durant embraced mother Wanda. Then he moved across the podium and hugged Stephen Curry before accepting his shiny MVP trophy and hoisting it for everyone to see.

    From the Bay all the way to OKC.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 14...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Las Vegas Little League minors division playoff games, 6:15 and 7:45 p.m., Keyes Park
    • CIty league games TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • LVLL games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park

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

  • Mom, daughter triumph

    The mother-daughter duo of Stacy and Brandelyn Fulgenzi played conquerors this past weekend, winning the United States Tennis Association’s national indoor mother-daughter championship.

    The tournament, held June 2-4 in Vancouver, Wash., drew women’s doubles teams from across the nation.

    In advancing to the championship final, the Fulgenzis upset two pairs who are nationally ranked in the mother-daughter division.

  • Chihuahuas win 5-4

    Like the often evasive little dog that is its namesake, the El Paso Chihuahua baseball team again squirmed away from host Albuquerque on Thursday night, leaving town with a 5-4 comeback win and a three-games-to-one series triumph.

    The host Isotopes carried a 4-2 lead into the eighth inning and hadn’t trailed.

    Christian Villanueva’s solo home run in the eighth chopped the lead to one run.

  • Sunday hoops camp stars Bustos

    Sunday is the day for the Elite Basketball Camp for area boys and girls.

    West Las Vegas grad Vera Jo Bustos, who went on to set a school scoring record and All-American acclaim at Adams State before playing professionally in Greece, is heading the camp alongside Robertson girls’ coach Leroy Barela. Bustos is now an assistant with the UNM women’s program.

    Camp for elementary students runs from 9 a.m. to noon; for middle schoolers it’s 1 to 5 p.m. at Mike Marr Gym. The cost is $40 per player.

  • Go Fish - June 11, 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
    Conchas Lake: Russ Schuler of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch walleye June 2. He was using a shad colored wally diver with a night crawler trailer.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 11...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies at Voodoo, TBA, Albuquerque

    • Las Vegas Little League minors division playoff games, 6:15 and 7:45 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park


  • Homers not enough for Topes

    The Albuquerque Isotopes combined for three home runs Wednesday night — tying a season high — but couldn’t hang on, falling 6-5 to the visiting El Paso Chihuahuas.

    The defeat dipped Albuquerque below the .500 mark again at 29-30 — three and a half games behind Salt Lake for first place in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern.

    El Paso (28-32), the division’s third-place team, earned at least a split of the four-game series, which was to wrap up with a Thursday matinee at Isotopes Park.