https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sports/rss.xml en Dons continue their progress on the gridiron https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/dons-continue-their-progress-gridiron <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8.22_antonio_bustamante.jpg" alt="Aided by their offensive line, Antonio Bustamante (pictured) and fellow West Las Vegas backfield mates Darion Williams and Estevan Gonzales have given the Dons a potent rushing attack. West opens at Moriarty on Friday." title="Aided by their offensive line, Antonio Bustamante (pictured) and fellow West Las Vegas backfield mates Darion Williams and Estevan Gonzales have given the Dons a potent rushing attack. West opens at Moriarty on Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="139" height="85" /><p> Four graduates of the West Las Vegas class of 2018 all got offers to play college football this fall.</p> <p> <br /> It&rsquo;s the latest evidence that Dons football is on the rise under head coach Adrian Gonzales and his staff.</p> <p> <br /> More evidence?</p> <p> <br /> A second consecutive winning season (7-5 last fall) and second straight state playoff appearance to end a long drought. A 14-13 nailbiter of a loss to Robertson in the state quarterfinals, the closest West has come to upsetting the Cardinals since it won Vegas Bowl in 2008.</p> Cardinals still favored in new-look Class 3A https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/cardinals-still-favored-new-look-class-3a <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8.22_antonio_padilla.jpg" alt="Antonio Padilla evades a tackle attempt by Cobre during the 2017 football season. Robertson’s prolific ground game again is predicted to be solid this season, which kicks off Friday night as the Cards host Santa Fe High." title="Antonio Padilla evades a tackle attempt by Cobre during the 2017 football season. Robertson’s prolific ground game again is predicted to be solid this season, which kicks off Friday night as the Cards host Santa Fe High." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> So much for flying under the radar.</p> <p> <br /> Robertson head football coach Leroy Gonzalez figured his team might take a lower profile this fall after losing all-state quarterback/defensive back Arjay Ortiz to graduation.</p> <p> <br /> But the Cardinals were picked No. 1 in the newly realigned Class 3A in the MaxPreps ratings to begin the season.</p> Looking Ahead: Sports, Aug. 22-25 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/looking-ahead-sports-aug-22-25 <p> <strong>WEDNESDAY (Aug. 22)<br /> Baseball </strong><br /> &bull; Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:35 p.m., El Paso, Texas<br /> <strong>Softball</strong><br /> &bull; Las Vegas Adult League games: Lady Jags vs. I&rsquo;d Hit That, 6:30 p.m.; AVRH Scrubs vs. Lady Jags-I&rsquo;d Hit That loser, 7:30 p.m.; championship game, 8:30 p.m.; Rodriguez Park<br /> <br /> <strong>THURSDAY<br /> Baseball </strong><br /> &bull; Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:35 p.m., El Paso, Texas<br /> <strong>Softball </strong><br /> Cowboy sluggers add Mora flavor https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/cowboy-sluggers-add-mora-flavor <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8.19_alonzo_signing.jpg" alt="Relatives and coaches surround recent Mora High graduate Alonzo Aragon earlier this month as he signs a letter of intent to play baseball for NMHU. Front row: mother Cindy Aragon, Alonzo Aragon, father Frank Aragon. Back row: coach Manuel Benavidez, assistant coach Michael Aragon, sister Angelica Aragon, assistant coach Kenny Martinez, assistant coach Jerry Martinez. " title="Relatives and coaches surround recent Mora High graduate Alonzo Aragon earlier this month as he signs a letter of intent to play baseball for NMHU. Front row: mother Cindy Aragon, Alonzo Aragon, father Frank Aragon. Back row: coach Manuel Benavidez, assistant coach Michael Aragon, sister Angelica Aragon, assistant coach Kenny Martinez, assistant coach Jerry Martinez. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Ah, yes. It&rsquo;s all A&rsquo;s for Alonzo Aragon.</p> <p> <br /> Aragon, one of two senior co-captains on the Mora baseball team that captured a Class 2A state championship this past May, made some more history this summer.</p> <p> <br /> Aragon has signed to play baseball and continue his education at New Mexico Highlands University. He is believed to be the first Rangers slugger to do so.</p> Lady Don spikers wasting no time https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/lady-don-spikers-wasting-no-time <p> As midnight drew nearer, the West Las Vegas volleyball players gathered on the shiny hardwood of the Gillie Lopez Gym floor &mdash; their sleeping bags, pillows and other gear arranged along two walls &mdash; began to fidget with anticipation.</p> <p> <br /> At some point, head coach Felix Flores summoned them to a midcourt huddle, and the countdown began.</p> <p> <br /> &ldquo;Five &hellip; four &hellip; three &hellip; two &hellip;&rdquo;</p> Still time to sign up for soccer https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/still-time-sign-soccer <p> The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is continuing its fall registration period through Sept. 7 in order to accommodate more youngsters who are interested in playing.</p> <p> <br /> After Saturday, Aug. 18, registration fee is $65 per child and covers cost of team jersey, shorts and socks, as well as overhead costs like officials, insurance and field maintenance.</p> <p> <br /> The league is open to everyone age 4-12 as of the start of the league year July 31. No experience is required, and the league welcomes first-time players.</p> Looking Ahead: Sports, Aug. 19-22 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/looking-ahead-sports-aug-19-22 <p> <strong>SUNDAY (Aug. 19)<br /> Baseball </strong><br /> &bull; Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento River Cats, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque<br /> <br /> <strong>MONDAY<br /> Softball </strong><br /> &bull; Las Vegas Adult Softball League games TBA, Rodriguez Softball Complex<br /> <br /> <strong>TUESDAY<br /> Baseball </strong><br /> &bull; Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:35 p.m., El Paso, Texas<br /> <strong>Softball </strong><br /> &bull; Las Vegas Adult Softball League games TBA, Rodriguez Softball Complex<br /> <br /> New AD at West https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/new-ad-west <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8.17_villa_lopez_1.jpg" alt="Valerie Villa-Lopez is the new athletic director for West Las Vegas Schools." title="Valerie Villa-Lopez is the new athletic director for West Las Vegas Schools." align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> New West Las Vegas athletic director Valerie Villa-Lopez wanted to be where the action is.</p> <p> A longtime math teacher for the school district, Villa-Lopez said she has to regularly try to get her students pumped up about math, and it&rsquo;s admittedly a hard sell at times. But when it comes to WLV sporting events, the enthusiasm is always there for both participating student-athletes and spectators.</p>