https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sports/rss.xml en District 4 Little League updates, day two (June 24) https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/district-4-little-league-updates-day-two-june-24 Highlights from Sunday's District 4 Little League championship tournaments, being hosted June 23-28 at Rodriguez Park: 11-12 softball: Las Vegas 20, Santa Rosa 0 8-10 baseball: La Plaza 19, Springer 17, 7 inn. 11-12 softball: La Plaza 12, Taos 2, 4 inn. 8-10 baseball: Taos 10, Santa Rosa 9 11-12 baseball: La Plaza 13, Raton 3 10-11 softball: La Plaza 26, Las Vegas 11 11-12 baseball: Santa Rosa 7, Las Vegas 4 District 4 Little League updates, day one (June 23) https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/district-4-little-league-updates-day-one-june-23 Nine games -- seven involving Las Vegas-area teams -- are in the books for the 2018 District 4 Little League tournaments. The tournaments, which run through Thursday at La Plaza's Rodriguez Park complex off Grant Street, resume at 8 Sunday morning. Highlights from Saturday's day one: 8-10 baseball: Springer 19, Mora 5 11-12 baseball: Raton 13, Mora 0 11-12 baseball: Las Vegas 12, Springer 0 11-12 softball: Raton vs. Taos, to be reported 8-10 baseball: Santa Rosa 13, Las Vegas 3 11-12 baseball: Santa Rosa 2, Taos 1 9-11 softball: Las Vegas 30, Raton 7 Locals aim for District 4 Little League glory https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/locals-aim-district-4-little-league-glory <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6.24_taylor_quintana.jpg" alt="Taylor Quintana makes a play from the infield during a recent Las Vegas Little League softball tournament. Quintana and dozens of other softball players are vying for titles in the District 4 championships at Rodriguez Park. " title="Taylor Quintana makes a play from the infield during a recent Las Vegas Little League softball tournament. Quintana and dozens of other softball players are vying for titles in the District 4 championships at Rodriguez Park. " align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> Hundreds of Little League players, coaches and fans are in town this weekend through Thursday for the District 4 championships, being hosted by La Plaza&rsquo;s Rodriguez Park.<em> (See the June 22 edition of the Optic for a schedule of games.)</em></p> <p> Here are the local rosters of All-Stars representing La Plaza, Las Vegas and Mora in the fray. Names are those furnished to the Optic by each league.<br /> <br /> <strong>8-10 BASEBALL</strong></p> Aqua Zumba splashes into Rec https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/aqua-zumba-splashes-rec <p> The Abe Montoya Recreation Center is holding Aqua Zumba with instructor Carmel Pacheco Aragon on select Monday and Wednesday evenings through the end of August.<br /> Admission is $5 per class; passes good for six visits are available for $30.<br /> Upcoming class sessions are July 2 and 4, July 16 and 18, July 30 and August 1, August 13 and 15, and August 27 and 29, with a start time of 6 p.m.<br /> Call the Rec Center for more information.</p> LV mariachis to play at Topes game https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/lv-mariachis-play-topes-game <p> Mariachi Cardenal, the Las Vegas City Schools&rsquo; student mariachi group, will be among the scheduled performers for an Albuquerque Isotopes home game on Tuesday evening.</p> <p> For the second time this season, the Isotopes will take up their Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico alter ego as part of a Minor League Baseball promotion honoring Hispanic heritage. In this case, the Isotopes AKA Mariachis will be hosting the Sacramento River Cats for a 6:35 p.m. game at Isotopes Park.</p> Set pieces looming large at World Cup https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/set-pieces-looming-large-world-cup <p> <strong>By Rob Harris</strong><br /> <em>The Associated Press</em><br /> VOLGOGRAD, Russia &mdash; The possession football championed by coaches like Pep Guardiola is supposed to produce aesthetically-pleasing goals. Against strong defenses and world-class goalkeepers, sometimes you need to go back to basics.<br /> This World Cup has started with a spate of goals off of set pieces and penalty kicks, as many teams have struggled to score in the run of play.<br /> Inevitably, superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been part of the story, on opposite sides.<br /> District tourneys come to La Plaza https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/district-tourneys-come-la-plaza <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6.22_thunder_dan.jpg" alt="Daniel “Thunder Dan” Bustamante of La Plaza’s 11-12 baseball team will be one of many Little Leaguers in action at the District 4 tournaments starting this weekend at Rodriguez Park. " title="Daniel “Thunder Dan” Bustamante of La Plaza’s 11-12 baseball team will be one of many Little Leaguers in action at the District 4 tournaments starting this weekend at Rodriguez Park. " align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> Beginning Saturday morning and continuing through Thursday evening, the District 4 Little League championships will take center stage in the Meadow City.</p> <p> La Plaza Little League is hosting tournaments in all divisions for the district at its Rodriguez Park fields on the west side of the city.</p> <p> The complex is best accessed by taking New Mexico Avenue to Grant Street, then heading uphill to the west.</p> <p> In addition to host La Plaza and Las Vegas, leagues to be represented by all-star teams include Mora, Taos, Raton, Springer and Santa Rosa.</p> Patterson home run caps rally https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/patterson-home-run-caps-rally <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6.22_jordan_patterson.jpg" alt="Jordan Patterson" title="Jordan Patterson" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Jordan Patterson blasted a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday afternoon, lifting the Albuquerque Isotopes to a rousing 7-4 victory over Nashville.<br /> The walk-off triumph completed a series sweep for Albuquerque, playing in a matinee at Isotopes Park. The Topes moved to 36-35, remaining in second place behind Salt Lake (41-31) in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern. They and the other teams in the PCL were off Wednesday.</p>