Today's Sports

  • Locals aim for District 4 Little...

    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’s Rodriguez Park. (See the June 22 edition of the Optic for a schedule of games.)

    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.

    8-10 BASEBALL

  • Aqua Zumba splashes into Rec

    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.
    Admission is $5 per class; passes good for six visits are available for $30.
    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.
    Call the Rec Center for more information.

  • LV mariachis to play at Topes...

    Mariachi Cardenal, the Las Vegas City Schools’ student mariachi group, will be among the scheduled performers for an Albuquerque Isotopes home game on Tuesday evening.

    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.

  • Set pieces looming large at...

    By Rob Harris
    The Associated Press
    VOLGOGRAD, Russia — 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.
    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.
    Inevitably, superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been part of the story, on opposite sides.

  • District tourneys come to La...

    Beginning Saturday morning and continuing through Thursday evening, the District 4 Little League championships will take center stage in the Meadow City.

    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.

    The complex is best accessed by taking New Mexico Avenue to Grant Street, then heading uphill to the west.

    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.

  • Patterson home run caps rally

    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.
    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.

  • Go Fish: Friday, June 22

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

    Lake Maloya: Abby McIvor, age 5 1/2 of Pueblo, Colorado, caught her first three rainbow trout June 14. She was using Pistol Petes.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 22-26

    FRIDAY (June 22)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
    • Little League games, including LVLL Minors final, TBA, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park


    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies (DH), 6:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
    • District 4 Little League All-Star tourneys, Rodriguez Park
    • District 4 Little League All-Star tourneys, Rodriguez Park

  • Isotopes turn down the Sounds

    Reversing course after giving up a sweep to Memphis, the Albuquerque Isotopes climbed back to even on the season with a third straight win over Nashville on Monday night at Isotopes Park.

    Albuquerque (35-35) won 3-2, holding on in a decent effort for both defenses. The win puts the Isotopes back in second place in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern, five games behind Salt Lake (40-30).

  • Five locals All-State on the...

    Several Las Vegas student-athletes have been honored with all-state recognition in baseball and softball by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. All-state honors were announced this week.



    The first-team all-state for Class 4A includes Robbie Alarcon, senior pitcher from West Las Vegas; Brandon Lucero, junior pitcher from Robertson; Richard Armijo, senior utility player from Robertson.

    Alarcon was also named second-team all-state as an outfielder.