Today's Sports

  • District champs! Dons add...

    West Las Vegas captured the district banner in boys’ basketball for the first time in a decade Tuesday night, adding the 2-4A tournament title to the team’s regular-season championship by beating Taos 64-47.

    A packed house at Gillie Lopez Gymnasium was on hand to welcome D.J. Bustos back to the Dons lineup; the West scoring leader had been sidelined with injury for more than two weeks but appeared healthy again and ready for the postseason crunch time.

  • State hoops brackets released

    The road to the state championship is clear.

    West Las Vegas’ boys’ basketball team (21-5) is the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A state tournament and will host No. 15 Bosque (12-14) at 5 p.m. Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Ranked 3rd in nation, Vatos head...

    Submitted to the Optic

    “Saturday is a rugby day,” and nationally ranked No. 3 New Mexico Highlands University Vatos rugby club stayed true to that tradition on Saturday, Feb. 21, in their latest test against a rowdy Colorado Mesa side.

    The Vatos, looking to demonstrate they are a disciplined, industrious and competitive squad, imposed their will on Mesa in a 51-10 victory.

  • Slack earns national kudos

    NMHU and Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Salcia Slack won her second NCAA Division II Field Athlete of the Week honor after an outstanding performance at the 2015 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships this past weekend.

    Slack received the honor Tuesday in an announcement by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

  • Luna gets one in Midland

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College freshman pitcher Tyler McDaugle and the Rough Riders defense held Western Junior College Athletic Conference opponent Howard College to one run in game three of a four-game series on Tuesday.

    The 3-1 victory was the lone win for the Rough Riders. They lost 5-0 in the opener, 16-1 in the second game and 8-1 in game four.

    The games were originally scheduled to be played in Big Springs, Texas, but were played in Midland due to weather conditions.

  • Isotopes tickets on sale Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Tickets for individual Albuquerque Isotopes games will go on sale to the public 10 a.m. Saturday at the Isotopes Park Box Office and online at abqisotopes.com.

    Ticket prices remain unchanged for the 2015 season and the full promotional schedule is available on the team Web site.

    Beginning promptly at 10 a.m., individual game tickets will be available for purchase at the Isotopes Park Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at abqisotopes.com.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March 6...

    • LCC vs. Odessa JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas at Los Lunas tourney, TBA, Los Lunas
    • Girls’ state tournament first-round games: West Las Vegas at Taos, 7 p.m., Taos; Robertson at St. Michael’s, 6 p.m., Santa Fe; Mora vs. Mountainair, 6 p.m., Montoya Gym; Pecos vs. Santa Rosa, 6 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • LCC at. Odessa JC (DH), 1 p.m., Odessa, Texas


  • District champs! West Las Vegas...

    Judging by their first-quarter effort Monday night, it seemed the West Las Vegas Lady Dons were anxious to get back to action after their game at Taos had been delayed two days due to weather.

    West opened on a 15-3 run and went on to a 52-43 victory over the top-seeded Lady Tigers, winning the District 2-4A tournament championship.

    Deanna Bustos and Jaylen Gutierrez each scored 16 points to lead the Lady Dons, who were to learn their state tournament seeding on Tuesday after this issue had gone to press.

  • On to state
  • HU’s Humphrey nationals-bound

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Redshirt freshman Reis Humphrey has been named the Subway Eat Fresh NMHU Student-Athlete of the Week for Monday, March 2.

    Humphrey was voted First Team All-Conference in wrestling for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last week. He then went out and qualified for the 2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, finishing second in the 149-pound weight class at the NCAA Western Regional in Pueblo, Colo., this past weekend.