Today's Sports

  • Robbers home at last

    On Monday, a full four days after they’d been scheduled to host their first Pecos League baseball game of the season, the Las Vegas Train Robbers finally caught a break in the suddenly rainy spring weather.

    For a while, anyway.

    Memorial Day sunshine seemed to win out over a few stray sprinkles and then a couple innings into the game, the skies opened up again. Heavy rain and a few lightning strikes in the area drove the small gathering of fans to seek shelter while umpires cleared the field at Rodriguez Park.

    Game suspended.

  • National champ!

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU Sports Information

    Soaring 20 feet, 9 inches, and topping the best efforts of her opponents as well as her own previous bests, New Mexico Highlands University junior Salcia Slack willed herself to the national long jump championship on Thursday.

    Slack went on to win a second national title the following day, coming close to a national record in the heptathlon.

    Those victories helped lead Highlands to a heroic seventh-place finish in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which concluded Saturday in Allendale, Mich.

  • Select Vatos in national sevens...

    A select group of New Mexico Highlands University rugby players is gearing up for competition at the National College Rugby Championship Sevens finals event this week in Philadelphia.

    But they could use your help — and you won’t need to jump into a scrum.

    The Vatos are fundraising to help pay the cost of travel to the competition, which is scheduled to be broadcast by the NBC networks. Matches are this coming Saturday and Sunday.  

  • Heat can eliminate Pacers tonight

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Sports Writer

    TIM REYNOLDS, MIAMI — Chris Bosh got them started. LeBron James took over in the second half.

    And in the end, the Miami Heat moved one win from yet another Eastern Conference title.

    James had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Bosh added 25 points — nearly matching his output from the first three games of the series combined — and the Heat grabbed control of the East finals by topping the Indiana Pacers 102-90 in Game 4 for a 3-1 lead.

  • Little League - May 28

    The following are upcoming scheduled Las Vegas Little League games. LVLL games are held at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    Wednesday, May 28: Reds vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m; Mets vs. Angels, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 28: Express vs. Threshers, 6:15 p.m.; Red Wings vs. Sandgnats, 7:45 p.m.
    Thursday, May 29: Bats vs. Rattlers, 6:15 p.m.; makeup game slot, TBA, 7:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 28: Stars vs. Lady Devils, 4 p.m. or TBA

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 28,...

    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Trinidad, 6 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park

    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Trinidad, 6 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.

  • Top honors for Slack, DeVries

    NMHU Sports Information

    Following a season of increasingly loftier heights for the program, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field coach and one of his top athletes have reaped some major regional honors.

  • District Champ
  • Baca achieves more raves in...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mathew Baca, 15, of Las Vegas recently competed in Coach Dave Schuman’s National Underclassmen Combine.

    The event is a football competition where high school athletes go through testing in the 40 yard dash, shuttle run, vertical jump, broad jump, and bench press. They then have specific position skills evaluations by former NFL players and college coaches.  

  • All-district teams: 12 locals

    Adrian Jaramillo and his Lady Cardinals orchestrated one of the more impressive showings of the spring, reaching the final four in the Class 3A state softball tournament.

    Jaramillo earned Coach of the Year honors in District 2-3A after guiding Robertson to the regular-season championship.
    He was one of a dozen Las Vegans honored by the district, which released the list of awards for softball and baseball on May 20.