Today's Sports

  • Star turn - Roybal, Branch guide...

    Another year of North-South basketball and football is in the books, and this year, things held to form as the North swept to twin victories on the hardwood before the South took care of business on the gridiron.


    As she returned to the floor of the Wilson Complex — her home for years as head coach of the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls — Cindy Roybal had some old friends nearby to support her in what could’ve been the final game of an illustrious career.

  • Train Robbers grab first in...

    Look out. Here come the Train Robbers.

    A huge series win for the Las Vegas Train Robbers over Pecos League North Division rival Trinidad has given the Robbers the coveted top spot in the division.

    Will Walsh smashed two home runs and finished 3 for 6 with five runs batted during Las Vegas’ 13-5 romp at Trinidad on Thursday night.

    Ryan Lauer added a three-run homer and a solo bomb to help Atsushi Hebisawa record his fifth win of the summer.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 15...

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Taos Blizzard, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Tecolote vs. Yo Momma, 7:15 p.m., Havoc vs. Balls Deep, 8:30 p.m.; women’s division game, Scrubs. vs. Lady Hackers, 6 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Taos Blizzard, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • Crespin boxing in the other Vegas

    Arturo Crespin is headed to Sin City.

    The Meadow City middleweight will be boxing Christopher Pearson in a six-round match on Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

  • Strong presence for Vegas teams

    SANTA ROSA — Four of the six District 4 Little League championships contested in sunny Santa Rosa this past week were scooped up by teams from the Meadow City.

    In three cases, the titles were ultimately decided in finals between Las Vegas Little League and La Plaza Little League squads.

    It was one of the strongest overall showings in years for the city’s youngsters.

    In baseball, local teams managed a clean sweep of the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 age divisions. Local softball teams combined for one title and two runner-up finishes.

  • Serna’s memory honored in hoops...

    By Richard Tripp
    For the Las Vegas Optic

    Back in 2011, on a November Thursday evening, tragedy struck the community of Mora. It also struck the campus of Oklahoma State University as well as the hearts of many basketball coaches and fans alike.

    While returning from a recruiting trip for the Oklahoma State women’s basketball program, Mora native and assistant coach Miranda Serna and head coach Kurt Budke were killed in a plane crash in Perry County, Ark.

    To say the small community of Mora was in shock would be an understatement.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 12...

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Taos Blizzard, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Class 2A-3A North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Raton Osos, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Class 2A-3A North-South football game, 6:30 p.m., Perkins Stadium

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. White Sands Pupfish, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • last dance - North-South All-...

    It’s game time for the annual Class 2A-3A North-South All-Star week.

    Some of the top recently graduated senior basketball and football players from around New Mexico will compete in all-star games this weekend on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    Friday belongs to hoops, with the girls’ North-South game tipping off around 6 p.m. The boys’ game will follow. Both will take place at the Wilson Complex.

    On Saturday night at 6:30, the North-South football contest kicks off at Perkins Stadium.

  • Taking the heat

    Laboring through triple-digit heat and some of the best competition he’s faced, Moises Coca raced to two top-five finishes in this past weekend’s U.S.A. Track and Field Junior Olympics regional competition in Mesa, Ariz.

    Coca, a junior at West Las Vegas this coming school year, ran fourth in the 800-meter run (2:08.34) and fifth in the 3,000-meter run (9:48.88) for his age division. He was seventh in the 1,500 (4:29.83) on Sunday.

  • Little Leaguers close in on...

    The Las Vegas Little League’s 10-11 softball team became the first local squad to hoist a District 4 championship banner Monday.

    But with other locals faring well early in the week, they may soon have company.

    In a best-of-three series for the district championship, Las Vegas Little League edged La Plaza two games to one to claim the title and a trip to Albuquerque and the state tournament.