Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • North-South mania in Vegas

    Will this really be Cindy Roybal’s swan song after a Hall of Fame coaching career?

    Roybal, who once guided New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West championships, will be coaching the North girls in the annual Class 2A-3A North-South All-Star game on Friday night.

    Roybal recently announced her plan to step down from head coaching duties at Santa Fe Indian School, which she led to two state titles.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 10...

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Trinidad Triggers, 6:05 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.
    • District 4 Little League All-Star tournaments, Santa Rosa
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Brew Crew vs. Havoc, 6 p.m., Vegas Boyz vs. Bombers, 7:15 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street
    • District 4 Little League All-Star tournaments, Santa Rosa

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Raton Osos, 6 p.m., Raton

  • Fiesta Run draws crowd

    More than 300 runners and walkers of various ages took part in the 31st annual Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run this past Sunday morning.

    Henrique Chavez raced to a repeat championship in the 10-kilometer run, covering the Montezuma-to-Old Town stretch in 31 minutes and 37 seconds.

    Chavez’s younger brother and soon-to-be NMHU cross country teammate Alonzo Chavez, 17, was the youngest runner in the 10K. The oldest was 78-year-old Ted Rogers of Santa Fe.

  • Vegas, Roswell split

    Throughout this season, the Roswell Invaders have owned the penthouse of the Pecos League. But the Las Vegas Train Robbers — as demonstrated this past week — are knocking on the door.

    Vegas edged Roswell 6-5 in walk-off fashion this past Wednesday at Rodriguez Park. It was the teams’ first meeting since a season-opening series in Roswell, a series the Invaders won convincingly.