Today's Sports

  • Vatos back in national sevens...

    The Vatos are going back to Pennsylvania.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s rugby club has made a habit of playing in the national sevens championship tournament, and that’s exactly what the Vatos will be doing in June.

    The Vatos defeated Wabash University 29-7 to claim the top spot in the Oak Leaf 7s Qualifier hosted by Vanderbilt this past weekend in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee-Chattanooga bested Duke 36-0 for third place in the same event.

  • RHS doubles down, drops Dons on...

    Bedazzled by the sequence of pitches he was seeing from his West Las Vegas counterpart Robbie Alarcon, Robertson’s Brandon Lucero paused to point at Alarcon up on the mound, giving him props for his artistry.

    Alarcon had his stretches of brilliance in a riveting game one in Saturday’s East-West baseball doubleheader at WLV Field. So, too, did Lucero, whose economy of motion — a rapid-fire pitching routine with little time devoted to wind-up or reflection — kept the Dons hitters on their heels.

  • Lady Cards win showdown for 2-4A...

    As Robertson seized sole possession of first place in District 2-4A softball with a sweep at West Las Vegas on a blustery Saturday afternoon on Cinder Road, WLV second-year head coach Pam Sandoval told her young charges to keep their heads up.

    “That team has been hitting 10 home runs a game,” she said of Robertson. “Today you held them to one.”

    The one came from Kylee Moberg, whose blast in game one helped cap a 13-1 Lady Cardinal win.

  • College roundup: Two nailbiters...

    Highlands’ baseball team (15-27, 10-18 RMAC) has shown a flair for the dramatic this spring.
    This past weekend, the Cowboys won with another late-game rally and lost in a similar fashion during a four-game split with visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    NMHU trailed the Mountain Lions 7-5 going into the bottom of the ninth inning in Friday’s series opener. Auggie Francis hit a game-tying RBI single, and then Joseph Cilladi won it with an RBI single to cap a three-run at-bat for the Cowboys.

  • Meadow City windy town for track...

    Robertson and West Las Vegas finished a close two-three in the boys’ standings behind St. Michael’s to headline results of this past Thursday’s Meadow City Invitational held at Cardinal Stadium.
    West’s girls placed fourth and Robertson’s girls seventh as Clayton edged Bernalillo for that team title.

    Mora placed ninth in both boys’ and girls’ standings out of the dozen schools represented.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 18-...

    WEDNESDAY (April 18)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Tacoma Rainiers, 8:05 p.m., Tacoma, Wash.

  • Meadow City Invite

    Robertson and West Las Vegas boys’ teams finished second and third, respectively, in Thursday’s Meadow City Invitational.

    St. Mike’s won the boys’ team title.

    Clayton was the big winner on the girls’ side, with West fourth and Robertson seventh.

    The Mora boys and girls both placed ninth.

    See the Optic print and online editions this coming week for more on the meet.

  • A global sport: UWC embraces...

    By Dave Wheelock
    Special to the Optic

    A dozen or so teenage women stand close together on the grass, listening intently to the young man offering real-world advice in an African accent.

    Each is clad in the navy blue jerseys, shorts, and knee stockings of the Montezuma Rugby Club, and all are students at the United World College near Las Vegas, New Mexico. One girl wears a Muslim hijab and leggings. None of the girls has ever played in a “live” rugby match before today.

  • Rangers play 21

    An eight-run third inning for Mora combined with a shutout by three Ranger pitchers spelled a 21-0 romp against Questa this past Wednesday.

    Mora (7-2 and ranked second in Class 2A baseball by the latest NMOTSC.com coaches' poll) recorded 12 hits, with Javier Branch going 3 for 5 to lead the way. Gene Hern, Kenny Martinez and Roddy Martinez also had multiple hits.

    Alonzo Aragon, Branch, Devondre Cordova, Hern and Roddy Martinez each drove in runs in the runaway third.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 15-...

    SUNDAY (April 15)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 1:05 p.m., Isotopes Park
    • NMHU vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, noon, Brandt Park
    • La Plaza Little League opening day, games starting 9 a.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., UWC campus, Montezuma
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo (DH), 11 a.m., Pueblo, Colo.