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  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 11, 2017

    There was a time when “homecoming” was celebrated very close to the end of the athletic season (usually football, although some schools without gridders sometimes make basketball their homecoming event).

    In an unusual step, Highlands University will begin its celebrations from Sept. 8 through 17. The venue for the game, to be played against the first-year Texas Wesleyan University Rams program, is scheduled to be Perkins Stadium.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Challenging big chunks of conventional wisdom

    Sorry, but I just don’t buy it.

    Like a lot of free thinkers, I don’t cotton to group think. So I hereby take issue with some of the “conventional wisdom” I hear from time to time.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 11, 2017
  • Cowgirls honored for academic work

    The New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team has been honored as an All-Academic squad for the 2016-2017 year. The awards, announced in late July by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, require a team to have a team grade point average above 3.0. The award marks the fifth time in program history that the NMHU squad has earned the All-Academic honor.

  • Adames’ 3-RBI triple caps Isotopes’ rally in New Orleans

    Cristhian Adames, who hadn’t hit the baseball safely in his last eight trips to the plate, found himself up to bat with two outs in the top of the ninth, the score knotted up at 2-2 courtesy of teammate Noel Cuevas’ RBI single on the previous play.

    A line drive triple to right field later, Adames was on third base, three runs batted in richer.

    Adames’ Isotopes went on to a 5-2 victory over New Orleans, coming back from a 2-1 deficit going into its final at-bat.

  • County fair sports on tap this weekend
  • Local ADs to athletes: Get those physicals

    Fall sports season practices are a couple weeks old, and season openers are days away.

    With that in mind, local high school athletic administrators are reminding student-athletes they need to have sports physicals in order to participate.

    “Parents and athletes of WLVHS, WLVMS and Valley — friendly reminder, you must have a physical before you can start practicing or participating,” West athletic coordinator Richard Tripp said via a news release.

  • Outlaws open fall with win

    The Las Vegas Outlaws 9-10 football team kicked off its season with a 37-13 win over the No. 2 ranked Albuquerque Bulldogs this past Sunday at the Herrera Complex.

    C.J. Perea accounted for five Outlaw touchdowns —four passing and one rushing. Perea connected with Ethan Tafoya for three TD passes and with Josh Martinez for another.

    The Outlaws, coached by Carlos Perea, are now part of the New Mexico American Youth Football, which he called the state’s “only nationally competitive league.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 11, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • NMHU women vs. Trinidad State Junior College (exhibition), TBA

  • Suspects sought in armed robberies

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    At least three suspects are being sought after a pair of Seventh Street businesses were robbed at gunpoint, police say.

    The Las Vegas Police Department issued a news release describing a July 30 armed robbery at Hibbett Sports and a similar incident Aug. 2 at Bealls department store, located in the same shopping center on Seventh Street at Legion Drive.

    As of Tuesday at press time, no suspects are in custody in either incident. Las Vegas police say it believes the two robberies are connected.