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Today's News

  • ‘Football is back’

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    WASHINGTON — Let’s talk Peyton Manning touchdown passes, not antitrust lawsuits.

    Let’s talk Troy Polamalu interceptions, not court interventions.
    And let’s talk football, not lockout.

    Finally, 4 1/2 months after the NFL’s first work stoppage in 24 years, Commissioner Roger Goodell could say the words fans awaited: “Football’s back.”
    With a frenzy.

  • Picks contest returns


    With Monday’s announcement that, yes, the National Football League will have a 2011-12 season after all, the wheels are in motion for the return of the Optic’s annual football picks competition.

    Every week of the pro and college football season, participants are asked to submit their predictions for the upcoming weekend’s NFL and select college games. The Optic will e-mail weekly lineups, collect picks, keep tabs of the standings and crown a champion by season’s end.

  • RHS graduate coaching Hornets

    By Richard Tripp
    For the Optic

    Derek Maestas’ dream of becoming a head football coach is now a reality. The 1999 Robertson grad and former football player is now the head football coach at Albuquerque’s Highland  High School, replacing Gary Sanchez.

    Maestas is attempting to return the Hornets program back to the glory days of Bill Gentry and Judge Chavez and Mark Henry, who guided the program to a 6-0 state championship win over Clovis in 1989.
    Excerpts of my interview with Maestas follow.

  • Headed To LCC
  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 27, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Softball

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Tecolote vs. Balls Deep, 6:30 p.m., Louisville Chuggers vs. Young Bucks, 7:30 p.m., city complex

    THURSDAY
    Softball

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s game: Yo Momma vs. Vegas Boys, 6:30 p.m., city complex

    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s game: Alta Vista vs. Bud-Dick’s-Night Owl, 7:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • FYI - Sports

    New Mexico Highlands University golf pro Dan Houtchens will be conducting a junior golf camp with four classes in August. Classes will be held 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2, 4, 9 and 11 at the Gene Torres Golf Course. Cost is $30 a person or two for $50. For more information, call Houtchens at 425-7711.

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    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is accepting registrations for the 2011 fall season through August. Parents may register their youngsters online at lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or at DesertGate Internet 118 Bridge Street, Las Vegas.

  • State runs come to end for sluggers

    The state tournament treks for two Las Vegas youth baseball teams came to an end on Monday evening.

    In Albuquerque, La Plaza’s juniors lost 15-4 to Albuquerque Zia in an elimination game despite a home run by Jose Juan Montaño. The team opened with a 4-1 setback against a strong Paradise Hills club but stayed alive by nipping Gallup 10-8, aided by Salvador Lopez’s home run. La Plaza finished in the top six.

  • City Council nixes extension

    Concerns about illegal water taps tanked the proposed water line extension on Airport Road, bringing an end to three months of City Council debate on the controversial project that has divided city leaders.

    Thursday’s 3-1 vote against moving forward with the project followed passionate pleas from both Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and Councilman Andrew Feldman that the project was desperately needed for fire protection for a large part of the city and for the transfer station.

    Feldman cast the lone vote in favor of the project.

  • Most area schools fail to make AYP

    Optic staff and wire report

    Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, the Public Education Department reported Friday as it announced plans for replacing the federally mandated system for rating schools.

    No Las Vegas City Schools made AYP, not even Paul D. Henry, the only school in the district to have made AYP last year.

  • ‘Catch the Kid’ doings