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  • Rangers rock Wingate 56-6

    “We could surprise some people,” new Mora High School head football coach Manuel Benavidez told the Optic this past week, as his team prepared for its first game. “And I think we will.”

    Optimism abounds this time of year, of course. Everyone is undefeated in the preseason.

    But one game into their schedule, so are the Mora Rangers.

    Mora, which has returned to the ranks of New Mexico football after a four-year absence, stunned Wingate on Friday night by a 56-6 margin.

  • Game slips away from Cards

    Turnovers by Robertson helped Portales score 21 unanswered points in the second half Friday night, and the host Rams took a 26-7 win in the season opener for both football teams.

    Robertson’s vaunted defense appeared as sharp as ever in the first half.
    An Antonio Arguello interception led to a Cardinal touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The Redbirds led 7-6 at halftime.

  • Dons fall to No. 5 Socorro

    Unable to stop Ibrahim Maiga, the West Las Vegas Dons had to settle for containing him for the last three quarters of the game Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Maiga scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half to lead Socorro — the fifth-ranked team in Class 3A — to a 35-8 victory.

    It was the season opener for both schools and a host of others around the state.

  • Lady Cards win Española Invitational

    Karlene Montaño and eighth-grader Annabella Miller finished second and third individually to help propel Robertson girls’ cross country to a team championship Saturday in the Española Valley Invitational.

    The Robertson girls won the meet with 48 points, holding off second-place St. Michael’s (66); West Las Vegas was fifth with 97 points. On the boys’ side, Pojoaque powered to a title with 26 points; Robertson (106) was fourth and WLV  (190) seventh.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports Aug. 29, 2011

    MONDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson girls at Monte del Sol, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    TUESDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys at Roswell, 4 p.m., Roswell

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Ruidoso, 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Robertson girls at Goddard, 3 p.m., Roswell
    Volleyball

  • Povetkin is WBA champ

    ERFURT, Germany— Alexander Povetkin of Russia defeated Ruslan Chagaev by unanimous decision Saturday to claim the vacant WBA heavyweight title.

    The title was Wladimir Klitschko’s following the Ukrainian’s victory over David Haye by unanimous decision in Hamburg last month, but was declared vacant when the WBA elevated Klitschko to “super champion” status.

  • FYI - Sports

    Las Vegas Adult Softball League registration is under way for fall regular and co-ed leagues. Rosters can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $200 for an eight-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Games will be held on Sundays at Rodriguez Park complex. Deadline to register and submit complete rosters is Wednesday, Aug. 31. Games begin the first week of September.

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  • Scrubs hold on, win title

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital pulled out a 13-12 victory over Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl in the women’s championship game of the Las Vegas Adult Softball League this past Thursday night.

    The Bud team, which was seeking a tournament title for the second consecutive season, rallied from the 12-5 deficit it faced to start the fifth inning.

  • ‘Sin City’ trip cost West $17K

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    They stayed at the trendy Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino right on the Las Vegas strip and dined at places like Outback, P.F. Chang’s and the Rainforest Cafe.

    Among the cuisine enjoyed by the four board members and six school employees that West Las Vegas sent to the 12th annual Management Conference for Grant-Funded Programs in Las Vegas, Nev., last month were steaks, shrimp cocktail and the legendary buffet at Planet Hollywood’s Spice Market Buffet.

  • Senior Profile - Judee Gay Williams

    Whatever Judee Williams does — and she does a lot — she does it with exuberance and gusto. Tracing the course of her life is like reading a book that enthralls in its plot twists, beginning to end.

    Born in Dayton, Ohio, on April 25, 1941, to Edward and Franki Canby, Judee grew up during the war years. Her father was an artist, and a professor of photography, her mother, a homemaker. Her siblings, twins, Thomas and Richard and she spent their early years in Dayton.