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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 16, 2012
  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 16, 2012

    Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald on U.S. Post Office cutbacks (Nov. 10) — Severely cutting the retail window hours of 13,000 of the least-used post offices is a way for the U.S. Postal Service to address its serious funding shortage. But many Americans no doubt see it as the lesser of two evils.

    The greater evil, at least to many of the rural and small-town residents who depend on those little outposts of mail and sociability, would be to shut them down completely.

  • Highlands’ Samano in national meet

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Ismael Samano’s teammates may be taking some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling summer and fall of distance running.

    Samano himself has one race left before he can put his cleats away for the season.

    The New Mexico Highlands University standout qualified for this weekend’s NCAA Division II national cross country championships by finishing 18th in the South Central Regional meet on Nov. 3 in Denver.

    The national meet is scheduled for Saturday morning in Joplin, Mo.

  • Ten Cowboys earn All-RMAC honors

    NMHU and Optic reports

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After completing one of the best seasons in over a decade, the 2012 New Mexico Highlands football team has placed 10 student-athletes on the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams.

    The Cowboys finished the 2012 season with an 8-3 record, third in the final RMAC standings. In Eric Young’s second season as head coach, the team climbed as high as 27th — unofficially, since the poll recognizes the Top 25 — in the American Football Coaches Association rankings.

  • RHS athletes all-district in soccer

    Jalen Martinez’s frenetic energy on the pitch was a key ingredient as Robertson boys’ soccer team won District 1 a season ago and came close again this year.

    It also made him a Player of the Year in the district as he helped lead the Cardinals through a tough senior season categorized as a building year.

    “Great leadership,” commented longtime RHS head coach Clarence Montoya, who noted that Martinez had 23 goals and seven assists while serving as a co-captain of the squad.

  • Roethlisberger out indefinitely

    The Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH — Right arm tucked into a black sling, weary eyes betraying a decided lack of sleep, Ben Roethlisberger tried to stay positive after the worst — and by far the most harrowing — injury of his career.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback believes he can return this season despite spraining his right shoulder and suffering what he called a dislocated rib in Monday night’s overtime win against Kansas City.

  • DreamKillers 2nd in tourney

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas-based New Mexico DreamKillers started the new soccer tournament season with another medal finish, placing second at this past weekend’s Gaylord Shepard Soccer Tournament in the U7 Boys Division.

    The New Mexico Rush All-Star team Inferno made up of U7 players from all of Rush’s club teams beat the DreamKillers 4-2 on a frigid, windy day at the New Mexico Soccer Complex.

  • WLV’s Griego to join Grizzlies

    Looking to continue its pipeline of standout athletes from the Meadow City, Adams State University has successfully recruited West Las Vegas’ Gabrielle “Gabby” Griego to join the school’s softball program in 2013-14.

    Griego signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday morning at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Lobos rally from 16 down, win midnight game

    ALBUQUERQUE — Tony Snell had 25 points, including a shot-clock-beating 3-pointer with a minute left that helped New Mexico complete an 86-81 comeback win over Davidson early Tuesday.

    De’Mon Brooks scored 22 points for the Wildcats (1-1), who led 50-36 early in the second half.

    The Lobos (1-0) got back into the game in part because of a dominating performance on the boards in the second half. After getting outrebounded in the first half, New Mexico held a 27-7 margin after the break.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 16, 2012

    Friday
    Volleyball
    • Mora in Class 2A state tournament, TBA, Rio Rancho
    • West Las Vegas in Class 3A state tournament, TBA, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Iowa Wesleyan, 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    Cross country
    • NMHU’s Ismael Samano in NCAA Division II national championships, 9 a.m., Joplin, Mo.
    Football
    • Class 3A state playoffs: Robertson vs. Portales, 2 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    Volleyball