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Today's News

  • WLV coach Montaño fired

    After three years as head coach of the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball program, David “Morgan” Montaño’s time is up.

    Montaño confirmed that he had been fired from the coaching position as of Tuesday afternoon. He said West Las Vegas athletic director Jose Medina told him the school board and superintendent had made a decision “to go in a different direction” with the program.

  • Gonna be an Aggie
  • Sports Roundup

    Melissa Martinez and Shelby Hoffman smacked home runs to power New Mexico Highlands past Eastern New Mexico 11-8 on Tuesday in a non-conference softball doubleheader held in Portales.
    ENMU held on for a 6-5 squeaker in game two, forging a split.

    Highlands is 9-36 overall; Eastern is 12-36.

    In game one, Highlands trailed 5-3 through five innings but roared back with four runs in each of the next two frames, then cut short a Zia rally at three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

  • West track strong in Fort Sumner

    West Las Vegas placed a number of track and field athletes among the leaders in the recent Fort Sumner Invitational.

    The Dons and Lady Dons, both led by head coach James Esquibel, were buoyed by individual event victories from Amanda Ortzow, Danielle Gurule, Jordan Lopez

  • Little League

    The following are scores reported to the Optic by local Little Leagues as of press time.

    SATURDAY, APRIL 16
    La Plaza Majors: A’s 14, Cubs 2; Rockies 5, Red Sox 4
    La Plaza Minors: CUbs 5, Angels 1; Dodgers 6, Phillies 3; Red Sox 2, Marlins 0

    MONDAY, APRIL 18
    La Plaza Majors: Red Sox 4, Angels 1
    La Plaza Minors: White Sox 1, Giants 0

    TUESDAY, APRIL 19
    La Plaza Majors: A’s 10, Marlins 0
    La Plaza Minors: A’s 4, Dodgers 1

  • NMHU relay breaks mark

    The NMHU women’s 400-meter relay team established itself as a national contender by winning its heat and lowering the school record in the event at the 53rd Annual Mount Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., on April 15.

    The foursome of Qiauna Fair, Fiona James, Jillisa Grant and Sheneika Rochester ran 46.08 in taking the heat. The time is nearly a second and a half faster than the NCAA provisional qualifying time and is currently the seventh fastest in the nation among Division II schools. The mark destroys the school record set just last year of 47.19.

  • Go Fish

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Fishing report, April 19

    COYOTE CREEK: Flow is 0.71 cfs. The water is low and fishing is slow with no pressure. The river was stocked with 560 triploid rainbow last week.

  • Reason to Win
  • Coyotes swept, done in desert?

    The Associated Press

    GLENDALE, Ariz.  — Danny Cleary shot from behind the post, squeezing the puck through a hole seemingly no wider than a skate blade. Todd Bertuzzi muscled an opponent and the puck to the front of the crease, getting a fortunate bounce to find the net.

    Two goals in 2 minutes and the Detroit Red Wings were headed into the next round, the Phoenix Coyotes toward an uncertain future.

  • NFL talks on hiatus

    The Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS  — After four long and intense mediation sessions between the NFL and its locked-out players, the judge decided to give both parties an extended break.

    By the time they reconvene in mid-May, the landscape of their discussions could be completely different.

    Executive vice president Jeff Pash, the NFL’s lead negotiator, said Wednesday that U.S. Judge Magistrate Arthur Boylan told both sides they likely won’t convene again until May 16 because he has a few other matters on his judicial calendar.