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Today's News

  • Publisher's Note: Bands stand together

    Last weekend I went to a band concert that included my daughter and her flute. I’ve been to many such concerts through the years, since my older girl also played in the band, for all of six years, and my younger girl is now in her fourth year.

    Still, Sunday’s concert caught me by surprise.

  • Metro takes first three at NMHU

    Metro State is making a case for a regional ranking, and the Roadrunners bolstered their resume with three straight wins at New Mexico Highlands over the weekend in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball action.

    Metro won a nine-inning pitching gem 2-1 on Friday, then swept Saturday’s doubleheader 18-8 and 11-8.

    The Roadrunners (19-8, 15-7 RMAC through Saturday) dropped Highlands to 15-16 and 9-13, respectively.

  • Lions drop Cowgirls twice

    UCCS Sports Information

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Christina Blanton hit a grand slam in the opener and Jessica Belsterling drove in five runs in the second game as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs swept its doubleheader against the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls Saturday at Mountain Lion Field.

    UCCS won the first game 5-1 and the second 10-8.

  • RHS, Cats split games

    Adrian Jaramillo saw plenty to like from his Robertson softball team Friday in a split with visiting Lovington.

    “The girls are making good decisions, moving people over on the basepaths,” he said. “And we laid down several sacrifice bunts; they’re not selfish.”

    Robertson won the opener 6-5 and rallied but fell short of completing a comeback in an 11-9 defeat in game two.

  • Home at last

    After spending the first month of the regular season schedule on the road, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons were ready to play at their home field.

    Were they ever.

    WLV controlled both games of their Saturday doubleheader against Lovington and pulled off a sweep, 5-2 and 10-8.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    MONDAY
    Golf
    • Robertson at Capital Invite, 9 a.m., Marty Sanchez Links, Santa Fe

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., WLV Field
    • WLV Gents at Taos (DH), 3 p.m., Taos
    Softball
    • LCC at Otero JC (DH), 1 p.m., La Junta, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., WLV Field
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Sandia Prep, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

  • FYI - Sports

    The Optic is looking to provide the most comprehensive area sports coverage available. To submit sports scores, statistics and story ideas, e-mail:
    dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • WLV Junior Wrestling
  • Manny ‘at ease’ with retirement

    By Dave Skretta
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK  — Unwilling to face another drug ban, Manny Ramirez is leaving baseball and is at peace with his decision while the sport confronts the specter of steroids again.

    “I’m at ease,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com by phone from his home in Miami. “God knows what’s best (for me). I’m now an officially retired baseball player. I’ll be going away on a trip to Spain with my old man.”

  • Breaking News: Las Vegas declares emergency, tightens its water restrictions

    In an special meeting Friday, the Las Vegas City Council unanimously declared a state of emergency due to extreme drought conditions and implemented Stage IV water restrictions.

    According to the city's resolution, the Gallinas River — the city's main water source — “will most likely not have enough flow to support the city's needs this summer and in the future because of the present drought conditions.”