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Today's News

  • HU’s Campbell: All-Region

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU

    Exceptional individual effort by New Mexico Highlands University football player Jordan Campbell this past season did not go unrewarded.

    Campbell, a junior linebacker, has been named to the 2011 Daktronics Super Region No. 3 First Team Defense. He led the nation in tackles for loss with 28.5, a number that set new program and conference single-season records.

  • Cowgirls down Ags in shootout

    Loaded with long-range firepower, Oklahoma Panhandle State wanted to turn Wednesday night’s women’s basketball game into a shootout.
    They did just that. But New Mexico Highlands had enough ammunition to keep up with the fire-at-will Aggies, and the host Cowgirls scored a 118-106 win at the Wilson Complex.

    Alyssa Lopez continued her hot start, leading all scorers with 33 points on 11-of-18 shooting. After a relatively quiet first couple of games, Whitley Coca delivered a breakout performance with 29 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

  • WLV grapplers open with road win

    Brandon Chavez started the 2011-12 wrestling season like he ended the 2010-11 campaign — with a pinfall victory.

    The West Las Vegas heavyweight was one of eight Dons varsity grapplers to have their hands raised in victory on Tuesday night as WLV won a season-opening dual meet in Bernalillo.

    Chavez, who surprised Robertson’s Sam Marquez in the Class 1A-3A state final this past February in Rio Rancho, pinned his opponent in the third period Tuesday.

    Chavez is one of just a few veterans on this year’s squad.

  • Dons take venom out of Rattlers

    Jordan Lopez scored 11 of his 33 points in a 19-4 West Las Vegas run in the first half of Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game with Tucumcari, and the Dons stayed in front for good.

    West’s 72-57 victory over the Rattlers — the third-ranked team in Class 2A — pushed their record to 2-1 under new head coach Ernie Rodriguez.

    Tucumcari’s Shawn Martinez banked a three-pointer from the left corner to make it a 13-12 score with a minute and a half left in the first period.

  • Go Fish - Dec. 2, 2011

    FISHING REPORT, NOV. 29
    This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, 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.

    COYOTE CREEK: The flow is 2.4 cfs. No report.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 2, 2011

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Robertson boys at Taos Invitational, TBA, Taos

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Regis, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Robertson boys at Taos Invitational, TBA, Taos
    • Robertson girls at Socorro (A,B), 1 p.m., Socorro
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Ruidoso (A,B,C), 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling

  • FYI - Sports - Dec. 2, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for boys’ grades 3-7 runs Dec. 12 through Jan. 6 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Girls and co-ed K-2 registration concluded Nov. 7. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.

  • Benavidez murder trial begins

    The murder trial of Louis “Louie” Benavidez began Monday with a prosecutor painting him as a man hellbent on revenge and his public defender telling jurors his client wasn’t the shooter.

    Benavidez, 56, is charged with an open count of murder and evidence tampering in the Sept. 25, 2009, killing of Kevin Duran, his cousin. Duran, 32, was shot twice outside the single-wide mobile home at 814 Chavez St. where he had been staying with his girlfriend Amy Mares and her children.

  • Crash
  • Mixed Report Card

    Both students and alumni at New Mexico Highlands University give the school high marks, but the school’s graduation and retention rates are among the lowest in the state.

    Those are among the highlights of the latest Performance Effectiveness Report submitted to state lawmakers and others this month by the Council of University Presidents. The report serves as a report card, detailing how each of the state’s six-year universities are performing in several key areas.