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  • In Brief - Education - Nov. 15, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Skandera vows to push law on 3rd-grade reading

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s top education official says Gov. Susana Martinez won’t stop pushing for legislation to hold back third-graders who can’t read at grade level.
    Public Education secretary Hanna Skandera vowed that she and Martinez will be “back in full force” to push the proposal in 2014. The Legislature has rejected the plan for the past two years.

  • State quests begin

    Preparation for the state volleyball tournament had a decidedly somber tone this week in the Meadow City and beyond.

    As news of the sudden death of West Las Vegas head coach Mary Bustos circulated around the community and beyond, the frivolities of sport took a back seat. At the same time, the state tournament also gathered additional attention from locals and others.

  • In Miami, jobs in jeopardy

    By Steven Wine
    AP Sports Writer

    DAVIE, Fla.  — Last month, Richie Incognito said severe repercussions would be warranted if the Miami Dolphins kept allowing sacks at such an alarming rate.

    “Everybody should be fired,” he said.

    Nobody in Miami is talking about sacks anymore. Firings remain a distinct possibility for very different reasons.

  • NMHU to end season of frustration

    It’s been like a disappointing fishing expedition.

    There’s been a lot of talk about the one that got away.

    New Mexico Highlands’ football team will wrap up its 2013 slate Saturday with a visit to instate rival Western New Mexico in Silver City. Kickoff is set for noon.

    And regardless of the outcome of that game, the Cowboys and head coach Eric Young may still be wondering what might’ve been.

  • Traynham nets 35; Cowgirls move to 2-0

    Sophomore guard Michelle Traynham exploded for 35 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including seven 3-point baskets in 14 attempts Tuesday night, leading New Mexico Highlands past Northern New Mexico College 69-47.

    After the road triumph in Española, the Cowgirls and head coach Tiffany Darling are 2-0 on the young season.

    Traynham narrowly missed a double-double by pulling down eight rebounds. She had two steals and zero turnovers in 26 minutes of action.

  • Six NMHU wrestlers in top four

    By Vincent Nolasco
    NMHU Sports Information

    Six Cowboy grapplers finished among the top four of their weight classes when New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling team competed in the Oklahoma City Open on Nov. 3.

    Highlands head coach Doug Moses brought 20 grapplers (second most in the tournament), and had six wrestle in the Open division and 14 wrestle in the Freshman/Sophomore division.

  • Scherzer, Kershaw cruise to Cy Youngs

    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Max Scherzer did most everything on the mound this season — led the majors in wins, started the All-Star game, helped put his team in the playoffs.
    Now, the newly minted AL Cy Young Award winner said he will “wait and see” whether he’s returning to the Detroit Tigers next year.
    Scherzer went 21-3 and was an easy pick Wednesday as the American League’s top pitcher, drawing 28 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 15, 2013

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Montana State-Northern, 5:30 p.m., Phoenix
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Fort Lewis, 7 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    • State tournaments, TBA, Rio Rancho
    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Bethesda, 5:30 p.m., Phoenix
    * West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. St. Michael’s, 10 a.m., WLV
    Football
    • NMHU at Western New Mexico, noon, Silver City
    • Class 3A state playoffs: Robertson at Portales, 7 p.m., Portales
    Volleyball

  • BREAKING: Local coach dies unexpectedly

    Many members of the Las Vegas community are in shock due to the unexpected death earlier today of West Las Vegas High School teacher and volleyball coach Mary Bustos.

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson said students and staff in his district are devastated. Bustos was well known throughout the area. She had previously taught and coached at Robertson High School and in the Pecos school district.

    For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Friday's Optic.

  • Group surprised with $7K grant

    Volunteers at El Valle Community Center in Villanueva got a special surprise on Monday afternoon from Betul Ozmat of the New Mexico Community Foundation.

    In the entrance room into the old school house now turned community center, Ozmat presented Patricia Gallegos with an award and a $7,000 check for the facility. The center, located in the heart of Villanueva just off NM 3, is one of the 10 organizations across the state to receive the 2013 Chispa Award. Ozmat’s visit was a surprise to Gallegos and the other volunteers.