Today's News

  • Regular seasons near conclusion

    With the regular season about to wrap up, several area baseball and softball teams are on track for state tournament selections — at least according to the polls of NMOTSC.com.

    Robertson is ranked seventh in the website’s April 23 poll, which is voted on by coaches around the state.

    The Cardinals (15-8, 4-3) most recently beat Taos 8-1 on the road this past Tuesday. They close the regular season with a doubleheader vs. Raton this Saturday at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field.

  • Fan appreciation day Saturday for Highlands baseball team

    Free hot dogs.

    Souvenir baseballs.

    And plenty of action on the diamond.

    It’s all in store for local baseball buffs Saturday as New Mexico Highlands University and corporate sponsor Southwest Capital Bank hold NMHU Baseball Fan Appreciation Day at Brandt Park.

    The promotion will be held as part of the Cowboys’ weekend series with Nebraska-Kearney. It’s a critical series to the team’s hopes of getting a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the upcoming Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.

  • Late-season rally falls short for Riders

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College baseball team needed to win all four games this past weekend to make the playoffs. They came up a little short of their dream, winning only one at El Paso Community College.

    The Rough Riders (20-26) won the final game of the series 4-3. They lost 8-2, 6-3 and 11-1.

  • Local girls make cut

    West Las Vegas’ Jayme and Joedy Quintana and Robertson’s Jamie Allen have made the cut for the state golf tournament.

    Jayme Quintana has seven qualifying rounds (three needed), with her most recent an 85 at Santa Fe on Monday.

    Allen has five qualifying efforts. Her most recent was an 88 at UNM April 17.

    Joedy Quintana has four qualifiers. She shot an 82 Monday, also at Santa Fe.

  • Mora track squads 2nd in NRG meet

    Submitted to the Optic

    This past Saturday, the Mora boys and girls track teams finished second  at the Northern Rio Grande Invitational. The meet is an annual event that features eight of the top Class 2A teams in northern New Mexico. This year’s event was held in Dulce.

    The Rangers narrowly missed first place totaling 85.5 points behind Dulce, first with 94 points.

  • Class 2A state qualifiers list grows

    A list of qualifying performances by area athletes for the Class 2A state track and field championships, to be held May 4-5 in Albuquerque:

    • Girls’ 800-meter run: Andrea Romero, Mora, 2:34.9; Cassie C de Baca, Pecos, 2:35.9
    • Boys’ 800-meter run: Alonzo Chavez, Mora, 2:02.8
    • Girls’ 1,600-meter run: Andrea Romero, Mora, 5:46.8
    • Boys’ 1,600-meter run: Alonzo Chavez, Mora, 4:36.7; Antonio Varela, Pecos, 4:47

  • NMHU hoops camps set for this summer

    New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball coach Tiffany Darling has released her dates for her 2012 Cowgirl Basketball Camps.

    The 2012 Cowgirl Basketball Camps will encompass five different camps: Shooting Camp, Youth Camp, Intermediate Camp, Skills Academy and a Team Camp.

  • Go Fish - April 27, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
    Ute Lake: April l9, Jon Corn of Roswell caught a 6-pound largemouth bass. He was using a plastic worm. April 20, Mark Murphy of Woodward, Okla., caught a 4.16-pound walleye. He was using a crank bait.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 27, 2012

    • NMHU vs. Nebraska-Kearney, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • District 2-3A tournament, 7:30 a.m., Taos

    • NMHU vs. Nebraska-Kearney (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • Robertson vs. Raton (DH), 11 a.m., MMS field
    • West Las Vegas at Taos (DH), 9 a.m., Taos
    • District 2-3A tournament, 7:30 a.m., Taos
    Track and field

  • Alberto Abeyta celebrates 104th birthday

    Alberto Abeyta celebrated his 104th birthday on April 14.

    His family and a few close friends met at the American Legion Pavilion in Mora to hold their great celebration.

    Abeyta is the oldest man in Mora. He is the oldest living veteran in New Mexico,  having served in World War ll.

    KOAT-TV interviewed him and broadcasted his story last Thursday evening and Friday morning.

    The news crew visited his Mora home.  

    As the oldest man in Mora, he was honored by being the Parade Grand Marshall in the 2011 Fiesta Parade.