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Today's News

  • End of an era

    It’s more than a little strange to see soccer being played on the field at Robertson High School without Ray Parks on the sidelines coaching it.
    This past offseason, Parks ended a 17-year run as head coach of the RHS girls’ program.
    He’d toyed with the idea of stepping down from the coaching position since before the 2011 season but didn’t make anything official until well after the Lady Cardinals’ campaign had ended in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A-3A state tournament.

  • WLV runners top 4 in Española

    West Las Vegas cross country teams scored dual fourth-place finishes over the weekend at the Española Valley Invitational in Española.
    Longtime coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo said he was generally pleased with his runners’ efforts and their times but added that there is ample room for improvement.
    On the boys’ side, West’s Max Sedillo finished within a couple seconds of individual winner Jeremy Santistevan of Pojoaque Valley. Sedillo’s time of 16:58 and second-place finish were part of one of his better efforts to date.

  • Highlands’ QB Lewis honored by RMAC

    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference has recognized New Mexico Highlands quarterback Emmanuel Lewis as the RMAC Player of the Week for his efforts in Saturday’s game.
    Lewis completed 26 of 42 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns and was intercepted twice as Highlands defeated Fort Lewis 50-0 in the league opener for both schools. He also ran the ball 14 times for 108 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown and a long run of 44 yards.

  • Isotopes’ run ends in game 5

    Albuquerque Isotopes
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (80-64, 2-3) couldn’t keep the opposition off the board, allowing 11 runs through the first five frames en route to a season-ending 16-7 loss to the Omaha Storm Chasers (83-61, 3-2) Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park.
    With the defeat, the 'Topes' 2012 season is now over after being eliminated in the best-of-five American Conference Championship Series, while the Chasers advance to the Pacific Coast League Championship, set to begin Tuesday against the Reno Aces.

  • Chavez wins; Mora boys 3rd in SF meet

    State title contender Alonzo Chavez and the Mora boys’ cross country team are back in business.
    Chavez won an individual title and the Ranger boys finished third at the ATC Invitational over the weekend in Santa Fe.
    Chavez took first place with a time of 16:39, and he had teammates Julio Serna and Daniel Medina join him in the top 10.
    Serna was sixth and Medina ninth, while Amerik Vasquez (21st), Xavier Romero (36th) and Brandon Dahilig (39th) ran among the top 40 for Mora.

  • Peyton erasing doubts after Denver win

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Pro Football Writer

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Mike Tomlin needed only two words to describe the guy who ripped apart the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense in the Mile High City.

    “He’s Peyton,” the coach said with a shrug.

    He’s Peyton Manning — and he’s back.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 12, 2012

    WEDNESDAY
    Cross country
    • Valley Middle School, West Las Vegas Middle School at Pecos, 4 p.m., Pecos
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Questa, 4 p.m., RHS field

    THURSDAY
    Football
    • Memorial Middle School at De Vargas, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Taos, 4 p.m., WLV
    Soccer
    • Robertson JV (boys and girls) vs. Los Alamos, 3 p.m., RHS field
    Volleyball

  • Men rack up 10th, 11th DWIs

    Within the last couple of weeks state police arrested two men on driving under the influence charges, both of whom have a long history of driving drunk.

    Neither man should have been behind the wheel, sober or otherwise.

    State Police say both had suspended or revoked driver’s licenses.

  • Fall Blossoms - An apple tree phenomenon

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
     For the Optic

    L.J. Sanchez, who resides on North Gonzales in West Las Vegas, notes that he’s “never seen apple trees in bloom after they’ve produced,” as his did earlier this summer. Oddly, last week he noticed blossoms after the trees had produced a bumper crop.

  • Literacy advocates: past, present

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A collection of eye-and-mind-opening items punctuate the content of the Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico’s current exhibit titled “Literacy as the Written Word — Greater Las Vegas Area — 1820 to the Present.”

    A key aim of the event is to show that literacy was an issue and has been alive and well in New Mexico from the early land grant days during the 19th century through today.