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  • Straight Jackets

    There were a few highlights for the home fans to enjoy in Friday night’s football game at the Herrera Complex.

    For example, the West Las Vegas dance team put on a sharp performance at halftime to the tune of Foreigner’s hard rock anthem “Jukebox Hero.”

    And in the first quarter there was a scintillating moment when, aided by some pretty nifty blocking downfield, Nathan Vigil fielded a kickoff at his own 6-yard line and zipped across the field, finding his way to run the ball back 94 yards to the end zone.

  • Lady Cards shut out Hatch Valley

    Caitlin Diefendorf burned the Hatch Valley defense for four goals, and teammate Amber Yara also completed a hat trick with three scores Friday as Robertson blanked the Bears 8-0.

    The victory, the Lady Cardinal soccer team’s first of the season, came on day one of the Rehoboth Christian tournament.
    Nicoletta Litherland and Mary Miller split time at goalkeeper, preserving a shutout.

    And eighth grader Jesslyn De La Cruz got into the action too, scoring her first goal as a Lady Cardinal.

  • Lady Dons spikers open with a win

    For a little while, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons looked the part of a volleyball team taking the court for the first time this season.

    A few miscues too many occurred on their side of the net Thursday in Socorro, and they found themselves trailing one game to none. The host Lady Warriors took the opening set 25-19.

    But after bouncing back for the equalizer in a narrow 26-24 verdict in game two, West got into a groove.

    The Lady Dons took control 25-21 in game three and then put the match away by an identical score in game four.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 2, 2013

    Monday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Tuesday
    Football
    • Robertson (B) vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys (A,B) at Roswell, 4 p.m., Roswell
    Volleyball
    • Robertson (A,B) vs. Mora, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Wednesday
    Football
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Santa Rosa, 4 p.m, WLV field
    Volleyball

  • NMHU athletes lauded for academic work

    New Mexico Highlands University is a recipient institution of the Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award. The Academic Achievement Awards program recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the NCAA Division II level.
    A total of 27 Cowboys and Cowgirls were selected for the Academic Achievement Award.
    Cowboy baseball had six recipients: Scott Frazier, Michael Garcia, Tyler Hayes, Thomas Lyons, Chris Pile, and Ray Torres.

  • Z’s silence Isotopes

    Albuquerque Isotopes
    METAIRIE, La. — Rob Brantly homered and drove in three runs to lead the New Orleans Zephyrs to a 5-0 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Friday night at Zephyr Field.
    Brantly, who came into the game with no RBI in 60 at-bats over 17 games in Triple-A, hit a run-scoring double in the fourth inning to score the game’s first run.
    Chris Coghlan hit a solo home run in the fifth off Angel Castro (8-5), who allowed two runs in six innings and took the loss.

  • NFL concussion payout called ‘pocket change’

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer
    NEW YORK — The hundreds of millions of dollars the NFL is ready to pay former players sounds great, until you stretch it out over 20 years and divide it among thousands.
    Which is why some former players and others think the league is getting off cheap in its tentative settlement with victims of concussion-related brain injuries.
    The deal announced Thursday to settle 4,500 or so claims is awaiting approval by a federal judge in Philadelphia.

  • Deputy busted in sex sting

    The run of bad luck for the Mora County Sheriff’s Office continued last week with the arrest of a deputy who is accused of trying to solicit sex from a child.

    Mark Preller, 56, has been charged with two counts of soliciting a child under 13 by electronic communication device, third-degree felonies. He was scheduled to be in Magistrate Court in Aztec Thursday for a preliminary hearing. During a preliminary hearing, a prosecutor presents evidence to a judge, and a judge determines whether probable cause exists to bind the case over to District Court for trial.

  • East board: No contract extension for super

    Evidence of the strained relationship between the Las Vegas City Schools Board and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez was on full display last Friday. The board voted unanimously against her request for a contract extension during a special board meeting.

    Additionally, board member Luis Ortiz complained that classes at Los Niños Elementary are overloaded, and as a result  his third-grade son began attending school at a West Las Vegas elementary.

  • Senior profile - Lorenzo Flores

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    People who meet Lorenzo Flores tend to have a strong reaction to him.

    Many look up to him as a fearless advocate who isn’t afraid to fight for the little guy, even if it means taking on those in power. Others view him as little more than a misguided agitator hell- bent on stirring up trouble.

    Whatever one’s view of the 56-year-old activist might be, it’s clear that he isn’t afraid to fight for what he believes in.