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Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia - Myth, legend or fact?

    Was Pablita Angel twice hanged in Las Vegas in 1861, and is she the only woman ever executed in New Mexico?

    Did an Italian holy man live in solitude atop El Cerro del Tecolote, and is that why the mountain is known as Hermit’s Peak?

    Did a group of settlers pursued by Native Americans take refuge at the summit of El Cerrito de Bernal, and there starve to death, and is that why the small plateau is called Starvation Peak?

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Sept. 30, 2011

    Chicago Sun-Times, Sept. 26, on No Child Left Behind — ... In 2001, President George W. Bush’s signature reform effort, the No Child Left Behind Act, became law with broad bipartisan support, its centerpiece a bold pledge to hold all students to high standards.

    The law, which President Barack Obama said he will dramatically alter in the coming months, requires annual student testing and sets a goal of bringing all American children, regardless of background or disability, to grade level in reading and math by 2014.

  • Ex-NMHU coach Bleil dies

    Another esteemed member of the New Mexico Highlands University coaching fraternity has died.

    Fred Bleil, who was head coach of the NMHU football program when it won its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship in 1981, died Monday in Houston.

    A native of Kingsley, Iowa, Bleil had lived in San Marcos, Texas, at the time of his death. He was 62.

    Bleil took over the Cowboys football program in 1979 and in his third year at the helm he led the ‘Pokes to a 7-3 record and the RMAC title.

  • RHS boys stomp Moreno Valley

    Robertson continued to assert its boys’ soccer dominance over district foe Moreno Valley on Wednesday, winning an 8-1 romp.

    Coach Clarence Montoya’s Cardinals are now 4-4 overall. But even factoring in that Wednesday’s win came on the heels of a 4-1 verdict Saturday at Socorro, Montoya won’t say his club now has momentum on its side.

    “Sometimes with games like this, you go backward,” he said.

  • Zias slam Cowgirls

    After a strong effort in games one and two Tuesday night, the New Mexico Highlands volleyball team slipped off the pace in a 3-1 loss to visiting Eastern New Mexico.

    The defeat, which dropped the Cowgirls to 7-7 on the season, came in spite of solid front-line play. Jazmine Harge, a former Robertson standout, had one of her best matches with 10 kills (on a .348 hitting clip), two solo blocks, three block assists, three digs and one service ace. Dominique Benton also had 10 kills to go with one block and three block assists.

  • Vatos nip Scorpions

    The NMHU Rugby Club Vatos (6-2) bounced past the solid, rugged, and experienced El Paso Scorpions (5-2) this past Saturday at Perkins Stadium, 24-22.

    “Following another exciting Cowboy football win, it was a good afternoon of contact sport for NMHU,” said coach Dick Greene. “True success and sportsmanship beget a culture of high expectation and class. This should be the standard at NMHU... I was pleased that the lads showed a better understanding of the game and had moments of excellence.”  

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 30, 2011

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • Robertson at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso
    • West Las Vegas at Lovington, 7 p.m., Lovington
    • Mora vs. Escalante, TBA, Las Vegas
    Soccer
    • NMHU women vs. Fort Lewis, TBA, Perkins Stadium
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Pecos vs. Escalante, 5 p.m., Sanchez Gym

    SATURDAY

  • Cowgirls to take on No. 3 FLC

    For the second time this season, New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team is hosting a program ranked among the top three in the nation.

    Highlands faces Fort Lewis, ranked third in NCAA Division II, at 7 p.m. Friday at Perkins Stadium.

    The Skyhawks are undefeated with an 8-0-1 overall record and are the top team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with a 5-0 mark.

    NMHU and coach Justin Wagar are 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the RMAC. The Cowgirls are coming off a 3-2 loss at No. 16 Regis in Denver this past Sunday.

  • Guerin, Baklini win in Lobo Cup

    Submitted to the Optic

    Juliana Guerin of Las Vegas and Susan Baklini won the Gold at the New Mexico Lobo Cup held Sept. 17-19 in Albuquerque.

    Guerin and Baklini received the No. 1 seed in the 16’s doubles division and held their standing throughout the tournament, beating three other doubles teams — Melissa Pick and Scarlett Rush (8-3); Sara Kuutila and Eva Lou Edwards (8-3); Meredith Rotwein and Natalie Tribados (8-6).

  • LV Xplosion: State Fair champs

    A 6-0 win streak in the State Fair Classic secured another tournament championship for the Las Vegas Xplosion 11-and-under softball team.
    In the championship game Las Vegas edged N.M. Sol 5-4.

    Sol had won a Ruidoso tournament the previous weekend, emerging victorious from a field of 12 teams from Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.