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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 29, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Northeast New Mexico

    Included in Friday’s Optic, and distributed throughout an area we call home, was a special section titled, “Northeast New Mexico: Challenges and opportunities facing a seven-county region.”

    If you haven’t looked at it yet, I encourage you to do so. And if you somehow missed it, come by the Optic and we’ll give you one.

  • Highlands pulls away from Jackets

    SPEARFISH, S.D. — The Highlands Cowboys surged past Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference newcomer Black Hills State University 46-31 on Saturday in Spearfish, S.D., keeping the team alive in the league title hunt.

    Highlands (7-2 overall, 6-1 RMAC) battled both the Yellow Jackets and the wet and cold elements en route to the win. Despite having six turnovers in the game, the Cowboys regrouped offensively with one of their more balanced efforts.

  • Vegas Bowl Jr. - Taos shuts out Dons on gridiron

    Except for a backbreaking six-minute span that began in the final minute of the third quarter Friday night, West Las Vegas played Taos quite evenly, showing signs of progress in what has been a trying season.

    That window of time was all it took for the visiting Tigers to pull away, however. Taos is 6-2 and looking to grab the District 2-3A title, and West is 1-7 and wondering how close it could have been.

    Andres Lujan led a good pass rush for the Dons with a couple of sacks, and Frankie Palacio and Joshua Hidalgo also came through with heads-up defensive play.

  • Second half boosts Cards

    All three facets of Robertson’s game were clicking Friday night in the Cardinals’ 30-14 triumph over longtime district rival Raton.

    The Cards’ dynamic duo in the backfield, Dominic Lucero and James Gonzales, each rushed for two touchdowns and combined for more than 200 yards on the ground.

    The RHS defense had young players making a large impact as well.

  • Cowboy hoopsters edge Griffins in debut

    The NMHU Cowboys started their 2012-13 campaign on solid note taking down the Griffins of Westminster College by a final score of 89-85 in front of a raucous crowd in the John A. Wilson Complex on Friday night in their first exhibition game of the season.

    The Cowboys and the Griffins battled throughout the game, trading the lead throughout the first half. The Pokes went into the halftime break leading 47-45.

  • Finish line
  • Crespins earn titles

    Las Vegas’ boxing siblings, Arturo and Amanda Crespin, returned to the Meadow City with a pair of championship belts over the weekend.
    Each strap was earned in a different manner.

    Arturo “El Toro” Crespin stopped Jose Cruz Garcia (3-5-1) in the sixth round of their scheduled eight-round match on Saturday night at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque. The official ruled a technical knockout in Crespin’s favor at the 2:27 mark in that round.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 29, 2012

    Monday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at Southern Utah, 7 p.m., Utah

    Tuesday
    Volleyball
    • Pecos (A,B) vs. Monte del Sol, 5:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Robertson (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at Utah Valley State, 7:05 p.m., Utah
    Soccer
    • RMAC tournament begins, teams, pairings, times and sites TBA

    Thursday

  • Championship win for duo

    For team ropers Chris Francis and John Paul Lucero, it all came down to .47 of a second.

    That amount of time is what led the area natives to capture the 2012 Cinch United States Team Roping Championship this past weekend in Oklahoma City.

    By winning the championship the duo walked away with $102,000.

    Francis, who is getting married in two weeks, will be able to start married life on solid financial footing. Lucero plans to use part of his share of the winnings to buy his two sons horses and continue the family tradition.