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Today's News

  • Pius smashes debuting Del Norte

    The Knights didn’t get to play in the nights at all in their first Stu Clark Tournament.

    Del Norte, the lone newcomer in this year’s tournament field, got to open the first afternoon session of the Meadow City’s 56th annual holiday hoops showcase on Monday. Trouble is, they had to face a restless bunch from St. Pius X eager to trade daylight basketball for prime time.

    Putting on a clinic of fundamental hoop skills, Damian Segura’s Pius team was a runaway winner 63-25.

  • Polar plunge on Friday

    Most people have been staying warm inside their houses the last few weeks, leaving only when they need to.

    But that won’t be the case for Philip Romero and scores of other Las Vegans at noon on New Year’s Day. They plan to take part in the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Storrie Lake.

    They go to the dock, and they all brave the chilly waters of Storrie. Most years, a crew has to break up the ice around the dock just so people can get in.

  • Cops say they followed evidence to suspect

    An alleged burglar left a trail of evidence last week — literally.

    City police said footprints in the snow led them to a suspect in a number of break-ins in an eastside neighborhood.

    Christopher Lopez, 19, 1010 Ninth St., was charged with aggravated burglary, three counts of tampering with evidence and larceny.

    Lopez had been charged in a burglary the previous month; he was out on bail for only four days when he was arrested in the latest break-ins.

  • Cards take contentious opener

    Sure, we’ve all seen plenty of three-point plays and the occasional four-point play on the basketball court.

    How about a five-point play?

    The Robertson Cardinals had a shot at one Monday night in their 88-73 win over Bernalillo on day one of the 56th Stu Clark Tournament.

    And though they got three points of the potential five, the play not only allowed RHS to overtake the Spartans for control of the game, it put the Cardinals in front for good in a contentious battle that saw both sides hit with technical fouls.

  • Work of Art: That would be nice ...

    With 2010 coming up, we wonder what changes we can expect. And if there are changes, which ones and to what extent?

    People don’t feel too concerned over the nice, even round number that 2010 will represent, nothing like when nature’s odometer turned from 1999 to 2000, or Year Two Thousand.

  • STU CLARK TOURNEY CENTRAL

    UPDATES from the 56th annual Stu Clark Boys' Basketball Tournament being held Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 28-30, in Las Vegas:

    MONDAY

    Game one: St. Pius X 63, Del Norte 25 ... Game two: Portales 55, Artesia 48 ... Game three: Shiprock 79, WLV 54 ... Game four: Robertson 88, Bernalillo 73.

    TUESDAY

  • Carrasco sets tone as Rams muzzle Dogs

    Shawn Carrasco outscored the Artesia Bulldogs by himself in the first quarter of Portales’ 55-48 win Monday afternoon in the opening session of the Stu Clark Tournament.

    The Rams’ 5-11 guard tallied 14 points in those first eight minutes. He scored the first five points of the contest with a layup and a three-pointer from the right wing, and he’d bookend the period with a steal and coast-to-coast layup, then a trey from the left corner off a feed from Andrew Villanueva.

  • Mora hosts Tri-Cities

    Mora High School is hosting  the 15th annual Tri-Cities Tournament, a three-day event that began Monday and wraps up today.

    Eight schools are participating. They are the Cimarron Rams, Escalante Lobos, Fort Sumner Foxes,McCurdy Bobcats, Mora Rangers, Pecos Panthers, Peñasco Panthers and Santa Rosa Lions.

    The tournament culminates with tonight’s championship game, tipping off at 7 at Montoya Gym.

    The consolation final will be at 3 p.m. today.

  • Editorial: Wishes for New Year

    For the last several years, the Optic has presented its New Year’s wishes for our community. Next year, our community will experience its share of progress and setbacks. We can’t predict them, but we have our hopes for 2010:

  • School Consolidation Study available for viewing

    Click here to view the School Consolidation Study in PDF format