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Today's News

  • Back in the high life - For Robertson tennis, building champions a true team effort

    This past winter, when Warren Fulgenzi Jr. and sister Brandelyn found themselves joining father Warren in switching schools from Santa Fe High to Robertson, the move didn’t come without mixed feelings.

    Having to uproot and leave their friends, classmates, teachers and teammates behind wasn’t easy.

  • State golf: Quintana 4th

    Consistent effort despite variable conditions led Joedy Quintana back to fourth place in this week’s Class 1A-4A state golf championships.

    The West Las Vegas senior and other participants weathered cool temperatures and gusty wind that generally drove scores upward Tuesday, the second day of the two-day tournaments, at The Canyon Club in Albuquerque.

  • State brackets unfold

    Las Vegas Optic

    No. 14 seed Pecos stunned No. 3 Capitan Wednesday afternoon at Rio Rancho High in the second round of the Class 3A state softball tournament. The Lady Panthers won 20-6 and advanced to play Rehoboth Christian, a 15-9 winner over McCurdy.

    Pecos baseball saw its strong 2015 campaign come to an end Wednesday morning in the Class 3A state tournament quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Panthers (18-11) lost 15-3 to fifth-seeded Mesilla Valley Christian (13-7) at Lobo Field in Albuquerque.

  • Free hoops clinic Saturday at HU

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team and head coach Brianna Finch are pleased to announce a free basketball clinic for boys and girls, age 6-13, at the Wilson Complex on Saturday.

    The camp will run from 9 to 11 a.m.

    “We are excited to offer a basketball clinic for boys and girls, ages 6-13 years, and all skill levels,” said Finch.

  • Youth Soccer - May 15

    The following are upcoming games scheduled by the Las Vegas Youth Soccer League:

    U6 DIVISION
    All U6 games are played at 9 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.

    Peru vs. Italy, Field 1; USA vs. Russia, Field 2; Chile vs. Croatia, Field 3; Greece vs. Mexico, Field 4

    U8 DIVISION
    All U8 games are played at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.

    France vs. Portugal, Field 1; Germany vs. Switzerland, Field 2; Belgium vs. Spain, Field 3; England vs. Norway, Field 4; Colombia has a bye

  • Looking ahead - Sports - May 15, 2015

    Friday
    Baseball
    • State tournaments, Albuquerque
    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, evenings, Rodriguez Park
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball
    • State tournaments, Rio Rancho
    Track and field
    • Class 4A-6A state championships, 8 a.m., UNM Track Complex, Albuquerque

    Saturday
    Baseball
    • State tournaments, Albuquerque

  • Cowgirls climb to No. 2 in nation

    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field team moved up to second in the nation thanks to the 1,600-meter relay qualification for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend.

    Also announced Tuesday were the All-Region honorees across the nation. To be recognized for this honor, athletes had to be in the top five in an event in their respective regions. In New Mexico Highlands’ case, it is in the South Central Region.

  • Budget woes affecting cases

    The Associated Press

    A budget crisis is preventing contract public defenders from being provided for indigent defendants who aren’t jailed, an official said.

    Chief Public Defender Jorge Alvarado recently sent a letter to chief judges statewide explaining the impact of the crisis on his office, the Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday.

  • Riley a noted archeologist - Local scholar gets lifetime award

    For 65 years Las Vegas resident Carroll L. Riley worked as a noted anthropologist, author and an expert in archeology of the southwest.

    On Friday, Riley, 92, received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 43rd annual Heritage Preservation Awards ceremony, for his service in the field of archeology. The ceremony was held at the Scottish Rite Center in Santa Fe and is sponsored by the state Cultural Properties Review Committee.

  • Unorthodox career path for finalist

    Two years after stepping away from his job as a college administrator to pursue an opportunity with a private company, Lucas Lamadrid says he’s ready to return to university life.

    “I think the time is right for me and my family right now,” he said at a recent community forum.