Today's News

  • Several locals shine in Classic

    A number of Las Vegans enjoyed good performances over the weekend in the Cardinal Wrestling Classic, not the least of which was the tournament’s crew of volunteers and organizers.

    Tourney director Leasa Martinez, the wife of Robertson wrestling coach Richard Martinez, estimated that the event featured “about 1,000 matches” over two days at Mike Marr Gym.

    Two dozen schools competed, with Class 3A state champion St. Michael’s taking the team title. RHS and West Las Vegas both made the top 10.

    Individual notables, by weight class:

  • Ruidoso rattles West LV girls

    A rocky start Monday night against Ruidoso was the determining factor in West Las Vegas’ 62-41 loss in a non-district girls’ basketball game at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Warriors limited their hosts to just six first-half points while scoring 28.

    “It was a rough game from the start,” said WLV head coach Jose Medina. “Ruidoso did what they had to do ... They pressured us a little and we panicked ... We had a lot of turnovers, and missing a lot of easy shots hurt us. We couldn’t get it done.”

  • Mora keeps rolling

    Another pair of weekend victories elevated the Mora Rangerettes’ record to 19-1 overall and 2-0 in District 2-2A.

    On Friday, Mora bullied Santa Fe Prep 62-24, rolling after going ahead 42-15 by halftime, then holding the Bluee Griffins to nine points in the second half (one in a lockdown third quarter).

    Andrea Romero (17 points, six assists, eight rebounds, five steals) had a do-it-all kind of night. Teammates Chantel Rivera (14 points), Angel Valencia (11 points, nine assists) and Destiny Pacheco (eight points) provided offensive balance.

  • Shocking the world
  • Giants exude quiet confidence

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS  — Unlike four years ago when they dressed in black suits as a symbol of unity before facing the undefeated Patriots, the Giants returned to the Super Bowl this time with no sartorial gimmicks.

    Touching down in Indianapolis for their rematch with New England on Sunday, the Giants are simply a confident team. They believe in themselves as much as they did in 2008 when they ruined the Patriots' perfect season with a stunning 17-14 victory in Arizona.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 1, 2012

    No varsity events scheduled

    • Robertson boys vs. Taos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Raton (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Raton
    • NMHU at Chadron State, 7 p.m., Chadron, Neb.
    • Robertson at Bernalillo, TBA, Bernalillo

    • NMHU women and men at Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

  • Lithia opens dealership in L.V.

    The general manager of the Lithia car dealership that opened in Las Vegas earlier this month on Seventh Street says the company is hoping to return new car sales to Las Vegas in the near future.

    “Our great desire would be probably sometime around a year from now that we’re able to bring a new car franchise back into Las Vegas,” said Dave Dunn.

    Las Vegas hasn’t had a new car franchise since Scheid’s Enchantment closed its doors last January after filing for bankruptcy.

  • Man reports being shot Friday

    A man standing outside was shot in the arm Friday, prompting the Las Vegas police Department to close down a section of Eight Street north of Mills Avenue where it occurred, authorities said.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said Michael Sedillo was outside when he felt a burning sensation in one of his arms. He didn’t hear or see anything, Montaño said.

    Sedillo suffered an entry and an exit wound in his arm, Montaño said. Las Vegas police were sent to the scene. The shooting is still under investigation.

  • Promoting Literacy

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Chuck Franco, New Mexico’s “First Gentleman,” made the rounds at this year’s Literacy Fair, meeting the folks and noting the variety of organizations supportive of literacy development in Las Vegas.

    “I am impressed at what I see here today…so many programs in a city this size…,” Franco told the group. “Everyone seems to be enthusiastic about literacy.”

  • Las Vegas entities hope for funding

    SANTA FE — Local entities entertained state lawmakers and others with music and dancing Thursday night during Las Vegas Night at the Legislature held at the Eldorado Hotel.

    Las Vegas City Schools had its Mariachi Cardenal perform at the annual event and even sent its Cardinal mascot.
    Entities like the city, the San Miguel County DWI program, New Mexico

    Highlands, Luna Community College, West Las Vegas School District and the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce set up booths to highlight their accomplishments and future endeavors.