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Today's News

  • Cowboys score first sweep vs. UNK

    Break out the brooms. New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team tallied its first four-game sweep of the season, taking down league opponent Nebraska-Kearney over the weekend at Brandt Park.

    Scores were 16-4 and 6-5.

    The Cowboys are 22-13 overall and 13-7 in RMAC play.

    Highlands scored in each of the first three innings to stuff an 8-0 cushion over the Lopers in Sunday’s opener en route to a 16-4 win.

    The score was 12-1 after five frames.

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  • RHS wins another state wrestling title

    Joseph Dominguez , Wally Diaz , Daniel Martinez and Dmitri Almanzar have won individual state championships for the Robertson wrestling program Saturday (Feb. 21) in Rio Rancho.... RHS held an 11-point team poitns lead over Bloomfield and St. Mike's going into the championship round ... West Las Vegas' John Armijo ended his prep wrestling career with a state championship at 171, edging Jake Winter of St. Mike's 4-2 in the final...

  • WLV honors state champ baseball teams of '68, '78

    With Bruce Springsteen’s  blue-collar jock anthem  “Glory Days” cranked up on the public address system, the new faces of West Las Vegas baseball paid tribute to the program’s standard-bearers on a sunny, muddy Saturday at Dons Field.

    Current WLV coach Dean Gallegos and his team invited members of the 1968 and 1978 teams to take a bow and be recognized before Saturday’s home-opening doubleheader with Miyamura.

  • RHS golfer already in mix for state

    Jayme Quintana shot a 95 on March 16 at the Chamisa Hills Country Club in Rio Rancho, completing her final “leg” needed to qualify individually for the state golf tournament.

    The Robertson standout led the Lady Cardinals to a second-place team finish in the tournament, which opened the spring season for the golf program.

    The girls’ team posted an overall score of 430. 

    Quintana had a strong fall, earning the first two “legs” of qualification. 

  • Dons sweep snow, young Miyamura

    “Stop the bleeding! Stop the bleeding now!”

    His objections aside, West Las Vegas baseball coach Dean Gallegos watched his team squander all of a six-run lead against a young Miyamura club — then come up with the plays necessary to pull ahead once more, this time for keeps.

    And so the Dons won 9-7 to complete a doubleheader sweep in its home opener Saturday. The close shave decision was a contrast to West’s methodical 10-0 shutout in game one, but taken together, the wins improve the Dons to 4-6 overall.

  • Sundevils scorch Dons in boys' quarterfinals

    Sandia Prep stood tall everywhere, including the free throw line, on Wednesday, eliminating West Las Vegas from the Class 3A boys' state basketball tournament 56-48.

    Outmatched in height and overall playoff experience, the Dons stayed close and held the lead a couple times through the middle of the third period. That's when Sandia Prep began to pull away behind a big effort from Kody Salcido, who finished with 20 points.

  • Fries still looking at SF school

    Highlands University President Jim Fries has been named to a state task force that will look for ways to save the foundering College of Santa Fe.

    He was appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson. Highlands attempted to take over the Santa Fe school, but the state Legislature didn’t approve funding for that to happen.

  • LETTER: Not what the voters had in mind

    Does it have no end? Now Mayor Tony has placed a paid notice in the Albuquerque Journal regarding his new water committee. We can just skip over the facts that another committee is redundant; the members he has listed have not all agreed to serve, etc. What is completely absurd about this situation is that he has deemed the Optic insufficient for his advertising needs. 

  • Highlands braces for more cuts

    Highlands University isn’t escaping the state’s budget ax.

    Highlands President Jim Fries told the Board or Regents Wednesday about how the university will be affected by a number of decisions stemming from the recently ended 60-day session of the state Legislature.

    For the 2009 fiscal year, which started July 1, Highlands and other higher education institutions had about a 2.5 percent reduction, Fries said.  

  • EDITORIAL: The power of peer pressure

    There are few things more powerful in life than peer pressure. At varying levels, we are all conformists. And that’s often a good thing. For instance, nearly everyone obeys traffic lights and wears clothes.

    However, peer pressure can be a destructive force. And that was clearly the case during the Robertson High School football camp near Las Vegas last August.