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  • Holidays with the Optic

    Time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays — to give thanks, wish for peace on earth and goodwill to all, and maybe get a cool gift or two. Then we’ll turn the corner on a new year, with an adios to the old and hola on the new — hoping and praying for a  tomorrow that will be even better than the days before.

    Here at the Optic, we’re planning several things. First, I’ll provide an overview, then I’ll tell you how you can participate.

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    Here’s what we have planned:

  • Kazingo headed to national meet

    Nicaise Kazingo will have a chance to add to his All-America collection after finishing ninth individually in Saturday’s NCAA Division II Central Region cross country meet in Denver.

    Kazingo, a New Mexico Highlands senior, qualified for nationals as one of the top two runners on a non-qualifying men’s team. He and Highlands teammate Ismael Samano (25th overall) earned all-Central Region honors.

  • Vegas Bowl rout gives RHS a title

    Robertson seniors Dalan Abreu and Antonio Arguello each ran for two touchdowns as the Cardinals ran roughshod over West Las Vegas 42-0 on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

    The Vegas Bowl shutout extended the Redbirds’ current streak in the crosstown rivalry series and left Robertson standing all alone atop the District 2-3A standings as the regular season came to an end.

    West Las Vegas’ aggressive defense kept the Dons in the game in the early going, and the first quarter ended in a scoreless tie.

  • Lady Dons fall to Raton in district final

    Raton was crisper on the attack and West Las Vegas couldn’t recover, paving the way to a 3-0 sweep for the visiting Lady Tigers in the District 2-3A volleyball tournament final Saturday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Dons, who had won the regular-season district title with a 5-1 record in 2-3A, will join Raton and others in the Class 3A state tournament this week. Pool play is set for Thursday in Rio Rancho; tournament seedings were to be announced Sunday after this issue went to press.

  • Pecos’ Varela wins state title

    Pecos senior Antonio Varela’s last race as a high school cross country runner went according to plan — much like all the races he’s run this year.

    Varela crossed the finish line of the Class 1A-2A boys’ state championship in 15:59, easily outkicking East Mountain’s Eric Eridon for the individual title.

    Varela helped Pecos take second place — behind Laguna Acoma — in the boys’ team standings as part of a full morning of distance running at Rio Rancho High School’s campus.

  • RHS soccer teams tumble in quarters

    Robertson’s soccer teams stayed close but couldn’t get the offense they needed to survive the quarterfinal round of the state tournament.

    The RHS girls lost 2-0 to district nemesis Taos on Thursday morning at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. Taos had beaten the Lady Cardinals twice during the regular season to take the district title.

    Later Thursday, Robertson’s boys lost 2-0 against Portales. The Rams had won by a single goal over the Cardinals back in September.

  • No. 1 LSU edges No. 2 Alabama 9-6

    The Associated Press

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The defenses lived up to the billing in the latest Game of the Century. Neither No. 1 LSU nor No. 2 Alabama could reach the end zone Saturday night, not even with extra time.

    The Tigers aren’t complaining. They now have the inside track to the BCS title game.

  • Fourth quarter surge gets Mustangs past Cowboys

    Unable to generate a passing game and hampered by five turnovers, New Mexico Highlands stumbled to a 25-18 defeat Saturday at Western New Mexico, allowing the Mustangs 25 unanswered points in the second half to squander an 18-point cushion.

    With one game left in the regular season (Saturday at home against Fort Lewis), Highlands fell to 4-6 overall and 2-6 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. WNMU evened its record at 5-5 and 4-4.

  • Cowgirl spikers make RMAC cut

    New Mexico Highlands volleyball is back in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament for the first time since 2005 .

    Entering their final match of the regular season against CSU-Pueblo, the Cowgirls were a half game behind Colorado Mesa University. Mesa, which fell to Adams State College, needed a win to gain the final seed into the RMAC West Playoffs.

    Highlands’ win on Friday night against Western State brought NMHU and Mesa to even in the standings, but under a tie-breaker rule, Highlands earns the playoff berth.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 7, 2011

    • NMHU men vs. University of the Southwest, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    • RMAC tournament: NMHU at Western New Mexico, 7 p.m., Silver City

    No varsity sports events scheduled

    • State tournament begins, TBA, Rio Rancho