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  • Work of Art: And as for you . . .

    My son, a resident of Copenhagen, Denmark, for several years, often finds time to skim American-English newspapers, excerpts of which he forwards to me and to Facebook friends on this side of the Atlantic.

    Has Adam picked up an affliction from his dad? I thought I was the only one in the family to sit mesmerized after observing something that’s strangely worded.

  • Denver defense proves Super

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Pro Football Writer

    SAN FRANCISCO — On top of his game and now the world, Von Miller’s docket is quickly filling up.

    A parade. Lots of parties. A princely payday.

    “I was just talking to Coach Kubiak, I was asking if you could make the plane do backflips on the way home,” Miller said Monday after accepting the Super Bowl MVP trophy from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • NMHU men break skid

    Las Vegas Optic

    Long-distance shooting won the game for New Mexico Highlands on Saturday night. But it was a pair of free throws — by Jonathon Mines with 11 seconds left — that made sure the outcome went the Cowboys’ way.

    Mines’ foul shots forced Colorado Mesa into a couple of desperation 3-point attempts that went awry, sealing a 99-95 win.

  • Cards rally past Dons

    Warren Fulgenzi’s free throws with five seconds left bought all the insurance the Robertson Cardinals required in holding off West Las Vegas in a 59-56 thriller Friday night at a packed Mike Marr Gym.

    The foul shots gave RHS a seemingly insurmountable four-point cushion at 59-55. But D.J. Bustos, fouled by Fulgenzi on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, gave the Dons a glimmer of hope. Two makes, an intentional miss on the third and an offensive putback would’ve done the trick. But Bustos missed the first free throw, and the final outcome was set.

  • Lady Dons alone atop district

    An inspired performance by Kerstin Morgan helped West Las Vegas’ girls take sole possession of first place in District 2-4A Saturday night.

    The Lady Dons (19-3 overall, 2-0 district) outgunned host Robertson 65-42 to round out East-West weekend at Mike Marr Gym.

    Morgan led all scorers with 19 points, including 11 in the first half as West raced to a 37-21 advantage against its crosstown rival.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 10 2016

    Basketball
    •Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    •NMHU at Adams State, 7 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    •Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •West Las Vegas boys  (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    •Memorial Middle School boys vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., MMS

  • West girls alone atop district after beating RHS

    West Las Vegas assumed sole possession of first place in District 2-4A girls' basketball after dominating Robertson 65-42 on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym. 

    The Lady Dons trailed 11-7 after the first period but broke the game open by outscoring their hosts 30-10 in the second. West got a big performance from forward Kerstin Morgan, and liberal use of the press stymied Robertson's offense all night.

    For more on the East-West weekend and other area sports, see the Optic print editions this week. 

  • Cards rally past Dons in battle of top-three rivals

    No. 2 ranked Robertson rallied past No. 3 West Las Vegas 59-56 in district boys' basketball Friday night at a packed Mike Marr Gym.

    Warren Fulgenzi sank two free throws with 5 seconds left to make it a four-point game. D.J. Bustos drew a foul from Fulgenzi during a 3-point shot with 0.5 on the clock, giving the Dons a chance. But Bustos missed the first foul shot.

    West led most of the game and it was 37-30 late in the third quarter after scores by Nicholas Gurule and Bustos. But Sebastian Gonzales led the Cardinals on a 14-2 run to take a 44-39 lead.

  • Finding Love

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A young couple sits side by side studying quietly in the library at Highlands University in 1963, their love flourishing along with their academics. Fast forward 53 years to the same couple, Pauline and Richard Rindone, who say they met the love of their life at Highlands, and the university also prepared them to be lifelong learners.

  • Man gets probation for pretending to be DEA agent

    Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service for impersonating a federal officer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

    Leon Herrera, 37, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in October to a felony count of impersonating a DEA agent in Colfax county in December of 2014.

    The incident stemmed from a traffic stop.