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Today's News

  • Dons earn homecoming triumph

    A nearly full house of alumni and other fans packed the Herrera Complex on Friday night to see the West Las Vegas Dons (4-1, 1-0) deliver a green-and-gold-wrapped homecoming gift — a 46-6 win over Pojoaque Valley.

    Darion Williams rushed for 188 yards on 27 carries and reached the end zone four times to add to his team-leading total.

  • No. 1 Redbirds soar over Spartans

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Top-ranked Robertson will take on No. 12 Taos at 1 p.m. Saturday, one week after both teams had crushing victories against their District 2-4A opponents.

    Robertson rolled past Bernalillo 49-6 at home on Friday to improve to 5-0, while Taos blanked Santa Fe Indian School 54-0. The Tigers improved to 3-2. Both Robertson and Taos are 1-0 in district play.

    Robertson capitalized on Spartan turnovers, including a 30-yard touchdown interception by Cardinal junior Arjay Ortiz midway through the first quarter.

  • Wolves ease past Highlands

    Finally, there’s some daylight.

    The Highlands football team (0-4) limped to the end of a brutal three-game stretch on its schedule, losing at Colorado State-Pueblo 61-6 Saturday evening.

    CSUP was a preseason favorite to repeat as Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion, and the program is just two years removed from its first NCAA Division II national championship.

    Expectations have been tempered a bit since then, but the ThunderWolves remain one of the better teams in the region, and they showed it on Saturday.

  • Cowgirls break drought

    The Highlands women’s soccer team didn’t merely end its losing streak Friday.

    The Cowgirls (1-5-1) smashed it into the ground like a pesky wasp — or maybe a Yellow Jacket.

    Daniela Fonseca and Haley Velez each scored twice, Anyssa Dagnino had a goal and an assist, and Emily Ortiz notched two assists as the Cowgirls defeated Black Hills State 7-2 in Spearfish, S.D.

    NMHU outshot BHSU 45-8, putting 23 shots on goal to wear down the Yellow Jacket goalkeepers.

    Fonseca alone was credited with 10 shots, five on target.

  • Big weekend for LV gridders

    Submitted to the Optic

    Brian Rubin and Xavier Martinez scored two TDs each, and Tayshawn Dawson added one, as the 5-6 Las Vegas Outlaws got into the win column by beating the Santa Fe Venom in a 32-26 shootout Saturday at the Herrera Complex.

    Devaughn Kensey found the end zone three times to lead the 7-8 Outlaws past the Venom in an 18-6 final.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 28, 2016

    WEDNESDAY
    Football
    • Memorial Middle School vs. De Vargas, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    Volleyball
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Bernalillo
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym

  • Friday night football: Vegas teams 1-0 to open district

    Both Robertson and West Las Vegas triumphed at home to kick off the new-look District 2-4A football schedule Friday night.

  • System Failure: Educator misses deadline

    By Mercy López and Martin Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    When state Public Education Department officials discovered that Nick Trujillo had been awarded an administrative license despite deficiencies in his licensure file, they sent him a letter telling him he had 30 days to provide the documentation that was lacking.

  • Injured teen coming home

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Jeramiah Gouin planned to spend his summer working for Las Vegas contractor Travis Regensberg.

    But one day before the Sapello teen was to start, a rodeo accident left him paralyzed. Now Regensberg  is overseeing a $65,000 remodeling of the victim’s home, using donated labor and materials.

  • Senior Profile - Judy Vaughan - Revisiting childhood haunts

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Seventy-two-year-old Judy Vaughan recently “revisited” her childhood.

    A former Las Vegas resident, Vaughan spent two nights at the remote Gallinas Canyon home where she was raised. She even slept in her old bedroom, where she searched for constellations ­— just as she did during her childhood.

    “I loved the place and the solitude,” Vaughan said. “My best friends were my dogs and horses.”