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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Oct. 20-22

    FRIDAY
    Cross country
    • Robertson at Los Alamos/Rio Grande, TBA
    Football
    • Robertson vs. St. Michael’s, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    Soccer
    • NMHU women at Westminster, noon, Salt Lake City
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Chadron State, TBA, Chadron, Neb.

    SATURDAY
    Cross country
    • NMHU at RMAC championships, 11 a.m., Chadron, Neb.
    • West Las Vegas at Rio Grande, 9 a.m., Albuquerque

  • Redbird boys soccer has shot at district title

    When Santa Fe Prep comes to town on Saturday morning, a district boys’ soccer title could be on the line.
    That’s because Robertson stunned the Blue Griffins 4-0 on Tuesday in Santa Fe, pulling into a tie with Prep for the top spot in the district standings. (RHS was to host St. Michael’s on Thursday in another contest that will have considerable impact as well; check lasvegasoptic.com for the latest updates.) Going into Thursday, both Robertson and Prep had just one district loss apiece, meaning must-watch soccer for the last games of the regular season.

  • Key weekend in district football race

    Now the high school football schedule gets interesting.
    Along with top-ranked Robertson, West Las Vegas and St. Michael’s are riding high in the rankings and carry 3-0 records in District 2-4A going into the weekend. Losses at RHS and to St. Mike’s have taken some wind out of Taos’ sails, but the Tigers remain a dangerous team on the rise. All four will be in town Friday night for the most interesting District 2-4A gridiron weekend of the regular season.

  • Lady Dons soccer closes with two wins

    Last fall, West Las Vegas’ fledgling girls’ soccer program measured progress by how many goals it allowed against particular opponents in otherwise lopsided affairs.
    This year, it’s a little different.
    The Lady Dons finished their regular season with back-to-back wins, the latter a 3-2 triumph over Hope Christian’s junior varsity on Tuesday afternoon at the Herrera Complex. Beating the Huskies is a first for the team.
    Briana Marquez, Cameron Sandoval and Savannah Montoya scored the goals for West in an action-packed first half.

  • RHS boys golf punches state ticket

    The Robertson boys golf team is going to state.
    Taos’ Josh Fambro continued his hot streak on the golf course this year, winning the boys’ individual title at the West Las Vegas Invitational on Tuesday at Gene Torres Golf Course.
    But he had some company — with Robertson’s Noah Gonzales coming within two strokes of the winning score.
    Fambro shot a 68, while Gonzales had a 70 amid idyllic conditions — high temperatures around 70 with little to no wind.

  • Big night in Bernalillo for Dons

    West Las Vegas’ Balizan brothers hooked up for a pair of touchdowns, and Antonio Bustamante pushed his season total to 20 as the Dons beat Bernalillo 42-7 Friday for the Spartan Homecoming game.

    Head coach Adrian Gonzales and the Dons improved to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in District 2-4A with three tough games — Taos, Robertson and St. Michael’s — left in the regular season.

  • DACA support in a conservative climate

    Last week, Lovington's school board went against the grain of its local politics. By a 3-2 vote, the municipal school board there passed a resolution supporting DACA recipients — a move that runs contrary to the conservative inclinations of this area of the state.

  • Water dispute along Pecos takes more twists, turns

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A lengthy permitting process for a Texas gas and oilman to use additional water from the West Pecos ditch has recently become more cloudy as a protest from the San Miguel County Commission was rescinded, then reinstated.

  • Prep soccer: Marquez lifts Lady Dons to first win

    Briana Marquez scored the game-winning goal with mere seconds left in regulation Friday to lift West Las Vegas to its first girls’ soccer win of the season, a 6-5 triumph at Academy for Technology and the Classics in Santa Fe.

    Marquez, a freshman, also scored the other five goals for the Lady Dons and head coach Eric Padilla.

  • College sports roundup: Cowgirls shut out

     

    It was a trying weekend for NMHU fans. The school’s volleyball team lost in straight sets at Metro State Friday night in Denver and at Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday. In women’s soccer, the Cowgirls fell 2-0 to Colorado State-Pueblo on Sunday in Taos.