Today's News

  • Cowgirls reap honors

    By Matthew Lofton
    Submitted to the Optic

    In a vote of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference sports information directors, Highlands University senior Anngelina Sanchez was named the Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Also, junior Miranda Martinez has been named the Subway Eat Fresh Student-Athlete of the Week, manager Regina Denardo announced.

  • More tourneys this week for LV athletes

    Early-season tournaments are an ideal way for high school teams to gain plenty of game experience and conditioning within a matter of days.

    As a bonus, teams get to compete against a variety of opponents they may not ordinarily see elsewhere on their regular season schedule.

    Las Vegas-area basketball players played in tournaments in Santa Fe and Santa Rosa over this past weekend. And this weekend will bring another helping of tournament hoops action for many of them even as local wrestlers hit the mats for the first of many tournaments this winter sports season.

  • Stu Clark passes now available

    One of the Meadow City’s most cherished holiday season traditions — the annual Stu Clark Tournament — is just a couple weeks away, and fans may now buy tournament passes.

    Passes are available for $12 each at the athletics offices at both Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools.

    The tournament, in its 61st year, will be hosted at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. It honors the late Stu Clark, who coached multiple sports at NMHU.

  • Abreu Jr. to coach Taos’ football team

    Art Abreu Jr., currently an assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands, has accepted the head coaching position at Taos High School.

    Abreu is a Robertson graduate who starred as a tight end for the Cardinals and contributed to the program’s championship successes before going on to play for NMHU. He has several years’ experience on the Cowboys’ coaching staff, most recently under Eric Young as the squad’s linebackers coach.

  • Heisman finalists announced

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.

    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are set to make the trip to New York for the Heisman presentation after the finalists were announced on Monday.

    Mariota is considered the clear front-runner to win the 80th Heisman on Saturday night in New York. He would become the first Oregon player to earn college football’s most famous player of the year trophy.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 10, 2014

    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., MMS
    • Memorial Middle School at Pecos Quad, 3 p.m., Pecos

    • Robertson boys (A,B) at Sandia Prep tournament, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas girls at Capital City tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas boys (B) at Bernalillo tournament, TBA, Bernalillo


  • Boards filing day Dec. 16

    Several seats on both local school boards are becoming vacant in the near future.  Filing day for the three seats on the West Las Vegas School board and four on the Las Vegas City Schools board is next Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. at the San Miguel County Clerk’s office. Election day will be on Feb. 3.

    On the west side board members Gary Gold, Marvin Martinez and Henry Abeyta are all up for reelection in February.

    Board members not up for election are David Romero and Christine Ludi. Each term is for four years.

  • Lighting up the night
  • Murder trial delay expected

    The Las Vegas man charged with fatally stabbing another man to death on June 17 was slated to go on trial Tuesday, but that has been delayed.

    Jude Lucero, 40, is facing a single count of second-degree murder. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

    The defense had asked District Judge Abigail Aragon for a delay in the trial. Aragon, who is presiding over the case, said during a Nov. 24 docket call hearing said she wasn’t inclined to grant a continuance. But now it appears the trial won’t take place until January.

  • Task force: Water supplies at risk

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico is undoubtedly dealing with a dire situation caused by the persistent drought, and there’s no telling when conditions will improve, researchers from universities around the state said Tuesday.

    The task force of experts from New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech delivered their preliminary findings on the vulnerability of the state’s water supplies during an interim legislative meeting.