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  • It’s Cleveland’s turn in...

    The Associated Press

    CLEVELAND — The grueling four-month championship drought could soon be over.

    Cleveland, yes, Cleveland, a city kicked around for years and where sports heartbreak was engrained in the collective DNA of generations of fans and misery was a fumble or John Elway touchdown pass away, is on deck for another title celebration.

    This year, everyone else is playing for second place. It’s Cleveland’s turn in the spotlight.

  • Go Fish - Oct. 23, 2016

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catches of the week
    Eagle Nest Lake: Mykeljon Vasquez, 7, of Las Vegas caught an 18-inch rainbow trout Oct. 16. He was using orange PowerBait.

    Storrie Lake: James Sandoval of Las Vegas caught a 34-inch catfish Oct. 14. He was using worms.

    Ute Lake: Kyler Smith of Portales caught and released a 5.08-pound smallmouth bass Oct. 16.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 23...

    • Vatos at High Desert Classic, Albuquerque
    • NMHU women vs. Colorado Mesa, 1 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 2 p.m., United World College, Montezuma
    • State tournament brackets released, TBA

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • Robertson (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • In town battle
  • Schedules get interesting

    With three of its final four games in the friendly confines of Perkins Stadium, the New Mexico Highlands football team remains in search of an elusive victory.

    The Cowboys (0-7, 0-6 RMAC) host Western State (5-2, 5-2) for a noontime kickoff Saturday. Banged up with injuries for the last couple weeks after the toughest stretch of the schedule, they suffered a 73-0 loss at Chadron State last week.

  • Indians punch ticket to Series

    The Associated Press

    TORONTO — For the Cleveland Indians, the script was the same every game — hope for the best from whoever they started, then count on Andrew Miller and the bullpen to close it out.

    That plan seemed especially dicey in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series, with lightly used Ryan Merritt on the mound.

    But out of nowhere, the rookie delivered.

  • RMAC XC meet this Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU reports

    Boasting five men’s teams and four women’s squads in the national top 25, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference remains a standard-bearer in cross country running.

    Striving to break through amid a pack that includes perennial NCAA Division II title contenders like Adams State is just business as usual for New Mexico Highlands and head coach Bob DeVries, who’s run the program since 1991.

  • Outlaws roll on vs. SF rivals

    Brian Rubin scored four times and Xavier Martinez got a TD to lead the 5-6 Las Vegas Outlaws over Santa Fe Venom in a 32-26 shootout this past weekend in Northern New Mexico Children’s Football League play in Santa Fe.

    The 5-6 Outlaws are 2-5.

    Devaughn Kensey scored three times and Andres Sena once as the 7-8 Outlaws improved to 5-2 with a 26-6 win over the Santa Fe Demons.

    Caesar Montoya and Jeremiah Ortega added extra points.

    And in 9-10 gridiron, the Outlaws edged the Demons 18-14 to stay unbeaten at 8-0.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 21...

    Cross country
    • Robertson at Desert Academy, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Valley, 3 p.m., Albuquerque
    • Pecos at Los Alamos, 3 p.m., Los Alamos
    • West Las Vegas at Taos, 7 p.m., Taos
    • NMHU women vs. Westminster, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • NMHU vs. Chadron State, 4 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Cross country
    • NMHU at Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships, 11 a.m., Spearfish, S.D.

  • Top-ranked Redbirds, No. 5 Dons...

    For Jeremiah Gouin’s return to Cardinal Stadium on Friday night, the former Robertson and West Las Vegas athlete enjoyed arguably the best seat in the house.

    He led the Cardinals onto the field, riding the wheelchair he’s employed while rehabbing from the spinal cord injury he sustained in a rodeo accident this past May.

    Gouin’s dramatic entrance helped inspire a lopsided Cardinal victory on homecoming night. The Redbirds (7-0) blew out Santa Fe Indian 55-0, the game stopped with 5:59 left in the third quarter.