Today's News

  • Defending state champion Lovington too much for WLV

    The champions have spoken.

    Lovington’s girls’ basketball team, the reigning state champion of Class 3A, delivered a harsh strike to the Meadow City over the weekend, sweeping West Las Vegas and Robertson in lopsided fashion.

    It began with Friday night’s 61-39 romp over the Lady Dons at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Early barrage of 3-pointers key as champs rock Robertson

    Are you satisfied with your long-distance plan?

    Lovington’s girls have a deal for you.

    The Lady Wildcats completed their two-step trip to northeastern New Mexico by dropping Robertson 74-41 on Saturday afternoon at Mike Marr Gym. They were unstoppable from long range, making 11 3-point baskets — eight in a runaway first half — to pull away for good.

    Jocelyn Jeffery led all scorers with 31 points for Lovington, now 12-3 overall.

  • Dons go 2-0 in Portales Shootout

    The sign on the gym door said “Shootout.”

    So the West Las Vegas Dons followed the directions.

    West beat host Portales 58-50 on Friday, then cruised past Santa Fe Indian 71-43 on Saturday. The Dons had previously beaten the Braves back in November.

    D.J. Bustos led West in scoring both games, hitting four 3-pointers and finishing with 17 points vs. Portales, then making three 3s on his way to 19 points vs. SFIS.

    Against the Rams, Andres Gallegos scored seven of his 12 in the fourth quarter, and Martin Castellano added 10.

  • Wrestlers 2-0 in duals

    NMHU Sports Information

    SANTA FE — Junior Tre Humphrey got his second pin in as many matches at 133 and two other Cowboys recorded major victories as New Mexico Highlands (2-0) defeated Embry-Riddle 29-12 Thursday night at Capital High School.

    Sophomore Erick Rangel (17-3) got the Cowboys off quick, scoring six points in the third period at125 after trailing 1-0.

  • Inside-outside balance keys Cowgirl victory

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    The Cowgirls made some breathing room with inside players kicking it out for 3-pointers and the inside play of senior China Smith sealed a 74-63 win for New Mexico Highlands (7-6, 4-6 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) over Fort Lewis (7-5, 4-4 RMAC) in women’s basketball at the Wilson Complex Friday night.

  • Seahawks, Lynch eliminate Saints

    The Associated Press

    SEATTLE — Marshawn Lynch overpowered the New Orleans Saints in the postseason — again.

    Lynch ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals in blustery conditions and Seattle’s defense flustered Drew Brees and New Orleans in a 23-15 victory Saturday in the NFC divisional playoff game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 13, 2013

    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., MMS gym

    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Moriarty, 4 p.m., Moriarty
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Hope Christian, 4 p.m., Albuquerque
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Mora, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

  • Witness: Shots not justified

    A woman who says she witnessed the end of Saturday night’s police pursuit on Interstate 25 contends that the wrong-way driver did nothing to provoke being shot.

    Helen Vargas, of Romeroville, told the Optic that she and her husband heard the commotion on the interstate and went to see what was happening.

    State police have said in news releases and in court documents that the wrong-way driver, 72-year-old Albert Urban of Hamburg, N.Y., was shot after he “drove aggressively towards one of the officers.”

  • Ex-councilor to challenge Trujillo

    Municipal Judge Eddie A. Trujillo has drawn two opponents for the March 4 municipal election, including Diane Moore, who previously served on the council for two terms

    Also filing for the judge post is Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings, who has previously run unsuccessfully for a seat on the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education and for the a local state House of Representatives seat.

  • Best Historic Day Trip - Vegas to be featured in TV show

    Normally when one sees Las Vegas on television it is the background of A&E’s Longmire series or in a movie that was filmed here, such as Red Dawn. But on Saturday, Las Vegas will be featured on television for another reason.

    The Meadow City was designated as the Best Historic Day Trip in New Mexico for 2013. The segment airs at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on KOB channel 4.

    The segment was broadcast nationally on the Discovery Channel in late December.