Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 22, 2013
  • Another Perspective - Time to tackle state’s challenges

    The social, economic and environmental challenges facing New Mexico are daunting, and while we made progress during the recently concluded legislative session to overcome them, it is imperative that all of us — policymakers and “ordinary” New Mexicans alike — redouble our efforts this summer and fall to turn New Mexico around.

  • Slam city - Tafoya hits three home runs in one game for RHS

    How do you top two home runs in a single game?

    By crushing a third homer for a walk-off grand slam to bring an early end to a 12-0 shutout.

    Robertson senior Ryan Tafoya did just that on Saturday, helping the Cardinals (16-6, 8-0) sweep Pojoaque Valley at Whorton Field.

  • Highlands takes two vs. Grizzlies

    After two vastly different looking baseball games, New Mexico Highlands and host Adams State had a split on Saturday in Alamosa, Colo.

    A two-run homer by Adams State’s Drew Wells boosted the Grizzlies to a 3-2 squeaker in game one.

    Wells’ shot came in the top of the sixth, wiping away a 2-1 Cowboy lead, and Highlands was unable to answer in the top of the seventh. Tanner Wiemers (3-3) took the win after successfully denying NMHU.

  • Little League - April 22, 2013

    Las Vegas Little League’s upcoming games are as follows. All LVLL games are played at Keyes Park.

    Monday games: Reds vs. Angels, 5:30 p.m.; Mariners vs. Cardinals, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday games: Cardinals vs. Reds, 5:30 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.

    Monday games: Rivercats vs. Bats, 6:15 p.m.; Thunder vs. Red Wings, 7:45 p.m.
    Tuesday games: Bats vs. Sandgnats, 6:15 p.m.; Threshers vs. Red Wings, 7:45 p.m.

  • LCC player signs with Oklahoma Baptist

    Today Ridge Hoopii-Haslam is going to school and hitting home runs for Luna Community College. Soon he will be doing the same at Oklahoma Baptist University.

    Hoopii-Haslam, a sports performance major, signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for Oklahoma Baptist next season. More importantly, OBU is considered one of the best in the entire nation by The Princeton Review.

  • Isotopes fall to .500

    The Albuquerque Isotopes fell to the .500 mark Saturday night, dropping the opener of their home series with division rival Oklahoma City, 3-1.

    Albuquerque (8-8) has generally found ways to score runs this spring, but the ‘Topes struggled against the RedHawks.

    Alex Castellanos drove in the lone Isotopes run when he singled to bring home Elian Herrera in the bottom of the fourth inning.

    As a team, the ‘Topes managed just four hits.

  • Pecos track teams fourth in own meet

    Pecos’ track and field teams corralled twin fourth-place showings in their own Pecos Invite this past week.
    The Lady Panthers trailed overall winner Santa Rosa, Cuba and Cimarron on the girls’ side.
    The Panthers placed behind winner Santa Rosa, Cimarron and Academy for Technology and the Classics on the boys’ side.
    Pecos head coach Leroy Barela said the meet was ended early due to inclement weather.
    Weather also forced the postponement of the Meadow City Invite, now set for Monday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

  • Vatos earn playoff nod

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Vatos rugby club has earned a spot in the Division III college playoffs after a victorious run in the recent regional college tournament in Tucson, Ariz.

    Opponents, dates and times will be determined. The national Sweet 16 is slated for Dallas later this spring.

    It’s the first nationals bid for the Vatos since 2008.

    See Wednesday’s Optic for more on the Vatos.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 22, 2013

    • Las Vegas Little League games (see schedule, Page 8)
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Taos, 10 a.m., Taos
    • La Plaza Little League game
    • Las Vegas Little League game
    • La Plaza Little League game
    Track and field
    • Meadow City Invitational (includes RHS, WLV, others), 3 p.m., Cardinal Stadium (RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 18)