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Highlands football team shows heart

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‘Pokes visit UNMH

By Gavion Archuleta

ALBUQUERQUE — The NMHU Cowboys took a trip down I-25 to the UNM Children’s Hospital to brighten some young children’s day on Oct. 18.

The ‘Pokes traveled eight players and one coach to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the athletic program. The Cowboys spent some time walking room to room to visit the young men and women in the hospital. They then went for a visit to the activity room and spent the rest of their afternoon playing board games, doing arts and crafts and just talking with the young patients at UNM Children’s Hospital.

“This was a really cool day. These kids are so full of life and it was nice to bring a smile to their faces,” said NMHU quarterback Emmanuel Lewis after his team’s visit.

“This was a great experience. Our guys loved every minute of it and those kids really had fun. It was great to be able to bring some joy to these children’s day. Days like today put everything in perspective. We will be making a return trip,” commented NMHU defensive line coach Tony Pavlic.

Lewis, Pavlic, and players Zach Tapia, Taylor Genuser, Trent Hicks, Randy Salmon, Chris Awambu, Adam Fissori, DiAmaal Holmes and Cory Lockman took part in the trip.

The Cowboys are currently 6-2 on the season and are tied for second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference behind No. 1 nationally ranked Colorado State-Pueblo. The ‘Pokes play at Black Hills State on Saturday in Spearfish, S.D., then visit Pueblo for a huge game that could go a long way toward determining the RMAC champion.