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  • Ortiz could be dual threat for...

    A chance to compete for a meaningful role — not the mere comforts of familiar surroundings — is what drew Arjay Ortiz to choose New Mexico Highlands as he continues his education and football career.

    Ortiz, the Robertson senior who led the Cardinals to its third consecutive appearance in the Class 4A state championship game this past fall, officially signed with NMHU on Wednesday morning.

    An All-State pick in football, he is a leading scorer for the basketball team.

  • Peaceful, easy feeling: Pavlic...

    Once he visited the campus of Chadron State College, there was no turning back for Brooks Pavlic.

    The Robertson senior offensive lineman said the place just felt like home.

    On Wednesday, Pavlic made it official that he will be attending school at the Chadron, Neb., university and playing on the line for the Eagles this coming fall.

  • Highlands football adds to roster

    New Mexico Highlands Cowboy football has announced the following commitments from Wednesday’s national signing day.

  • Civil war draws even: Cards...

    For seven minutes and 25 seconds — almost long enough to play Guns n’ Roses’ “Civil War” in its entirety — the West Las Vegas Dons went cold in the Meadow City’s own civil war on Wednesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    Whether it was knocking the ball off someone’s leg out of bounds or shooting it only to have the rim deflect the ball away or — most commonly — having a Robertson Cardinal disrupt or intercept, the Dons couldn’t get a point in that span.

  • Lady Cards handle West, stay...

    Robertson’s girls did not trail, going wire to wire in a 69-30 win at West Las Vegas on Tuesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The win kept the Lady Cardinals undefeated in District 2-4A with just two games left in the regular season. Coach Leroy Barela has his team 21-3 overall and 6-0 in district.

    West Las Vegas (15-8 overall, 2-3 district) can still catch Pojoaque Valley for the runner-up spot but will have to win its three remaining games to do so. On paper, the toughest of those games is a Feb. 14 date at Pojoaque (18-3, 4-1).

  • NMHU hoops: Men rallies past...

    Highlands scored the game’s final six points to climb out of an 81-77 hole and steal an 83-81 victory against Colorado State-Pueblo on Tuesday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Will Newman’s two foul shots had given the visiting ThunderWolves a four-point lead with 47 seconds remaining.

    But Mike Nwabuzor, continuing his recent run of clutch basketball, drilled a 3-pointer to get the Cowboys within one.

    Then the Cowboys forced a turnover by Newman, and Nwabuzor scored the go-ahead bucket.

  • NMHU women's track:...

    NMHU Sports Information

    Texas, LSU, Alabama and USC.

    No, not an early prediction for next year’s BCS playoffs — just a few of the teams the NMHU women’s track team has competed against over the past three weeks.

    Throw in the University of New Mexico, Texas Tech, Utah State, Arizona, Colorado State and a handful of other Division I programs, and it becomes clear the Cowgirls are competing with some of the best in the nation with strong individual performances this indoor season.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 9-11

    FRIDAY (Feb. 9)
    Baseball

    • Luna at Eastern New Mexico (DH), 3 p.m., Portales
    • NMHU at West Texas A&M, 5 p.m., Canyon, Texas
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Lopez Gym (RESCHEDULED for Monday, Feb. 12)
    • Mora Middle School at Peñasco, 4 p.m., Peñasco
    Softball
    • Luna at Midland (DH), TBA, Midland, Texas
    Track and field

  • District champs: Martinez guides...

    When he put on his singlet Saturday morning, Leon Lujan couldn’t have known his match — the last one of the day, no less — would be the one that would decide a district wrestling championship.

    But sure enough, Lujan’s match in district duals vs. Taos became essentially a winner-take-all tug of war for the team championship banner.

  • College roundup: Highlands...

    Logan Pine advanced to the 141-pound championship match to highlight a solid sixth-place team finish for the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team over the weekend at the Rocky Mountatin Athletic Conference championships in Colorado Springs.

    Pine, a freshman, pinned opponents from California Baptist and Colorado Mesa to reach the final on Saturday. In the final Pine lost a 3-2 nailbiter to Austin Solari, the top seed out of San Francisco State.