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Today's Sports

  • HU breaks Mustangs

    Slam dunks are a good way to improve your shooting percentage, not to mention boost your approval rating with the home crowd.

    Thomas Manzano cashed in on that opportunity with a rim-rattling jam or two en route to 34 points Saturday night in New Mexico Highlands University’s 115-99 shootout with Western New Mexico.

  • Cardinals take down Braves

    Getting out to a running start against a team famed for getting out to fast starts on opponents paid off Tuesday night for Robertson’s boys’ basketball team.

    The Cardinals jumped to an early advantage and led by as many as 25 points in beating Santa Fe Indian School 84-60 at Mike Marr Gym.

    It’s a potentially important non-district win for RHS and head coach David Bustos. Ernie Rodriguez’s Braves have been a top 10 team in Class 3A all season; they ranked seventh in Wednesday’s New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll.

  • Jets’ Ryan started at HU

    New Mexico Highlands University’s football program got a plug — kind of, sort of — in a national sports column this week.

    Rex Ryan, the not-so-soft-spoken head coach of the New York Jets, is the subject of a piece by ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski. The column focuses on Ryan’s humble start as defensive coordinator for NMHU under George Martinez in the late 1980s.

    Among those interviewed by Wojciechoswski are Martinez and onetime NMHU linebacker Mike Ulibarri, now head coach at West Las Vegas.

  • Rangers rollin’
  • RHS wrestlers make waves with...

    Placing seven wrestlers in the top six — including four top-four medalists — the Robertson wrestling team earned one of its best-ever tournament finishes this past weekend at the Joe Vivian Classic at Albuquerque’s Cibola High School.

    “We took fourth as a team and that was huge,” said RHS head coach Richard Martinez. “Every wrestler had wins and contributed points.”

  • Cowgirls debut at Lobo Open

    Several Highlands women’s tracksters fared well in the Lobo Open, hosted by the University of New Mexico this past Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center, to open the indoor track and field season for collegians.

    So did former Robertson high jumper Marin Schweigert, now with UNM.

  • Breakdown
  • Crespin getting title shot

    Las Vegas professional boxer Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin will get her first shot at a championship in February.

    Crespin is due to fight fellow featherweight Brittany Cruz of Denver for the vacant

    Women’s International Boxing Association Youth Title as part of a Feb. 12 card at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo.

    The match will have a format of six two-minute rounds. Tickets are available online via the Sky Ute Casino box office.

  • West girls conquer Aztec tourney

    A 49-47 photo finish against Class 4A Artesia gave West Las Vegas a tournament championship Saturday afternoon in the three-day Aztec Invitational.

    What a difference a week makes.

    West and coach Jose Medina have won four in a row — including the 3-0 weekend tourney — since a humbling 0-2 trip through Lovington and Portales.

    Significantly, the Lady Dons were able to win both close games and routs in getting back on track.

  • Daniel in the Cougars’ den

    ALBUQUERQUE — Taking state in wrestling is one thing.

    Winning your weight class in the Joe Vivian Classic is something else.

    A state championship means you’ve conquered the best grappling competition your school classification has to offer.

    A Joe Vivian title means you’ve survived the most brutal bracket in New Mexico, beating all comers across all classifications, not just those from similarly sized schools.