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Today's Sports

  • FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL UPDATE

    Robertson High's football team showed major improvement from 2008's tumultuous season with the narrowest of defeats in a wild one at defending state champion Portales on Friday night. The Cardinals lost by the margin of an extra-point conversion, 42-41. The team and coach Richard Martinez will continue a brutal three-game stretch next Friday with a home game against the Lovington Wildcats.

  • Holm’s advice: Don...

    “Perseverance” is more than just a catchy name for Friday night’s pro boxing card in the Meadow City.

    It’s a concept WIBA welterweight champion Holly Holm takes to heart.

    On Wednesday, amid a series of public appearances in town, Holm shared her story and some advice with an audience at Luna Community College.

    “Find every opportunity you can to better yourselves,” she said. “Don’t sell yourself short. Pursue and achieve your highest goals.”

  • NMHU runners ranked eighth in...

    Once again, New Mexico Highlands University’s men’s cross country team is ranked among the top 10 squads in the NCAA Division II Central Region.

    Coach Bob DeVries’ Cowboys are ranked eighth in a preseason poll released Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

  • Fight night

    A preview of Friday night’s featured bouts:

    Holly Holm vs. Terri Blair

    WIBA welterweight

    championship, 10 rounds

    Holm, a 27-year-old Albuquerque area native, is the No. 1 ranked female welterweight in the world and a six-time Ring Magazine fighter of the year. In terms of credentials, she rates among the biggest names in boxing ever to grace the Meadow City, which has hosted fights by such luminaries as world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson and New Mexico boxing icon and multi-time world champ Johnny Tapia.

  • NM Sports Authority to visit Luna

    The New Mexico Sports Authority committee will be meeting at noon on Thursday, Aug. 27, at Luna Community College.

    “According to officials, it is the first time the prestigious committee meets at the college,” said Jesse Gallegos, a spokesman for Luna, in a news release.

    The New Mexico Sports Authority is an entity designed to recruit and retain all forms of professional and amateur sporting events to New Mexico.

  • Kicking things off

    The bad thing about having a team without a single senior is the lack of veteran leadership, experience and polish one can imagine from such a lineup.

    The good thing is that if that young group holds together, there’s great potential for seasons beyond.

    In 2008, Robertson’s boys’ soccer team found itself bereft of seniors and took some lumps as a result. This year, however, it’s looking like payoff time.

    With the exception of a couple players, everyone is back, and that has Cardinal fans excited about the prospects.

  • DAVE'S DRIVE-IN: &lsquo...

    Editor’s note: In honor of this week’s “Perseverance” pro boxing show in town featuring Holly Holm and a lineup of Meadow City fighters, Dave’s Drive-In turns its focus on boxing in the movies.

    Orphaned by her mother and alternately ignored and scorned by her father, isolated and lonely in her urban jungle of a high school, young Diana Nuñez (played by Michelle Rodriguez) has few friends and fewer prospects. That is made apparent as “Girlfight,” a 2000 film written and directed by Karyn Kusama, begins.

  • TUESDAY SPORTS UPDATE

    On Tuesday afternoon, Robertson's boys' soccer team opened its schedule with a 1-0 defeat of Portales on the road. After a scoreless first half, lightning and rain delayed the proceedings. But after the lengthy break, Robertson's Brandon Maes scored in the 73rd minute off a pass from Henry Robertson.

    RHS keeper Clint Brayfield notched three saves.

  • Fields of promise

    For years, Robertson High girls’ soccer coach Ray Parks and his assistants " notably Juan Carrillo " have invested time and energy in building the skills of younger players in addition to preparing the varsity for battle in rigorous Class 3A.

    Though such efforts haven’t been easy, the work is continuing to pay off " reaping class after class of capable players on a varsity squad that rarely needs outright rebuilding.

  • Boxing, football and more

    The wait is over.

    Most of the area's high school and college fall athletic programs kick off their schedules this week, and as if that weren't enough for sports fans, there's a major professional boxing card in town on Friday night.