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    Both the Cowboys and Ichabods demonstrated offensive balance on Friday night in Topeka, Kans. The home team just had a lot more firepower in an 82- 21 romp.

    Washburn improved to 2-0 and sent New Mexico Highlands to 0-2 in a dominant performance that churned out 534 yards of offense, including 284 on the ground and 250 through the air.

    That overshadowed an improved effort from Chad Roanhaus' Cowboys, who piled up 141 yards passing and 128 rushing, including a 103-yard game by Grant.

  • Dons football team learning new...

    Training camp has taken on a new meaning at West Las Vegas this fall.

    New head football coach Mike Ulibarri has made sure of that.

    Ulibarri wants his Dons football players to learn and embrace not only a new set of X’s and O’s but also a new mindset about playing the game.

    First, the latter. “At every position, you have to be a player, you have to be an athlete,” he says. What that means is a focus on helping the team, regardless of job description.

  • Cardinals 'a whole...

    A full offseason program — and a preseason uncomplicated by the troubles that befell last year’s team — have apparently made a major difference for the Robertson High football team.

    “We’re a whole different team from last year,” says RHS head coach Richard Martinez.

    Most of the players who took the field last fall are back, of course. But with stability back in the program, the optimism has returned to Cardinal country.

  • Cowboys in Kansas on Friday

    New Mexico Highlands didn’t make a whole lot of mistakes on the gridiron this past weekend at Midwestern State. Trouble is, the mistakes they did make turned into points for the host Mustangs, who played a hyper-efficient game on both sides of the ball.

    The Cowboys can put that 41-0 defeat in the rear view mirror Friday night with a good showing at Washburn in Topeka, Kans. It’s the first gridiron meeting between the schools.

    NMHU plays the Ichabods at 5 p.m. Mountain time Friday. The game is slated to be broadcast live on KMDZ-FM 96.7.

  • Chavez a Royal

    Former New Mexico Highlands University Cowboy Chris Chavez recently received the best news he’s had yet in his professional baseball career.

    He was called up to the Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, the Omaha Royals, after being in the organization the past four seasons.

    Chavez was part of the Highlands baseball team in 2006.

  • Young Cowgirl kickers look for...

    Featuring a slew of young players, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer team is off to a competitive — if yet winless — start under first-year head coach Justin Wagar.

    Returners include goalkeeper Shannon Delarosbil, field players Stephanie Devisser, Yolanda Elias, Amanda Piho, Aspen Proctor,  Ashley Rosales and Caitlyn Syner.

    A dozen freshmen and another half dozen sophomores are listed on a deep but youthful roster.

  • Redbirds just shy in Portales...

    One tipped pass was all that separated the Robertson Cardinals from arguably the upset of the 2009 football season — on its opening weekend, no less.

    A pass deflection that broke up a 2-point conversion attempt with 1:23 left in the game Friday night preserved a 42-41 victory for the host Rams in Portales.

  • KO of a show

    An estimated 3,000 boxing fans got to see three of their local favorites prevail in the ring on Friday night. Arturo Crespin, check. Frankie Archuleta, check. Holly Holm, check.

    Albuquerque’s Holly Holm, a local favorite? Yes, indeed, if the cheers and chants at the Wilson Complex were any indication.


    Check back here for updates from ringside at "Perseverance," pro boxing card on Friday, Aug. 28, at Wilson Complex in LV, NM... Fight one: Nohime Dennison defeats Amanda Crespin, majority decision, 40-36, 38-38, 39-37... Fight two: Lucas Galle d. Jeramiah Torres split dec... Fight three: Arturo Crespin d. Freddie Cisneros, unanimous decision... Fight four: Frankie Archuleta d. Lorenzo Estrada, unanimous decision, 77-75, 78-74, 78-74. ... Main event: Holly Holm d. Terri Blair, unanimous dec., 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.


    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.