Today's Sports


    I have a number of things on my mind this week, so let’s get on with it.

    This past Saturday night, Steve Sandoval and I filled in for the “Road Warriors,” Dale Turner and Coach Art Abreu on 96.7 SAM FM to do the Highlands basketball game vs. Eastern New Mexico. Dale and Art are of course the voices of NMHU athletics. But this is not about the “Road Warriors”; this is about the NMHU basketball team. I just thought I would mention that.

  • NMHU runner 25th in national meet

    Laurent Ngirakamaro concluded his collegiate distance running career in style on Saturday, finishing 25th in the NCAA Division II national cross country championships.

    Ngirakamaro posted a time of 31:57 in the men's 10-kilometer race held in Slippery Rock, Pa. The New Mexico Highlands University senior closes a strong two-year run at the Las Vegas school that included an All-American showing in the 2007 national meet.

    Scott Bauhs of Chico State (Calif.) won the men's individual championship with a time of 30:23. He finished 13 seconds ahead of Adams State's Aaron Braun.

  • Cowboys 2-0 after dominating...

    Chris Dunn hit nine of 13 field goals on his way to a game-high 24 points Friday night as the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys beat University of the Southwest 94-74 in Grants.

    The Cowboys improved to 2-0 under first-year head coach Joe Harge. They play host to West Texas A&M on Tuesday evening at the Wilson Complex.

  • On a roll, NMHU hoopsters rough...

    They’ve got options aplenty on the offensive end, but the Highlands Cowboys really got their spark from the defensive end Tuesday night in a 90-70 dismantling of West Texas A&M.

    Highlands is 3-0 for the first time in years, and if there havebeen any questions about how dramatically this team has turned things around since Joe Harge took the helm, the Cowboys answered them Tuesday.

    Against a team that had outclassed them a year earlier, the Cowboys deliberately defeated the Buffaloes.

  • Feinsod wins division in UNC Open

    Jesse Feinsod's championship finish at 174 lbs. highlighted a solid performance by New Mexico Highlands University wrestlers in Sunday's Old Chicago Open hosted by the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

    Feinsod, who has been ranked fourth in NCAA Division II, was the top seed in his bracket — high acclaim in and of itself for the Cowboys senior — and dominated his first three matches to reach the final. He capped the day with a showdown against third-seeded Shawn Kuhlman of Fort Hays State and scored a pin at the 4:50 mark.

  • ENMU holds off Cowgirls in NMHU...

    Twice down the stretch Monday night, the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls rallied back from double-digit deficits. But both times, the Eastern New Mexico Zias were able to safeguard their lead, rolling to a 98-84 win at the Wilson Complex.

    The game was the season and home opener for NMHU (0-1) and the head coaching debut of Tiffany Darling. ENMU improves to 1-1.

  • Onetime national champ returns...

    Hector Hernandez brought New Mexico Highlands University a national championship. And he’s continuing to give back to the place that once was his home.

  • NMHU runner headed back to...

    Laurent Ngirakamaro is heading back to nationals again. Alas, his New Mexico Highlands University cross country teammates will not be, although they didn't miss qualification by much.

    Ngirakamaro covered the Kearney, Neb., course in 31:25.2, the sixth-best time in Saturday's NCAA Division II North Central Regional. The Highlands senior helped the Cowboys to a seventh-place team finish.

  • LV boxer Crespin to fight Nov....

    Las Vegas boxer Arturo Crespin will compete in his second professional bout as part of an upcoming card at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Crespin, 18, is scheduled to fight Daniel Gonzales, 30, of Albuquerque, his father and longtime trainer Carlos Crespin said this week. Both are light middleweights (152 lbs.).

    The “Black Friday” card is a promotion of Top Rank and Juan Romero. First bell time is 2 p.m. Nov. 28.


    Cobre put a quick end to the Robertson football season Saturday afternoon in Bayard, moving the ball efficiently and exploiting several Cardinal turnovers to take a 37-10 win.

    The Indians (9-2 overall) move on to the Class 3A state quarterfinals, specifically an unenviable matchup with third-seeded Portales this coming weekend. Cobre is the No. 6 seed in the bracket.

    For the Cardinals (2-9), Saturday’s game kept alive the program’s streak of postseason appearances but brought a close to what has been a difficult season on multiple levels.