Thursday, July 31, 2008

All-Star football game in Albuquerque

Friday night's 4A/5A New Mexico High School Association All-Star football game in Albuquerque could be closer this year than in year's past.

The South usually wins as witnessed by its 41-19-4 lead in the series. And the South is loaded this year with the likes of Matt Sandoval, Nathan Enriquez, Derrick Phillips, Freddy Young and Payton Kirkpatrick.

Apparently Clovis' Manuel Robles won't suit up at running back because of an injury and that will hurt, but look for Alamogordo's Sammy Luna to pick up the slack and don't be surprised to see Sandoval and Enriquez pick up some carries.

The North will be tough with quarterbacks Jon Mader and Kenneth Bohannon, receiver Brandon Simpson and running back Logan Lippert.

But I still like the physicalness of the South and they generall come up with the plays to get it done. But expect the North to make some plays as well because they do have two good quarterbacks and some size up front.

My prediction: South 28, North 14


Monday, July 28, 2008

WAC Running Backs

This year should be a very good year for the Western Athletic Conference in terms of running the ball. Who is the top running back? The top five backs in the league are back, plus San Jose State returns Yonus Davis, who missed last year. Davis was one of the league's top backs a couple of years ago.

Here is my top five
1. Ian Johnson, Boise State
2. Luke Lippincott, Idaho
3. Deonte' Jackson
4. Ryan Matthews, Fresno State
5. Yonus Davis, San Jose State

On a side note with New Mexico State, the Aggies will have at least three battle it out for the No. 1 spot. Tonny Glenn has played for the past two years, but he will have stiff competition from JC player Seth Smith and Marquell Colston.

- Felix

2008 WAC Television Schedule

Aug. 30 Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech, ESPN2
Sept. 1 Fresno St. at Rutgers, ESPN
Sept. 13 Wisconsin at Fresno St., ESPN2
Sept. 20 SE Louisiana at Louisiana Tech, ERT
Sept. 27 Fresno St. at UCLA, ABC
Oct. 1 Louisiana Tech at Boise State, ESPN
Oct. 17 Hawaii at Boise State, ESPN
Oct. 24 Boise State at San Jose State, ESPN2
Oct. 25 Louisiana Tech at Army, Classic/U
Nov. 1 Hawaii at Utah State, ERT
Nov. 7 Nevada at Fresno State, ESPN2
Nov. 15 Fresno State at Idaho, ERT
Nov. 22 Louisiana Tech at New Mexico State, ERT
Nov. 28 Fresno State at Boise State, ESPN2
Nov. 29 Nevada at Louisiana Tech ERT
Nov. 29 Washington State at Hawaii, ESPN2
Dec. 6 Cincinnati at Hawaii, ESPN2

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Mayfield opener in the Sun Bowl

Mayfield High will play its 2008 high school football opener in the Sun Bowl, Trojans head coach Michael Bradley said on Sunday.

Mayfield will take on El Paso Chapin on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

- Felix

Antonio Margarito's big win

Wow, wow, wow. In what was billed as a potential Fight of the Year candidate lived up to that potential on Saturday night when Antonio Margarito beat Miguel Cotto in the much anticipaed welterweight fight.

Cotto was good early on, but Margarito was patient and eventually wore Cotto down and stopped him in round 11, handing Cotto his first loss.

Both fighters landed big shots, Margarito was too strong and too much will to lose.

If you missed the fight, HBO will replay the fight next Saturday night before the Zab Judah/Joshua Clottey welterweight clash.

So what's next for Margarito? There are any number of possibilities. One is a rematch with Cotto or maybe a fight with Oscar De La Hoya? Whatever happens, Margarito will definitely make big time money in his next fight and with a win against Cotto, his legacy will grow up all fight fans, especially Mexican fight fans.

- Felix

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Abe Tarin and transfer

It appears that Onate High School pitcher and third baseman Abe Tarin has left the school and will transfer to La Cueva High School in Albuquerque.

Tarin helped lead the Knights to a Class 5A semifinal showing in 2007 and a state runner-up performance in 2008. He also played basketball for the Knights.

- Felix

Friday, July 25, 2008

Prep Combine

Who: Top 100 High School football players in the state of New Mexico
What: Combine testing, One-on-One drills and education on the recruiting process
When: August 2nd, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Rio Rancho High School Football Stadium
Why: To promote and educate our athletes so they can be ready for the next level

New Mexico preps online editor Kyle Henderson is putting on this camp and for more info, you can go to his site at and seek contact info for him.

- Felix

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Couple of Aggies, WAC footbal tidbits

The New Mexico State Aggies will be a bit thinner on the defensive line this season. Junior defensive lineman Sioeli Fakalata will likely miss the 2008 season Mumme said.
The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Fakalata played in 13 games last season and had 20 tackles, including three for a loss.

Also, Boise State running back Ian Johnson had an interesting quote on whether Boise State had lost the bullseye on its back after finishing second in the Western Athletic Conference behind Hawaii.
The Broncos had won five straight league titles before last year's second-place showing.
"People still want to knock us off," Johnson said. "Hawaii beat us last year, but we beat Fresno State, we beat Nevada. All the WAC teams still want to beat us and we have to to be prepared every week."

- Felix

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fresno State Football

It's no secret that Fresno State football coach Pat Hill and his Fresno State Bulldogs like to play the big boys of college football. And the Bulldogs have had some success in his previous 11 years. And last year FSU beat Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl.

This year, the Bulldogs take on Wisconsin, Rutgers and UCLA.

Hill is a non-nonsense coach and he's refreshing in some ways. The Bulldogs had two players at Wednesday's Western Athletic Conference Football Media Days and both said Hill is always honest with his players and you know where you stand.

We also know where he stands about his team. While the FSU program has fared well in his 11 previous years, Hill admitted Wednesday that there are plenty of things he and his players still want to accomplish.

Hill wants his team to play the best, in fact he called it Fresno State's niche that they will play anyone. Plus playing a tough schedule allows his team to learn about competitiveness and playing at a high level. Now, because FSU will be playing the likes of Rutgers, UCLA and Wisconsin early on, the team will have to be on high alert and the key to the season could be how well the Bulldogs maintain their high level of play, poise and focus throughout the year.

The goal for any team should be to be the best and Hill talked about winning a national title and being in that spot. Not all coaches talk about that and Hill admitted to being criticized in the past for that.

Hill shouldn't be criticized. He should be applauded. Fellow WAC members Hawaii and Boise State played in BCS games the past two years, so why not Fresno State this year?

College football is one my favorite sports and to see a team like Fresno State take a chance by playing the best they can get makes the game fun for them, for their fans and for the conference. If FSU happens to beat Rutgers, Wisconsin and UCLA, it has a great chance of playing in a BCS game.

Hill admitted it's tough to schedule and in fact Kansas State proved that point, pulling out of a game against the Bulldogs after FSU had already made travel arrangements for the game. But luckily for FSU, it got Rutgers as a replacement.

Fresno State is in a good spot because it can recruit many good California players. After the Bulldogs baseball program won a national title this past June, it certainly gives the football program a reason to believe.

- Fleix

WAC Media Polls released Wed., July 22 8 a.m.

Western Athletic Conference Coaches Poll
1. Fresno State (7 First Place Votes) 63 Points
2. Boise State (2 First Place Votes) 57 Points
3. Nevada 43 Points
4. Hawaii 41 Points
5. Louisiana Tech and San Jose State, 33 Points
7. New Mexico State 26 Points
8. Idaho 15 points
9. Utah State 13 Points

Western Athletic Conference Media Poll
1. Boise State (25 First Place Votes) 383 Points
2. Fresno State (20 First Place Votes) 379 Points
3. Nevada 296 Points
4. Hawaii 243 Points
5. Louisiana Tech 209 Points
6. San Jose State, 183 Points
7. New Mexico State 167 Points
8. Idaho 87 Points
9. Utah State 78 Points

Monday, July 21, 2008

Master NMAA High School Football Schedule

2008 New Mexico Prep Football Schedule
Aug. 23
Cuba at Questa, 1 p.m.

Aug. 28
Higland at Volcano Vista, 7 p.m.
West Mesa at Manzano, 7 p.m.

Aug. 29
Alamogordo at Clovis, 7 p.m.
Onate at El Paso Bel Air, 7 p.m.
El Dorado (Texas) at Las Cruces High, 7 p.m.
Mayfield at El Paso Chapin, 7 p.m.
Lovington at Artesia, 7 p.m.
Hatch Valley at Bernalillo, 7 p.m.
Mescalero at Capitan, 7 p.m.
El Paso Del Valle at Carlsbad, 7 p.m.
Silver at Cobre, 7 p.m.
Belen at Deming, 7 p.m.
Clayton at Dulce, 7 p.m.
Shiprock at Espanola Valley, 7 p.m.
Gallup at Farmington, 7 p.m.
Tatum at Floyd, 5:30 p.m.
Capital at Grants, 7 p.m.
Walatowa at Hondo, 6 p.m.
Eunice at Jal, 7 p.m.
San Juan (Utah) at Kirtland Central, 7 p.m.
Crownpoint at Laguna-Acoma, 7 p.m.
Valencia at Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
Melrose at Magdalena, 3 p.m.
Sandia at Cibola, 7 p.m.
Dora at Mountainair, 7 p.m.
Whitehorse (Utah) at Navajo Pine, 7 p.m.
Taos at West Las Vegas, 7 p.m.
Fort Sumner at NMMI, 7 p.m.
Hobbs at Rio Rancho, 7 p.m.
Portales at Robertson, 7 p.m.
Vaughn at San Jon, 4 p.m.
Aztec at Santa Fe, 7 p.m.
El Paso Irvin at Santa Teresa, 7 p.m.
Thoreau at Socorro, 7 p.m.
Dexter at Texico, 7 p.m.
Carrizozo at Tucumcari, 7 p.m.
Hot Springs at Tularosa, 7 p.m.
Animas at Valley Christian Academy, 7 p.m.
Rio Grande at La Cueva, 7 p.m.
Ruidoso at Roswell, 7 p.m.
Ramah at Zuni, 7 p.m.

Aug. 30
McCurdy at Cuba, 1 p.m.
Estancia at Escalante, 1 p.m.
Bataan Millitary Academy at Hagerman, 2 p.m.
Carlsbad JV at Loving, 7 p.m.
Del Norte at Albuquerque High, 1:30 p.m.
Moriarty at St. Pius, 7 p.m.
Wingate at Questa, 1 p.m.
Foothill at Reserve, 1 p.m.
Pojoaque at Santa Fe Indian School, 1 p.m.
Logan at Springer, 5 p.m.
Bloomfield at St. Michael’s, 1:30 p.m.
Valley at Eldorado, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 4
Hobbs JV at Eunice, 7 p.m.
Manzano at Cibola, 7 p.m.
Hondo at NMSD, 4 p.m.
La Cueva at Highland, 7 p.m.
El Paso Eastwood at Las Cruces High, 7 p.m.

Sept. 5
Goddard at Alamogordo, 7 p.m.
Mountainair at Animas, 7 p.m.
Aztec at Belen, 7 p.m.
Valencia at Belen, 7 p.m.
Carrizozo at Capitan, 7 p.m.
El Paso Andress at Carlsbad, 7 p.m.
Dexter at Cloudcroft, 7 p.m.
Hot Springs at Deming, 7 p.m.
W. Las Vegas at Estancia, 7 p.m.
Socorro (Texas) at Onate, 7 p..
Grants at Gallup, 7 p.m.
Floyd at Gateway Christian, 7 p.m.
Loving at Hagerman, 7 p.m.
Artesia at Hobbs, 7 p.m.
Wink (Texas) at Jal, 7 p.m.
Estancia at Laguna-Acoma, 7 p.m.
Walatow at Lake Arthur, 6 p.m.
Foothill at Logan, 7 p.m.
Laguna-Acoma at Lordsburg, 7 p.m.
Valley at Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
Robertson at Lovington, 7 p.m.
Menaul at Melrose, 7 p.m.
Tularosa at Mescalero, 7 p.m.
Albuquerque High at Volcano Vista, 7 p.m.
Capital at Moriartyy, 7 p.m.
Zuni at Navajo Pine, 7 p.m.
Tohatchi at Newcomb, 7 p.m.
Tucumcari at NMMI, 7 p.m.
Taos at Raton, 7 p.m.
Roswell at Rio Rancho, 7 p.m.
Socorro at Ruidoso, 7 p.m.
Rio Grande at Santa Fe, 7 p.m.
El Paso Burges at Santa Teresa, 7 p.m.
Crownpoint at Shiprock, 7 p.m.
Mayfield at El Paso Montwood, 7 p.m.
St. Pius at Silver, 7 p.m.
Magdalena at Tatum, 7 p.m.
McCurdy at Thoreau, 7 p.m.
Clovis at Eldorado, 7 p.m.

Sept. 6
Espanola Valley at Cuba, 1 p.m.
Dulce at Escalante, 1 p.m.
Farmington at West Mesa, 1:30 p.m.
Littleton (Colo.) at Piedra Vista, 1 p.m.
Bernalillo at Pojoaque, 1:30 p.m.
Valley Christian Academy at Reserve, 1 p.m.
Vaughn at Roy, 2 p.m.
House at San Jon, 4 p.m.
Questa at Santa Fe Indian School, 1 p.m.
Clovis Christian at Springer, 4 p.m.
Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, 1:30 p.m.
Del Norte at Sandia, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 11
Silver at Onate, 7 p.m.
Rio Grande at Albuquerque High, 7 p.m.
Clovis JV at Portales, 7 p.m.
Artesia at Manzano, 7 p.m.

Sept. 12
Sandia at Alamogordo, 7 p.m.
Carlsbad at Mayfield, 7 p.m.
Foothill at Animas, 5 p.m.
Los Lunas at Belen, 7 p.m.
Kirtland Central at Bloomfield, 7 p.m.
NMMI at Clayton, 7 p.m.
Eunice at Cloudcroft, 7 p.m.
Hatch Valley at Deming, 7 p.m.
Hagerman at Dexter, 7 p.m.
Del Norte at Farmington, 7 p.m.
El Paso Austin at Gadsden, 7 p.m.
Logan at Gateway Christian, 7 p.m.
Laguna-Acoma at Grants, 7 p.m.
Evangel Christian at House, 7 p.m.
Cobre at Lovington, 7 p.m.
Clovis at Highland, 7 p.m.
Robertson at Moriarty, 7 p.m.
Magdalena at Mountainair 7 p.m.
Zuni at Newcomb, 7 p.m.
Crownpoint at Ramah, 7 p.m.
Hot Springs at Ruidoso, 7 p.m.
Los Alamos at Santa Fe, 7 p.m.
El Paso Ysleta at Santa Teresa, 7 p.m.
Melrose at Tatum, 7 p.m.
Loving at Texico, Shiprock at Tohatchi, 7 p.m.
W. Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 7 p.m.
Santa Rosa at Tularosa, 7 p.m.
Las Cruces High at La Cueva, 7 p.m.
Piedra Vista at Goddard, 7 p.m.
Hobbs at Roswell, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13
Taos at Albuquerque Academy, 2 p.m.
St. Michael’s at Capital, 1:30 p.m.
Escalante at Cuba, 1 p.m.
Moriarty JV at Estancia, 1 p.m.
Santa Fe Indian at McCurdy, 1 p.m.
Eldorado at Cibola, 1:30 p.m.
Gallup at Valley, 7 p.m.
Espanola Valley at Pojoaque, 1:30 p.m.
Santa Rosa JV at Questa, 2:30 p.m.
Lake Arthur at Roy, 3 p.m.
West Mesa at St. Pius, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18
Highland at Del Norte, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19
Alamogordo at Carlsbad, 7 p.m.
Deming at Artesia, 7 p.m.
Bloomfield at Aztec, 7 p.m.
Roswell at Belen, 7 p.m.
Tucumcari at Capitan, 7 p.m.
Thoreau at Cobre, 7 p.m.
W. Las Vegas at Crownpoint, 7 p.m.
Tularosa at Dexter, 7 p.m.
Grants at Espanola Valley, 7 p.m.
Valencia at Estancia, 7 p.m.
Plains (Texas) at Eunice, 7 p.m.
Cibola at Mayfield, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe at Gallup, 7 p.m.
Melrose at Gateway Christian, 7 p.m.
Onate at Hobbs, 7 p.m.
San Jon at Hondo, 5 p.m.
NMMI at Hot Springs, 7 p.m.
Roy at House, 4 p.m.
Loving at Jal, 7 p.m.
Capital at Kirtland Central, 7 p.m.
Dulce at Laguna-Acoma, 7 p.m.
Las Cruces High at Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
Sandia at West Mesa, 7 p.m.
Escalante at Navajo Pine, 7 p.m.
Hagerman at NMMI, 7 p.m.
Durango (Colo.) at Piedra Vista, 7 p.m.
Portales at Raton, 7 p.m.
Silver at Los Alamos, 7 p.m.
Mountainair at Tatum, 7 p.m.
Floyd at Valley Christian Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Albuquerque High at Manzano, 7 p.m.
Rio Rancho at Goddard, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20
Bernalillo at Academy, 2 p.m.
Ramah at Cuba, 1 p.m.
Bethel Christian Academy at Lake Arthur, 1 p.m.
Foothill at Magdalena, 1 p.m.
Moriarty at Valley, 1:30 p.m.
St. Pius at Rio Grande, 7 p.m.
Wingate at Santa Fe Indian, 1 p.m.
Pojoaque at Taos, 1 p.m.
Elida at Vaughn, 2 p.m.
Farmington at Volcano Vista, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 25
West Mesa at Del Norte, 7 p.m.
La Cueva at Eldorado, 7 p.m.

Sept. 26
Academia Juarez at Animas, 7 p.m.
Carlsbad at Artesia, 7 p.m.
Anthony, Texas, at Bernalillo, 7 p.m.
Socorro at Bloomfield
Pojoaque at Capital, 7 p.m.
NMMI at Cloudcroft, 7 p.m.
Deming at Cobre, 7 p.m.
Cuba at Dulce, 7 p.m.
Wink, Texas, at Eunice, 7 p.m.
Santa Teresa at Gadsden, 7 p.m.
Frenship, Texas, at Hobbs, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe at St. Michael’s, 7 p.m.
Capitan at Laguna-Acoma, 7 p.m.
Jesus Chapel at Lake Arthur, 7 p.m.
Tatum at Logan, 7 p.m.
Tornillo, Texas, at Lordsburg, 7 p.m.
Albuquerque High at Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
Dexter at Lovington, 7 p.m.
Springer at Melrose, 7 p.m.
Volcano Vista at Valley, 7 p.m.
Gateway Christian at Mountainair, 7 p.m.
Navajo Prep at Navajo Pine, 7 p.m.
Ramah at Newcomb, 7 p.m.
Moriarty at Piedra Vista, 7 p.m.
Goddard at Portales, 7 p.m.
Centauri (Colo.) at Raton, 7 p.m.
Hatch Valley at Ruidoso, 7 p.m.
Hondo at San Jon, 3 p.m.
Kirtland Central at Silver, 7 p.m.
Belen at Los Alamos, 7 p.m.
Robertson at Taos, 7 p.m.
Hagerman at Texico, 7 p.m.
Tohatchi at Thoreau, 7 p.m.
Loving at Tucumcari, 7 p.m.
Estancia at Tularosa, 7 p.m.
Menaul at Valley Christian Academy, 7 pp.m.
Walatowa at Vaughn, 4 p.m.
Onate at Sandia, 7 p.m.
Alamogordo at Roswell, 7 p.m.
Crownpoint a Zuni, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27
St. Pius at Aztec, 1 p.m.
Mescalero at Clayton, 1 p.m.
Carrizozo at Escalante, 1 p.m.
Santa Fe Indian School at Espanola Valley, 7 p.m.
Floyd at Magdalena, 1 p.m.
Mayfield at Rio Grande, 1:30 p.m.
Foothill at Pinehill, 1 p.m.
Cibola at Highland, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 2
Los Lunas at Del Norte, 7 p.m.
St. Michael’s at St. Pius, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3
Hobbs at Alamogordo, 7 p.m.
Los Alamos at Academy, 4 p.m.
Las Cruces High at Artesia, 7 p.m.
Gallup at Aztec, 7 p.m.
HIghland at Carlsbad, 7 p.m.
Farewell (Texas) at Clayton, 7 p.m.
Cloudcroft at Estancia, 7 p.m.
Espanola Valley at Farmington, 7 p.m.
Eldorado at Mayfield, 7 p.m.
Silver at Gadsden, 7 p.m.
Roy at Hondo, 6 p.m.
Capitan at Hot Springs, 7 p.m.
Vaughn at House, 4 p.m.
Mescalero at Jal, 7 p.m.
Bernalillo a Kirtland Central, 7 p.m.
Cobre at Lordsburg, 7 p.m.
Fort Sumner at Loving, 7 p.m.
Roswell at Lovington, 7 p.m.
Dora at Melrose, 7 p.m.
Volcano Vista at Rio Grande, 7 p.m.
Clovis Christian at Mountainair, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe Indian School at West Las Vegas, 7 p.m.
Navajo Pine at Newcomb, 7 p.m.
Dulce at NMMI, 7 p.m.
Navajo Prep at Ramah, 7 p.m.
Manzano at Rio Rancho, 7 p.m.
Ruidoso at Robertson, 7 p.m.
Dexter at Santa Rosa, 7 p.m.
Santa Teresa ta Socorro, 7 p.m.
Raton at Taos, 7 p.m.
Wingate at Thoreau, 7 p.m.
Eunice at Tucumcari, 7 p.m.
Evangel Christian at Vaughn, 4 p.m.
Cibola at La Cueva, 7 p.m.
Clovis at Goddard, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4
Santa Fe at Capital, 1:30 p.m.
Laguna-Acoma at Cuba, 1 p.m.
Valley at Onate, 7 p.m.
Foothill at Floyd, 1 p.m.
San Jon at Lake Arthur, 3 p.m.
Valley Christian Academy at Magdalena, 10 a.m.
Reserve at Tatum, 1:30 p.m.
Questa at McCurdy, 1 p.m.
Piedra Vista at Albuquerque High, 1:30 p.m.
Moriarty at West Mesa, 7 p.m.
Grants at Pojoaque, 1:30 p.m.
Shiprock at Bernalillo, 7 p.m.

Oct. 9
Eldorado at Sandia, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10
Mayfield at Alamogordo, 7 p.m.
Tanque Verde (Mexico) at Animas, 7 p.m.
Tohatchi at Bloomfield, 7 p.m.
Espanola Valley at Capital, 7 p.m.
Texico at Capitan, 7 p.m.
Bataan Millitary Academy at Clayton, 7 p.m.
Ruidoso at Cobre, 7 p.m.
Roswell at Deming, 7 p.m.
Tucumcari at Dexter, 7 p.m.
Tularosa at Eunice, 7 p.m.
Del Norte at Gallup, 7 p.m.
Menaul at Gateway Christian, 7 p.m.
Mescalero at Hagerman, 7 p.m.
Lordsburg at Hot Springs, 7 p.m.
Hondo a House, 4 p.m.
Fort Sumner at Jal, 7 p.m.
Vaughn at Lake Arthur, 7 p.m.
Valley Christian Academy at Logan, 7 p.m.
Rio Grande at Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
Hobbs at Lovington, 7 p.m. Mountainair at Melros, 7 p.m.
Clovis at Cibola, 7 p.m.
Belen at Moriarty, 7 p.m.
Cuba at Navajo Pine, 7 p.m.
Laguna-Acoma at Newcomb, 7 p.m.
St. Michael’s at Portales, 7 p.m.
Dulce at Ramah, 7 p.m.
Raton at Robertson, 7 p.m.
Cloudcroft at Santa Rosa, 7 p.m.
El Paso Cathedral at Santa Teresa, 7 p.m.
Los Alamos at Taos, 7 p.m.
Zuni at Thoreau, 7 p.m.
Manzano at Highland, 7 p.m.
Carlsbad at Goddard, 7 p.m.
Bloomfield at Zuni, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11
Springer at Floyd, 1 p.m.
Valley at Albuquerque High, 1:30 p.m.
West Mesa at Volcano Vista, 7 p.m.
Foothill at Pine Hill, 1 p.m.
W. Las Vegas at Pojoaque, 1:30 p.m.
Escalante at Questa, 1 p.m.
San Jon at Roy, 3 p.m.
Mescalero at Santa Fe Indian, 1 p.m.
Farmington at Silver, 1 p.m.
Santa Fe at La Cueva, 1:30 p.m.
Valencia at St. Pius, 7 p.m.
Capital at Bernalillo, 7 p.m.

Oct. 16
Highland at Eldorado, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17
Escalante at Clayton, 7 p.m.
Lordsburg at Cloudcroft, 7 p.m.
Melrose at Clovis Christian, 7 p.m.
NMMI at Dexter, 7 p.m.
Navajo Pine at Dulce, 7 p.m.
Taos at Espanola Valley, 7 p.m.
Las Cruces at Onate, 7 p.m.
Alamogordo at Gadsden, 7 p.m.
Jal at Hagerman, 7 p.m.
Goddard at Hobbs, 7 p.m.
Vaughn at Hondo, 7 p.m.
Lake Arthur at House, 4 p.m.
Gallup at Kirtland Central, 7 p.m.
Ramah at Laguna-Acoma, 7 p.m.
Floyd at Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Eunice at Loving, 7 p.m.
Sandia at Albuquerque High, 7 p.m.
Foothill at Mountainair, 7 p.m.
St. Michael’s at W. Las Vegas, 7 p.m.
Pojoaque at Raton, 7 p.m.
Carlsbad at RIo Rancho, 7 p.m.
Socorro at Robertson, 7 p.m.
Chaparral at Ruidoso, 7 p.m.
Texico at Santa Rosa, 7 p.m.
Bayfield (Colo.) at Shiprock, 7 p.m.
Farmington at Los Alamos, 6 p.m.
Crownpoint at Tohatchi, 7 p.m.
Estancia at Tucumcari, 7 p.m.
Capitan at Tularosa, 7 p.m.
Tatum at Valley Christian Academy, 7 p.m.
Volcano Vista at Del Norte, 7 p.m.
Zuni at Wingate, 7 p.m.
Portales at Roswell, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18
Bloomfield at Albuquerque Academy, 1 p.m.
Reserve at Magdalena, 1 p.m.
Bataan Millitary Academy, 1 p.m.
La Cueva at Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Animas at Pine Hill, 1 p.m.
Happy (Texas) at Roy, 1 p.m.
NMSD at San Jon, 2 p.m.
Thoreau at Santa Fe Indian, 1 p.m.
Los Lunas at Manzano, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 23
Cibola at West Mesa, 7 p.m.
NMSD at Roy, 5 p.m.

Oct. 24
Onate at Alamogordo, 7 p.m.
Reserve at Animas, 7 p.m.
Wingate at Bloomfield, 7 p.m
Clovis at Carlsbad, 7 p.m.
Tularosa at Cloudcroft, 7 p.m.
Thoreau at Crownpoint, 7 p.m.
Newcomb at Dulce, 7 p.m.
Santa Rosa at Estancia, 7 p.m.
Piedra Vista at Farmington, 7 p.m
Mayfield at Gadsden, 7 p.m
St. Pius at Grants, 7 p.m.
Navajo Prep at Laguna-Acoma, 7 p.m.
Hondo at Lake Arthur, 7 p.m.
Capitan at Lordsburg, 7 p.m.
Eldorado at Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
Dexter at Loving, 7 p.m.
Portales at Lovington, 7 p.m.
Logan at Melrose, 7 p.m
Carrizozo at Mescalero, 7 p.m.
Sandia at Valley, 7 p.m.
Artesia at Moriarty, 7 p.m.
Cuba at W. Las Vegas, 7 p.m.
Eunice at NMMI, 7 p.m.
Navajo Pine at Ramah, 7 p.m.
Gallup at Rio Rancho, 7 p.m.
Evangel Christian at San Jon, 3 p.m.
Albuquerque High at Santa Fe, 7 p.m.
Silver at Santa Teresa, 7 p.m.
Sante Fe Indian School at Shiprock, 7 p.m.
Hot Springs at Socorro, 7 p.m.
Bernalillo at Los Alamos, 7 p.m.
Capital at Taos, 7 p.m.
Gateway Christian at Tatum, 7 p.m.
Tucumcari at Texico, 7 p.m.
Crownpoint at Thoreau, 7 p.m.
Dora at Valley Christian Academy, 7 p.m.
House at Vaughn, 2 p.m.
Belen at Volcano Vista, 7 p.m.
Goddard at Roswell, 7 p.m.
Miyamura at Zuni, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25
Ruidoso at Albuquerque Academy, 1 p.m.
Floyd at Clovis Christian, 1:30 p.m.
Clayton at McCurdy, 1 p.m.
Manzano at Rio Grande, 1:30 p.m.
Magdalena at Pine Hill, 1 p.m.
Robertson at Pojoaque, 1:30 p.m.
Bataan Millitary Academy at Questa, 1 p.m.
Mountainair at Springer, 1:30 p.m.
Raton at St. Mike’s, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 30
Rio Rancho at West Mesa, 7 p.m.
La Cueva at Sandia, 7 p.m.
Alamogordo at Las Cruces High, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31
Magdalena at Animas, 7 p.m.
Roswell at Artesia, 7 p.m.
Farmington at Aztec, 7 p.m.
Grants at Belen, 7 p.m.
Cloudcroft at Capitan, 7 p.m.
Questa at Clayton, 7 p.m.
Bloomfield at Crownpoint, 7 p.m.
Santa Teresa at Deming, 7 p.m.
Dexter at Eunice, 7 p.m.
Onate at Mayfield, 7 p.m.
Valley Christian Academy at Gateway Christian, 7 p.m.
Carlsbad at Hobbs, 7 p.m.
Cobre at Hot Springs, 7 p.m.
Aztec at Kirtland Central, 7 p.m.
Clovis Christian at Logan, 7 p.m.
Floyd at Melrose, 7 p.m.
Fort Sumner at Mescalero, 7 p.m.
Gallup at Cibola, 7 p.m.
Valencia at Moriarty, 7 p.m.
Menaul at Mountainair, 7 p.m.
Laguna-Acoma at Navajo Pine, 7 p.m.
Loving at NMMI, 7 p.m.
Albuquerque Academy at Portales, 7 p.m.
W. Las Vegas at Raton, 7 p.m.
St. Mike’s at Robertson, 7 p.m.
Lovington at Ruidoso, 7 p.m.
Valley at Santa Fe, 7 p.m.
Tucumcari at Santa Rosa, 7 p.m.
Chaparral at SIlver, 7 p.m.
Hatch Valley at Socorro, 7 p.m.
Espanola Valley at Los Alamos, 7 p.m.
Estancia at Texico, 7 p.m.
Zuni at Tohatchi, 7 p.m.
Lordsburg at Tularosa, 7 p.m.
Eldorado at Manzano, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1
Newcomb at Cuba, 1 p.m.
McCurdy at Escalante, 1 p.m.
Highland at Rio Grande, 1:30 p.m.
Volcano Vista at St. Pius, 7 p.m.
Pine Hill at Reserve, 1 p.m.
Foothill at Springer, 1 p.m.
Volcano Vista at Grants, 7 p.m.

Nov. 6
Kirtland Central at Farmington, 7 p.m.
Gadsden at Onate, 7 p.m.
Cibola at Rio Rancho, 7 p.m.
Albuquerque High at La Cueva, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7
Thoreau at Bloomfield, 7 p.m.
Socorro at Cobre, 7 p.m.
West Mesa at Gallup, 7 p.m.
Piedra Vista at Kirtland Central, 7 p.m.
Moriarty at Del Norte, 7 p.m.
Robertson at W. Las Vegas, 7 p.m.
Aztec at Piedra Vista, 7 p.m.
Ruidoso at Portales, 7 p.m.
Deming at Silver, 7 p.m.
Las Cruces at Mayfield, 7 p.m.
Rio Grande at Eldorado, 7 p.m.
Artesia at Goddard, 7 p.m.
Shiprock at Zuni, 7 p.m.
Nov. 8
Lovington at Academy, 1 p.m
Los Lunas at Highland, 1:30 p.m.
Belen at St. Pius, 7 p.m.
Pojoaque at St. Mike’s, 1:30 p.m.
Santa Fe at Sandia, 1:30 p.m.
Los Alamos at Capital, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Prep Football Big Games

There are plenty of big high school football games being played this year. On the local scene, Mayfield takes on El Paso Montwood, El Paso Chapin and Cibola, Las Cruces High takes on Artesia and La Cueva and Onate takes on Hobbs and Sandia.

Here are some other top games around the state in 5A. Artesia, which plays in 4A, often takes on some of the best in 5A.
Manzano vs. Cibola
Hobbs at Rio Rancho
Artesia at Hobbs
Artesia at Manzano
La Cueva vs. Eldorado
Clovis at Cibola

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Looks like Ortega is new Onate coach

According to a sound source, it appears former Sandia High School Adrian Ortega has been named the new boys basketball coach at Onate High School, replacing Richard Robinson.

It appears all that needs to be done is some administrative work and Ortega could be officially announced as soon as Monday.

- Felix

Friday, July 18, 2008

Birmingham making a statement

Since University of New Mexico baseball coach Ray Birmingham took over the job last year, he has been confident of success at the school.

And in year one, he coached the program to the Mountain West Conference Tournament championship series.

The future looks bright for Birmingham, who coached New Mexico Junior College to a JUCO national title.

He has promised to field a solid team and he's promised to do so with New Mexico talent. So far, he's lived up to that promise. He's got two Las Cruces players, Ryan Honeycutt and Daniel Gonzalez, on the way. Plus Farmington's Edwin Carl and Moriarty's Ben Gonzales are signed for next year. Plus, El Paso pitcher Gabriel Aguilar was signed for 2009.

Birmingham obviously knows the state really well and he's committed to winning at UNM with New Mexico talent and that's a refreshing attitude.

- Felix

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Former Bulldawg to go to UNM

Former Las Cruces High baseball player Ryan Honeycutt will continue his baseball career at the University of New Mexico.

Honeycutt will pitch and play the outfield at UNM. He played at Central Arizona Junior College this past spring. He helped lead the squad to the NJCAA World Series. He will join former teammate at LCHS, Daniel Gonzalez as a Lobo.

- Felix

New Mexico State football

With New Mexico State's football close to starting, what are your thoughts on how many games the Aggies could win?

My prediction right now is 5-7 with wins against Nicholls State, New Mexico, Utah State, Idaho and San Jose State. There are two other games I think NMSU could win are at home against Hawaii and Louisiana Tech.

- Felix

Monday, July 14, 2008

More Onate Boys Hoops

According to a dependable source, former Sandia High School boys basketball coach Adrian Ortega will interview for the vacant Onate High boys basketball job on Wednesday. Sandia High School is located in Albuquerque.

Earlier I learned that former New Mexico State assistant coach Greg Berry will interview Tuesday.

Up to seven candidates are up for the job, which was opened when Richard Robinson stepped down last month after 13 years on the job.

- Felix

Passing of a great one

Former Sunland Park track announcer Luke Kruytbosch was found dead on Monday in his Evansville, Indiana apartment.
Kruytbosch was the race caller at Churchill Downs and had called the last 10 Kentucky Derbies since 1999. The famed announcer also worked for Turf Paradise in Arizona and Ellis Park in Kentucky.
The University of Arizona graduate was Sunland Park’s announcer in the early 1990’s and also called the races at the Downs at Albuquerque, Ruidoso Downs and Hollywood Park.
His meteoric rise in the racing industry was powered by enormous talent and hard work. He was considered by many racing purists to be one of the finest Thoroughbred race callers in the nation.
Kentucky Derby winning owner Mike Pegram, a close friend, said Kruytbosch is survived by his father and a sister.
Pegram added, “He was the absolute best, man. If everybody in racing was like him, we’d have a better industry. The man did nothing but have a smile on his face. You don’t meet many friends or have people like him in hour life. I just can’t believe he’s gone.”
According to the Evansville Courier web site, the cause of death appeared natural as was likely coronary related. Kruytbosch was only 45-years-old.

As a side note, I did a story on Luke last year and he was very fortcoming about his career and how he got started. He returned this year as well to call the races and everyone seemed to care for him and enjoy him being around again.

It's sad to see someone as talented as Luke die. He had so much to offer both personally and professionally. He seemed to remember all the hard work and dedication it took to get where he was and he seemed to remember all those who had helped him along the way.

He was very descriptive in calling the races and he was accurate as well. I don't think he'll be forgotten in the racing ranks.

- Felix

Possible future NMSU QB?

Last month, Abilene High School QB Stephen Warren attended a NMSU football team camp. I talked to his father and coach Stephen Warren and the father said the Aggies are very interested in the signal caller.

The younger Warren stands 6-foot-2 and 1/4 and he could be offered a scholarship once the the season gets underway. Stay tuned.


Onate boys basketball coaching update

I've learned of at least one candidate who will receive an interview for the vacant Onate High School boys basketball job.

Former New Mexico Highlands head coach and New Mexico State assistant men's and women's basketball coach Greg Berry will interview Tuesday morning.

The Knights are looking for a replacement for Richard Robinson, who resigned last month.

- Felix

Sunday, July 13, 2008

45th Running of Rainbow Futurity

The 45th running of the Rainbow Futurity is next Sunday in Ruidoso. Here's a look at the quarterhorse event.

1. Fast Prize Zoom - Fastest qualifier for the 400-yard Rainbow with a time of :19.499. Broke world record in 300 yard event with :14.678 victory in West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park. Is trained by Wes Giles and ridden by G.R. Carter. Has won nearly $150,000.

2. Stolis Winner - Second fastest qualifer for this race. Trained by Heath Taylor, has won 4 of 5, including $1.1 million Heritage Place Futurity.

3. PB and Crackers - Only New Mexico bred in the race. Has won 2 of 3. Third-fastest qualifier for the race.

4. Mr Perrys Wine - Trainer is Carl Draper, who trains top older quarterhorse Heartswideopen. Mr Perrys Wine qualified fourth-fastest for this race.

5. Ravin Corona - Purchased for $105,000. Son of Corona Cartel. Trained by Wes Giles.

6. Dashazoom - Trained by Blane Wood, who trained 2005 Rainbow Futurity winner Leading Spirit. Finished fourth in the Ruidoso Futurity.

7. Winners Version - Trained by Paul Jones. A maiden through three races. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez, the second leading rider at Los Alamitos Race Course.

8. Cashinginmydreams - Trained by Blane Wood, the leading quarter horse trainer at Ruidoso Downs this season.

9. Spring Bling - Trainer is Paul Jones. Sister to champion and Grade 1 Rainbow winner Strawkins.

10. Inseperable - Trainer is Paul Jones, a half-sister to champion and All American Futurity winner A Delightful Dasher.

Top fights coming up

There are several big fights on the horizon in boxing. My top five are:

1. Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito on July 26, welterweights.
2. Michael Katsidis vs. Juan Diaz on Sept. 6, lightweights.
3. Nate Campbell vs. Joan Guzman on Sept. 13, lightweights.
4. Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones on Sept. 20, light heavyweights.
5. Lucian Bute vs Librado Andrade on Oct. 24, super middleweight.

Also on July 30 on ESPN2's Wednesday night fights, former lightweight champ Jose Luis Castillo returns at welterweight.

- Felix

Friday, July 11, 2008

My picks for WAC preseason poll

The Western Athletic Conference preseason football rankings will come out later this month. I was asked to give my rankings, 1-9, and here they are with a reason for each ranking.

1. Fresno State - Has several key players back back from last year's 9-4 season. Quarterback Tom Brandstater returns after throwing for 2,654 yards last year.
2. Boise State - Broncos are the league's most consistent program and the most high profile right now. Returns running back Ian Johnson.
3. Nevada - Team has strong offense, make that explosive. But does play very difficult schedule. Must go to Hawaii and Fresno State.
4. Louisiana Tech - Improved to 5-7 last season. Solid running back in Patrick Jackson, good coach in Derek Dooley.
5. San Jose State - Team benefited from plus-13 turnover ratio last year. Gets three transfers from BCS schools. Must replace starting quarterback from last year.
6. New Mexico State - Has new defensive coordinator and new 3-3-5 defense, which could help improve squad. Must stay healthy. Quarterback Chase Holbrook and receivers Chris Williams and A.J. Harris return.
7. Hawaii - Warriors lose head coach June Jones and QB Colt Brennan among others. Also lose top four receivers.
8. Idaho - The Vandals are more experienced tehis year, but that might not help. Was minus nine in turnover margin last year.
9. Utah State - The UtAgs has a bit more depth to work with this year, offense must improve and is added depth, quality?

- Felix

Gadsden football in 2009

It has been a struggle for the Gadsden Panthers in recent years on the football field. For the third time in five years, the program has a new coach, this time Jim Hite. Hite was most recently at Mayfield High School as an assistant coach. But he been a long time coach in various states.

Hite replaced Jeff Johnson, who in turn replaced Damien Ocampo before that. The Panthers have struggled in several capacities over the years. The program just can' seem to find consistency for various reasons.

The last time the Panthers were seriously competitive was in 2000 when it nearly made the playoffs, winning six games.

Part of Gadsden's problem is that the play in the difficult District 3-5A along with Mayfield, Las Cruces High, Onate and Alamogordo.

Hite is a strong coach and he will teach his group well. But the Panthers are way behind the rest of the district and it's going to be an uphill battle.

The best that the Panthers can hope for is too close the gap on the rest of the district this year. Gadsden doesn't have the depth to compete against the Mayfield's and Las Cruces High's of the world.

- Felix

New boys basketball coach in Hatch

The Hatch Valley boys basketball program has a new boys basketball coach. Assistant coach Eligio Gonzalez replaced Claud Gobble, who resigned after three months.

- Felix

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mayfield football for 2008

The Mayfield Trojans will have a big target on their back as usual as the 2008 season approaches. The Trojans have won three straight 5A state football titles and have lost just one game in the process.

Mayfield was last seen winning the state title last December against Clovis in a 49-48, triple-overtime classic in Clovis.

The Trojans were hit hard by graduation, losing the likes of quarterback Matt Sandoval, running back/linebacker Yanni Suter and defensive backs/receivers Freddy Young and Nathan Enriquez among others.

Mayfield will be strong on the offensive line and will have experience in the backfield with Jacob Ceniceros returning to lead the way. J.D. Ordunez also returns for Mayfield and gives the Trojans an experienced and productive player on both sides of the ball.

The Trojans will have to find a replacement for Sandoval at QB and that won't be easy. But MHS has been very good at the QB slot and if someone steps up, don't be surprised to see the team rattle off a bunch of wins.

Defensively, the Trojans will also have to find plenty of reinforcements.

A tough schedule is in store for MHS. The Trojans start the season at El Paso Chapin and El Paso Montwood and then come home for games with Carlsbad and Cibola. The Trojans are also at Rio Grande and entertain Eldorado before district play.

The Trojans have won three straight state titles and have played in six of the last seven title games.

It's going to be a new season for MHS in many ways. How far the team goes will depend on how good the team has worked in the offseason and how quickly some of the new guys develop.

- Felix

Austin Trout victory

Las Cruces junior middleweight prospect Austin Trout was very impressive in beating Byron Tyson on Wednesday night in Houston on ESPN2. Trout won an eight-round decision by scores of 80-72 x3.

It was Trout's biggest fight to date and he did a great job of controlling the pace of the fight and keeping Tyson at bay. He was moving well defensively, he landed his straight left with consistency and he was strong to the body at times. The eight rounds were the longest the 15-0 Trout had gone in his career.

I talked to Trout today and he hopes to get back into the ring soon. He hopes to meet with Golden Boy Promotions about possible work in the future. Golden Boy Pomotions is run by Oscar De La Hoya.

- Felix

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Austin Trout weight

Las Cruces junior middleweight boxing prospect Austin Trout weighed in at 152 and 1/2 pounds for his fight vs. Byron Tyson on Wednesday night (July 9) in Houston. Trout is 14-0. Tyson weighed in at 153 and 1/2 pounds.

The fight is slated to be shown on Wednesday night fights on ESPN2.


Monday, July 7, 2008

Onate football, quick glance for 2008

Last year was a transitional one for the Onate High football program. The squad changed its offense from a run-oriented offense to more of a passing game. The results were as expected. The team struggled early on and had its ups and downs throughout the year.

But a late-season win against Alamogordo got the team into the playoffs and the Knights hope to build off of that.

Plus, the team just won 7-on-7 passing camp against very good competition up north.The Knights should be improved. Quarterback Eric Flores had his moments last year, he does need to cut back on forcing passes, but that comes with experience.

Aaron Sandoval, Jason Sandoval, Zach Hernandez and Zach Daugherty are young players that will provide leadership for the Knights.

Onate has a decent schedule that should allow them to be 6-0 entering district. The Knights' biggest challenges in non-district play will be at Sandia on Sept. 26 and at Hobbs the week before.

The Knights have a year of experience under their new offense and those sophomores are now juniors, so expect a better outfit this year.

Onate must cutdown on turnovers, be more aggressive on defense and must win the games it should in non-district play.

- Felix

Benjamin is interested in job

I had reported on my blog earlier that Las Cruces High assistant coach William Benjamin might not be interested in the head basketball job at Onate, which was vacated last month.

But it appears that Benjamin is interested. The former Aggie basketball player, who played in 123 carer games at NMSU, has been a longtime assistant coach at Las Cruces High and is ready for a top job.

He is a solid coach and he's been a key cog in helping develop many of the Bulldawgs players.

- Felix

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Las Cruces High football

The high school football season gets going in a few weeks and the first game is at the end of August. Here's a quick look at Las Cruces High. The Bulldawgs reached last year's 5A semifinals, where they fell to Clovis.

The Bulldawgs should be loaded in 2008 and could very well be the No. 1 team in the state at the onset of the season.

Las Cruces High starts the season on Aug. 29 at home vs. El Dorado from El Paso. The Bulldawgs take on a decent non-district schedule, taking trips to La Cueva and Artesia and entertaining Manzano.

The Bulldawgs should be a powerhouse on offense. Quarterback Dante Caro and running back James Hall Jr. are fast and are capable of taking over a game. The offensive line should be good and Will Bruce adds depth in the backfield.

Las Cruces High should have learned a great deal from last year's 10-2 season. It played a good schedule, beating the likes of Artesia, Manzano and Eldorado and getting edged out by eventual state champion Mayfield and Clovis.

The Bulldawgs have a good coaching staff that knows how to get a team ready and the 2008 Bulldawgs have been building up to this season.

Where Las Cruces High will have to step up is on defense. The team struggled in its two playoff games and will have to better than it was in those two games. The Bulldawgs could get beaten deep on the long pass and Clovis sort of beat them up on the line in last year's semifinals.

If LCHS can clean up some things on defense, a state title in Class 5A is certainly within reach.

- Felix

My top choices for Onate boys basketball job

If I was picking the head coach for the Onate High School boys basketball job, here's the top five I would consider. And this list isn't in any particular orer.

1. Mike Carr - Former Las Cruces High and Silver High boys basketball coach. Took Cruces High to a 4A title game in 1997 where the team fell 61-59 to Alamogordo. Also took Silver High to a 4A semifinal showing.

2. Saul Perez - Has been a longtime assistant at Gadsden. Does a lot of coaching for the Panthers, whose program has improved a great deal in the past four or five years.

3. Matt Abney- Is the head girls coach at Las Cruces High and coached team to Final Four showing in March, the school's best-ever showing in girls basketball. Don't know if he'd be interested in leaving a comfortable position, but certainly would make an interesting pick.

4. Terry Adler - Is the boys coach at Mesilla Valley Christian. Won 2A state title two years ago and was runner-up this past March. Likes to play uptempo.

5. William Benjamin - The former New Mexico State Aggie basketball player has been a longtime assistant at Las Cruces High and could very well be the next Bulldawgs head coach when Mike Smith leaves. But Benjamin is well-liked and has a good basketball IQ. Could make for an interesting hire, although word on the street is that he isn't interested.

- Felix

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Boxing Rankings

A couple of interesting notes about local fighters.
Heavyweight David Rodriguez has entered the World Boxing Council rankings at No. 24. He is hoping to land a fight soon on television. Rodriguez is from El Paso, but trains part-time in Las Cruces.

Meanwhile, Las Cruces junior middleweight Austin Trout is ranked No. 37. Trout fights Wednesday in Houston, Texas, on ESPN2 against Byron Tyson.

- Felix

Qualifiers for July 19 Rainbow Derby in Ruidoso

Rainbow Derby Qualifiers
Heartswideopen :20.976
Illegal Memories :21.005
Eye Of Glory :21.129
Noconi :21.131
SF Royal Bank :21.179
Strong Hope :21.205
Brighton Beach :21.235
Rock Solid Jess :21.281
Coronas Fast Dash :21.325
Possum Fust :21.338