Cowboy athletics saw a great deal of success this weekend as the teams competed in their various sporting events. To start things off the Cowgirl basketball team continued their dominance on the hard wood as they defeated Colorado State in the Border War by a staggering margin, 83-43 in the AA. They then went on the road to New Mexico and won vs. the Lobos in a tough environment 63-53. The Cowgirls improved their record to 11-3 on the season, 2-0 in MWC play. The Cowgirls were once again led by senior Hilary Carlson, who scored her third double-double vs. CSU. She was followed by Chandra Sewell and Aubrey Vandiver. Versus the Lobos the Cowgirls were led in scoring by Aubrey Vandiver, followed by Sewell and Carlson. The Cowgirls will next face TCU on Wednesday in the AA.
The Cowboy wrestling team traveled East to compete the in the prestigious Virginia Duals in Hampton, VA. The Cowboys started the dual tournament by facing Bucknell and scored a narrow win over the Bison 19-16. The Pokes then faced 8th ranked Lehigh and did not fare as well. The Mountain Hawks handed the Pokes a 25-9 defeat, including a loss to previously unbeaten Joe LeBlanc. The Pokes bounced back on Saturday morning to take down the Old Dominion Monarchs 20-16, led by the strong middleweights of the Cowboys. Another dual followed that up with the Pokes defeating the Buffalo Bulls 23-12 in dominating fashion. Michael Martinez picked up a win at his native 125 pounds. In the 5th place match the Pokes faced off with the Virginia Cavaliers and beat in dominating fashion, 24-11 with a pin from Shane Onufer. Onufer finished the weekend 5-0, and Jimmy Belleville finished 3-0 on Saturday to help the Pokes. The Pokes improved their dual record to 4-3 on the season.
The Cowboy basketball team had an up and down week where they came out and lost a 13 point lead against the Colorado State Rams on Tuesday and ended up losing by 13. The Pokes got off to a quick start in Fort Collins but couldn’t keep the lead against the sharpshooting Rams. The Cowboys rebounded on Saturday to steal a win from the New Mexico Lobos when Paco Cruz tipped in a ball with .04 seconds left to win the game for the Cowboys. The Cowboys won their first MWC game of the season 67-66. The Cowboys will next play at TCU on Wednesday.
In Cowboy football news the Pokes saw some shake-ups this week as they announced that David Tooley, Shamiel Gary, and Ian Watts would not return to the team next season. The Cowboys also announced that Mike Fanoga has taken a job within the athletic department and Matt Rahl will be taking his place on the coaching staff. Rahl previously was the Directory of Recruiting for the Cowboys and will now coach the outside linebackers.