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Eighth Graders and Summer Workouts

Current incoming Eighth graders may begin working out with their future programs on April 30th until the end of the semester.


We will be without a Gym for the last two weeks of May.  Our new gym is scheduled to open on June 1st. 


Currently Scheduled Workouts:


Girls Basketball: Tues, Thurs  5:00 to 6:30 in main gym. Starting May 1st.


Boys Basketball: Tues, Wed, Thurs 6:30 to 8:00 Starting May 1st.


Girls Soccer: Contact Mike Thomas at thomas_m@aps.edu,  They are working out and he will give you the weekly schedule.


Boys Soccer:  Nick Madrid at nmadrid.music@gmail.com

     Bring cleats and shin guards, regular athletic shoes, a soccer ball, water, and wear a light colored shirt to every session 


   Tuesday May 22 , 3:00 - 5:00 pm on turf - All interested high school players


   Thursday May 24, 4:00 - 6:00 pm on turf - All players are welcome . * Especially for incoming freshman


   Tuesday May 29, 6:00 - 7:45 pm on turf - All players


   Thursday May 31, 6:00 - 7:45 pm on turf - All players


No workouts the week of June 4 - 8 th. Will resume on Monday June 11


   Mondays in June :  6:00 - 7:45 pm on turf


   Wednesdays in June : 8:15 - 9:30 pm - Indoor soccer in the gym 


   Thursdays in June : 6:00 - 7:45 pm - Grass field and track



Football:  Please contact Lovato_p@aps.edu for all workout and 7 on 7 information.


Baseball: Please contact Coach Santillianes at fsantill3@gmail.com


Volleyball: Starting June 5th workouts start Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am to 11:00 am


Softball: Starting on June 4th workouts start Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am to 11:00 am


All other sports contact John.barnhill@aps.edu




Vidana Signs to Play for the Mustangs

Giovanny Vidana signs to play soccer for the University of the Southwest!! Way to Go Gio!!!

Hornet to Play Baseball for Warriors of Ridgewater College

Robbie Ragland signs to play baseball for Head Coach Dennis Boe.  Ridgewater College Warriors in Willmar, Minnesota.  The Warriors play in the MCAC.

Good Luck Robbie!! We are proud of you!!

Crespin Sisters Sign with Hampton University

Hampton Lady Pirates

Donation to the Athletic Department

Highland Families and Alumni

Please make a credit card donation of any size to the Highland Athletic Department.

We are in need of equipment, Varsity Letters, busing and apparel for our athletes.


Your donation of any size helps to provide quality experiences for athletes.


Please donate by clicking on the secure site Link below and mark : "Highland Athletics" in the other donation section.



Ace Hardware Supports Highland Athletics

Alan Harada, of Ace Hardware choose Highland High School as the School to support for the year.  

Thank You Ace Hardware for your support!!!!

Highland, UNM Graduate Mark Koski named CEO of federation's NFHS network

Go Hornets!!!



Highland, UNM grad Koski named CEO of federation's NFHS network


This week, Mark Koski - a former Highland Hornet and New Mexico Lobo - achieved a career summit. Koski, 40, has been selected CEO of the National Federation of State High School Associations NFHS Network in Atlanta. He will assume those duties effective today, and will continue to serve as the NFHS' director of marketing from his Indianapolis office. Koski will bounce back and forth between the two cities. " It's been a great venture, " Koski said in an interview with the Journal earlier this week. " We started it four years ago, and it's really taken off since then. For aunts and uncles and grandparents and friends who can't make it to the game, it's a great option. " In addition to getting his schooling in Albuquerque, Koski is a former assistant director with the New Mexico Activities Association, and also a former assistant football coach at Manzano. In 2007, he joined the NFHS staff. The NFHS Network is a fast-growing entity. It has about 80, 000 subscribers a month ; the fee is $ 9. 95 a month. New Mexico is one of those states were a network makes even more sense, given its size. " New Mexico is one of our top states, " he said. Koski is going to divide time between Indianapolis and Atlanta. The NFHS Network is a joint venture between member state associations and PlayOn ! Sports. Last school year, it covered more than 25, 000 events in 27 sports and activities. The digital platform is available on NFHSNetwork. com, and also Apple TV. The president of the NFHS Network Board of Directors, Jack Roberts, said this in a release : "( We ) see in Mark Koski a person has a powerful passion for the mission and potential of the NFHS Network. He was involved with the Network when it was only an idea, has been instrumental in expanding its reach and has great ideas for furthering its success. " Mark Koski Koski said the influx of digital games is not necessarily hurting the walk-up gate numbers around the country. " What we've found out, through the network the last four years, is that 20 percent of the subscribers of a particular game are within about 100 miles of that game, " he said. " Eighty percent are outside that. " NMAA associate director Dusty Young said there is no breakdown study looking at this only with New Mexico numbers. " I don't think it has a major impact on gate receipts, " Young said. " Typically, the biggest factors are weather and matchups. " A lbuque r que - b a s e d ProView Networks already was in business before the NFHS Network got off the ground. " New Mexico is fairly unique with a streaming service like ProView, " Koski said. " It was great, because it was already established. " Just last week, there were 400 prep football games on the network, a handful of them in New Mexico. And while football and boys basketball get the bulk of the airtime, the network is not limited to those two sports. Football, for all the obvious reasons, is a huge draw. The business model, Koski said, is that the NFHS works with individual schools, who use their video departments to produce their games and get them seen. There is no fee for a school to get its games broadcast, and the school receives half of the subscriptions revenue from that game. Moreover, the school can pocket 100 percent of advertising revenue. Outside of state basketball and some state football, ProView primarily broadcasts games involving schools in the metro area. New Mexico also has Sports Primo, based in Santa Fe and largely showcasing schools in Santa Fe. Like ProView, it covers multiple sports. " New Mexico is very different than all other states, " Koski said. " Typically, states have only individual schools ( broadcasting ). " Koski said the NFHS Network would love to see some expansion, specifically citing the annual Las Cruces-Mayfield contest from Aggie Memorial Stadium, generally recognized as one of the best 10 rivalry games in the country, as a game he'd like to regularly see on his network. " Our ultimate goal is to have school broadcasts of all 19, 300 ( schools ) nationally, " he said. " Every high school in the country that competes for a state championship, they are members of the NFHS. " Streaming games has benefits beyond just an avenue for people who can't attend in person. It can serve as a recruiting tool for colleges, and it can also be a place for rival coaches to scout opponents - particularly coaches outside of the metro area. Koski spent time on the NMAA staff with two executive directors - Dan Salzwedel and Gary Tripp - and credited both men as he made his jump in 2007 to the NFHS headquarters possible. " I was lucky, " he said. " It was a dream job at the time. " The NFHS works with 45 of the country's 51 state associations, which includes one in Washington, D. C. As for his home state, Koski said he still gets back to New Mexico a couple of times every year. " My love is New Mexico, " he said. " That is where my heart is. "

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Henry Sanchez Track Gets a New Scoreboard

The Henry Sanchez Track received a new scoreboard.  The children of Henry Sanchez- Gary Sanchez, Tina Sanchez, Erma Sanchez and Debbie Hudnall all are honored to see the scoreboard with Coach Sanchez' name proudly at the top.  

Please drive down Zuni and see the new scoreboard attached to the Science Building.  The scoreboard will be used for Soccer games and Football practices.  Thank you Sanchez family for the donation and the opportunity to celebrate a great Hornet Legend.




Hall of Fame filling up with Hornets- Gary Spitzberg to be inducted

Highland would like to Congratulate Gary Spitzberg on his induction into the New Mexico Officials Hall of Fame.

Gary will be inducted on Saturday, July 16th. at the State Officials Clinic.


Gary's career as an official spans 4 decades.  He served for 18 years on the State Officials Board, was a longtime group leader for Umpires in football and served on the National High School Federation Rules and Mechanics committee.  


Gary has always been a great supporter of Highland Athletics and continues to run the scoreboard for all of Highlands winter sports.

Gary is the unofficial historian of Highland Athletics and is a tremendous asset to the school and its competitions.  Gary demonstrates the best qualities of a Highland Hornet.  


Way to go Gary!!!, you deserve this for all your hard work and commitment to High School Athletics.


Proof that those Hornets are special people!!!!!!!




Homeschool and Charter Students Wanting to Play Sports at Highland

Students that are Homeschooled or attending charter schools must still register at Highland High School as a non attending participant.


Please download the appropriate form to register at Highland for Athletics.


Charter School Student


Homeschool Student


The process to participate is as follows:


1. Register at Highland, Must have shot records.

2. Contact the Head Coach of the desired sport.

3. Provide the Athletic Director with the completed form from the registration office.

4. Complete an Athletic Physical and fill out all the required paperwork to submit to the AthleticTrainer.

5. Give the Head coach the "Gold Card" from the Athletic Trainer or Athletic Director releasing you to participate in the sport.


Life Principles Learned Through Sports



Life Principles Learned Through Sports


Because I am a role model and have the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference in the lives of others, I commit to this Code. I will take responsibility and appropriate actions when I fail to live up to it.


As an individual:

  • I will develop my skills to the best of my ability and give my best effort in practice and competition.
  • I will compete within the spirit and letter of the rules of my sport.
  • I will respect the dignity of every human being, and will not be abusive or dehumanizing of another either as an athlete or as a fan.

As a member of a team:

  • I will place team goals ahead of personal goals.
  • I will be a positive influence on the relationships on the team.
  • I will follow the team rules established by the coach.

As a member of society:

  • I will display caring and honorable behavior off the field and be a positive influence in my community and world.
  • I will give of my time, skills, and money as I am able for the betterment of my community and world.

Things That Require Zero Talent

1.  Being On Time


2.  Work Ethic


3.   Effort


4.  Body Language


5.  Energy


6.  Attitude


7.  Passion


8.  Being Coachable


9.  Doing Extra


10.  Being Prepared





A link for basic information on College Athletics:





Athletic Director

John Barnhill

Athletics Director

Highland High School

4700 Coal SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108

505-265-3711, Ext. 26245

Fax: 505-348-8503



Highland Athletics Expectations

Highland Coaches Expect:


1.  Be on time for practices, meetings, workouts or games.  15 minutes early is on time.

2.  Be prepared for practices, meetings, workouts or games by having all the required equipment or uniforms.

3.  Attend all practices, meetings, workouts or games.   

4.  Communicate with coaches about any possible situation you may not be attending practices, meetings, workouts or games. 

5.  Athletes must attend all practices, meetings, workouts or games even if you are injured or ill. If you are absent from school, make sure to bring a parent note to the attendance office and contact the coach.

6.  Please notify coaches of any family/guardianship or custody concerns.

7.  Athletes will attend all classes on their schedule.  

8.  Athletes will be on time to all classes on their schedule.

9.  Athletes will conduct themselves as good citizens with appropriate language and behavior.

10. Athletes will comply with all Highland coaches, game workers and officials.


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Why Athletes Succeed or Fail

Why Athletes With Average Talent Succeed:

1. Work Hard

2. Coachable

3. Practice Hard

4. Do all the little things well.

5. Value their roles


Why Athletes with Talent fail:

1. Don't work hard

2. Uncoachable

3. Listen too and have the wrong people in their circle

4. Selfish