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  • UNM senior punter earns national Ray Guy punter of the week honors of the week
    Corey Bojorquez, who broke three school records on Friday evening against Colorado State, earned some national recognition as he was named the Ray Guy Award’s Punter of the Week, the first such honor for a UNM punter.  Bojorquez, a senior from Bellflower, California, has been one of the nation’s top punters all season, and his full talents were on display this week against Colorado State. He punted three times for an average of 57.7 yards per kick, breaking the previous UNM record of 54.2 yards. Twice he pinned CSU inside the 20, once on a season-best 78-yard punt from his own 11 to the other 11, and then once on a 45-yard punt that was downed at the 1-yard line. The only punt that was returned was muffed and resulted in a return of -21 yards, giving him a net of 64.7, which also was a school record. The 78-yard punt was his third 70-yard punt of the season, and it was his third 75-yard or longer punt in his career, and that also is a UNM record. This season, Bojorquez is averaging 47.8 yards per punt (which would be a school record) and his career average is 44.5 yards per punt (which also would be a school record).
  • Sipapu starts snowmaking efforts
    Sipapu Ski Resort announced that it has begun snowmaking operations for the 2017-18 ski season. Snowmaking started at the resort at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday and continued until 9 a.m. Sunday. The crews at Sipapu used 17 snow guns for its beginner’s and intermediate trails, Butterfly, Thumper and Lower Bambi. “We were able to take full advantage of the freezing temperatures and low humidity to make snow over the weekend, focusing on covering key intermediate and beginner terrain off of Lift 5 and Lift 12,” Sipapu Mountain Manager John Paul Bradley said. The efforts will continue this week as a cold front is expected to roll through Northern New Mexico. Anticipated opening day at Sipapu, according to officials there, is Nov. 11. Most ski areas in the state are hoping to open for the season on or near Thanksgiving Day. Sipapu, located near Vadito, N.M., has made several renovations over the offseason to its historic lodge area, its rental shop and locker room. For information on the ski area, visit SipapuNM.com.  
  • UNM men’s b-ball picked 9th in MW
    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team has been tabbed to finish ninth in the Mountain West this season, the conference announced Wednesday morning. Defending regular-season and tournament champion Nevada has been predicted to repeat. 

The Mountain West preseason poll is comprised of votes by conference media members and was announced by the league at the 2017-18 Media Summit, being held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas. The Wolf Pack received 19 of a possible 24 first-place votes and 257 points to earn the top spot.

 Nevada was followed by San Diego State which garnered two first-place nods and 229 points while Boise State also received two first-place votes, 211 points and landed in third place.

 Fresno State collected 188 points for the fourth spot in the poll followed by Colorado State (5th, 154), UNLV (6th, 138), Wyoming (7th, 133) and Utah State (8th, 102). UNM (93), San José State (41) and Air Force (38) rounded out the poll.

Under first-year head coach Paul Weir, the Lobos return just five players from last season’s squad that finished 17-14, 10-8 MW, and welcome nine talented newcomers that include six transfers.
  • UNM volleyball falls to Wyoming
    Lauren Twitty posted her ninth double-double of the season and Carly Beddingfield set an all-time career high in kills, but it wasn’t enough as the University of New Mexico volleyball team fell in four sets to Wyoming Thursday evening. Despite the strong offensive effort, which included a 43-assist performance from freshman setter Sarah Lobo, the Lobos (11-11 overall, 3-6 Mountain West) couldn’t hold off the Cowgirls (12-9, 7-2) in Johnson Center as they fell by set scores of 25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18. “I think we battled and fought really well,” Lobo said after her first collegiate start. “The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but I think we went for balls we knew to go for. Wyoming got kills, and it happens, but that’s part of the game. I’m not upset with how we played.” Between Twitty’s and Beddingfield’s kills and Lobo’s setting, New Mexico’s offense roared to its best showing in over a month. “This game was a little nerve-wracking,” Lobo said. “I tried not to think about it, just tried to stay out of my head and just play volleyball.”
  • UNM star earns second national honor
    For the second time this season, University of New Mexico cross country athlete Ednah Kurgat was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Women’s Athlete of the Week. She also earned Mountain West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday. Kurgat a sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, by way of Liberty University, helped lead the now-second ranked New Mexico women to a win at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour last Friday, winning her second individual title of the season. Just two weeks after capturing the individual title at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, Kurgat won the six-kilometer race at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course with a time of 19:23.2 The leader from virtually the start, Kurgat led at every intermediate split before running away from the competition over the final half of the race. Kurgat’s title also helped the UNM women to head-to-head wins over 15 other teams ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ poll, helping bolster the squad’s position for the NCAA Championships next month.
  • UNM star earns second national honor
    For the second time this season, University of New Mexico cross country athlete Ednah Kurgat was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Women’s Athlete of the Week. She also earned Mountain West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday. Kurgat a sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, by way of Liberty University, helped lead the now-second ranked New Mexico women to a win at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour last Friday, winning her second individual title of the season. Just two weeks after capturing the individual title at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, Kurgat won the six-kilometer race at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course with a time of 19:23.2 The leader from virtually the start, Kurgat led at every intermediate split before running away from the competition over the final half of the race. Kurgat’s title also helped the UNM women to head-to-head wins over 15 other teams ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ poll, helping bolster the squad’s position for the NCAA Championships next month.
  • Lobos O-line named a top unit nationwide
    Twenty-one offensive lines were named to the Joe Moore Mid-Season Honor Roll by the Foundation for Teamwork, and The University of New Mexico's unit was one of the 21 that made the list, as was announced today in New York. Of the 21 units honored, 16 reside in the current AP Top 25, and combined the teams have a record of 100-19. The Lobo offensive line has been anchored by two seniors in Rimington candidate Blaise Fountain at center and Avery Jordan at left tackle. Junior Aaron Jenkins at right guard has, like Fountain and Jordan, started all five games. UNM's other two spots have seen shared duty. Charlie Grammel, Ray Baylor III and Chris Estrella have all started at left guard, and Izrael Castellanos and Teton Saltes have started at right tackle. UNM's offensive line has certainly improved as the season has wore on, with UNM's rushing yardage total going up in each of the last four games. The Lobos are currently 12th nationally in rushing yards per game, averaging 266.8 yards per game. The Lobos are the only team in the country to have finished in the top 10 in rushing in each of the last five seasons.
  • Fishing Report 10-13-17
    Bluewater Lake: Diego Artiaga, 6, of Albuquerque, caught a 38-inch, 15-pound, tiger muskie Oct. 8. It was his first cast and he was using a large spoon. Eagle Nest Lake: Tommy Ledoux, of Cimarron, caught a 44-inch, 24-pound northern pike Oct. 6. He was fishing from the bank and using a big lure. Elephant Butte Lake: Carlton Earley, Jr., of El Paso, caught the biggest smallmouth bass of his life Oct. 7. He was jigging for white bass with live bait near Rattlesnake Island. Fenton Lake: Patricia Scanlon, of Albuquerque, caught a 21-inch, 4-pound rainbow trout Oct. 9. She was using a homemade white mop and fishing from the bank. Navajo Lake: Brian Stangel, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 5.31-pound largemouth bass Oct. 6. He was using a Juice Custom Baits swim jig. Charlie Estep, of Colorado, caught and released a 4.44-pound smallmouth bass Oct. 7. He was using a Strike King KVD jerk bait. Seven Springs Brood Pond: Kashmir McCoy, 7, William McCoy, 9, and Lennon McCoy, 3, of El Paso, caught their limits of trout Oct. 3. Kashmir and Lennon were using PowerBait and Fire Balls while William was using a silver and white Aglia dressed Mepps spinner. Logan Cajete, 6, of Albuquerque, caught his first limit of trout including an 18-inch rainbow Oct. 6. He was using salmon eggs under a bobber and a brown Tasmanian Devil.  
  • Honors roll in before Olympics
    Former University of New Mexico cross country and track & field standout Courtney Frerichs claimed a pair of Mountain West awards on Wednesday as the conference named her Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year. Frerichs, a native of Nixa, Missouri, had a stellar 2015-16 campaign in cross country and track & field for the Lobos, guiding the UNM women’s cross country team to its first national title last November before winning the NCAA title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in record time in June. She also shined in the classroom, compiling a 4.16 GPA and MW Academic All-Conference and MW Scholar-Athlete honors as she pursued a master’s degree in community health organization. While at UNM, Frerichs ran to two national titles in one year, winning a team title and an individual title as a Lobo. She helped the UNM women’s cross country to its first national title in November, taking fourth place overall as the highest finisher in program history. After sitting out the indoor season, Frerichs continued to shine outdoors, twice running under 9:30 in the steeplechase before capping her collegiate career by setting the NCAA record at the NCAA Championships.
  • Cox, D’Avanzo named preseason All-MWC, Lobos picked 5th
    A pair of senior defensive leaders, linebacker Dakota Cox and defensive lineman Nik D’Avanzo, were named preseason All-Mountain West in a vote by members of the league’s media. It marked the fourth time in Bob Davie’s five seasons at the University of New Mexico that he has had a pair of players on the preseason list. However, it’s a little different as UNM has two defensive players selected for the first time since the 2010 season when Carmen Messina and Jonathan Rainey were both named to the team.  While both Cox and D’Avanzo are seniors, neither have redshirted in their careers. Only San Diego State has more players on the defensive side, with three. Cox is looking to become the first player in school history to lead the team in tackles in all four of his seasons.  Both Cox and D’Avanzo were named honorable mention All-MW last year in a vote of the league’s coaches.