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  • Sports Briefs 04-18-13
    Aggies commit 6 errors in loss to Lobos Wednesday The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team picked up a season split with the New Mexico State University Aggies, taking a 13-6 win Wednesday at Isotopes Park. The Aggies (19-18), who defeated the Lobos earlier this month in Las Cruces, committed six errors, four of those coming in the first four innings, as the Lobos jumped out to a 7-2 edge. The two teams combined to use 14 pitchers in the game. UNM’s Jake McCasland, the second Lobo pitcher of the ballgame, earned the victory on the hill. Offensively, UNM lead-off batter Chase Harris went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and clean-up hitter Mitch Garver was 3-for-3 scoring a run and knocking in 2 runs. Albuquerque’s game against Storm Chasers postponed until June 19 Wednesday night’s scheduled Pacific Coast League game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Omaha Storm Chasers was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader June 19. The Isotopes won Tuesday’s opener of the four-game series 3-1 in extra innings. Albuquerque will be at Omaha through Friday, then return to Isotopes Park for a quick four-game series against Oklahoma City before hitting the road again.
  • Isotopes rally to win, 3-1
    Tuesday was a busy day for the Albuquerque Isotopes. Along with making two big roster moves, the Isotopes went into extra innings to defeat Omaha. Albuquerque trailed 1-0 after seven innings in Omaha, but a solo home run from right fielder Alex Castellanos tied the game. In the top of the 10th, Tim Federowicz and Rusty Ryal came through with RBI hits to give Albuquerque a 3-1 win. Matt Magill started the game for the Isotopes (8-5), going six strong innings before being replaced by Steve Smith. Smith (1-0) set down all nine batters he faced to earn the win. Earlier Tuesday, it was announced that relief pitcher Josh Wall, who led the PCL in saves last season, was called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Replacing him on the pitching staff is lefty Kelvin De La Cruz, who hadn’t been scored upon this season pitching for Double-A Chattanooga.
  • Isotopes drop two to Storm Chasers
    The Albuquerque Isotopes were swept by the Omaha Storm Chasers in a doubleheader Wednesday night. The two teams played a pair of seven-inning games at Isotopes Park, one of which was a make-up game from a rain-out the night before. Omaha won the first game 6-3, then took the nightcap 6-2. After winning four straight to start the season, the Isotopes (4-3) had to win this afternoon’s game against Omaha to avoid a four-game sweep before heading out on the road.  
  • Lobo guard Snell bails for NBA draft
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico guard Tony Snell will forgo his senior season to enter the NBA draft. The Albuquerque Journal reports the 6-foot-7 guard will make the announcement at a Monday afternoon news conference. Snell's plans were confirmed by family friend and former club team coach Marvin Lea. Newly hired UNM coach Craig Neal said he would leave it to Snell to make the announcement. But he did confirm there will be a Monday afternoon news conference at UNM involving Snell. Snell averaged 12.5 points per game this past season and hit a team-high 64 3-pointers. He was the Mountain West Tournament MVP. Lea said Snell is confident he'll be a late first-round or early second-round draft pick.
  • Fishing Report 04-05-13
     Northeast    Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week. Cimarron River: Water flow near Cimarron on Monday was 9.9 cfs. We had no report from anglers this week.  Clayton Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.   Conchas Lake: Bank fishing was fair using grubs, nightcrawlers and spinners for walleye and an occasional catfish. We had no reports on other species.  Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.  Eagle Nest Lake:  As of this past Sunday about 70 percent of the lake was still iced over with plenty of shoreline open to bank fishing. Fishing for trout was good using worms and Power Bait. Fishing for all other species was slow although there was a report of a northern pike caught. For updated conditions contact the State Park office at (575) 377-1594.  Lake Alice: The lake was recently stocked and is open to fishing. We had no reports from anglers this week.  Lake Maloya: Fishing was very good using assorted colors of Power Bait and homemade dough baits for trout. The lake is completely free of ice.   Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Neal promoted to head coach of UNM
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico didn’t have to look far to find its next head coach. Craig Neal, who spent the past six seasons as the team’s top assistant, was hired Tuesday to replace Steve Alford. Athletic director Paul Krebs made the announcement in a one-word tweet: “Noodles,” a reference to Neal’s nickname. The university confirmed that Neal would be introduced as UNM’s 20th head basketball coach during a news conference Wednesday. As assistant head coach under Alford, Neal helped the Lobos win back-to-back Mountain West Conference titles and reach three NCAA tournaments. Players and fans had voiced their support for Neal as the top choice after Alford revealed last weekend that he was leaving for UCLA. Emotions were raw the last few days, but Krebs’ announcement helped dissolve some of the uncertainty and disappointment that was sparked by Alford’s departure. While Krebs was guarded about the future of the head coaching spot on Saturday, he said during a news conference that Neal was a candidate and would provide continuity and stability for the program.
  • Isotopes open 2013 season Thursday
    ALBUQUERQUE – In previous seasons, the Albuquerque Isotopes have been all about power. The Isotopes, the Triple-A franchise of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have long been built to slug it out with the high-scoring teams of the Pacific Coast League. This season, however, the Isotopes may have to find other ways to win. Albuquerque will open its 11th season at home Thursday night when it takes on the Iowa Cubs. Game time is 6:35 p.m. The Isotopes will host the Cubs for four games, followed by a four-game set against Omaha to start the 2013 season. It’s a new-look Isotopes this season and third-year skipper Lorenzo Bundy is hoping to improve on a playoff berth and opening-round loss to Omaha in the 2012 postseason. But gone from that team are two of its biggest performers off last season, slugger Jerry Sands and hurler John Ely, the PCL Pitcher of the Year. The star of this team is Dee Gordon, although for how long Gordon will be with the Isotopes is a matter of some conjecture. Gordon, a shortstop, appeared in 87 games with the Dodgers, hitting .228 during that time. Going into 2013, it was unknown whether Gordon would return to the Isotopes, where he’s played off-and-on since 2011.
  • Craig Neal hired as head coach at New Mexico
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico didn't have to look far to find its next head coach. Craig Neal, who spent the past six seasons as the team's top assistant, was hired Tuesday to replace Steve Alford. Athletic director Paul Krebs made the announcement in a one-word tweet: "Noodles," a reference to Neal's nickname. The university confirmed that Neal would be introduced as UNM's 20th head basketball coach during a news conference Wednesday. As assistant head coach under Alford, Neal helped the Lobos win back-to-back Mountain West Conference titles and reach three NCAA tournaments. Players and fans had voiced their support for Neal as the top choice after Alford revealed last weekend that he was leaving for UCLA. Emotions were raw the last few days, but Krebs' announcement helped dissolve some of the uncertainty and disappointment that was sparked by Alford's departure. While Krebs was guarded about the future of the head coaching spot on Saturday, he said during a news conference that Neal was a candidate and would provide continuity and stability for the program.
  • Wichita State upsets OSU 70-66 for Final Four trip
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wichita State is headed to the Final Four, and these Shockers should be no surprise to anybody. Not after the way they held off mighty Ohio State in the West Regional final. Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a big basket with 1 minute left, and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over the Buckeyes on Saturday. Van Vleet scored 12 points as the Shockers (30-8) followed up last week's win over top-ranked Gonzaga with a nail-biting victory over the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-8), whose 11-game winning streak ended one game short of their second straight Final Four. Wichita State is just the fifth team seeded ninth or higher to reach the Final Four since seeding began in 1979, but the second in three years following 11th-seeded VCU's improbable run in 2011. "Last year we were watching all this on television," said Cleanthony Early, who scored 12 points. "Now I'm looking at a hat that says 'Final Four Atlanta' with my team on it. It's crazy. I still can't believe we're here. You try to expect it, but you expect a lot of things that don't happen. This really happened."
  • Fishing Report 03-29-13
    CATCHES OF THE WEEK: Ute Lake: March 21, Bob Lechel of Los Alamos caught and released a 4.17-pound largemouth bass. He was flipping a beaver. The same day, Mark Adams of Edgewood caught and released a 4.06-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a jerk bait. Northeast