• WisePies secures Pit's naming rights
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — One of college basketball’s most beloved arenas is changing names. The Pit, the official designation of which is University Arena, will now be called the WisePies Arena. WisePies Pizza & Salad, a local restaurant chain, donated $5 million to the University of New Mexico to secure the naming rights for The Pit for the next 10 years. The chain’s name and logo will appear on signs outside the arena, on the court and on tickets. The donation is the largest cash gift ever given to the athletic department. The money will be used to pay off debt on the arena’s $60 million renovation done in 2010. “From the time we first discussed the potential renovation of The Pit, we talked about the need for state and private support to make the renovation a reality,” athletic director Paul Krebs said. The Pit has been one of college basketball’s iconic buildings since opening in 1966, often categorized with Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse and Pennsylvania’s Palestra among arenas with the best atmosphere. Its subterranean design sets the playing floor 37 feet below street level, helping make The Pit one of loudest and most difficult places to play in the country.
  • Lobos, Aggies meet for first time Wednesday
    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team will square off against the New Mexico State University Aggies for the first round of their home-and-home fight Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at The Pit. So far this season, neither team has gotten off to a sterling start and both will be looking to rebound from recent losses. UNM was humbled by the USC Trojans Sunday, falling at home 66-54. UNM was held to just a 20-percent shooting performance from the floor in the second half. For the Aggies, they were downed at Wyoming Saturday night, 78-75, in Laramie. The Aggies trailed by double-digits early but battled back and actually took a 1-point lead with 4:31 to play. NMSU is 3-4 on the season, while UNM is 3-3.  
  • Fishing Report 11-28-14
  • Lobos close out season at home
    The University of New Mexico Lobo football team will finish off its 2014 season Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque. UNM will take on the Wyoming Cowboys at 1 p.m. Saturday at University Stadium. The Lobos were hoping to get their ship righted this season, the third under head coach Bob Davie, but will finish at least four games under .500 this season. The Lobos weren’t able to make much of a dent in terms of trying to catch up with the rest of the teams in the Mountain division of the Mountain West conference, losing by 38 points last weekend at division-leading Colorado State. However, they will have a chance to end on a good note, as the Cowboys have struggled this year and are just slot ahead of the Lobos in the division standings. This weekend is also Toys for Tots weekend. Fans can get discounted tickets at any UNM event by donating a toy for underprivileged kids.
  • Ski Report 11-26-14
    Angel Fire 20-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Dec. 12. Pajarito 3-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Red River 20-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. 2 trails and 3 lifts open. Sandia Peak No base report. Scheduled to open Dec. 20. Sipapu 22-inch base. No new snow reported. 12 trails and 5 lifts open. Ski Apache 24-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Friday. Ski Santa Fe 7-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. Scheduled to open Dec. 6. Taos 36-inch base. 12 inches of new snow reported. Scheduled to open Friday. Angel Fire Nordic No base report. No new snow reported. Chama Cross-Country 17-inch base. No new snow reported. Open for the season. Enchanted Forest No base report. No new snow reported. Valles Caldera No base report. No new snow reported.  
  • Tuesday's prep scores
    Boys basketball Albuquerque High 77, Rio Rancho 62 Belen 56, Socorro 40 Cleveland 72, Highland 52 East Mountain 58, Bosque School 55 Gadsden 59, Alamogordo 42 Gallup 68, Del Norte 63 Goddard 80, Ruidoso 37 Grants 61, Farmington 59 Hatch Valley 72, Animas 29 Manzano 44, Moriarty 38 Sandia 66, Volcano Vista 55 Santa Fe 72, Rio Grande 61 Shiprock 63, San Juan Blanding, Utah 59 Tierra Encantada 42, Wagon Mound 39 West Mesa 68, Sandia Prep 45 Girls basketball Alamogordo 48, Gadsden 37 Albuquerque Academy 48, Capital 27 Albuquerque High 52, Rio Rancho 39 Belen 66, Socorro 25 Cleveland 49, Highland 31 Corona 53, Cloudcroft 22 Coronado 58, Mayfield 57 East Mountain 58, Bosque School 55, OT Elida 70, Dora 38 Gallup 79, Del Norte 39 Goddard 65, Ruidoso 34 Grants 61, Farmington 59 Maxwell 51, Menaul 3 Moriarty 39, Manzano 25 Pecos 56, Estancia 34 Sandia Prep 54, West Mesa 17 Santa Fe 61, Rio Grande 15 Tucumcari 40, Floyd 23 Valencia 61, St. Pius 53 Volcano Vista 68, Sandia 33  
  • Lobos ink three new players
    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball head coach Craig Neal is ready to welcome three future Lobos who signed their national letters of intent Wednesday. High school prospects Jordan Hunter (Beaumont, Texas), Dane Kuiper (Tempe, Arizona) and Anthony Mathis (West Linn, Oregon) have all pledged to join the Lobos as freshmen beginning in the 2015-16 season. Hunter was an all-district performer for the Ozen Panthers as a sophomore after averaging 14 points per game. As a junior, Hunter was the Texas 20-4A District Offensive Player of the Year. Hunter had a 28-point performance against top-ranked Houston team Fort Bend Bush. Kuiper will come to Albuquerque as the Arizona Republic’s top high school player in the state of Arizona for the 2015 recruiting class. The Alaska transplant transferred to Corona del Sol High School before his junior season. In his first season in Tempe, Kuiper helped guide the Aztecs to a third consecutive state title. Kuiper was listed as a top 100 national prospect by HoopScoopOnline.com, as was Mathis Mathis was a 6A all-state selection as a junior and helped guide the Lions to a 24-4 mark in their state championship season.
  • UNM has plenty of question marks
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — There are no catchy mottos and no inspirational slogans to mark this season for the New Mexico Lobos. Bereft of three of the top players to have donned a New Mexico uniform, second-year coach Craig Neal is trying to mold a winner from what is largely a collection of newcomers and seldom-used holdovers. “When you’re going to play five new guys and you have nine new guys in your program, it’s a different deal,” Neal said. “Last year’s team, I took over a well-oiled machine that we were just trying to keep it going in the right direction.” It is quite a different deal this season as New Mexico tries to replace guard Kendall Williams, the program’s fifth-leading scorer, power forward Cameron Bairstow, who averaged 20.4 points and 7.4 rebounds and 7-foot post Alex Kirk, a redshirt junior who left school and signed with Cleveland. “We had a lot of veteran players back,” Neal said of his rookie coaching season. “We had some really, really good players. I had my whole coaching staff. This year’s team is like I went somewhere that was not very successful, like I went somewhere else. I had to get new players. I had to get a new (assistant) coach. I have a new strength coach.”
  • Friday's prep football scores
    Artesia 56, Roswell 6 Atrisco Heritage 65, Rio Grande 14 Aztec 49, Piedra Vista 14 Belen 49, Los Lunas 7 Bloomfield 55, Thoreau 0 Carlsbad 25, Hobbs 14 Chaparral 24, Santa Teresa 19 Clayton 57, Raton 0 Cleveland 38, Volcano Vista 0 Clovis 35, Alamogordo 0 Cobre 48, Socorro 6 Del Norte 41, Capital 7 Dexter 19, Texico 18 Escalante 52, Questa 14 Estancia 74, Dulce 0 Floyd 51, San Jon/Grady 0 Foothill 44, Menaul 34 Gateway Christian 22, Tatum 14 Goddard 50, Lovington 0 Grants 13, Albuquerque Academy 12 Hagerman 58, Fort Sumner 35 Hondo 68, Animas 18 Jemez Valley 39, Ramah 20 Kirtland Central 60, Wingate 0 La Cueva 28, Sandia 17 Laguna-Acoma 64, Cuba 0 Lake Arthur 74, Roy/Wagon Mound 0 Logan 60, Mescalero Apache 0 Lordsburg 39, Capitan 13 Magdalena 71, Cloudcroft 0 Mayfield 51, Deming 0 Melrose 66, Dora 14 Miyamura 38, Gallup 0 Navajo Prep 50, Tohatchi 0 Oñate 45, Gadsden 20 Pojoaque 21, West Las Vegas 19 Rio Rancho 51, Cibola 16 Ruidoso 35, Portales 0 Santa Fe Indian 28, Crownpoint 22 Shiprock def. Zuni, forfeit
  • Friday's prep scores
    Aztec 35, Farmington 28 Belen 34, Valencia 13 Bloomfield 52, Shiprock 0 Capital 54, Bernalillo 0 Centennial 41, Chaparral 6 Cleveland 49, Santa Fe 0 Del Norte 39, Española Valley 12 Eldorado 29, Sandia 21 Escalante 74, Navajo Pine 6 Eunice 44, Roswell JV 12 Foothill 47, Mountainair 26 Hot Springs 49, Santa Fe Indian 0 Kirtland Central 48, Thoreau 0 Las Cruces 48, Gadsden 6 Los Lunas 37, Santa Teresa 13 Magdalena 67, Alamo-Navajo 0 Melrose 38, Gateway Christian 12 Miyamura 21, Piedra Vista 14 Oñate 49, Deming 14 Rio Rancho 42, Volcano Vista 0 Robertson 53, Pojoaque 0 Silver 55, Socorro 0 St. Michael's 27, NMMI 7 Tularosa 21, Estancia 14 West Las Vegas 20, Taos 14