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  • State Notes 11-27-12
    Lobos crack top 25 rankings The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team got nods in both major college hoops polls Monday. The Lobos (6-0), on the strength of their win at the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands, earned a No. 23 ranking in the USA Today coaches poll and a No. 25 ranking in the Associated Press poll. The Lobos picked up 68 points in the USA Today poll — it had 16 the previous week — and had 141 points in the AP poll to crack the top 25. This is the third time in four seasons under head coach Steve Alford the Lobos have earned a spot in the two major national college polls. Prior to the 2009-10 season, the Lobos hadn’t been in the top 25 since the final poll of 1998-99. Indiana (6-0) sits atop both the USA Today and AP polls. Duke (6-0) is second in both polls and Michigan (5-0) is ranked third. UNM topped Portland 69-54 Sunday night in Albuquerque. In that game, former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout Alex Kirk had 14 points, leading all scorers. Kirk was 6 of 10 shooting from the floor and also grabbed 11 rebounds, who with teammate Cameron Bairstow also posted the game-high total. The Lobos led just 30-27 at the half of Sunday’s game, but started the second half on a 10-0 run to take control.
  • Lobos win, Kirk scores 11 points
    Alex Kirk came just one rebound short of a double-double as the University of New Mexico Lobos thumped the Idaho Vandals Friday night. The Lobos used a 19-0 second half run to pull away from the Vandals Friday at The Pit, winning 73-58. Along with Kirk, a former standout at Los Alamos, Demitrius Walker had 19 points coming off the bench. Walker went 5-for-5 from 3-point range to lead the effort and Kirk, who has made his way into the starting lineup for UNM, finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. “(Kirk) is making things hard on teams in the paint,” Lobo head coach Steve Alford said. “He is really starting to get comfortable and is really doing a lot of good things.” The win improves UNM to 5-0 on the season. The two teams were tied at 36 at the half, but the Vandals (1-3) moved out to a 49-46 lead in the second half before the Lobos’ big run. Kirk said afterward there was a battle in the paint. “I would say it’s pretty physical and they’ve all been,” Kirk said. “Some of the games at the (U.S. Virgin Islands) were physical with the different refereeing and stuff like that is something we need to adjust to.” Kirk went 4-for-7 from the field and 3-for-4 from the foul line.
  • Friday night under the lights: Prep FB scores around the state
      PREP FOOTBALL Class 5A Quarterfinal Eldorado 21, La Cueva 7 Las Cruces 70, Clovis 40 Sandia 35, Mayfield 28 Volcano Vista 25, Rio Rancho 24   Class 4A Quarterfinal Belen 40, Deming 6 Goddard 34, Moriarty 7 Los Lunas 47, Piedra Vista 7  
  • Fishing Report 11-23-12
    Northeast   Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed while the dam is being rebuilt. Charette Lakes: Closed for the season. Clayton Lake: Closed for the season. Conchas Lake: The Cannon Cove Campground boat ramp is open and fully functional. Other ramps remain closed. Fishing was slow but there were a few walleye taken by anglers using spoons. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 50s. Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week. Eagle Nest Lake: Kokanee snagging slowed considerably over the past weekend as only a few fish were taken near the boat ramp area. Anglers are reminded that there is no snagging permitted on the boat ramp. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using roe sacs, Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species. Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Lake Maloya: Fishing was very good using spoons, Power Bait and white and multicolored mini marshmallows for trout up to 20 inches. Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week. Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was slow but there were a few taken on Power Bait and salmon eggs. Maxwell Lake 13: Closed for the season.
  • Ski Report 11-23-12
    Angel Fire No base report. Will open when conditions permit. Enchanted Forest 2-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Pajarito No base report. Will open when conditions permit. Red River 23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 6 trails and 4 lifts open. Sandia Peak 1-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Sipapu 18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 4 trails and 3 lifts open. Ski Apache 4-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Ski Santa Fe 7-inch base. No new snow reported Will open when conditions permit. Taos 12-inch base. No newe snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Valles Caldera No base report. Will open when conditions permit.
  • State Notes 11-23-12
    Class 4A football playoffs continue The Class 4A state football playoffs continue today with the top four seeds seeing their first postseason action. Top-seeded Goddard, which has been the No. 1 team throughout the 2012 season, will take on eighth-seeded Moriarty tonight at the Wool Bowl. The winner between Goddard and Moriarty will face tonight’s winner between fourth-seeded Belen and fifth-seeded Deming in the Class 4A semifinal next week. There were four blowouts in the first round of the 4A playoffs last week, with none of the games being decided by less than 25 points. Santa Fe, the District 2-4A champion, had the worst go of it in the opening round, losing 63-13 at Aztec. Moriarty topped Farmington 45-20, Deming blanked Roswell 36-0 and Piedra Vista crushed St. Pius X 49-3. Also tonight, No. 2 seed Los Lunas will face Piedra Vista. Saturday, third-seeded Artesia will take on Aztec, the No. 6 seed.
  • State Notes 11-22-12
    Lobos’ Snell is co-Player of Week COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nevada junior guard Deonte Burton and New Mexico junior guard Tony Snell have been named Mountain West Men’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week for games through Nov. 18. This is the first MW career weekly accolade for both players. Snell helped New Mexico to a 3-0 record during the week as the Lobos posted victories over Davidson, Illinois-Chicago and George Mason — New Mexico also knocked off Connecticut in the Paradise Jam Finals Monday, but that game wasn’t considered for last week’s honors. Snell, a Riverside, Calif., native, opened the week with a then career-high 25 points, five rebounds and three assists in an 86-81 victory over the Wildcats in ESPN’s 24 Hours of College Hoops Marathon. Snell scored 11 of his points over the final 20 minutes as the Lobos rallied from a 16-point deficit to mark the program’s sixth-largest comeback overall and second-largest in the second half. He followed that performance with a combined 34 points, six assists and three steals in wins against the UIC Flames (66-59) and GMU Patriots (70-69) in the first two rounds of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, over the weekend.
  • Ski Report 11-21-12
    Angel Fire No base report. Will open when conditions permit. Enchanted Forest 2-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Pajarito No base report. Will open when conditions permit. Red River 23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 5 trails and 4 lifts open. Sandia Peak 1-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Sipapu 18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 3 trails and 3 lifts open. Ski Apache 4-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Ski Santa Fe No base report. Will open when conditions permit. Taos No base report. Will open when conditions permit. Valles Caldera No base report. Will open when conditions permit.
  • Lobos top UConn, 66-60
    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — New Mexico kept No. 21 Connecticut from winning the lone tournament it could have won this season. Tournament MVP Kendall Williams scored 15 points and the Lobos staved off a late UConn rally en route to a 66-60 victory in the championship game of the Paradise Jam. New Mexico (4-0) led by 10 points early in the second half, and by nine with as little as 7:11 left. But UConn (4-1) went on a 10-0 run and took over the lead after three Ryan Boatright free throws with 2:23 to play. However, the Lobos countered with a 9-0 run, paced by five points from Hugh Greenwood, then made all four foul shots in the final 39 seconds to seal the victory. "Both teams really fought for three games in four days," said New Mexico coach Steve Alford. "We've started the season doing a really good job at the foul line. We're getting there often, and we're making them." Indeed, the Lobos hit all 21 free throws on Monday. UConn went to the line just nine times, hitting seven. "Anytime you can beat your opponent 21-7 at the line, you're probably going to win a lot of games," Alford noted.
  • Sipapu kicks off NM's ski season, others this week
    VADITO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's ski season kicked off Saturday with the opening of the Sipapu resort and at least two more resorts are expected to open later this week. Snowmaking has started at some ski areas around New Mexico, but Sipapu was the first to open. The resort is reporting an 18-inch base. Taos Ski Valley and Red River Ski Area are expected to open by Thanksgiving Day. Ski Santa Fe officials say they won't open until after the Thanksgiving weekend but could open within 48 hours of significant snowfall. Ski resorts in New Mexico and around the West had an unusual season last year. Early on, the snow was relatively good in New Mexico, but resorts in other Western states were forced to close early because of lackluster snow.