• UNM knocked out in Final Four
    CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Patrick Hodan led Notre Dame to its first NCAA men’s soccer final, scoring twice in the Fighting Irish’s 2-0 semifinal victory over New Mexico on Friday night at PPL Park. Notre Dame (16-1-6) will face Maryland in the title game Sunday. Maryland beat Virginia 2-1 in the second semifinal. Hodan has scored in six straight games, the last four in the NCAA tournament, and has 11 goals this season. “He’s a little guy,” Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark said. “But he’s Superman when he puts on a uniform. ... He’s a special talent and a special kid.” Harrison Shipp, a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation’s best player, assisted on both goals. Shipp, who has 12 goals and 10 assists this season, controlled the tempo in the middle of the field to frustrate the Lobos defense. “Coming into this year, we had one ultimate goal: to bring the program to the final four and win a national championship,” Shipp said. “And I think we’ve assembled the right group of guys. I don’t think we have any weaknesses on the field.”
  • Prep Basketball: Scores from Friday games
    Boys Basketball Albuquerque Academy 80, Piedra Vista 45 Bloomfield 53, Whitehorse, Utah 30 Carrizozo 78, Alamo-Navajo 39 Centennial 57, Los Lunas 51 Dexter 77, Jal 37 Eldorado 70, Hope Christian 64 EP Andress, Texas 62, Manzano 59 EP Bel Air, Texas 62, Capital 36 Gadsden 44, Carlsbad 27 Gallup 81, Cleveland 43 Ganado, Ariz. 50, Navajo Pine 47 Hobbs 72, EP Chapin, Texas 61 Ignacio, Colo. 53, Shiprock 46 Kirtland Central 74, Mesilla Valley Christian 63 Logan 54, Melrose 52 McCurdy 61, Pecos 49 Monte del Sol 64, Santa Fe Indian 57 Moriarty 35, Farmington 26 Questa 65, Native American Community Academy 53 Reserve 71, Mountainair 31 Sandia 65, Volcano Vista 56 Sandia Prep 41, Wingate 38 Santa Fe Prep 69, Santa Fe 59 Taos 54, Mora 36 Tularosa 44, Aztec 40 West Mesa 72, Del Norte 52 Cliff Tournament Cliff 83, Academia Juarez, Mexico 57 Cobre 63, Animas 26 Lordsburg 61, Duncan, Ariz. 54
  • N.M. prep basketball results
     Boys basketball Alamogordo 33, El Paso Americas, Texas 30 Aztec 60, Tularosa 59, OT Cliff 84, Wagon Mound 44 Clovis Christian 57, Mosquero 36 Deming 73, Santa Fe Prep 65 Dora 76, Gateway Christian 27 Duncan, Ariz. 61, Animas 8 Estancia 59, Reserve 42 Fort Sumner 84, Floyd 59 Friona, Texas 71, Tucumcari 56 Hatch Valley 61, Mountainair 37 Ignacio, Colo. 62, Bloomfield 37 John Mall, Colo. 68, Des Moines 29 Magdalena 71, Carrizozo 53 Melrose 71, Grady 50 Mesilla Valley Christian 67, Shiprock 65 Monte del Sol 58, Questa 38 Oñate 43, Clint Horizon, Texas 36 Piedra Vista 59, Thoreau 43 Raton 75, Hoehne, Colo. 71 Roswell 85, Portales 50 Roswell 85, Portales 50 Rye, Colo. 76, Springer 46 Taos 73, Goddard 63 Thoreau 80, Navajo Pine 72   Girls basketball Cleveland 60, Kirtland Central 54 Clovis 73, St. Pius 61 Elida 65, Dexter 8 El Paso Bel Air, Texas 61, Deming 45 Farmington 37, Ignacio, Colo. 32 Floyd 53, Fort Sumner 48 Friona, Texas 47, Tucumcari 31 Gallup 95, Wingate 38
  • Ski Report 12-06-13
    Angel Fire 16-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Pajarito 18-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Red River 24-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 31 trails and 4 lifts open. Sandia Peak 24-inch base, 14 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Santa Fe 38-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 71 trails and 6 lifts open. Sipapu 24-inch base. 10 inches of new snow reported. 9 trails and 3 lifts open. Ski Apache 7-inch base. No new snow reported. 3 trails and 3 lifts open. Taos 32-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 54 trails and 5 lifts open. Enchanted Forest 20-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 33 trails open. Valles Caldera Conditions not reported.
  • Lobos drop Aggies in Las Cruces
    The University of New Mexico Lobos opened up a 10-point lead at the half and made it stick despite a couple of attempt by the New Mexico State University Aggies to make it a ballgame. UNM won the first contest of its annual home-and-home series with NMSU Wednesday. Kendall Williams had 24 points and Cameron Bairstow added 20 as the Lobos downed the Aggies 79-70 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. The two teams will meet again Dec. 17 in Albuquerque. Aggie guard Daniel Mullings led his team with 16 points, but the Aggies struggled from the perimeter, connecting on just 4 of 19 attempts beyond the 3-point circle. Los Alamos native Alex Kirk got in foul trouble during the first half and saw limited playing time Wednesday. He finished with 9 points and 5 rebounds, the first time this season he failed to get into double-figures in either category.  
  • Prep basketball scores from Tuesday
    Boys Basketball Clovis Christian 33, Lubbock Southcrest Christian, Texas 31 Albuquerque Academy 68, Sandia 65 Atrisco Heritage 81, Belen 58 Aztec 65, San Juan Blanding, Utah 63, OT Bosque School 45, Pecos 18 Carlsbad 53, Goddard 51 Cliff 66, Cobre 41 Clovis 75, Amarillo Palo Duro, Texas 28 Dexter 64, Tularosa 53 El Paso Chapin, Texas 69, Las Cruces 68 Española Valley 96, Rio Rancho 86 Hope Christian 66, La Cueva 64 Kirtland Central 65, Durango, Colo. 54 Manzano 56, Capital 43 NMMI 64, Gateway Christian 26 NMSD 34, Desert Academy 27 Piedra Vista 66, Miyamura 55 Rio Grande 67, Santa Fe 58 Sandia Prep 49, Del Norte 48 Santa Fe Prep 61, West Las Vegas 59 Santa Teresa 40, Clint Mountain View, Texas 34 St. Pius 66, Gallup 58 Valencia 83, Socorro 53 Valley 72, Volcano Vista 68 Girls Basketball Clovis Christian 41, Lubbock Southcrest Christian, Texas 28 Albuquerque High 70, Capital 27 Artesia 46, Santa Teresa 25 Cleveland 49, Onate 41 Cliff 81, Cobre 34 Clovis 75, Amarillo Palo Duro, Texas 28 Cuba 63, Aztec 40
  • Lobos, Aggies to face off
    The University of New Mexico Lobos and the New Mexico State University Aggies will renew their men’s basketball rivalry again tonight. The Lobos will travel to Las Cruces to take on the Aggies at the Pan American Center in the first of their home-and-home annual series for this season. The rivalry between the two schools is the oldest for both and among the oldest in the nation. This is the 211th meeting between UNM and NMSU, with the Lobos holding a 115-95 edge. Recently, the rivalry has been dominated by the Lobos (5-1), who have won 10 of their last 11 meetings, including five straight wins in Las Cruces. Heading in, the Lobos have won two in a row, including a 73-66 victory over the San Diego Toreros Saturday night in Albuquerque. In that game, guard Kendall Williams scored 28 points and former Hillltopper Alex Kirk finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season. The Aggies (7-2), however, will be one of the toughest teams the Lobos have faced. The Aggies are off to their best start in the Marvin Menzies era and their best start since 2002 under legendary coach Lou Henson.
  • Kirk is All-Tourney, MW Player of Week
    Alex Kirk had a good week. The University of New Mexico Lobos, not quite as good. Kirk the standout, 7-foot center for the Lobos and the former Los Alamos Hilltopper star, picked up a pair of honors this week. He was named to the Charleston Classic All-Tournament team for his performance in the three-game tournament, and also picked up a Mountain West Player of the Week nod, the fourth weekly honor of his career. UNM finished third in the Charleston Classic, going 2-1 in three contests. UNM topped the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Davidson, but in between those two wins was a lopsided loss to UMass. The loss to the Minutemen was definitely not Kirk’s fault, as he dropped in a career-high 32 points. That loss, along with shaky defensive efforts against both Alabama-Birmingham and Charleston Southern the weekend earlier, knocked the Lobos out of the top 25 in both the Associated Press and the USA Today coaches polls this week. The Lobos (4-1) were in the top 20 in both polls a week earlier. In the Charleston Classic, Kirk had three consecutive double-doubles and, in doing so, became the second-leading rebounder in tournament history with his 36 total boards.
  • NM ski areas opening early due to storm's snowfall
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's ski season is starting early because of the big snowstorm last weekend. The Albuquerque Journal reports that ski areas planning to open Thanksgiving Day include Ski Santa Fe, Taos Ski Valley and Ski Apache near Ruidoso. Ski Santa Fe has 15 inches of new snow, adding up to a 27-inch base. Taos Ski Valley marketing director Adriana Blake says the resort got 26 inches of snow since Friday and she expects a 35-inch base. Ski Apache reports 10 inches of new snow and has its snow-making machines going. While the Journal report does not specificcally mention Pajarito Ski Hill just above Los Alamos, the operation's website indicates the hill received about 12 inches of snow during the storm. A Monday morning update indicates there is still insufficient snow to begin ski season. Long range weather forecasts for the region through February are still pointing toward above average temperatures and lower than normal precipitation. Other areas either already open or opening this week include Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Vadito and Red River Ski Area. Other ski hills plan to open in December.
  • Big runs by UMass sink Lobos
    If you look at Alex Kirk’s stat line and consider the University of New Mexico set a school record in blocked shots, you would think the 81-65 score Friday in the Charleston Classic leaned heavily toward Lobos. It didn’t. Despite a career-high 32 points from UNM’s 7-footer and despite 12 blocked shots by UNM, the Lobos were dumped into the consolation bracket thanks to a 16-point non-conference loss to UMass.  The Lobos play Davidson at 10 a.m. Sunday. Davidson fell to Clemson 85-54 Friday night. “Alex played one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play,” said Lobo head coach Craig Neal. “He went into beast mode and they couldn’t stop him.” The Lobos needed Kirk to play like a beast on Friday in Charleston.  Not too many other Lobos came with their A games probably, in part, a product of their tiring double-overtime win over Alabama-Birmingham Thursday. “I’m not making an excuse for our guys,” said Neal of the possibility his Lobos were a little leg weary. “I thought I had them prepared for the press, but we didn’t handle it very well.”