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  • UNM volleyball is sixth in MW poll
    The University of New Mexico Lobo volleyball team is hoping to turn an underwhelming showing in the preseason Mountain West poll into some motivation. The Lobos finished sixth in the preseason poll, released last week. In that poll, the Colorado State University Rams were selected as the favorite, followed by San Diego State and Wyoming. The Lobos lost three key players off last season's squad — Kelly Williamson, Ashley Rhoades and Allison Buck — that went 16-14 and finished fifth in MW play, losing in the opening round of the conference tournament to Wyoming. UNM opens its season with the Lobo Classic tournament, which starts Friday. This season, Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson decided not to pit a younger, less-experienced team like he has this year, against top-shelf opponents like the program has faced in the recent past. "I think it's perfect for what this team needs," said Nelson, talking about his regular season schedule. "It doesn't feature the Nebraska or the Stanford of the past couple of years, but I don't think we needed to (play them) right now. We are committed to getting our youth confident at playing college volleyball."
  • Outdoor Notes 08-17-12
    Outdoor Expo is this weekend in Albuquerque ALBUQUERQUE – Outdoors enthusiasts and those interested can learn more about numerous sporting activities Saturday and Sunday at the 11th annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo at Albuquerque Shooting Range Park. The family-friendly event will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Certified instructors will provide one-on-one instruction in how to safely shoot .22 rifles and pistols, shotguns and muzzleloaders. Expert archers will provide hands-on guidance with bows and arrows, and experienced anglers will teach fly and spin casting, and show how to tie fishing flies that really catch fish. Other activities include a kayak pool, climbing wall and fishing demonstrations featuring live game fish in a huge aquarium. Visitors also can learn the rules of the off-road and how to safely operate an off-highway vehicle on the department’s OHV simulator. Dozens of organizations, sporting clubs and other groups will be on hand to promote outdoor recreation and conservation. For more information, call 505-222-4731 or visit wildlife.state.nm.us.  
  • Fishing Report 08-17-12
    Northwest Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using topwater lures, tubes, olive colored wooly buggers and grubs for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair trolling spinner/nightcrawler combinations and crank baits for walleye. Most of the walleye were in the 14- to 17-inch range with two reported over 20 inches. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to upper 70s. Animas River: As of Monday morning, flow near Aztec was 170 cfs. Trout fishing was slow. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using swim baits, crank baits, jerk baits and big spinners for tiger musky. Recommend releasing short fish as soon as possible to keep them healthy and a big catch for the future. This past week Kc and Ed Chavez of Peralta caught and released 16 tiger musky in the 20 to 38 inch range. Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait for catfish. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 70s. Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 721 cfs and 890 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for rainbow trout. A few brown trout were taken by anglers using Panther Martins and nightcrawlers. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.
  • Topes Notes 08-17-12
    The Albuquerque Isotopes open a critical home series Saturday against the New Orleans Zephyrs. Albuquerque and New Orleans will meet for a four-game set at Isotopes Park at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in what could be a big series for both teams. Heading into today’s play – the Isotopes are wrapping up a road series tonight at Colorado Springs – the Isotopes lead the Zephyrs by three games in the PCL American Southern standings. The Albuquerque-New Orleans series is scheduled through Tuesday. Saturday night’s game will include postgame fireworks. Thursday, the Isotopes (72-53) were drubbed by Colorado Springs’ Sky Sox, 11-2. Isotpes staring pitcher Stephen Fife (9-6) was knocked around for his 4-2/3 innings, giving up 9 runs on 11 hits. New Orleans (69-57) failed to capitalize, however, dropping an 8-1 decision at home against Sacramento. This season, the Isotopes and Zephyrs have evenly split their 12 contests.
  • Topes Notes 08-15-12
    Colorado Springs wins series opener
  • Tripp turns in resignation letter, will leave on Friday
    The New Mexico Activities Association announced Tuesday that executive director Gary Tripp will resign his post effective Friday. Tripp, who has headed the NMAA since 2004, is leaving to assume the role of principal at Zia Pueblo Day School. The NMAA said a team of three officers, commissioner of officials Dana Sanchez, deputy director Bill Cleland and assistant executive director Sally Marquez, will take over the association’s day-to-day operations until a new executive director is hired. This is not the first time Tripp, who was the athletic director at Rio Rancho before taking over the state’s top high school interscholastic sports job, has made plans to resign. Tripp turned in a resignation letter to the NMAA board of directors in summer 2011 that he would retire following the 2011-12 academic year. However, Tripp rescinded his letter and remained the executive director. But an emergency meeting of the board was called Tuesday morning where Tripp announced his intentions to step down. Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms, who said she was caught off-guard with Tripp’s announcement last year, said she was again surprised by Tuesday’s announcement of his resignation.
  • NMAA head stepping down
    The New Mexico Activities Association announced Tuesday that longtime executive director Gary Tripp will resign effective Friday. Tripp has been the NMAA's top man since 2004, taking the place of Dan Salzwedel. In a press release issued by the NMAA, Tripp said he is going to move to Zia Pueblo Day School, where he will be principal. Read Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more details on this story.
  • Topes Notes 08-08-12
    Isotopes, Padres postponed until today
  • Topes Notes 08-07-12
    Isotopes’ pitching gets walloped Monday vs. Tucson The Albuquerque Isotopes don’t seem to be having much trouble scoring against the Tucson Padres during their current series, but stopping the Padres from scoring has been an issue. The Isotopes have scored 19 runs in the first two games of the series, but Tucson has won both contests. The Padres won Sunday’s series opener 10-8, then followed that up with a 14-11 victory Monday. To finish up its current homestand with at least a .500 mark, the Isotopes must win both tonight and Wednesday. They split their four-game set with Las Vegas just prior to the Tucson series.
  • Outdoor Notes 08-05-12
    Young wildlife don’t need rescuing Some wildlife throughout New Mexico have become stressed and or displaced by drought conditions or most recently by wildfires. While at first glance the animals may appear to be lost or abandoned, they usually do not need to be rescued. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is asking people not to rescue animals such as deer fawns, elk calves, bear cubs, baby birds, or others that may appear to be lost, injured or abandoned.  Most often, the wild mothers hide their babies while they forage or drink. Usually, mothers are closer than you think.