• UTEP an unknown quantity for Lobos
    In the UTEP football film rooms, there is a good chance that the pick of the week is a documentary on the study of Lobos from New Mexico. In the film rooms at New Mexico, the Lobos might be studying the same film because the era of Sean Kugler football at UTEP has no documented history. It doesn’t begin until the Lobos and the Miners kick off in the Sun Bowl at 6 p.m. Saturday. In a way, this gives the Miners an edge. Sure, they haven’t had a game to figure out the good and the bad in their team and iron out some wrinkles. However, they can take a hard look at the Lobos they plan to beat in Kugler’s debut. And thanks to the Roadrunners from San Antonio, they have some solid data from which to work. They can zoom in on what UTSA did to stuff the Lobos’ inside running game.  They have a short series to give them a bit on insight on what to do with Clayton Mitchem, who should replace sophomore Cole Gautsche in the huddle. Gautsche is expected to sit out this game while recovering from concussion symptoms. But what do the Lobos know about Kugler’s Miners? Has he changed the UTEP attack since leaving the NFL and dropping down to Miner ball?
  • Isotopes close out their season with a win
    The Albuquerque Isotopes closed out their 2013 season with a victory Monday afternoon, although just three weeks ago a playoff berth seemed within reach. The Isotopes topped the New Orleans Zephyrs 4-3 Monday to finish off 2013. Matt Magill went 5-2/3 innings to earn the win, while Javy Guerra bent but didn’t break in the ninth inning for the save. Albuquerque closes out the season with a record of 76-68 and won its last two on the road against the Zephyrs (72-72). The Zephyrs wound up in last place in the PCL American Southern division. Center fielder Matt Angle hit a two-run home run off New Orleans starter Elih Villanueva (2-3) in the third inning and catcher Damaso Espino singled in what would be the game-winner in the top of the ninth, bringing Justin Sellers around to score. The Isotopes collected 11 hits off four New Orleans pitchers. Magill (6-2) gave up 6 hits and struck out three on his way to the win. Guerra, who finishes the season with 12 saves, gave up the only other New Orleans hit of the game, a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to Kyle Skipworth, which cut the Isotopes edge to one run. Albuquerque was at or near the lead in the division for much of the second half of the season, but got cold at just about the worst time it could’ve picked.
  • Seniors men's results from LA, Black Mesa
    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments at Los Alamos Golf Course and Black Mesa Golf Course: Los Alamos Golf Course Championship flight First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 75. Second low gross: Ron Trujillo, Las Vegas, 78. First low net: John Stam, Los Alamos, 68. First flight First low gross: David Broyles, Alamosa, Colo., 80. Second low gross: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 82. First low net: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, 70. Second flight First low gross: Herman Gallegos, Pecos, 83. Second low gross: Spike Jones, Los Alamos, 85. First low net: Bill Weast, Albuquerque, 67. Third flight First low gross: Leonard Chavez, Santa Fe, 87. Second low gross: John Hains, Los Alamos, 87. First low net: Maguin Urioste, Las Vegas, 68. Fourth flight First low gross: Neil Thompson, Los Alamos, 82. Second low gross: Eppie Trujillo, Los Alamos, 90. First low net: Vidal Varela, Las Vegas, 66. Closest to the pin No. 15: Luke Ney, Los Alamos. No. 17: Spike Jones, Los Alamos. Black Mesa Golf Course Championship flight
  • Friday's NM prep football scores
      PREP FOOTBALL Albuquerque Academy 26, Trinidad, Colo. 25 Animas 90, Roy, Utah 64 Anthony, Texas 28, Mesilla Valley Christian 17 Artesia 33, Lovington 27 Belen 23, Deming 20 Capital 57, Socorro 6 Carlsbad 41, Roswell 13 Carrizozo 40, Foothill 31 Centennial High School 35, Ruidoso 12 Cherry Creek, Colo. 42, Clovis 6 Clayton 57, West Las Vegas 6 Cleveland 42, La Cueva 20 Dexter 7, Texico 0 Eldorado 28, Atrisco Heritage 21 Escalante 48, Magdalena 6 Estancia 53, Shiprock 0 Eunice 20, Jal 0 Fabens, Texas 18, Santa Teresa 0 Farmington 48, Gallup 0 Fort Sumner 55, Cloudcroft 14 Grants 39, Santa Fe 21 Hagerman 34, Capitan 0 Hatch Valley 55, NMMI 7 Hobbs 40, Gadsden 14 Hondo 60, Dora 26 Kirtland Central 28, Bayfield, Colo. 6 Los Alamos 43, Pojoaque 14 Los Lunas 50, Aztec 0 Mayfield 17, EP El Dorado, Texas 14 Melrose 72, Alamo-Navajo 0 Mountainair 64, Menaul 26
  • Tuesday's prep soccer scores
    Boys Hope Christian 6, Belen 0 Capital 2, St. Michael’s 0 Volcano Vista 10, Del Norte 0 Los Lunas 2, St. Pius X 1 Santa Fe Prep 3, Santa Fe 1 Sandia 1, Atrisco Heritage 0 Girls Aztec 10, Moriarty 0 Piedra Vista 2, Miyamura 1 Sandia 10, Del Norte 0 Carlsbad 4, Roswell 1
  • Lobo cross country teams are tops in conference coaches polls
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s and women’s cross country teams were selected as the favorites to win their respective 2013 Mountain West titles as voted by the league’s coaches last week. The vote marks the third straight year both teams were picked to sweep the conference championships. The women’s squad has won five consecutive conference titles, while the men have won four years in a row. UNM’s men’s squad seized the top spot in the preseason poll by earning 49 points and seven of the eight first-place votes. The men return their entire conference lineup, including MW Athlete of the Year Luke Caldwell, and add a bevy of new talent. Air Force scored the final first-place vote and 42 total points to place second, while Boise State and Colorado State registered 34 total points apiece en route to sharing third. Utah State (24 points), Wyoming (20), Fresno State (13) and San José State (9) rounded out the nine-team poll. On the women’s side, the Lobos captured 10 of the 11 first-place votes and 100 points total to earn the top position in the women’s poll.
  • Isotopes hold off Express to win
    The Albuquerque Isotopes are getting hot again, although it may be too little, too late to compete for a division title. Albuquerque held on to top Round Rock 6-5 Monday at Isotopes Park. Round Rock, which is neck-and-neck with the Isotopes for the No. 2 spot in the PCL American Southern division, trailed 6-3 after six innings but pushed two runs across in the seventh to get back into the ballgame, but could never find the equalizer. Kelvin De La Cruz came on in relief of starter Jonathan Sanchez (6-3) and struck out two of the four batters he faced in the seventh to quell Round Rock’s comeback attempt. Peter Moylan and Javy Guerra, who got the save, held the Express scoreless in the eight and ninth for the win. The Isotopes (72-65) have now won five of six since returning home from a disastrous trip to Oklahoma City, getting swept in the five-game set. But on the strength of that sweep, the RedHawks (78-59) have opened up a six game cushion at the top of the standings with seven games remaining on the Isotopes’ regular season schedule. Albuquerque hosts its final three games at Isotopes Park starting tonight. Tonight’s game, as well as Wednesday’s and Thursday’s, starts at 6:35 p.m. They finish the season on the road with four games at New Orleans starting Friday.
  • Carrier is OK with carrying the Lobos
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Senior running back Casey Carrier is fine with carrying the offensive load for New Mexico, although the Lobos are hoping to show a more balanced attack this season. Carrier ran for 1,469 yards on 255 carries for a 5.8-yard average as a junior. He averaged 122.4 yards per game and scored 15 touchdowns. The Lobos threw for only 895 total yards — less than 70 per game — with just five touchdown passes. “We know we cannot survive like that this year,” said offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse. “We’ve got to be more diverse. We can’t be this predictable. So we’ve had to tweak our offense.” Carrier doesn’t mind carrying the load, but he understands the necessity. “I don’t think it’s a lot of pressure at all,” Carrier said. “I just have to come out and let the game come to me. Play my game. I think the offense will be very productive. It’s the same schemes but coach has definitely put a lot of twists into it to keep defenses on their toes.” Two years ago when coach Bob Davie took over a team that had won one game, he inherited a roster that was understandably barren and full of questions marks, Carrier among them.
  • Fishing Report 08-23-13
     Northwest   Abiquiu Lake:Fishing was fair using streamers, jerk baits and topwater lures for smallmouth bass. The best reports came from anglers fishing in the evening hours when weather would permit. Fishing for walleye slowed considerably with just a few caught by anglers using bottom-bouncer night crawler rigs. We had no report or other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 70s.
 Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 311 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. 
 Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week. 
 Bluewater Lake:Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, spinners and spoons for tiger musky. Most of the musky caught were less than 40 inches in length. Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs and shrimp for catfish. Fishing was slow for trout but there were a few caught by anglers using worms and Power Bait. An alternate ramp has been provided for boaters which is a bit deeper than the main boat ramp area. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake. 
 Brazos River:We had no reports from anglers this week. 

  • Lobo volleyball prepping for year
    ALBUQUERQUE — Fifteen University of New Mexico volleyball student-athletes reported earlier this month for team meetings before holding the first practice of the 2013 season in the Johnson Center on main campus. The Lobos, who will have two practice sessions almost every day for the next couple of weeks, reported from as close as a few miles from campus to as far away as Norway and Australia. Seventh-year head coach Jeff Nelson said the first session was spent getting as many touches on the ball as possible. “It was exciting to see. It was good at times and it was frightening at times because we have six freshmen, but overall, there were a lot of really good things,” Nelson said. “We saw a lot of good things from each of our newcomers this morning and Devanne Sours, Julia Warren, Danielle Ortiz, Lise Rugland, Cassie House and Maddie Mayfield all had their first practice as a Lobo.” Ortiz, a former All-State libero for Los Alamos, earned a walk-on spot with the Lobos this spring. “It was exhilarating,” House said of officially donning Cherry and Silver. Warren, who knew she wanted to be a Lobo all through high school, echoed House.