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  • Topes Notes 08-28-12
    Albuquerque puts four on All-PCL team The Isotopes placed four players on the 2012 All-PCL team. John Ely, Jerry Sands, Tim Federowicz and Josh Wall all earned spots on the team. The four Isotopes named to the squad were the most in the league. The All-PCL team is chosen annually by the league’s managers. The team is made up of 12 players — eight position players, a designated hitter, right-handed starting pitcher, left-handed starting pitcher and relief pitcher. Ely was named the team’s right-handed starting pitcher. Heading into Monday’s play, Ely was in position to take the league’s pitching Triple Crown — he is currently first in ERA (3.10), strikeouts (162) and is tied for the lead in wins (14). Sands was the All-PCL’s DH. He currently holds a .300 average with 25 home runs and 103 RBI. As of Monday, he was the only player in the PCL to have reached the RBI century mark. Federowicz was named catcher to the team, having thrown out 37 percent of attempting base stealers and has a team-high 34 doubles on the season. Wall is the All-PCL relief pitcher. He’s picked up 27 saves and is holding batters to a .240 average. Isotopes held to just one run Monday night
  • Fishing Report 08-24-12
    Northeast   Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed for about six months while the dam is being rebuilt. Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species. Cimarron River: Trout fishing was fair to good using elk hair caddis, tricos, zebra midges, small spinners salmon eggs and worms. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 25 cfs. The water was slightly stained from recent rains. From now to Aug. 30, anglers may experience restricted access to Cimarron Canyon State Park between the Perryville Fishing Access and the eastern boundary of the park. Crews filming “The Lone Ranger” will be shooting a scene on U.S.64 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Fishing at the Gravel Pit lakes was slow to fair using salmon eggs. Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was very light. Due to low water conditions, only small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched.
  • State Notes 08-24-12
    Lobo men’s basketball reveals 2012-13 schedule ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico men’s head basketball coach Steve Alford has announced the 2012-13 schedule earlier this week and it includes 20 contests against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament last season.
  • Davie, Lobos looking to turn things around in 2012
    ALBUQUERQUE — Coming off three consecutive one-win seasons and a turbulent era under Mike Locksley that saw the first-time head coach fired in the middle of last season, the University of New Mexico’s football program is struggling to make progress. Former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie has been brought in to restore some Lobos luster, but he last walked the sidelines a decade ago, spending the time since as an analyst with ESPN. And Davie acknowledged things are far from glowing as New Mexico prepares for the upcoming season. “I’m sure every team we play, they’re looking at that schedule and saying, ‘We’re going to beat New Mexico,’ “ he said. This despite returning 16 starters on both sides of the ball, among the most in the Mountain West. “We don’t care how many players we have back,” Davie said. “Because they haven’t won, so I don’t know that that matters a whole lot. We’re really starting over.” The makeover starts with the offense, which will be employing a hybrid, shotgun/option package.
  • Topes Notes 08-21-12
    Zephyrs pound Isotopes Pounding out 17 hits and scoring 10 runs wasn’t nearly enough for the Albuquerque Isotopes against the New Orleans Zephyrs Monday. The Zephyrs came up with 23 hits to win going away, 20-10 at Isotopes Park in the third of a critical four-game set between the two teams. Nevertheless, the Isotopes will still head into the series finale tonight with a 3-game lead over the Zephyrs in the PCL American Southern division. The finale is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. in Albuquerque. Just two games separated the two teams heading into the series opener Saturday, but the Isotopes took the first two games by counts of 3-1 and 6-0. Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve (6-8) gave up seven earned runs, including four homers, in two-plus innings of work Monday. He didn’t record an out in the third inning and allowed three runs, giving the Zephyrs a 7-2 lead at the time.
  • 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