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  • New Mexico looks to return to winning ways
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — After three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and Mountain West championships, a depleted New Mexico had trouble replacing departed and injured players last season, falling below .500. But Lobos coach Craig Neal is convinced that he now has a better roster that is more capable of playing through any hiccups that might arise. “I think we’re able to play,” he said. “We’ve got depth.” New Mexico was never quite able to replace post Alex Kirk, who left with a year of eligibility remaining to go pro, and couldn’t overcome the early-season injury to leading returning scorer Cullen Neal, the coach’s son. Throw in a few more banged up bodies throughout the year and the Lobos struggled to their worst season (15-16, 7-11 Mountain West) since Craig Neal joined the program in 2007 as an assistant. Some things to consider about the Lobos as they try to regroup for another run at the postseason:
  • Leonard taking talents to Western State
    Los Alamos mid-fielder Charlotte Leonard will be a Mountaineer next year. Leonard will be attending Western State Colorado University in Gunnison and plans to play soccer for the school as well. “She’s a coach’s dream,” Los Alamos head girls’ soccer coach Gary Ahlers said. “She’s a high-energy player and will attempt to do anything you ask her.” Leonard plays outside midfielder for the ’Toppers, running from end line to end line to play defense and offense. She also plays club soccer Albuquerque’s Rush ’98 Nero. “I love club, it’s so much fun,” Leonard said. “Not only has high school helped me, but club also benefitted me as a player.” Leonard said Western’s coach, Jeremy Clevenger, first contacted her when she was a freshman. He wanted to see her play, so Leonard and teammate Emily Hopkins attended Western’s summer camp. “I was terrified,” Leonard said. “I was the youngest one there and college was such a distant thought.” This last spring, Clevenger reached out to Leonard again and invited her to a recruitment camp. When she showed up, it was just her and two other girls at the camp.
  • Fishing season wrapping up in some spots
    Northwest Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. There have been no signs of kokanee for snagging. Fishing from the bank was slow to fair using night crawlers and spoons for walleye and rainbow trout. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow to fair using jigs, curly tail grubs and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 60s. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 543 cubic feet per second (cfs). We had no reports from anglers this week. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes under a bubble and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from fallen trees.
  • Two Lobos named conference player of the week
    Two Lobo athletes were recently named player of the week in the Mountain West and Conference USA leagues. Carlos Wiggins and Francesco Casucci received the honor for their efforts on the football and soccer fields. Wiggins returned his fifth career kickoff for a touchdown on Saturday. On Monday, he accomplished something new for him as he was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week by league officials. Wyoming quarterback Cameron Coffman and Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell were the offensive and defensive players of the week as well. Wiggins, who was the 2013 Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year, is currently is averaging 31.0 yards per return, good for fourth in the nation. He earned his first weekly honor on the strength of a 100-yard kickoff return after Hawai’i opened the game with a touchdown, knotting the game at 7-7. Wiggins also had three catches for 29 yards, including a huge 12-yard sideline catch on third-and-10 from the Hawai’i 40-yard line. UNM would score the winning points one play later.
  • Trout fishing reported good in the Jemez Waters
    Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. Fishing from the bank was slow to fair using night crawlers for walleye and rainbow trout. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using tubes, jigs, curly tail grubs and night crawlers. The surface water temp was in the low 60s. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 332 cubic feet per seccond (cfs). Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Albuquerque Drain was slow to fair using worms and salmon eggs for trout. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was very good using yellow and salmon peach PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing for catfish was slow but a few were caught by anglers using beef liver and hot dogs. We had no reports on tiger muskie. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from fallen trees.
  • Late-season archery elk licenses available Oct. 28
    Two hundred seventy-five trophy bull elk archery hunting licenses will go on sale Oct. 28, first-come, first-served, on the Department of Game and Fish website, wildlife.state.nm.us. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. and will be open only to New Mexico residents for the first 24 hours. Any remaining licenses will be available to nonresidents beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 29. Only hunters who did not hold a 2015-2016 elk license are eligible to purchase the late-season licenses. The bag limit for the late-season hunts is one bull elk with antlers that have at least six points on one side.  
  • Fishing good in some spots
    Northwest Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. Fishing was fair using worms, tubes, curly tail grubs, and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. The surface water temp was in the mid 60s. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 336 cubic feet per second (cfs). Fishing was fair using worms and salmon eggs for trout. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow for all species but the trout action should pick up as the lake received a good stocking this past week. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from fallen trees. Chama River: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31 on that section of river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Chama River Wildlife and Fishing Area. We had no reports of kokanee snagging this week. Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 507 cfs and 161 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using spinners, wooly buggers, PowerBait and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.
  • Angel Fire wrapping up summer, preparing for winter
    With the temps falling and the trees changing, it’s no secret that snow isn’t far away. Before winter arrives, however, Angel Fire Bike Park plans on celebrating another awesome summer season. The bike park will close for the summer on Sunday. The closing weekend bash will be a celebration of Angel Fire Resort’s summer activity season. The mountain plans on it being a special type of party. There’ll be live music, a golf tournament, biking, ziplining a 5K and a beer garden set up for Oktoberfest. Mother Nature has also done her part; there are not enough words to explain how magnificent the aspen groves are this October. The elk are also plentiful; the bulls are bugling and serenading the valley with their songs. The final local downhill race of the season will also take place Saturday. Schedule: Saturday 8-10 a.m. — Oktoberfest 5k Run; meet at Mountain Sports. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. — Oktoberfest Golf Scramble at Angel Fire Golf Course 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. — Chairlift open — scenic chairlift rides, Angel Fire Bike Park and zipline adventure Tours. 1-6 p.m. — Angel Fire Rotary Club Oktoberfest Beer Garden and other activities at Plaza Del Sol, North Angel Fire Road
  • Gladiators hosting open football tryouts
    The Duke City Gladiators arena football team is hosting open tryouts at the University of New Mexico’s indoor football practice facility at noon Saturday. The Gladiators will be conducting at least four tryouts in various cities, offering 35 contracts for camp and guaranteeing to sign players at these local tryouts. Athletes who are interested in taking a shot at playing professional football can register online at GladiatorsTryOut.com  
  • Fishing slowing down across NM
    Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. Fishing was fair using worms, tubes, curly tail grubs, and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 60s. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 171 cubic feet per second (cfs). Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. A few tiger muskies were caught by anglers using crank baits and spinner baits. Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from fallen trees. Chama River: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31 on that section of river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Chama River Wildlife and Fishing Area. We had no reports of kokanee snagging this week. Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 501 cfs and 407 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using spinners, wooly buggers, PowerBait and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.