• State Notes 11-23-12
    Class 4A football playoffs continue The Class 4A state football playoffs continue today with the top four seeds seeing their first postseason action. Top-seeded Goddard, which has been the No. 1 team throughout the 2012 season, will take on eighth-seeded Moriarty tonight at the Wool Bowl. The winner between Goddard and Moriarty will face tonight’s winner between fourth-seeded Belen and fifth-seeded Deming in the Class 4A semifinal next week. There were four blowouts in the first round of the 4A playoffs last week, with none of the games being decided by less than 25 points. Santa Fe, the District 2-4A champion, had the worst go of it in the opening round, losing 63-13 at Aztec. Moriarty topped Farmington 45-20, Deming blanked Roswell 36-0 and Piedra Vista crushed St. Pius X 49-3. Also tonight, No. 2 seed Los Lunas will face Piedra Vista. Saturday, third-seeded Artesia will take on Aztec, the No. 6 seed.
  • State Notes 11-22-12
    Lobos’ Snell is co-Player of Week COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nevada junior guard Deonte Burton and New Mexico junior guard Tony Snell have been named Mountain West Men’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week for games through Nov. 18. This is the first MW career weekly accolade for both players. Snell helped New Mexico to a 3-0 record during the week as the Lobos posted victories over Davidson, Illinois-Chicago and George Mason — New Mexico also knocked off Connecticut in the Paradise Jam Finals Monday, but that game wasn’t considered for last week’s honors. Snell, a Riverside, Calif., native, opened the week with a then career-high 25 points, five rebounds and three assists in an 86-81 victory over the Wildcats in ESPN’s 24 Hours of College Hoops Marathon. Snell scored 11 of his points over the final 20 minutes as the Lobos rallied from a 16-point deficit to mark the program’s sixth-largest comeback overall and second-largest in the second half. He followed that performance with a combined 34 points, six assists and three steals in wins against the UIC Flames (66-59) and GMU Patriots (70-69) in the first two rounds of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, over the weekend.
  • Ski Report 11-21-12
    Angel Fire No base report. Will open when conditions permit. Enchanted Forest 2-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Pajarito No base report. Will open when conditions permit. Red River 23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 5 trails and 4 lifts open. Sandia Peak 1-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Sipapu 18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 3 trails and 3 lifts open. Ski Apache 4-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Ski Santa Fe No base report. Will open when conditions permit. Taos No base report. Will open when conditions permit. Valles Caldera No base report. Will open when conditions permit.
  • Lobos top UConn, 66-60
    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — New Mexico kept No. 21 Connecticut from winning the lone tournament it could have won this season. Tournament MVP Kendall Williams scored 15 points and the Lobos staved off a late UConn rally en route to a 66-60 victory in the championship game of the Paradise Jam. New Mexico (4-0) led by 10 points early in the second half, and by nine with as little as 7:11 left. But UConn (4-1) went on a 10-0 run and took over the lead after three Ryan Boatright free throws with 2:23 to play. However, the Lobos countered with a 9-0 run, paced by five points from Hugh Greenwood, then made all four foul shots in the final 39 seconds to seal the victory. "Both teams really fought for three games in four days," said New Mexico coach Steve Alford. "We've started the season doing a really good job at the foul line. We're getting there often, and we're making them." Indeed, the Lobos hit all 21 free throws on Monday. UConn went to the line just nine times, hitting seven. "Anytime you can beat your opponent 21-7 at the line, you're probably going to win a lot of games," Alford noted.
  • Sipapu kicks off NM's ski season, others this week
    VADITO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's ski season kicked off Saturday with the opening of the Sipapu resort and at least two more resorts are expected to open later this week. Snowmaking has started at some ski areas around New Mexico, but Sipapu was the first to open. The resort is reporting an 18-inch base. Taos Ski Valley and Red River Ski Area are expected to open by Thanksgiving Day. Ski Santa Fe officials say they won't open until after the Thanksgiving weekend but could open within 48 hours of significant snowfall. Ski resorts in New Mexico and around the West had an unusual season last year. Early on, the snow was relatively good in New Mexico, but resorts in other Western states were forced to close early because of lackluster snow.
  • Saturday prep football scores roundup
      PREP FOOTBALL Class 3A First Round Hope Christian 50, Taos 0 Lovington 36, Pojoaque 0 Robertson 40, Portales 26 Class 2A First Round Clayton 52, Navajo Prep 6 Dexter 56, Ramah 11 Lordsburg 21, Laguna-Acoma 14 Tucumcari 45, Mesilla Valley Christian 0
  • Prep football scores from around the state
      PREP FOOTBALL Class 5A First Round Clovis 47, Atrisco Heritage 21 Eldorado 28, Cleveland 26 Mayfield 35, Manzano 28 Volcano Vista 28, Valley 27 Class 4A First Round Aztec 63, Santa Fe 13 Deming 36, Roswell 0 Moriarty 45, Farmington 20 Piedra Vista 49, St. Pius 3
  • State Notes 11-15-12
    Younger Alford son signs with Lobos Wednesday
  • Lobos top Davidson
    The University of New Mexico Lobos came back from a 16-point deficit early in the second half to win their men's basketball season opener. The Lobos played early in the morning Tuesday against Davidson, earning an 86-81 victory to open the 2012-13 campaign. UNM struggled in the first half, making just 9 of 26 attempts from the field as Davidson (0-1) went ahead 45-31. UNM shot a little better in the second half (13-for-28) but rebounded considerably better. Davidson had a 13-3 rebounding edge at one point in the first half, but the Lobos ended up winning the battle on the boards by a comfortable 45-28 margin. Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos Hilltopper star, was one of four Lobos to finish in double-digits scoring. Kirk had 14 points in 25 minutes of play. He also finished with seven rebounds, three of them on the offensive side of the court.
  • Prep football scores from around the state
      PREP FOOTBALL Alamogordo 47, Onate 14 Aztec 63, Kirtland Central 0 Belen 56, Grants 9 Bloomfield 55, Shiprock 0 Clovis 55, Hobbs 0 Dexter 54, Loving 12 Eldorado 32, Manzano 29 Estancia 36, Clayton 6 Farmington 21, Piedra Vista 14 Goddard 22, Roswell 6 Las Cruces 36, Mayfield 13 Los Lunas 46, Valencia 0 Navajo Prep 66, Dulce 12