• State Notes 04-13-11
    Aggies’ Troy Gillenwater declares for NBA draft
  • Topes Notes 04-08-11
    Albuquerque opens 2011 season with win The Albuquerque Isotopes opened their 2011 season with a victory Thursday night at Isotopes Park. Jay Gibbons and Dee Gordon both earned three RBI Thursday as Albuquerque cruised to a 10-5 season-opening win over the Omaha Storm Chasers. The win gives the Isotopes an 8-1 franchise record in opening day games. Albuquerque broke open Thursday’s contest in the sixth, scoring five runs. Gibbons had a bases-clearing double and Gordon had a base-knock during the inning to extend the Isotopes lead to 10-4.
  • Basketball: Fans vote Gordon's dunk No. 1
    Lobo Drew Gordon’s slam dunk off a missed shot from teammate Alex Kirk was named the Top Dunk of the Year in the entire nation on a basketball-dedicated Web site. The video clip of Gordon’s powerful dunk against San Diego State University in The Pit during Mountain West Conference play earned 59 percent of the votes cast on the  Ballin’ is a Habit website as best dunk in the nation for this season. “I appreciate all of the love and support from everyone that voted for me for dunk of the year,” Gordon said. After Kirk misfired on a baseline jumper, Gordon raced from the free throw line to grab the rebound with his right hand and slammed the ball home.
  • New Mexico women's basketball head coach retires
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico officials confirmed Monday that women's basketball head coach Don Flanagan is retiring. Flanagan is the most successful coach in the history of the New Mexico women's program. He posted a 340-168 record in 16 seasons, took the Lobos to the NCAA Tournament eight times and won a handful of conference championships. Flanagan had one year left on a four-year contract extension. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Flanagan made the decision after five freshman players informed him of their intentions to quit the team.
  • Football: Locksely, UNM strike new deal
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico head football coach Mike Locksley has signed a new contract that would save the university thousands of dollars if the Lobo athletic department decide to sever their ties early with the coach. Locksley has been head coach at New Mexico since 2008. His teams have won two games and lost 22 in his first two years. New Mexico recently renegotiated his contract. The new agreement would pay Locksley $450,000 if he’s fired after the 2011 season. Under the previous contract, the university would have owed Locksley more than $1 million, or $365,000 for each year remaining on the contract if he was fired prior to 2014.
  • Men's basketball: Aggies knocked out in WAC semifinals
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — La’Shard Anderson and Ryan Watkins scored 16 points each, and Boise State dominated the second half to rout New Mexico State 81-63 Friday night and reach the Western Athletic Conference championship game. Second-seeded Boise State (20-11) used its defense to create scoring opportunities in the first half, then hit a slew of 3-pointers in succession in the second to run away from the defending tournament champions.
  • Men's basketball: BYU’s Fredette toasts Lobos’ defense
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jimmer Fredette didn’t need to pile on points from the foul line to score a career-high 52 in the Mountain West Conference semifinals Friday night. He took just one free throw while firing up 37 shots from all over the floor in leading No. 8 BYU to an 87-76 win over nemesis New Mexico. “That’s the way they called it,” Fredette said. “I was just fortunate enough to be making shots.”
  • Basketball: Sundevils come back to win title game
    It was a long time coming, but now the valley now has its biggest reason to cheer. The Española Valley Sundevils topped the Goddard Rockets Saturday to win their first ever boys basketball title. Rodney Coles scored eight points in the final 2:43 of the fourth quarter to lift the Sundevils over the Rockets 55-52 to claim the Class 4A title.
  • Basketball: State tournament scores
    Girls basketball Class B Grady 51, Mosquero-Roy 47 Class 2A Texico 53, Dulce 38 Class 3A Santa Fe Indian School 36, Hope Christian 20 Shiprock 35, Portales 33 Class 4A Gallup 50, Roswell 44 Class 5A Cibola 44, La Cueva 34 Boys basketball Class B San Jon 56, Reserve 54  
  • Basketball: Sundevils remain alive after nipping Jags in quarterfinal
    The Española Valley Sundevils squeaked past the Capital Jaguars in a battle of District 2AAAA teams to advance to the boys basketball state semifinals Wednesday. The Sundevils, who won the district regular season title but were upset by the Jaguars in the 2AAAA tournament championship game, earned a 49-47 victory over the Jaguars in The Pit. Española Valley will advance to play St. Pius X at 6:30 p.m. for the right to advance to its second-straight Class 4A title game.