Today's Sports

  • Thousands of Gila trout to be...

    SILVER CITY (AP) — Federal officials have plans to stock about 10,000 Gila trout in southwestern New Mexico to boost recreational fishing opportunities.
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says recovery stocking goals for the threatened fish were met in 2015 so the excess fish will be released in the Gila River Forks and in Lake Roberts in early January.
    The fish are expected to grow to the catchable nine-inch range by the end of May.
    The Gila trout was first listed as endangered in 1966. Thanks to recovery work over the decades, its status improved and it was down listed to threatened in 2006.
    For 2015, a national fish hatchery in northern New Mexico propagated more than 50,000 Gila trout for recovery efforts.

  • Lobos win MW openers

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico men's basketball team (8-6, 1-0 MW) kicked off Mountain West Conference play with a victory, defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack (8-5, 0-1 MW), 88-76, Wednesday in WisePies Arena.
    "It's good to get back on the court and get a win," said head coach Craig Neal "It was one of those things that I knew we could do, I knew we could play to our capabilities, and I thought for 10-15 minutes the first half we played at a high level. We've had some inconsistencies with the maturity of my team and that's part of growing together. But all in all, I'm really happy with the guys. They played hard, they finished the game and they stayed together."
    The win marked the 50th career victory for Craig Neal as the head coach of New Mexico. Reaching the mark in 79 games, he’s one of the five fastest coaches to ever reach that mark.

  • Lobos to open MW play against...

    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team (7-6) returns to the friendly confines of WisePies Arena Wednesday to begin Mountain West Conference play against the Nevada Wolf Pack (8-4) at 7 p.m. on ROOT SPORTS.
    The Lobos return from a disappointing trip to the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, where after six strong weeks of play, New Mexico hit its first skid of the season. With league play starting up, the Lobos will look to rebound at home where they are 6-1 this season.
    The Lobos have won four straight conference opening games, including last season’s 80-73 victory inside WisePies Arena against Colorado State. The Lobos have not lost a Mountain West opener inside their arena since the 2006-07 season.
    While the Lobos played three games in four days last week, the Wolf Pack have been resting since last Tuesday’s loss to Wichita State, 98-69. Before that loss, the Wolf Pack had rattled off three straight victories over Fresno Pacific, Drake and Santa Clara, all at home.

  • Holiday basketball tournament...

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team was scheduled to take on Roswell Monday night in the first round of the Coyotes’ holiday tournament.
    Roswell, however, received about 24 inches of snow, closing the highways in and out of the city.
    Roswell High School then tried to push the tournament’s first round back a day. When road conditions didn’t improve much, Roswell was forced to cancel the tournament altogether.
    “They tried to salvage it, but then they had to cancel it,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said.
    Clovis’ holiday tournament also got cancelled as the southern part of the state got hammered with snow.
    With the Roswell tournament getting cancelled, Los Alamos is now trying to pick up a few games. The ’Toppers would have played three games in Roswell’s holiday tournament and it also lost a fourth game from its original schedule.
    Los Alamos’ Jan. 16 game against Lovington also won’t take place. There was some miscommunication and Lovington never even had that contest on its schedule.
    Finding some makeup games won’t be easy. Besides finding an opponent, referees and a venue are also needed. This week, the floor at Griffith Gymnasium is being re-varnished so hosting a game here isn’t an option.

  • Game of the Week Dec. 28-Jan. 3

    This week, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team will compete in a tournament that could help bolster its resume. The ’Toppers are playing in Roswell’s tournament against Class 5A foes Goddard, Belen, Artesia, Moriarty, Farmington, Piedra Vista and Roswell’s own Coyotes.
    The ’Toppers (3-5) begin the tournament at 7:30 p.m. Monday against Roswell (7-1).
    Los Alamos will also play games Tuesday and Wednesday during the holiday tournament.

  • Red River to host skijoring

    Horse. Cowboy. Skier. Rope. This high-adrenaline, sport combines all four.
    In skijoring, a skier hangs on to a rope attached to a horse and glides across the snow. It’s like horse-drawn waterskiing on snow. Best of all, skijoring is a thrilling spectator sport. With speeds of up to 40 mph, the action is fast-paced and exciting. You see the skiers being towed by a horse at a full gallop.
    The inaugural Red River Skijoring races will be held Jan. 16-17. The races will start each day at high noon on River Street in Red River.
    Teams will race through a time-trial course with skiers navigating gates, jumps, and, at times, even spearing rings. Authentic horsepower and big spills make this truly one-of-a-kind winter western event.
    The event is free for spectators.
    Competitors can find registration information and rules on the event website, RedRiverSkijoring.com. There are daily cash prizes and prizes for overall winners of both days of competition in all divisions (novice, sport and open). For the safety of the horses, riders and skier’s this is strictly a no-dogs event.

  • Pajarito big winner from storm

    A winter storm made sure skiers and snowboarders around the state will can have a white Christmas on the slopes.
    On Tuesday, the storm blanketed the state, and most of the western United States, with a fresh white layer.
    Pajarito, however, was the big winner on Tuesday night in New Mexico. Pajarito received 10 inches of new snow, compared to seven at Santa Fe, six at Sandia Peak, four at Sipapu two at Angel Fire and one at both Taos Ski Valley and Ski Apache.
    The storm also stuck around Wednesday to continue adding to the snow totals.
    Pajarito reported that 32 of its 44 runs were open Wednesday, which included almost every run on the west side of the mountain. It’s also reported a 29-inch base Wednesday.
    Depending on how much more snow falls, the trails under the Townsight lift could be ready to ride soon.
    Next week, Pajarito will celebrate the end of 2015 with a torchlight parade, beginning at sundown Jan. 31.

  • Udall secures safety provisions...

    WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Commerce committees, announced that the president has signed into law as part of the “omnibus” appropriations measure several sports safety provisions that Udall has championed to help protect youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. Udall has led efforts in Congress to improve equipment safety standards and curb false advertising claims, focusing on ensuring parents, coaches and players have the information they need to make important decisions about how to prevent head injuries.

  • Hilltoppers hit the mat at...

    The Hilltoppers wrestled five duals at Piedra Vista’s Panther Classic Saturday and won two of them.
    “It was one of the best tournaments we’ve been to so far,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said.
    Los Alamos beat Dolores (Colorado) and Piedra Vista’s silver squad, but fell to Farmington, Cleveland and Cleveland’s junior varsity.
    Cleveland, the top-ranked team in New Mexico, went on to beat Piedra Vista in the championship dual, 50-18.
    Against Los Alamos, however, the Storm backed down instead of taking on Hilltopper’s top wrestler, Lane Saunders.
    “Cleveland ducked him,” Hatt said. “They’re supposed to be the best team in the state and they had a guy, they just would not wrestle him.”
    With that forfeit and a few others, Saunders only wrestled one match. He won by decision against Farmington’s 195-pounder.
    Dylan Irish bumped up to 170 pounds for the tournament and had a successful day at the new weight, going 3-2.
    The coach also said Damien Sundby and Chris Romero were “in every match” that they wrestled, working hard to give themselves a chance to win at the end. They prevailed a few times came up a little short other times.

  • Lead slips away late from...

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team (3-5) almost won its third game in a row Friday at Highland (1-5), but was unable to close the contest out and ended up losing, 73-64.
    The ’Toppers took an eight-point lead into halftime and maintained a four-to-10 point lead for most of the third. Highland cut the lead to two points at the end of the third, but Los Alamos was able to pull away again.
    In the last three minutes of the game, however, Highland caught up and then took the lead.
    The ’Toppers were short-handed in the contest, playing without Michael Naranjo and Adam Paulson. Playing extra minutes without them fatigued the other players.
    “Our guys got tired in that fourth quarter,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “That led to some bad decisions and silly turnovers that let them get back in the game.”
    Once Highland took the lead, Los Alamos was forced to foul and send them to the free-throw line, which led to the final tally.
    “The boys need to figure out how to play when they’re ahead,” Kluk said. “You let a team hang around at home and they’ll find a way to beat you.”
    The team’s offense played well to score 64 points and coach Kluk said, “Jack Stewart had a pretty game offensively.”