Today's Sports

  • Fishing still good

    Abiquiu Lake: There have been no signs of kokanee for snagging.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 293 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and spinners for trout.
    Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain (south) and Corrales Drain was good using worms, salmon eggs, PowerBait, small streamers and San Juan worms.
    Bluewater Lake: As of Monday morning there was a thin layer of ice on the lake that was unsafe for fishing.
    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. Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,160 cfs and 1,190 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using spoons, PowerBait and salmon eggs for brown and rainbow trout.
    Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
    Eagle Nest Lake: There was a layer of thin ice on much of the lake which was unsafe for ice fishing. However, there was some open water for bank fishing.

  • After long drought, Davie-...

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — When Bob Davie became New Mexico’s head coach in 2011, he bluntly said he’d make no promises. The Lobos had lost 35 of their past 38 games and the previous coach had been fired following a slew of embarrassing off-field problems.
    Davie only said he would seek to “stabilize this program.”
    Four years after taking over the embattled football program, and 14 years since getting ousted himself as Notre Dame’s head coach, the 61-year-old Davie has the Lobos playing in their first bowl game in nearly a decade. New Mexico (7-5), will meet Arizona (6-6) in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday after a surprisingly solid season that saw the Lobos shock Boise State and Mountain West Mountain Division champion Air Force.
    Davie succeeded Lou Holtz at Notre Dame in 1997 and compiled a 35-25 record over five years. He was fired after the 2001 season with a 5-6 record.
    Davie said his return to the college postseason, his first since 2000, is “absolutely not” about redemption. It’s about rebuilding a program that still needs more work with a bowl appearance as a first step, he said.

  • Lobos complete sweep of NMSU

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Midway through the first half, with New Mexico State guard Ian Baker lying motionless, Wednesday’s game with rival New Mexico changed.
    “I just feel bad that Ian Baker got hurt and that hurt them,” said Lobos coach Craig Neal. “When they have their second-best player and maybe their glue get hurt, kind of like Devon (Williams) did, it kind of takes the wind out of everybody’s sails. I think it took the energy out of the game, his injury.”
    New Mexico (7-2) was able to muster energy to hold off the Aggies (5-5) just as it did earlier in the season in Las Cruces when forward Williams suffered an injury that later revealed a career-ending spinal condition.
    Baker, who is second on the team in scoring, suffered a head injury after running into a screen at midcourt. He lay motionless for about 10 minutes before slowly getting up and walking to the bench. New Mexico State spokesman Bill Powers said Baker is under the concussion protocol.
    But Baker’s absence certainly hurt New Mexico State, said Aggies coach Marin Menzies.
    “He’s one of our two backcourt guys,” he said. “It’s one of those deals where we were not going to be able to compete at our highest levels without our highest guys.”

  • Hilltopper hockey team wins...

    The Los Alamos hockey team was playing arguably its best hockey game of the season so far Sunday against the undefeated Amarillo Bulls.
    In the first period, Jared Carnes assisted Isaiah Archuleta to put the ’Toppers up 1-0. Less than four minutes later, Carson Schramm assisted Brett Ireland and Los Alamos took a 2-0 lead into the second period.
    “It was actually a very good game,” Los Alamos head coach Kevin Brake said. “We were up 2-0 and dominating.”
    Tempers, however, ended the contest early.
    The New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League’s official score sheet said the game was “suspended due to an assault on official.”
    There was said to be an altercation between two players and when the referee tried to tear them apart, he tripped and took down the Amarillo player with him. Amarillo’s coach Justin Linke then allegedly jumped over the wall, ran out to center ice, tackled the official and started punching him.
    The game was called after the incident, giving the 2-0 win to Los Alamos and ruining Amarillo’s undefeated record.
    The coach is also facing more serious repercussions than just a game misconduct for his actions.
    “It was a pretty crazy game,” coach Brake said.

  • Six wrestlers place at Capital

    The Los Alamos wrestling team competed in its first individual tournament Saturday in Santa Fe — Capital’s Jaguar Invitational.
    Six Hilltoppers placed in the tournament, helping Los Alamos finish eighth out of the 16 teams competing.
    “It was a good tournament,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said. “The kids wrestled way better this week than the week before. They’re improving steadily.”
    The team had three third-place finishers, two fourth-place finishers and one wrestler take fifth at Capital.
    The third-place finishers included Chris Romero at 160 pounds, Milo Light at 220 pounds Jacob Mairson at 285.
    Patrick Irish finished fourth behind Mairson at 285.
    Donovan Atencio placed fourth at 105 while Damien Sundby finished fifth at 152.
    Lane Saunders, who was recently ranked the eighth best wrestler in all of New Mexico by ZiaWrestler.com, was taking his ACT exam and did not compete. ZiaWrestler cited Saunders’ two state championships and third-place finish in his ranking. Saunders competes at 195 pounds. ZiaWrestler ranked Capital’s Jose Tapia (120 pounds) as the top wrestler in the state.
    The Jaguar Invite also featured a junior varsity tournament. Dylan Irish and Sam Harvey both took first while Eben Bold finished second in the JV competition.

  • Public comments sought on...

    SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments on proposed rule changes to better protect the state from the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species.
    “We need to further protect our state’s water resources and delivery infrastructure from these destructive invasive species,” said Mike Sloane, chief of the department’s Fisheries Division. “These rule changes will help us address some gaps we’ve discovered in enforcement and compliance.”
    The proposed changes to Aquatic Invasive Species rules include requiring all out-of-state boat owners to pass an inspection before launching a watercraft in New Mexico. The proposed rules also would make it mandatory for all boaters to stop at aquatic invasive species inspection and decontamination stations, and would provide for the creation of a seal of approval program.
    New Mexico remains free of zebra or quagga mussel infestation but is surrounded by states where the invasive species have taken root. The mussels can attach to structures and grow quickly, clogging inlet pipes and other equipment.
    New Mexico is one of only six western states that remain free of the invasive mussels, and the rule changes are needed to help keep it that way, Sloane said.

  • Hilltoppers win championship at...

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team knocked off Los Lunas, the defending Class 5A state champion, to win Albuquerque Academy’s Joe Armijo Invite Saturday.
    The ’Toppers (8-1) won the championship game, 63-59.
    “Winning this tournament was huge,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “We’re on breaking ground. Usually a metro or southern team wins it. For us to be playing on that level and winning says something about the hard work they’re doing.”
    Every quarter of the championship game was close. The Tigers (3-2) won the first two quarters by a single point each, but Los Alamos won the last two by four points and two points.
    “It was a really intense, physical game,” coach Trujillo said. “Last year I think we would have folded.”
    This year, however, the ’Toppers rose to the challenge and, at times, played with a chip on their shoulders.
    Down the stretch, Los Alamos made seven-of-eight free three throws to take a 10-point lead and finish on top.
    The team’s offense was also clicking throughout the game. “They seem really comfortable running the offense,” coach Trujillo said. “They’re really moving the ball well and reading the defenses.”

  • Hilltoppers finish fifth at...

    After a tough loss to Silver in the opening round of the Sandia Prep Sundevil Invitational, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team rebounded to win the consolation side of the bracket.
    The ’Toppers beat East Mountain, 72-37, and Valencia, 51-41, to take fifth place and improve to 3-4 overall.
    In the fifth-place game, Los Alamos took on Valencia for a second time this year. Los Alamos won the first meeting by 26, but the second contest was much closer.
    “They made some good adjustments to keep our size in check,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “It wasn’t an easy game; we didn’t dominate by any stretch.”
    Valencia rallied in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but Los Alamos matched their rally to finish on top.
    The ’Toppers also played aggressive on offense and capitalized from the free-throw line.
    “We were attacking the basket, drawing fouls and making free throws,” coach Kluk said.
    Los Alamos sunk 22-of-24 free throws in the second half, led by Antonio Trujillo who made 11-of-13. “He’s Mr. Consistency,” coach Kluk said.

  • Game of the Week Dec. 13-19

    The Los Alamos wrestling team will compete in its third tournament in three weeks, and second consecutive individual tournament, Saturday at Farmington’s Piedra Vista High School.
    The ’Toppers will also compete for a team score, but they’ll only be able to rely on themselves when they step on the mat.

    This week's games:
    Boys’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Highland, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Girls’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Artesia, varsity, 3:30 p.m.; junior varsity 2 p.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista tournament, varsity, TBD

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Public Schools, West Mesa Pool, varsity, 8:30 a.m.


  • Hilltoppers win championship

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball team beat the defending Class 5A state champ, Los Lunas, 63-59 to win Albuquerque Academy's Joe Armijo Invite Saturday. 

    Ashlynn Trujillo led the way for the 'Toppers. She scored a game-high 25 points and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

    Kayla Salazar was also named to the all-tournament team. She scored 15 points in the game.

    Sophia Roybal added 10 for the 'Toppers.

    Los Lunas had three players in double digits. Jordan Holland scored 14, Cera Chavez scored 14 and Daisha Martinez added 10 for the Tigers.