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  • Lobos drop home game to Boise...

    The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team had three players reach the 20-point mark, but couldn’t slow down Boise State as the Lobos fell 91-85 Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena.
    Jaisa Nunn (25 points), Tesha Buck (25 points) and Cherise Beynon (24 points) combined for 74 of UNM’s 85 points, however Boise State shot a blistering 53.2 percent from the field (33-for-62) – including 7-for-15 from 3-point range (46.7 percent) and 18-for-20 from the free-throw line (90 percent) – to avenge a 100-83 loss to the Lobos earlier this season in Albuquerque.

    UNM led for much of the first half and by as much as nine points in the second quarter after a Beynon basket with 7:37 left in the quarter. The Lobos’ lead slowly was trimmed down to one with less than a minute remaining before Boise State’s Tess Amundsen scored just as the buzzer sounded to give the Broncos a 41-40 lead at the half.

    The lead swapped back and forth nine times in the third quarter alone with Buck finding Beynon cutting on the baseline for a basket to give the Lobos a 62-61 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
    After a Boise State basket gave the Broncos the lead again, Tesha Buck drained one of her five 3-pointer to give UNM a 65-63 lead with 9:41 left. Unfortunately for UNM, it would be its last lead.

  • Hilltoppers come up short in...

    Despite strong offensive efforts from Becca Green and Susana Gallegos, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team blew an 8-point fourth quarter lead, falling to Albuquerque Academy 42-38 in overtime.

    The game was a hard-fought battle throughout, with the teams fighting for every loose ball and forcing more than a dozen held-ball calls. Nearly every trip down the floor resulted in at least a few players tangled up on the ground.

    Gallegos set the tone in the game early, as she drove hard to the basket every time she got the ball in her hand, earning three trips to the free-throw line in the first quarter. She went 3-6 from the line, and added a layup, scoring 5 of the team’s 9 points in the quarter.

    Thanks to her strong play, and Academy’s inability to knock down shots throughout the first eight minutes, LAHS led 9-7 after the first quarter.

    Green took over for the Hilltoppers in the second quarter, putting up 7 points, as she took advantage of her size advantage on the inside, which gave her an easy lane to the basket.

    The Chargers hung around throughout the half, and gained a big boost from a late 3-pointer from Mercy Moya that kept Academy within striking distance as LAHS led 20-14 at halftime.

  • Lobos come up short against Utah...

    Despite dressing just seven players, The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team closed a 15-point deficit to just three with one minute left before falling 89-80 on the road at Utah State. Four players saw 34 minutes or more on the floor to tie or set personal-highs for most minutes in a game.

    Junior Anthony Mathis paced the Lobos in the near-comeback with a career-high 25 points in his career-high 36 minutes, followed by junior Chris McNeal with 21 points in 36 minutes. McNeal’s 21 points marked his third time this season scoring 20+ points and his most points in a game since he scored 29 in the fourth game of the season against Tennessee Tech.

    Senior Joe Furstinger played nearly the entire 40 minutes, tallying six points, nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and one steal.

    Freshman Makuach Maluach was the third Lobo to register double figures, collecting 15 points, while finishing second on the team in rebounds with six.

    “Unfortunately we just couldn’t get any stops tonight...I’m disappointed we lost, I felt like we had a chance to win the game. We were not very good mentally tonight,” head coach Paul Weir said. “I don’t know if that was the distractions of guys not being here, I don’t believe it’s fatigue, but maybe it could have been.”

  • Atomic City Update: District...

    For any high school team, winning against rival schools is one of the most satisfying feelings. Most of the time, the kids on rival teams are the ones you have known for years, and probably competed with at some point. They know what you do well, and you know what they do well. That sense of familiarity creates some of the best competition, and makes the desire to win even greater.

    This is one of the reasons why having both basketball teams at Los Alamos High School go 0-4 through the first rotation of district games is so frustrating, for those in the community who watch, and especially those who are coaching and playing.

    For the boys’ team, this is an unexpected development. Heading into this season, the team appeared primed for immediate success. With eight seniors on the roster, the team was expected to be one of the top teams in Class 5A, and was selected by the Santa Fe New Mexican as the team to beat in District 2-5A.

    However, things haven’t gone as expected. LAHS has lost all four of its district games, with the closest game coming in a 6-point loss against Capital High School.

    In the other games, an 11-point loss to Albuquerque Academy, a 13-point loss to Del Norte and a 24-point loss to Española Valley, the outcome was decided long before the final whistle blew.

  • Prominent baseball agent...

    A prominent baseball agent says players are angered over the slow free-agent market and suggests they consider boycotting spring training.

    Brodie Van Wagenen, co-head of CAA Baseball, floated the idea in a statement released Friday, less than two weeks before spring training workouts are to start in Florida and Arizona.

    “The players are upset. No, they are outraged. Players in the midst of long-term contracts are as frustrated as those still seeking employment,” he said. “I would suggest that testing the will of 1,200 alpha males at the pinnacle of their profession is not a good strategy for 30 men who are bound by a much smaller fraternity.”
    J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb, Greg Holland and Lance Lynn remain among the dozens of unsigned free agents.

    “There is a rising tide among players for radical change. A fight is brewing,” he said. “A boycott of spring training may be a starting point, if behavior doesn’t change. Players don’t receive their paychecks until the second week of April. Fine them? OK, for how much? Sue them? OK, they’ll see you in court two years from now.”

  • Atomic Tumblers bring home 17...

    Competing against 15 teams from around the region, the Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers brought home 17 gold medals at the annual Winter Fiesta competition in Albuquerque.

    The Atomic Tumblers competed In the Xcel competition. Los Alamos was the only team in New Mexico who fielded enough gymnasts in the (top) Diamond Division for team competition, meaning no team competition was held.

    Individually, Brianna Fryer brought home a gold medal with a score of 8.90 on the bars, and earned fourth place in the all-around competition. Hannah Gram took home the silver medal in the all-around.

    In the Platinum competition, Atomic Tumblers took second place as a team. There were two age divisions, junior and senior, but all Los Alamos gymnasts competed in the junior division. Megan Brown earned the silver medal in the all-around, while Colette Bibeault earned the bronze. Individually, Bibeault earned a gold on the beam with a score of 9.20, Sara Gardner earned a gold on the floor with a score of 9.20 and Danielle Trellue earned a gold on the vault with a score of 9.20.

  • Lobos extend winning streak to...

    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team forced 23 turnovers and racked up 13 3-pointers en route to its third-straight victory on Saturday night at Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit. The Lobos dominated the visiting Colorado State Rams by a score of 80-65 to claim a solo third place in the Mountain West.

    Four Lobos led the squad scoring in double figures including senior Joe Furstinger (13), junior Anthony Mathis (13) and senior Antino Jackson (12). Junior Troy Simons was the fourth double-digit scorer on the night, also posting a team-best 13 points in his return back to the court.

    Simons has not played in the last five games for UNM.

    Jackson added a season-high 11 assists to his 13 points for UNM’s second point-assist double-double of the season.

    Junior Chris McNeal tallied one in the first game of the season against Northern New Mexico, which marked the first for a Lobo since March 2, 2014.

  • Top-ranked Sundevils dominate...

    Facing its biggest test of the season, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team was unable to slow down the top ranked team in Class 5A, falling to Española Valley High School 87-63.

    But just looking at the final box score wouldn’t do the Hilltoppers justice. In the early going, it was clear that the kids from Los Alamos were overwhelmed, and somewhat intimidated.

    Ill-advised shots were taken all over the floor, and turnovers happened with regularity throughout the first quarter. The Sundevils scored the first 9 points of the game, and the Hilltoppers answered with 7 straight.

    And then the real problems began. With the help of Hilltopper turnovers, Española Valley scored 22 straight points, and appeared unstoppable from everywhere on the floor.

    The scoring run gave the Sundevils a 31-7 lead in the second quarter, a deficit that would be nearly impossible for any team to overcome.

    LAHS never stopped fighting, though.

    Through the remainder of the second quarter, the Hilltoppers kept the deficit the same, with both teams scoring 15 points. After knocking down just three shots in the first quarter, LAHS connected on six shots in the second quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers from Ramon Roybal and Brandan Duran.

    Heading into halftime, the Sundevils led 46-22.

  • Hilltoppers fail to execute in...

    Finding areas that need improvement on the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team is easy. Figuring out the solutions in those areas is far more difficult.

    Issues that have popped up all season, free throw shooting, ball handling, clock management, were on full display Saturday night as the Hilltoppers fell to Española Valley High School 37-27.

    It was a sloppy contest from the very beginning, as the Hilltoppers were unable to hold onto the ball, leading to easy baskets for the Sundevils. Española Valley’s Kaylee Chavez took advantage of the offensive opportunities throughout the first quarter, as she scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

    Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers were unable to get anything going in the first quarter, scoring only 3 points on one made basket.

    After the first quarter, the Hilltoppers trailed 17-3.

    The struggles continued on the offensive end for LAHS into the second quarter, but the defense was much better. The Sundevils were only able to score 6 points in the second quarter, but LAHS added just 4 points, as the Hilltoppers trailed 23-7 heading into halftime.

  • Cibola too much for LAHS to...

    Heading into this season, Los Alamos High School hockey coach Kevin Brake said he expected this to be a rebuilding year. And he was completely right. With a young roster, and very little experience on defense, the group has struggled this year and finds itself well behind the leaders in the standings of the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League as the season winds down.

    Last weekend, in the final games of the season at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, league leader Cibola invaded and dominated a two-game series, defeating the Hilltoppers 5-1 Friday night and 12-4 Saturday morning.

    Cibola has only lost one time in regulation this season, and has a record of 11-1-2. The Cougars have outscored opponents 114-50, and are one of the most aggressive teams in the league.

    Friday night, Cibola wasted very little time showing why it has dominated all season.

    Six minutes into the first period, Cibola’s Steven Bitzer scored a shorthanded goal, his first goal of the season, to put the Cougars on top 1-0.

    Though Jared Carnes scored for the Hilltoppers with just over one minute left in the first period to even the score 1-1, the joy was short-lived.