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  • Atomic City Update: Title IX violations a bad start to an important summer for UNM
    More than any year before, this summer will determine the future of University of New Mexico athletics, for better or worse. Due to a mountain of debt accumulated under the previous school and athletic administrations, drastic measures will be taken, including the elimination of one or more sports, to be announced July 1 or earlier.  The first step in that process was a Title IX assessment of the school’s athletic department, released last week. The assessment showed a variety of serious problems that need to be addressed, something that won’t be easy at all with the financial troubles facing the school. Among the top problems are the disparity between athletic opportunities for men and women and the difference in locker rooms and training facilities between men and women’s sports.  To me, the most disturbing thing to come out of the Title IX assessment was the description of how the softball locker room differs from the baseball locker room, as well as the conditions that the volleyball teams are forced to endure. 
  • Former LAHS baseball star named Freshman All-American at UNM
    Connor Mang of Los Alamos was certainly the brightest of bright spots among UNM baseball’s freshman class. This week, he was officially recognized as such, as Collegiate Baseball named Mang to its Freshman All-America team. He is UNM’s 10th Freshman All-American since the 2008 season, and the fifth since 2015.  He is the first UNM Collegiate Baseball All-American as a first baseman since D.J. Peterson in 2011. Overall, Mang hit .326 over 48 games with 10 doubles, three triples, two homers and 27 RBI.  His batting average was second on the team, and he was tied for third in doubles and RBI.  He had 15 multi-hit games including eight three-hit games and he ended the season with an 11-game on-base streak. Mang opened the season as UNM’s third baseman before moving to second.  He moved to first base during the fifth weekend of the season and made himself a home there, solidifying UNM’s defense and giving the Lobos some corner pop with his bat.  Despite having not previously played the position, he committed just one error all season at first.
  • New pro soccer team coming to N.M.
     ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The United Soccer League, the second-highest professional soccer level in America behind Major League Soccer, announced it will bring a team to Albuquerque. USL Commissioner Jake Edwards and USL New Mexico President and Owner Peter Trevisani said Wednesday that the team will begin play in March. Public input will establish the formal club name.
  • Mang brothers lead UNM offense
    Since returning from a hand injury in mid-March, former Los Alamos High School baseball player Jared Mang has been an offensive force for the University of New Mexico, leading the Lobos through a difficult Mountain West conference schedule.  Mang, who is considered a future MLB draft prospect, has played in 10 games since coming back from his injury, hitting four home runs and putting together a .314 average.  The Lobos have been inconsistent throughout the season in large part due to a pitching staff that does not have a starter with an earned run average under 5.34.  Because of the up-and-down pitching, the offense is being counted on to step up and perform, a role Mang has embraced.  In the 10 games since his return, the Lobos are 6-4, including wins over Mountain West rivals Air Force and San Diego State.  Mang is also hitting for power with consistency. He has hit home runs two games in a row, and has driven in at least one run in three straight games.  He currently leads the Lobos with four home runs, despite missing 12 games during the early part of the season.  Last year, Mang was the top hitter for the Lobos, collecting 90 hits and a .373 average. 
  • UNM softball breaks losing streak against Fresno State
    For the first time since April 4, 2014, The University of New Mexico Lobos topped the Fresno State Bulldogs on Thursday night with a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh from junior Monica Salas. The 4-3 victory breaks Fresno State’s 11-win streak over UNM. With the win, the Lobos improve to 9-24 on the season, 3-4 in Mountain West play, while Fresno State (17-15) is now 2-2 in league competition. Sophomore Jensen Main started in the circle and pitched six effective innings before allowing three runs in the top of the seventh. She gave up just five hits in 6.1 innings and looked to be headed for her second career shutout before the Bulldogs rallied in the seventh. Senior Krissy Fortner closed out the final two outs in the top of the seventh with the Lobos down one to claim the win. The Lobos were leading 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh before a one-out, two-RBI double off the wall from Fresno State’s Hayleigh Galvan. Galvan drove in second-baseman Miranda Rohleder, who led off with a double, and pinch-runner Dolly Stevens to tie it up, 2-2.
  • NMSU basketball star earns national honors
    New Mexico State senior forward Jemerrio Jones was named an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention on Wednesday, and became just the fifth Aggie men’s basketball player to earn AP All-America accolades. Jones also became the ninth Aggie player to earn All-America status ever and the third-straight NM State player to achieve AP All-America Honorable Mention status. The Memphis, Tenn., product joins James Moore (2003), Daniel Mullings (2014), Pascal Siakam (2016) and Ian Baker (2017) as the only players to have earned AP All-America honors. The reigning WAC Player of the Year finished his senior season averaging 11.0 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The 13.2 boards per game this year was good for second-most in the nation while his 450 total rebounds leads all players in the NCAA heading into the Final Four. In addition, his 9.50 defensive rebounds per game topped all Division I players while his 3.74 offensive rebounds per game is good for 10th-best in the country. His 21 double-doubles tied him for sixth-most in the NCAA while his lone triple-double tied him for third. Jones then became just the third Aggie to record a triple-double when he posted 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Eastern New Mexico.
  • UNM falls in NIT Sweet 16
    In a game that had some eerie similarities to UNM’s last loss, a poor third quarter allowed TCU to race back from down seven at the break to take a lead they would hold the rest of the way, as the Horned Frogs defeated New Mexico 81-72, ending UNM’s season at 25-11, one win short of a school record. The Lobos were looking for a third quarterfinal appearance in the WNIT all-time in six trips, but a 3-for-16 third quarter just couldn’t be overcome. The loss was similar to UNM’s 69-66 Mountain West Tournament quarterfinal loss to Wyoming in which the Lobos shot 1-for-14 in the third quarter, losing a 15-point lead. It started out well, the UNM shooting 50 percent in the first half, opening at one point a 34-20 lead, its biggest of the game.  A strong opening quarter saw Tesha Buck score eight and Cherise Beynon seven, with Beynon having to deal with two early fouls. Up 24-17, UNM went on a 10-3 run which ended on a Laneah Bryan three in the corner. However, after a TCU basket and a UNM miss Beynon was whistled for a very late foul, sending her to the bench, and TCU was able to whittle the lead down to seven at the break as UNM scored just one field goal the rest of the second quarter.
  • UNM advances to NIT Sweet 16
    It was an offensive display for the ages, or at least for the Lobo postseason history books. New Mexico blistered and battered a stout Rice squad to the tune of 93 points, a Lobo postseason record, as New Mexico advanced to the Round of 16 in the WNIT for the third time in school history with a 93-73 victory over the Owls. The win pushed UNM’s win record to 25-10, tying for the third-most wins in school history, and now just one away from tying for the most wins in school history. The Lobos also improved to 19-2 in home games this season. The Lobos trailed for much of the opening quarter, and after taking a 13-12 lead, found themselves down 14-13 at the 2:39 mark of the first quarter. That, however, was Rice’s last lead, as Madi Washington hit a three-pointer to spark a 14-0 run that put Rice behind the 8-ball. Washington’s three made it 16-14, and then she hit another 39 seconds later. Jaisa Nunn, who went over the 1,000-point mark in the game, hit a short jumper in the lane in the waning moments to give UNM a 21-14 lead. They weren’t done. Nunn opened the scoring in the quarter and then Cherise Beynon hit back-to-back baskets and suddenly UNM was up 27-14.
  • Isotopes to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture in 2018
    As part of Minor League Baseball’s initiative celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture, the Albuquerque Isotopes will transform into “Mariachis de Nuevo México” for four games during the upcoming 2018 season. Mariachis, like baseball, provide the colorful soundtrack to people’s lives.  Mariachi bands are an essential source of entertainment in Mexico and the Southwest region of the United States.   “Our Mariachis de Nuevo México campaign is designed to embrace an entire culture,” said Isotopes General Manager John Traub. “We want to show our organization’s commitment to the Hispanic fan base in Albuquerque, in New Mexico, in the Southwest and throughout the entire country.” The Isotopes alternate brand will include all aspects of the organization from new on-field Mariachi uniforms and caps, to brand new Spanish language social media accounts (@MariachisNM) for the Mariachis. Furthermore, Isotopes Park will transform from “The Lab” into “The Plaza” during the Copa Cup dates, complete with traditional decorations, piñatas and mariachi bands playing both outside and inside the ballpark.
  • Lobo track star named to Bowerman watch list
    University of New Mexico track & field student-athlete Josh Kerr captured a spot on The Bowerman Men’s Post-Indoor Watch List, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday. Kerr, a three-time NCAA champion and back-to-back NCAA mile titlist, is one of 10 men selected to the Post-Indoor Watch List, which is the fourth such list in 2018 for The Bowerman, the highest individual honor in collegiate track & field. Coming out of the 2018 indoor track & field season, Kerr has cemented himself as one of the elite middle-distance runners in the NCAA. The first male athlete to win back-to-back NCAA mile crowns since former Lobo Lee Emanuel (2009-10), Kerr defending his upstart win from 2017 with a gusty victory last week at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. Powered by his remarkable finishing speed, Kerr won the race in 3 minutes, 57.02 seconds. He is just the ninth male athlete to win consecutive national championships in the mile run over the 53-year history of the NCAA Indoor Championships. Kerr also rewrote the record books in February, as he ran a personal-record time of 3:54.72 to place second in the elite Wanamaker Mile at the 2018 NYRR Millrose Games at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City.