• Lobos could be in tight MW title race
    The vision of prognosticators looking in at the upcoming Mountain West race probably has changed, but only a bit. There is still the “Big Four,” beginning with the University of New Mexico followed by Boise State, San Diego State and UNLV.  But has the order changed from the preseason musings tossed out in October? And is 10-2 Utah State good enough to change it to a “Big Five?” And could it be that the rest of the MW teams are fired up to prove everyone wrong? UNM was the almost-unanimous preseason pick to protect its MW title and return to the throne. Right now, there really is no reason to question that October pick. But are the No. 20-ranked San Diego State Aztecs now the favorites heading into January? For sure, this is going to be a dog-eat-dog race and there doesn’t look to be too many conference cupcakes, especially for teams playing on the road. UNM is 9-3 with all three losses coming against quality teams. Anytime you head into a conference race with maybe the best one-two inside game — Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow — and probably the best all-around guard — Kendall Williams — you know you are going to be a threat for that title.
  • Outdoor Notes 12-25-13
    Information sought in poaching case ALAMOGORDO – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the apprehension of an individual or individuals believed to have illegally killed four deer and then dumped the carcasses near Alamogordo. The deer carcasses were found Dec. 1 along Dulce Road in the Boles Acres subdivision south of Alamogordo. Most of the meat and the head of one deer had been removed. Several Wal-Mart bags of deer meat also were found at the site. The person who found the carcasses reported seeing a maroon Ford F-150 pickup in the area of the dump site. Anyone with information about this apparent poaching incident or any information about the Ford pickup is urged to call Operation Game Thief toll-free at 1-800-432-4263. Callers also may contact Marcelino Peralta, Alamogordo District wildlife officer, at 575-430-4212. Callers need not identify themselves. If the information leads to an arrest or filing of charges, the caller may be eligible for a $500 reward. Youth waterfowl hunts set in Bernardo
  • Lobos earn a big win over Antelopes
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — For much of the season, New Mexico has been a 3-man basketball team offensively with Kendall Williams, Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk carrying more than their fair share of the scoring load. But new options are starting to emerge for the Lobos as they try to patch the gap left by injured point guard Hugh Greenwood, who is expected back when the schedule resumes Jan. 4 with the start of Mountain West play against Colorado State. Cullen Neal did an admirable job of running the point Monday, finishing with 18 points and seven assists, to lead New Mexico to an 80-68 win over Grand Canyon. Neal drilled an open 3-pointer early in the game, then fed his teammates for buckets on three consecutive possessions the help the Lobos get out to a 15-3 lead in which every starter scored. It’s all part of a renewed emphasis on distributing the ball, said Neal’s father, Lobos coach Craig Neal. “It feels good that we’re finally making some shots,” he said. “I think our guys are really gelling and trusting their teammates and making the extra pass. I told the guys just the last two games, the only way you’re going to get back to your winning ways is if you’re playing together and sharing the ball.”
  • Aggies win rematch with Lobos at The Pit Tuesday
    ALBUQUERQUE — Even though New Mexico State jumped out to an early 18-point lead, Aggies coach Marvin Menzies knew it was going to take a big play at the end to secure a win against rival New Mexico. That’s exactly what he got when Renaldo Dixon batted away a fastbreak layup attempt with 34 seconds remaining that would have tied it. Instead, New Mexico State held on for a 67-61 victory over the Lobos. “There’s got to be a player that does something special to win a game like this,” Menzies said. The Aggies (9-5) had just seen a 61-54 lead with 1:03 left whither to 61-59 when Arthur Edwards snared an errant pass and headed toward the Lobos’ end. He dished it off to Cullen Neal, who drove to the basket. “I knew he was going to go challenge,” Menzies said. “I saw him running for it and timing it up. I was thinking just don’t foul him, just don’t foul him, just don’t foul him. And there was a man in between him, he actually came from behind his own teammate to make the block. So that makes it even more fantastic.” That was the game’s key play, said New Mexico coach Craig Neal. “You’re down two with 40 seconds to go with a chance to tie and we didn’t tie it,” he said. “And they finished the game.”
  • Aggies seeking payback in 2nd game of their series with Lobos
    ALBUQUERQUE — They’re big. Nothing has changed about the New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team’s core. They still have 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar and he has a nice supporting row of Aggie bigs, including 6-10 Tshilidzi Nephawe and 6-10 Renaldo Dixon. The Lobos cut down those trees in Las Cruces. Can they repeat the performance in The Pit and get the sweep tonight? “They have a really good team,” said Lobo head coach Craig Neal. “I think they are going to come in here and expect to win.” It’s a difficult thing to step into The Pit and leave with a victory. The Aggies probably are good enough to do that, but they have to change the way they played in Las Cruces earlier this month in a 79-70 University of New Mexico win. NMSU head coach Marvin Menzies was not happy with his Aggies’ performance in that loss. Simply put: there wasn’t enough fire for a NMSU team defending its home turf against its in-state rival. Tonight, the Aggies have to change a lot of things. They also have to figure out how to take one of the Lobos’ big three out of the scoring column in a big way, although they did it in Las Cruces and still lost.
  • No. 13 Kansas downs UNM 80-63
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Joel Embiid had just picked up his second foul, and like so many other games this season, he knew he was going to be spending the rest of the first half sitting on the Kansas bench. The 7-foot freshman vowed to make up for it in the second half. Embiid scored 16 of his career-high 18 points over the final 20 minutes, leading the No. 13 Jayhawks to an 80-63 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night that ended a two-game skid. "I was frustrated, even though I didn't think the second one was a foul," said Embiid, a native of Cameroon who's only been playing basketball for a few years. "Yeah, I wanted it bad, and they wanted to throw me the ball and let me score, and that's what I needed to do." Perry Ellis scored 21 points and Andrew Wiggins, despite dealing with foul trouble all night, added 11 for the Jayhawks (7-3), who led 39-38 at halftime before using two big runs to put it away. It was the Jayhawks' ninth straight win at the Sprint Center, including their run to last year's Big 12 tournament title. After dropping games at Colorado and Florida, the win also kept Kansas from losing three straight non-conference games for the first time since the 1982-83 season.
  • UNM knocked out in Final Four
    CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Patrick Hodan led Notre Dame to its first NCAA men’s soccer final, scoring twice in the Fighting Irish’s 2-0 semifinal victory over New Mexico on Friday night at PPL Park. Notre Dame (16-1-6) will face Maryland in the title game Sunday. Maryland beat Virginia 2-1 in the second semifinal. Hodan has scored in six straight games, the last four in the NCAA tournament, and has 11 goals this season. “He’s a little guy,” Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark said. “But he’s Superman when he puts on a uniform. ... He’s a special talent and a special kid.” Harrison Shipp, a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation’s best player, assisted on both goals. Shipp, who has 12 goals and 10 assists this season, controlled the tempo in the middle of the field to frustrate the Lobos defense. “Coming into this year, we had one ultimate goal: to bring the program to the final four and win a national championship,” Shipp said. “And I think we’ve assembled the right group of guys. I don’t think we have any weaknesses on the field.”
  • Prep Basketball: Scores from Friday games
    Boys Basketball Albuquerque Academy 80, Piedra Vista 45 Bloomfield 53, Whitehorse, Utah 30 Carrizozo 78, Alamo-Navajo 39 Centennial 57, Los Lunas 51 Dexter 77, Jal 37 Eldorado 70, Hope Christian 64 EP Andress, Texas 62, Manzano 59 EP Bel Air, Texas 62, Capital 36 Gadsden 44, Carlsbad 27 Gallup 81, Cleveland 43 Ganado, Ariz. 50, Navajo Pine 47 Hobbs 72, EP Chapin, Texas 61 Ignacio, Colo. 53, Shiprock 46 Kirtland Central 74, Mesilla Valley Christian 63 Logan 54, Melrose 52 McCurdy 61, Pecos 49 Monte del Sol 64, Santa Fe Indian 57 Moriarty 35, Farmington 26 Questa 65, Native American Community Academy 53 Reserve 71, Mountainair 31 Sandia 65, Volcano Vista 56 Sandia Prep 41, Wingate 38 Santa Fe Prep 69, Santa Fe 59 Taos 54, Mora 36 Tularosa 44, Aztec 40 West Mesa 72, Del Norte 52 Cliff Tournament Cliff 83, Academia Juarez, Mexico 57 Cobre 63, Animas 26 Lordsburg 61, Duncan, Ariz. 54
  • N.M. prep basketball results
     Boys basketball Alamogordo 33, El Paso Americas, Texas 30 Aztec 60, Tularosa 59, OT Cliff 84, Wagon Mound 44 Clovis Christian 57, Mosquero 36 Deming 73, Santa Fe Prep 65 Dora 76, Gateway Christian 27 Duncan, Ariz. 61, Animas 8 Estancia 59, Reserve 42 Fort Sumner 84, Floyd 59 Friona, Texas 71, Tucumcari 56 Hatch Valley 61, Mountainair 37 Ignacio, Colo. 62, Bloomfield 37 John Mall, Colo. 68, Des Moines 29 Magdalena 71, Carrizozo 53 Melrose 71, Grady 50 Mesilla Valley Christian 67, Shiprock 65 Monte del Sol 58, Questa 38 Oñate 43, Clint Horizon, Texas 36 Piedra Vista 59, Thoreau 43 Raton 75, Hoehne, Colo. 71 Roswell 85, Portales 50 Roswell 85, Portales 50 Rye, Colo. 76, Springer 46 Taos 73, Goddard 63 Thoreau 80, Navajo Pine 72   Girls basketball Cleveland 60, Kirtland Central 54 Clovis 73, St. Pius 61 Elida 65, Dexter 8 El Paso Bel Air, Texas 61, Deming 45 Farmington 37, Ignacio, Colo. 32 Floyd 53, Fort Sumner 48 Friona, Texas 47, Tucumcari 31 Gallup 95, Wingate 38
  • Ski Report 12-06-13
    Angel Fire 16-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Pajarito 18-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Red River 24-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 31 trails and 4 lifts open. Sandia Peak 24-inch base, 14 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Santa Fe 38-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 71 trails and 6 lifts open. Sipapu 24-inch base. 10 inches of new snow reported. 9 trails and 3 lifts open. Ski Apache 7-inch base. No new snow reported. 3 trails and 3 lifts open. Taos 32-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 54 trails and 5 lifts open. Enchanted Forest 20-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 33 trails open. Valles Caldera Conditions not reported.