• Lobos drop Aggies in Las Cruces
    The University of New Mexico Lobos opened up a 10-point lead at the half and made it stick despite a couple of attempt by the New Mexico State University Aggies to make it a ballgame. UNM won the first contest of its annual home-and-home series with NMSU Wednesday. Kendall Williams had 24 points and Cameron Bairstow added 20 as the Lobos downed the Aggies 79-70 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. The two teams will meet again Dec. 17 in Albuquerque. Aggie guard Daniel Mullings led his team with 16 points, but the Aggies struggled from the perimeter, connecting on just 4 of 19 attempts beyond the 3-point circle. Los Alamos native Alex Kirk got in foul trouble during the first half and saw limited playing time Wednesday. He finished with 9 points and 5 rebounds, the first time this season he failed to get into double-figures in either category.  
  • Prep basketball scores from Tuesday
    Boys Basketball Clovis Christian 33, Lubbock Southcrest Christian, Texas 31 Albuquerque Academy 68, Sandia 65 Atrisco Heritage 81, Belen 58 Aztec 65, San Juan Blanding, Utah 63, OT Bosque School 45, Pecos 18 Carlsbad 53, Goddard 51 Cliff 66, Cobre 41 Clovis 75, Amarillo Palo Duro, Texas 28 Dexter 64, Tularosa 53 El Paso Chapin, Texas 69, Las Cruces 68 Española Valley 96, Rio Rancho 86 Hope Christian 66, La Cueva 64 Kirtland Central 65, Durango, Colo. 54 Manzano 56, Capital 43 NMMI 64, Gateway Christian 26 NMSD 34, Desert Academy 27 Piedra Vista 66, Miyamura 55 Rio Grande 67, Santa Fe 58 Sandia Prep 49, Del Norte 48 Santa Fe Prep 61, West Las Vegas 59 Santa Teresa 40, Clint Mountain View, Texas 34 St. Pius 66, Gallup 58 Valencia 83, Socorro 53 Valley 72, Volcano Vista 68 Girls Basketball Clovis Christian 41, Lubbock Southcrest Christian, Texas 28 Albuquerque High 70, Capital 27 Artesia 46, Santa Teresa 25 Cleveland 49, Onate 41 Cliff 81, Cobre 34 Clovis 75, Amarillo Palo Duro, Texas 28 Cuba 63, Aztec 40
  • Lobos, Aggies to face off
    The University of New Mexico Lobos and the New Mexico State University Aggies will renew their men’s basketball rivalry again tonight. The Lobos will travel to Las Cruces to take on the Aggies at the Pan American Center in the first of their home-and-home annual series for this season. The rivalry between the two schools is the oldest for both and among the oldest in the nation. This is the 211th meeting between UNM and NMSU, with the Lobos holding a 115-95 edge. Recently, the rivalry has been dominated by the Lobos (5-1), who have won 10 of their last 11 meetings, including five straight wins in Las Cruces. Heading in, the Lobos have won two in a row, including a 73-66 victory over the San Diego Toreros Saturday night in Albuquerque. In that game, guard Kendall Williams scored 28 points and former Hillltopper Alex Kirk finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season. The Aggies (7-2), however, will be one of the toughest teams the Lobos have faced. The Aggies are off to their best start in the Marvin Menzies era and their best start since 2002 under legendary coach Lou Henson.
  • Kirk is All-Tourney, MW Player of Week
    Alex Kirk had a good week. The University of New Mexico Lobos, not quite as good. Kirk the standout, 7-foot center for the Lobos and the former Los Alamos Hilltopper star, picked up a pair of honors this week. He was named to the Charleston Classic All-Tournament team for his performance in the three-game tournament, and also picked up a Mountain West Player of the Week nod, the fourth weekly honor of his career. UNM finished third in the Charleston Classic, going 2-1 in three contests. UNM topped the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Davidson, but in between those two wins was a lopsided loss to UMass. The loss to the Minutemen was definitely not Kirk’s fault, as he dropped in a career-high 32 points. That loss, along with shaky defensive efforts against both Alabama-Birmingham and Charleston Southern the weekend earlier, knocked the Lobos out of the top 25 in both the Associated Press and the USA Today coaches polls this week. The Lobos (4-1) were in the top 20 in both polls a week earlier. In the Charleston Classic, Kirk had three consecutive double-doubles and, in doing so, became the second-leading rebounder in tournament history with his 36 total boards.
  • NM ski areas opening early due to storm's snowfall
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's ski season is starting early because of the big snowstorm last weekend. The Albuquerque Journal reports that ski areas planning to open Thanksgiving Day include Ski Santa Fe, Taos Ski Valley and Ski Apache near Ruidoso. Ski Santa Fe has 15 inches of new snow, adding up to a 27-inch base. Taos Ski Valley marketing director Adriana Blake says the resort got 26 inches of snow since Friday and she expects a 35-inch base. Ski Apache reports 10 inches of new snow and has its snow-making machines going. While the Journal report does not specificcally mention Pajarito Ski Hill just above Los Alamos, the operation's website indicates the hill received about 12 inches of snow during the storm. A Monday morning update indicates there is still insufficient snow to begin ski season. Long range weather forecasts for the region through February are still pointing toward above average temperatures and lower than normal precipitation. Other areas either already open or opening this week include Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Vadito and Red River Ski Area. Other ski hills plan to open in December.
  • Big runs by UMass sink Lobos
    If you look at Alex Kirk’s stat line and consider the University of New Mexico set a school record in blocked shots, you would think the 81-65 score Friday in the Charleston Classic leaned heavily toward Lobos. It didn’t. Despite a career-high 32 points from UNM’s 7-footer and despite 12 blocked shots by UNM, the Lobos were dumped into the consolation bracket thanks to a 16-point non-conference loss to UMass.  The Lobos play Davidson at 10 a.m. Sunday. Davidson fell to Clemson 85-54 Friday night. “Alex played one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play,” said Lobo head coach Craig Neal. “He went into beast mode and they couldn’t stop him.” The Lobos needed Kirk to play like a beast on Friday in Charleston.  Not too many other Lobos came with their A games probably, in part, a product of their tiring double-overtime win over Alabama-Birmingham Thursday. “I’m not making an excuse for our guys,” said Neal of the possibility his Lobos were a little leg weary. “I thought I had them prepared for the press, but we didn’t handle it very well.”
  • Walker hurt as Lobos fall to Texas, 67-52
    It was a rough night for the University of New Mexico Lobo women’s basketball team on all fronts Tuesday. Not only did the Lobos struggle from the field in the first half against the Texas Longhorns, 6-foot-2 center Ebony Walker was injured in the second half. Walker, a starter for the Lobos, was diagnosed with an Achilles tendon injury and could be sidelined for the balance of the season. UNM fell to Texas 67-52 at The Pit. Antiesah Brown had 14 points for the Lobos, but had to sit out a good portion of the game with foul trouble. UNM managed to connect on just 17.9 percent of its chances from the floor in the first 20 minutes, falling behind 30-18 at the break. “I really can’t tell you what’s going on with our slow starts,” Brown said. “We’re looking to catch the feel of the game instead of taking over the game.” For the Longhorns (3-0), Nneka Enemkpali had 19 points in the paint to lead all scorers. It will be another tough contest for the Lobos (1-2) Saturday when they take on No. 16 Colorado in The Pit. Lobo men to play in Puerto Rico in 2014
  • Playoff roundup: It's a 5-peat for Pojoaque Valley volleyball
    The Pojoaque Valley Elkettes made it five in a row at the state Class 3A volleyball tournament Saturday. Pojoaque Valley waltzed through the Class 3A field last week, dropping just two sets in direct elimination play to earn the 2013 state championship. Its title run was capped with a 3-1 victory over the Ruidoso Warriors. The Elkettes (20-4) have owned the 3A postseason since 2009 and haven’t been pushed even as far as a fifth set in the championship match since that time. This season, the Elkettes won their third title under a different head coach. Eric Zamora steered the team to the championship in 2013, while Joey Trujillo did likewise in 2012 and Brian Ainsworth in 2011 — Ainsworth left Pojoaque Valley to coach at Cleveland, which finished as the 5A runner-up. Goddard upsets Piedra Vista for Class 4A championship
  • First round prep football playoff scores
    PREP FOOTBALL Class 5A First Round Clovis 47, Volcano Vista 21 Rio Rancho 41, Carlsbad 38 Sandia 45, Atrisco Heritage 11 Class 4A First Round Centennial High School 36, Santa Fe 2 Deming 29, Roswell 19 Moriarty 48, Artesia 41, 3OT Valencia 47, Piedra Vista 38 Class 3A First Round Robertson 36, Portales 0 Class 2A First Round Estancia 54, Tularosa 14 Laguna-Acoma 38, Texico 7 Class 1A Semifinal Hagerman 60, Jal 6
  • State Notes 11-13-13
    Aggie men win late-night hoops contest at Hawaii KC Ross-Miller hit 10 straight foul shots for the New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team in the final 37 seconds as the Aggies won in Honolulu. Ross-Miller’s free throws helped lift the Aggies to a 95-88 victory over Hawaii. Meanwhile, Aggie star Daniel Mullings finished with a team-high 21 points and Remi Barry had a career-high 18 points in the finale of the Rainbow Classic, which took place at 3 a.m. Mountain Time Tuesday. The win improved the Aggies to 2-1 on the young season. Ironically, it was foul shooting that helped do the Aggies in last week in their loss to Western Michigan, where they managed just a 25-for-40 performance. NMSU shot a blistering 74 percent from the field in the second half Tuesday but struggled to put Hawaii away until late. NMSU hosts its cross-border rival UTEP Friday night. Brown is MW’s Player of the Week for the Lobos