• Kirk named to preseason MW first team
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – This season, the University of New Mexico Lobos will be attempting to become the first team to win five Mountain West men’s basketball titles in the last six years. And looking at the media poll, many people think the Lobos can do it. UNM, with four starters returning for first-year head coach Craig Neal, was a near unanimous selection to win the Mountain West. The Lobos picked up 23 of 24 first place votes and are the preseason pick for the league title, according to media members from around the league. Along with the poll, UNM earned two big preseason individual honors. Kendall Williams was named the preseason Player of the Year, and he and Alex Kirk were both named preseason All-Conference. Kirk, a former standout for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, was an All-MW second-team selection following the 2012-13 season. He was also a U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District selection and named to the MW All-Defensive team. Kirk accomplished that after sitting out the 2011-12 campaign following back surgery. He is the top returning rebounder in the MW, ranking third last season with 8.8 rebounds per contest and was 13th in scoring (12.9 points per game) in Conference-only action. In addition, Kirk was also second in the league with 36 blocked shots in MW play.
  • State Roundup: Friday's NM prep football scores
    PREP FOOTBALL Albuquerque Academy 28, Los Alamos 13 Bloomfield 39, Miyamura 0 Clayton 51, Escalante 0 Clint Mountain View, Texas 34, Chaparral 13 Clovis 31, Goddard 28 Cobre 47, Zuni 0 Del Norte 55, Aztec 41 Deming 35, Silver 19 EP Cathedral, Texas 39, Santa Teresa 24 Eunice 35, Tucumcari 6 Farmington 21, St. Pius 0 Gateway Christian 52, Melrose 6 Hagerman def. Mescalero Apache, forfeit Hobbs 41, Alamogordo 0 Hondo 104, NMSD 0 Kirtland Central 44, Gallup 13 Laguna-Acoma 46, West Las Vegas 6 Las Cruces 54, Artesia 0 Lordsburg 12, Tornillo, Texas 0 NMMI 14, Capitan 13 Piedra Vista 47, Bernalillo 0 Portales 26, Pojoaque 14 Raton 53, Santa Fe Indian 0 Rio Rancho 28, Atrisco Heritage 27 Roswell 30, Gadsden 9 Ruidoso 28, Robertson 14 Santa Rosa 19, Dexter 7 Taos 49, Espanola Valley 7 Texico 47, Fort Sumner 25 Tohatchi 51, Wingate 0 Valley 31, Manzano 14
  • Bhullar named to top squad
    LAS CRUCES – CollegeInsider.com announced that New Mexico State University sophomore center Sim Bhullar has been named to the 2013 Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team. Bhullar finished his first season at NMSU playing in all 35 of the Aggies’ games while starting in 26 contests. He averaged 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and recorded a single-season record 85 blocks for the Aggies. Those 85 blocks helped the team set a team single-season record of 193 blocks. After the 2013-13 season, Bhullar was named to the 2013 Kyle Macy Freshman All-American team. The team features players from mid-major programs and is presented by CollegeInsider.com which also awards the Lou Henson Award annually to the top mid-major player in Division I. Henson is the winningest coach in Aggie history, as well as the winningest coach at Illinois. 
  • Aggies to face SDSU
    The New Mexico State University Aggies will look to break into the win column Saturday against San Diego State. The Aggies are 0-4 on the season and have been knocked around for most of those four games. Last week, the Aggies were crushed by the UCLA Bruins 59-13 in Pasadena. Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between NMSU and SDSU since 2010. SDSU, however, has won each of the last six meetings between the two teams. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Las Cruces.
  • Lobos take on UNLV in homecoming tilt
    The University of New Mexico Lobos return from an off to take on UNLV at University Stadium in the Lobos’ homecoming game. The Lobos’ homecoming contest is set for 6 p.m. Saturday night. New Mexico is 3-11 all-time in MW openers, its last win coming in 2005. Bye weeks haven’t been good in recent years to the Lobos (1-2), who have lost their last four games after bye weeks. UNM running back Kasey Carrier enters Saturday’s game against the Rebels as the nation’s 12th-ranked rusher and the Mountain West leader. The senior from Pearland, Texas, is averaging 122.3 yards per game on the ground. Also for UNM, sophomore kick returner Carlos Wiggins ranks seventh nationally with an average of 35.2 yards per attempt. Senior punter Ben Skaer is No. 16 in the country with an average of 44.7 yards per punt. The Rebels are 2-2 on the season, having won two straight for the first time in five years. UNLV quarterback Caleb Herring has been a big catalyst in those wins. His rating of 167.56 would be leading the MW if he had enough pass attempts. Herring’s wide receiver Devante Davis is No. 7 in receiving yards per game at 77.2. The UNLV defense is 10th in the nation in pass defense, allowing just 146.5 yards per game.
  • Free fishing day set for Saturday
    SANTA FE – Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day and to celebrate, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering free fishing in the state. Residents and non-residents of all ages can fish without a license at public waters in New Mexico.  “We want to encourage New Mexicans to get out with their families and enjoy their wildlife resources, and celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day on free fishing day is a great way to do that,” Department Fisheries Chief Mike Sloane said. Game and Fish and New Mexico State Parks are also partnering to provide a day of family fun at Fenton Lake State Park. Department staff will be on hand to give expert instruction and hands-on training in outdoor skills such as fishing and archery. First-time anglers are encouraged to come learn a new skill. Activities at Fenton Lake will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and will include free archery and fishing instruction, aquatics education and more. The state park charges a $5 per vehicle day-use fee. Walk-in entry is free. Fenton Lake State Park is owned by the State Game Commission and managed by New Mexico State Parks. For more information about National Hunting and Fishing Day activities at Fenton Lake State Park, call 575-829-3630. Bull elk found dead, poaching is suspected
  • UNM to honor former stars Mathis, Longley
    ALBUQUERQUE — Former University of New Mexico standout athletes Luc Longley and Terance Mathis will be inducted into the 2013 Hall of Honor at the school in a ceremony Nov. 15. Mathis, a star wide receiver for the Lobo football team who had a solid NFL career, and Longley, who won three NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls after his career at UNM, are among seven honorees in 2013. The Hall of Honor recognizes those around Lobo athletics that have made significant contributions.
  • Aggies set to tangle with Bruins Saturday
    The New Mexico State University Aggie football team isn’t making things easy for itself in seeking its first win of 2013. The Aggies will be on the road in Southern California to take on the UCLA Bruins Saturday. The Bruins (2-0) are ranked in the top 15 in both the Associated Press and national coaches poll. UCLA topped Nebraska in Lincoln last week 41-21 after falling behind by three scores early. NMSU has been outscored in its three games by a combined 142-49.
  • Friday's NM prep football scores
    PREP FOOTBALL Albuquerque Academy 12, Bernalillo 7 Artesia 20, Valencia 14 Atrisco Heritage 46, Centennial High School 7 Aztec 56, Raton 7 Belen 27, Moriarty 21, OT Bloomfield 25, Grants 17 Capitan 7, Fort Sumner 6 Cleveland 48, Onate 0 Cobre 41, Socorro 12 Deming 42, Santa Fe 0 Durango, Colo. 35, Piedra Vista 3 EP Eastwood, Texas 43, Gadsden 7 EP Jefferson, Texas 37, Chaparral 3 Escalante 32, Jal 28 Farmington 47, Miyamura 14 Foothill 24, Tatum 6 Fort Defiance Window Rock, Ariz. 44, Thoreau 6 Gateway Christian 52, Springer 0 Hagerman 20, Dexter 14 Hatch Valley 27, Texico 21, OT Hobbs 49, Roswell 35 Hondo 56, Floyd 0 Kayenta Monument Valley, Ariz. 71, Shiprock 40 La Cueva 55, Highland 0 Lake Arthur 63, Reserve 0 Lordsburg 54, Zuni 0 Los Alamos 8, St. Pius 10 Los Lunas 50, Del Norte 0 Manzano 14, Clovis 13 Mayfield 43, Carlsbad 21 Melrose 54, Mountainair 0 Navajo Prep 53, Crownpoint 0 Pojoaque 27, Espanola Valley 0
  • Sports Briefs 09-12-13
    Jaguar boys soccer, football forced to forfeit wins The Capital Jaguars boys soccer team was forced to vacate its four season-opening soccer wins after it was determined the team had used ineligible players. The forfeitures, of wins over Taos, St. Michael’s, Santa Fe Prep and Valencia, come just days after the Jaguars were forced to forfeit a football win over Socorro when it was likewise determined an ineligible player entered the game. Since the forfeitures, Capital’s boys soccer team has gone on to win games over Del Norte and Moriarty, both Class 4A schools. The Jaguar football team, which was idle last week, is scheduled to face Valley tonight. Loving High cancels 2013 varsity football season