• Lobo cross country teams are tops in conference coaches polls
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s and women’s cross country teams were selected as the favorites to win their respective 2013 Mountain West titles as voted by the league’s coaches last week. The vote marks the third straight year both teams were picked to sweep the conference championships. The women’s squad has won five consecutive conference titles, while the men have won four years in a row. UNM’s men’s squad seized the top spot in the preseason poll by earning 49 points and seven of the eight first-place votes. The men return their entire conference lineup, including MW Athlete of the Year Luke Caldwell, and add a bevy of new talent. Air Force scored the final first-place vote and 42 total points to place second, while Boise State and Colorado State registered 34 total points apiece en route to sharing third. Utah State (24 points), Wyoming (20), Fresno State (13) and San José State (9) rounded out the nine-team poll. On the women’s side, the Lobos captured 10 of the 11 first-place votes and 100 points total to earn the top position in the women’s poll.
  • Isotopes hold off Express to win
    The Albuquerque Isotopes are getting hot again, although it may be too little, too late to compete for a division title. Albuquerque held on to top Round Rock 6-5 Monday at Isotopes Park. Round Rock, which is neck-and-neck with the Isotopes for the No. 2 spot in the PCL American Southern division, trailed 6-3 after six innings but pushed two runs across in the seventh to get back into the ballgame, but could never find the equalizer. Kelvin De La Cruz came on in relief of starter Jonathan Sanchez (6-3) and struck out two of the four batters he faced in the seventh to quell Round Rock’s comeback attempt. Peter Moylan and Javy Guerra, who got the save, held the Express scoreless in the eight and ninth for the win. The Isotopes (72-65) have now won five of six since returning home from a disastrous trip to Oklahoma City, getting swept in the five-game set. But on the strength of that sweep, the RedHawks (78-59) have opened up a six game cushion at the top of the standings with seven games remaining on the Isotopes’ regular season schedule. Albuquerque hosts its final three games at Isotopes Park starting tonight. Tonight’s game, as well as Wednesday’s and Thursday’s, starts at 6:35 p.m. They finish the season on the road with four games at New Orleans starting Friday.
  • Carrier is OK with carrying the Lobos
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Senior running back Casey Carrier is fine with carrying the offensive load for New Mexico, although the Lobos are hoping to show a more balanced attack this season. Carrier ran for 1,469 yards on 255 carries for a 5.8-yard average as a junior. He averaged 122.4 yards per game and scored 15 touchdowns. The Lobos threw for only 895 total yards — less than 70 per game — with just five touchdown passes. “We know we cannot survive like that this year,” said offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse. “We’ve got to be more diverse. We can’t be this predictable. So we’ve had to tweak our offense.” Carrier doesn’t mind carrying the load, but he understands the necessity. “I don’t think it’s a lot of pressure at all,” Carrier said. “I just have to come out and let the game come to me. Play my game. I think the offense will be very productive. It’s the same schemes but coach has definitely put a lot of twists into it to keep defenses on their toes.” Two years ago when coach Bob Davie took over a team that had won one game, he inherited a roster that was understandably barren and full of questions marks, Carrier among them.
  • Fishing Report 08-23-13
     Northwest   Abiquiu Lake:Fishing was fair using streamers, jerk baits and topwater lures for smallmouth bass. The best reports came from anglers fishing in the evening hours when weather would permit. Fishing for walleye slowed considerably with just a few caught by anglers using bottom-bouncer night crawler rigs. We had no report or other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 70s.
 Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 311 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. 
 Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week. 
 Bluewater Lake:Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, spinners and spoons for tiger musky. Most of the musky caught were less than 40 inches in length. Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs and shrimp for catfish. Fishing was slow for trout but there were a few caught by anglers using worms and Power Bait. An alternate ramp has been provided for boaters which is a bit deeper than the main boat ramp area. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake. 
 Brazos River:We had no reports from anglers this week. 

  • Lobo volleyball prepping for year
    ALBUQUERQUE — Fifteen University of New Mexico volleyball student-athletes reported earlier this month for team meetings before holding the first practice of the 2013 season in the Johnson Center on main campus. The Lobos, who will have two practice sessions almost every day for the next couple of weeks, reported from as close as a few miles from campus to as far away as Norway and Australia. Seventh-year head coach Jeff Nelson said the first session was spent getting as many touches on the ball as possible. “It was exciting to see. It was good at times and it was frightening at times because we have six freshmen, but overall, there were a lot of really good things,” Nelson said. “We saw a lot of good things from each of our newcomers this morning and Devanne Sours, Julia Warren, Danielle Ortiz, Lise Rugland, Cassie House and Maddie Mayfield all had their first practice as a Lobo.” Ortiz, a former All-State libero for Los Alamos, earned a walk-on spot with the Lobos this spring. “It was exhilarating,” House said of officially donning Cherry and Silver. Warren, who knew she wanted to be a Lobo all through high school, echoed House.
  • Isotopes lose seventh straight
    The Albuquerque Isotopes couldn’t have picked a worse time to go into a tailspin. The Isotopes, with a chance to put themselves right in contention for a PCL American Southern division championship, may have played themselves out of it this week at Oklahoma City. The Isotopes dropped four straight at division-leading Oklahoma City, including Monday night’s 6-2 defeat. The RedHawks scored all six of their runs in the bottom of the first, beating up starting pitcher Stephen Fife, who lasted just a third of an inning. Fife struggled mightily, giving up five walks and six earned runs — interestingly, he allowed just one hit. With the loss, its seventh in a row, Albuquerque (67-63) has slipped into third place in the division standings, seven games back of Oklahoma City (74-56). Round Rock (68-62) is currently in second place.
  • Isotopes struggle vs. Bees
    The Salt Lake Bees blasted three home runs to top the Albuquerque Isotopes in their series finale Thursday at Isotopes Park. Salt Lake’s Robbie Widlansky went yard twice in back-to-back at-bats, and John Hester added a late home run as the Bees routed the Isotopes 8-1. With the win, Salt Lake (73-53) won the four-game series, winning three games in a row, while Albuquerque managed just a three wins in the eight game homestand. Albuquerque’s loss, combined with a win by Oklahoma City, puts the Isotopes (67-59) three games behind the RedHawks (70-56) heading into a five-game series starting tonight in Oklahoma City. The RedHawks are in first place in the PCL American Southern standings while the Isotopes are in second. Except for two games during its homestand, Albuquerque has struggled offensively. It was limited to six hits Thursday, with only Eliezer Alfonso managing more than one hit.
  • Fishing Report 08-16-13
  • Bees sting Isotopes again, 7-2
    After being derailed by the D-Train one night earlier, the Albuquerque Isotopes couldn’t get back on track Wednesday. Albuquerque scratched together seven hits in Isotopes Park, but managed to cross the plate in only the second inning as it fell to the Salt Lake Bees 7-2 at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque, which had offensive woes last week in a visit to the West Coast, appeared to have those righted after scoring a combined 25 runs against Tacoma and in the series opener against Salt Lake. But Tuesday, Albuquerque was shut out by former Major League Dontrelle Willis, then went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position against Salt Lake starter Matt Shoemaker (10-13) Wednesday. The final game of the series between Albuquerque (67-58) and Salt Lake (72-53) is tonight. Following tonight’s game, the Isotopes open a big five-game series at Oklahoma City, which leads the PCL American Southern division. The Isotopes had an opportunity to make Oklahoma City’s RedHawks sweat at the top of the division if they had a good homestand, but have gone just 3-4 at home, managing only a split with Tacoma and losing two straight to the Bees.
  • Aggie alum makes a big gift to baseball
    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Baseball has long been a passion for New Mexico State University alumnus Michael Johnson. He and his older brother used to play and the sport was a true love for his mother. So he and his wife Judy have decided to give the Aggie baseball program a $1.4 million gift for facility upgrades. Manager Rocky Ward says the money will be a game-changer for the team. He says it will help with recruiting and will give the Aggies a better chance to compete more consistently at the conference level. The money will go toward dugout renovation, additional stands, upgrades to the scoreboard and video display and a stadium sun cover.