• Lobos will take on Kansas, Marquette in 2013-14 season
    ALBUQUERQUE — The Craig Neal era of Lobo basketball now has a firm date for its official debut.   The University of New Mexico opens with Alabama A&M, the first of 12 non-conference games that were officially released by the university on Wednesday. The schedule features six home games, two road games and four neutral site games. The Lobos are guaranteed to face five NCAA tournament teams (Kansas, Marquette, Cincinnati, New Mexico State University twice) and one NIT team (Charleston Southern) during its non-conference schedule. “It’s a good schedule, maybe the toughest one ever here,” said Neal of a schedule that could feature up to nine postseason teams and seven teams in the 2012-13 top 60 in the RPI.  “We tried to bring in opponents that if they aren’t in a major conference will do well in their leagues, because that has helped us in the past.” The Lobos will host exhibition games against Eastern New Mexico and Jamestown Nov. 2 and 6 before the official season opener against Alabama A&M on Nov. 9.  
  • Isotopes open homestand Thursday
    The Albuquerque Isotopes will come back from the PCL All-Star break with a four-game homestand. The Isotopes will take on the Omaha Storm Chasers in a four-game set starting Thursday. During this homestand, the Isotopes will host the Albuquerque Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which is scheduled for Saturday. Saturday is a big day for the Isotopes, who will also host “Retro Night,” taking the field in the uniforms of the Albuquerque Dukes — the city’s former PCL club which moved to Portland following the 2000 season. The event also features post-game fireworks. Also on tap for the Isotopes’ homestand is a rally towel giveaway Thursday, a youth replica jersey giveaway Friday and an Isotopes hat giveaway Sunday. Albuquerque (56-42) is currently in first place in the PCL American Southern division standings. It is two games ahead of Round Rock and has won six of its last seven outings, including taking three of four on the road at Iowa prior to the All-Star break. The Isotopes haven’t fared particularly well this season against the Storm Chasers (44-53), however, going 5-6 in their games, although the Isotopes won three of their most recent four meetings. Buss playing for PCL All-Star team
  • Isotopes top Cubs in 18 innings
    The Albuquerque Isotopes and Iowa Cubs played a pair of games Sunday, although they meant to play just one. The two teams were knotted at 1 apiece until the top of the 18th inning when the Isotopes scored four times, winning Sunday’s contest 5-1 in Des Moines. The two teams combined to use 17 pitchers in the marathon outing. Albuquerque’s Peter Moylan (4-1) who threw the 15th, 16th and 17th innings, was credited with the win. Both teams were relatively punchless on offense, but the Cubs (48-50) were particularly so. The Cubs managed just seven hits off the 10 Isotopes pitchers who threw. In regulation, both teams managed single tallies in the sixth inning. In extras, neither team even put together much of a threat to score until the 18th. In the top of the 18th, Elevys Gonzalez led off with a walk, moved to second on a bunt by Dee Gordon, and scored on a throwing error by pitcher Casey Coleman for what would ultimately be the game-winning run. Nick Buss, who will represent Albuquerque (56-42) in the PCL-International League All-Star Game Wednesday, tripled in two runs later in the inning. Buss, who is near the top of the league in many offensive categories, was elected to start in the outfield for the PCL. The PCL is on its All-Star break until Thursday.
  • Isotopes win their 4th straight
    The Albuquerque Isotopes posted their fourth straight win Thursday, knocking off the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines. Albuquerque’s Angel Castro threw 7 innings of four-hit ball as the Isotopes downed the Cubs 4-1 in the first game of their road series. The win comes on the heels of a three-game Isotopes sweep of Nashville. Castro improved his record to 6-2 with the performance. He allowed just the one earned run in the seventh inning. Peter Moylan and Javy Guerra threw the eighth and ninth, with Guerra earning his third save. Albuquerque scored twice in the top of the first, all the runs it would need, then added single tallies in the third and fifth. Third baseman Ian Stewart, batting in the clean-up spot, drove in a pair of runs, including hitting a solo home run in the third. The Isotopes (54-41) are currently sitting atop the PCL American Southern division standings, two games ahead of Round Rock and three games ahead of Oklahoma City.
  • Fishing Report 07-12-13
     Northeast   Cabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
 Charette Lakes:We had no reports from anglers this week.
 Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 12 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using small brassies, elk hair caddis, small streamers, salmon eggs, worms and Panther Martin spinners. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes. 
 Clayton Lake:Another big rain in the area brought the lake level up an additional two feet and brought murky conditions as well. This slowed fishing again but there were a few trout taken on worms. 
 Conchas Lake:Fishing was very good using chicken liver, homemade stink bait and nightcrawlers for catfish. Fishing was fair using topwater lures, tubes, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Anglers using topwater lures in the shallows also picked up a few walleye. Fishing was fair using crank baits and sassy shad for white bass. The surface water temp on Monday was in the low to mid 70s. The lake level rose about four feet since the last report. The Cove and Central campgrounds have reopened and the steep boat ramp on the north side and the Corps ramp on the south side are now open. 

  • State Notes 06-28-13
    Lobos to take on USC’s Trojans in 2016 football season
  • Isotopes win home series finale Tuesday
    For the second straight night, the Albuquerque Isotopes came through with a walk-off, come from behind victory over the Round Rock Express. Albuquerque trailed 5-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth but scored three times in its final at-bat to win 6-5 at Isotopes Park Tuesday afternoon. The win by Albuquerque gave it a split in the four-game set in the race for first place in the PCL American Southern standings. Round Rock (45-35) still holds a 1-game edge over Albuquerque (44-36), the same as it did when the series started. Round Rock won Saturday and Sunday’s contests before the Isotopes bounced back to win Monday and Tuesday. The Isotopes have today off and will travel for a four-game series at Memphis starting Thursday. They will return to Albuquerque for Independence Day. The two teams were tied after eight innings, with the Isotopes scoring twice in the eight to knot the game at 3-3. In the top of the ninth, however, the Express pushed two runs across. Joey Butler doubled in Mike Olt, who one batter earlier singled in the go-ahead run. Butler’s double chased Isotopes pitcher Steve Ames out of the contest in favor of Kelvin De La Cruz, who struck out Jim Adduci to end the inning. De La Cruz was ultimately credited with the win (1-1).
  • Kirk among final 16 trying out for USA men's team
    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball standout and current University of New Mexico Lobo star Alex Kirk is still alive in his quest to represent the United States at the World University Games. Kirk, the 7-foot center for the Lobos, who has had solid success with the Lobos through two years of play there, is among the final 16 players vying for a roster spot on the USA men’s team to compete in the World University Games. The final cut, which will trim the roster down to 12 players, is scheduled to be announced Friday, prior to the team’s departure for Kazan, Russia, where the World University Games will be played. The finalists were announced today by USA Basketball on its website. Kirk had a big hand in helping the Lobos to a Mountain West regular season and conference title during the 2012-13 season. Kirk, returning from back surgery which made him miss the entire 2011-12 season, finished this past season with a 12.1 points per game average, third best for UNM, and led the team with 8.1 rebounds per contest. For his efforts, Kirk was named to the second team All-Mountain West for his redshirt sophomore season. The World University team is currently training at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Workouts there will continue through Sunday.
  • Isotopes rally from 3 runs down
    The Albuquerque Isotopes rallied for four unanswered runs to top the Round Rock Express Monday. The Isotopes and the Express are in a battle for first place in the Pacific Coast League’s American Southern standings. The Express (45-34), who won the first two games of the series Saturday and Sunday, were two games up on the Isotopes heading into today’s play. Albuquerque trailed 9-6 after 6-1/2 innings, but got three runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie it up and scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the walk-off 10-9 victory. It was a wacky bottom of the ninth, featuring two walks, two hit batsmen, a flubbed sacrifice attempt and an ejection of both Round Rock catcher Jose Felix and manager Bobby Jones. When the dust settled, John Baker drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Alex Castellanos for the winning run. The Isotopes only got one ball into the field of play the entire inning, that being Castellanos’ sacrifice attempt on which leadoff hitter Matt Angle was thrown out at second. Nevertheless, the Isotopes (43-36) picked up their first win of the four-game set. The series finale, and the finale of the short homestand for the Isotopes, was this afternoon.
  • Kirk named to All-Academic team
    Former Los Alamos basketball star and current University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball player Alex Kirk was named to the 2012-13 Mountain West All-Academic team. Kirk, along with teammates Hugh Greenwood and Cameron Bairstow were honored by the Mountain West last week. They were three of UNM’s conference-high 111 student-athletes named to the list for the spring 2013 semester. Greenwood, Bairstow and Kirk combined to start in 87 games for the Lobos during the 2012-13 season, which saw UNM go 29-6 and earn the Mountain West’s regular season and conference tournament titles. Unfortunately, UNM, the No. 3 seed in the NCAA championship tournament, suffered a stunning upset at the hands of Harvard University in the fist round. Kirk, for his part, was third in scoring for UNM last year. He averaged 12.1 points and was also the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 8.1 boards per game. Bairstow was fourth on the team in scoring (9.7 points per game) and Greenwood was fifth (7.0 points per game). Greenwood also had a team best 47 steals last year. In all, UNM had 163 student-athletes make the All-Academic squad combined throughout the school year.