• Sartans pull off major upset in 4A baseball final
    The St. Pius X Sartans stunned the Piedra Vista Panthers in the championship game of the 2013 Class 4A baseball playoffs. The Sartans nipped the Panthers, the three-time defending champions and top-seeded squad this season in the title game Saturday at Lobo Field in Albuquerque, 7-6. To get to the championship round, St. Pius, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, had to knock off No. 2 Goddard in the quarterfinals — which the Sartans did by a score of 8-7 — then top sixth-seeded Albuquerque Academy, St. Pius’ bitter rival. St. Pius pummeled Academy’s Chargers 21-3 to make the championship game. Piedra Vista, of course, topped Los Alamos 17-2 in the quarterfinals Thursday, knocking the Hilltoppers out of the tournament, then came back to thump Santa Teresa 14-1 before being upset in pursuit of its fourth straight title. For the Sartans (20-9), it was their first 4A championship since 2003 and only the fourth time since 2001 that a team from Farmington won the title.  
  • Panthers make state history with eighth straight state softball title
    The Piedra Vista Panther softball team went through the Class 4A state tournament unscathed to win its record-setting eighth state title in a row. Piedra Vista (26-5) finished off its impressive run in 2013 with a 5-2 victory over another District 1 team, Aztec, to earn the title. Three of the final four teams standing in the 4A playoffs this season were from District 1, including Farmington, which lost to Aztec in an elimination round contest Friday. The Panthers, who were the No. 1 seed in the postseason, allowed just eight runs in five games to take the title. Los Alamos was the No. 12 seed for the state tournament this season but lost a heartbreaking 8-7 game to Los Lunas in the opening round, which was a direct-elimination round. All teams that advanced past the first round moved onto double-elimination play. Piedra Vista actually defeated Aztec’s Tigers twice in the tournament. Aztec, the No. 4 seed, fell to the Panthers in the third round 10-3 before coming back through the loser’s bracket to get to the championship round. The Panthers lost just one game this season to a team from New Mexico, that coming against Las Cruces, a 1-0 decision, in mid-March.
  • LULAC: Officials' orders violate constitution
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two cases of Spanish being banned at New Mexico high school games were examples of a disturbing pattern that needs to be monitored and addressed, perhaps with lawsuits, a civil rights group said Monday. The League of United Latin American Citizens has heard of a least five cases of high school players being ordered this school year not to speak Spanish during games and matches, according to Ralph Arellanes, the state director of LULAC. “The New Mexico state constitution clearly protects Spanish and Native (American) languages so outlawing (them) in any way, we believe, is against the law and we’re not going to stand for it,” Arellanes said. New Mexico Military Institute’s Jose Gonzales was penalized a point for speaking Spanish earlier this month after an on-court official warned him twice to speak only English during a state championship singles match. Sally Marquez, executive director of the New Mexico Activities Association, the governing board for high school sports in the state, said the official was warned not to repeat that action, even though the official was within his right since the association was following the United States Tennis Association rule book during the finals.
  • Triathlon sponsor cancels NM event, offers refunds
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Heightened measures following the Boston bombings have led to the cancellation of one of New Mexico's largest triathlons. The Jay Benson Triathlon had been scheduled Sunday at Kirtland Air Force Base. The sponsor has told the hundreds of expected participants that it's canceled and is offering full refunds. Duane Kinsley is the owner of Sports Systems, the title sponsor of the event. He says the retail store couldn't meet increased requirements to get participants on base. Those included submitting Social Security and driver's license numbers for athletes. Kinsley says the need for safety is understandable and that the sponsors will try to find a new venue for next year's event.
  • Redbirds top 'Topes, 8-4
    The Albuquerque Isotopes were doubled-up by the Memphis Redbirds in the finale of their series Thursday. The Redbirds jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 4-1/2 innings at Isotopes Park. They finished with 15 hits in the ballgame as they topped the Isotopes 8-4. Memphis hit up Albuquerque starter Sean White for 10 hits and 6 earned runs in 4-2/3 innings. Reliever Geison Aguasviva didn’t fare much better, allowing 2 runs and five hits in a pair of innings. Albuquerque attempted to get back into the game, putting up runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and loaded the bases in the ninth before Memphis’ Victor Marte struck out Tim Federowicz looking to end the contest. For Albuquerque, third baseman Rusty Ryal went 3-for-5 while second baseman Osvaldo Martinez was 1-for-3 with a two-run double. Those two accounted for about half of the Isotopes’ offense Thursday. The Isotopes open up a four-game set tonight against New Orleans. Post-game fireworks will be featured tonight. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Saturday, the University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team will be honored prior to the 7:05 p.m. game. New Lobo head coach Craig Neal will throw out the first pitch. Tickets and information can be obtained by visiting the Isotopes’ website, abqisotopes.com, or by calling 505-924-2255.
  • Kirk invited to U.S. team tryouts
    The summer just got a whole lot busier for three University of New Mexico Lobos, including former Los Alamos standout Alex Kirk. Kirk and Kendall Williams have been selected as two of 48 players to try out for the United States squad that will compete in the World University Games, to be held in Kazan, Russia, July 6-17.   Along with them, Cameron Bairstow will head back to Australia to try out for the Australian team to compete in the same event. The United States tryouts will take place in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 24-30, with head coach Bob McKillop of Davidson College coaching the team that travels to Kazan. Should Williams or Kirk make the squad, they would head to Russia via Istanbul, Turkey, July 1, then return to the U.S. right after the World University Games. Assistant coaches on the team are Michigan head coach John Beilein and South Carolina head coach Frank Martin. Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim is the chair of the USA Junior National Team Committee and finalized the list of invitees.
  • Isotopes win at home
    The Albuquerque Isotopes topped the Memphis Redbirds in a slugfest Tuesday, 13-7. Catcher Tim Federowicz went 4-for-5 with a home run and a double to lead the Isotopes’ come-from-behind victory. Federowicz knocked in four runs as the Isotopes (14-11) won their second straight over the Redbirds (13-11). The two teams will face off again at 6:35 p.m. at Isotopes Park. Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Chris Capuano is schedule to make a rehab start in tonight’s game.
  • UNM wants Alford to shell out
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A University of New Mexico official says former Lobos basketball coach Steve Alford is willing to pay a $200,000 buyout for leaving the Albuquerque school to take a job at UCLA. But Alford said he won’t pony up the $1 million payment that New Mexico wants. According to the Albuquerque Journal, an email written by a university lawyer says Alford is offering to comply with terms of his previous contract with New Mexico. Alford on March 18 signed a term sheet agreeing to a new 10-year contract with New Mexico that included a $1 million buyout. The contract was to take effect April 1, two days after Alford announced his resignation to take over the program at UCLA. New Mexico contends it’s owed the $1 million buyout because the previous contract required a 30-day notice of termination. 
  • Davie gets contract extension
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico and head football coach Bob Davie have agreed on a two-year contract extension. The school announced Tuesday that the new seven-year agreement will run through the 2019 season. New Mexico says the financial terms from Davie's original contract remain unchanged. Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs says school officials are excited about the direction of the Lobo football program on and off the field under Davie. Davie, a former head coach at Notre Dame, signed a six-year, $4.5 million contract in late 2011 to become the Lobo's head football coach. Davie led the Lobos to a 4-9 record during his first season in 2012, producing more victories than the 2009 to 2011 seasons combined.
  • Fishing Report 04-19-13
     Northwest   Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, jigs and wooly buggers for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. 
 Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 141 cfs. Trout fishing was good using jerk baits, San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. 
 Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week. 
 Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger musky was a bit sporadic this past week. Best reports came from anglers jigging on the bottom. Jerk baits and swim baits produced a lot of short strikes. Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the high 40s to low 50s.
 Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers. 
 Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 251 cfs and 268 cfs respectively with the flow below Abiquiu expected to be over 500 cfs by Monday. Trout fishing at both locations was fair using nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, spinners and wooly buggers. Three generations of the Montano family had a recent outing below El Vado with G-pa Sid catching a 17-inch brown while using a Rapala.