• State Notes 12-06-12
    Lobos top Trojans, Kirk earns another double-double After falling behind by 10 points midway through the first quarter, the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team put together a big run against the University of Southern California. The Lobos went on a 25-6 streak extending more than eight minutes to take a 43-34 lead into the half, then cruised in the second half to win 75-67 at The Pit. Center Alex Kirk turned in his third double-double in four games Wednesday night against USC’s Trojans, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds. With the win, the Lobos improved to 9-0 on the season and extended their home winning streak in the month of December to an impressive 33 games. USC (3-5) fell behind by as many as 17 points in the second half but rallied to cut the lead down to 70-65 late, but would get no closer. UNM’s Hugh Greenwood finished with a game-high 17 points. Kirk and Kendall Williams had 13 and Williams chipped in a season-high 9 assists. For Kirk, he was 5-for-9 from the field, including a 3-pointer, and had 10 defensive rebounds. The Trojans were paced by Eric Wise, who finished with 14 points. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor Wednesday, with the Lobos hitting 28 of 54 attempts and the Trojans connecting on 27 of 51 tries.
  • Tuesday's prep basketball scores
    Boys basketball Atrisco Heritage 63, Belen 43 Bernalillo 79, Los Lunas 76 Bosque School 56, Pecos 42 Capital 53, Manzano 46 Carlsbad 58, Goddard 51 Cleveland 50, Onate 40 Cliff 76, Cobre 37 Deming 84, Hot Springs 20 EP El Dorado, Texas 66, Mayfield 51 Fabens, Texas 68, Centennial High School 62 Floyd 55, Elida 46 Hope Christian 63, West Mesa 43 La Cueva 64, Volcano Vista 62 Las Cruces 74, EP Chapin, Texas 62 Lubbock Monterey, Texas 70, Lovington 49 NMMI 64, Gateway Christian 38 Rio Grande 64, Santa Fe 51 Rio Rancho 72, Espanola Valley 71 Sandia 79, Albuquerque Academy 41 Sandia Prep 62, Del Norte 59 Santa Teresa 52, Clint Mountain View, Texas 26 St. Pius 60, Gallup 56 Valencia 51, Socorro 50 Valley 46, Cibola 33   Girls basketball Albuquerque High 47, Capital 35 Carlsbad 47, Goddard 31 Centennial High School 67, Fabens, Texas 43 Cleveland 50, Onate 46 Clovis 50, Amarillo Palo Duro, Texas 46, OT Corona 70, Cloudcroft 46 Coronado 54, Monte del Sol 45 Espanola Valley 71, Taos 60
  • Ski Report 12-05-12
    Angel Fire No base report. Scheduled to open Dec. 14. Enchanted Forest No report. Will open when conditions permit. Pajarito No report. Will open when conditions permit. Red River 23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. Will reopen Friday. Sandia Peak No report. Scheduled to open Dec. 15. Sipapu 18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. Will reopen Friday. Ski Apache 4-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Dec. 14. Ski Santa Fe No report. Will open when conditions permit. Taos 12-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. Will reopen Thursday. Valles Caldera No report. Will open when conditions permit.
  • Saturday NM prep basketball scores
      Boys Basketball Belen 82, Socorro 42 Bosque School 56, Penasco 39 Clovis 70, Rio Rancho 68 Ignacio, Colo. 58, Shiprock 57 Mesilla Valley Christian 37, Kirtland Central 32 Miyamura 52, Santa Fe 37 Monte del Sol 65, Navajo Pine 60 Monument Valley, Utah 82, Navajo Prep 81 Mora 62, Wingate 59 Piedra Vista 66, Los Alamos 42 Santa Teresa 59, Los Lunas 51
  • Friday Prep Basketball Scores Roundup
      Boys Basketball Bosque School 71, Monte del Sol 31 Canyon Randall, Texas 65, Lovington 38 Chaparral 46, Clint Mountain View, Texas 28 Dora 62, Elida 29 EP Coronado, Texas 57, Cleveland 38 Espanola Valley 49, Mora 39 Gallup 57, Farmington 54 Hereford, Texas 53, Lovington 38 Hobbs 102, EP Franklin, Texas 80 Kirtland Central 54, Bloomfield 30 Las Cruces 71, Fabens, Texas 59 San Juan Blanding, Utah 83, Piedra Vista 62
  • Fishing Report 11-30-12
    Northwest   Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was extremely light again this past week. The water was murky and the surface water temp ranged from the high 40s to the low 50s. Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the drains has been great for some but slow for others. Chris Ortega of Albuquerque has been doing very well catching and releasing trout and also landed a nice 18.5-inch largemouth bass this past weekend. He was fishing the Albuquerque Drain and using a custom tied purple and green spinner fly he calls the “skunk 101.” Other trout anglers have done well using worms, salmon eggs and a variety of small bead-head nymphs. Bluewater Lake: Trout fishing was fair using corn, salmon eggs, worms and salmon peach and yellow Power Bait. Fishing for all other species was slow. Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 400 cfs and 456 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using nightcrawlers, Panther Martins, Rapalas, Power Bait, salmon eggs, wooly buggers and streamers for a mix of browns and rainbows. Below Abiquiu trout fishing was fair using Panther Martins, salmon eggs, wooly buggers and Power Bait.
  • Ski Report 11-30-12
    Red River 23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 6 trails and 4 lifts open. Sipapu 18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. Will reopen Saturday. Ski Apache 4-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Dec. 7. Ski Santa Fe 7-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Taos 12-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 7 trails and 4 lifts open. NOTE: Angel Fire, Enchanted Forest, Pajarito, Sandia Peak and Valles Caldera have not provided updated information.
  • State Notes 11-29-12
    Kirk, Bairstow come up big ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Cameron Bairstow isn’t usually known as instant offense when he comes off the bench. He provided just that when he entered Wednesday night’s game early for No. 25 New Mexico. Bairstow finished with a career-high 16 points, helping propel the Lobos (7-0) to a 76-58 win over Mercer. “Cam came in and really gave us a burst early in this game,” Lobos coach Steve Alford said. The inside play of Bairstow and Alex Kirk, who finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double, overwhelmed the Bears (3-4). “I thought our bigs would be able to compete a little better,” Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said. The 7-foot Kirk drew most of Hoffman’s attention. “He was fantastic,” Hoffman said. “He had a couple of pops when the game was still in jeopardy. He pops out there and hits a 15-footer like it’s candy and he just did it all night. So he was just really good.” Alford appreciated what Bairstow brought to the game, especially with Kirk struggling early. “I thought (Kirk) started slow tonight. He didn’t have a good first 5 minutes,” Alford said. “We took him out early to try to get his second wind early.”
  • State Notes 11-27-12
    Lobos crack top 25 rankings The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team got nods in both major college hoops polls Monday. The Lobos (6-0), on the strength of their win at the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands, earned a No. 23 ranking in the USA Today coaches poll and a No. 25 ranking in the Associated Press poll. The Lobos picked up 68 points in the USA Today poll — it had 16 the previous week — and had 141 points in the AP poll to crack the top 25. This is the third time in four seasons under head coach Steve Alford the Lobos have earned a spot in the two major national college polls. Prior to the 2009-10 season, the Lobos hadn’t been in the top 25 since the final poll of 1998-99. Indiana (6-0) sits atop both the USA Today and AP polls. Duke (6-0) is second in both polls and Michigan (5-0) is ranked third. UNM topped Portland 69-54 Sunday night in Albuquerque. In that game, former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout Alex Kirk had 14 points, leading all scorers. Kirk was 6 of 10 shooting from the floor and also grabbed 11 rebounds, who with teammate Cameron Bairstow also posted the game-high total. The Lobos led just 30-27 at the half of Sunday’s game, but started the second half on a 10-0 run to take control.
  • Lobos win, Kirk scores 11 points
    Alex Kirk came just one rebound short of a double-double as the University of New Mexico Lobos thumped the Idaho Vandals Friday night. The Lobos used a 19-0 second half run to pull away from the Vandals Friday at The Pit, winning 73-58. Along with Kirk, a former standout at Los Alamos, Demitrius Walker had 19 points coming off the bench. Walker went 5-for-5 from 3-point range to lead the effort and Kirk, who has made his way into the starting lineup for UNM, finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. “(Kirk) is making things hard on teams in the paint,” Lobo head coach Steve Alford said. “He is really starting to get comfortable and is really doing a lot of good things.” The win improves UNM to 5-0 on the season. The two teams were tied at 36 at the half, but the Vandals (1-3) moved out to a 49-46 lead in the second half before the Lobos’ big run. Kirk said afterward there was a battle in the paint. “I would say it’s pretty physical and they’ve all been,” Kirk said. “Some of the games at the (U.S. Virgin Islands) were physical with the different refereeing and stuff like that is something we need to adjust to.” Kirk went 4-for-7 from the field and 3-for-4 from the foul line.