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Chester’s Pick 6: The Top 6 Plays or Players from The Week

December 10, 2017 - 10:44pm

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (KRQE)- This week’s Pick 6 showcases the great performances from the past week in high school and collegiate basketball. High School teams, Aggies, and Lobos are featured in this week’s Pick 6. Here is the list:

  1. Jaisa Nunn
  2. Cherise Beynon
  3. Zach Lofton
  4. Amaya Brown
  5. RJ Brown
  6. Cameron Dixon

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Lobo Women’s Basketball betters to 11-0 after 94-87 win over Navy on Sunday

December 10, 2017 - 10:41pm

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (KRQE)- Lobo Women’s Basketball is now tied for a program-best 11-0 winning streak, and extended their record start after defeating undefeated Navy on Sunday 94-87. It was a battle that had nearly 7,000 fans at Dream Style Arena cheering them on.

The Lobos took on their toughest challenge yet in 9-0 Navy, and while it was very tight through regulation, the Lobos did not disappoint. They had 5 scores finish in the double figures including 20 points from Cherise Beynon.

This game went into overtime, but once in OT the Lobos would put their foot on the gas pedal. They win their 11th straight game 94-87 and they now move on to play Oklahoma on Saturday. That game will be in Normand and will tip off at 2 p.m.


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Isotopes Park is adding a new “Party Suite”

December 9, 2017 - 11:10pm

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (KRQE)- The Albuquerque Isotopes are currently in construction of a brand new “Party Suite”. The newer larger suite will be located on the 4th level, or the suite level, of the park. Topes GM John Traub says there has been a lot of demand over the years for a larger space and they are now catering to that demand.

“We are building a party suit. So, it will be available for individual rentals on a game day basis. It’s a larger suit for around 75 to 100 people or so, and hopefully construction will be completed on that sometime in early January”, said Traub.

This new suite will house many different events for baseball fans and Traub seems to be very excited about the project. “It will be a great place where people, groups can come and have a hospitality night, have a party, have a birthday party, have an even weddings can be done in there. So, it will be a nice area to compliment the other areas we have in the ball park”, said Traub.


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Lobo Men’s Basketball gets swept in this year’s Rio Grande Rivalry

December 9, 2017 - 11:08pm

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (KRQE)- Lobo Men’s Basketball was looking to snap a 2 game losing streak and also split their series with in state rival New Mexico State on Saturday in Dream Style Arena. It was a very competitive game at the Pit, but the Aggies would prevail winning 65-62.

The Aggies led by 2 at the half after a buzzer beater lay in from NMSU stand out, Zach Lofton. UNM would come out swinging in the 2nd half though, as they led for more than 13 minutes in the 2nd. Antino Jackson got the start tonight and had a solid game for the Lobos as he finished with a team high of 14 points. Troy Simons was right behind Jackson with 13 points at the finish, but once again rebounds and points in the paint would be the downfall of the Lobos.

New Mexico State finished with 8 more boards and 16 more points in the paint. The lobos only shot 39% from the field in this game and only 29% from three. It was a very close game down the stretch and UNM had 2 solid opportunities late to take a lead, but with under 20 seconds to play UNM would miss all of their opportunities.

With this loss the lobos are now 3-7 on the season. This marks their 3rd straight loss and it will only get harder for UNM as they move on to host Arizona next Saturday at 6PM.


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Sam Logwood is taking leave away from the Lobos

December 8, 2017 - 5:58pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.(KRQE) – The Lobos will be without their top scorer Sam Logwood when they face rival New Mexico State Saturday. The Lobos senior guard/forward is taking a personal leave from the team. First-year coach Paul Weir said he is fully in support of the time off for Logwood.

“Kinda have some things going on right now that we both mutually decided that Sam just needs a little space right now to kind of reflect on some things and think about his future,” said Weir.

Weir would not specify on what exactly caused Logwood to take a leave. He also had good things to say about Logwood. “Sam’s been awesome to me since he got here, obviously retracting on his transfer and committing to our program,” said Weir.

Logwood considered leaving the program after former head coach Craig Neal was fired, but decided to stay on after meeting with Weir.

Weir is not sure when or if Logwood is coming back to the team. He would be allowed to come back.

“I told our team I would welcome him with open arms and if at some point he feels it’s time to move on that’s part of it,” said Weir. ” I think his well being is the top priority right now and that’s the well being of his mind and his soul and hopefully he comes to that sooner.”

Logwood averaged 14.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, leading the Lobos in both categories. The Lobos are 3 and 6 on the season and will try to avoid a third straight loss and season sweep when they host New Mexico State Saturday at Dreamstyle Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.

 


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Lobo women’s basketball credit fans for help in fast start

December 7, 2017 - 11:03pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.(KRQE)-Mike Bradbury and his Lobo women are willing to give credit where credit is due. The Lobos are pleased with fan support as they continue to stay perfect on what has become a school record 10-0 start.

A crowd announced at 5,663 witnessed the Lobos make school history Wednesday night in a 34 point win over visiting Texas Tech. “I mean man what a crowd, biggest one of the year,” said Lobos head coach Mike Bradbury. “They were loud, I mean that was unbelievable.”

Lobos center Jaisa Nunn echoed what her coach said. Nunn finished with her 6th double double of the season in the 90-56 win. She scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. “I am so grateful for our fans,” said Nunn. “They really helped us out and they are just phenomenal, couldn’t do it without them.”

Someone will suffer their first defeat Sunday and the Lobos do not plan to be that team. The Lobos and undefeated Navy have a 1pm start at Dreamstyle Arena Sunday.


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Lobo men’s basketball remains winless on the road

December 6, 2017 - 11:18pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The location was different, but the result was the same. The Lobo men’s basketball team fell on the road at Colorado 75-57 Wednesday night. Shooting away from home has been a struggle for the Lobos and remained that way in Boulder. The Lobos shot just under 30 percent for the game and also struggled at the free throw line, shooting just under 36 percent.

Anthony Mathis led the Lobos in scoring with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting. Mathis had the hot hand for the Lobos, shooting 50 percent from the three-point line. Colorado had three players in double figures led by Dominique Collier’s 18 points. The Lobos were outclassed on the glass once again as Colorado pulled down 58 rebounds to 30 for the Lobos.

With the loss, the Lobos dropped to 3-6 on the season. Colorado improved to 6-2. The Lobos will host rival New Mexico State at Dreamstyle Arena Saturday.


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New Mexico Bowl coaches visit Duke City

December 6, 2017 - 11:17pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The head football coaches involved in this year’s New Mexico Bowl made a quick stop in the Duke City to speak to the media Wednesday. Colorado State coach Mike Bobo and Marshall coach Doc Holliday will face one another on the football field Dec. 16. For Bobo and the Colorado State Rams, it’s a very familiar spot since they play New Mexico in conference games. Marshall will find their surroundings to be quite different when they return to the game.

Albuquerque is a long way from home and a place they are not familiar with. The opportunity to kick off the bowl season overshadows that. “It kicks off the bowl season on the national stage on ESPN against an excellent football team,” said Holliday. “So, anytime you can do that it is excellent exposure for your program and our kids are excited.” Bobo said he is 2-0 in Albuquerque and will stay at the same hotel with hopes of going to 3-0. “Any time you go to a place that is a little familiar you got a little bit of a routine,” said Bobo. “Your guys always tend to do a little bit better.” The New Mexico Bowl has a 2:30 p.m. kickoff time.


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Lobo women’s basketball makes program history

December 6, 2017 - 11:16pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (KRQE) – Mike Bradbury and his Lobo women’s basketball team has done it. They have started the season at 10-0 for the first time in program history with a large crowd in attendance.

The Lobos reached the mark by thumping Texas Tech 90-56 Wednesday night. “You know I thought a big thing tonight was defensively our kids were really locked into the plan,” said Coach Bradbury. “You know, we really wanted to compete on the boards and we did that we ended up minus 1 and I thought that was huge.”

The Lobos turned 20 turnovers to 28 points while Texas Tech only scored two points off the Lobos 7 turnovers. “When we forced a lot of turnovers I could tell that they were super frustrated and like again everybody on the team helped with that,” said Lobos Center Jaisa Nunn. “We all went extremely hard.” Nunn scored 15 points and pulled down ten rebounds. It was her 6th double for the Lobos this season.

Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year, Cherise Beynon, had another big night. Beynon scored 21 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and had 4 steals with 6 assists. Tesha Buck added another 20 points for the Lobos. Brielle Blaire led Texas Tech in scoring with 10 points. The Lobos are home Sunday and will host undefeated Navy at Dreamstyle Arena. That game has a 1 p.m. start time.

 


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UNM president addresses deficit plan to pay off Athletic’s debt

December 6, 2017 - 5:35pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – UNM has been in a lot of trouble over their athletic department’s debt. Now they have a plan to pay it back.

The information surfaced after legislatures put the university’s acting president in the hot seat.

From fewer people in the stands and overestimating ticket sales, UNM Athletics is now in a pricey predicament, $4.7 million worth.

“How long have you been carrying this debt?” asked Legislative Finance Committee Chair Patricia Lundstrom.

UNM’s acting president Chaouki Abdallah replied, “Five to six years.”

There were a lot of questions for Abdallah and the Higher Education Department at Tuesday’s Legislative Finance Committee meeting.

“Was this deficit then just being carried from year to year?” asked Lundstrom.

Abdallah said the main issue the Athletics Department had was overestimating ticket sales. So, the committee made one big request: “Tell us how we’re gonna fix this.”

“There’s two ways that we can pay this thing… One is either by generating more revenues, the other is cutting more costs,” Abdallah replied.

The acting president said student fees have come into play before.

“In the past, Regents had raised student fees, with a portion of that going into athletics,” he said.

However, in the last five years, student fees for New Mexico residents have jumped over $300, and over 10 percent already goes to Athletics.

In the current plan, he said UNM is discussing with the Higher Education Department to use more revenue from ticket sales.

Another option according to Abdallah, “Transferring from other reserves, being able to pay off this debt, basically, so this debt is no longer going to be on our books.”

The committee chair wasn’t entirely thrilled with the plans.

“That tells me that we’re building budgets in this particular department, that doesn’t have any revenue to pay for it, plus carrying debt on top of it,” said Lundstrom.

Abdallah told the committee this year UNM has worked to better estimate ticket sales, and over the last few years, it’s been making cuts.

UNM said in November, the Board of Regents approved the transfer of funds to cover this year’s debt, around $1.3 million.

The deficit plan is not yet finalized. UNM will be presenting the plans to the Board of Regents in January, who would then have the final say.

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Tickets selling fast to watch NMSU Aggies play in Arizona Bowl

December 6, 2017 - 4:30pm

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico State Aggies will have a sea of fans to cheer them on in the Arizona Bowl.

The Aggies are making history going to a bowl game for the first time in 57 years, and Aggies fans are snatching up tickets.

The Pan Am Ticket Office says as of Wednesday morning they have sold nearly 4,000 tickets, and that’s just since Sunday. There are only 1,000 tickets left.

It turns out that fans more than willing to make the four-hour trip to Tucson to see the Aggies play in what’s become a historic season.

The Aggies will take on Utah State in the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 29.

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Brian Urlacher to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

December 5, 2017 - 5:32am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico college football legend is set to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Brian Urlacher is the only University of New Mexico player to be inducted into the hall of fame.

The announcement was first made on Sports Center at the beginning of the year.

Urlacher played for UNM in the late 90s as the “Hybrid Lobo Back,” which was a cross between a linebacker and a free safety.

The Lovington native has a slew of honors.

After his four years a Lobo, he went on to have a 13-year career with the Chicago Bears.

Tuesday’s ceremony is set to happen in New York.

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Lobo women’s basketball talks about red hot start

December 4, 2017 - 11:19pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – If they are able to beat Texas Tech at home Wednesday night, Mike Bradbury’s New Mexico Lobos women’s basketball team will claim the best start in school history.

The Lobos tied the mark at 9-0 with a win at New Mexico State over the weekend. “I like how we’re playing,” said Bradbury. “I like our attitude. I don’t know what you really ever expect, but I do like where we are right now.”

Senior guard Cherise Beynon thought her team would play well, but see didn’t see such a fast start. “I didn’t expect it to happen this way, but we are off to a really good start,” said Beynon. “We’re all just focused and want to keep going on the same momentum. It’s just a really good feeling.” The good times could get even better if the Lobos are able to complete another week of winning. They are close to getting in the top AP Top 25.

The Lobos got 26 points in the latest poll and sit just outside at 28. “We’re aware of it just because it’s on social media and stuff,” said Bradbury. “We don’t discuss it, hardly at all. It’s not something that we can control. That’s somebody else’s vote. We need to control what we can and that is win.” That is what the Lobos hope to do when the ball goes up at Dreamstyle Arena Wednesday night at 7pm.


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Paul Weir wants a complete game out of his Lobo men’s basketball team

December 4, 2017 - 11:16pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Lobos men’s basketball coach Paul Weir has watched his team play strong in all phases of the game, just not in the same game. “There’s three elements of the game, the offense, the defense and the rebounding,” said Weir. “I’ve said it before we just haven’t been able to put all three together for consistent periods.”

Weir is hoping his 3-5 Lobos can do that when they go to Colorado Wednesday. The Lobos are coming off a loss on the road at UTEP in El Paso over the weekend.

“I just think our defense in particular in that game really let us down,” said Weir. The road has been a problem for the first year coach, leading a team of mostly newcomers. The Lobos have struggled shooting the ball. “We are still working with some guys who think a two point jump shot is a good shot and it’s just not,” said Weir. “We need to get the ball inside out more.”

The best the Lobos have shot on the road is a little over 37 percent. They will face a Buffaloes team Wednesday coming off of a loss to Colorado State. The 7pm game will be broadcast on the PAC 12 Network.

 


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NMSU Rogers and Hanks snag Sun Belt Conference honors

December 4, 2017 - 9:48pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State quarterback Tyler Rogers is the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week. His teammate and linebacker Terrill Hanks has the same honor on the other side of the football. Hanks had eight tackles, a pair of sacks and an interception in the Aggies 22-17 victory over South Alabama this past Saturday.

Rogers had 451 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the come from behind victory that saw the Aggies become bowl eligible for the first time in 57 years. Rogers tossed the game winner with under a minute to play in the game.

The Aggies are now set for a showdown against the Utah State Aggies at the Arizona Bowl Dec. 29 in Tucson.

 


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Picture showing team holding broom hits hard for New Mexico community

December 4, 2017 - 5:32pm

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (KRQE) – A State Football Championship is being overshadowed by what a team posted on social media.

It was down to the last second thriller, with the Ruidoso Warriors beating the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals, but it’s a picture taken before the big game that has everyone talking.

The Ruidoso Warriors won the State 4A Title against the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals on Saturday.

The game was hard to shake for the Cardinals for different reasons.

“It was something very, very hard for everyone to get over and get past,” said former Robertson student Julie Silva.

Ruidoso High School Head Football Coach, Kief Johnson, posted a picture on Twitter last week. It shows the team after practice, one of them is holding up a broom.

It also made its way to Facebook, where a player commented, “Hey, it’s not our fault Robertson likes to play with broomsticks.”

“When this came about, it kind of just, all of the emotions resurfaced. I can tell that he got upset and reminded of everything all over again,” said Silva.

Former Robertson High School student, Silva, is talking about her classmate.

He was a victim back in 2008 when six players from the Robertson Football Team used a broomstick to sodomize young players during a hazing ritual.

The players were later found guilty of rape-related charges.

Coach Johnson says the broom was only to signify the team wanted to “sweep the playoffs” after winning the past two playoff games.

The coach knew of Robertson’s past and made sure the broom would not be at this weekend’s game.

“We did not want to be offensive. I understand the sensitivity to the Robertson community,” said Coach Johnson.

Coach Johnson agrees the comment from one of his star players was inappropriate. He says he will address the issue with the team, and he apologizes.

“Win with class. You don’t need to do anything like that. Unfortunately this thing was blown up as misunderstood,” he said.

Robertson’s head football coach did not want to comment.

The Las Vegas School District ended up paying a $5 million settlement to the seven players who were attacked.

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