Albuquerque New Mexico Lobos

Monday was the first day of the state election in Santa Fe, where I was invited to the capitol building known as the Roundhouse. It was an opportunity to take a look at the long-awaited Innovate ABQ research and development center.

College students were greeted and prepared to see a local Albuquerque DJ perform on the campus of New Mexico State University in Santa Fe on Tuesday night.

In the western courtyard is a building currently being converted by Central New Mexico Community College, the former headquarters of the Albuquerque Public Library. The first of a series of open house events in the new building allowed students, faculty and staff from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as local artists, to meet for a night of music, dance and fun.

After spending most of the last 10 years as the home of New Mexico State University's men's football team, the team moved to Santa Ana Star Field in 2012. Construction of the $35 million building began in January and is being managed by the Albuquerque Public Library and the City of Albuquerque's Office of Economic Development.

The Lobos were supposed to host San Jose State on October 31, but lost 38-21 and had to play the game on the road instead. New Mexico lost two games in a row to rival Boise State after two losses at home to Nevada. The Lobos defeated the Aggies 31-20 in the first game of the season on September 29 at Santa Ana Star Field.

The win improved New Mexico to 18-13 this season and to 4-1 in the MWC play-off and 3-0 in the conference play-off. The New Mexico Lobos were just 7-11 in MWC games last year and picked up where they left off, going 0-4 in the conference with a 1-3 record in the Mountain West game and a 2-5 record overall.

In their win over Wyoming last Saturday, the Lobos recorded 19 turnovers and missed 10 free throws. In that game, they benefited from Wyoming shooting only 37% from the field, but New Mexico shot 45%, including 10-of-21 from three-point range and a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc.

Utah State led 63-59 until New York's Zane Martin fired a jump shot for a 7-1 run in the final regulation period. Utah State's Neemias Queta converted a free throw with 44 seconds left to give the Aggies the final point of the game. Manigault hit one of those free throws to cut the New Mexicans' lead to 64-63 with three quarters of a second left.

JB White, who was due to graduate from high school in his hometown of Santa Fe, New York, this fall, was a victim of gun violence earlier this month. His passing left a rift not only in the coaching staff and the community, but also in the program in scramble mode, leaving not only an open roster in both sports in a crucial year for Albuquerque. Other open scholarships were never fulfilled, and plans for a 2021 commitment were not fulfilled. JB White's brother, J.B. White Jr., who was in the final year of his early-graduation high school scholarship, enrolled in the fall.

Bragg initially moved to Arizona State, but was removed from the team for unknown reasons before landing in New Mexico. Former head coach and offensive line coach Mike O'Brien was fired after the loss of White, as was offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator Mike D'Amico.

Two seasons ago, Robert made the transition from the voice of isotopes to the voice of the Lobos and now calls games for basketball, football and baseball teams. In the past, they played at Johnson High School and Carlisle Gymnastic, both of which still exist on the main campus.

UNM students receive discounted guest tickets and access to special events such as the basketball and football games of the New Mexico Lobos. The Dreamstyle Stadium offers a wide selection of UNM Lobo equipment and items to buy, as well as tickets for the game. Take pictures, see the UN M mascot "Lobo Louie," dance in the stadium's "dream style" area and take pictures with the team's mascot and other team members in the parking lot before and after each game. AND football fans can get a free gift card for their ticket to a football game at UNF's home game against the University of Arizona at Dream Stadium or for $5 off the $10 ticket price for all other games, in addition to free admission to all games and games on the main campus.

Manuel is certainly a capable player, and his arrival in Albuquerque will take some of the pressure off the highly anticipated rookie Bayron Matos, who is expected to make a big contribution. New Mexico needs another committed big man after signing him early in January. Newcastle's off-the-field talent has improved under coach Ray Birmingham and the atmosphere has improved.

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