On the Sports Desk Monday, Anthony Mathis talked about getting another chance to play Lobo basketball. The NCAA the graduating senior has another year of eligibility.
“The first thing I thought about when I got this year back is that I get to start my masters,” said Mathis. “Getting your masters on a scholarship is something you could never take back from me after basketball is over. So, I’m very fortunate for that, but at the same time I need to get in the gym and get my mind ready to play college basketball again.”
A variety of issues factored into the decision to allow Mathis another year.
“His percentage of games were still under the actual percentages,” said Lobos Head Coach Paul Weir. “He went through a coaching change. There were a lot of things that kind of went into it. Even in their case rationale to us, it’s not any one thing. It was a combination of factors, and minus anyone of those factors it would not have been approved.”
Not only did the Lobos get Mathis back, but guard and forward Vance Jackson, who decided test the NBA waters, will be back. He said he had planned to come back the whole time. He just wanted the experience.
“I felt like it was beneficial for me because it was only going to help me,” said Jackson. “I feel like I needed that just to grow as a person and as a man on and off the court. I am excited to come back and bring what I’ve learned.”
Mathis and Jackson are two players that Jaquan Lyle was ready to play without. The Ohio State transfer is anxious to get on the court this upcoming season after sitting out one year due to the transfer rule, and another because of an Achilles injury. He might be better than ever.
Meanwhile, the Lobo men’s golf team started play in the NCAA Louisville Regional, and it was not a good start. The Lobos are in last place at 13 after a team score of 18 over par. Auburn has the team lead at 8 under par. The home team, Louisville, is in a tie for third at 4 under par.
It’s also championship week for state high school golf. In Class 5A boys action Piedra Vista has the team lead at 19 over par. They are followed by La Cueva at 38 over. Cibola’s Aiden Kraft has the individual lead after a round that included five birdies. He is in at 3 under 69. La Cueva has the team lead on the girls’ scoreboard. Sandia’s Sophia Zammarripa has the individual lead after a round of 77. She is two strokes ahead of Cleveland’s Jacque Galloway.
Finally, UNM women’s track and field team has its highest ranking ever at number five in the country. The New Mexico Force 17U club basketball team has earned a spot to the USA Basketball Championships to be played in Indianapolis in July. The Force won the Tour of Phoenix tournament over the weekend. La Cueva’s Derek Aeilts was named tournament MVP.