On the Sports Desk Friday, accolades roll in for the Lobo men’s golf team. The Mountain West named Lobos golf coach Glen Millican as its “Coach of the Year.” It is the fifth time for Millican in his 17 years of leading the Lobos.
Sam Choi was named co-Freshman of the Year. He also was named to the All-Mountain West team, along with senior Sean Carlon and sophomore Galvin Green. The Mountain West champion Lobos are headed to the NCAA Louisville Regional at a time when they are peaking on the course. But it wasn’t always that way.
“Kind of one of the frustrating things for our team this year is that we’ve known, and they’ve known, they’re capable of playing great golf,” said coach Glen Millican. “It just really hasn’t come together the way that we’ve wanted it too, or the way that we felt like it could. I mean, what a great time for them to play well and play to their capabilities.”
Meanwhile, the girls’ basketball program at St. Pius X has a new head coach. Bree Rode was a star basketball player at Rio Rancho High School and Cal Berkley. Rode said she is excited and that the timing was good. Rode also said she is a coach with high expectations and she wants her players to work hard. Rode replaces former coach Phil Griego.
Also on the Sports Desk, New Mexico boxer Brian Mendoza will fight for Top Rank for the first time Saturday in Stockton, California. Mendoza hasn’t fought in two years, but he has been in that position before. Finding a fight has been tough. He talked about it before his last fight.
“The last time I fought it was nine months without a fight, and people were worried about ring rust, and that was actually one of my sharpest performances,” said Mendoza.
As of post time for this story, Mendoza’s opponent, Carlos Mohamed Rodriguez was having trouble making weight.
Donald Cerrone made weight just fine for his lightweight scrap with Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 150 in Ottawa, Canada. Cerrone has a 35-11 record. Iaquinta is 14-4-1.
What’s more, New Mexico United goalie Cody Mizell has been honored by the USL Championships for the Save of the Week. New Mexico United is back on the pitch Sunday in a 5:30 match against San Antonio.
New Mexico Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is back in the Kentucky Derby. The triple crown winner saw the horse he was to ride and favorite, Omaha Beach, scratched from the race earlier in the week. Smith will now ride Cutting Humor, who is listed as a 30 to 1 longshot. Smith won the Kentucky Derby last year. The 53-year-old also picked up a victory in 2005.