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Quick Hits: Swine Flu Yet To Impact NMAA

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Activities Association has no immediate plans to suspend or cancel athletic events or tournaments, the NMAA said Thursday.

“We’re taking it day by day,” spokesman Robert Zayas said.

The NMAA has received some inquiries in the wake of the swine flu bug that is spreading across the country. Zayas said the NMAA is communicating with the state’s Department of Health and is monitoring the situation daily.

Texas earlier this week announced that it was postponing all high school athletic competition until May 11, and Alabama on Thursday followed suit with some suspensions.

As of Thursday, there are four probable cases of swine flu in New Mexico.

UNM Tennis Coach Dils Honored by League

COLORADO SPRINGS — University of New Mexico men’s tennis head coach Alan Dils was voted the 2009 Mountain West Conference coach of the year, his second straight and fourth overall, having picked up the distinction in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Dils, in his 13th season at New Mexico, guided the Lobos to their third MWC championship title and their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance.

Dils holds the highest winning record in program history at 184-117 and has had back-to-back seasons with 20 wins.

LOBO GOLF: In Tucson, the UNM men’s team is in third place, eight shots behind leader TCU after the first round of the MWC championship. Lobo Steve Saunders shot a 2-under 69 and is tied for fourth place.

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TRACK: Los Lunas High track and field standout Lesly Torres signed a letter of assurance to attend the Air Force Academy. Torres, a senior, was the high-point winner for Class 5A girls at the 2008 state championships, and recently won two events and was second in two others at the Marilyn Sepulveda Invite. She’ll compete in the heptathlon at AFA.

BASKETBALL: Belen High School boys basketball coach Chris Tapia has resigned after five years as the Eagles’ head coach. Tapia’s teams were 64-79.

NMSU: New Mexico State junior shooting guard Jonathan Gibson has declared for early entry into the 2009 NBA Draft. Gibson said he has not hired an agent.