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  • LA softball heads to regional

    The Los Alamos junior softball All-Star team will advance to the southwestern regional playoffs this coming weekend.
    Los Alamos’ juniors — comprised of 13-14 year olds — will take on a team from Colorado in the opening round of the tournament Saturday.
    The tournament will be played at Alto Park in Santa Fe.
    For the regionals, the host district’s champion gets an automatic bid into the tournament. Los Alamos plays in District 1 along with Little Leagues representing Santa Fe, Española and Pojoaque. Los Alamos advanced after Española couldn’t field a team to play for the District 1 title.
    Along with Los Alamos’ All-Stars, two teams from Texas and a team from Louisiana will also be vying for the regional title. Also taking part is Las Vegas, which won the New Mexico state title this year.
    The winner of the southwestern regional playoff will advance to the Little League World Series.
    If Los Alamos wins its opener, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., it will play again at 1:30 p.m. If not, Los Alamos will play an elimination game at 10 a.m. Sunday.
    The tournament is double-elimination format and continues through Wednesday in Santa Fe.

    Here is the roster for the Los Alamos junior softball All-Stars:

  • LATC hosting championships at Urban Park

    Gilbert Ratliff was on the winning side of two doubles contests Saturday.
    Ratliff, who with one of his doubles partners, John Charles, advanced to the final round of the men’s A draw, and with his other partner, his daughter, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, advanced to the final of the A mixed doubles. Both of those contests are set for Sunday at Urban Park.
    The LATC started its two-day tournament Saturday morning. In this year’s tournament are seven different age and gender draws.
    Heading into Saturday afternoon’s play, Geoff Mills and Justin Chang had advanced to the semifinals of the men’s A singles draw, with both of them winning in straight sets.
    Mills topped Cihan Akcay 6-2, 6-1 in his first round contest, while Chang, a hard-swinging, hard-serving newcomer to the tournament, swept Alex Tarra 6-0, 6-1.
    More than 30 participants are taking part in this year’s tournament.
    In the top men’s doubles flight, Ratliff/Charles is seeking its second straight LATC championship. Ratliff/Charles defeated Forrest White/George Margevicius in the finals of last year’s tournament.
    In mixed doubles, Ratliff/Hsieh-Ratliff knocked off Mike Fugate/Lauren Fugate 6-0, 6-2 to advance to that draw’s championship round.

  • Ott tops long course at Splash and Dash

    Logan Ott was the top individual finisher in the third installment of the Los Alamos Triatomics’ Splash and Dash event.
    The Splash and Dash, a bi-weekly event hosted by the Triatomics’ multi-sport club, is geared primarily for those who are training for the Los Alamos Triathlon. The triathlon is scheduled for Aug. 16.
    Ott finished in a time of 29 minutes, 20 seconds on the long course, which consists of a 400-yard swim followed by a 5-kilometer run. He topped Kim Katko, an elite-level women’s triathlon racer, by 25 seconds on the longer course.
    On the shorter course, which features a 200-yard swim and a 4K run, Matt Anderson was the top finisher. He posted a time of 17:17.
    There is one more Splash and Dash for the season, that is scheduled for Aug. 6. The Splash and Dash is held in and around the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The event is free, but day-of registration is required. Registration starts at 6:20 p.m. and the race begins at 7 p.m.

    Here are the results from Wednesday’s Splash and Dash (swim time, run time, total time):

    Long course

  • Big fourth inning lifts Isotopes

    Albuquerque’s Brock Peterson doubled the bases clear in the bottom of the fourth, the big blow of the game as the Isotopes downed the Fresno Grizzlies 8-7 Wednesday night.
    The Isotopes had just one on and two out in the fourth inning, but rallied for five runs, which proved to be the difference in that contest.
    The Isotopes (49-56) can win their second straight series with a victory over the Grizzlies tonight in Albuquerque.

  • Senior men's tourney results

    Ken Koch of Los Alamos and his partnern Dan Shannon, of Santa Fe, finished in second place in the July 17 best ball tournament hosted by the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association.
    The NNMSMGA is for men age 50 and over. Association members compete in several tournaments throughout the summer and early fall.
    Koch and Shannon finished with a combined score of 73 at the tournament, played at Pagosa Springs (Colo.) Golf Course. They finished three strokes behind winners Rob Schneider and Bob Sherman.
    In the second flight of that tournament, Los Alamos’ Jim Steedle and Santa Fe’s Harry Rosenbloom finished with the third-lowest net score.

    Here are other the results from recent tournaments for the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association.

    Twin Warriors Golf Course, July 1

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 78.
    Second low gross: Ron Trujillo, Las Vegas, 79.
    First low net: David Woodland, Santa Fe, 69.
    Second low net: Dennis Sanderson, Santa Fe, 71.

    First flight

    First low gross: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, 75.
    Second low gross: David Wintermute, Albuquerque, 81.
    First low net: Mike Porter, Alamosa, Colo., 67.
    Second low net: Dan Shannon, Santa Fe, 70.

    Second flight

  • County rodeo returns Aug. 9

    Los Alamos County Rodeo is returning Aug. 9 and continues through Aug. 10.
    The rodeo is staged at North Mesa at Brewer Arena, beginning at 2 p.m. with bull riding, roping, barrel racing and mutton busting, followed by a cowboy-style dinner and dance at the Posse Lodge at 5 p.m.
    The cowboy dinner includes choice of prime rib or salmon and, for those 10 and under, hot dog and chips.
    The dinner and dance is $15 for adults, or $10 for dance only. Entertainment for the dance will be provided by The Rifters, from 7–11 p.m.
    Proceeds from the dinner and dance benefit the Posse Lodge.
    The Rodeo continues on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at Brewer Arena.
    Admission to the County Fair and Rodeo is $8 per person, or $25 for a family of four. No credit cards will be accepted for admission. 
    For more information, call Suzette Fox at 661-4844, or visit the county’s recreation devision website, losalamosnm.us/rec.
     

  • Medin is top finisher at Pace Race

    Zach Medin was the top predictor in Tuesday night’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners running club. Pace Races are scheduled throughout the Daylight Savings Time hours at various spots across Los Alamos County.
    Tuesday’s race was held on North Mesa.
    Medin finished his race 33 seconds off his predicted finish time, which topped Paul Elkins by 8 seconds and Jackie Marr by 27 seconds. No one else among the 40 runners and walkers taking part finished with a prediction error of less than 1 minute.
    The fastest finishers on the 3-mile course were Ted Romero, who completed the course in 19 minutes, 10 seconds, and Roxana Candia, who came in with a time of 23:22.
    On the 1-mile course, Tad Hughes finished in 7:31 and Heather Hughes finished in 11:41.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at Rocket Park in White Rock. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information on next week’s race, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or call 672-1639.
     

  • Kniss, Sanchez both ace LAGC

    Los Alamos Golf Course saw not one but two aces last week.
    Brett Kniss and Eddie Sanchez both scored holes-in-one at LAGC, with Kniss hitting his on the fourth hole and Sanchez on the No. 8 hole.
    For Kniss, it was the third ace of his playing career.
    Course professional Donnie Torres, one of the witnesses of Kniss’ ace, said the ball landed about three feet above the pin but spun back down and in the cup.
    Also witnessing the shot were Steve Birdsell, Johnny Montoya and Joe Gallegos.
    That ace was recorded Thursday. Kniss hit an 8-iron 159 yards.
    Meanwhile, Sanchez scored his hole-in-one Sunday. It was the second hole-in-one he’d recorded in back-to-back weeks.
    For his shot, Sanchez hit a pitching wedge from the No. 8 tee. from 115 yards out.
    Sanchez said he actually saw the ball go into the hole, the first of seven career aces he’d actually seen.
    The ace was also witnessed by Barbara Schmitt, Brian Colby, Cliff Fortgang and Larry Rich.

  • Bairstow signs a contract with the Bulls for 2014-15

    Former New Mexico Lobo forward Cameron Bairstow signed a NBA contract with the Chicago Bulls Monday.
    Bairstow was selected by Chicago with the 49th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft last month. The terms of the contract, however were not disclosed.
     “We like Cameron’s combination as a player with his size, energy and physicality,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman in a press release.  “He is a hard worker who will only get better with time.”
    Bairstow finished the 2013-14 season leading the team in his senior year in scoring, averaging 20.4 points per game, along with 7.4 rebounds.
    He shot a Mountain West Conference-best 55.6 percent from the field.
    Bairstow was a big part of the reason the Lobos went on to win 27 wins last season, as well as the Lobos’ third consecutive MW tournament title.
    UNM won 106 games during Bairstow’s career as a Lobo.
    The Australian will join a former Lobo teammate in Chicago in Tony Snell. Snell was the Bulls’ first round draft pick in 2013.
    With Bairstow and Snell, UNM has had a player selected in back-to-back NBA Drafts for the first time since the mid 1980s.

  • Sports Briefs 07-20-14

    Moutain bike race scheduled for Aug. 3 at Valles Caldera

    Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the first PyroClassic cross-country mountain bike race Aug. 3.
    All races will start and finish near the Valles Caldera Ranch Headquarters. Divisions for the race include Pro/Cat 1, Intermediate/Cat 2, and Beginners/Cat 3.
    Top division racers will travel a total of 30 miles, intermediate racers 18 miles and beginning and Cat 3 racers 10 miles.
    The course will go through the valley meadows and head up Rendondo Peak.
    The race is being run under a USA Cycling race permit and is part of the New Mexico Off-Road Race Series.

    Golf tournament will benefit local chapter of BBBS

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament Saturday. The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The tournament, which is a best ball scramble, will start at 11 a.m.
    Price for participation is $100 per individual, $400 for teams. The entry fee includes golf cart and post-tournament dinner.
    For more information, visit bbbsnorthernnm.org.

    Tryouts for club baseball team will be in Albuquerque