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  • Board of Directors votes to let Tripp rescind his resignation
    Not so fast. Gary Tripp, the executive director of the New Mexico Activities Association, may have changed his mind about retiring after this academic year. Tripp, who has led the NMAA since 2004, announced that he asked the NMAA board of directors to rescind his decision to retire. The NMAA is the governing body of most major sports and interscholastic activities in the state. In June, NMAA officials announced that Tripp had turned in his letter of resignation to the board effective June 2012, immediately after the end of the current academic year. However, Tripp had a bit of a change of heart recently.
  • Topes Notes 08-16-11
    Isotopes win third straight to close out series with Fresno
  • Topes Notes 08-11-11
    Homestand closes with loss The Albuquerque Isotopes ended a dismal homestand with a loss Wednesday night to the Salt Lake City Bees. With the Isotopes trying to tread water in the PCL American South division with about three weeks remaining in the regular season, they could only manage three wins in eight games at Isotopes Park, including Wednesday night’s 10-7 loss. Albuquerque still has eight games remaining with division-leading Round Rock, five of them at home, but trail Round Rock by nine games.
  • LA blanked in 4A preseason rankings
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team appears to have something to prove to the rest of Class 4A this season. The Hilltoppers, who open their season Aug. 27 at Pojoaque, didn’t garner a single vote in the first New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll of the year. The polls were released Wednesday. Los Alamos, which is coming off a 4-6 season, went 3-1 in District 2-4A, finishing second in that race but failed to make the state playoffs. However, some unanswered questions about the team, most notably how it will fill the quarterback spot after the departure of Kory Balog, remain heading into the 2011 season.
  • Topes Notes 08-10-11
    Offense comes up big as Isotopes rout Bees The Albuquerque Isotopes pounded out 21 hits Tuesday night to pick up the first win of their series against the Salt Lake City Bees. Trevor Hoffman went 5-for-5 with five RBI and eight of the nine Isotopes hitters in the game got at least two hits as the Isotopes won big, 19-6, at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque failed to score in just two at-bats Tuesday. It went up 6-2 after two innings and 8-3 after four innings before scoring eight runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Isotopes had 10 runs and 13 hits off Bees starter Matt Palmer (7-10, 7.37 ERA), who lasted just 4-1/3 innings.
  • Kirk is OK following back surgery
    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball standout Alex Kirk underwent back surgery Tuesday. Kirk, who will be going into his sophomore year at the University of New Mexico, now plays for the Lobos. The surgery was performed in Phoenix and the 6-foot-11 center was resting comfortably afterwards. Lobo head coach Steve Alford said Tuesday Kirk had undergone “very successful back surgery to relieve a herniated disc….We fully expect that Alex will recover 100 percent.” Alan Kirk, Alex Kirk’s father and his high school coach, is with his son in Phoenix and said the surgery went well, although it was unclear how much rehabilitation Alex would need before returning.
  • Topes Notes 08-09-11
    Bees sting Isotopes, 9-6 The Albuquerque Isotopes dropped the second of its four-game home series to the Salt Lake City Bees Monday night. The Bees scored five runs in the fifth inning, four of them charged to starter John Ely, to win Monday’s contest 9-6. The two teams meet again tonight at 7:05 p.m. The series and the current Istopes homestand wraps up Wednesday. Salt Lake City finished with 16 hits in the game, 11 off Ely (6-5), who lasted just 4-1/3 innings. Albuquerque dropped the series opener to Salt Lake City, 11-8 Sunday. It trails Round Rock by nine games in the PCL American Southern division with 25 games remaining in the 2011 season.
  • Topes Notes 08-05-11
    Rainiers score 6 runs in third to thump Isotopes
  • Fishing report 08-05-11
    Anglers! Got a fish tale to tell, or some photographic evidence to back it up? Then let the Los Alamos Monitor know! Submit your fish stories and photos to lasports@lamonitor.com. Then check out lamonitor.com and see if you made the trophy board!
  • Topes Notes 08-03-11
    Late rally lifts Albuquerque The Albuquerque Isotopes closed out their eight-game road swing with a win Tuesday. The Isotopes scored twice in the top of the ninth to top New Orleans 6-4. Ivan De Jesus and Russell Mitchell both had RBI singles to give the Isotopes the victory. Albuquerque (57-54) had lost four straight games and five of six on the road trip before Tuesday’s win. At 7:05 p.m., the Isotopes return to Albuquerque to open a four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers. Following that series, they will host Salt Lake City for four games.