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Today's Sports

  • Golfers chip in for charity

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual golf tournament Friday to benefit the United Way of Northern New Mexico. Between sponsorships and golfer fees, the tournament raised $6,000 for the cause.

    Out of 14 foursomes who competed, Plateau Properties had the best round. Mike Lippiatt, Mike McNiel, Bruce Norman and Marti Hill combined to shoot a 57 and win the scramble.

    Mark Sandoval’s team (Sandoval, Eddie Sanchez, Warren Finch and Steve Fellows) won a tie-breaker to take second with a 58 while Edgewater Technical Associates (Scott Rizor, Jeff Theesfeld, Joe Kanzleiter and Mark Rosenberger) took third.

    The chamber was thankful to major sponsors: Los Alamos National Bank, the Los Alamos Monitor, the Rio Grande Sun, Christus Health Plan and KRSN; it's hole sponsors: Great Ideas, Edgewater Technical Associates, Strategic Management Solutions, New York Life, The Finishing Touch, LA Daily Post, Kelly Myers – Re/Max, Chris Ortega – Re/Max, Ricoh USA and Griffin & Associates; prize donors: Buffalo Thunder, Don Taylor, Metzgers Do-it-Best Hardware, CB FOX, UnQuarked, and Classic Air Medical; and Bathtub Row Brewing, which provided space for our lunch and awards and gave each golfer a free beverage.

  • Rain extends tennis tourney

    The Los Alamos Tennis Club’s tournament attracted 43 players who have been battling it out on the courts.
    The tournament was originally scheduled to conclude after Sunday’s action. With rain delays, however, only one of the seven finals has been completed.
    The rest of the finals matches will take place this week.
     

  • Sports Briefs 8-5-15

    Cross country tryouts
    The Los Alamos High School corss country team’s official tryout week will begin on Monday.
    Interested runners are encouraged to visit the team’s website, laschools.net/Domain/763, for a detailed schedule, “must haves” and much more.

    Afterschool gymnastics
    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics is mixing up its afterschool program this year.
    Now participants can choose to do an hour-and-a-half instructional class which will include bars, beam, vault, tumbling and dance for girls and bars, rings, vault, tumbling and pommel horse for boys.
    Or participants can choose to spend the hour-and-a-half doing alternative gymnastics activities — trampoline, zip line, pit, tumble track and climbing.
    Kids attending LASG more than once a week can mix it up and do one session of each.
    Wednesday’s afterschool session will do both every week.
    The afterschool program includes supervision from Mountain, Barranca, and Aspen elementary schools to LASG on the Atomic City Transit.
    After a short time for changing clothes and a quick snack from their backpacks, everybody will participate in gymnastics.
    Call 662-9523 for rates and availability, or visit lagymnastics.net for more information.

  • Pajarito, skiers to benefit from...

    An unusually wet summer should help skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes at Pajarito Mountain earlier than they have in years.
    Pajarito’s ownership has targeted Thanksgiving as its opening weekend this season. “It will depend a lot on Mother Nature and cold weather,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “In the past we’ve had the cold weather, just not a lot of water.”
    Water for snowmaking, however, won’t be a problem this year. As of Wednesday, the snowmaking pond had 6 million gallons of water in it, 12 times more water than it had last year.
    “All of this water has been very good to us,” Long said. “That’s the most we’ve had in a number of years. We’re really excited for snowmaking.”
    If the wet weather continues through monsoon season, the pond may reach its capacity.
    “We’re optimistically anticipating a full pond,” Long said.
    Besides the natural runoff and rainwater the pond has collected, an enhanced water collection system has also helped fill the pond. The mountain got a new 1.5 horsepower pump that has helped Pajarito take full advantage of its collection gallery around the mountain.

  • Fall sport teams ready to begin

    Are you ready for some football?
    How about some soccer, volleyball or cross-country?
    Over the next couple of weeks, Los Alamos High School’s fall sports will all begin practicing.
    On Monday, Los Alamos’ football team will hit the field to get ready for its upcoming season.
    Football is allowed to start a week earlier than other fall sports.

    Los Alamos’ soccer, volleyball and cross country teams can all begin official practices on Aug. 10.

    The cross country team's official tryout week will begin Aug. 10. Visit the team's website for a detailed schedule, must haves and more. 

  • Olympic teams to swim, boat in...

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.
    An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.
    It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites.
    Brazilian officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes and the medical director of the International Olympic Committee said all was on track for providing safe competing venues. But neither the government nor the IOC tests for viruses, relying on bacteria testing only.
    Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil, where the majority of sewage is not treated. Raw waste runs through open-air ditches to streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites.

  • Isotopes fall to Bees; add...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (48-58) racked up 10 hits and six runs, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Salt Lake Bees (42-64) Thursday night at Isotopes Park as the Isotopes fell 9-6. Albuquerque will attempt to secure the four-game series victory tonight at 7:05 p.m.

    Salt Lake came out firing, scoring seven of their nine runs in the first four innings.

    Albuquerque could only scratch across three runs during the same frames.

    After the Bees added two more in the sixth, the Isotopes plated a pair in the home half of the inning and tacked on another in the eighth. Wilin Rosario ignited the Topes’ offense with a solo home run in the second. Roger Bernadina and Tommy Murphy also belted a pair of homers.

  • Mountain bike races coming to LA

    Over the next two weekends, Los Alamos will be New Mexico’s hub for mountain bike racing.
    On Sunday, the New Mexico Off Road Series will come to town for the PyroClassic cross-country race.
    The following weekend, Aug. 8-9, the New Mexico Enduro Cup Series will bring racers to town for the Los Alamos Rock ‘n’ Roll EnduroFest.
    It will be both races second go round and the EnduroFest’s first year as part of New Mexico’s Enduro Cup.
    The PyroClassic, hosted by the Pajarito Mountain Bike Patrol, will take place at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    There will be three different distances that bikers will ride, winding through valley meadows and climbing over the flanks of the volcanic upheaval of the 11,000-foot Redondo Peak.
    Pros, Cat 1 and singlespeed racers will pedal 30 miles in a loop around Redondo Peak and Alamo Canyon. Climbing on the loop will be substantial with a total ascent of over 2,400 feet.
    Cat 2 riders will race on an 18-mile route while Cat 3 bikers will do a nine-mile loop.
    All races start and finish near the Valles Caldera Ranch headquarters.
    The last day to register online for the PyroClassic is Friday. There will be no race-day registration. Participants will also need a USAC license.

  • Gray, Wheeler lead ’Topes past...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (48-57) beat the Salt Lake Bees (41-64) 4-1 Wednesday night at Isotopes Park. Right-handed pitcher Jon Gray pitched five scoreless innings, while outfielder Tim Wheeler picked up thee RBI.
    Albuquerque wasted no time jumping out front with a two-RBI single by Wheeler in the second inning.
    The Isotopes added another run in the sixth on Wheeler’s second RBI single.
    The Bees managed to scratch across a run in the top of the seventh, but infielder Trevor Story quickly answered with a monstrous solo home run in the home half of the inning.
    Gray struck out eight, walked one and only gave up three hits in the win,
    Matt McBride made his first start since being activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and promptly extended the team’s season-longest hitting streak to 18 games with a single in the first inning.
    The outfielder finished Wednesday evening 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk. Having spent 20 days on the disabled list, McBride’s 18-game hitting streak began way back on June 16.
     

  • Woodroffe just misses her...

    Laura Woodroffe had the best prediction in Tuesday’s Pace Race.
    Woodroffe only missed her predicted time by 3 seconds.
    Tuesday’s Pace Race — the Lawrence E. Wangen Memorial Race — was held on the trails behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The race included one-mile and 5K routes on dirt trails and a one-mile paved course.
    The second best prediction belonged to Zach Medin, who was 8 seconds off.
    Joan Williams recorded a 12-second difference. Bob Weeks was 15 seconds off his prediction.
    In the one-mile races, 11-year-old Jason Pieck finished first in 9 minutes, 41 seconds. Savanna Strother was the top female. The 7-year-old finished with a time of 11:31.
    Ted Romero was the fastest finisher in the 5K, recording a 23:58. Roxana Candia was the fastest female. She finished in 26:28.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m. The races will begin at the San Ildefonso play lot, which is located on Barranca Mesa at the junction of San Ildefonso and Barranca Road.
    One-and three-mile paved courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com