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Today's Sports

  • Trujillo fired up, ready to take...

    One of the hallmarks of northern New Mexico basketball has been an up-tempo, aggressive style of defense that leads to transition buckets.
    That’s what Nestor Trujillo is hoping to infuse into the Los Alamos Hilltopper program.
    Trujillo was named the head coach of the Hilltoppers today.
    Most recently, Trujillo was an AAU coach and was a top assistant at Los Alamos’ archrival, Española Valley.
    One of Trujillo’s duties at Española Valley was to scout the Sundevils’ opponents, including Los Alamos. He said that insight into the Hilltoppers’ program is going to help him out in his new position.
    “Since last year, I actually made it to a lot of games,” he said. “I’ve scouted them a lot and I know quite a bit out them on paper.”
    Because he was just hired, he said he is a little bit behind the curve — most programs around the state have extensive summer workout programs — but he said he’s hoping to have his assistant staff in place in short order and get with the returners to, if nothing else, go over his offensive and defensive terminology to have them up to speed by the time regular workouts get going.

  • Little League Roundup: LA, Metro...

     The Los Alamos Little League majors All-Star team picked up a big win over Española to advance to the semifinal round of the District 1 playoffs.

    Los Alamos will face Santa Fe Metro tonight in the semifinals of the tournament. Tonight’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Santa Fe.

    Los Alamos’ All-Stars are the top seed in the District 1 majors tournament and Tuesday blasted Española’s All-Stars 18-2. Los Alamos hit four home runs in that contest to earn the victory.

    Tonight’s winner between Los Alamos and Metro, the No. 2 seed, will advance to the finals. The winner will need to win just one of two games to clinch the District 1 title while the loser will drop into the elimination bracket and have to fight its way back to the championship contest.

    The tournament continues at least until Saturday morning. If a final elimination game is necessary, that is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

    Baseball 9-10 teams still alive

    Los Alamos has two entries for the county in the 9-10 All-Star tournament, which is taking place in Española.

    Tonight, the county’s green team will face Santa Fe Metro in the third round of that tournament. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Lucero Center fields.

  • Strother wins twice at Pace Race

    Nikol Strother nipped two other racers for the best predicition at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, which is hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, is held every Tuesday during Daylight Savings Time at various spots around Los Alamos County. This week’s race started at Acoma Lane in Pajarito Acres.
    Strother, fresh off her win at the Firecracker 5K race last week, finished Tuesday’s Pace Race with a prediction error of just 1-1/2 seconds, half a second better than Nick Parra-Vasquez and 1-1/2 seconds better than Katie Gattiker.
    She was a dual winner, as she had the fastest finish on the long course to go along with her top prediction.
    Many participants Tuesday finished within 60 seconds of their predicted finish times.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Hannah Gartz, who finished in 11 minutes, 8 seconds. Roy Cope finished in 15:58.
    On the 2.8-mile course, Ted Romero (18:31) had to the top finish, followed by Strother (18:38)
    The next Pace Race will be July 15. It will start near the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area lodge. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.
     

  • Sports Briefs 07-09-14

    Splash and Dash set for tonight

    The Los Alamos Triatomics will host its second session of the Splash and Dash series tonight starting at the Larry R. Walup Aquatic Center.
    The series is geared primarily toward getting athletes in shape for the upcoming Los Alamos Triathlon.
    There are two course lengths available for athletes. The short course features a 200-yard swim followed by a 3-kilometer run. The longer course features a 400-yard swim and a 5-kilometer run.
    Registration is free, but participation is limited to 75 athletes. Registration is done starting at 6:20 p.m. and the Splash and Dash starts at 7 p.m.
    For more information, visit the Triatomics’ website, triatomics.org.

    Kirk named to MW All-Academic team

    Former Los Alamos and University of New Mexico standout basketball player Alex Kirk earned a nod onto the Mountain West All-Academic Team.
    Kirk was one of six curent or former Lobos named to the conference team. The honor was the third in Kirk’s career, as it was for former teammates Cameron Bairstow and Hugh Greenwood.
    Kirk left the Lobos to enter the NBA draft this spring. He was not claimed in the June 26 draft, but was invited to work out this summer with Cleveland.

    Baseball league alumni will be in New Mexico

  • Congratulations Are In Order

    Los Alamos School Board member Jim Hall congratulates Hilltopper cross country coach Kathy Hipwood at Tuesday night’s meeting. Kathy and Rob Hipwood (left) were named the National Coaches of the Year in girls cross country by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association last month.

  • Chihuahuas rally to top '...

    The El Paso Chihuahuas rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh inning Tuesday night that the Albuquerque Isotopes had no answer for in their final three at-bats.
    El Paso trailed 3-2 after six innings at Isotopes Park, but took the lead, stringing together three base hits following an inning-opening walk to take a 4-3 lead. That score would hold up the rest of the way.
    The Isotopes (42-51) and the Chihuahuas (45-48) will continue their four-game series tonight in Albuquerque.
    Albuquerque won the first game of the series but will need to keep winning to make up any ground on either El Paso or division-leading Las Vegas for its homestand. Albuquerque played Las Vegas just prior to this series, winning the first two contests, but dropping the final two.
    Isotope reliever Robert Carson (0-2) inherited but couldn’t hold the 1-run advantage in the seventh, taking over in that inning for Stephen Fife, who gave up two earned runs and five hits in six innings.
    The El Paso bullpen was better. Chris Smith (1-0) and Hector Ambriz (save), combined to throw the final four innings, giving up just a combined two hits and struck out seven.
    Albuquerque didn’t help its own cause much, either, stranding nine runners on base and going just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position Tuesday.

  • Brazilian fans deal with...

    SAO PAULO (AP) — It wasn’t just a bad dream. Brazilians woke up Wednesday to dreadful headlines describing the humiliation of their soccer team’s historic defeat of 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup’s semifinal.
    There were also reports of violence breaking out right after the game with many buses being torched in the country’s biggest city. At least one store selling electronics and household appliances was sacked, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
    The country’s leading soccer publication stated simply: “A day to forget.”
    “It was the most shameful performance of all times,” said Almir Rogelio, 32, who was waiting at a newspaper stand for a friend. “I honestly woke up and didn’t even want to remember what happened.”
    During Tuesday’s match, Germany scored faster than partying fans could keep count. Later, tears smudged the faces of children painted in Brazil’s colors of canary yellow and green. Brazil coach Felipe Scolari buried his face in his hands.

  • Santistevan, Strother win at...

    It took awhile to get it straightened out, but in the end, one of the top runners in northern New Mexico was the big winner at last weekend’s Firecracker 5K.
    The Firecracker 5K, an annual event hosted by the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, hosted the run on Independence Day. About 220 participants took part in this year’s race, making it one of the biggest in the run’s history.
    Santistevan, the two-time prep cross country champion in Class 3A, finished the race in a time of 17 minutes, 39 seconds to earn a solid victory over three time defending champion Ryan Fenton.
    Following Friday’s race, it had initially been reported that Fenton, who finished in a time of 17:55 had won. However, after further review, it was discovered that Santistevan was actually the big winner.
    His win snapped an impressive win streak for Fenton at the Firecracker 5K, who actually improved on his finish time from 2013 by two seconds, but it wasn’t enough to top Santistevan.
    On the women’s side, Nikol Strother of Los Alamos took top honors.
    It was a decisive win for Strother, who was nearly 45 seconds better than runner-up Leanne Smith for the women’s title. Only Strother and Smith broke the 22-minute mark at the Firecracker race.

  • Could LeBron return to the Cavs?

    CLEVELAND (AP) — There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter.
    But now, as James considers a return to the team he abandoned four years ago with an entire region breathlessly awaiting a homecoming it couldn’t imagine in its wildest dreams, it appears there has been some healing between the NBA superstar and his former boss.
    Once aligned as basketball partners, James and Gilbert could barely stand the sight of each other during Miami’s games in Cleveland the past four years.
    Time may have fixed their fractured relationship. Most of the rest of the city has already forgiven James.
    Cleveland, without a major sports championship to celebrate in almost 50 years, is praying for a reunion. On Sunday, Cavs fans flocked to social media to feverishly track one of Gilbert’s private jets as it flew to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where the plane’s occupants dodged reporters and TV cameras.
    It’s not known if Gilbert was on the jet, but that didn’t douse the free-agency firestorm. As James’ decision nears, there’s a renewed hope the prodigal son will come home.
    But in the backdrop looms the James-Gilbert relationship.

  • Time for Splash and Dash

     

     

    Long Course

    Number Name Swim 400 Yd Run 5K Final Time

    A9 Matt Gonzales 05:48 0:20:04 0:25:52