Today's Sports

  • Kirk scores 24 in D-League debut

    The Canton (Ohio) Charge of the NBA Development League got a big boost from its newest player Wednesday night.
    Former Los Alamos star Alex Kirk, who was signed last summer by the Cleveland Cavaliers, was assigned to the Charge, the Cavaliers’ D-League team Tuesday and was with the team for its game Wednesday night in Westchester, New York.
    Kirk put in a game-high 24 points for the Charge as it spoiled the home debut of Westchester’s Knicks, 88-84.
     Kirk scored 12 points in each half, hitting 9 of 20 shots from the floor.
    He also had five rebounds and a blocked shot in 33 minutes of play for the Charge, who are 1-1 on the season.
    The move by Kirk to the D-League was what Cleveland officials had said would likely happen prior to this season.
    The D-League is the NBA’s equivalent of baseball’s Minor Leagues.
    The Cavaliers’ organization also manages the Charge.
    Prior to Wednesday night, Kirk had been with Cleveland since opening night.
    He had appeared in just two games with the Cavaliers, one of his appearances was for a little over three minutes, the other was for just three seconds.
    With Cleveland, Kirk scored two points, the first two points of his pro career, in a loss to Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 4.

  • Study: State hunters, anglers...

    SANTA FE – New Mexico’s hunters and anglers spend more than $613 million on their recreational activities and contribute another $51.4 million to the state’s economy in labor, income and taxes, according to a study conducted for the Department of Game and Fish.
    The study, conducted by Southwick Associates, specialists in fish and wildlife economics and statistics, was commissioned to determine the amount of participation and subsequent economic impacts hunters and anglers have on New Mexico overall and by county.
    “Hunting and fishing are among New Mexico’s most cherished traditions,” Governor Susana Martinez said. “This study clearly shows the tremendous value our wildlife resources bring to our state, creating nearly 8,000 jobs and contributing millions to New Mexico’s economy. Outdoor activities like hunting and fishing are New Mexico True.”
    According to the study, New Mexico has more than 160,000 resident and nonresident anglers who spend $268 million a year on fishing-related activities. The state also has 87,600 hunters who spend $345.5 million a year on hunting-related activities.

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  • McDonald, Carnes named top...


    For the second straight season, Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald was given props as the top offensive player in Distrit 2-5A.

    McDonald, a junior, helped lead the Los Alamos Hilltoppers to a district title, the first in the new District 2-5A, and was among the leading scorers in the state.

    For her efforts, McDonald was named the District 2-5A Offensive Player of the Year for 2014.

    Not to be outdone, veteran Los Alamos fullback Cory Carnes, a senior, was named the Defensive Player for the Year for the season.

    The Los Alamos boys and girls All-District teams were announced shortly after the conclusion of the regular season.

  • Mang signs letter of intent with...


    Los Alamos’ top baseball player, Jared Mang, signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period for collegiate athletics.

    Mang, who had made a previous verbal commitment to the University of New Mexico, made it official Wednesday. He signed the letter at a ceremony in Albuquerque along with teammates from his Amateur Baseball Association club based in the Duke City.

    This year, Mang will be a senior for the Hilltoppers. He has been starting, and hitting near the top of the batting order, since he was an eighth grader.

  • On Schedule 11-12-14


    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Class 5A championship tournament (Rio Rancho), varsity, 10:30 a.m.


    Girls basketball: LAMS Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.


    Wrestling: LAMS at Taos Invite, 8 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls varsity, 1 p.m.
    Girls basketball: LAMS Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

  • LA gets 12th and final seed for...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team has a tough road if it wants to compete for a chance at a state title.
    Los Alamos was afforded only a No. 12 seed in the 12-team Class 5A playoffs. The 5A playoffs will start Thursday in Rio Rancho.
    The Hilltoppers have pool play scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center. And hanging out in the pool along with the Hilltoppers are top-seeded Piedra Vista and eighth-seeded Los Lunas.
    There are four pools of three teams each in pool play. The top finisher in each pool will get a bye into the quarterfinals of the direct elimination round, while the second- and third-place finishers in each pool will have to play a first round elimination match.
    Los Alamos finished the regular season with a won-loss mark of 12-9 and finished second in both the District 2 regular season race and the district tournament.
    Saturday, the Hilltoppers fell to the Española Valley Sundevils in the district tournament finals.
    Española Valley, which has dominated Los Alamos all season, took the tournament championship in Española. Although most of the sets were tight, the Sundevils still won in four, 25-13, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22.

  • Del Norte is bottom seed in...

    For the sixth consecutive year, only one team from District 2 advanced to the state playoffs.
    This year, the Del Norte Knights were the team that made it to the playoffs. And for the fourth time in five years, the district champ will be going in as the lowest seed in the postseason.
    Del Norte, which won District 2 going away, was given the No. 12 seed for the 2014 postseason. The Knights will take on the fifth-seeded Aztec Tigers for the opening round of the 5A playoffs Saturday.
    Those teams will play at Aztec. For the first round of the playoffs, games are scheduled according to where the teams previously played, as opposed to which team has the higher seed.
    Los Alamos, of course, wasn’t even in the playoff discussion this season. Los Alamos finished the year 1-9, its only win of the year coming against Española Valley.
    The only District 2 team with even a prayer of earning an at-large invitation this season was Capital, the district runner-up. Capital finished the year 5-5 and went 3-1 in the district, with its only loss coming against the Knights.

  • Sports Briefs 11-11-14

    Basketball skills clinics continuing at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host basketball skills clinics this Saturday and next Saturday.
    The basketball skills clinics are scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 22. They are primarily for those registered for the YMCA youth basketball program, but those interested in playing in the program that haven’t registered are also welcomed.
    The clinics are designed to help youth with basic skills such as passing, dribbling and shooting. They are for players with little-to-no previous experience.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Turkey Trot returns Nov. 23

    The annual CROP Walk/Turkey Trot is scheduled for Nov. 23. The event will start at Los Alamos Middle School.
    The Turkey Trot is for any interested participants. Participants my choose to walk or run a 1.7-mile or a 2.5-mile course.
    All participants are also eligible to win turkeys and pumpkin pies in a random drawing.
    Registrations will take place at 1 p.m. at LAMS and the Turkey Trot will start at 2 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639.

    Jaguars, Sartans win soccer titles

  • Volleyball gets final seed into...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team got the 12th and final seed into the Class 5A state tournament, the New Mexico Activities Association announced Sunday.

    Los Alamos, which fell 3-1 to the Espanola Valley Sundevils in the District 2 championship match Saturday night, will advance to the pool play round starting at 11 a.m. Thursday in Rio Rancho. Los Alamos will be grouped with top-seeded Piedra Vista and eighth-seeded Los Lunas in Group A.

    More information about the Class 5A poseason will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.