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Today's Sports

  • Playing with fire

    The Los Alamos Blaze battled 100-degree temperatures and tough competition at the Rio Rancho Chile Classic, June 19-21.

    Playing nine games in three days, the Blaze pulled out six wins to finish third in the 14-and-under USSSA fast pitch softball tournament.

     

  • Joan Williams has best...

    It was a hot and dry evening for Tuesday’s Pace Race, but 52 runners came out to try the courses in the Bayo and Rendija Canyons.
    Joan Williams was the best predictor of the night.
    She was only 9 seconds off her prediction on the figure-eight course through the canyons.
    On the one-mile course, there was a tie between Erik Leonard and Jason Pieck.
    They were both 18 seconds off their predictions.
    Ted Romero was the best male predictor on the three-mile course. He was 29 seconds off.
    Leading the predictions for the women were Sophia Pieck on the one-mile course and Laura Woodroffe on the three-mile course.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m. at the Ponderosa Campground, which is just south of the N.M. 501 and N.M. 4 junction.
    One and three mile courses will be available.
    For more information on the club or its upcoming Pace Races, visit atomicrunners.com or call 672-1639.
     

  • U.S. beats Germany, heads to...

    MONTREAL (AP) — Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans.
    Then she blasted that ball into the back of the net.
    Lloyd’s penalty kick got the United States on the board, and the Americans went on to a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday night.
    Lloyd’s penalty kick in the 69th minute went into the right side of the goal less than 10 minutes after Celia Sasic shot wide on a penalty kick for Germany.
    Kelley O’Hara came in off the bench and scored in the 85th minute, delighting the pro-American crowd.
    Hope Solo posted her fifth straight shutout, continuing a dominant run for the American defense.
    The United States also had several good scoring chances from the start.
    Julie Johnston missed on a header off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan’s breakaway in the 15th minute was stopped by goaltender Nadine Angerer.
    The U.S. will play the winner of No. 4 Japan, the defending champion, and No. 6 England in the final on Sunday.

  • Isotopes rout Reno; McBride...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (34-45) pounded out 21 hits, including nine extra-base knocks, in a 16-5 series-opening win against the Reno Aces (37-42) Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. Angelys Nina picked up four hits, including three doubles, and Matt McBride continued his solid work with two doubles, a homer and five RBI.

    Two of Reno’s first three batters of the game scored, but it would be the only time the Aces held a lead all night.

    McBride doubled in a pair of runs in the home half of the first to tie it before a second-inning Cristhian Adames double gave Albuquerque a 4-2 lead. The Isotopes added four more runs in the third behind another pair of doubles from McBride and Adames. Albuquerque put the game away in the fifth when the 'Topes rattled off seven straight hits to begin the inning, highlighted by home runs from Roger Bernadina and McBride. The Aces picked up a run in the seventh and two in the ninth to slightly cut into the deficit.

    The Isotopes and Aces will play game two of their four-game series Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (1-1, 3.81 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill for Albuquerque, while Reno is slated to go with former Colorado Rockies farmhand, right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 1.76 ERA).

    All-Star McBride

  • Lobo stars give fans plenty to...

    ALBUQUERQUE —The inaugural Lobo All-Star brought together many of the best UNM basketball players from the last 20 years to WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit, on Sunday.
    Los Alamos’ Alex Kirk, a two-time All-Mountain West defensive team selection and three-time conference champion, was among the 20 players selected to participate in the game.
    “All of these guys are legends,” Kirk said after the game. “It was truly an honor to be here.”
    Kirk got to play with Ruben Douglas in the game; Kirk said Douglas was his hero growing up. Douglas played professionally for nine years after leaving UNM, but in his last season as a Lobo, in 2003, he was the Mountain-West Player of the Year, an All-American honorable mention and he led the nation in scoring with 27 points per game.
    Douglas sunk three 3s in the All-Star game, which didn’t surprise anyone.
    “We knew that was going to happen,” Drew Gordon said.
    “It’s like riding a bike,” Douglas said.
    For Douglas, however, playing in the game 12 years after he left UNM was an honor, like it was for Kirk.
    “To get the invite was humbling,” Douglas said.

  • Isotopes lose series versus Bees

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (33-45) dropped the series finale 7-2 to the Salt Lake Bees (32-46) Monday night at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, UTah.

    Albuquerque’s offense never could get churning Monday night as Salt Lake jumped out to an early 3-0 lead through just two innings. The Isotopes scored a single run in the third when Cristhian Adames was plunked with the bases loaded, but the Bees responded with a run in the home half of the third. The scoring would cease until the sixth inning when Angelys Nina singled in Kyle Parker to make it 4-2, but Salt Lake scored one in the sixth and two in the eighth to pull away.

    On Sunday, catcher Dustin Garneau blasted a pair of home runs to pace the Isotopes to an 8-3 victory against the Bees. Adames also drove in a pair of runs with his 3-for-4 day.

  • T2 reaches mid-point

    Halfway through its season in the United Soccer League Pro (USL), the Portland Timbers 2 (T2) are right on the bubble to get into the playoffs.
    With a 5-7-2 record, T2 is currently tied for sixth out of 12 teams in the USL Pro’s Western Conference. The top six teams in each conference will make the playoffs.
    Los Alamos native, Andy Thoma, is one of five Portland Timbers players who are on loan to T2.
    The Portland Timbers play in the Major League Soccer; the USL Pro is MLS’s minor league. The USL Pro has been around awhile, but this its first season as MLS’s minor league and also T2’s first season of existence.
    Thoma starts for T2 as a defender. This is the 22-year old’s first year as a pro. The Timbers drafted him in the second round, 24th overall, in the 2015 MLS Super Draft from the University of Washington.
    Playing 90 minutes a game for T2, however, should prepare him to eventually move up since the organization can customize his development.
    The Timbers have the sixth most points out of the 20 MLS teams with a 7-6-4 record. The Timbers also have one of the more loyal fan bases in the MLS. One particularly popular activity is after the Timbers score a goal at Providence Park a lumberjack revs up his chain saw and slices a circle off a giant tree to give to the player who scored.

  • Sports Briefs 6-28-15

    Firecracker 5K
    The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run on July 4.
    The 5K is open to people of all ages that want to walk, run or jog in the festive event.
    Prizes will go to the top male and female finishers in youth, adult, adult 60-plus and dog jogger divisions.
    The best-costumed participant will also win bagels for a year from Ruby K’s.
    All participants will get the annual Fun Run T-shirt and are eligible to win random door prizes.
    The 5K race route starts in the YMCA parking lot, turns north on 15th to Canyon. Then it goes west on Canyon toward the aquatic center and all the way to Diamond. The route then makes a U-turn at the crosswalk and returns to the YMCA along same route, running with traffic.
    Early registration, prior to July 4, at the YMCA, 1450 Iris Street, is encouraged. Race day check-in on July 4 is from 7-7:45 a.m. The race will start at 8 a.m. The price is $30, or $20 for YMCA members, and $10 for youth under 14 years old.
    Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up and takedown, registration check-in, traffic control and to help award prizes. The volunteers will be given race T-shirts.
    Register for the race or sign up to volunteer at the YMCA, or call 662-3100 for more information.

  • Splash n Dashes offer training,...

    Nobody was overheating at the first Splash n Dash of the summer Wednesday evening.
    After the participants finished swimming in the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, a nice cool rain started falling as they were running.
    “This is the first one I remember getting rained on,” Bill Dunn of the Los Alamos Triatomics said.
    The rain didn’t stop the event, even though a few people were nice and wet when they finished the swim and the run.
    Times are kept at the Splash n Dashes, but no winners are announced. The events aren’t competitions in themselves, they’re preparation for upcoming competitions.
    “We call it a training a exercise,” Dunn said. “The thinking is a lot of people will do the LA Triathlon. This is a way to track your progress.”
    The Splash n Dashes are a “brick,” which means the athletes do two sports back-to-back. Participants can choose to do a 200-meter swim and then a 3K run, or a 400-meter swim and then a 5K run.
    “What’s cool is you always push yourself harder when you’re enemy is in front of you,” Dunn said. “Once you pass them they’re your friend again, but they’re your enemy when they’re in front of you. That’s the big benefit of group things; you push yourself harder.”

  • Norman wins championship flight

    Los Alamos’ Bruce Norman had the best round of anybody June 17 at the Black Mesa Golf Club in a Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament.
    Norman shot a 74-gross score to win the event’s championship flight, beating Santa Fe’s Rob Schneider by a single stroke. They were the only two golfers to shoot in the 70’s on the course.
    His 74 strokes are the best score anyone from Los Alamos has shot this year on the NNMSMGA tour.
    Norman also landed closest to the pin on the 15th hole.
    Locals also did well at Buffalo Thunder’s Towa Golf Club June 16 in another NNMSMGA tournament.
    Phil Gursky shot an 85-gross score to finish second in the first flight.
    Fred Thomas won the second flight with a 91-gross score.
    Los Alamos residents also landed closest to the pin on three of the four holes contested.
    Kerry Coffelt landed closest on Valley-nine’s second hole, Jim Steedle landed closest on the Valley’s seventh hole while Quinn Cremer had the best drive on the Boulder’s ninth hole.