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Today's Sports

  • Swimmers approach final stretch...

    As the Los Alamos Aquatomics get ready for their final swim before the state championships, the swimmers seem to be making strides in the water.
    Last weekend during the team’s home meet, the Nogar Memorial Open, many of the swimmers had their best times of the summer.
    “As coaches, we are very happy with the results of the meet,” coach Maribeth Englert said. “We had several swimmers get their first state cut at the Nogar meet. The kids are looking great in practice and should progress through their end of season meets.”
    Swimmers who qualified for state at the Nogar meet in the 9-10 age group were Caleb Cook (100-meter freestyle), Mary Couture (50 backstroke) and Betty Kang (100 back).
    The team also had three 8-year-old girls qualify for events in the 9-10 age group: Molly Couture (100 Back), Marlee Katko (100 breaststroke) and Emily McLaughlin (100 back and 50 back).
    Four Aquatomics finished as meet’s high-point winners and nine others finished in the top-three of the high-point race.
    The team’s 8-and-under girls swept the high-point awards. Katko finished first, Allison Amrani took second and McLaughlin was third. Katko won the 50 fly and the 50 and 100 breaststroke en route to her title.

  • Kirk begins NBA summer league...

    Beginning Saturday, Alex Kirk will be wearing a Memphis Grizzlies jersey. Five days later, he’ll put on a New York Knicks jersey.
    After playing in the NBA summer league for two different squads, Kirk hopes he’ll be able to wear one of those jerseys next year as well.
    Kirk’s tryouts will begin in Orlando with the Grizzlies on Saturday.
    The Orlando Florida summer league is 25-game, seven-day event featuring 10 teams. The other teams competing include the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and two Orlando Magic squads.
    Each team will play four games and then one more on the league’s championship day, July 10.
    Each game with worth eight points. Teams score four points by winning a game and one point for every quarter they win. The two teams with the most points will play in the championship.
    The Grizzlies’ first game will be Saturday against the Nets.
    Memphis will then play the Hornets on Sunday, the Orlando Magic Blue team on Tuesday and the Thunder on Thursday.
    The Orlando summer league games aren’t open to the public, but fans can watch the games online at nba.com/nbatv. Box scores and recaps will also be available at orlandomagic.com.

  • Building their dreams with picks...

    When some people look at a mountain, they see a pretty landscape filled with plants, flowers, trees and cool looking rocks.
    When other people look at a mountain, they see terrain that would be fun to ride their bike down — fun turns and a whole bunch of things to jump off.
    At Pajarito Mountain, the lines mountain bikers fantasize about can become a reality, if they’re willing to build the trail themselves.
    “If you’re in with the trail-building group, you can pretty much build whatever you want, as long as it’s somewhat safe,” Alex Adams said. “That’s very cool, and very rare too.”
    Before Tom Long took over as Pajarito’s general manager, Long said people used to build trails on the mountain “under the cover of darkness.” He changed that when he took over about a decade ago.
    “I encouraged them and they jumped into it whole-hearted,” Long said. “They’ve done a superlative job.”
    Neal Pederson has volunteered since then and is now the lead dog on the crew.

  • Little League district champions

    The Los Alamos Little League minors recently won the All-Star district championships.
     

  • Fishing good in some spots

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, worms, jerk baits, crank baits, wooly buggers and top water lures for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits and using spinner/night crawler rigs for walleye. The best reports came from anglers fishing the early morning hours. Night fishing was fair to good using liver and stink bait for catfish.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using top water lures, large flies and water dogs for tiger muskies. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
    Chama River: Monday water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 202 cubic feet per second (cfs) and 330 cfs respectively. Fishing above and below El Vado was fair to good using night crawlers, Power Bait, Rapalas and gold Panther Martins for brown and rainbow trout.
    Fenton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes for trout.
    Heron Lake: The boat ramps are open. Fishing was slow to fair trolling Panther Martins tipped with corn for kokanee and rainbow trout. Bank fishing was fair using Power Bait and worms for rainbow trout.

  • Firecracker 5K takes place...

    The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run on Saturday.
    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.

  • Ball makes the cut at tournament

    Los Alamos’ Ted Ball reached the final of the 39th New Mexico — West Texas Amateur Championship at New Mexico State University golf course on Sunday
    Ball shot a 77 on his first round and an 80 in his second round to move on to the final day.
    He was ahead of six golfers, tied with six other golfers at 157 and within two strokes of seven other golfers.
    In his third round, however, Ball shot an 88 to slip multiple spots. He finished 41st overall in the tournament.
    Paul Cook also represented Los Alamos in the amateur championship. He failed to make the final after shooting a 90 and 92.
    New Mexico State University’s Kenneth Fadke held on down the stretch to claim the tournament’s title.
    The Hobbs native made par on the first playoff hole following an impressive final round 67 to come out on top. Fadke stumbled with a second round 73, but sandwiched a 65 and 67 on either side of it finishing at 11-under.
    A final round seven-under 65 vaulted El Paso’s Devin Miertschin back into the race with a 15-foot birdie exclamation point on the final hole that forced a playoff with Fadke. But, in the end, Fadke was able to hold off the hard-charging Miertschin following a his three-putt bogey in the playoff.

  • ’Topes use big innings to beat...

    It was a night for big innings as the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-45) used a pair of five-run frames, including a five-run sixth, to beat the Reno Aces (37-43) 11-8 Wednesday night at Isotopes Park.
    Kyle Parker drove in a team-high four runs on the evening.
    Reno and Albuquerque traded five runs each in the second inning as both teams batted around. The Isotopes’ half of the inning was capped by a two-out, two-RBI triple from Parker.
    The Aces regained the lead with single runs in the third and fifth before the ’Topes answered with a run in their half of the fifth courtesy of Angelys Nina’s sacrifice fly.
    Albuquerque again exploded for five runs in the sixth inning. There were six singles in the frame, including a two-run, go-ahead knock from Parker.
    Matt McBride was named to the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday afternoon and backed it up by going 1-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and two walks Wednesday night. McBride extended his team season-longest hitting streak to 15 games and is batting .411 (25-for-59) with 17 runs scored, nine doubles, three homers and 15 RBI during that stretch.

  • 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.

     

  • Kirk, Lobo stars give fans...

    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.