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Today's Sports

  • 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.
     

  • Youth elk hunting licenses to go...

    More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the Department of Game and Fish Online License System at 10 a.m. July 8.
    The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon, and 450 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow.
    Licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and hunters must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible.
    To purchase a license, customers must to log in to their Online License System account at wildlife.state.nm.us.
    For the first 14 days of the sale, licenses will be available only to eligible New Mexico youth who successfully applied for deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx, or bighorn sheep and did not receive a license for any of those species or obtain a leftover license.
    Beginning at 10 a.m. July 22, remaining licenses will be available to resident and nonresident youth hunters who are eligible to purchase an elk license.
    Youth hunters who hold any current elk license, either draw or private-land, are ineligible to purchase a Youth Encouragement Elk License. Youth hunters must have a valid Hunter Education number associated with their account.

  • Okafor, others to get their...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jahlil Okafor’s wait is almost over.
    The NBA draft is Thursday night, and the Duke big man will be one of the top picks. He said Wednesday he wished he already knew his destination.
    “I’d be able to sleep better at night if I did. I have no idea,” he said. “It’s been a long process, a lot of fun, but I’m ready for it to be over with so I’ll know where I’m going to be playing.”
    He’s had it much easier than many fellow draft candidates. He worked out for just Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers, who own the top two selections.
    But Okafor and fellow center Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky were on TV so much that there wasn’t much left for them to show teams, anyway. Even while finishing up his pro season in Spain, Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis was able to evaluate them.
    “They are good players,” he said, “very athletic, very big, so they’re very talented.”
    Philadelphia picks third for the second straight year, followed by New York and Orlando. Sacramento, Denver, Detroit, Charlotte and Miami round out the top 10.
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  • Isotopes fall behind early in...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (31-41) surrendered seven runs in the first two innings and couldn’t climb out the whole Tuesday night at Southwest University Park as the El Paso Chihuahuas (36-35) took an 8-5 victory in the opening game of a three-game series.

    It took the Chihuahuas just two batters to score their first run of the game and only eight batters to score their first four runs in the opening frame. Abraham Almonte scored on a sacrifice fly after a leadoff triple, and Cody Decker added a two-RBI double. El Paso’s fourth run of the first inning came off a Rocky Gale RBI single.

    After the Isotopes scored a pair of runs in the second, the Chihuahuas expanded their lead back to 7-2 in the home half of the inning. Albuquerque managed to chip away with a single run in the third and two more in the sixth but could never erase the early deficit.

  • A few spots left in Bairstow camp

    The Cameron Bairstow basketball camp is filling up fast, but some openings are available. As of Tuesday morning, there were 49 spots left.
    This camp is for both girls and boys in first through 12th grade.
    Each camper will get to be around some NBA players during the three-day camp.
    Bairstow said he expects all of the former Lobo greats who will be playing in the Lobo All-Star game to stop by the camp, like the Chicago Bull’s Tony Snell and Phoenix Suns’ Danny Granger, plus professional players like, Kendall Williams, Alex Kirk, Daniel Faris, Drew Gordon and many others.
    Each camper will get a Nike camp T-shirt and a ticket to the all-star game, which will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday at WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit.
    Campers will also get an autographed photo of themself with Bairstow.
    The camp will take place June 26-28 at The Pit and the Rudy Davalos Center.
    The price is $150 per camper.
    For more information, email cbairstowcamps@gmail.com or call 505-414-6279.
     

  • Isotopes lose series against...

    The Tacoma Rainiers (35-36) scored a combined four runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to beat the Albuquerque Isotopes (31-40) 6-5 in come-from-behind fashion Sunday night at Isotopes Park.
    Albuquerque starter Jon Gray was solid in his six innings of work, recording his seventh-straight quality start. He tossed six innings of seven-hit, three-run ball. Only two of his runs were earned.
    Gray also struck out a season-high nine batters against only two walks.
    Albuquerque’s offense, meanwhile, scored in each of the first three innings on Sunday to jump out to a 5-2 lead.
    A Kyle Parker sacrifice fly led to a run in the first, while Dustin Garneau blasted a solo shot to lead off the second. Garneau again stepped to the plate in the third with two runners own and ripped a double into the right center field gap. He would later score on Angelys Nina’s single.
    Tacoma then settled in to keep Albuquerque at bay the rest of the game.
    After a Rainiers solo homer in the sixth, left fielder Franklin Gutierrez blasted a game-tying, two-run home run over the left field wall.
    Another Rainiers solo home run in the eighth would give Tacoma the 6-5 lead and eventual win.

  • Archers get animals in their...

    An archer lifts his binoculars to his eyes and stares down a deer standing in the forest. After a few seconds he lowers the glasses and pulls an arrow out of his quiver, threads it on his bow string, pulls the string back and takes aim.
    He knows he’ll only get one shot at the animal, so he takes his time.
    The animal, a hard-foam 3-D rendering of a real deer, has a scoring ring in its vital area. A kill shot is worth the most points. A shot to the butt or leg isn’t worth anything.
    The archer releases his arrow, then pulls out his binoculars again to see how many points he scored.
    After every one in the group shoots, they walk up to the animal, pull their arrows and write everybody’s score down.
    Then they move on to the next of 25 animals and try for another kill shot through the thick forest.
    The 3-D target archery shoot drew over 137 archers — men and women, adults and kids — to Pajarito last weekend, Friday through Sunday.
    Archers came from all over New Mexico, Colorado and Texas for the first shoot at the mountain. About 30 locals also participated in the event while lots of other locals ran the event.

  • Isotopes rally comes up short

    Even after a five-run seventh inning and three-run ninth, the Albuquerque Isotopes (30-39) late rally came up just short at Isotopes Park Friday night as the Tacoma Rainiers (34-35) took a 15-10 victory in game two.

    Six Isotopes turned in two-hit performances.

    Albuquerque struck first with a two-run homer from Matt McBride in the first, but Tacoma responded by scoring a combined 10 runs in the third through sixth innings. It wasn’t until a five-run seventh that the Isotopes mounted their comeback attempt. Back-to-back singles from Jose Rivera and Tim Wheeler got the inning rolling, and Drew Stubbs provided the big hit of the inning, a clutch two-RBI single. After the Rainiers scored a run in the eighth and four in the ninth, the 'Topes again struck for three in the home half of the ninth, but it was too little, too late as Tacoma shut the door for the victory.
     

  • Wiggins makes short list

    Carlos Wiggins suffered through injuries in 2014, but he was still one of UNM's most dynamic parts of its offense, capable of scoring any time he touchded the football. NFL.com thinks so as well as Wiggins was named to its "15 for '15" list for the best "Shortest Players" in the NCAA.

    Wiggins was listed 11th on the photo essay list, and at 5-8, he was actually one of the tallest players on the list. He was one of four from the Mountain West, joining Utah State's JoJo Natson and Boise State's Donta Deayon and Shane Williams-Rhodes.

    The list, compiled by Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, says this of Wiggins, "Wiggins has four career kickoff returns for touchdowns, and his next will break a Mountain West Conference record. He averaged 29.3 yards last season, but didn't have enough returns (13) to qualify in national rankings after missing several games due to injury. A year prior to that, he was the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year. Wiggins also runs track for the Lobos, and according to coach Bob Davie, he might add punt returns to his duties this fall."

  • Firecracker 5K registration open

    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.