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  • LA rugby ready for final game...

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby team will host its final regular season game Friday at Sullivan Field at 6:30 p.m.
    The Nukes will take Albuquerque’s Jr. Varks, which is mostly comprised of players from Atrisco Herritage.
    “They’re a big, powerful team,” coach Demetrio Cardiel said. “I expect a really good game.”
    After the game, Los Alamos will compete in the state tournament. All 16 teams are invited to the state tournament, but the top-eight teams will play in one bracket and the bottom eight teams will compete in a separate bracket.
    Cardiel said he expects his team to be in the top bracket. The Nukes are currently 3-1 overall.
    The Nukes won their last game, 38-19, against Oñate on April 18. Joey Sorenson led the team’s offense, scoring four tries in the game. James O’Brien and Mateo Cardiel each scored one try in the game. Cardiel also went 5-for-6 on two-point conversions.
    On April 11, Los Alamos lost its only contest of the year, 34-24, against El Paso.
    “They were a really big team,” coach Cardiel said. “I was really proud of (my team). We weren’t even supposed to compete with them.”
    Cardiel scored three tries in the game and was 5-for-5 on conversions. Derek Selvage also scored a pair of tries.

  • Woodroffe finishes just two...

    Jesse Woodroffe had the top prediction in this week’s pace race, which was held on North Mesa by the rodeo arena. Woodroffe was only two seconds off his predicted time.
    Lauraine Maness was next with a three-second differential while Jessica Baumgaertel was just four seconds off her predicted time.
    Cecilia Rivenburgh and Ted Romero both missed by seven seconds.
    In the one-mile course, Reid Rivenburgh finished first in 9 minutes, 56 seconds.
    Sue Elkins was the fastest female, finishing in 12:51.
    In the three-mile distance, Romero finished first in 20:33. Nikol Strother won the female category with a time of 21:43.
    Next Tuesday’s race will take place on American Spring’s road, which is 1.5 miles from the back gate at the junction of State Route No. 4 and N.M. 501. (West Jemez Road) up in the Jemez.
    The race will start at 6 p.m. One and three mile courses will be available.
     

  • Harriman joins UNM's...

    University of New Mexico head men’s basketball coach Craig Neal has named Chris Harriman associate head coach. He joins the Lobos after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Nebraska Cornhuskers under Tim Miles. Harriman has also been a part of coaching staffs at Saint Louis and Nova Southeastern prior to his time at Nebraska.
    “It’s a great day for our program and for me to be able to introduce Chris as our new associate head coach,” head coach Craig Neal said. “He fits really well into what we do as a program and as a staff here at New Mexico. I wanted to find the right guy to be my right-hand man, and I have found him. He’s been around great basketball minds in Coach Majerus and Coach Miles. I am very excited to welcome Chris and his family to our program.”
    The Sydney, Australia native helped guide the Cornhuskers’ Terran Petteway, Shavon Shields and Dylan Talley into All-Big Ten selections in his three seasons in Lincoln. Petteway led the conference in scoring in 2013-14 and became the first Cornhusker to earn a league scoring title in six decades. NU also made the NCAA Tournament that same season for the first time in 15 years.

  • Isotopes beat Rainiers behind...

    A two-run home run from Kyle Parker in the first inning gave the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-5) all the wiggle room they needed Wednesday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., as right-hander Chad Bettis led the Isotopes to a 5-3 victory against the Tacoma Rainiers (4-10).

    DECIDING MOMENT: Six of the Isotopes nine wins this season have come when Albuquerque scores first, and that was the winning formula once again Wednesday night. After a leadoff walk to Brandon Barnes, Parker survived a nine-pitch at-bat and smashed a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the 'Topes an early 2-0 advantage in the first inning. Tacoma answered with a run in the second, but Albuquerque added a pair of runs in the third courtesy of a Dustin Garneau double and another run in the fourth thanks to a Barnes solo shot.

    YOU BETTIS BELIEVE IT: Right-hander Chad Bettis earned his third start for the Isotopes and turned in a stellar performance. After allowing a solo home run in the second, Bettis settled in for four consecutive scoreless frames, surrendering only a single hit during that span. He finished the game with 7.0 innings pitched, three hits, two runs (both earned), two walks and four strikeouts. Bettis picked up his second win of the season.

  • Hilltopper boys run away with...

    Snow didn’t slow Los Alamos’ track teams down on Saturday in Santa Fe. The Hilltopper boys set 27 personal records (PRs) en route to winning the Capital City Invite with 112.5 team points, almost 45 more than second-place Taos.
    The Hilltopper girls finished second out of 12 teams with 84 points, just two points behind Taos.
    “(Twenty-seven) PRs on the day prove we can get it done even on a cool, breezy day,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We finished second and the girls competed very well,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said. “It was a good meet coming off of Spring Break and a good tune up going in to the end of the season.”
    Ralph Archbold won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.97 seconds, just missing the state-qualifying time of 16.20 seconds because of the hand-timer conversion (which rounds the time up to the nearest tenth of a second and then adds .24 seconds).
    Chris Parker won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.31 seconds, which was also close to a state-qualifying time.
    The Hilltopper boys also got first-place finishes from Skyler McCall in the high jump (6 feet, 3 inches), Liam Johnson in the pole vault (12-3) and its medley relay team comprised of Miroslav Betts, McCall, Greg Ahlers and Cameron Staples (3:45.20).

  • Runners compete for good cause...

    The fifth annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10k races were held Sunday at East Park.
    In the 5k, the top female was Leanne Smith with a time of 21 minutes, 47 seconds. The first male and overall winner was Daniel Santistevan (20:33).
    The first female finisher in the 10k was Sanna Sevanto (49:50) while Tad Hughes was the top male and fastest finisher overall (48:11).
    All of the proceeds from the races will be donated to breast cancer research.
    Below are the complete results from all of the races in the different age groups:

    Men’s 5k, 19-and-under
    1 —27:35.4, Daniel Chertkov
    2— 52:28.0, Emmitt Tibbitts
    3—52:37.4, Asher Maranenbaum
    4—52:38.1, Aron Maranenbaum
    5—57:50.5, Owen Masser

    Men’s 5k, 20-29
    1—20:33.7, Daniel Santistevan

    Men 5k, 30-39
    1—33:59.1, Daniel Maranienbaum
    2—57:51.4,Thomas Masser

    Men’s 5k, 50-59
    1—28:19.8, George Brooks
    2—30:08.8, William Pyle
    3 —33:54.1, James Harrison

    Men’s 5k, 60-69
    1 — 46:33.8, Ed Martin

  • Wheeler, Adames go deep twice as...

    Tim Wheeler and Cristhian Adames each mashed two home runs Tuesday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., to lead the Albuquerque Isotopes (8-5) to an 8-6 win against the Tacoma Rainiers (4-9) in the opening game of a four-game series.

    Wheeler mashed a grand slam in the first and followed it with a solo shot in the sixth.

    Adames blasted a pair of solo homers in the third and seventh innings.

    Early offense has been the key to Albuquerque wins this season, and Tuesday proved to be no different. Brandon Barnes ripped a leadoff single, and Adames followed with a walk in the top of the first. After two quick outs, Dustin Garneau walked to load the bases. Designated hitterWheeler then blasted a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall, giving Albuquerque a 4-0 lead. The Isotopes tacked on one more run in the third for a 5-0 advantage and never looked back.

  • Los Alamos drills four home runs...

    A good mixture of small ball and long balls helped the Los Alamos baseball team score a pair of mercy-rule victories against Capital on Monday.
    The ’Toppers won both games in five innings, 10-0 and 13-2, to stay in the hunt for another district title. Capital, meanwhile, sunk further in the district’s cellar.
    “We didn’t play the name on the front of the jersey, we just focused on what we needed to get done,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
    The bottom half of Los Alamos’ order did a good job getting on base and advancing runners — taking walks and laying down sacrifice bunts.
    Then, with runners on, the top of Los Alamos’ order cleared the bases with some long balls.
    “We had much harder contact than we’d been making,” Gill said.
    Los Alamos set the tone right away. In the second inning of the first game, the ’Toppers smacked three homeruns. Jared Mang hit a 3-run home run. The next batter, Jarrett Genero, then went deep. It was the second time this year Mang and Genero hit back-to-back homers. Later in the inning, Lane Saunders hit a double and Colin Maddox hit a 2-run homer. Maddox also doubled in the first game and tripled and doubled in the second game. “It was a breakout game for him,” Gill said.

  • Hilltoppers get a pair of big...

    At this point in the season, every game is important. For Los Alamos’ softball team, which is fighting to get into the postseason, the margin for error is even less.
    Needing wins, the Hilltopper girls took care of business on Monday against Capital. The ’Toppers scored 35 runs in just seven innings to score a pair of mercy-rule victories, 19-2 and 16-1.
    “Those are two wins that we needed to have,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “It’s nice to get back in the win column and get back in the race.”
    In the first game, Makaela Jones went 4-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. “She had a great day,” Anaya said.
    Shelby Chavez went 2-for-4, Elizabeth Anaya hit a 2-run triple and Jordan Jaramillo also doubled for Los Alamos.
    The ’Toppers scored four runs in both the first and second innings and six in the third. Up by 12 in the fourth, Shelby Milligan singled with the bases loaded to end the game. Mariah Mauro and Jordan Hammock scored on her hit and Katelynn Thorn scored on an overthrow.
    Madeline Lockhart struck out six and walked two to get the win.
    In the second game, Hammock only gave up three hits to get the win.

  • Santa Fe Century gearing up for...

    Over 2,600 cyclists from more than 37 states are expected here for the first major bicycling event in the Southwest this spring, the 2015 Santa Fe Century Bicycle Ride.
    The 30th anniversary ride is on May 17.
    The ride has three loops: a 100-mile century, a 50-mile half-century and a 20-mile out-and-back. The Santa Fe Century also features two timed rides: the 100-mile Gran Fondo and the 50-mile Medio Fondo.
    Fondo is an Italian word that means “distance, endurance or foundation.”
    Last year two New Mexico riders, Fortunato Ferrara of Los Alamos and David Vaughn of Carlsbad, tied for the fastest time in the Gran Fondo: 4 hours, 4 minutes and 45 seconds.
    Ferrara, who was born in Italy, has been living in New Mexico the past six years.
    Last year’s Gran Fondo attracted 75 riders.
    The 100-mile century (the most popular ride) and Gran Fondo will guide riders down the Turquoise Trail All-American Highway through the historic mining towns of Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden.
    Elevation changes will range from 7,200 feet to 6,200 feet.