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Today's Sports

  • Raft season heating up

    When temperatures start to rise this summer, one of the best ways to enjoy nature without over heating is to go float down the Rio Grande.
    The river is diverse enough to accommodate adventure seekers of all ability levels. People looking for nice and easy trips can go on a mellow float. Long sections of big rapids are around for seasoned boaters and adrenaline junkies while a few other sections, like the Race Course and La Junta, have smaller, class two and three, rapids to keep people on their toes without intimidating them.
    The Race Course, which is about 45 minutes from Los Alamos, is the most popular section to float around.
    “It’s great for families and beginners looking for a whitewater experience,” Kokopelli River Adventures owner/manager John Seiner said. “For people looking for more adventure, we recommend inflatable kayaks.”
    Inflatable kayaks, aka funyaks or duckies, provide more of a challenge than rafts because people ride in them alone; they’re in charge of propelling and steering the boat by themselves. Since the boats are smaller, riders also get wetter in them. Rafters, on the other hand, can ride with a guide who helps steer the boat.
    People can also ride Stand Up Paddleboards, but flatter water is best to begin SUP and find your balance on.

  • Sports Briefs 5-24-15

    Hall of fame
    nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website, or can be picked up in the athletic office. There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach and a contributor to LAPS athletics.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1.

    Pace race
    The Atomic City Roadrunners club are meeting on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County now through early October.
    This Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. The races will start just to the west of Chamisa Elementary at 205 Meadow Lane.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the atomicrunners.com.

  • ’Toppers named to all-district...

    Ten Hilltopper girls were honored recently by District 2-5A.
    Los Alamos had four players named to the all-district first team, which tied Bernalillo for the most in the district, and six others named to the second team or receive an honorable mention.
    “As far as the girls selected, it shows we had a lot of players who contributed,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “During districts our defense stepped up and a lot of players hit the ball really well.”
    Los Alamos finished as the District 2-5A runners up, behind Bernalillo, with a 7-5 district record. The Hilltoppers outscored their district opponents 107-64.
    Pitcher Jordan Hammock, center fielder Shelby Chavez, shortstop Makaela Jones and right fielder Hannah Mojica all made the district’s first team.
    Chavez led the team with a .382 batting average, seven triples, 32 runs scored and nine stolen bases. She also hit five doubles, two home runs and had 17 RBI.
    Mojica led the team with 24 RBI and homered twice to tie Chavez for the team lead. She also had a .357 batting average, hit seven doubles and scored 17 runs.
    Jones finished with a .364 batting average and 21 runs scored.
    Hammock got five wins on the mound and finished with a 4.57 ERA.

  • Hitting The Trail
  • Gray leads Isotopes past Express...

    Albuquerque Isotopes (17-24) right-handed pitcher Jon Gray dominated the Round Rock Express (25-14) for nearly seven innings as the Isotopes cruised to a 5-1 win at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Gray allowed just one unearned run through his 6.2 innings of work.
    THE TURNING POINT: The key to Gray’s starts all season has been limiting first inning runs, and he managed to work around trouble in the opening frame Thursday night. He was spotted a two-run cushion thanks to a Ryan Casteel RBI single in the top of the first. After opening the bottom half of the frame with a strikeout, Gray walked Tomas Tellis on five pitches and Josh Hamilton doubled to put runners on second and third with just one out. The 23-year-old righty then induced back-to-back groundouts to strand a pair of runners and keep Round Rock off the board in the first.
    MR. McBRIDE: The hottest Isotopes hitter of late has been first baseman Matt McBride, and he continued his good work on Thursday. He turned in a 2-for-4 evening with a double and two runs scored. He now has eight straight multi-hit games. During that stretch, McBride is batting .563 (18-for-32) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a walk. He also has hits in 12 of his last 13 games overall.

  • UNM upsets Nevada at MW...

    The University of New Mexico baseball team was not happy with the way the Nevada Wolf Pack celebrated their Mountain West regular-season title on Lobo Field a few weeks ago. The Lobos wanted a chance for revenge with Nevada in the conference tournament.
    They got Nevada.
    They routed Nevada.
    The Lobos (31-25) used the 10-run rule for the second time in as many games in the Mountain West Tournament as they defeated the host and top-seeded Wolf Pack 14-4 in seven innings on a rainy night. It was the most runs scored against Nevada at home all season.
    “We’re a young team with lots of injuries and lots of things to deal with, but these guys are battling,” UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said.
    Lane Milligan drove in four runs for the second consecutive game, while three Lobos recorded three hits. Every UNM starter had at least one, and all nine reached base safely at least twice. The offense backed a tremendous start by Toller Boardman, who moved to 9-3 on the season by pitching 6.2 innings and falling just one batter short of a complete game.
    It only took the Lobos just four pitches to take a 1-0 lead. Sam Haggerty smacked a 1-0 pitched past Nevada’s third baseman for a double, and Milligan knocked an 0-1 pitch over the first-base bag for another double that brought in Haggerty.

  • Registration open for Ed Griggs...

    Community members and golf fans are invited to put a team of four together and register now to participate in the sixth annual Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic.
    The tournament will be held at 1 p.m. June 13 at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament is a scholarship fundraiser for The Family YMCA.
    The Griggs Memorial is a scramble and will have a shotgun start. It also includes games of chance throughout the course.
    The cost per player is $85. A team requires four players, so individuals are asked to get three friends to commit and register together as soon as possible. People may register in person at the YMCA or online at tourevents.com/thefamilyymca.
    The per-person fee provides team golf carts, a hole-in-one try for a 2015 Dodge or Jeep from Desert Sun of Española, three Mulligans and a dinner ticket.
    There will be net and gross score winners, hole prizes and raffle drawings, with $25 of the fee supporting the charitable value.
    The total prizes are valued at over $40,000.
    This is the final event of the year for the YMCA’s annual campaign to raise scholarship funds that help 250 community members annually to participate in healthy YMCA programs.

  • LAMS top athletes named

    A quartet of Los Alamos Middle School athletes were named the Hawks’ Athletes of the Year Monday at a ceremony. Among the winners were Neha Sadasivan and Hunter Swavely for seventh grade and Paulina Burnside and Elijah Velasquez for eighth grade. The award, according to LAMS officials, is based on athletic skill, athletic performance, number of sports participated in, attitude, citizenship and grade-point average.

  • Gladiators score 86 in loss

    As the Duke City Gladiators traveled to Amarillo last Saturday night, it’s only fitting the game turned into an old-fashioned western shootout.
    With both offenses firing on all cylinders, every defensive stop made a difference. But when it came down to it, the Amarillo Venom (6-3 Champions Indoor Football) defeated the Duke City Gladiators (3-3 CIF) in an 89-86 four-overtime indoor football clash.
    It was a back-and-forth affair for most of the game as neither team led by much more than a touchdown.
    Coupled by a trio of field goal misses from Amarillo’s Jacob Fetzon, Duke City extended their lead to as much as 60-49 with 11:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Venom went on a 14-3 run to end the quarter, which sent the game to overtime.
    Gladiators’ quarterback Kasey Peters, wide receiver Dexter Manley, and running back Seth Smith each scored their own touchdowns in extra time. But similar to regulation, the Venom answered back to the Gladiator’s scores and the wild, wild West matchup was finally decided in the fourth overtime.
    Peters finished 31-for-45 in passing attempts with 390 passing yards, and eight touchdowns.
    Manley added 12 receptions, 126 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Roland Bruno ended with 11 receptions, 122 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Quick wins flight at Sandia

    Three golfers from Los Alamos placed well at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament held at the Sandia Golf Course May 12.
    Bob Quick won the first flight with a gross score of 82.
    In the second flight, Larry Hults shot a 73 net score to take second in the net division.
    Quinn Cremer, meanwhile, shot a 76 net score to finish third in the fourth flight’s net division.
    The next day, the association hosted another tournament at UNM’s Championship Golf Course.
    Hults shot a 69 net score to finish second in the second flight’s net division.
    Playing in the same division as Hults, Ron Krantz shot a 71 net score to finish third.
    Maguin Urioste won the third flight. Urioste shot a 90 gross to finish first.
    Cremer shot a 68 net score to take third in the fourth flight.