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Today's Sports

  • LA softball heads to regional

    The Los Alamos junior softball All-Star team will advance to the southwestern regional playoffs this coming weekend.
    Los Alamos’ juniors — comprised of 13-14 year olds — will take on a team from Colorado in the opening round of the tournament Saturday.
    The tournament will be played at Alto Park in Santa Fe.
    For the regionals, the host district’s champion gets an automatic bid into the tournament. Los Alamos plays in District 1 along with Little Leagues representing Santa Fe, Española and Pojoaque. Los Alamos advanced after Española couldn’t field a team to play for the District 1 title.
    Along with Los Alamos’ All-Stars, two teams from Texas and a team from Louisiana will also be vying for the regional title. Also taking part is Las Vegas, which won the New Mexico state title this year.
    The winner of the southwestern regional playoff will advance to the Little League World Series.
    If Los Alamos wins its opener, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., it will play again at 1:30 p.m. If not, Los Alamos will play an elimination game at 10 a.m. Sunday.
    The tournament is double-elimination format and continues through Wednesday in Santa Fe.

    Here is the roster for the Los Alamos junior softball All-Stars:

  • Sports Briefs 07-27-14

    Kirk to sign autographs Saturday

    Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos and University of New Mexico star, will host an autograph session at Chili Works Saturday.
    The autograph session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Those interested in getting an autograph are encouraged to bring their own items to sign.
    The session will go until noon at Chili Works.

    Wrestling clinic starts Monday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is offering a wrestling skills clinic starting Monday.
    The purpose of the course is to help youth participants develop wrestling fundamentals.
    The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5-12. Wrestlers will be matched with other wrestlers who have similar abilities.
    Price for participation is $40. The clinic continues through Friday.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Baseball tryouts set for Aug. 9-10

    The Albuquerque Baseball Academy will hold fall tryouts Aug. 9-10. The tryouts will be at Lobo Field on the University of New Mexico campus
    The Aug. 9 tryout will be for high school freshmen and sophomores, while the Aug. 10 tryout will be for juniors and seniors.
    Players selected for the team will compete in several tournaments around the Southwest region.
    For more information, email Ryan Brewer at abafallinfo@gmail.com.

  • Alex Kirk Day set for Aug. 9

    Alex Kirk accepts a proclamation declaring Saturday, Aug. 9 “Alex Kirk Day” in Los Alamos County from councilor Steve Girrens. Girrens quipped about the shortest councilor being chosen to present to the tallest recipient. 

  • Outdoor Expo returns Aug. 16-17

    The New Mexico Outdoor Expo is scheduled for Aug. 16-17.
    The expo, which features several outdoor activity stations for the whole family, will start at 9 a.m. on day one and 10 a.m. on the second day. It will be held at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park, which is located on Atrisco Vista Road, which is off I-40 at the top of Nine Mile Hill.
    Children and adults can learn about firearm and archery target shooting, as well as casting, fly tying and fishing for catfish.
    Scheduled for the event are several free exhibits, kayak instructions, a climbing wall and more.
    Firearms experts will be on-hand to teach expo-goers how to safely fire a muzzleloader, shotgun, rifle or pistol. All shooting ranges will be overseen by certified hunter education instructors using New Mexico Department of Game and Fish firearms and bows.
    Safety measures will be in place at the expo for anyone attempting shooting activities.
     There will also be a large aquarium loaded with fish for novice anglers to practice their skills.
    The expo is free to the public.
    For more information, please call the Department of Game and Fish at 888-248-6866. 

  • Ott tops long course at Splash...

    Logan Ott was the top individual finisher in the third installment of the Los Alamos Triatomics’ Splash and Dash event.
    The Splash and Dash, a bi-weekly event hosted by the Triatomics’ multi-sport club, is geared primarily for those who are training for the Los Alamos Triathlon. The triathlon is scheduled for Aug. 16.
    Ott finished in a time of 29 minutes, 20 seconds on the long course, which consists of a 400-yard swim followed by a 5-kilometer run. He topped Kim Katko, an elite-level women’s triathlon racer, by 25 seconds on the longer course.
    On the shorter course, which features a 200-yard swim and a 4K run, Matt Anderson was the top finisher. He posted a time of 17:17.
    There is one more Splash and Dash for the season, that is scheduled for Aug. 6. The Splash and Dash is held in and around the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The event is free, but day-of registration is required. Registration starts at 6:20 p.m. and the race begins at 7 p.m.

    Here are the results from Wednesday’s Splash and Dash (swim time, run time, total time):

    Long course

  • Fishing Report 07-25-14

    Northwest

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using top water lures early in the day for smallmouth bass. A few were also caught by anglers using jerk baits and crank baits. Fishing was slow to fair using spinner night crawler rigs, curly tail grubs and tubes for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using liver, night crawlers and hot dogs for catfish. The best catfish reports came from anglers fishing at night. We had no reports on other species.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec Monday morning was 618cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using top water lures and water dogs for tiger musky. Fishing was good using shrimp, hot dogs, liver and water dogs for catfish. Fishing for trout was slow. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
    Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Canjilon Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout.

  • Big fourth inning lifts Isotopes

    Albuquerque’s Brock Peterson doubled the bases clear in the bottom of the fourth, the big blow of the game as the Isotopes downed the Fresno Grizzlies 8-7 Wednesday night.
    The Isotopes had just one on and two out in the fourth inning, but rallied for five runs, which proved to be the difference in that contest.
    The Isotopes (49-56) can win their second straight series with a victory over the Grizzlies tonight in Albuquerque.

  • Senior men's tourney results

    Ken Koch of Los Alamos and his partnern Dan Shannon, of Santa Fe, finished in second place in the July 17 best ball tournament hosted by the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association.
    The NNMSMGA is for men age 50 and over. Association members compete in several tournaments throughout the summer and early fall.
    Koch and Shannon finished with a combined score of 73 at the tournament, played at Pagosa Springs (Colo.) Golf Course. They finished three strokes behind winners Rob Schneider and Bob Sherman.
    In the second flight of that tournament, Los Alamos’ Jim Steedle and Santa Fe’s Harry Rosenbloom finished with the third-lowest net score.

    Here are other the results from recent tournaments for the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association.

    Twin Warriors Golf Course, July 1

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 78.
    Second low gross: Ron Trujillo, Las Vegas, 79.
    First low net: David Woodland, Santa Fe, 69.
    Second low net: Dennis Sanderson, Santa Fe, 71.

    First flight

    First low gross: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, 75.
    Second low gross: David Wintermute, Albuquerque, 81.
    First low net: Mike Porter, Alamosa, Colo., 67.
    Second low net: Dan Shannon, Santa Fe, 70.

    Second flight

  • County rodeo returns Aug. 9

    Los Alamos County Rodeo is returning Aug. 9 and continues through Aug. 10.
    The rodeo is staged at North Mesa at Brewer Arena, beginning at 2 p.m. with bull riding, roping, barrel racing and mutton busting, followed by a cowboy-style dinner and dance at the Posse Lodge at 5 p.m.
    The cowboy dinner includes choice of prime rib or salmon and, for those 10 and under, hot dog and chips.
    The dinner and dance is $15 for adults, or $10 for dance only. Entertainment for the dance will be provided by The Rifters, from 7–11 p.m.
    Proceeds from the dinner and dance benefit the Posse Lodge.
    The Rodeo continues on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at Brewer Arena.
    Admission to the County Fair and Rodeo is $8 per person, or $25 for a family of four. No credit cards will be accepted for admission. 
    For more information, call Suzette Fox at 661-4844, or visit the county’s recreation devision website, losalamosnm.us/rec.
     

  • HGH use is rising among teens

    NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.
    In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, being released Wednesday by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 11 percent reported using synthetic HGH at least once — up from about 5 percent in the four preceding annual surveys. Teen use of steroids increased from 5 percent to 7 percent over the same period, the survey found.
    Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, depicted the numbers as alarming but not surprising, given the extensive online marketing of performance-enhancing substances and near-total lack of any drug testing for high school athletes.
    "It's what you get when you combine aggressive promotion from for-profit companies with a vulnerable target — kids who want a quick fix and don't care about health risk," Tygart said in an interview. "It's a very easy sell, unfortunately."
    Nine percent of teen girls reported trying synthetic HGH and 12 percent of boys.