Today's Sports

  • Lakes opening for bank fishing

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing pressure was light and fishing was slow for all species. There were a few trout caught by anglers using PowerBait.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 498 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, Gulp eggs, salmon eggs, streamers and San Juan worms.
    Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain (South), Belen Riverside Drain, Peralta Drain and Corrales Drain was good using worms, salmon eggs, Gulp eggs, egg patterns, small jigs and small streamers.
    Bluewater Lake: As of this past Friday, the lake was free of ice and open to bank fishing. Over the weekend, fishing was very good using an assortment of PowerBait for trout.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 76 cfs and 220 cfs respectively. Fishing below Abiquiu continued very good using worms, egg patterns, wooly buggers and midge patterns for trout.
    Fishing below El Vado was good using worms, salmon eggs, small copper John Barrs and small streamers for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. Water release from the lakes can alter fishing conditions. The best fishing is on those days when the flow has been consistent for a period of time.

  • Holm on Rousey’s suicidal...

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — While Holly Holm felt compassion after learning Ronda Rousey had suicidal thoughts following their bout last year, the UFC bantamweight champion is fairly certain Rousey wouldn’t want her sympathy.
    Holm stopped Rousey with a head kick in November after dominating their bout for a stunning upset.
    In a recent interview on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, Rousey said she had suicidal thoughts shortly after her title reign ended.
    “I don’t ever take anything like that lightly,” Holm said. “I’ve never been in that position. I’m probably the worst person to ask for advice on that. I definitely don’t want to sit here and say, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry,’ because I know for me, I (have) a competitive mind, and I’m confident that Ronda is the same, that you don’t really want sympathy from the one that created this. That almost makes it even more frustrating.”
    Rousey said the thoughts were only momentary, and she intends to fight again. She is expected to get an eventual rematch with Holm, who is preparing for her first title defense against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 in Las Vegas on March 5.

  • Coaches: Alleged racial remarks...

    SANTA FE — A court-side confrontation has led the Santa Fe Indian School to fire two basketball coaches, both the parents of a popular WNBA player. They say racial remarks set off the dispute.
    The school’s varsity head Coach Ceci Moses, and her husband and assistant coach Rick Schimmel were let go on Sunday following a Feb. 17 game at St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
    The Santa Fe Indian School apologized earlier this week for unsportsmanlike conduct at the game, while Moses and Schimmel said in a statement that the friction started when the St. Michael’s athletic director Tom Manning told their Native American players to clear the court at halftime so the home team’s Pony Express dance group could perform.
    “Get off the court. This is not the damn reservation,” Manning is accused of saying in a statement Schimmel made to Santa Fe police.
    Schimmel also said Manning shoved him after halftime. But the physical contact was reduced to a tap on the shoulder by Manning in his statement to police.
    Meanwhile, St. Michael’s also has denied the allegations against Manning, saying that the “altercation” was unfortunate.
    Moses and Schimmel started coaching the Santa Fe Indian School’s boys team last season.

  • Local ballers advance to state...

    The Knights of Columbus District free throw contest was held Sunday at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Los Alamos Sacred Heart council No. 3137 champions competed against three other northern New Mexico Knights of Columbus councils: Taos, Española, and Peñasco.
    At the end of the competition, three local champions won their respective divisions and will be advancing to the state championships. The state competition will be held at Albuquerque’s Manzano High School March 20.
    Local ballers Mika Stanfield won the girls ‘10-year old division, Cody Rosson won the 11-year old boys’ division and Antonio Gonzales was crowned champion in the boys’ 14-year old bracket.
    Two local competitors also finished as runner-ups: Lena Chavez took second place in the 11-year old girls’ division and Lucario Chavez was the runner-up in the 13-year old boys’ bracket.

  • Pajarito extends daily schedule...

    Pajarito Mountain recently announced that the ski area will be open every day from March 2 - April 3, giving spring breakers from all over the opportunity to ride its slopes.
    “We’re trying to do this to take advantage of the numerous spring breaks around — they’re spread out over the whole month,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “It’s an opportunity to provide more skiing.”
    Originally, Pajarito was going to be open daily for a couple weeks in the middle of March.
    Los Alamos’ spring break, however, is March 25-April 1. Albuquerque Public Schools’ spring break is also in late March while lots of other spring breaks are earlier in the month.
    “We’ll see how it goes,” Long said. “It’s going to a great measuring stick.”
    One of Pajarito’s future goals is to be open daily throughout the season.
    On March 19, the mountain’s biggest celebration will take place — Skiesta. The event will feature numerous competitions to determine this year’s king and queen of the mountain. A beer garden and music by Felix y Los Gatos will coincide with the event.
    On March 5, the Santa Few Brewing Company will also descend on Pajarito.

  • LA baseball focused on improving...

    Last year, the Los Alamos baseball team made a strong run to reach the Class 5A state semifinals. Los Alamos lost a lot of those players, including two-time New Mexico Gatorade Player of the Year Jared Mang.
    The ’Toppers, however, still have some studs in its lineup to lead them this year, including a pair of pitchers who have already committed to playing college ball.
    Connor Mang, who has committed to playing for the University of New Mexico next year where he’ll join his brother, Jared, and Lane Saunders, who signed with Eastern New Mexico’s ball club, give Los Alamos a strong foundation to build upon and could keep the ’Toppers in every game.
    “I think we have a great one-two punch,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “That’s obviously our strength that we’ll build around.”
    The strong pitching will take some pressure off of Los Alamos’ defense.
    “We just have to be solid and make routine outs with that type of pitching,” Gill said. “We don’t have to make the great plays.”
    After Mang and Saunders, Jake Rutten is the team’s No. 3 pitcher. A lot of other guys are listed as pitchers right now too.
    “If we can add relievers who throw strikes, we’ll be in good shape,” Gill said.

  • Hilltoppers staying alive with...

    Knowing its next loss will likely end its season, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team stepped up and stayed alive by beating Del Norte and Bernalillo in the District 2-5A tournament.
    Los Alamos beat Del Norte, 52-47, in the first round Monday and Bernalillo, 65-62, in overtime of the second round Tuesday.
    “Everybody is back and healthy and we’re playing pretty well right now,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said.
    Los Alamos also bolstered its bench by bringing up several junior varsity players for the district tournament, including a couple guards and the 6-foot, 8-inch Cade Gasway.
    “We brought up Cade Gasway and he’s been a difference maker for us,” Kluk said.
    Neither Del Norte nor Bernalillo is particularly tall, and Los Alamos capitalized on that.
    “We’ve been using our inside game to propel us,” Kluk said.
    The inside game is just part of Los Alamos’ late success. All of the boys on the court have been working well together.
    “The emphasis has been to be a more complete team, and not relying on one or two people to carry the load,” Kluk said.

  • LA boys survive and advance;...

    With their backs against the wall, the Los Alamos boys' basketball team has got hot when it needed to the most. The Hilltoppers entered the District 2-5A tournament as the No. 5 seed, knowing a loss would likely end their season.

    Los Alamos started the tournament by beating Del Norte, 52-47, on Monday.

    Tuesday, Los Alamos beat Bernalillo 65-62 in overtime.

    Now, the Hilltoppers will play at Española Valley Thursday in the district tournament's semifinal game. The boys' championship will take place Saturday at Capital.

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball team will also play Thursday, not Wednesday as originally reported. The Hilltopper girls will host Del Norte in the semifinals. The girls' championship game will then take place Friday at Española Valley.

    All of the district tournament games are scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.

  • LA girls secure No. 2 seed in...

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team took on Del Norte in a battle for second-place in District 2-5A Friday. It was a low-scoring game, but the Hilltopper girls took care of business to win the game, 46-33, and lock up the No. 2 spot heading into this week’s district tournament.
    Kayla Salazar drained three 3-pointers to lead Los Alamos with 19 points. Ashlynn Trujillo scored 13, Sophia Roybal scored five and Ashley Logan added four.
    Los Alamos won every quarter of the contest, but never outscored Del Norte by more than five in a quarter.
    The ’Toppers led 22-15 at halftime and 31-23 heading into the fourth before pulling away in the final quarter.
    As the No. 2 team in the district, Los Alamos will now host the district tournament’s semifinal game Thursday at 7 p.m. UPDATE: The semifinal is Thursday, not Wednesday as originally published.
    Los Alamos will play the winner of Tuesday’s game featuring Del Norte and Capital.
    “The girls are feeling really confident, but it’s a tough tournament,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “Right now we’re focused on Del Norte. No disrespect to Capital, but I think Del Norte has the experience and the savvy to finish that up.”

  • Boys basketball keeps season...

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team took on Del Norte twice in a row Saturday and Monday.
    The first game, which was both team’s regular-season finale, determined who would get to host the first-round game of the district tournament. A Los Alamos win would have helped the ’Toppers pass Del Norte in the standings.
    In that contest, Los Alamos rallied from a 15-5 first quarter deficit to tie the game at 20 heading into the second half.
    Los Alamos then won the third quarter, 15-13, but Del Norte outscored Los Alamos 26-16 in the fourth to win the game, 59-51.
    The loss meant Los Alamos had to travel to Del Norte to start the district tournament as the No. 5 seed Monday.
    With another loss most likely ending its season, Los Alamos stepped up its game to beat the Knights, 52-47.
    The reward: Los Alamos will get to play at least one more game.
    The ’Toppers were scheduled to play at Bernalillo Tuesday night, as this paper was going to press, in the second round of the District 2-5A tournament.
    Los Alamos and Bernalillo split their series in the regular season, with each team winning on its home court.
    The winner of that game will play at Española Valley Thursday in the semifinals.
    The district’s championship game will take place Saturday night at Capital.