Today's Sports

  • Splash n Dashes find stride in...

    The fourth and final Splash n Dash of the season took place Wednesday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The training event nearly reached its capacity — 69 people showed up to swim and run. Out of those people, 56 of them took on the long course — a 400-meter swim followed by a 5K run.
    Five others did the short course, a 200-meter swim and a 3K run, while eight kids swam 100 meters and then ran 1.3 miles.
    The Splash n Dashes might be over, but the Triatomics are holding numerous other training events for swimming, biking and running, many before the Los Alamos Triathlon next Saturday.
    On Tuesday the Triatomics will have its weekly time trials. The bike ride will start at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Arrive at the ice rink around 5:50 p.m. to participate.
    The group’s weekly Wednesday night run will be on the Pajarito trail this week. The runners will leave from the parking lot just before the Sportsmen’s Club at 6 p.m. and run to either Guaje Ridge or Guaje Creek. The group usually runs for about an hour.
    On Thursday, the group will hold its mountain bike time trials. The competition between the young and old is said to be fierce.
    Start time is 6 p.m., but the location hasn’t been finalized yet.

  • Foundation a way for Alex Kirk...

    The first-ever Alex Kirk basketball camp took place Wednesday and Thursday in Los Alamos’ Griffith Gymnasium. The gym was packed with kids dribbling their new camp basketballs around.
    Kirk, former Lobo teammate Jamal Fenton, and Los Alamos head boys basketball coach Mike Kluk guided the kids through a series of drills to improve all aspects of the campers’ game.
    The basketball camp was also the first event put on by the Alex Kirk Foundation.
    “We put together the foundation for Alex to work as he goes through the pro career and to collaborate with different groups for youth activities,” Alex’s father, Alan Kirk, said. “We wanted to keep Alex active in northern New Mexico. It’s a way for him to give back to the community.”
    Kirk also hosted a camp in Clayton this weekend. Next week, he’ll host one more camp at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas.
    All three of the camps will give money back to the host schools to help their basketball programs.
    The camps are just one part of what has been a busy summer for Kirk. He played in the NBA Orlando Summer League for the Memphis Grizzlies, the Las Vegas Summer League for the New York Knicks and then played in The Basketball Tournament for a million-dollar team prize.

  • Los Alamos Triathlon ready for...

    For 40 years, athletes have showed up to bike, swim and run in the Los Alamos Triathlon.
    This Saturday, the 41st edition will take place, firming its grasp as the longest continuously running triathlon in the country.
    “It’s fun and it keeps you in shape,” Laurie Goddard said. “You change muscles so you’re not just building up the same muscles all of the time.”
    Goddard first competed in the Los Alamos Triathlon in 1979. He said he’s competed in the race about 30 times since then, winning the event in 1982 and 1983.
    Doing well is part of the reason why he keeps participating, even in his mid-60s.
    “I’m good at it; I can beat some people,” Goddard said. “A lot of it is experience.”
    Some things he’s learned over the years is that a lot of people go out too hard at the beginning in the bike; if you get behind someone in the swim you can save energy by drafting them; transitions are the triathlon’s fourth event and can knock off multiple minutes from someone’s time.
    While the triathlon has gone through some changes over the years, the challenge has always remained.

  • Fair & Rodeo Parade Winners...

    The winners of the Los Alamos Fair & Rodeo Parade are:
    1st place – Los Alamos Team 4H Club
    2nd Place – Los Alamos National Bank
    3rd Place – Nancy Parker

  • Strother wins race by one second

    Roxana Candia had the best prediction at Tuesday’s Pace Race. Candia was only two seconds off of her predicted time on the three-mile course.
    Mary Snow had the next prediction. She missed her prediction by three seconds on the three-mile course.
    Roy Cope had the third best prediction of the night. Cope missed his prediction by nine seconds adjusted on the one-mile course.
    The races were held on paved surfaces on top of Barranca Mesa. Thirty-three runners showed up to run.
    Only one second separated the top two finishers in the three-mile race. Nicole Strother, however, beat Ted Romero to the finish line and took the victory in 20 minutes, 32 seconds.
    Bob Weeks was the first male finisher in the mile, 13:55.
    Georgia Pedicini was the first female finisher, 15:09.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m.
    It will take place at the Estante Way and Portrillo Drive intersection in White Rock’s Pajarito Acres.
    The Pace Race will feature a one-mile loop that participants can walk or run as many times as they want during a 45-minute time limit.
    For more information call 672–1639 or visit the club’s website at atomicrunners.com.

  • Los Alamos hits the turf

    The Los Alamos football team began two-a-day workouts to get ready for its upcoming season on Monday, the first day the fall teams were allowed to hit the field.
    The team will continue its on-the-field work and learning its plays twice a day next week.
    Currently, the team has roughly 40 players out.
    Two girls, Jordan Jaramillo and Katie Green, are also looking to make an impact for the Hilltoppers this year.
    Los Alamos will play its first game Aug. 28 at Pojoaque.

  • Bikers take on Valles Caldera...

    After rain and more rain, the clouds cooperated and hung onto to their moisture until right after the second annual PyroClassic cross-country mountain Sunday in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    “The last two years we’ve been lucky and the rain has parted (for the race),” race director with the Pajarito Mountain Bike Patrol, Frank Reeves, said.
    While it didn’t start raining until after the race completed, previous rain not only made the course green and lush, but it also made the trail soft and muddy. Both conditions provided challenges for the mountain bikers.
    The mud slowed some bikers down as they sunk into the soft ground and caused mechanical issues with other people’s bikes. The lush vegetation, meanwhile, hid obstacles.
    “It was a little muddier than I expected, but that added to the adventure,” Bike N Sport’s Cameron Brenneman, the men’s pro champion, said. “You really had to pick your line and know where to go to keep your bike clean so it kept working.”
    The race was the sixth out of 12 stops on the New Mexico Off Road Series (NMORS).
    Seventy bikers, including 14 locals, competed in the 9, 16 and 30-mile loops.

  • Jones, Martinson win city...

    This year’s city golf champions were crowned Sunday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Cale Jones finished on top of all the men golfers while Tami Martinson bested the women’s contingent after two days and 36 holes.
    Jones shot a 71 Saturday and a 74 Sunday to win the gold tee championship flight with a 145 gross score. His 71 round was two shots better than anyone else’s best day during the tournament.
    In the women’s championship flight, Martinson and Lynne Taylor were tied after the first round of the tournament at 81. Martinson, however, had the better day on Sunday to pull away from Taylor and win the women’s title by three strokes with a 163 gross score.
    Taylor finished second, but she had the best women’s net score, a 132.
    After Jones, the next best two gross scores in the tournament came from senior men in the white tee championship flight.
    Eddie Sanchez shot a 74 Saturday and a 73 on Sunday to win the senior championship with a 147 gross score. His 73 on Sunday also tied him with Jim Liberty and Bruce Norman for the best round of the day.
    Finishing behind Sanchez in the senior championship flight was the tournament’s most consistent golfer, John Stam. Stam shot a 75 both days to finish with a 150, the third best gross score of the tournament.

  • Bernadina's walk off gives...

    Roger Bernadina’s 10th inning walk-off home run gave the Albuquerque Isotopes (49-63) a 6-4 win against the El Paso Chihuahuas (57-53) Wednesday night at Isotopes Park. Bernadina finished the game 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, two runs scored and three RBI.

    The Isotopes and Chihuahuas traded blows much of the night. Albuquerque took an early lead on Tommy Murphy’s solo home run in the second before El Paso responded with a pair in the fourth.

    The 'Topes plated a pair of their own in the fourth to retake the lead, and added another in the fifth on an Angelys Nina two-out single.

    The Chihuahuas chipped away with runs in the sixth and eighth to tie it and send the game to extras.

    After escaping a bases loaded jam in the top of the 10th, the Isotopes led off the home half of the inning with a single before Bernadina blasted his game-winning two-run shot over the left field wall.

    The Isotopes received plenty of multi-hit performances Wednesday evening. In addition to Bernadina’s three-hit evening, Trevor Story, Cristhian Adames, Angelys Nina and Murphy all posted two-hit performances. Adames now has hits in six straight games, including multi-hit outings in four of his last five appearances.

  • Woman pleads guilty to drug...

    The Santa Fe District attorney’s office and Kayla Gomez’s attorney, Tyr Loranger, have agreed on a sentence for her part in trying to deal heroin in Los Alamos this past February.
    Gomez, however, won’t be sentenced until later, as she’s agreed to go into a drug rehabilitation program before she’s sentenced.
    As part of her sentence, she has agreed to plead guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance (a fourth degree felony) and the state will dismiss the other charges against her, which include trafficking in controlled substances (possess with intent to distribute, narcotic or methamphetamine, first offense), four counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
    After she completes her rehab and is released, she will be placed on 18 months of supervised probation coupled with drug court or another type of treatment as recommended by the adult probation and parole division of the New Mexico Corrections Department.
    Gomez will also be giving up her right to a jury trial.
    Judge Jennifer Attrep told Gomez that she was “happy to hear” that Gomez was seeking treatment for her drug issues. The program is expected to last 30 days.
    Gomez is expected to be officially sentenced Sept. 30 in Los Alamos.