Today's Sports

  • Downs is on 4A-5A North All-Star...

    Los Alamos baseball standout Jake Downs is scheduled to play the North-South big school All-Star series, which gets going today.
    Downs, one of the key cogs for the Hilltoppers during their big 2014 season, was selected last month for the All-Star team.
    He was the only player from District 2-4A to make the North roster.
    For much of the season, Downs hit in the No. 2 slot for Los Alamos, helping set the table for the powerful top of the Hilltopper lineup. He supported the Hilltoppers as they scored a whopping 148 runs in 12 district games this season.
    Downs was a pitcher and infielder for his career at Los Alamos. He graduated from the program in May.
    The All-Stars from around the state are selected from the top graduating seniors. Selections are made by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    Downs is the second Hilltopper to be named to an All-Star series so far this summer. Kiana Zerr of Los Alamos’ softball program made the North All-Star team — that series was last weekend in Farmington.
    Last season, Los Alamos went 22-7 and clinched its sixth consecutive 2-4A title. Los Alamos advanced to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs, but was knocked out in that round by the Goddard Rockets.

  • Scramble tourney is Saturday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its fifth annual fundraising golf tournament Saturday at the local golf course.
    The tournament, the proceeds of which will go to benefit youth scholarships at the Y, is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
    The Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic is one of the big fundraising events of the year for the local Y chapter.
    It’s named after longtime Y volunteer and local golfer, Ed Griggs, with the name changed to honor Griggs’ memory in 2012.
    Saturday’s tournament is a four-person scramble. Price for participation is $80 per person.
    Several prizes are up for grabs Saturday, including the chance to win a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Sport.
    Last year, with the proceeds from this tournament, the YMCA raised money for 70 youth scholarships for its programs around northern New Mexico.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100. 

  • Gattiker makes top prediction

    Katie Gattiker was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday evening at East Park.
    Gattiker finished just seven seconds off her predicted finish time this week. She nipped Ryan Smeltzer, who was nine seconds off and Ted Romero, who was 19 seconds off.
    Romero was the top finisher on the 3-mile course this week, finishing in a time of 21 minutes, 19 seconds. Paulina Burnside was the top finisher on the long course this week, coming in at 26:07.
    Patricia Burnside was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with her time of 8:21. Jason Waterbury finished in 11:13.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday.
    Race time is 6 p.m.
    This upcoming race, the Powerline Run, will be Tuesday. The race starts at N.M. 4 approximately three miles west of the intersection with Pajarito Road going toward Bandelier National Monument.
    For more information about the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com. 

  • Rangers survive elimination game

    NEW YORK (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist and some soft ice in front of his net kept the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals.
    Lundqvist made 40 saves in the Rangers' 2-1 victory in Game 4 that kept the Los Angeles Kings from a sweep on Wednesday night.
    Twice Los Angeles put the puck on the goal line without getting it all the way across.
    The last came with 1:11 left in the game when Rangers forward Derek Stepan pushed the puck out of danger after it got behind Lundqvist.
    "It's probably the product of moving a lot," Lundqvist said. "I stay deep in the net, so there's a lot of snow there."
    "I thought I had it because I felt the puck, felt like I got a good piece of it on that deflection. I was yelling at the ref to blow the whistle. Then I realized it was behind me for a couple seconds."
    Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis each scored for the Rangers. Los Angeles leads the series 3-1 and will get its second shot to claim the Cup for the second time in three years Friday night at home.
    "We would have liked to finish it tonight, but having the next game back at home, that is where we are comfortable," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said.

  • Sports Briefs 06-12-14

    Football car washes set for Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will hold a pair of fundraising car washes Saturday, one in Los Alamos and one in White Rock.
    The car washes will be from 9 a.m.-noon in both locations. The car wash in Los Alamos will be at Del Norte Credit Union and the car wash in White Rock will be at the Phillips 66 station.
    Donations will be accepted for each car washed.

    PE classes will be at Chamisa School

    Physical education teacher Justin Black will be hosting two sessions of summer physical education classes, the first of which is starting Monday.
    The classes will be at Chamisa School is for kids in grades 1-3.
    The first session will run from Monday through June 19. The second session will be from June 23-26.
    Among the activities planned for the PE classes are disc golf, Dance Dance Revolution on the Xbox and work on coordination skills.
    Price for participation is $45. For more information, contact Black at j.black@laschools.net.

    Pétanque club hosting tourney

  • Pajarito Punishment results

    Here are the results from the 2014 Pajarito Punishment:

    Women’s Cat. 3

    1. Jennifer Risley, 4:30.0; 2. Kathryn Gillen, 6:31.4; 3. Emma Darling, 12:21.2;

    Women’s Cat. 2

    1. Selena Sauer, 6:27.7; 2. Patty McCarthy, 8:01.9.

    Women’s Cat. 1

    1. Terah Blake, 4:29.3; 2. Michelle Pederson, 5:38.3; 3. Rachel Weaver, 8:39.7.

    Women’s Pro

    1. Lindsay Yost, 4:08.8.

    Men’s Cat. 3, 9-18

    1. Ben Liptak, 3:37.1; 2. Jakob Hurworth, 3:45.9; 3. Cedar Palmer, 3:57.5; 4. Quinn Reece, 3:59.4; 5. Thorbin Atwelldonaghey, 4:01.4; 6. Cesar Silos, 4:11.6; 7. Quinn Anderson, 4:44.9; 8. London Albrecht, 4:45.9; 9. Will Brako, 5:03.7.

    Men’s Cat. 3, 19-29

    1. Zachary Agena, 4:05.2; 2. Chace Blair, 4:11.8; 3. Travis Cottrell, 4:15.1; 4. Mitchell Ching, 4:22.4; 5. Hamish Henderson, 4:36.2; 6. Matt Brigance, 5:30.2; 7. Colton Lake, 6:48.3.

    Men’s Cat. 3, 30-39

    1. Tor Jorfald, 3:41.4; 2. Eddie Risley, 4:03.7; 3. Pablo Cortegoso, 4:28.7; 4. Colby Busching, 4:34.1; 5. Mike Oates, 4:56.1.

    Men’s Cat. 3, 40-plus

    1. James Palmer, 4:55.2.

    Men’s Cat. 2, 9-18

  • 'Topes lose their second...

    The Round Rock Express put the only crooked number on the board Tuesday night at Isotopes Park, which proved to be the difference.
    Round Rock scored four times off starting pitcher Sam Demel in the second inning — Jared Hoying of the Express hit an early two-run homer in the inning — and the Express held Albuquerque to single runs in five innings to win 7-5.
    With the win, Round Rock ensured that the Isotopes wouldn’t earn their third consecutive series win. Round Rock also won the opener of the four-game series Monday.
    Tuesday was $.50 Hot Dog Night in Albuquerque. The crowd of 7,933 consumed 22,664 wieners during the popular promotion.
    The loss for Albuquerque (30-35) was also the second game of its eight-game homestand. Following tonight’s and Thursday night’s games against Round Rock, the Isotopes will host New Orleans.
    Today’s game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Prior to the game, former Los Angeles Dodger great Steve Garvey, the 1974 National League MVP, will be signing autographs for fans.

  • Sports Briefs 06-11-14

    Foursome wins at Special Olympics golf tourney

    The team of Steve Sanderson, Sean Rau, Ted Ball and Eddie Sanchez won by six strokes at a fundraising golf tournament for Special Olympics last weekend.
    The foursome shot a 56 altogether at the tournament, topping the next-best team of Bruce Norman, Marti Hill, Jeanne Ball and Rhonda McInroy, which finished with a gross score of 62 in the best ball competition.
    In all, 84 participants took part in the tournament. Jon and Karen Rau, longtime volunteers of the local Special Olympics program, helped organize Satuday’s event.
    Also at the tournament, the team of Anna Swertfeger, Tom Swertfeger, Scott Marriott and Chris Quartieri finished third overall with a score of 63.

    Football car washes set for Saturday in LA, White Rock

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will hold a pair of fundraising car washes Saturday, one in Los Alamos and one in White Rock.
    The car washes will be from 9 a.m.-noon in both locations. The car wash in Los Alamos will be at Del Norte Credit Union and the car wash in White Rock will be at the San Ildefonso Phillips 66 station.
    Donations will be accepted for each car washed.

    Summer PE classes will be at Chamisa School

  • Quick, Kings put Rangers on brink

    NEW YORK (AP) — It turns out Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are just as good with the lead as they are without it.
    That leaves the New York Rangers with little hope of making much of a series out of the Stanley Cup finals.
    Quick stopped 32 shots in his best start of the series, Jeff Carter scored in the final second of the first period, Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards added goals in the second, and the Kings beat the Rangers 3-0 on Monday night to move within one win of their second Stanley Cup title in three years.
    Los Angeles leads 3-0 and can claim the Cup on Wednesday night in New York. The Kings have already survived three Game 7s on the road, so this amount of success has their confidence soaring.
    Quick hardly showed it when he took the podium wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
    “I don’t think it would be any different if we were down 3-0,” Quick said. “We’re just trying to win a game in a couple days here. That’s the focus.”
    After the Rangers blew two-goal leads in each of the first two games of the championship round in Los Angeles, they came home and couldn’t get anything going against Quick.
    The All-Star was sharp early and in the middle when the Kings built their lead. Not even six power plays could jump-start New York’s offense.

  • Bailey finishes 7th in decathlon

    Former Los Alamos track and field athlete Simon Bailey and current Hilltopper Greg Ahlers both finished in the top 10 at last weekend’s Great Southwest Invitational meet.
    Bailey, who graduated from Los Alamos High School last month, finished with 5,588 points, which was good enough for seventh place overall. Ahlers, a senior-to-be, had 5,245 points, which put him in the No. 10 spot overall among 17 competing athletes at last weekend’s decathlon.
    The decathlon — which is not a regular event at the prep level — consists of 10 events, including sprints, field events and the 1,500 meters.
    In the 1,500 meters Ahlers and Bailey made their marks on the meet, finishing first and second. Neither Ahlers nor Bailey are distance runners, but Ahlers finished with a time of 4:38.35 in the 1,500 and Bailey finished just a little over a second behind him.
    The Great Southwest meet is an annual event which has been hosted in recent years at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque. Some of the top athletes around the southwest, and some well outside of it, are invited to take part.
    The decathlon was won by Zack Bornstein of Westlake Village, Calif., who scored 6,392 points, just three points better than Wyatt French of Rockwall, Texas.