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Today's Sports

  • Golf fundraiser sale to be held...

    People can tell dad they love him with some new golf accessories and help out the Los Alamos High School golf team at the same time.
    This Sunday, from 8 a,m.-3:30 p.m., the team is hosting its annual golf sale at the Los Alamos Golf Course’s old pro shop.
    “The equipment being sold is very reasonably priced and is a great purchase for beginner, intermediate players,” coach Andy Ainsworth said.
    Donations are also being accepted for the fund-raiser, which benefits the LAJGA.Donations of items can be left at the golf pro shop before Sunday.
    Team members and volunteers, Sheldon and Carrie Apgar, will ready the sale items for the Sunday extravaganza.
    So get out those golf bags, clubs and other accessories that might be collecting dust and donate them to benefit local youth programs.
    “The LAJGA runs on about $5,000 per year,” Ainsworth said. “We raise funds to support junior golf in Los Alamos and the funds aid in offsetting the costs for the Los Alamos High School golf teams.”
     

  • North wins All-Star softball...

    The North All-Stars, playing in the Class 5A/6A softball showcase, beat the South two games to one over the weekend in Farmington.
    “To me, that was great,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “The South was really strong.”
    The Hilltoppers’ Jordan Hammock ended her high school career playing on the North’s squad. The pitcher switched positions and played at first base in two of the three games.
    “It was nice — she got to wear her high school uniform one last time (Friday), then Saturday they wore the All-Star uniforms,” Jordan’s father and Los Alamos junior varsity manager, Tim Hammock, said. “Her hard work during her high school career got paid off for her.”
    The North won the first game, 5-2.
    In the second game, the North rallied and scored seven runs in the fifth inning to win the contest, 9-4.
    In the third game, the North All-Stars were in position to sweep the South, but the South overcame a 6-3 sixth-inning deficit to take the third game, 8-6.
    The games also united many former rivals and turned them into teammates to play for regional pride.
    “It was very nice to see the girls who Jordan competed against for the last four years get together and play with each other,” Hammock said.

  • Deep and versatile, Warriors...

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Andre Iguodala was more than just a key player on a team that beat LeBron James and Cleveland.
    Turns out he used to beat up on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
    "We beat the first unit more times than they beat us, and I think it was by a landslide," Iguodala said.
    So good, so deep that the MVP of the NBA Finals never started a game all season, the Warriors built the kind of squad that can compete for many NBA titles.
    And when they were in trouble trying to win this one, down 2-1 in the series, they inserted Iguodala into the lineup. He responded with the same defensive effort he had been providing against James along with unsuspected offense, including 25 points Tuesday in the Game 6 clincher.
    "He was great the entire series. But he saved this season for us," Warriors forward Draymond Green said. "I always say Andre's a pro's pro. He's a professional guy, and it showed, and that's why he's the MVP of this series, and that's why we're champions."
    One of the reasons, anyway.

  • Chicago Blackhawks win 3rd...

    CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Crawford threw his gloves off and ditched his helmet as the Chicago Blackhawks poured onto the ice and swarmed the goaltender at one end of the frenzied United Center.
    And just like that, the celebration was on. The marquee at Wrigley Field had a congratulatory message for the Stanley Cup champions, and there were fireworks and honking horns all over Chicago.
    Call it a Windy City party 77 years in the making.
    Duncan Keith scored in the second period and led a dominant defense that shut down Tampa Bay's high-scoring attack, and the Blackhawks beat the Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday for their third NHL title in the past six seasons.
    Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, helping the Blackhawks clinch the Cup on home ice for the first time since 1938. Crawford, who was pulled from Chicago's first-round series against Nashville, had 25 saves in his fifth career playoff shutout.
    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called the Blackhawks a dynasty, and the delirious crowd of 22,424 agreed wholeheartedly.
    "We won it for each other, for the city," captain Jonathan Toews said. "In so many ways, winning a championship like this in our home city, I think it really transcends the sport. Everyone wants to be a part of it. It's amazing."

  • UNM claims fourth All-American

    Four days, four athletes, four All-Americans.
    Four Lobo track and field athletes secured All-American honors for the University of New Mexico to close out the final day of competition at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
    Calli Thackery’s showing in the women’s 5,000-meter run Saturday capped off the streak of All-American performances for New Mexico, as she followed Logan Pflibsen (pole vault), Alice Wright (10,000) and Peter Callahan (1,500) in earning All-American status on successive days of the championships.
    It’s the first time in program history that New Mexico has qualified at least four athletes to the NCAA Championships and that every athlete earned All-American honors.
    New Mexico also fared well in the team scores, as the men finished 36th with 7.5 team points and the women tied for 48th with four points.
    For the men, it’s just their third top-40 finish in last decade, while it’s the best finish for the women since 2008.
    Thackery finished off the parade of All-Americans with a superb showing in the women’s 5,000 on Saturday.

  • Ed Griggs golf gets postponed

    The Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Tournament was rained out on Saturday.
    The event, which is a scholarship fundraiser for youth to participate in YMCA activities, will now take place either on July 10 or 11 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    With a maximum capacity of 120 teams of four competing in the tournament, there’s room for more people who want to participate.
    The tournament is a scramble and will have a shotgun start. It also includes games of chance throughout the course.
    The price per player is $85.
    A team requires four players, so individuals are asked to get three friends to commit with them. 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.

  • Atomic Tumblers vault onto...

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to the Albuquerque Convention Center recently to compete in the Region 3 USA Gymnastics Xcel Regional Meet.
    There were approximately 250 diamond, platinum and gold division gymnasts from Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico competed in the two-day event. Arkansas, who is also in the eegion, did not send a team.
    The Atomic Tumblers had an awesome showing and won numerous medals in the tough competition.
    The platinum team from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics included only four gymnasts: Ashley Bustos, Carley Stilwell, Anna Clark and Suyana Ferreira.
    The quartet brought home the fourth-place team award, placing just 0.075 behind the third-place team. The teams placing first through third, and many of those placing fifth through 17th, had teams of eight to 10 gymnasts.
    The Los Alamos team also won the event competition in vaulting and each gymnast also brought home individual medals.
    Bustos won the Platinum senior division, taking the gold in the all-around with 36.825. Bustos also won gold on bars with a 9.325, and silver on vault with 9.55 and floor with 9.20.

  • McBride leads ’Topes to victory

    First-baseman Matt McBride went 4-for-5 and came up just a triple shy of the cycle as the Albuquerque Isotopes (27-35) beat the Tacoma Rainiers (29-33) 3-2 in a 11 innings Friday night.
    It was the second-straight extra-inning game for the Isotopes.
    Angelys Nina legged out an infield single to leadoff the 11th inning. Dustin Garneau then sacrificed him to second before Tim Smalling smashed a one-out RBI double to left field, giving the Isotopes the 3-2 lead and eventual win.
    Albuquerque scored single runs in the second and fourth, but a Tacoma seventh inning two-out, two-RBI single tied the game up.
    McBride hit a double and a homer in the win.

  • Lobos make it three-for-three

    New Mexico senior Peter Callahan earned All-American status in the men’s 1,500-meter run Friday to give the Lobo track and field team three such honors through three days of the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
    After Logan Pflibsen (pole vault) and Alice Wright (10,000), Callahan captured the Lobos’ third All-American honor of the championships via his fourth-place time of 3 minutes, 55.22 seconds in the 1,500.
    It’s the second-straight year the Evanston, Illinois product has placed fourth and earned All-American honors in the event.
    After opening the race in the lead, Callahan paced the pack of 13 finalists through the first three laps of the race. Dictating a relatively slow tempo over the course of the race, he remained the frontrunner until the final 200 meters, relinquishing his lead as all the runners began their final kicks on the homestraight.
    However, he seized a top-four finish for the second year a row, making his just the third New Mexico track athlete in program history to accomplish that.
    Callahan is also the ninth New Mexico athlete to capture back-to-back All-American honors in the same event.
     

  • Sports Briefs 6-14-15

    Volleyball camps
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program will be hosting two camps this summer.
    Hilltopper Volleyball will run their youth All-Skills camp July 20-22. All incoming fourth-eighth grade girls and boys are welcome.
    The cost of the camp is $40. Siblings will be discounted at $30.
    Campers will learn the FUNdamentals of volleyball and get a chance to compete for camp prizes. All proceeds from the All-Skills camp go to help the high school volleyball teams.
    Session one will be from 10 a.m.-noon and is for fourth through sixth graders.
    Session two will be from 2-4 p.m. and is for seventh and eighth graders.
    Both sessions will be held at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hilltopper Volleyball is proud to announce they will also be hosting New Mexico Highlands University volleyball Head Coach Bryan Crawford on July 24-25.
    Coach Crawford and his staff will run an all-skills camp that will be open to all incoming seventh-12th grade girls from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
    There will also be an invite-only session from 4-5:30 p.m. for advanced skills and team development.
    Cost of the camp will be $70 per camper. The invite-only session will be an additional $25.