Today's Sports

  • ULLR Fest coming up Saturday

    As leaves change at Pajarito Mountain, the resort is getting ready to hold its annual Ullr Fest, named after the Norse god of snow. The festival will take place next Saturday, Oct. 3.
    The popular fall event will feature a New Mexico brewer’s festival with more than a dozen local craft beers and live music by the Jimmy Stadler Band. There will also be a disc golf tournament at Camp May, a costume contest and kids activities.
    The brewer’s festival will take place from noon-5 p.m. and the band will play from 2-5 p.m.
    Atomic City Transit will also be providing a free shuttle up to the event, leaving from Sullivan Field every half hour, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    On Saturday and Sunday, Pajarito will also offer lift-accessed hiking and mountain biking. The lifts will spin from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Lift-accessed hiking and biking will also take place Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 17-18 before the mountain switches gears to get ready for ski season.
    Pajarito is also offering discounted season passes for the upcoming winter until Oct. 4.

  • On Schedule 9-28-15

    Football: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Robertson at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Golf: Los Alamos at APS Ladera Invite, varsity, 8 a.m.

    Volleyball: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:30 p.m.; junior varsity 5 p.m.; C-team 4 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 4 p.m.; junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Taos, middle school, 4 p.m.

    Cross Country: Los Alamos at Desert Ridge, middle school, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:30 p.m.; junior varsity 5 p.m.; C-team 4 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Española Valley, middle school, 4 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at West Las Vegas, junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Highland at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at La Cueva, junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 6 p.m.

  • Lobos open C-USA with tough test

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico men’s soccer team opens Conference USA play this weekend with a very difficult test at the South Carolina Gamecocks, who are coming off a 3-1 win over No. 8 Elon Tuesday night. If that doesn’t grab the attention of the newly minted No. 7 Lobos, who are on a five-match winning streak, it should.
    “They’re a good team with some real capable players,” UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein said about the Gamecocks. “I sure hope they come out and play us and want to go toe-to-toe. That’s what we look for. We want a game where we can get at them and commit numbers to the attack, and so does the opponent. That’s what makes for an entertaining game.”
    Each of UNM’s five wins this season has come by a single goal, so while the Lobos aren’t blowing teams out, they are stepping up and playing well at the right times.
    “Little moments dictate outcomes,” Fishbein said. “I feel good about (the team) because we’ve carried play at important times. ... And five of our seven opponents have been in the top 25 when we’ve played them. So we’ve played, and played well against, top teams.”

  • Local golfers defend home turf...

    The Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association held its annual championship at the Los Alamos Golf Course earlier this month.
    Ninety-six golfers from New Mexico and Colorado showed up to compete, but Los Alamos golfers stepped up and defended their home turf in the event.
    Local golfers won four of the six flights and finished second in the other two.
    The championship differed from most of the other NNMSMGA events. The golfers usually compete two days in a row, but at different golf courses with stand-alone scores.
    For the championship, they played the Los Alamos Golf Course on Sept. 9-10, and then combined their scores from both rounds to determine the winners.
    Local Bruce Norman won the championship flight, and nobody even came close to his two-day 145 gross score.
    On the first day of the competition, Norman shot a 68 — the lowest round any golfer has shot on the tour this year. The 68 was also six shots lower than any other golfer managed on the first day.
    Santa Fe’s Rob Schneider gained two strokes on Norman with a 75 on the second day, but Norman still won the title by four shots with a 145.

  • Kickoff moved to 6 p.m.

    The Los Alamos home football game against Farmington will begin an hour earlier than originally scheduled. The game will now begin at 6 p.m.
    Los Alamos enters the contest with 1-3 record after suffering its third-straight loss of the season last Friday against Kirtland Central, 33-24.
    The ’Toppers will try to get back on track tonight, but they’ll have to do it against a tough opponent, the Farmington Scorpions.
    Farmington (3-1) won its first three games of the season, but the Scorpions will also be looking to rebound tonight. The Scorpions fell 39-6 to Durango, Colo., last week.
    Kirtland Central is the only common opponent the teams have played. The Scorpions, however, beat Kirtland Central, 63-26, when they met.
    After tonight’s game, Los Alamos will take on the Santa Fe Demons next Friday during Santa Fe’s Homecoming.
    The ’Toppers will then begin their District 2-5A schedule Oct. 9 at Capital.
    Capital is currently 3-1 and has the second-best record in the district. Española Valley has the best record. The Sundevils are a perfect 4-0. Last year’s district champions, Del Norte, is 2-2. Bernalillo, meanwhile, is 0-4.

  • Parra-Vasquas has best prediction

    Sixteen dedicated runner and walkers appeared in the pouring rain Tuesday night to test their pace racing skills on Los Alamos’ original Turkey Trot course — on North Mesa and in the Bayo Canyon.
    As the runners started the one-and three-mile courses, however, the rain ceased and pleasant running conditions prevailed.
    The best predictor of the night was Nicholas Parra-Vasquas who only had a two-second error on the long course.
    The next best predictors were Inez Ross, with an adjusted error of 39 seconds on the short course, and Rigo Chavez, with a 55-second error on the long course.
    The fastest female and male runners on the one-mile course were Beth Davenport (11 minutes, 28 seconds) and Anders Medin, (12:45).
    The fastest runner on the three-mile course was Parra-Vasquas (24:44).
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will be held on a trail in Water Canyon in the White Rock area. The trailhead is on N.M. 4, about 2.6 miles west of the Pajarito Road N.M. 4 junction.
    The races will start at 6 p.m. with one-and three-mile courses available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Fishing continues to be good in...

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, wooly buggers, tubes, worms and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and spinner night crawler combinations for walleye. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 70s.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 152 cubic feet per second (cfs). We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using hot dogs, homemade baits and liver for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits for tiger muskies. Fishing for all other species was slow.
    Brazos River: Fishing was fair using small streamers and salmon eggs for trout.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 978 cfs and 649 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using spinners, wooly buggers, PowerBait and salmon eggs for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.

  • Runners lower their times at...

    Los Alamos’ runners dropped a ton of time in their second cross country race of the season Saturday at the Cleveland Invitational.
    Every varsity runner that competed in a second meet lowered their time and a few of the athletes knocked over a minute off their previous times.
    Victor Kim showed the most improvement. He led the Hilltopper boys with a sixth-place finish in 16 minutes, 22.86 seconds. That time was over 1:43 faster than his previous mark.
    For the girls, Sophia Galvez and Talia Dreicer each knocked over a minute off, as well. Dreicer finished fifth in 19:01.98 and Galvez crossed sixth in 19:21.09.
    Madison Foley and Zoe Hemez both lowered their times by over 30 seconds.
    Foley led Los Alamos for the second meet in a row with her second third-place finish of the season in 18:58.52. Hemez finished 20th in 20:21.40.
    The Hilltopper girls’ No. 5, 6 and 7 runners competed in their first varsity race of the season. Rachel Wallstrom scored the team’s final points with a 44th-place finish in 21:41.28. Sydney Schake placed 50th in 21:51.58 and Matilde Jacobsen finished 56th in 23:55.25.
    As a team, the Hilltopper girls finished second with 78 points behind Rio Rancho in the nine-team race.

  • Hilltopper girls shut out...

    SANTA FE — The Hilltopper girls scored a 5-0 shutout against Capital in both team’s District 2-5A openers on Tuesday.
    “That was a much better outcome (than our last couple of games),” Los Alamos girls head coach Gary Ahlers said. “Playing healthy really makes a difference.”
    With the win, Los Alamos took control of its destiny in the district. Del Norte is also 1-0 in the district after beating Bernalillo, 1-0. The Knights, however, are just 2-8-1 overall while Bernalillo (0-7-2) is still looking for its first win.
    Los Alamos is now 4-5-1 overall and 1-0 in District 2-5A.
    Capital beat Desert Academy the day after losing to Los Alamos, 4-0, to move to 5-5-1, 0-1.
    On Tuesday, Los Alamos scored in the first minute of the game to set the tone right away.
    Jordan Henson played a long through ball and Sienna Ahlers chased it down, shot and scored to put Los Alamos up, 1-0, just 16 seconds into the contest.
    “We were really clicking on the field,” Henson said.
    Katie Hopkins scored Los Alamos’ next goal. Abby Schmalz centered the ball and Hopkins knocked it in on a one-timer.
    Four minutes later, in the 36th minute, Henson put Los Alamos up, 3-0, with a long goal from the left flank.

  • LA volleyball gives Moriarty its...

    Los Alamos’ volleyball team gave Moriarty its first home loss of the season Tuesday night.
    Moriarty entered the contest 4-0 at home, and 8-1 overall, but Los Alamos was able to overcome the Fighting Pintos, and their loud crowd, to score its fifth-straight win. Los Alamos improved to 6-2 with the victory.
    “It was a very good game,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. “When you have two teams equally talented like that, it’s always going to be a good match. It was nice to come away with a win there.”
    Moriarty won the first set, 25-21. “They have a really strong crowd and I think that put the girls on edge,” Espinoza said. “It was hard to hear.”
    The ’Toppers, however, settled down and won the next three sets, 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23, to take the match, 3-1.
    It was a well-rounded team effort that helped Los Alamos score the win.
    “Brianna (Montaño) was just a power hitter for us,” Espinoza said. “Sierra (Foley) was moving her blocks really well and moving her shots around. Our defense on the backline did some great work and Makaela Robertson had some ace serves in key moments.”