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  • Olivo gets axed by Dodgers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Olivo was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, two days after biting off a piece of Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero’s left ear during a dugout brawl.
    Olivo, a veteran catcher, and Guerrero, the highly paid Cuban second base prospect, fought during the Isotopes game at Salt Lake on Tuesday. The Dodgers suspended Olivo on Wednesday while they conducted an investigation.
    “It’s unimaginable, inconceivable and unforgiveable,” Dodgers President Stan Kasten said at Citi Field before the Dodgers played the New York Mets. “It’s not a question of fault. The action of removing a part of someone’s ear is unforgiveable. Fault is not an issue here.”
    The 27-year-old Guerrero had reconstructive surgery on his ear and there is no timetable for his return, Kasten said. The Dodgers executive said he was told Olivo bit off significant chunk from the top of Guerrero’s ear.
    “They didn’t stich him up and say go out. This is plastic surgery,” Kasten said. “They had to reattach that portion of the ear and regrow skin over it. It’s quite complicated.”

  • Trail Runs are set for Saturday

    The ninth annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs is set to go off bright and early Saturday morning.
    The Trail Runs, which attract upwards of 500 runners annually, includes a 50-mile, 50-kilometer and half-marathon competition. Runners brave the trails starting from North Mesa and heading up toward Pajarito Mountain and back.
    Last year, the long race was won by Matt Hart of Salt Lake City, who posted a very respectable time of 9 hours, 4 minutes, 57 seconds. He won the men’s competition by nearly 20 minutes over Jason Poole of Evergreen, Colo.
    The closest finisher to Hart in the race was the women’s 50-mile winner, Diana Finkel of South Fork, Colo., who finished in 9:15:00.
    Finkel finished nearly an hour ahead of runner-up Katie Arnold of Santa Fe.
    The top local finisher in 2013 was Erica Baron, who won the women’s half-mile in a time of 1:50.36.
    The 50-mile race starts before dawn Saturday. It goes off at 5 a.m. The 50K race will start at 6 a.m. and the half-mile race will get going at 8 a.m.
    All the races begin at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge. 

  • Burnside is top predictor

    Patricia Burnside had the top prediction in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly run hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners’ running club, was Tuesday in the Western Area on the Satch Cowan and Quemazon Trails.
    The 1-mile course was on paved roads and sidewalks and most of the best predictions came from that course.
    In all, 36 runners and walkers took part this week.
    Burnside had an adjusted error of 9 seconds on the 1-mile course. Daughter Melina Burnside had the next-best prediction of the week, coming in at 12 seconds off. No other competitors were closer than 87 seconds.
    The fastest runner on the 1-mile course was Melina Burnside (8:19) and Colin Pedicini (13:16).
    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero had the best time, finishing in 33:12. Romero was followed by Nikol Strother, who came in at 33:26.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday. That race, the “Run With a View,” will start at 6 p.m. at N.M. 501 approximately two miles from the intersection with the ski hill road.
    There will be 1- and 3-mile courses on pavement and trails available.
    For more information on that Pace Race, call 672-9243 or 672-1639. For more information on the Roadrunners, visit the club’s website at atomicrunners.com. 

  • Spurs romp to win in Game 2

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have been here before.
    Tony Parker scored 22 points, Danny Green added 21 on seven 3-pointers, and San Antonio used a dominant third quarter to pummel Oklahoma City 112-77 Wednesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
    The Spurs were in the same position in 2012 before the Thunder won four straight to capture the series and stun a Spurs team that appeared to have its best days behind it.
    Well, San Antonio is back in the conference final with a commanding lead, wiser and even older.
    “I know after the game, nobody is very happy in the locker room,” Parker said. “Everybody is very focused, and we respect that team. We know they’re very capable of a comeback, and they did that against us in 2012. We’re just very focused and nobody is satisfied.”
    Game 3 is Sunday at Oklahoma City, where the Thunder will try to bounce back from the worst playoff loss in franchise history.
    “It definitely doesn’t feel good, and it shouldn’t,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “I hope our entire locker room doesn’t feel good. You shouldn’t feel good. We got our butts kicked.”

  • Results from 4A championship meet

    ALBUQUERQUE — Here are the results from the Class 4A state championship track and field meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.

    Boys

    Team scores

    1. Farmington, 64; 2. Albuquerque Academy, 51; 3. Los Alamos, 50.5; 4. Valencia, 31; 5. Moriarty, 30; 6. Piedra Vista, 27; 7. Goddard, 26; 8. St. Pius X, 25.5; 9. Grants, 20; 10. Artesia, 19; 11. Capital, 15; 12. Belen, 14; (tie) Kirtland Central, 14; 14. Los Lunas, 13.5; 15. Aztec, 11.5; 16. Miyamura, 8; 17. Del Norte, 7; 18. Centennial, 6; 19. Gallup, 5; 20. Roswell, 4; (tie) Santa Fe, 4; (tie) Española Valley, 4; 23. Chaparral, 3; 24. Santa Teresa, 1.

    High jump

    1. Avery Rasher, Farmington, 6-4; 2. Cristian Cedano, Centennial, 6-2; 3. Parker Hibbett, Academy, 6-2; 5. (tie) Greg Ahlers, 6-0; Skyler Veenis, 5-10; Skyler McCall, 5-10; Simon Bailey, 5-10.

    Discus

    1. Christian Mackey, Kirtland Central, 162-2; 2. Colin Nickless, 148-7; 3. Jackson Morris, Academy, 140-4; 4. John Schueler, 139-4.

    Long jump

    1. Daryl Wiggins, Del Norte, 22-3/4; 2. Cassius Corley, Grants, 21-11; 3. Jared Garduño, Española Valley, 21-9.

    Pole vault

  • Olivo is suspended following ear...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Olivo was suspended by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top farm team Wednesday following his fight in the dugout with Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero.
    In a statement released Wednesday night, the Dodgers said Olivo was placed on the suspended list by the Albuquerque Isotopes. The veteran catcher is on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, and the club said he “will remain suspended pending the completion of an investigation” into the brawl during Tuesday’s game at Salt Lake.
    The Dodgers confirmed Guerrero is recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left ear and will remain in a Salt Lake City hospital for a couple of days. It’s unclear how long he will be sidelined.
    Guerrero, an infielder from Cuba, signed a $28 million, four-year deal with the Dodgers in October. He was beaten out for the starting second base job by Dee Gordon in spring training.
    Olivo has displayed a hot temper on the field before, charging at Jose Reyes during a dustup between the Marlins and Mets late in the 2007 season.
    The 35-year-old catcher appeared in eight games for the Dodgers this month, marking his 13th season in the majors.

  • Sports Briefs 05-22-14

    Soccer camps will start June 9

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer program is hosting a camp for boys and girls ages 3-9.
    The camp has two sessions. The first is set for June 9-13 at Urban Park and the second is June 16-20 at Rover Park.
    Price for participation is $35 for one session or $50 for both sessions. Registration deadline for the first session is June 2.
    For more information or to download registration forms, visit laschools.net/athletics. Forms are also available at Los Alamos National Bank or by contacting Marsha Parker at 672-1558 or emailing her at pkrmass1@byu.net.

    Athletic Night meeting is Tuesday

    Los Alamos High School will host Athletic Night Tuesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Athletic Night is for incoming freshmen interested in participating in high school sports for the 2014-15 academic year or for incoming eighth graders interested in trying out for high school programs.
    The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Areas of discussion will include summer workout information for fall sports.

  • Olivo takes bite out of Guerrero...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers minor league teammates Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo got into a fight Tuesday during a game with Triple-A Albuquerque.
    Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he was disappointed to hear about the altercation, and the team is looking into it.
    “It’s something we don’t condone and it’s something that we don’t think is constructive,” Colletti said at Citi Field, where Los Angeles opened a three-game series against the New York Mets. “Obviously, people can have disagreements. That happens many times in many places. But when it gets beyond that level, I think it’s over the line.”
    The Los Angeles Times reported that agent Scott Boras said Olivo bit off a part of Guerrero’s ear.
    Colletti said he doesn’t think either player sustained an injury that would keep him from playing. The Dodgers released a statement saying the baseball operations department “is aware of the altercation and is conducting an investigation into the matter.”

  • Three LA athletes named All-Stars

    A trio of Los Alamos Hilltopper spring sports stars were invited to play in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s All-Star contests this summer.
    Hilltoppers Hannah Cunningham, Jake Downs and Kiana Zerr will all take part in the events.
    All-Star series participants must be graduating seniors from around the state. Selection is done by the NMHSCA.
    Cunningham was part of the Hilltopper girls tennis team in 2014. She and doubles partner Astrid Hengartner finished as the runners-up in District 2-4A and advanced to the state Class 4A tournament before falling in the quarterfinal round.
    Along with that finish, Cunningham also helped Los Alamos hold off Santa Fe for the team district title. Los Alamos had never lost in district competition but was the underdog heading into this year’s tournament.
    The Hilltoppers ultimately advanced to the state 4A semifinals before losing to eventual champion Farmington.
    The All-Star tennis series is scheduled for July 28-29. The North All-Stars, which also include Juliana Guerin of Las Vegas Robertson, Caroline Moss of Farmington and Greta Miller of Santa Fe, will not only take on the South All-Stars but also combine with the boys North All-Stars for a round of mixed doubles competition.
    The North team will be coached by Juan Carols Fulgenzi of Robertson.

  • Mang named MVP in district again

    The two selected as this year’s baseball and softball Most Valuable Players for District 2-4A came as a surprise to absolutely no one.
    Demi Madalena of Bernalillo and Jared Mang of Los Alamos were hands down the two dominant forces on the diamond in 2-4A this season.
    The picks for the top players in the district were released last week.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team picked up four first-team spots, along with Mang’s MVP nod, and a second team selection this year.
    For softball, Los Alamos also earned four first-team selections.
    Mang, for his part, has been the district’s leading hitter since his first 2-4A game as an eighth grader. This year, Mang led Los Alamos to its sixth consecutive district title and a perfect 12-0 record against district competition.
    It was Mang’s third consecutive MVP season — a very good case could’ve been make for Mang winning as an eighth grader as well, but his age was likely a factor in his not winning, although he was a first-team selection that season as well.
    In 2014, Mang hit a blistering .605 at the plate, had a pair of home runs and knocked in 44 runs in 28 games. On the mound, he went 8-2 and was credited with one save.