Today's Sports

  • LA Senior Olympians win 42 gold...

    Twenty-one Senior Olympians from Los Alamos competed in the state games, which were held June 3-6 in Roswell.
    The Los Alamos contingent brought home 76 medals from the championships, including 42 gold medals.
    Leading the charge for Los Alamos was Jackie Marr. Marr won a gold medal in every event she swam in, bringing home 11 golds.
    Marr won the 50-yard backstroke, 50 freestyle, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 freestyle, 100 individual medley, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle.
    Teresa Goodwin, Selmo Jaramillo and Laura McClellan each won six gold medals at the state competition.
    Goodwin and Jaramillo were the champions of dance at the state games, winning the waltz, fox trot, the cha cha cha, rumba, west coast swing and tango.
    McLellan won the free throw and 3-point shooting contest. She also won the 800-meters, 1,500, 5K and 10K races.
    Five other Los Alamos Senior Olympians won a pair of gold medals.
    Michael Benelli won the 800 and the 5K.
    Ernest Bryant won at singles and men’s doubles in pickleball.
    Abel Castillo won at singles and men’s doubles in table tennis.
    Dave Delanoy won at men’s doubles and mixed doubles in pickleball.
    Timothy Johnson won the standing long jump and the 1,500.

  • Little leaguers begin districts

    It’s time for little leaguers dream big and chase after a world title.
    It all starts with local district championships. In New Mexico, 10 different district tournaments will take place for baseball and softball players.
    Each league has selected its all stars, and those all stars are representing its league in the local district tournament.
    The district champions will then move on to the state championships. The state champions will advance to the regional championships and the regional champs will then get to play in the world series.
    The Majors baseball tournament is scheduled to begin tonight in Española. If the field dries up, Los Alamos County will take on Santa Fe American at 8 p.m. while Española and Pojoaque will battle on the other side of the bracket.
    Tomorrow, the winners will play on the championship side of the bracket while the losing teams will play each other in an elimination game.
    The winner of the loser’s bracket game will then play the loser in the winner’s bracket on Saturday.
    Game one of the championship will take place Sunday. If needed, the championship tiebreaker will take place Monday. Teams can lose one game and still win the district since they are double elimination tournaments.
    The Majors tournament is being played at Lucero Center.

  • Kirk and Memphis win first three...

    Alex Kirk and the Memphis Grizzlies are currently in second-place out of the 10 teams playing in the NBA Orlando Summer League.
    The Grizzlies beat the Orlando Magic Blue team Tuesday, 73-71, in double overtime to improve to 3-0.
    After Memphis erased a 17-point deficit, the game needed a sudden-death overtime to decide the outcome. Orlando missed the first shot of the period and at the other end Russ Smith hit a short floater to keep Memphis undefeated.
    The Grizzlies also beat the Brooklyn Nets, 81-73, on Saturday and the Charlotte Hornets, 79-75, on Sunday.
    Kirk has been coming off the bench for the Grizzlies while Jarnell Stokes has started at center.
    Kirk played 13 minutes, 25 seconds in the team’s first game. He snagged three defensive rebounds, but missed all four of his field goal attempts.
    Against the Hornets, Kirk had two points and two offensive rebounds in 9:51 on the court.
    Tuesday, Kirk only played 4:22 while Stokes played over 36 minutes. Kirk missed both of his field goal attempts and sunk one of two free throws.
    With the three wins, worth four points apiece, and seven quarter-victories, worth one point apiece, the Grizzlies are second in the league standings with 19 points. The Miami Heat is in first place, also with 19 points.

  • Pieck has top prediction and...

    Eight-year-old Sophia Pieck was the top predictor in Tuesday’s Pace Race.
    Pieck was just 6 seconds off her predicted time, and she was also the fastest finisher on the one-mile course with a time of 9 minutes and 2 seconds.
    Other accurate predictions included Katie Gattiker’s 7-second differential, Duane Marr at 15 seconds off and Martin Pieck with a 21-second difference.
    The top male finisher in the one-mile race was 6-year-old Billy Strother with a 9:03.
    Bob Weeks had a 31:59 for the two-mile distance.
    On the three-mile course, Zach Medin was the fastest finisher at 26:22 and Laura McClellan was the top female recording a time of 30:53.
    The races were held on the trail at the Ponderosa Campground in the Bandelier National Monument.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will be start at 6 p.m. at Barranca Elementary School on Barranca Mesa. One and three-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit

  • Fairways and Fireworks blasts...

    The Los Alamos Golf Course hosted a team tournament over the Fourth of July holiday called Fairways and Fireworks.
    “It was very fun,” Ted Ball said.
    Ball and Paul Cook ran the tournament, which replaced the course’s old Atomic City Match Play tournament.
    Fairways and Fireworks, which was a three-day tournament, had 48 golfers compete.
    The golfers had a wide ranges of abilities.
    Ball said they tried to divide them up evenly into four teams of 12 — a blue team, an orange team, a purple team and a yellow team.
    The teams then played three different challenges.
    The first day of the tournament, July 3, was a quota.
    All of the golfers played 18 holes and, instead of trying to get the low score, the golfers scored points for bogeys, pars, birdies and eagles and tried to get the highest score.
    The next two days of the tournament featured match play. Each team was broken into six teams of two and then they went head to head against another team and battled to win holes.
    Saturday, the players on each team alternated shots.
    Sunday, the players competed in a scramble, playing their best ball as they moved on.
    After three days of golf, the blue team proved to be the victors.
    Some more tournaments are on the Los Alamos Golf Course’s schedule.

  • World Cup moments distanced...

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — For a few moments over the past month, the Women's World Cup seemed to push aside the FIFA scandal that is simmering a half planet away.

    Those moments came on the pitch: From upstart Cameroon crashing the party in the knockout stage, to England's fantastic run, to host Canada's tournament-opening victory on star Christine Sinclair's stoppage-time penalty kick.

    And of course, Carli Lloyd's hat trick in a 5-2 victory for the United States in the final against Japan.

    Despite the controversy over the artificial turf and questions about who would present the championship trophy, the Women's World Cup was a resounding success, setting records for attendance and TV ratings. The corruption case enveloping the sport's world governing body at least temporarily took a backseat to the Beautiful Game.

    In many ways, FIFA can thank the Americans.

    The second-ranked U.S. women started out the month-long tournament across Canada as one of the favorites, but there were questions along the way about a sputtering offense and U.S. coach Jill Ellis' tactics.

  • Nearly 200 runners compete in...

    A lot of people woke up early, threw on some red, white and blue and went for a run on the Fourth of July.
    The YMCA’s annual Firecracker 5K had 196 runners compete in the race and fun run.
    Corey White of Carlsbad was the fastest runner on Saturday. He finished the 5K in 17 minutes, 31.35 seconds.
    With his sub 6-minute miles, White took the award for top adult male (18-59 years).
    Leanne Smith was the top adult female, and the first female overall. She finished the race in 20:24.63.
    The top youth runners (14-17 years) were Connor Bailey and Talia Dreicer. Bailey finished in 18:07.83 while Dreicer ran a 21:58.54.
    The top kids in the race (13-and-under) were Dylan Romero with a 21:38.81 and Amaya Coblentz with a 28:03.97.
    The top 60-plus adults were Mark Bjorklund (22:50.50) and Heidi Bjorklund (38:37.23).
    While many of the runners were wearing festive attire, Devon Durrer won the Best Costume award.

    Firecracker 5K results

    5K Men, 9-and-under

  • Swimmers approach final stretch...

    As the Los Alamos Aquatomics get ready for their final swim before the state championships, the swimmers seem to be making strides in the water.
    Last weekend during the team’s home meet, the Nogar Memorial Open, many of the swimmers had their best times of the summer.
    “As coaches, we are very happy with the results of the meet,” coach Maribeth Englert said. “We had several swimmers get their first state cut at the Nogar meet. The kids are looking great in practice and should progress through their end of season meets.”
    Swimmers who qualified for state at the Nogar meet in the 9-10 age group were Caleb Cook (100-meter freestyle), Mary Couture (50 backstroke) and Betty Kang (100 back).
    The team also had three 8-year-old girls qualify for events in the 9-10 age group: Molly Couture (100 Back), Marlee Katko (100 breaststroke) and Emily McLaughlin (100 back and 50 back).
    Four Aquatomics finished as meet’s high-point winners and nine others finished in the top-three of the high-point race.
    The team’s 8-and-under girls swept the high-point awards. Katko finished first, Allison Amrani took second and McLaughlin was third. Katko won the 50 fly and the 50 and 100 breaststroke en route to her title.

  • Firecracker 5K takes place...

    The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run on Saturday.
    The 5K is open to people of all ages that want to walk, run or jog in the festive event.
    Prizes will go to the top male and female finishers in youth, adult, adult 60-plus and dog jogger divisions.
    The best-costumed participant will also win bagels for a year from Ruby K’s.
    All participants will get the annual Fun Run T-shirt and are eligible to win random door prizes.
    The 5K race route starts in the YMCA parking lot, turns north on 15th to Canyon. Then it goes west on Canyon toward the Aquatic Center and all the way to Diamond. The route then makes a U-turn at the crosswalk and returns to the YMCA along same route, running with traffic.
    Early registration, prior to July 4, at the YMCA, 1450 Iris Street, is encouraged. Race day check-in on July 4 is from 7-7:45 a.m. The race will start at 8 a.m. The price is $30, or $20 for YMCA members, and $10 for youth under 14 years old.
    Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up and takedown, registration check-in, traffic control and to help award prizes. The volunteers will be given race T-shirts.
    Register for the race or sign up to volunteer at the YMCA, or call 662-3100 for more information.

  • Fishing good in some spots

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, worms, jerk baits, crank baits, wooly buggers and top water lures for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits and using spinner/night crawler rigs for walleye. The best reports came from anglers fishing the early morning hours. Night fishing was fair to good using liver and stink bait for catfish.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using top water lures, large flies and water dogs for tiger muskies. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
    Chama River: Monday water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 202 cubic feet per second (cfs) and 330 cfs respectively. Fishing above and below El Vado was fair to good using night crawlers, Power Bait, Rapalas and gold Panther Martins for brown and rainbow trout.
    Fenton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes for trout.
    Heron Lake: The boat ramps are open. Fishing was slow to fair trolling Panther Martins tipped with corn for kokanee and rainbow trout. Bank fishing was fair using Power Bait and worms for rainbow trout.