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  • 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.

  • Taking the reins

    Former New Mexico Highlands University soccer coach, Ron Blue, is bringing his knowledge of the game to Los Alamos. Blue is now the Los Alamos head boys soccer coach.
    The school has also hired a new wrestling coach. James Hatt will be moving from Utah to Los Alamos to lead the grapplers.  
    The search for a new girls soccer coach, meanwhile, is still ongoing.
     

  • Walk-off homer beats ’Topes

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (26-35) scored a run in the top of the 10th and seemed to be on their way to their sixth win in eight games, but the Tacoma Rainiers’ (29-32) Jesus Montero blasted a one-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th to pick up the walk-off victory for the Rainiers at Cheney Stadium.
    Albuquerque scored two runs in the first, and Tacoma answered with a pair in the third. Both teams then settled in for six straight scoreless innings to send the game to extras.
    Back-to-back doubles by Matt McBride and Angelys Nina in the top of the 10th plated a run and seemed to give the Isotopes all the support they would need for a win.
    The bottom of the 10th proved to be a different story though.
    After a one-out single, Montero blasted a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for a Rainiers’ walk-off home run.
    Right-handed pitcher Jon Gray turned in yet another strong outing Thursday night.
    He lasted a season-longest eight innings, allowing just two runs on four hits.
    He also struck out four, while tossing 100 pitches. It is Gray’s fifth-straight quality start, and he’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight consecutive outings.
    His ERA since May 21 (five starts) is 1.83.
     

  • Wright earns All-American honors

    New Mexico redshirt freshman Alice Wright raced to All-American status in the women’s 10,000-meter run Thursday as the Lobo track and field team wrapped up the second day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
    A day after Logan Pflibsen was All-American in the pole vault, Wright finished eighth with a time of 33 minutes, 41.86 seconds in the 10,000 at Hayward Field to secure her first-ever All-American honor in track.
    She is just the fourth Lobo woman in program history to earn All-American honors in the 10,000.
    “Alice was the only freshman in the field and she ran a great race in a great field,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said.
    Wright, running in her first national championships outdoors, ran along with a relatively condensed lead pack for about the first 18 laps of the 25-lap race. As runners began to fall off the group, Wright remained in the lead pack of a dozen runners.
    The 2015 Mountain West champion in the event, Wright ran her last mile in 5:17 and made a furious charge over the bell lap to finish eighth out of the 24 athletes racing.
    “It was very warm during the 10K and to have the will to pass two women with 200 meters left to score and become All American shows her pride,” Franklin said.

  • Pflibsen vaults to All-American...

    New Mexico senior Logan Pflibsen took All-American honors in the pole vault to headline the opening day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the Lobo track and field team.

    Pflibsen, competing in his final collegiate meet, tied for sixth to become just the third-ever UNM All-American in the pole vault.

    “An amazing progression for an amazing young person,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “Logan worked hard for years and years and to come to the NCAA Championships and earn All-American status is testament to his work ethic and determination.”

    The Streator, Ill., native maneuvered the first three bars flawlessly en route to clearing a personal-record of 17 feet, 8 inches.

    Overall, he finished tied with Tennessee’s Jake Blankenship for sixth place out of the 24 entrants, claiming the top-eight finish needed for All-American honors.
    Also from the opening day of the four-day meet in Eugene, Peter Callahan zoomed into the finals of the men’s 1,500-meter run.

    Callahan, out of Evanston, Ill., weathered a particularly slow first heat in the semifinals of the 1,500 and finished fourth in the heat with a time of 3 minutes, 46.19 seconds.

  • Charity golf tournament Saturday

    Community members and golf fans are invited to put a team of four together and register now to participate in the sixth annual Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic.
    The tournament will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament is a scholarship fundraiser for The Family YMCA.
    The Griggs Memorial is a scramble and will have a shotgun start. It also includes games of chance throughout the course.
    The cost per player is $85.
    A team requires four players, so individuals are asked to get three friends to commit and register together as soon as possible. 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.
     

  • Rojas has top prediction in Pace...

    Aurea Rojas was the best predictor in this week’s Pace Race, which was held on the Burnt Mesa Trail in Bandelier National Monument. Rojas finished just 2 seconds off her predicted time.
    Some of the other top predictors were Zach Medin, who had a 9-second differential, Mary Snow, who was 12 seconds off, and Heidi Bjorklund, who finished with a 22-second difference.
    Joshua Moulton was the top finisher in the one-mile distance, crossing the finish line in 9 minutes, 42 seconds. The fastest female was Nikol Strother. She finished in 13:19.
    On the two-mile course, Jesse Woodroffe had the best time (17:13) and Lucy Moulton was the top woman (19:29).
    Sanna Sevanto finished first in the three-mile race (23:12) while Mark Bjorklund was the best male with a time of 23:21.
    Next Tuesday’s race will take place in the Los Alamos Canyon below the Omega Bridge near the Los Alamos County Ice Rink on West Road. One and three mile paved courses will be available. They’ll start at 6 p.m.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Mang doesn’t get drafted

    Jared Mang, the two-time New Mexico Gatorade Player of the Year for baseball, wasn’t selected by a Major League Baseball team during this year’s draft, June 9-11.
    Mang signed a letter of intent to play college ball at the University of New Mexico after his junior season, but a lot of pro teams had still shown interest in Mang.
    After 40 rounds of selections, however, Mang’s name wasn’t called.
    Signing a letter of intent to play college ball often, but not always, lowers a high school players stock.
    In 2012, Albuquerque Academy’s Alex Bregman was considered one of the best pure high school hitters in the country. Bregman committed to play for Louisiana State University, though, and wasn’t picked until the 29th round by the Boston Red Sox.
    Bregman went to LSU and was the consensus national freshman of the year in 2013. This year Bregman became the highest player ever selected from the state of New Mexico. The Houston Astros picked Bregman with the second pick.
    Like Bregman, Mang will now have the opportunity to raise his stock playing college ball.

  • Isotopes win series

    Runs were at a premium Tuesday afternoon at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the Albuquerque Isotopes (26-34) shutout the Salt Lake Bees (26-33) 1-0 in the series finale of their four-game set.
    With the victory, the Isotopes took the series and have won five of their last seven games.
    The only run of Tuesday afternoon’s matinee came in the top half of the third.
    After a Brock Bond leadoff single, Tim Wheeler drew a one-out walk ahead of a Cristhian Adames single to load the bases. After a popup on the infield, Matt McBride legged out an infield single that allowed Bond to score.
    A strikeout would end the threat, but the one run proved to be enough.
    Jair Jurrjens, Boone Whiting, LaTroy Hawkins and Rex Brothers teamed up to shutout Salt Lake’s Bees.
    The 1-0 final was just the 10th nine-inning game in Smith’s Ballpark history with one combined run.
    The Bees are now 7-3 all-time in those games with Albuquerque winning the last two, including one May 22, 2014.
    It was the first Isotopes shutout since June 21, 2014 at Iowa.
    After an off day on Wednesday, the Isotopes continue the road trip with a four-game set against the Tacoma Rainiers beginning Thursday.

  • Senior golfers swing away at...

    The Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association hosted a pair of tournaments at the beginning of June.
    On June 2, the association’s tournament was held at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.
    In the second flight, Los Alamos’ Rich Wight shot a 67 net score to finish second in the net division.
    In the fifth flight, Jack Guntler shot a 91 gross score to take second.
    The next day, the association hosted a tournament at the Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course.
    John Stam led Los Alamos’ contingent, and pretty much everybody else, too. Stam finished second in the championship flight with a gross score of 78.
    In the first flight, Phil Gursky took second with a 69 net score.
    In the third flight, Fred Thomas won the net division with a 64 and Spike Jones was right behind him with a 67.
    Thomas also had a great drive on the 16th hole and landed closest to the pin.