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  • Davie opens camp of third season...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The evolution of the Bob Davie era of the University of New Mexico Lobo football team raises the curtain of scrutiny Thursday afternoon on season three, and Davie expects a season of “many twists and turns.”
    There is still some rebuilding going on and this is still a baby-faced football team with only 15 seniors on the roster. But there also is Lobo talent and Lobo numbers that have Davie with guarded but real optimism.
    “There is one more year of transition in building that foundation in the roster,” said Davie, whose Lobos open practice Thursday. “But we have some legitimate guys in this program. We have some talent. I’m excited about where we are. There are a lot more positives than negatives. We have done a lot. We are in a position for the first time to gain some traction and gain some momentum in this program that will continue to multiply over the years.”
    The Lobos feel they are bigger, faster and stronger going into 2014. But there is still a gap that UNM needs to shorten and ultimately proof of that shows up on the scoreboard.
    A huge key for that scoreboard is seeing smaller numbers on the opponents’ side.

  • Football preseason starts Monday

    It’s just about that time.
    Los Alamos High School’s fall sports programs are ramping up for the start of the 2014 season. Los Alamos, and the rest of the prep programs in the state, will officially begin football workouts Monday.
    Team workouts for football start one week earlier than other fall sports in the state. Official workouts for all other fall high school sports, as well as middle school football, get going Aug. 11.
    In order to participate, athletes must have physical examinations completed — those must be done after April 1 — and must fill out the online forms at Los Alamos’ Family ID website. Those must be done before any athlete is allowed to participate in any way.
    For the Hilltopper football team, it will start workouts at 8 a.m. Monday at its practice field adjacent to Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos will host a preseason scrimmage against a very good program in Valencia Aug. 22, then open its season in earnest at home against Pojoaque Valley Aug. 29.
    In 2013, Los Alamos finished 4-6 overall and 3-1 in District 2-4A, losing the district championship in a tiebreaker to Santa Fe.

  • Isotopes split series against...

    The vast majority of the excitement in Monday night’s ballgame in Reno occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning.
    The Reno Aces got six of their 10 total hits in that inning, including three doubles, as they topped the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-0.
    With its win, Reno (58-52) forced a split of its four-game series with Albuquerque (52-58), which had won 10 of its previous 13 contests. Albuquerque won the first and third games of the series and was looking for its third straight series win since the All-Star break — the Isotopes also won a short series over Las Vegas, the team it trails in the division standings, just prior to the break.
    Isotopes starting pitcher Barry Enright (0-1) was chased in that fifth inning after giving up nine hits and the six runs, all of them earned. Enright, who has appeared in 31 Major League games during his career, had just joined the Isotopes earlier Monday to fill the spot of Roger Bernadina, who was placed on the disabled list.
    His counterpart, Charles Brewer, had an excellent outing for the Aces. Brewer went eight innings and allowed just three hits.
    Albuquerque is trying to work itself back into contention in the PCL’s Pacific Southern division but trails Las Vegas by 9-1/2 games.

  • Sports Briefs 07-29-14

    Kirk to sign autographs Saturday

    Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos and University of New Mexico star, will host an autograph session at Chili Works Saturday.
    The autograph session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Those interested in getting an autograph are encouraged to bring their own items to sign.
    The session will go until noon at Chili Works.

    Football practice starts Monday

    Fall 2014 Los Alamos High School football practice officially begins Monday.
    Practice will start at 8 a.m. Monday at the field adjacent to Griffith Gymnasium.
    Practice is open to any students entering grades 9-12.
    Those interested in participating in the 2014 football season must have their physical examinations and necessary paperwork completed before they will be allowed to practice.
    Information on what is needed from players prior to the start of the season can find it at topperfootball.com or on the LAHS athletic website, laschools.net.

    LAYSL rec registration is open

  • Foursome shoots a 52 at BBBS...

    The foursome of Ian Maes, Mike Maes, KayLinda Crawford and Chris Ortega were the big winners at Saturday’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Drive for Matches Tournament.
    The tournament, a fundraiser for BBBS of Northern New Mexico, was a best ball scramble format. In all, 97 golfers participated in the third annual event.
    Maes/Maes/Crawford/Ortega shot a combined 20-under par 52, the top gross score of the day. That group edged out two other teams. John Stam, Pearl Cha, Gary Rich and Bethany Rich were two shots behind, as was the team of Art Brown, Myron Koop, Jeff Brown and Larry Goen.
    Stam/Cha/Rich/Rich won a tiebreaking chip-off for second place.
    Other top-finishing teams included Randy Vaughn/Tanner Vaughn/Don Branch/James Merhege, which finished with the low net score of 53, as well as the team of Steve Sanderson/Brianna Sanderson/Eddie Sanchez/Barbara Schmitt, which had a combined net score of 54.

  • Prime, Ballard earn LA's...

    Tony Ballard and Warapha Prime topped the singles charts at last weekend’s Los Alamos Tennis Club’s championship tournament.
    The two-day tournament attracted about 30 players, mostly from Los Alamos County. The tournament was played at Urban Park.
    Ballard earned the LATC men’s championship with a straight-set victory in the finals over Bill Robertson. The two men slugged it out through a tight first set, but Ballard prevailed 7-6.
    In the second set, Ballard earned a 6-3 decision to take the title.
    In the women’s championship, Prime, who won the tournament in 2012, topped Lauren Fugate in Sunday’s final, also in straight sets. Prime earned a 6-2, 6-2 win.
    There were seven different draws this weekend.
    Prime won a second title along with doubles partner Joel Williams. Prime/Williams tripped up Tom Kelley/Marlene Kelley in the mixed B doubles final, 6-4, 6-2.
    Kelley/Kelley won the draw in 2013.
    Also earning a top finish in the men’s over 50 bracket was Jeff Whicker. Whicker came back from a set down against Sergey Kurennoy, with Kurennoy taking the first set 6-2, but Whicker rebounding to win the second set 6-2.
    In the tiebreaker, Whicker held off his opponent, 10-6.

  • Sports Briefs 07-27-14

    Kirk to sign autographs Saturday

    Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos and University of New Mexico star, will host an autograph session at Chili Works Saturday.
    The autograph session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Those interested in getting an autograph are encouraged to bring their own items to sign.
    The session will go until noon at Chili Works.

    Wrestling clinic starts Monday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is offering a wrestling skills clinic starting Monday.
    The purpose of the course is to help youth participants develop wrestling fundamentals.
    The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5-12. Wrestlers will be matched with other wrestlers who have similar abilities.
    Price for participation is $40. The clinic continues through Friday.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Baseball tryouts set for Aug. 9-10

    The Albuquerque Baseball Academy will hold fall tryouts Aug. 9-10. The tryouts will be at Lobo Field on the University of New Mexico campus
    The Aug. 9 tryout will be for high school freshmen and sophomores, while the Aug. 10 tryout will be for juniors and seniors.
    Players selected for the team will compete in several tournaments around the Southwest region.
    For more information, email Ryan Brewer at abafallinfo@gmail.com.

  • LA softball heads to regional

    The Los Alamos junior softball All-Star team will advance to the southwestern regional playoffs this coming weekend.
    Los Alamos’ juniors — comprised of 13-14 year olds — will take on a team from Colorado in the opening round of the tournament Saturday.
    The tournament will be played at Alto Park in Santa Fe.
    For the regionals, the host district’s champion gets an automatic bid into the tournament. Los Alamos plays in District 1 along with Little Leagues representing Santa Fe, Española and Pojoaque. Los Alamos advanced after Española couldn’t field a team to play for the District 1 title.
    Along with Los Alamos’ All-Stars, two teams from Texas and a team from Louisiana will also be vying for the regional title. Also taking part is Las Vegas, which won the New Mexico state title this year.
    The winner of the southwestern regional playoff will advance to the Little League World Series.
    If Los Alamos wins its opener, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., it will play again at 1:30 p.m. If not, Los Alamos will play an elimination game at 10 a.m. Sunday.
    The tournament is double-elimination format and continues through Wednesday in Santa Fe.

    Here is the roster for the Los Alamos junior softball All-Stars:

  • LATC hosting championships at...

    Gilbert Ratliff was on the winning side of two doubles contests Saturday.
    Ratliff, who with one of his doubles partners, John Charles, advanced to the final round of the men’s A draw, and with his other partner, his daughter, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, advanced to the final of the A mixed doubles. Both of those contests are set for Sunday at Urban Park.
    The LATC started its two-day tournament Saturday morning. In this year’s tournament are seven different age and gender draws.
    Heading into Saturday afternoon’s play, Geoff Mills and Justin Chang had advanced to the semifinals of the men’s A singles draw, with both of them winning in straight sets.
    Mills topped Cihan Akcay 6-2, 6-1 in his first round contest, while Chang, a hard-swinging, hard-serving newcomer to the tournament, swept Alex Tarra 6-0, 6-1.
    More than 30 participants are taking part in this year’s tournament.
    In the top men’s doubles flight, Ratliff/Charles is seeking its second straight LATC championship. Ratliff/Charles defeated Forrest White/George Margevicius in the finals of last year’s tournament.
    In mixed doubles, Ratliff/Hsieh-Ratliff knocked off Mike Fugate/Lauren Fugate 6-0, 6-2 to advance to that draw’s championship round.

  • Outdoor Expo returns Aug. 16-17

    The New Mexico Outdoor Expo is scheduled for Aug. 16-17.
    The expo, which features several outdoor activity stations for the whole family, will start at 9 a.m. on day one and 10 a.m. on the second day. It will be held at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park, which is located on Atrisco Vista Road, which is off I-40 at the top of Nine Mile Hill.
    Children and adults can learn about firearm and archery target shooting, as well as casting, fly tying and fishing for catfish.
    Scheduled for the event are several free exhibits, kayak instructions, a climbing wall and more.
    Firearms experts will be on-hand to teach expo-goers how to safely fire a muzzleloader, shotgun, rifle or pistol. All shooting ranges will be overseen by certified hunter education instructors using New Mexico Department of Game and Fish firearms and bows.
    Safety measures will be in place at the expo for anyone attempting shooting activities.
     There will also be a large aquarium loaded with fish for novice anglers to practice their skills.
    The expo is free to the public.
    For more information, please call the Department of Game and Fish at 888-248-6866.