Today's Sports

  • Whicker helps North win

    Laura Whicker won all three of her tennis matches to help the North All-Stars blow out the South’s, 18-3, over the weekend.
    “It was a good end to her career,” Los Alamos and the North’s coach Bruce Cottrell said.
    Whicker won her singles match in straight sets.
    In doubles, she teamed up with Bosque’s Caroline Donahue and the duo pulled out a victory.
    Whicker also won at mixed doubles, something the athletes don’t play during the high school season.
    “I think the kids had a lot of fun with it,” Cottrell said. “Those girls were able to hang in there with those boys.”
    The team score included both the boys and girls results, which included 12 singles matches, six doubles matches and three mixed doubles matches.
    Neither the North’s boys nor girls had much trouble taking down the South.
    A few studs from the South, however, were also left off of the All-Star roster.
    “The balance of the rosters was a little lopsided for the North,” Cottrell said. “Some of the best players from the South didn’t get nominated and the North probably had everyone that we would have wanted.”

  • Isotopes split doubleheader with...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (25-34) hung on for an 8-7 victory against the Salt Lake Bees (26-32) in game two of Monday’s doubleheader at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah. The two teams split their twin bill after the Bees claimed game one 10-7.
    THE TURNING POINT, GAME ONE: Salt Lake put the first runs on the board with a pair in the second, but Albuquerque quickly responded with a four-spot in the third, highlighted by Tim Smalling’s two-RBI double. That lead wouldn’t last long though as the Bees put up five runs of their own in the home half of the third to steal the momentum. The Isotopes tried to climb back into the game, but three more Salt Lake runs in the fifth put the game out of reach.
    THE TURNING POINT, GAME TWO: With a 6-3 lead in the top of the seventh, the Isotopes tacked on two more runs when Angelys Nina tripled with one out, scoring Matt McBride and Drew Stubbs. Those two runs proved to be pivotal as the Bees scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut it to a one-run game. Salt Lake scored their four runs off six walks and no hits in the seventh before right-hander Justin Miller shut the door for his third save of year, preserving Albuquerque’s 8-7 victory.

  • U.S. wins World Cup opener

    For her second goal of the night against Australia, U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe channeled Lionel Messi.
    Rapinoe dribbled the ball before her long, low shot breezed past diving a Matildas goalkeeper.
    “I was doing my best Messi impression,” Rapinoe laughed, before adding: “A much slower version.”
    Rapinoe’s two goals gave the United States a 3-1 victory over Australia on Monday night in the Americans’ opener at the Women’s World Cup.
    Christen Press also scored for the second-ranked U.S., which is seeking its third World Cup title and first since 1999.
    The field has expanded from 16 teams to 24 this year, and the Americans’ next match in difficult Group D will be Friday against fifth-ranked Sweden and former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage.
    They finish group play on June 16 against Nigeria, which played to a physical 3-3 tie with Sweden Monday.
    Alex Morgan, sidelined by a bone bruise in her left knee, entered in the 79th minute in her first game action since April.

  • Rain doesn’t slow down racers at...

    Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the racers Saturday for the Pajarito Punishment, New Mexico’s state downhill championship this year.
    The rain didn’t keep many people away from Pajarito’s Summer Fest either, which featured a beer garden and live music to kick off the mountain’s summer activities.
    The Punishment was raced on the Fast and Loose and Muy Loco tracks, which are two of the steepest trails anywhere.
    One racer, Bert Boyce, said it was the steepest racecourse that he’d ever seen.
    Not many spectators hiked too far up the course because it kept getting steeper and steeper as it gained elevation.
    Near the bottom, however, there were three jumps that spectators lined up to watch. One jump shot riders out of the trees and into the home stretch where there were two tabletop jumps at the end.
    The first tabletop probably provided the most excitement.
    A lot of bikers took so much speed into the jump that they overshot the landing. Some landed flat but were able to hold on. Another biker got crooked in the air and landed on his front wheel, but made a great save to keep from wiping out.
    Not every racer, however, was able to stay on their bikes.
    One bounced off of his pedals and ended up sitting on his frame as he flew through the tape and off the trail.

  • Adames paces Isotopes to 10-2 win

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (23-33) scored a combined nine runs in their final three at-bats to beat the Iowa Cubs (28-27) 10-2 in the series finale at Isotopes Park Friday night. Infielder Cristhian Adames went 3-for-5 as the two teams split their four-game series.

    THE TURNING POINT: After trading runs in the first inning, the Isotopes and Cubs settled in for four consecutive scoreless frames before Albuquerque broke through with two runs in the sixth. After Iowa answered in the seventh, Adames ignited the 'Topes offense with a one-out RBI double in the home half of the seventh. The Isotopes would go on to send 10 guys to the plate and score five runs in the inning off four hits and three walks. After adding two more runs in the eighth, Albuquerque shut the door in the ninth for its 10-2 victory.

    GRAY THE GREAT: Right-handed pitcher Jon Gray turned in yet another strong outing on Friday night, tossing 6.2 innings and scattering just two runs amongst 10 hits. He also struck out three batters, while issuing just one intentional walk. His 104 pitches thrown were a season-high, while his 69 strikes matched a season-best. Gray owns a 1.37 ERA (four earned runs in 26.1 innings) over his last four outings. During that stretch, he’s walked just seven batters, struck out 13 and allowed only two home runs.

  • North All-Stars win

    Amber Logan and the North All-Stars were victorious on Friday night. North beat the South, 74-54, in the annual North-South All-Star girls basketball game.

  • Bikers from all over enjoy...

    Fist bumps and screams of joy were a common theme during the Pajarito Punishment practice round on Friday.
    The punishment course — Fast and Loose to Muy Loco — was in prime condition and downhill mountain bikers from all over were stoked to race the track.
    “It’s awesome; perfect,” said Telluride’s Brandon Watson. “That little bit of rain helped a lot.”
    Just because the competitors were having fun riding the course, however, doesn’t mean it wasn’t challenging enough to be worthy of New Mexico’s state championship track.
    “It’s a thrill and it’s scary all at the same time,” Telluride’s James Palmer said.
    “It’s honestly the steepest race course I’ve ever seen,” Albuquerque’s Burt Boyce said. “There aren’t too many crazy features. There are just a lot of huge rocks. And it’s so steep.”
    Where there were features, like ladder bridges ending with a drop, a lot of times there was an alternate route competitors could take. Riding around a feature to take an alternate route, however, was always slower than catching air. And in a downhill race, speed is the only thing that counts.

  • Iowa scores early and often...

    The Iowa Cubs (28-25) scored early and often as they beat the Albuquerque Isotopes (22-33) 8-2 Thursday night at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes will try to split the four-game series with a win in the series finale Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

    THE TURNING POINT: Iowa strung together three two-out hits in the first inning to plate a pair of runs, and the Cubs rolled from there. They added single runs in the second and third innings, followed by three combined runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 7-0 lead before Albuquerque could even get on the board.

    THE CULPRITBERSON: On a Major League rehab assignment from the Colorado Rockies, shortstop Charlie Culberson smashed a two-run home run off the videoboard to provide Albuquerque with its only runs of the night. In three games with the Isotopes, Culberson is now 3-for-13 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and an RBI.

    DOUBLE THE FUN: Entering Thursday’s game, the Isotopes had turned 19 double plays in their last seven games, nine of which were of the 6-4-3 variety. Albuquerque then turned two more on Thursday to expand their Pacific Coast League lead to 67 twin killings on the season.

  • Sports Briefs 6-5-15

    Football fundraiser
    The Los Alamos football team is having car wash Saturday to raise money for its upcoming season.
    In Los Alamos, the athletes will be washing cars at the Zia Credit Union from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    In White Rock, the football players will be washing cars at the Phillips 66 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    People can get their cars shiny and support the team for a cost/donation.

    Basketball camp
    There will be a Jr. ’Topper summer basketball camp next week, June 8-12, at Los Alamos High School.
    Mini ’Toppers, for kids in kindergarten through second grade, will play in the school’s auxiliary gym daily from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Mid ’Toppers, for kids in third through sixth grade, will meet in the Griffith Gymnasium from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    The cost to attend the camps is $75.
    Boys and girls may pre-register for the camp at the Jr. ’Topper webpage, latoppers.org.
    At-the-door registration will also be available at the camp.

  • Fish for free on Saturday

    Whether you feel like testing the waters for the first time or you are an old hand at fishing, Saturday is the perfect time to get out and make a cast or two at lakes and streams across New Mexico. All anglers, residents and nonresidents, may fish free on public waters statewide.
    On Saurday, no one needs a license or stamp, although bag limits and all other fishing rules apply.
    Fishing has been good on Abiquiu Lake lately using tubes, jerk baits and top water lures for smallmouth bass.
    Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, worms, tubes, bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs and spinner/night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair using Power Bait and spinners for rainbow trout. Night fishing was fair to good using liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish.
    On Cochiti Lake, fishing has been fair to good trolling and casting crank baits for white bass. A few smallmouth bass were caught by anglers using jigs, tubes and jerk baits.
    Trout fishing downstream from Taos on the Rio Grande has been fair using poundmeisters, wooly buggers and night crawlers.