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  • Kirk joining former Lobos in All...

    The University of New Mexico is welcoming back some of its best men’s basketball players to WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit, on Sunday.
    At 6 p.m., UNM will host its inaugural Lobo All-Star game. The festivities will also include a slam-dunk contest.
    The lineup for the game features over 20 former Lobos, including NBA players and other pros.
    The Chicago Bulls’ Cameron Bairstow and Tony Snell are scheduled to play, as well as the Phoenix Suns’ Danny Granger.
    Other pros that have committed to the game include the 23-year-old big man from Los Alamos, Alex Kirk, plus Kendall Williams, Daniel Faris and Drew Gordon.
    J.R. Giddens, Jamal Smith, DeShawn Delaney, AJ Hardeman, Chris Perez, Kenny Thomas, Emanuel Negudu, Dairese Gary, Tony Danridge, Daren Prentice, Eric Chatfield, Phil McDonald, Ruben Douglas and Chad Adams will also play in the game.
    Tickets start at $8 and are available at the game or unmtickets.com.
    For more information, call 414-6297.
    Directly after the game, there will be an All-Star after party at Triple Sevens in Isleta Resort and Casino. The party is open to the public.
    Kirk is one of many of the former Lobos still playing basketball. After the All-Star festivities, he will play in the NBA’s Orlando summer league for the Memphis Grizzlies, July 4-10.

  • Okafor, others to get their...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jahlil Okafor’s wait is almost over.
    The NBA draft is Thursday night, and the Duke big man will be one of the top picks. He said Wednesday he wished he already knew his destination.
    “I’d be able to sleep better at night if I did. I have no idea,” he said. “It’s been a long process, a lot of fun, but I’m ready for it to be over with so I’ll know where I’m going to be playing.”
    He’s had it much easier than many fellow draft candidates. He worked out for just Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers, who own the top two selections.
    But Okafor and fellow center Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky were on TV so much that there wasn’t much left for them to show teams, anyway. Even while finishing up his pro season in Spain, Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis was able to evaluate them.
    “They are good players,” he said, “very athletic, very big, so they’re very talented.”
    Philadelphia picks third for the second straight year, followed by New York and Orlando. Sacramento, Denver, Detroit, Charlotte and Miami round out the top 10.
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  • Splash n Dashes offer training,...

    Nobody was overheating at the first Splash n Dash of the summer Wednesday evening.
    After the participants finished swimming in the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, a nice cool rain started falling as they were running.
    “This is the first one I remember getting rained on,” Bill Dunn of the Los Alamos Triatomics said.
    The rain didn’t stop the event, even though a few people were nice and wet when they finished the swim and the run.
    Times are kept at the Splash n Dashes, but no winners are announced. The events aren’t competitions in themselves, they’re preparation for upcoming competitions.
    “We call it a training a exercise,” Dunn said. “The thinking is a lot of people will do the LA Triathlon. This is a way to track your progress.”
    The Splash n Dashes are a “brick,” which means the athletes do two sports back-to-back. Participants can choose to do a 200-meter swim and then a 3K run, or a 400-meter swim and then a 5K run.
    “What’s cool is you always push yourself harder when you’re enemy is in front of you,” Dunn said. “Once you pass them they’re your friend again, but they’re your enemy when they’re in front of you. That’s the big benefit of group things; you push yourself harder.”

  • Youth elk hunting licenses to go...

    More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the Department of Game and Fish Online License System at 10 a.m. July 8.
    The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon, and 450 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow.
    Licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and hunters must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible.
    To purchase a license, customers must to log in to their Online License System account at wildlife.state.nm.us.
    For the first 14 days of the sale, licenses will be available only to eligible New Mexico youth who successfully applied for deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx, or bighorn sheep and did not receive a license for any of those species or obtain a leftover license.
    Beginning at 10 a.m. July 22, remaining licenses will be available to resident and nonresident youth hunters who are eligible to purchase an elk license.
    Youth hunters who hold any current elk license, either draw or private-land, are ineligible to purchase a Youth Encouragement Elk License. Youth hunters must have a valid Hunter Education number associated with their account.

  • Parra-Vasquez has best prediction

    Nicholas Parra-Vasquez and Ted Romero were the best predictors in Tuesday’s Pace Race. On the three-mile course, Parra-Vasquez was 9 seconds off his prediction while Romero was 16 seconds off his prediction.
    Katie Gattiker was 61 seconds off her prediction.
    In the one-mile race, Martin Pieck was 27 seconds off and Bob Weeks was 29 seconds off his prediction.
    Tuesday’s Pace Race was held on trails to the Estante Overlook and in Potrillo Canyon.
    The fastest runners on the one-mile course were Jason Pieck (8 minutes, 34 seconds) and Sophia Pieck (9:01).
    The fastest runners at the three-mile distance were Romero (21:46) and Laura Woodroffe (27:37).
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start off North Mesa Road, about 100 yards east of the roundabout on the road to the Posse Shack.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

  • Norman wins championship flight

    Los Alamos’ Bruce Norman had the best round of anybody June 17 at the Black Mesa Golf Club in a Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament.
    Norman shot a 74-gross score to win the event’s championship flight, beating Santa Fe’s Rob Schneider by a single stroke. They were the only two golfers to shoot in the 70’s on the course.
    His 74 strokes are the best score anyone from Los Alamos has shot this year on the NNMSMGA tour.
    Norman also landed closest to the pin on the 15th hole.
    Locals also did well at Buffalo Thunder’s Towa Golf Club June 16 in another NNMSMGA tournament.
    Phil Gursky shot an 85-gross score to finish second in the first flight.
    Fred Thomas won the second flight with a 91-gross score.
    Los Alamos residents also landed closest to the pin on three of the four holes contested.
    Kerry Coffelt landed closest on Valley-nine’s second hole, Jim Steedle landed closest on the Valley’s seventh hole while Quinn Cremer had the best drive on the Boulder’s ninth hole.
     

  • Isotopes fall behind early in...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (31-41) surrendered seven runs in the first two innings and couldn’t climb out the whole Tuesday night at Southwest University Park as the El Paso Chihuahuas (36-35) took an 8-5 victory in the opening game of a three-game series.

    It took the Chihuahuas just two batters to score their first run of the game and only eight batters to score their first four runs in the opening frame. Abraham Almonte scored on a sacrifice fly after a leadoff triple, and Cody Decker added a two-RBI double. El Paso’s fourth run of the first inning came off a Rocky Gale RBI single.

    After the Isotopes scored a pair of runs in the second, the Chihuahuas expanded their lead back to 7-2 in the home half of the inning. Albuquerque managed to chip away with a single run in the third and two more in the sixth but could never erase the early deficit.

  • A few spots left in Bairstow camp

    The Cameron Bairstow basketball camp is filling up fast, but some openings are available. As of Tuesday morning, there were 49 spots left.
    This camp is for both girls and boys in first through 12th grade.
    Each camper will get to be around some NBA players during the three-day camp.
    Bairstow said he expects all of the former Lobo greats who will be playing in the Lobo All-Star game to stop by the camp, like the Chicago Bull’s Tony Snell and Phoenix Suns’ Danny Granger, plus professional players like, Kendall Williams, Alex Kirk, Daniel Faris, Drew Gordon and many others.
    Each camper will get a Nike camp T-shirt and a ticket to the all-star game, which will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday at WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit.
    Campers will also get an autographed photo of themself with Bairstow.
    The camp will take place June 26-28 at The Pit and the Rudy Davalos Center.
    The price is $150 per camper.
    For more information, email cbairstowcamps@gmail.com or call 505-414-6279.
     

  • Isotopes lose series against...

    The Tacoma Rainiers (35-36) scored a combined four runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to beat the Albuquerque Isotopes (31-40) 6-5 in come-from-behind fashion Sunday night at Isotopes Park.
    Albuquerque starter Jon Gray was solid in his six innings of work, recording his seventh-straight quality start. He tossed six innings of seven-hit, three-run ball. Only two of his runs were earned.
    Gray also struck out a season-high nine batters against only two walks.
    Albuquerque’s offense, meanwhile, scored in each of the first three innings on Sunday to jump out to a 5-2 lead.
    A Kyle Parker sacrifice fly led to a run in the first, while Dustin Garneau blasted a solo shot to lead off the second. Garneau again stepped to the plate in the third with two runners own and ripped a double into the right center field gap. He would later score on Angelys Nina’s single.
    Tacoma then settled in to keep Albuquerque at bay the rest of the game.
    After a Rainiers solo homer in the sixth, left fielder Franklin Gutierrez blasted a game-tying, two-run home run over the left field wall.
    Another Rainiers solo home run in the eighth would give Tacoma the 6-5 lead and eventual win.

  • Archers get animals in their...

    An archer lifts his binoculars to his eyes and stares down a deer standing in the forest. After a few seconds he lowers the glasses and pulls an arrow out of his quiver, threads it on his bow string, pulls the string back and takes aim.
    He knows he’ll only get one shot at the animal, so he takes his time.
    The animal, a hard-foam 3-D rendering of a real deer, has a scoring ring in its vital area. A kill shot is worth the most points. A shot to the butt or leg isn’t worth anything.
    The archer releases his arrow, then pulls out his binoculars again to see how many points he scored.
    After every one in the group shoots, they walk up to the animal, pull their arrows and write everybody’s score down.
    Then they move on to the next of 25 animals and try for another kill shot through the thick forest.
    The 3-D target archery shoot drew over 137 archers — men and women, adults and kids — to Pajarito last weekend, Friday through Sunday.
    Archers came from all over New Mexico, Colorado and Texas for the first shoot at the mountain. About 30 locals also participated in the event while lots of other locals ran the event.