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Today's Sports

  • Kirk playing for $1 million

    After playing for the New York Knicks and the Memphis Grizzlies in two NBA summer leagues, Alex Kirk found a new team to play a few games with.
    Kirk, and his new team, the Armored Athlete, has been competing in The Basketball Tournament — a winner-take-all, single elimination, $1-million tournament.
    The tournament began with 96 teams.
    The Armored Athlete was one of four teams to advance out of Chicago’s Midwest regional to the Super-17.
    As of Saturday, the Armored Athlete was among the final eight teams in the running for the million-dollar payday.
    The Armored Athlete beat the Illinois Hoopville Warriors, 96-91, to reach the final eight. Kirk had eight rebounds and seven points in that game.
    Kirk’s teammates include James Thomas, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Mark Lyons, David Dudzinski, Lloyd Johnson, Malcolm Miller, AJ Majar, Jared Callanan and Will Sheehey.
    After a first-round bye, the Armored Athlete beat the Chicago Elite, 98-86.
    The Armored Athlete then took down Reach 1 Teach 1, 91-73.
    Armored Athlete was scheduled to play the Ants Alumni Saturday night.
    The Ants beat the tournament’s inaugural champion, Notre Dame’s Fighting Alumni, 89-84, in the round of eight.

  • Los Alamos beats Colorado at...

    Los Alamos County’s junior All-Star softball team took down the Colorado state champs, 19-7, in the opening round of the Southwest Regional championships Saturday in Santa Fe.
    “Everyone was playing solid,” Los Alamos manager Robbie Harris said. “We had really good defense and excellent bats.”
    With a 17-9 lead in the fifth inning, Los Alamos’ Lauren Harris smashed a two-run home run to end the contest with the 10-run mercy rule.
    Harris also hit a home run in the second inning and finished the game with six RBI.
    Los Alamos started strong and scored 16 runs in the first three innings to pull away.
    Jayde Tucker gave Los Alamos the early momentum. In the bottom of the first, Tucker hit a single, stole third base and then stole home to put Los Alamos up 1-0.
    In the second inning, Los Alamos extended its lead to 10-1. Tucker hit a two-RBI single, Harris hit a three-run homer and Reyna Lucero smacked a two-RBI double.
    Colorado then had a big inning, but Los Alamos matched Colorado’s big inning with a six-run third, scoring on walks by Jordan Jaramillo and Lucero.
    Lucero also started the game on the mound for Los Alamos and pitched the first couple of innings.

  • Isotopes score come-from-behind...

    Young prospects Tom Murphy and Trevor Story led the Albuquerque Isotopes (45-54) to a 7-4 come-from-behind win against the Reno Aces (46-53) Thursday night at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada. Murphy’s eighth-inning RBI single gave the Isotopes a 5-4 lead, and Story’s two-run home run in the ninth was the icing on top.

    Reno jumped on the board first with a run in the second, but Albuquerque responded with a pair of runs in the third courtesy of a two-RBI triple from Rafael Ynoa.

    The Aces quickly regained the lead with a three-spot in the fourth to take a 4-2 advantage.

    The Isotopes didn’t start their rally until the eighth inning when Ynoa drew a leadoff walk. After a Story single, Cristhian Adames and Kyle Parker notched back-to-back RBI base knocks to tie the game. Murphy then delivered the go-ahead RBI single to drive in Adames. After another leadoff walk in the ninth, Story blasted a two-run homer over the left-center field wall.

    Colorado Rockies top catching prospect, Murphy, joined the Isotopes ahead of Thursday night’s game and earned his first start. He notched his first Triple-A hit with two-out double in the fourth inning, but his big knock came in the eighth.

  • Athletes train in Splash n Dash

    The third Splash n Dash of the summer took place Wednesday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The fourth and final Splash n Dash will take place 10 days before the Los Alamos Triathlon on Aug. 5. Registration will begin at 6:20 p.m. and the first swimmer will push off at 7 p.m. People who particpated in three more events will receive swag.
    There will be a long course (400-meter swim and 5K run), a short course (200-meter swim and 3K run) and youth course (swim and run) available.
    The bricks allow athletes to test themselves with a timed swim followed by a timed run. Even though times are kept, the Splash n Dashes are designed to be training exercises and not necessarily races in themselves.
    Swimming and running with other people, however, usually makes people push themselves harder.
    The events, sponsored by the Triatomics and the county, are free, but limited to 70 people.

    July 22 Splash n Dash

    Long-course results

    Swim Run Final Time

  • Mang named All-American

    Earlier this month, Jared Mang was named to MaxPreps’ 2015 medium-schools All-American baseball team.
    Mang earned second-team All-American honors as an infielder.
    The accolade was the lastest for Mang. He was also named New Mexico’s Gatorade Player of the Year and class 5A’s Player of the Year for baseball.
    The medium-sized list includes schools that compete in divisions with generally between 1,000 and 2,000 students.
    Mang was the only player from New Mexico to earn the honor, which included 30 ball players on both the first team and second team.
    Los Alamos reached the state semifinals in the spring. Mang finished with a .559 batting average, 33 runs scored and five home runs. On the mound, he recorded a 7-1 record with a 0.80 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 52.1 innings pitched.
    Mang signed his letter of intent to play college ball for the University of New Mexico next year.
     

  • Romak leads Aces past 'Topes

    Former Isotope Jamie Romak paced the Reno Aces (46-52) to an 8-4 victory against the Albuquerque Isotopes (44-54) Wednesday night at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada.

    Romak signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks in November 2014. Since then, he has demolished the Isotopes, with whom he played the 2014 campaign. In 15 games this season with Reno, Romak is 18-for-55 with 14 runs scored, two doubles, a triple, five home runs, 17 RBI and 12 walks against Albuquerque. His fifth-inning three-run homer gave the Aces a 5-4 lead that they would not relinquish.

    Trevor Story continued his recent hot streak and is still an extra-base machine for the Isotopes. He finished Wednesday night’s game 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. The infielder now has eight hits in his last 17 at-bats with four runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and six RBI over four games. Since joining Albuquerque, 13 of Story’s 19 hits are for extra-bases.

    The Isotopes and Aces will play the finale of this four-game series Thursday night at 8:05 p.m. MT. Left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey (2-3, 4.61 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill for Albuquerque, while Reno will go with right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 3.35 ERA) on the mound.

  • Los Alamos to induct Hall of...

    During Homecoming weekend 2015, Los Alamos' athletic department will be inducting its second Hall of Fame class.

    The inductees for the Class of 2015 include Brian Corrie, Paul Maley, Steve Myers, Ric Rojas, Bob Scott and Tracy Shipman Henderson.

    Inductees are invited to join the school in the Homecoming parade on Friday, Sept. 11 and they will be introduced at the football game versus Moriarty later that night.

    A banquet will also be held in their honor at LAHS at noon on Sept. 12. This event will be open to the public. Tickets will be available at the LAHS Athletic office for $25.

     

  • Japan to start from scratch on...

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan scrapped the design of the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games because of soaring costs Friday and said it will reopen bidding for a new plan, in a stunning reversal that leaves the 2019 Rugby World Cup without a main venue.

    "We have decided to go back to the start on the Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics stadium plan, and start over from zero," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters after a meeting with Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. "The cost has ballooned just too much."

    The government has been under mounting criticism as the estimated cost of the new National Stadium rose to 252 billion yen ($2 billion), nearly twice as much as the initial estimate of 130 billion yen.

    Abe said he secured the consent of Mori, a former prime minister, and instructed the sports and Olympics ministers to immediately prepare a process to choose a new stadium plan.

    "I have been listening to the voices of the people and the athletes for about a month now, thinking about the possibility of a review," Abe said. "We will minimize the cost as much as we can and make one that is best and realistic."

  • Story homers twice in Isotopes...

    Trevor Story belted a pair of two-run home runs Tuesday night — into Wednesday morning — as the Albuquerque Isotopes (44-53) beat the Reno Aces (45-52) 9-4 at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada. First pitch was delayed two hours and 40 minutes by rain, and the game began at 10:45 p.m. Mountain Time.

    It took just seven pitches for the Isotopes to take a 2-0 lead — Story mashed a two-run homer in the top of the first.

    After Albuquerque added a run in the second, the Aces scored a pair of runs in both the second and third innings to take the lead, but that advantage wouldn’t last long. Story stepped back to the plate in the top of the fourth and belted a two-out, two-run homer to give the 'Topes the lead back. Albuquerque tacked on two more runs in the inning to take a 7-4 lead. Dustin Garneau and Roger Bernadina hit back-to-back solo homers in the top of ninth for good measure as the Isotopes secured their 9-4 win.

    The Isotopes and Aces will play game three of their four-game series later today at 8:05 p.m. MT. Right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens (2-3, 5.13 ERA) is scheduled to start Albuquerque, while Reno is slated to go with right-hander Caleb Clay (5-6, 5.08 ERA).

  • LATC to host tennis tournament

    The Los Alamos Tennis Club (LATC) is holding a tournament for singles, doubles and mixed doubles Aug. 1-2.
    The tournament is for A and B levels.
    Tennis players may sign up for one or two events.
    Entrants don’t have to be LATC members.
    Ten point tiebreakers will be used instead of a third set, except for in the finals.
    The deadline to register for the tournament is July 29.
    The price per person for event is $20. For students, the price is $15.
    For more information, contact Joel at latennis@swcp.com