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Today's Sports

  • Late run costs the Isotopes

    Jamie Romack hit a pair of home runs for the Albuquerque Isotopes Wednesday, but that wouldn’t be enough to propel them to a win.
    The Isotopes (56-69) dropped their second straight contest of their current home series and fifth of their last six as they fell to the Memphis Redbirds, 6-5.
    As they did on Tuesday, the Redbirds (67-58) scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning. Robert Carson (2-4) was tagged with the loss in relief.
    Along with Romack’s two homers, which give him 23 on the year, Joc Pederson hit a solo shot in the fifth. Pederson has gone yard 28 times this season.

  • Lobos reinstate players charged...

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two New Mexico football players won’t be prosecuted in an alleged sexual assault case, and they’re being reinstated to the team.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Athletic Director Paul Krebs confirmed Tuesday that running back Crusoe Gongbay from Rockville, Maryland, and cornerback SaQwan Edwards from Houston had been reinstated.
    The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office chose to drop the criminal case against the two players.
    The District Attorney’s Office had dismissed the charges in June, but at that time held open the possibility that they could be refiled.
    However, District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said Wednesday her office determined there was insufficient evidence to prove guilt.

  • Splash and Dash results

    Here are the results of the Aug. 6 Los Alamos Triatomics’ Splash and Dash event.

    Long course
    (swim time, run time, total time)

    1. Logan Ott, 9:37, 19:07, 28:44; 2. Heath McLaughlin, 5:16, 24:43, 29:59; 3. Mike Engelhardt, 7:24, 22:44, 30:08; 4. Ryan Smeltzer, 7:06, 23:10, 30:16; 5. Scott Bailey, 6:26, 24:41, 31:07; 6. Nate Phillips, 8:20, 22:59, 31:19; 7. Lynn Bjorklund, 6:50, 24:40, 31:30; 8. Ted Romero, 8:50, 22:43, 31:33; 9. Diane Starkenburg, 6:27, 25:30, 31:57; 10. Anna Wermer, 5:40, 26:52, 32:32;

    11. Lydia Wermer, 6:01, 26:51, 32:52; 12. Sanna Sevanto, 8:12, 25:01, 33:13; 13. Minh Nghyen/Roxana Candia, 9:00, 24:20, 33:20; 14. Nick Parra-Vasquez, 8:30, 25:07, 33:37; 15. Genjamin Davis, 7:07, 26:54, 34:23; 16. Kendra Van Buren, 7:59, 26:38, 34:37; 17. Mersku Alkio, 7:59, 26:38, 34:37; 18. Frank Cherne, 6:56, 27:56, 34:52; 19. Mark Bjorklund, 9:19, 26:32, 35:51; 20. Quinn Ablalterer, 9:02, 26:54, 35:56;

    21. Bill Wolfe, 7:51, 28:16, 36:07; 22. Rao Garminella, 10:58, 25:14, 36:12; 23. Jim Ahrens, 8:06, 28:44, 36:50; 24. Bill Dunn, 8:52, 28:41, 37:33; 25. Annie Smith, 7:23, 30:36, 37:59; 26. Dan Rushton, 8:34, 29:29, 38:03; 27. Bill Rice/Mariela Saenz, 7:50, 30:59, 38:49; 28. Walter Barkely, 8:47, 30:13, 39:00; 29. Tony Zukaitis, 9:18, 29:52, 39:10; 30. John Chicoine, 8:32, 30:58, 39:30;

  • LA Triathlon returns on Saturday

    Athletes are once again preparing for one of the major sporting events of the summer in Los Alamos County.
    The Los Alamos Triathlon returns for another year Saturday. Individuals and teams will try to conquer the 20 kilometer bike leg, the 400-yard swim and the 5 kilometer run.
    The bike leg heads down Pajarito Road, while the swimming and running legs take place at and around the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    In 2013, both the men’s and women’s champions were repeat winners. Chip Cooper held off a tough challenge from Clay Moseley to win his second straight men’s title, while Liz Miller topped elite-level athlete Mary Uhl to win her second straight women’s title.
    Miller, who suffered a slew of problems last year, including a malfunctioning gearshift on her bike and stomach cramps late in the running leg, still finished in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 30 second, which was 48 seconds ahead of Uhl and 2-1/2 minutes ahead of Tamsen Schurman in third place.
    Cooper, meanwhile, came in at 1:01:11, a minute and 21 seconds ahead of Moseley. Moseley, a former internationally-competitive biker, actually passed Cooper on the bike course despite Cooper starting 30 seconds ahead of him, but Cooper made up that time in the pool.

  • Arnold, Griffith among 1st Hall...

    A former National Football League player, several former coaches and the man whose name adorns the gymnasium at the Los Alamos High School campus are among the first inductees into the Los Alamos sports Hall of Fame.
    New LAHS athletic director Ann Stewart announced the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame Tuesday. In all, 13 nominees were selected for the honor.
    LAHS started soliciting for nominees earlier this year. The nomination period closed in June.
    The inductees include Walt Arnold, Lynn Bjorklund, Burt Buehrer, Carol Cady, Louie Cernicek, Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Turk Griffith, Bill Hudson, William D. McWilliams, Gene Mortensen, Morrie Pongratz and Anthony Sandoval.
    Those honorees are among the most celebrated former athletes, coaches and supporters of Hilltopper sports for the past 50-plus years.
    Pongratz, the longtime public address announcer, whose voice can be heard over the loudspeakers at many Hilltopper sporting contests annually, said he nominated a few of those who ended up making it into the first class of honorees, but didn’t think he would be among them.
    “I’m just a talker,” Pongratz said. “Most of these other guys are real athletes.”

  • Sports Briefs 08-13-14

    Triathlon registration is closing

    Registration for the 2014 Los Alamos Triathlon closes Thursday.
    The Los Alamos Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday. The triathlon consists of a 20 kilometer bike leg, a 400-meter swim and a 5 kilometer run.
    Registrations can be done on active.com through 5 p.m. There is no day-of registration for the triathlon.
    For more information, call the Los Alamos County Recreation department at 662-8173.

    Lobo women fall to Netherlands

    The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team suffered its first loss on its tour of Italy Tuesday.
    The Lobos lost to the Netherlands national team 53-44 in Rome, Italy. The Lobos have been on tour in the country since last week.
    Today, UNM will play its second game against the Netherlands to conclude the tour. UNM defeated Vicenza, Italy and the Adriatic Sea Sirens of Pesaro, Italy, in its other two tour games.
    Against the Netherlands, UNM fell behind 21-8 early in the contest but battled back to take the lead in the third quarter.
    The Netherlands, however, went on an extended 14-0 run, one which lasted eight minutes of the fourth quarter, to put the game away. Games on the tour consist of four 10-minute periods.
    UNM’s Khadijah Shumpert paced her team with 13 points.

  • Shook is top predictor this week

    Steve Shook was the big winner at the Pace Race Tuesday night.
    Shook finished the Pace Race with a prediction error of just one second to win the weekly competition easily.
    There were 40 runners and walkers taking part in the race, which started at San Ildefonso Road on Barranca Mesa. The winner of the weekly race is determined by who can mostly closely call their actual finish time.
    Shook, who ran on the 3-mile course, won by 13 seconds over the next-best predictor, Mark Bjorklund. Jackie Peckham was third, finishing 21 seconds off.
    The fastest finisher on the 3-mile course this week was Ted Romero, who finished in 21 minutes, 17 seconds. Nikol Strother finished in 21:28.
    On the 1-mile course, Patricia Burnside (8:05) and Diego Leonard (11:27) were the top finishers.
    The next Pace Race will take pace at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
    The race starts about 3 miles west of the junction of N.M. 4 and Pajarito Road in White Rock.
    For more information about that race or about the Atomic City Roadrunners, the club that hosts the Pace Race, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com. 

  • LAHS sports Hall of Fame Class...

     Los Alamos High School announced its first Hall of Fame class, which will be honored at Homecoming in September.

    Inductees in the first class include Walt Arnold, Lynn Bjorkland, Burt Buehrer, Carol Cady, Louie Cernicek, Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Turk Griffith, Bill Hudson, William Daniel McWilliams, Gene Mortensen, Morrie Pongratz, Anthony Sandoval.

    LAHS took nominations for the first Hall of Fame class starting in January. The nomination period closed in June.

  • Lobo defense tops Lobo offense...

    There were explosions on both sides of the football Sunday afternoon in New Mexico’s full-contact — minus quarterbacks — scrimmage held at Ruidoso Middle School.There also was a well-deserved eruption from the Lobos’ silver jerseys (defense) at the end of the scrimmage thanks to a scoreboard that read 54-44 in the defense’s favor.
    A couple of Lobo defenders raced over and threw their arms around Kevin Cosgrove, UNM’s defensive coordinator, prior to the defense and the offense gathering for some final words from head coach Bob Davie.
    “It (the win) feels pretty good especially coming off last year,” said sophomore linebacker Donnie White, who helped put points on the defensive side of the scoreboard with a fumble recovery. “We were just trying to make a statement. I think I’m 100 times better (this season), just knowing the defense.  This year I can just hit it running. I’m more comfortable now.”
    The Lobo defense definitely did a good job knocking the football to the ground and also added points to the scoreboard with some big stops.
    But the Lobo offense had some big moments, too.
    David Anaya, a 5-foot-9 running back out of Roswell Goddard, got open deep to put some points on the board for the offense.

  • Pacers think George will make...

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Pacers expect Paul George to make a full recovery from the compound fracture in his right leg. They’re just not expecting that to happen this season.
    On Tuesday, 11 days after George’s gruesome injury in a U.S. national team scrimmage, Larry Bird and Frank Vogel said doctors believe the two-time All-Star can be his old self after a long recovery.
    What the Pacers don’t know yet is precisely how long that will be. George underwent surgery Aug. 2 and returned to Indianapolis on Aug. 5. He is now recovering at his home.
    Vogel said doctors told the team the injury did not involve ligaments, tendons, joints or nerves, some rare good news in what has become a stressful offseason for the Pacers.
    “It’s bad enough for the franchise, but I feel so bad for Paul because I know how hard he works, how much it meant to him to play for his country,” said Bird, the Pacers’ president of basketball operations. “All he cared about was trying to get better.”