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Today's Sports

  • Fall sports teams get started...

    The 2014 fall sports season officially gets going this weekend at Los Alamos High School.
    Los Alamos fall sports teams started practicing earlier this month and three of the five programs will be in action by the end of next week.
    The Hilltopper girls soccer team, boys soccer team and football team will all get their season going by Aug. 29.
    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team isn’t waiting that long, however. The Hilltoppers will play the Farmington Scorpions Saturday at noon in the Four Corners area.
    The girls soccer program is one of two fall sports teams at the school with new coaches this year. Former All-American prep soccer player and former Los Alamos boys head soccer coach AJ Herrera officially starts his tenure Saturday.
    Also new this year is Sharleen Espinoza to the Hilltopper volleyball program. Espinoza is a former assistant under the two most recent head coaches of the Hilltoppers, Garry Maskaly and Robin Reynolds.
    Los Alamos’ football team, which began practice Aug. 4, will open at home Aug. 29 against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.

  • No U.S. Open for Nadal

    Reigning champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injury for the second time in three years Monday, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the men to beat at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.
    Nadal announced his withdrawal, blamed on a bad right wrist, one week before play begins at Flushing Meadows.
    “I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things,” a posting on Nadal’s Facebook page read. “Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back.”
    The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.
    The 14-time major champion was hurt July 29 while practicing on his home island of Mallorca ahead of the North American hard-court circuit. The next day, Nadal announced he needed to wear a cast on his wrist for two to three weeks and would be sitting out tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.
    The 28-year-old Spaniard also said at that time he expected to return for the U.S. Open.

  • YMCA youth soccer league taking...

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is accepting registrations for its Little Youth Soccer League.
    The league will run from Aug. 25-Oct. 3. Competition will be at fields in Los Alamos and White Rock.
    Little Youth Soccer is open to players ages 3-6.
    Price for participation is $40 for YMCA members, $60 for nonmembers. Registration closes Tuesday.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

  • Miller, Moseley are tops at...

    It hasn’t been because of a lack of competition, but it’s been very tough to catch up to Liz Miller at the Los Alamos Triathlon for several years now.
    Miller, one of Los Alamos’ top multi-sport athletes, held off another tough challenge from Santa Fe veteran athlete Mary Uhl to win her third consecutive women’s triathlon title Saturday.
    The triathlon celebrated its 40th running this year. It features a 20-kilometer bike leg — which goes down and back Pajarito Road on Los Alamos National Laboratory property — followed by a 400-meter swim in the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center pool followed by a 5-kilometer run.
    Miller was the first woman out on the course Saturday morning, which actually isn’t an enviable position because it’s tougher to judge by how much one is leading or trailing at any given point in the race.
    But Miller posted a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 27 seconds, which was close to a minute and 45 seconds better than Uhl, who went out second in the women’s race.
    There was less than 45 seconds separating the two following the bike portion and about 50 seconds between them following the swim before Miller put it away in the final leg.

  • Results from 2014 Los Alamos...

    Here are the results from the 2014 Los Alamos Triathlon. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.

    Elite men

    1. Clay Moseley, 1:03:35; 2. Robert Browning, Albuquerque, 1:06:11; 3. Orion Staples, 1:11:04.

    Elite women

    1. Liz Miller, 1:11:27; 2. Mary Uhl, Santa Fe, 1:13:16; 3. Kim Katko, 1:14:45; 4. Amy Lee, 1:18:54; 5. Kori Mannon, Elephant Butte, 1:19:18; 6. Lynn Bjorklund, 1:21:20.

    Men 15-19

    1. Joseph Harris, 1:32:49; 2. Quinn Abfalterer, 1:33:31.

    Men 20-24

    1. Clark Smith, Santa Fe, 1:17:25; 2. Jesse Martinez, Española, 1:33:44.

    Men 25-29

    1. Logan Ott, 1:12:46; 2. Ryan Smeltzer, 1:13:31; 3. Adam Martinez, Hernandez, 1:13:49; 4. Russell Bainbridge, 1:13:52; 5. Ben Eftink, 1:33:49.

    Men 30-34

    1. Josh Coleman, 1:06:15; 2. Daniel Seitz, 1:19:07; 3. Colby Blauwkamp, Albuquerque, 1:21:01; 4. Britton Lambson, 1:24:15; 5. Michael Cayton, Rio Rancho, 1:27:31; 6. John Chicoine, 1:35:16.

    Men 35-39

    1. Shane Treadway, Albuquerque, 1:06:39; 2. Scott Baily, 1:15:05; 3. Ryan Hess, Sandia Park, 1:29:02; 4. Joseph Palmer, 1:36:54.

    Men 40-44

  • Moseley, Miller win at LA...

    Local top athletes Clay Moseley and Liz Miller won Saturday morning’s Los Alamos Triathlon.
    The Los Alamos Triathlon had its 40th running Saturday. It features a 20K bike leg, a 400-meter swim and a 5K running leg.
    Miller, for her part, earned her third consecutive victory. She came in with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes, 27 seconds.
    Moseley, the 2013 runner-up at the triathlon, finished in 1:03:35.
    More information on the triathlon will be in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
     

  • LAHS sports passes are now...

    Los Alamos High School is selling sports passes for the 2014-15 school year.
    Sports passes are available in a variety of packages, including passes for adults, students, families and seniors.
    This year’s passes may be purchased at the Griffith Gymnasium and Sullivan Field box offices and they are good for all regular season athletic events hosted at each facility — however, passes will not be accepted for district and state tournament events being played at those facilities.
    All money raised from the pass purchase will go to support the Los Alamos Public Schools’ athletic programs.
    Among the year’s passes that are available are the following:

    • Family pass (2 adults, 2 students), $125
    • Adult pass, $75
    • Senior Citizen pass, $30 (or two for $50)
    • Student pass, $30
    • Middle school athlete pass, $15
    • Football season pass, $40
    • Boys and girls basketball season pass, $50
     

  • Multi-sport star Miller will...

    Liz Miller will be back looking for her third consecutive win at the Los Alamos Triathlon Saturday.
    Miller, who picked up solid victories in both 2012 and 2013, will try her luck again Saturday at the triathlon.
    She will likely head out with the first wave of competitors, which head onto the 20-kilometer bike course starting at 7 a.m. — wave assignments, which were supposed to be released either Thursday evening or this morning, had not been released as of 2 p.m.
    Triathlon registration closed at 5 p.m. Thursday.
    Among the elite women who competed in 2013, Miller and one of her main competitors, Mary Uhl of Santa Fe, were scheduled to take part.

    Miller finished last year's Los Alamos Triathlon in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 30 seconds.

  • Fishing Report 08-15-14

    Northeast

    Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, worms, Pistol Petes and spinners. We had no reports on perch.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 6.6cfs. Trout was fair to good using tricos, hoppers, stimulators, ants, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was slow to fair using hoppers, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs.

    Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait in the evening hours for trout. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was light. 

    Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair trolling crank baits for white bass and an occasional walleye. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using jerk baits, tubes and top water lures. We had no reports on other species.

    Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Eagle Rock Lake: Trout fishing was very good using worms, Power Bait and spinners.

    Eagle Nest Lake: Hot spot for perch: Fishing was excellent using worms from shore and from anchored boats for perch. Fishing was fair to good in the early morning hours using Platte River specials and Power Bait on light tackle for rainbow trout and an occasional kokanee. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, spoons and Rapalas for northern pike.


  • Manfred to take over for Selig

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Rob Manfred was elected baseball’s 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink.
    The 55-year-old Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball in roles with ever-increasing authority since 1998, will take over from the 80-year-old Selig on Jan. 25. It’s a generational change much like the NBA undertook when Adam Silver replaced David Stern as commissioner in February. And like Silver, Manfred was his boss’s pick.
    Manfred beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner in the first contested vote for a new commissioner in 46 years. The third candidate, MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan, withdrew just before the start of balloting.
    “I am tremendously honored by the confidence that the owners showed in me today,” Manfred said. “I have very big shoes to fill.”