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  • Geyer competes at nationals

    Los Alamos’ Brian Geyer went 2-2 at a national wrestling tournament last weekend.
    Geyer, a senior at Los Alamos High School, split two contests against some tough opponents at the tournament, held in Virginia Beach, Va.
    He pinned a top finisher in this year’s prep season from Utah, and also won a decisive 14-2 win over a runner-up from South Carolina in this year’s tournament.
    Virtually everyone competing at the national meet was there either by invitation or because they had place among the tops in their state championship tournaments this year.
    Geyer, of course, is the 2-time state champion from Los Alamos. He won at 170 pounds after the 2012-13 season, then won the 195-pound state title this season.
    This year’s tournament was the second he’s taken part in. Geyer went 3-2 at Virginia Beach last year.

  • Game Commission names finalists

    The New Mexico State Game Commission announced Thursday, after more than three hours of deliberation, a list of four finalists for the director position of the Department of Game and Fish. The finalists are:
    Edward “Ted” Koch, employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He holds a master’s degree in zoology and a bachelor’s degree in biology.
    Brian Wakeling, employed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He holds a master’s degree in environmental resources and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology.
    Alexandra J. Sandoval, employed by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management.
    Matthew Wunder, employed by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. He holds a Ph.D in natural resources and environment, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in wildlife biology.
     By the application deadline of March 24, the commission received 13 applications.
    The commission will conduct final interviews May 14 at the department’s Albuquerque office. The commission will name the department’s new director at the May 15 commission meeting. 

  • JV track results from Rio Rancho

    Here are the Los Alamos Hilltoppers boys junior varsity track and field results from March 28:

    100 meters
    Nick Dowdy, 11.57; Josh Barraza, 12.87; Jordan Bowman, 12.87; Ben Rowback, 13.30; Nick Criscuolo, 13.50.

    200 meters
    Nick Dowdy, 25.34; Nolan Fox, 25.90; Josh Barraza, 27.05; Jordan Bowman, 27.86; Brandon Turner, 29.27; Trevor Nickless, 30.90.

    400 meters
    Matt Ticknor, 58.09; Tyler Moore, 1:00.04.

    800 meters
    Evan Oro, 2:23.30; Kai Coblentz, 2:28.80; Theo Peterson, 2:37.40; Brandon Bao, 2:40.70; Greyson Venhaus, 2:40.90; Ryan Mielke, 2:43.10; Brandon Turner, 2:52.90.

     1600 meters
    Nate Phillips, 5:03.10; Kai Coblentz, 5:17.69; Theo Peterson, 5:36.90; Greyson Venhaus, 5:42.90.

    3200 meters
    Chris Buntain, 11:35.40; Jared Borrego, 11:39.40; Ryan Mielke, 11:42.00; Brandon Bao, 11:50.00.

    Javelin
    Quinton Jones, 114-3; Sincere Baha, 113-6; Nolan Fox, 87-8.

    Shot put
    Sam Harvey, 32-6; Stefan Brenner, 30-11; Tom Collins, 30-3.

    Discus
    Tom Collins, 88-0; Stefan Brenner, 65-7; Sam Harvey, 65-1.

    High jump
    Josh Barraza, 4-10.

    Long jump
    Nathaniel Ortega, 18-9 1/2; Quinton Jones, 14-9 1/2; Brad Johns, 12-7 1/2.

    Triple jump
    Sincheng Huang, 34-6.

  • Pace Race season opens at Canyon...

    The 41st Pace Race season officially took off Tuesday at Canyon Rim Trail.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners running club. The club holds races on Tuesdays during the Daylight Savings Time hours.
    In its first race of the season, participants had a chance to run a 1-mile course, a 1.5-mile course, a 2-mile course or a 3-mile course.
    Usually, 1- and 3-mile courses are set up.
    Winners of the weekly races aren’t necessarily those who finish first, but those who finish closest to their predicted finish time.
    In the first race, Cecilia Rivenburgh was the top predictor. Rivenburgh was just 6 seconds off her finish time, topping David Kratzer (22 seconds), Jackie Marr (33 seconds) and John Ullmann (43 seconds), among this week’s top predictors.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Lexi Tepley, who finished in 8:43. Paul Elkins finished the short course in a time of 13:41.
    Other top finishers included Linda Vance (13:44) on the 1.5-mile run, Elena Sandoval (16:48) and Reid Rivenburgh (19:42) at 2 miles, and Ted Romero (19:51) and Nikol Strother (20:15) at the 3-mile distance.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting near the junction of N.M. 502 and N.M. on the road going toward the county’s sewage treatment facility. Race time is 6 p.m.

  • LA hammers Academy Thursday, 9-1

    Needing a win to bounce back from a disappointing loss, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team picked it up Thursday.
    Los Alamos broke open a tight ballgame with three runs in the bottom of the fourth at home. Los Alamos led just 3-1 after 3-1/2 innings, but widened that to a 6-1 advantage and cruised the rest of the way against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
    The Hilltoppers pounded out 11 hits Thursday, six of them going for extra bases, as they won 9-1 at Overlook Park.
    A day earlier, Los Alamos opened its District 2-4A season. Kiana Zerr had one of the best pitching outings of her career, but it wasn’t good enough to pick up a win, as Bernalillo nipped Los Alamos 1-0.
    Against Academy, Jordan Hammock had another big day on the slab. Hammock retired the first 10 batters she faced and gave up just two hits in a complete game win.
    The win over Academy gives Los Alamos a leg up over a Class 4A team that might be on the bubble come time to pick at-large teams for the playoffs next month.
    Hammock struck out four hitters in the first two innings while her offense found its groove against Charger starting pitcher Katie Moore. The only run she allowed, which came in the fourth, was unearned.

  • LA nipped by Bernalillo in...

    The undisputed premier player in District 2-4A is Demi Madalena.
    But for most of Wednesday’s game, Kiana Zerr was her equal.
    It was an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel in Overlook Park in the district softball opener for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Bernalillo Spartans.
    Madalena, the fireball-throwing right-hander for the Spartans, mowed through the Hilltopper lineup for seven innings. However, Zerr was up to the challenge, scattering just five hits through seven innings.
    Unfortunately for Zerr and the Hilltoppers, they took a hard-fought 1-0 loss to the Spartans.
    The difference in the game was Madalena’s bat. Madalena lined a lead-off double into left-center in the fourth inning. That hit would eventually lead to the only run of the ballgame.
    Following Madalena’s double — one of the few balls that was well hit all day — she was lifted for pinch runner Heather Rosetta. Rosetta moved to third on a groundout, then came around to score after a running catch in right field by Los Alamos’ Hannah Mojica.
    Mojica, who was running toward the infield to catch Frankie Montaño’s line drive, threw a one-hopper to the plate to try to retire Rosetta, but the throw was a hair off line and Rosetta was able to slide in safely.

  • 'Toppers dump Spartans in 2...

    One of its most balanced offensive showings of the season helped propel the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team to a win Wednesday.
    Los Alamos scored in five of its six plate appearances at Bomber Field, taking a solid 10-3 win over Bernalillo to open the District 2-4A season. Los Alamos scored two runs each in the second, third and fourth innings, then came through with three runs in the fifth to all but put the game away.
    The Spartans tried to rally in the top of the sixth and, although it squeezed out a pair of runs, never could make a serious charge to get back in the ballgame.
    It was a big day for several Hilltoppers, including Lane Saunders.
    Saunders started the game on the hill for Los Alamos, going 3-1/3 innings and giving up just one run. Saunders also went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and drove in a pair of runs.
    “I just fixed the way I was approaching things,” he said. “It was more of an attack than waiting for your pitch…just more aggressive, not as picky. It was just my day, I guess.”
    Despite the Hilltoppers collecting 12 hits in the game, only Saunders and Trevor Pacheco had multi-hit games Wednesday. Pacheco finished 2-for-3 and scored three times.

  • North Korea to open race to...

    TOKYO (AP) — Runners of the world, unite!
    For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner's cap.
    Tourism companies say they are getting inundated by requests to sign up for the April 13 event, which this year will include amateur runners from around the world. The race includes a full marathon — with a handful of world-class, invitation-only athletes — a half marathon and a 10-kilometer run.
    The opening of the race to recreational runners is in keeping with the North's ongoing, but sometimes sporadic, effort to earn cash revenue by boosting tourism, usually with well-orchestrated group tours to major arts performances or attractions the North wants to show off.
    Earlier this year, North Korea's government announced a plan to create special trade and tourism zones across the country and unveiled its first luxury ski resort, aimed largely at luring ski enthusiasts from abroad. Under the watch of young leader Kim Jong Un, the North has also been giving sports in general a higher profile. Simple recreational sports facilities, such as outdoor basketball courts and roller skating rinks, have been popping up lately in Pyongyang and some other cities.

  • Isotopes Are Back for 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE – A big portion of the nucleus of the Albuquerque Isotopes minor league baseball team from 2013 will be hanging around for the 2014 opener.
    Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen.
    Albuquerque hosted its annual media day Tuesday at Isotopes Park, one of the first chances the team has been collected all in one place at the same time. Several players were just getting back to Albuquerque after a stint on the 40-man roster in the majors, including its top returning position player, outfielder Nick ‘Chili’ Buss.
    Buss and the rest of the Isotopes will open the season Thursday night in Tacoma, Wash., taking on the Tacoma Rainiers. After a four-game set with Tacoma and another four-game set at Reno, the Isotopes will make their first home appearance April 11 when they face Tacoma again.
    “I’m just really excited to get going,” Buss said. “It was a long spring training this year. I think everyone’s really psyched to get out of spring training and ready to go. Everyone’s really excited to be here and can’t wait to open it up in Tacoma.”

  • Woods to miss Masters this year

    Tiger Woods chose surgery to heal his ailing back over a quest for another green jacket, announcing Tuesday that he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career.
    Woods said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months, knowing the surgery would keep him from Augusta National next week for the first time since he was a senior in high school.
    The No. 1 player in the world is a four-time Masters champion.
    “After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided in consultation with my doctors to have this procedure done, Woods said. “I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters.
    “It’s a week that’s very special to me,” he said. “It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.”
    The Masters gets the highest television ratings of any golf tournament, and Woods commands most of the attention, even though he last won a green jacket in 2005. He won his first Masters in 1997 when he set 20 records, from youngest Masters champion at 21 to his 12-shot margin of victory.