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Today's Sports

  • Contenders ready for Masters...

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — One after another, some of the world's best players and favorites to win the Masters trudged up the hill on the opening hole to start their practice rounds.
    Phil Mickelson. Rory McIlroy. Adam Scott.
    It was typical of any Tuesday at Augusta National, except for the scoreboard to the right of where they were walking. The board has the names of all 97 players in the field, with blank boxes to put their scores when the tournament begins. On the far right side of the board is a list of this year's noncompeting invitees.
    Tommy Aaron. Doug Ford. Tiger Woods.
    "It's a weird feeling not having him here, isn't it?" said Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion and the chief foil for Woods over the years. "He's been such a mainstay in professional golf and in the majors. It's awkward to not have him here. I hope he gets back soon. I hope he's back for the other majors. As much as I want to win — and I know how great he is and tough to beat — it makes it special when he's in the field and you're able to win."

  • Isotopes down Reno

     

    Joc Pederson homered for the third time in five games to tie it in the sixth inning, and the Albuquerque Isotopes scored an unearned run in the ninth to down the Reno Aces 4-3 Tuesday afternoon.

    The Isotopes (4-1) have won four straight games.

    Pederson had yet another eventful day: walked in the first inning; made a diving catch in the secondinning to rob Tyler Bortnick of a single; doubled in the third inning; justmissed catching Didi Gregorius’ drive to deep left-center in the fifth inning, which Gregorius turned into an inside-the-park home run; and smashed a massive home run to straight away center in the sixth inning.

  • Krohn, Kratzer capture Pace Race

     

     The weekly pace race was held on the Lower Bayo Canyon Road near the N.M. 4 and 502 junction and Susan Krohn and David Kratzer were the top predictors at 18 seconds off their estimated time.  

    They were followed by Erik Leonard with a 20 second differential with Bill Rice and Bob Reedy next tied at 24 seconds off.

    Ted Romero was the fastest finisher in the 1 mile run with a time of 6:25 with Isolina Viloria the top female at 10:06.  In the 3 mile run Nikol Strother had the best time of 20:44 and the first male was Zach Medin recording a 24:25.

    Next week’s race will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the County Ice Staking Rink on West Road in Los Alamos Canyon.  One- and three-mile courses will be available.  For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website at:  atomicrunners.com.

  • La-crossed Up

    The Los Alamos Hiltopper lacrosse team took on Santa Fe Prep Saturday at Paul Spirio Field in White Rock. 

  • Battle of the Badges is May 2

    The Los Alamos Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3279 will host a charity basketball game against the Los Alamos Police Department May 2.
    The game, Battle of the Badges, is set for 6:30 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Two charities will benefit from the event. The local firefighters are raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, while the LAPD is playing to raise money for Special Olympics.

  • LA, Española Valley to clash in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will have big contests Wednesday afternoon in the valley.
    Both teams will be taking on the Española Valley Sundevils. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m.
    For the Hilltopper baseball team, this could be their toughest test to date of the District 2-4A season. The Hilltoppers and the Sundevils are tied for the lead in the 2-4A standings heading into Wednesday’s contest, with both sporting a record of 3-0.
    The Sundevils (10-5) demolished Capital in two games this weekend, winning those by a combined 45-2 — the Jaguars aren’t likely to win a single district contest this season — and held off Santa Fe for a 4-1 victory in their first 2-4A outing.
    Meanwhile, with its sweep of Santa Fe this weekend, Los Alamos has again positioned itself early to compete for a district title, which would be the team’s sixth in a row.
    Although it’s still early in the district season, 2-4A is already shaping up to be a two-horse race between Los Alamos and Española Valley. Regardless of which team prevails Wednesday, the teams will meet for doubleheader in Los Alamos April 26, a twinbill that will likely determine the 2014 champion.

  • LA picks up doubleheader sweep...

    While there’s still a long way to go, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is off to a good start in keeping its firm grip at the top of District 2-4A.
    Los Alamos won one the hard way, then won one the easy way en route to a big district doubleheader sweep Saturday at Bomber Field. Los Alamos scratched out a run in its final at-bat in game one, then, to start off game two, had a big bottom of the first inning that let it play with some cushion.
    The Hilltoppers won the opening game 3-2, then cruised to a big 13-3 win in five innings in the nightcap.
    The wins put the Hilltoppers at 3-0 early on in 2-4A play. Their toughest test of the district season, however, could come this week when they play at Española Valley.
    But for now, Los Alamos will enjoy the wins.
    “It was pretty great,” said Hilltopper Jake Downs of the sweep. “The first game was really intense. We just had to battle through it, stay calm and do what we had to do.”
    Downs through six strong innings in game one. He gave up just three hits and one earned run before giving way to Connor Mang after pitching to one batter in the seventh — Mang would get credit for the win, setting down all three batters he faced.

  • ’Toppers, Demons split a pair

    Already sitting two games down in District 2-4A, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team knew something had to happen in a hurry Saturday.
    Fortunately for the Hilltoppers, something did.
    Los Alamos bounced back after dropping the first game of a big early doubleheader against the Santa Fe Demons at Overlook Park. The Demons won a big 8-2 victory in game one, but Los Alamos jumped out to a big lead early and held on through a rough fifth inning to win 11-6.
    Earning the split was a big deal for Los Alamos, which could’ve fallen behind three games to the early district leaders, a tough hole to climb out of even with nine games remaining on the schedule.
    “For us to have a chance in the district this year, we couldn’t get swept,” Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said. “We were going to have to hit them hard and take the lead early (in game two).”
    Los Alamos did just that, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first.
    Emilee Jones had a 2-run home run in the inning and Krysta Salazar and Alyssa Mojica both came through with RBI hits off game one winning pitcher Alex Russell, who also threw game two for the Demons.

  • Sports Briefs 04-06-14

    Slowpitch softball season gets going April 26

    Registration is open for the upcoming slowpitch softball season.
    The slowpitch league is for men’s and women’s teams. Games are played during the week at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    The season starts April 26-27 with a tournament. The season runs through the end of July.
    Price for participation is $575 per team. Registration fee and additional paperwork is due by April 18.
    Additionally, a field work party is scheduled for April 12 at Overlook Park.
    For more information, send email to losalamossoftball@yahoo.com.

    Wall climbing event will be at YMCA Wednesday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host a spring break wall climbing event Wednesday. The climbing wall is at the YMCA’s main facility on Iris Street.
    The event will be from 9 a.m.-noon. Gear rental is $3 for anyone ages 3 and up.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.
     

  • On Schedule 04-06-14

    Tuesday
    Baseball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Baseball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Baseball: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Track and field: LAMS at Las Vegas Memorial Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 8 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Capital, varsity, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Capital, varsity, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.