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  • Archers get animals in their...

    An archer lifts his binoculars to his eyes and stares down a deer standing in the forest. After a few seconds he lowers the glasses and pulls an arrow out of his quiver, threads it on his bow string, pulls the string back and takes aim.
    He knows he’ll only get one shot at the animal, so he takes his time.
    The animal, a hard-foam 3-D rendering of a real deer, has a scoring ring in its vital area. A kill shot is worth the most points. A shot to the butt or leg isn’t worth anything.
    The archer releases his arrow, then pulls out his binoculars again to see how many points he scored.
    After every one in the group shoots, they walk up to the animal, pull their arrows and write everybody’s score down.
    Then they move on to the next of 25 animals and try for another kill shot through the thick forest.
    The 3-D target archery shoot drew over 137 archers — men and women, adults and kids — to Pajarito last weekend, Friday through Sunday.
    Archers came from all over New Mexico, Colorado and Texas for the first shoot at the mountain. About 30 locals also participated in the event while lots of other locals ran the event.

  • Isotopes rally comes up short

    Even after a five-run seventh inning and three-run ninth, the Albuquerque Isotopes (30-39) late rally came up just short at Isotopes Park Friday night as the Tacoma Rainiers (34-35) took a 15-10 victory in game two.

    Six Isotopes turned in two-hit performances.

    Albuquerque struck first with a two-run homer from Matt McBride in the first, but Tacoma responded by scoring a combined 10 runs in the third through sixth innings. It wasn’t until a five-run seventh that the Isotopes mounted their comeback attempt. Back-to-back singles from Jose Rivera and Tim Wheeler got the inning rolling, and Drew Stubbs provided the big hit of the inning, a clutch two-RBI single. After the Rainiers scored a run in the eighth and four in the ninth, the 'Topes again struck for three in the home half of the ninth, but it was too little, too late as Tacoma shut the door for the victory.
     

  • Wiggins makes short list

    Carlos Wiggins suffered through injuries in 2014, but he was still one of UNM's most dynamic parts of its offense, capable of scoring any time he touchded the football. NFL.com thinks so as well as Wiggins was named to its "15 for '15" list for the best "Shortest Players" in the NCAA.

    Wiggins was listed 11th on the photo essay list, and at 5-8, he was actually one of the tallest players on the list. He was one of four from the Mountain West, joining Utah State's JoJo Natson and Boise State's Donta Deayon and Shane Williams-Rhodes.

    The list, compiled by Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, says this of Wiggins, "Wiggins has four career kickoff returns for touchdowns, and his next will break a Mountain West Conference record. He averaged 29.3 yards last season, but didn't have enough returns (13) to qualify in national rankings after missing several games due to injury. A year prior to that, he was the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year. Wiggins also runs track for the Lobos, and according to coach Bob Davie, he might add punt returns to his duties this fall."

  • Firecracker 5K registration open

    The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run on July 4.
    The 5K is open to people of all ages that want to walk, run or jog in the festive event.
    Prizes will go to the top male and female finishers in youth, adult, adult 60-plus and dog jogger divisions.
    The best-costumed participant will also win bagels for a year from Ruby K’s.
    All participants will get the annual Fun Run T-shirt and are eligible to win random door prizes.
    The 5K race route starts in the YMCA parking lot, turns north on 15th to Canyon. Then it goes west on Canyon toward the Aquatic Center and all the way to Diamond. The route then makes a U-turn at the crosswalk and returns to the YMCA along same route, running with traffic.
    Early registration, prior to July 4, at the YMCA, 1450 Iris Street, is encouraged. Race day check-in on July 4 is from 7-7:45 a.m. The race will start at 8 a.m. The price is $30, or $20 for YMCA members, and $10 for youth under 14 years old.
    Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up and takedown, registration check-in, traffic control and to help award prizes. The volunteers will be given race T-shirts.
    Register for the race or sign up to volunteer at the YMCA, or call 662-3100 for more information.

  • LA Senior Olympians honored

    A celebration luncheon for Los Alamos’ Senior Olympic athletes was held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on Friday.
    In March and April, 30 local athletes 50-and-older qualified for the State Senior Olympic Games held in Roswell June 3-6.
    Twenty athletes competed in 14 sports at the state games. Results are pending certification by the New Mexico State Olympics Board.
    The athletes competed in events ranging from basketball, bowling and dance to horseshoes, huachas, pickleball, disc golf, track and field, race walk, road race, shuffleboard, swimming and table tennis.
    Local athletes are welcome to join the group; its motto “is if you are 50 plus, come play with us.”
    For information contact Ann ReVelle at laseniorolympics@gmail.com or 662-3526.
     

  • Splash n Dash Wednesday

    The first of four Splash n Dashes will take place Wednesday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    There will also be a Splash n Dash events on July 8, July 22 and Aug. 8.
    This year, the event will have a long course featuring a 4,000-meter swim and 5K run, and a short course featuring a 2,000-meter swim and 3K run.
    Teams and floatation devices are permitted in both.
    Registration for each event opens at 6:20 p.m. at the back of the aquatic center. Instructions will start at 6:50 p.m. and the first swimmer will push off at 7 p.m.
    The Los Alamos Triatomics Multi-Sports Club and Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation sponsor the event so it is free and open to all. Registration, however, is limited to 75 people.
    The event is not a race. It’s a training event.
    The club will provide people’s swim, run and overall time, but the start is staggered. There are no awards for time or place. Lots of folks participate with their kids in a variety of creative ways
    People who aren’t strong swimmers should still be able to complete the swim portion. Any stroke is permitted and, unlike the Los Alamos Triathlon, any sort of floating device is allowed.
    There will be three swim groups: A, B and C. Participants can choose their own group and will be assigned a number.

  • Manziel says 'Johnny...

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Johnny Football became more than Johnny Manziel could handle.
    "It just overtook who I was as a person," the Browns quarterback said Wednesday.
    Speaking to the media for the first time since spending 10 weeks in a rehab facility, the polarizing Manziel said he's hoping to move past a regrettable chapter in his life. While he didn't divulge the reasons for his stay in a Pennsylvania substance-abuse facility, Manziel acknowledged he got caught up trying to live up to a persona he helped create.
    "I think at times Johnny Football probably took over me a little bit and I bought into that," Manziel said following the team's second mandatory mini-camp practice. "I didn't do my best to hush things down, push down the hype. At times I welcomed it with immaturity and just accepted that a little bit — and that's my fault."
    One of the changes the former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M intends to make is scrapping his trademark money sign, when he rubs his fingers together after a big play.
    "The money sign will not be back," he said. "I will not be making it out there."

  • Tacoma beats Isotopes 12-3

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (30-38) surrendered three runs in the second inning and could never recover as the Tacoma Rainiers (33-35) beat the Isotopes 12-3 in the four-game series opener Thursday night at Isotopes Park.

    Tacoma picked up four consecutive singles to start the second inning and scored three runs in the process. After a leadoff double scored in the third, the Rainiers were off and rolling with a 4-0 lead. Tacoma added three more runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to pull away. After a three-run Rainier eighth, catcher Dustin Garneau blasted a monstrous two-run home run over the McDonald’s Picnic Pavilion in left field to break up the shutout.

    Cristhian Adames also singled in Roger Bernadina in the ninth for Albuquerque’s third run.

    Designated hitter Kyle Parker made his first start since leaving Tuesday night’s game after fouling a ball off his face. He turned in a 2-for-4 performance. It was his 18th multi-hit game, which ranks second on the Isotopes this season. In Parker’s last 30 games, he is batting .388 (45-for-116) with 22 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, five homers and 24 RBI.

  • LA man takes journey around the...

    After spending six years sailing around the world, Larry Hersman said our planet is grossly misnamed. “It should be called water,” Hersman told an audience of LA Mountaineers Wednesday at the Fuller Lodge.
    The water, however, wasn’t always blue on his voyage. Sometimes it was fluorescent.
    One night while he was on watch, sailing south by southwest off the coast of Morocco, the water danced with color.
    The water was full of fosforescente algae and the waves that his boat, Journey, created would disturb the algae and they’d give off photons of light that would streak the water.
    Then a group of dolphins swam next to the boat, weaving in and out of each other and leaving patterns of fluorescent light in their wake. Hersman and his friend started clapping for the dolphins and the animals really got into it. “They think they’re so cool,” Hersman said. “They’re really intelligent animals.”
    It was a pitch-black night so they couldn’t see the dolphins — all they could see was the neon lights floating this way and that way in the water.
    That night was one of his more memorable experiences on his journey that he called “awesome” and “life-changing.”

  • ’Topes sweep bid falls short

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (30-37) bid for their first series sweep of the season came up short in an 8-4 loss to the El Paso Chihuahuas (32-34) Wednesday night at Isotopes Park.
    Even with the loss, the Isotopes have still won two of their last three series and won nine of 14 games overall.
    El Paso and Albuquerque traded runs in the early going.
    After the Chihuahuas scored a run in the first, Dustin Garneau’s second-inning home run tied the game.
    Garneau smashed a two-out solo shot over the visitor’s bullpen. It was sixth homer of the season, which ties for third-most among all Isotopes. Over Garneau’s last eight games, he is hitting .345 (10-for-29) with four runs scored, two doubles, two homers, five RBI and three walks.
    El Paso again plated two runs in the fourth before the ’Topes responded with a two-out, two-RBI double in the home half of the fourth.
    The difference came with the Chihuahuas scored two more runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull away.
    The Isotopes could only manage a single run in the fifth on a Drew Stubbs two-out RBI single.
    Matt McBride went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
    It is his second-straight two-hit night, which continues his torrid pace over the last 39 games.