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Today's Sports

  • Northern N.M. falls big, 80-49

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Gaellan Bewernick posted his first career double-double and four Northern Arizona players scored in double figures in an 80-49 win over Northern New Mexico on Tuesday.
    Bewernick scored 14 points on 7 of 9 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds, which were both career highs. James Douglas scored 14 off the bench, Stallon Saldivar added 11 and Durrell Norman netted 10 points for the Lumberjacks (2-3), who have won back-to-back games after dropping their first three to begin the season.
    Daniel Molina and Mario Caetano each scored 10 points for the Eagles (0-1), who have lost 20 straight dating to last season.

  • Ski areas open for holiday

    Thanksgiving Day often marks the start of the winter skiing and snowboarding season and this year is no exception.
    Sipapu was the first ski area open for the 2011-12 season, welcoming snowriders on Saturday. Red River, despite a marginal snow base, did get its season underway today, while Taos Ski Valley is planning for a Thursday opening, according to skinewmexico.com.
    Also open for the season was Enchanted Forest, which caters to cross-country skiers.
    For local skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Pajarito Mountain isn’t open and isn’t even venturing to guess when it might be open. Pajarito invested in snowmaking capabilities two years ago but couldn’t use it for the 2010-11 season due to a problem with its water storage apparatus.

  • Toppers hold on in opener to win

    For three-plus quarters, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team got a taste of how far it had come in less than a calendar year.
    For a good chunk of the fourth quarter, however, it also got a taste of what can happen when it doesn’t execute.
    The Hilltoppers opened their 2011-12 season with a victory over the Kirtland Central Broncos Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hilltoppers built up a 21-point lead in the third quarter but the Broncos went on an 18-6 run stretching nearly six minutes late.
    Before disaster struck, however, Los Alamos got a big fast break bucket from Nick Baker with 1:38 remaining. Baker would also take a charge on a Kirtland Central move to the basket late to help seal a 62-53 victory.

  • Verlander picks up AL MVP this...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander figured time had run out on his chance to become the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to be voted Most Valuable Player.
    Last Tuesday, he found out about 12:40 p.m. that he was a unanimous winner of the AL Cy Young Award.
    It was closing in on 1 p.m. Monday, and he still hadn’t gotten word on the MVP.
    “I had told myself that it wasn’t going to happen,” he said. “I figured somebody else got the call.”
    Not to worry, there was just a slight delay because Verlander didn’t give the Baseball Writers’ Association of America his telephone number, forcing the BBWAA to relay the news through Brian Britten, the Detroit Tigers’ director of media relations.

  • Hilltoppers fall in first two...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team took a pair of losses to open its 2011-12 season.
    Los Alamos played a doubleheader Saturday in the Albuquerque area. It dropped Saturday morning’s contest 2-0 to the Eldorado Eagles, then was knocked off 6-1 by the Cibola Cougars in the nightcap.
    Los Alamos was the final New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League team to start the season. Most other teams in the league play in indoor rinks and don’t have to wait for the colder temperatures the Hilltoppers have to. Los Alamos also was unable to use the county’s ice rink due to the closure of West Road and cleanup after the flooding prevention steps taken.

  • Swimming: Topper boys, girls are...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams opened their 2011-12 seasons Saturday with third-place finishes at the Barney Relays.
    The Barney Relays, hosted by Albuquerque Academy, include the top-finishing teams in the state from the previous season’s state championship meet. Teams compete in relay events, many of which aren’t seen in any other competitions for the rest of the year.
    The Hilltopper girls finished with 88 points for their third-place finish, while the Hilltopper boys had 96 points overall.
    Academy, which won both the boys and girls state titles in 2010-11, were the big winners on both the boys and girls sides Saturday.

  • The AP Top 25 College Football...

    No. 1 LSU (11-0) beat Mississippi 52-3. Next: vs. No. 6 Arkansas, Friday, Nov. 25.

    No. 2 Oklahoma State (10-1) lost to Iowa State 37-31, 2OT, Friday. Next: vs. No. 5 Oklahoma, Saturday, Dec. 3.

    No. 3 Alabama (10-1) beat Georgia Southern 45-21. Next: at Auburn, Saturday.

    No. 4 Oregon (9-2) lost to No. 18 Southern Cal 38-35. Next: vs. Oregon State, Saturday.

    No. 5 Oklahoma (8-2) lost to No. 25 Baylor 45-38. Next: vs. Iowa State, Saturday.

    No. 6 Arkansas (10-1) beat Mississippi State 44-17. Next: at No. 1 LSU, Friday, Nov. 25.

    No. 7 Clemson (9-2) lost to NC State 37-13. Next: at No. 14 South Carolina, Saturday.

  • Sundevils topped by Knights in...

    The Española Valley Sundevil boys basketball team was knocked off by the Oñate Knights 48-46 in the Tip-Off Classic showcase Friday night in The Pit.
    Española Valley, the defending Class 4A champion, and Oñate, last year’s 5A champ, squared off in the prime time game of the Tip-Off Classic, which pits the top teams from around the state in contests to ring in the start of the hoops season in New Mexico.
    The event was hosted by the New Mexico Activities Association.
    Also at the Classic, Mora, the lone non-state champ invitee, upset Mesilla Valley Christian 58-37 in a boys contest while 4A girls champion Gallup upended 5A champ Mayfield 55-44.

  • Sports Update 11-20-11

    Turkey Trot set for today

    The annual Turkey Trot is scheduled for today.
    The Turkey Trot is a benefit run for the local CROP organization. It will start at Los Alamos Middle School at 2 p.m.
    The run is 2.57 miles. The top 25 finishers will be recognized and all participants have a chance to win turkeys and pumpkin pies in a random drawing.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit www.atomicrunners.com.

    Half Marathon returns Dec. 10

  • Sports Schedule, Nov. 21-26

    Tuesday

    Boys basketball: Kirtland Central at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Girls basketball: Taos at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth, grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Pojoaque, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, C team, 1 p.m.; JV, 2:30 p.m.; varsity, 4 p.m.

    Girls basketball: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, C team, 1 p.m.; JV, 2:30 p.m; varsity, 4 p.m.