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  • Topes Notes 08-17-12

    The Albuquerque Isotopes open a critical home series Saturday against the New Orleans Zephyrs.

    Albuquerque and New Orleans will meet for a four-game set at Isotopes Park at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in what could be a big series for both teams. Heading into today’s play – the Isotopes are wrapping up a road series tonight at Colorado Springs – the Isotopes lead the Zephyrs by three games in the PCL American Southern standings.

    The Albuquerque-New Orleans series is scheduled through Tuesday. Saturday night’s game will include postgame fireworks.

    Thursday, the Isotopes (72-53) were drubbed by Colorado Springs’ Sky Sox, 11-2. Isotpes staring pitcher Stephen Fife (9-6) was knocked around for his 4-2/3 innings, giving up 9 runs on 11 hits.

    New Orleans (69-57) failed to capitalize, however, dropping an 8-1 decision at home against Sacramento.

    This season, the Isotopes and Zephyrs have evenly split their 12 contests.

  • Swinging Away

    Alicia Herrera takes a big windup on the No. 1 tee during Saturday’s Los Alamos Junior Golf Boosters tournament.

  • Cabrera suspended for 50 games

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Melky Cabrera’s 50-game suspension comes just as reliever Guillermo Mota is nearing his return to the Giants from a 100-game performance-enhancing drug penalty of his own.
    Yes, San Francisco now accounts for two of the four suspensions this season under the major league drug program — and suddenly the Giants are back in the spotlight for performance-enhancing drugs several years after the club had finally moved forward from the Mitchell Report and BALCO mess.
    “Unfortunately, these things happen in baseball,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “There’s not a lot you can do about it. I guess the best thing we can do is keep educating players so these things don’t happen. I can’t dwell on these things.”
    Cabrera, the 28-year-old MVP of last month’s All-Star game, was suspended 50 games Wednesday following a positive test for testosterone. That puts an abrupt end to what had been a remarkable regular season and throws the Giants’ playoff hopes into doubt.
    “Ultimately, it was just a bad decision,” catcher Buster Posey said. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

  • Hilltoppers' opener pushed...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper varsity volleyball team will have a few more days of practice to prepare for its season opener in 2012.
    Los Alamos’ scheduled season opener against Pojoaque was pushed back. The match was originally scheduled for Aug. 25, but had to be rescheduled.
    The two longstanding rivals will now have to wait until Sept. 11 to face off. Instead, Los Alamos will take on another of its most bitter rivals, St. Pius X, to open the season.
    St. Pius, which has knocked Los Alamos out of the playoffs for each of the past four years including last year, will meet Los Alamos Sept. 4 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Pojoaque, which had a remarkable season in 2011, losing just one set in the regular season — to Los Alamos in the Elks’ opener — will travel up the hill to play Los Alamos Sept. 11.
    Instead of its originally-scheduled contest Aug. 25, Los Alamos will take part in a preseason scrimmage hosted by District 2-4A rival Española Valley.
    The Hilltoppers, along with the other prep volleyball teams in the state, officially opened their preseason Monday.

  • LA gridders are 15th in first...

    MaxPreps.com released its first preseason rankings for New Mexico’s high school football teams this week and those rankings weren’t particularly kind for Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers finished with a Freeman Rating of zero, placing it 15th among the state’s 25 Class 4A football teams.
    Los Alamos opens its season Aug. 31 at home against Pojoaque.
    This is the first year the state is going to a computer ranking system, as opposed to previous years in which media and coaches polls were conducted.
    However, the current MaxPreps Freeman Ratings don’t look terribly dissimilar to what a human poll might have revealed about the upcoming prep season.
    The top two teams in the current ratings are Aztec and Goddard, which met for the state 4A title in 2011. Aztec nipped Goddard, which had been the top-ranked team in the state for the entire season, 28-27 to earn Aztec’s Tigers their first state title in program history — Aztec had finished as the 4A runner-up four times since 2003.
    Aztec earned a 43.7 Freeman Rating, second in the state behind only Class 5A defending champion Cleveland, while Goddard earned a 31.3 rating.
    The top-ranked 3A team is St. Michael’s (31.3).

  • Hernandez tosses perfect game in...

    SEATTLE (AP) — King Felix now has a crowning achievement.

    Felix Hernandez pitched the Seattle Mariners' first perfect game and the 23rd in baseball history, overpowering the Tampa Bay Rays in a brilliant 1-0 victory Wednesday.

    The Mariners' ace and 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner has long talked of his desire to achieve pitching perfection. He finally accomplished it against the Rays, striking out the side twice and finishing with 12 strikeouts.

    It was the third perfect game in baseball this season — a first — joining gems by Chicago's Philip Humber against the Mariners in April and San Francisco's Matt Cain against Houston in June.

    This also was the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season, three of them at Safeco Field. Humber threw his gem in Seattle, then six Mariners pitchers combined to hold the Los Angeles Dodgers hitless at the park on June 8.

  • Topes Notes 08-15-12

    Colorado Springs wins series opener

  • Back to Business

    Monday was the first official day of preseason for several prep fall sports around the state, including girls soccer. The Los Alamos High School girls soccer participants got together twice Monday, including Monday night’s workout at the Pueblo Complex. The Hilltopper girls soccer team opens the season Aug. 25 at Farmington.

  • Tripp turns in resignation...

    The New Mexico Activities Association announced Tuesday that executive director Gary Tripp will resign his post effective Friday.
    Tripp, who has headed the NMAA since 2004, is leaving to assume the role of principal at Zia Pueblo Day School.
    The NMAA said a team of three officers, commissioner of officials Dana Sanchez, deputy director Bill Cleland and assistant executive director Sally Marquez, will take over the association’s day-to-day operations until a new executive director is hired.
    This is not the first time Tripp, who was the athletic director at Rio Rancho before taking over the state’s top high school interscholastic sports job, has made plans to resign. Tripp turned in a resignation letter to the NMAA board of directors in summer 2011 that he would retire following the 2011-12 academic year.
    However, Tripp rescinded his letter and remained the executive director. But an emergency meeting of the board was called Tuesday morning where Tripp announced his intentions to step down.
    Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms, who said she was caught off-guard with Tripp’s announcement last year, said she was again surprised by Tuesday’s announcement of his resignation.

  • NMAA head stepping down

    The New Mexico Activities Association announced Tuesday that longtime executive director Gary Tripp will resign effective Friday.

    Tripp has been the NMAA's top man since 2004, taking the place of Dan Salzwedel. In a press release issued by the NMAA, Tripp said he is going to move to Zia Pueblo Day School, where he will be principal.

    Read Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more details on this story.