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  • Topes Notes 06-17-11

    Isotopes win to close out series
    The Albuquerque Isotopes closed out their five-game road trip with a victory Thursday night, just in time to head home for tonight’s contest against Iowa.
    The Isotopes scored four runs in the top of the eighth Thursday to put away a tight contest, topping the Oklahoma City RedHawks 8-2 at Oklahoma City.
    The Isotopes will face the Iowa Cubs tonight in Albuquerque to open an eight-game homestand. Tonight’s game is set for 7:05 p.m.
    Albuquerque, which had been swinging hot bats until its last three games at Oklahoma City, all losses, got its offense going again, pounding out 15 hits off four different pitchers.

  • Outdoors: Morphy Lake closed to...

    New Mexico State Parks announced Thursday that Morphy Lake State Park has been closed to overnight camping this Father’s Day weekend.
    The closure takes effect at 6 p.m.
    Morphy Lake State Park, located in Mora County, will be closed due to extreme fire conditions in the area. Santa Fe National Forest, which borders the park, is currently under State IV fire restrictions.
    NMSP reported that the area has been under drought conditions for the past several months and recent winds in the area have made camping dangerous.
    “The safety of visitors and park staff is our top priority,” NMSP division director Tommy Mutz said in a press release.

  • Running: Jablin wins weekly Pace...

    Jamie Jablin had the best prediction at this week’s Pace Race and tied for the fastest time on the 3-mile course with his twin brother Michael.
    The Pace Race was run Tuesday at American Springs Road in the Jemez Mountains.
    Jablin had just a five-second differential between his predicted and actual finish time Tuesday. Meanwhile, he and Michael Jablin came in step-for-step, both finishing with a time of 20:05.
    The top female finisher on the 3-mile course Tuesday was Katie Gattiker with her time of 33:41.
    On the 1-mile course, Jackie Marr had a 13:42 and Bob Westervelt finished with a 15:16.
    Other top predictors this week included Nathan Romero (13 seconds), Duane Marr (24 seconds) and Daniel Romero and Bob Reedy (34 seconds).

  • Tripp turned things around at...

    In his seven-plus years there, I have only spoken to New Mexico Activities Association executive director Gary Tripp just once. Very briefly.
    I met him at the 2008 state wrestling tournament. He asked me how everything was going. I told him just fine and mentioned to him how smoothly that and other state events had been running. We shook hands and went about our business.
    Tripp took over as head of the NMAA, which oversees most interscholastic sports in the state, in 2004. Within a few days of his taking over the NMAA, I left the Los Alamos Monitor to pursue other interests.

  • Golf: McIlroy moving into record...

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Rory McIlroy holed out from the fairway for eagle on the eighth hole at the U.S. Open to move to 10-under par, building a six-shot lead at the midway point of Friday's second round.

    McIlroy's short approach hit the back of the green and bounced twice, then spun backward about 20 feet and dropped into the cup. He thrust both hands in the air and Phil Mickelson, playing in his threesome, applauded.

  • Kayaking: Calm waters

    Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center was inundated with kayaks Tuesday evening. Kayakers paddle the pool waters every week through August starting at 7:45 p.m.

    Price for participation is $5. For more information, call the aquatic center at 662-8170.

     

  • Hockey: Bruins win Game 7 and...

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — While the Boston Bruins beelined across the ice to mob him at the buzzer, Tim Thomas tapped both goalposts, sank to his knees and rubbed the ice in front of his empty goal.
    Thomas drew a virtual line in his crease throughout these crazy, contentious Stanley Cup finals, and Boston’s brilliant goalie just wouldn’t allow the Vancouver Canucks to cross it whenever it really mattered.
    After 39 years without a championship, the Bruins ripped the Cup — and several thousand hearts — out of a Canadian city that has waited four decades itself for one sip.
    Thomas was just too good and now the Cup is headed back to the Hub of Hockey.

  • Golf: Results from this week’s...

    The players on the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association circuit were busy this week, with three tournaments in a row.
    The NNMSMGA held the tournaments in the Santa Fe area, playing Monday at Las Campanas, Tuesday at Cochiti’s golf course and Wednesday at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.
    Some local senior golfers fared relatively well this week. Bob Quick had the top finish among Los Alamos players, earning the first low net in the first flight Monday.
    Tuesday, Jay Boettner of Los Alamos finished with the best gross score in the third flight, while Gary Lind has the lowest gross score in the fourth flight.

  • Cars set on fire in Vancouver...

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Angry, drunken fans ran wild after the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to Boston in the decisive Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, setting cars and garbage cans ablaze, smashing windows, showering giant TV screens with beer bottles and dancing atop overturned vehicles.

    Later, looters smashed windows and ran inside department stores.

    "We have a small number of hooligans on the streets of Vancouver causing problems," Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said. "It's absolutely disgraceful and shameful and by no means represents the city of Vancouver. ... We have had an extraordinary run in the playoff, great celebration. What's happened tonight is despicable."

  • Topes Notes 06-15-11

    Isotopes swept by RedHawks
    The Albuquerque Isotopes were swept in a doubleheader Tuesday at Oklahoma City, snapping the team’s four-game win streak.
    The Isotopes (37-28), however, still maintained a hold of first place in the PCL American Southern division despite losing both ends of Tuesday’s road twinbill. They will wrap up their series at Oklahoma City Thursday and then return home for eight games starting Friday night.
    Albuquerque managed just 11 hits and three runs in the two games.
    Oklahoma City’s Wesley Wright, making an emergency start in the opening game, held Albuquerque to just one hit in four innings of work. Three RedHawk pitchers combined for a 2-0 shutout win.