Today's Sports

  • Santa Fe rolls over Los Alamos...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team fell into a big hole late in the second quarter and early in the third quarter Friday night and never climbed its way out.

    Los Alamos hosted Santa Fe Friday night in a game that would’ve all but clinched the District 2-4A title for the Hilltoppers. Instead, the Santa Fe dynamic duo of Jordan Booth-Homer and Anthony Abeyta came up huge, leading the Demons to a 62-30 rout at Sullivan Field.

    The Demons now control their own destiny in the district championship race while the Hilltoppers must hope for an upset by Bernalillo over Santa Fe in two weeks.

    More on Friday’s game will be in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Closing Fast

    Los Alamos’ Collin Stone dribbles past Santa Fe’s Tres Chaires during a Sept. 29 game at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos, which defeated Santa Fe 2-1 earlier this week, has just two games remaining on its 2012 regular season schedule. It will host Class 4A Piedra Vista Saturday at 2 p.m. for Senior Day, then will have a critical contest Tuesday at Capital, a game the Hilltoppers must win to keep their chances at a District 2-4A title alive. Stone, a junior, has played well in the absence of the injured Dallin Parker.

  • Local golfer is among top...

    Don Rokop of Los Alamos had the best net score of anyone playing in the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association in its championship tournament.
    The NNMSMGA tournament, which was played at Twin Warrior Golf Course in Bernalillo earlier this month, was the finale of the senior men’s club season.
    Rokop finished with a two-day net score of 125 strokes, the best of the tournament.
    Santa Fe’s Rob Schneider, who had a dominant NNMSMGA season, was the overall gross score winner at the championship.
    Also at the tournament, Ron Krantz of Los Alamos finished with a two-day score of 171 to win the second flight gross score title.

    Here are the results of the NNMSMGA’s Las Campanas tournaments Sept. 24-25 and the NNMSMGA championship tournament Oct. 2-3:

    Las Campanas
    Sept. 24

    Championship flight

    1st low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 76
    2nd low gross: Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 78
    1st low net: Ronne Mercer, Albuquerque, 70

    First flight

    1st low gross: Bruce Dickinson, Corrales, 79
    2nd low gross: Mike Porter, Alamosa, Colo., 84
    1st low net: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 70

    Second flight

    1st low gross: Maurice Bonal, Santa Fe, 85

  • 49ers play well enough to win...

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two of the NFL's top defenses dueled it out in a low-scoring game just as everybody expected — and San Francisco's offense did just enough to give the 49ers a narrow lead in the NFC West.

    For the time being, anyway. This is hardly the kind of firm hold on the division they owned last October.

    Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter and San Francisco held off the Seattle Seahawks 13-6 on Thursday night as the 49ers won their long-awaited division opener.

    "We expect these games in the NFC West to be 60 minutes of physical football," said 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, who returned to the field four days after suffering a concussion against the Giants.

    Frank Gore ran for 131 yards and the 49ers (5-2) hung tough on defense late in a game featuring two teams allowing fewer than 16 points per game.

    Smith went 14 of 23 for 140 yards in a second straight subpar performance.

  • Yankees' troubles may just...

    NEW YORK (AP) — George Steinbrenner would have issued a public apology.

    After leading the league in wins this year, the New York Yankees didn't just lose to Detroit in the AL championship series. They got swept in one of the more humiliating moments in the team's history.

    The four-game wipeout made headlines — A-Rod's benching, Derek Jeter's injury, Robinson Cano's slump. But it also revealed serious cracks in the foundation, showing a team full of aging All-Stars at the plate, in the field and on the mound that suddenly seems a long, long way from championship caliber.

    "Obviously, we're all getting older," Andy Pettitte said Thursday night after the season-ending 8-1 loss to the Tigers.

    Jeter broke an ankle near the end. Mariano Rivera busted a knee back in the spring. The Yankees transformed baseball's bruisers into the Bashed Bombers, closer to AARP years than MVP seasons.

  • LAHS finishes 2nd in Director...

    Los Alamos High School finished second in the Director's Cup competition.

    The Director's Cup is an award given by the New Mexico Activities Association to the top schools in the state based on their finishes in several sports and activities throughout the school year.

    LAHS finished second behind Albuquerque Academy for the 2011-12 academic year.

    Competing schools receive points based on finishes in district and state competition in sports, as well as interscholastic activities such as bowling, chess, choir, debate, Future Farmers of America and several others.

    In 2011-12, LAHS won three state championships, boys and girls cross country and girls track and field. In activities, LAHS was the state runner-up in chess, while ROTC and choir were state semifinalists.

    LAHS also earned 200 points out of a possible 300 points for the NMAA's Pursuing Victory with Honor program.

    In all, the school finished with 2,500 points.

  • Sports Update 10-18-12

    LAGC tee times pushed back

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced later tee times starting Friday.
    Due to lower morning temperatures and frost, the first tee times of the day will be scheduled for 9 a.m. The later start times will begin Friday.
    More information can be obtained by calling LAGC at 662-8139.

    Yum Run returns Oct. 27

    The eighth annual Ruby K’s Yum Run is scheduled for Oct. 27.
    The Yum Run includes a 5K run/walk event and a 10K run/walk, as well as a 1K non-competitive fun run. All races start and finish at Ruby K’s on Central Avenue.
    Price for participation is $30 per person for the 5K and 10K races or $90 per family and $15 per person or $35 per family for the 1K.
    All proceeds from the Yum Run event will go to benefit LA Cares.
    Entry forms are available online at rubykbagel.com or may be picked up at Ruby K’s Los Alamos Fitness Center, the YMCA or Mesa Public Library.

    Pickleball group playing at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting an afternoon pickleball group at its gymnasium.
    Pickleball is a tennis-like sport which uses wood paddles and a Whiffle ball that’s played on a badminton court.
    The pickleball group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA.

  • LA and Santa Fe will be playing...

    It’s the single biggest game of the year for both squads.
    If either the Los Alamos Hilltopper or Santa Fe Demon football teams have aspirations to earn the District 2-4A title, they will have to pick up a victory over the other Friday night.
    Los Alamos will host Santa Fe at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner will have clear sailing to the district championship, while the loser will likely be shut out from the 2012 playoffs completely.
    The Hilltoppers opened the 2-4A season with a big 34-0 win over the Bernalillo Spartans last week in Bernalillo.
    In last week’s game, Los Alamos faced a very good running quarterback in Ralf Olguin.
    This week, Los Alamos will face the best running quarterback and one of the top all-around athletes the district has to offer, Jordan Booth-Homer.
    Booth-Homer is averaging better than 4 yards a carry and has 6 rushing touchdowns.
    If that was all Santa Fe’s offense featured, things would be simple for the Hilltopper defense, but Santa Fe also sports one of the district’s best running backs, Anthony Abeyta. Abeyta, a 170-pound senior, is on pace for a 1,000-yard season and is averaging nearly 7 yards per carry.

  • Brothels rescue cash-strapped...

    LARISSA, Greece (AP) — The world's oldest profession is giving a whole new meaning to love of the game.

    Players on a cash-strapped Greek soccer team now wear pink practice jerseys with the logos "Villa Erotica" and "Soula's House of History," two bordellos it recruited as sponsors after drastic government spending cuts left the country's sports clubs facing ruin.

    Other teams have also turned to unconventional financing. One has a deal with a local funeral home and others have wooed kebab shops, a jam factory and producers of Greece's trademark feta cheese.

    But the amateur Voukefalas club — whose players include pizza delivery guys, students, waiters and a bartender — has raised eyebrows with its flamboyant sponsorship choice.

    "Unfortunately, amateur football has been abandoned by almost everyone," said Yiannis Batziolas, the club's youthful chairman, who runs a travel agency and is the team's backup goalkeeper. "It's a question of survival."

  • Cross country JV teams sweep meet

    Here are Los Alamos’ junior varsity and C team results from Saturday’s Los Lunas Invitational:

    JV girls

    Team scores
    1. Los Alamos , 15; 2. Santa Fe Indian School, 68; 3. Grants, 76.

    Individual results
    1. Madison Foley, 20:25; 2. Nica Vasquez, 20:26; 3. Talia Dreicier, 20:26; 4. Sophia Galvez, 20:26; 5. Emily Pittman, 21:15; 7. Anna Wermer, 21:30; 8. Eliana Riciputi, 21:47.

    JV boys

    Team scores
    1. Los Alamos, 15; 2. Santa Fe Indian School, 66; 3. Sandia Prep, 88.

    Individual results
    1. Aaron Bao, 17:58; 2. Cameron Staples, 18:19; 3. Connor Bailey, 18:26; 4. John Rees, 18:33; 5. Victor Kim, 18:35; 6. Hayden Walker, 18:41; 7. Aaron Roybal, 18:46.

    C team girls

    Individual results