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  • Davie, Lobos looking to turn...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Coming off three consecutive one-win seasons and a turbulent era under Mike Locksley that saw the first-time head coach fired in the middle of last season, the University of New Mexico’s football program is struggling to make progress.
    Former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie has been brought in to restore some Lobos luster, but he last walked the sidelines a decade ago, spending the time since as an analyst with ESPN.
    And Davie acknowledged things are far from glowing as New Mexico prepares for the upcoming season.
    “I’m sure every team we play, they’re looking at that schedule and saying, ‘We’re going to beat New Mexico,’ “ he said.
    This despite returning 16 starters on both sides of the ball, among the most in the Mountain West.
    “We don’t care how many players we have back,” Davie said. “Because they haven’t won, so I don’t know that that matters a whole lot. We’re really starting over.”
    The makeover starts with the offense, which will be employing a hybrid, shotgun/option package.

  • Sports Update 08-22-12

    Golf tourney will benefit LA baseball, softball
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will host a fundraising golf tournament Saturday.
    The Diamonds in the Rough tournament is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Los Alamos Golf Course. Price for participation is $80 per player, which includes greens fees, cart and dinner.
    The tournament is a 4-player scramble, blind bogey format. Prizes for top scores and closest to the pin will be awarded.
    For registration or hole sponsorship information, call Jamie Aslin at 699-2320 or Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

  • Scrimmages set for Saturday

    While most Los Alamos High School sports aren’t officially getting their seasons started just yet, there will be plenty of them in action Saturday.
    The fall 2011 season for most teams gets going next week, but Saturday the Los Alamos football, volleyball and cross country teams will all be involved in preseason events.
    The Hilltopper football team, which is coming off a 2011 postseason appearance, its first in three years, will travel to Bloomfield for a preseason scrimmage. The Hilltoppers, who have several key offensive and defensive players returning this season, topped Bloomfield during the 2011 regular season, winning in a nail-biter, 21-20.
    Closer to home, the Los Alamos volleyball team will take part in the Española Valley Jamboree preseason scrimmage. That scrimmage will be hosted by the Hilltoppers’ arch-rivals, the Española Valley Sundevils.
    That scrimmage is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.
    In cross country, both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams will be at La Cueva for a preseason scrimmage. The Hilltoppers and Bears regularly meet in the preseason in Albuquerque.

  • Pushing the Pace

    The 38th annual Los Alamos Triathlon took place Saturday. The event included a 20K bike leg, a 400-meter swim and a 5K run.

  • Topes Notes 08-21-12

    Zephyrs pound Isotopes
    Pounding out 17 hits and scoring 10 runs wasn’t nearly enough for the Albuquerque Isotopes against the New Orleans Zephyrs Monday.
    The Zephyrs came up with 23 hits to win going away, 20-10 at Isotopes Park in the third of a critical four-game set between the two teams.
    Nevertheless, the Isotopes will still head into the series finale tonight with a 3-game lead over the Zephyrs in the PCL American Southern division. The finale is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. in Albuquerque.
    Just two games separated the two teams heading into the series opener Saturday, but the Isotopes took the first two games by counts of 3-1 and 6-0.
    Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve (6-8) gave up seven earned runs, including four homers, in two-plus innings of work Monday. He didn’t record an out in the third inning and allowed three runs, giving the Zephyrs a 7-2 lead at the time.

  • Aquatomics finish 11th at state...

    Ashlynn Bennett of the Los Alamos Aquatomics finished as the third-highest scorer in her age group at the New Mexico Long Course Championship meet.
    The state long course championship was July 19-22 at the Farmington Aquatic Center. In all, 22 teams and 446 swimmers took part.
    Bennett, swimming in the girls 15-16 age group, picked up victories in the 400-yard freestyle, the 200 freestyle and the 200 butterfly, as well as turning in a runner-up performance in the 200 individual medley and a third-place finish in the 50 butterfly.
    As a team, the Aquatomics, who had 23 representatives at the meet, finished 11th among the participating club-level teams.
    Among the other top scorers for the Aquatomics were Alex Jaegers, who scored 32 points in the boys 13-14 competition, Ian Jaegers, who had 11 points in boys 10 and under, and Nick Greenfield, Alana Goodwin and Max Corliss, all of whom finished with five points.

    Here are the results for the Los Alamos Aquatomics at the New Mexico State Long Course Championship meet July 19-22 (name, division, event, place, time):

    Ashlynn Bennett,
    girls 15-16
    200 individual medley, 2, 2:41.73; 100 butterfly, 5, 1:16.57; 400 freestyle, 1, 5:05.44; 200 freestyle, 1, 2:26.34; 50 butterfly, 3, 32.23; 200 butterfly, 1, 2:43.46.

    Jillian Bennett,

  • UNM volleyball is sixth in MW...

    The University of New Mexico Lobo volleyball team is hoping to turn an underwhelming showing in the preseason Mountain West poll into some motivation.

    The Lobos finished sixth in the preseason poll, released last week. In that poll, the Colorado State University Rams were selected as the favorite, followed by San Diego State and Wyoming.

    The Lobos lost three key players off last season's squad — Kelly Williamson, Ashley Rhoades and Allison Buck — that went 16-14 and finished fifth in MW play, losing in the opening round of the conference tournament to Wyoming.

    UNM opens its season with the Lobo Classic tournament, which starts Friday.

    This season, Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson decided not to pit a younger, less-experienced team like he has this year, against top-shelf opponents like the program has faced in the recent past.

    "I think it's perfect for what this team needs," said Nelson, talking about his regular season schedule. "It doesn't feature the Nebraska or the Stanford of the past couple of years, but I don't think we needed to (play them) right now. We are committed to getting our youth confident at playing college volleyball."

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  • Sports Update 08-19-12

    Officiating clinic set for today
    An United States Soccer Federation Grade 9 referee clinic is scheduled for this morning at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Community Field.
    The clinic is a one-day, nine-hour class. Registration is at 8 a.m. and instruction will start promptly at 8:15 a.m.
    Grade 9 is entry-level officiating for those interested in calling Los Alamos Youth Soccer League games. Interested participants should be at least 12 years old or entering the seventh grade.
    Price for the clinic is $70, including a $45 USSF registration fee and a $25 clinic fee, which may be reimbursed for those officials who referee three LAYSL games.
    Those interested in participating are asked to contact LAYSL referee coordinator Amy Regan at 672-3623 or laysl.ref.coordinator@gmail.com prior to the clinic.

  • Los Alamos Triathlon results 08-...

    1. Chip Cooper, 33:06, 6:34, 18:35, 59:47; 2. Jimmy Archer, 33:07, 6:17, 19:03, 1:00:25; 3. Scott Archer, 34:08, 7:13, 19:27, 1:02:25; 4. Steve Morley, 35:25, 8:42, 18:49, 1:05:16; 5. Mark Wald-Hopkins, 35:27, 8:42, 18:49, 1:05:16; 6. Tim Gallegos, 42:43, 9:42, 26:09, 1:21:17.

    Elite women

    1. Liz Miller, 38:42, 7:19, 21:27, 1:09:30; 2. Amy Regan, 37:40, 8:03, 21:49, 1:10:05; 3. Kim Katko, 39:34, 7:10, 22:29, 1:11:23; 4. Sanna Sevanto, 40:11, 10:22, 22:39, 1:15.54; 5. Jeri Sullivan, 42:24, 8:28, 30:26, 1:24:08.

    Boys 11-14

    1. Quinn Abfalterer, 56:30, 11:59, 27:23, 1:40:40.

    Boys 15-19

    1. Adam Payne, 50:44, 8:07, 27:26, 1:29.33.

    Men 20-24

    1. Curtis Christensen, 37:25, 12:56, 20:32, 1:13:21.

    Men 25-29

    1. Adam Martinez, 36:14, 8:46, 21:51, 1:09:19; 2. Ben Katko, 47:20, 9:14, 26:31, 1:25:36; 3. AJ Martinez, 44:39, 11:30, 25:39, 1:25:39; 4. Shawn Parks, 47:07, 17:14, 31:59, 1:41:18.

    Men 30-34