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Today's Sports

  • LA Triathlon gets going on...

    One of the most popular local sporting events of the year is once again on tap.
    The 38th Los Alamos Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday. The multi-sport event consists of a 20K bike leg, followed by a 400-meter swim, followed by a 5K run.
    The competition, which is hosted by Los Alamos County’s Recreation department, starts at 7 a.m.
    This year, the competitors in the elite category will actually go out singularly, in time-trial format, with 20 seconds passing in between each individual competitor — in past years, the elite athletes have gone out in the opening wave along with other competitors.
    The Los Alamos Triathlon is part of the Southwest Challenge Series. Despite being demoted to an “aquathlon” two years ago — the bike leg was eliminated in 2010 because of road work being done on Diamond Drive — the triathlon is believed to be the oldest multi-sport event in the United States.
    Nearly 200 athletes competed in the 2011 triathlon.

  • Sports Update 08-17-12

    Youth soccer officiating clinic is set for Sunday

    An United States Soccer Federation Grade 9 referee clinic is scheduled for Sunday 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.

     

  • Marr wins handily at Pace Race

    Duane Marr picked up a comfortable win at Tuesday’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Tuesday’s race included two possible courses, one of which was a challenging course near S-Site.
    Marr had an adjusted error of just three seconds on the 1-mile course, one of just two runners to finish with an error of under 30 seconds. Joan Williams had an adjusted error of 27 seconds on the 1-mile course, while Roxana Candia was off by 59 seconds on the 3-mile course.
    The fastest runner on the 3-mile course was Ted Romero, who finished in 25:05. The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Duncan Fuehne, who had a time of 7:28.
    The next Pace Race will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. It will start at Rocket Park in While Rock.
    For more information on the race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, call 672-1639.

  • Outdoor Notes 08-17-12

    Outdoor Expo is this weekend in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE – Outdoors enthusiasts and those interested can learn more about numerous sporting activities Saturday and Sunday at the 11th annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo at Albuquerque Shooting Range Park.
    The family-friendly event will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.
    Certified instructors will provide one-on-one instruction in how to safely shoot .22 rifles and pistols, shotguns and muzzleloaders. Expert archers will provide hands-on guidance with bows and arrows, and experienced anglers will teach fly and spin casting, and show how to tie fishing flies that really catch fish.
    Other activities include a kayak pool, climbing wall and fishing demonstrations featuring live game fish in a huge aquarium. Visitors also can learn the rules of the off-road and how to safely operate an off-highway vehicle on the department’s OHV simulator. Dozens of organizations, sporting clubs and other groups will be on hand to promote outdoor recreation and conservation.
    For more information, call 505-222-4731 or visit wildlife.state.nm.us.

     

  • Fishing Report 08-17-12

    Northwest

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using topwater lures, tubes, olive colored wooly buggers and grubs for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair trolling spinner/nightcrawler combinations and crank baits for walleye. Most of the walleye were in the 14- to 17-inch range with two reported over 20 inches. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to upper 70s.
    Animas River: As of Monday morning, flow near Aztec was 170 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using swim baits, crank baits, jerk baits and big spinners for tiger musky. Recommend releasing short fish as soon as possible to keep them healthy and a big catch for the future. This past week Kc and Ed Chavez of Peralta caught and released 16 tiger musky in the 20 to 38 inch range. Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait for catfish. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 70s.
    Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 721 cfs and 890 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for rainbow trout. A few brown trout were taken by anglers using Panther Martins and nightcrawlers. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.

  • 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).