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Today's Sports

  • LA blanked in 4A preseason...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team appears to have something to prove to the rest of Class 4A this season.
    The Hilltoppers, who open their season Aug. 27 at Pojoaque, didn’t garner a single vote in the first New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll of the year. The polls were released Wednesday.
    Los Alamos, which is coming off a 4-6 season, went 3-1 in District 2-4A, finishing second in that race but failed to make the state playoffs. However, some unanswered questions about the team, most notably how it will fill the quarterback spot after the departure of Kory Balog, remain heading into the 2011 season.

  • Early season games are moved to...

    Things are still progressing at Sullivan Field, but not quite as quickly as was hoped.
    Los Alamos High School has had to move some early fall season games from Sullivan Field to White Rock, but athletic director Vicki Nelms said she thinks work should be completed in time for one of the school’s premier fall events.
    Sullivan Field, the longtime home of Los Alamos’ football and soccer teams, is getting its old natural grass surface replaced with artificial surface.
    Work began on Sullivan Field just days after the 2010-11 sports season finished.

  • Topes Notes 08-10-11

    Offense comes up big as Isotopes rout Bees

    The Albuquerque Isotopes pounded out 21 hits Tuesday night to pick up the first win of their series against the Salt Lake City Bees.
    Trevor Hoffman went 5-for-5 with five RBI and eight of the nine Isotopes hitters in the game got at least two hits as the Isotopes won big, 19-6, at Isotopes Park.
    Albuquerque failed to score in just two at-bats Tuesday. It went up 6-2 after two innings and 8-3 after four innings before scoring eight runs in the bottom of the seventh.
    The Isotopes had 10 runs and 13 hits off Bees starter Matt Palmer (7-10, 7.37 ERA), who lasted just 4-1/3 innings.

  • NNMSMGA tournament results

    Reid Griffith of Los Alamos was among the top performers during Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association play.
    Griffith had a net score of 72 at Albuquerque Country Club Aug. 1,
    The NNMSMGA held a pair of tournaments last week, at the Albuquerque Country Club and at Twin Warriors Golf Course at Santa Ana Pueblo.
    Also from Los Alamos, Bob Quick finished with the low gross score in the first flight Aug. 1 and Spike Jones had the second low gross score in the second flight.

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments from Albuquerque Country Club and Twin Warriors Golf Club.

    Albuquerque Country Club,
    Aug. 1

    Championship flight

  • Bautista moves on to semis

    Defending state women’s champion Marisa Bautista knocked off top local player Tami Martinson to move on to the semifinals of the women’s New Mexico State Amateur Championship tournament.
    Bautista topped Martinson 3 and 2 to move on to the semifinals of the tournament, which is being played at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament continues through Thursday.
    A pair of matches in Tuesday’s first round were decided by scores of 3 and 2 while the other two contests went right down to the wire.

  • Kirk is OK following back surgery

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball standout Alex Kirk underwent back surgery Tuesday.

    Kirk, who will be going into his sophomore year at the University of New Mexico, now plays for the Lobos.

    The surgery was performed in Phoenix and the 6-foot-11 center was resting comfortably afterwards.

    Lobo head coach Steve Alford said Tuesday Kirk had undergone “very successful back surgery to relieve a herniated disc….We fully expect that Alex will recover 100 percent.”

    Alan Kirk, Alex Kirk’s father and his high school coach, is with his son in Phoenix and said the surgery went well, although it was unclear how much rehabilitation Alex would need before returning.

  • Zachek paces state amateur...

    Darian Zachek took a solid victory Monday in the qualifying round of the New Mexico State Amateur Championship tournament.
    Zachek shot a 3-over 75 Monday to pace the qualifying tournament, winning by three strokes over Chanet Fiorina and Nancy Romero.
    Los Alamos Golf Course is hosting the women’s state tournament, which started with single-elimination match play this morning. The tournament continues through Thursday.
    The top seven finishers in Monday’s qualifier advanced to the championship flight of the match-play event. The 2010 state amateur champ, Marisa Bautista, got an automatic bid into the tournament, although she didn’t need it, finishing sixth in the stroke-play qualifier.

  • LAFC's Webb earns a C-...

    A pair of Los Alamos Fencing Club epeeists turned in impressive performances at the Santa Fe Roasters competition.
    The Santa Fe Roasters fencing competition was held July 30 at the New Mexico Fencing Foundation.
    Club newcomer Patrick Webb had a big showing at the tournament in the men’s open epee division.
    For his part, Webb finished in third place, losing only to eventual champion Gavin Medeley, a collegiate competitor at Ohio State University.
    For his finish in the tournament, Webb earned a ‘C’ rating — he went into the weekend unranked.

  • Sports Update 08-09-11

    Fall sports meeting is Wednesday

    The fall sports meeting for Los Alamos High School will be held Wednesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    All athletes competing in a fall sport and their parents must attend this meeting or schedule a make-up meeting with Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms. The meeting will start at 6 p.m.
    Following the conclusion of the fall sports meeting, athletes will attend sports-specific meetings with their head coaches.
    For more information, call 663-2531.

    Final Splash N Dash of season set

    The final Splash N Dash of the season will take place Wednesday starting at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The event starts at 7 p.m.

  • Pushing the Pace

    Competitors running in Saturday’s Firecracker 5K race (l-r) Tim Wermer, Kevin Hemphill and Ryan Fenton lead the pack at the halfway point. Fenton would eventually pull away and win the race with a time of 15 minutes, 14.44 seconds. Over 150 runners took part in Saturday’s run.