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Today's Sports

  • Track and field: Pole Position

    Los Alamos’ Chris Ryan heads over the pole vault bar, set at 11 feet, during the Hilltoppers’ home meet April 8.

    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams  will take part in the two-day Harper Invitational starting Friday. The Harper Invite, which is hosted by the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, is usually one of the most competitive meets of the regular season.

    Many of the top teams from the Albuquerque area are expected to make an appearance at that meet, which continues through Saturday.

  • Softball: LA claims share of...

    The good news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was that it finished the first half of the District 2-4A season with a share of the lead.
    The bad news, however, is that the Hilltoppers will have to play out the remainder of the district season on the road.
    Due to a scheduling anomaly, the Hilltoppers played all six of their home district games in row, but now will have to take their show on the road for the balance of the season. As unsettling as that may be, there are many worse places to be starting a long road stretch than at the top looking down.

  • MLB takes over control of Dodgers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is taking the extraordinary step of assuming control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team increasingly paralyzed by the bitter divorce of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt.

    Once among baseball's glamour franchises, the Dodgers have been consumed by infighting since Jamie McCourt filed for divorce after 30 years of marriage in October 2009, one week after her husband fired her as the team's chief executive. Frank McCourt accused Jamie of having an affair with her bodyguard-driver and performing poorly at work.

    Selig told Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt that he will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the club.

  • Topes Notes 04-20-11

    Tuesday’s game at Iowa rained out

    The Albuquerque Isotopes’ game Tuesday against the Iowa Cubs was postponed by rain.
    Instead, the two teams tried to squeeze two games in today. Results of the first game, which started at 11:05 a.m., weren’t available as of press time.
    Albuquerque, the Triple-A franchise of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was scheduled to start its four-game series at Iowa Tuesday. That series started following Albuquerque’s successful trip to Oklahoma City, where it took 2-of-3 contests in that series.
    Albuquerque lost opening game against Oklahoma City Friday, but won Saturday’s and Monday’s games with pitchers Roman Colon and Jon Link earning the victories.

  • State roundup 04-20-11

    Aggies softball blanks Lobos

    The New Mexico State University softball team shut out New Mexico 6-0 to extend its win streak to six consecutive games at Lobo Field Tuesday.
    NMSU (33-12) opened with a pair of runs early in the second inning and then added four more in the top of the sixth to clinch its third straight win over UNM in Albuquerque.
    Junior Tiare Jennings ripped a home run for the fifth straight game as the Aggies spread nine hits over seven innings. Meanwhile, Aggie right-hander Celisha Walker earned her fifth win of the season in the circle.
    The Aggies got a measure of revenge with Tuesday’s win. The Lobos (17-18) won a 3-2 decision in Las Cruces April 4.

  • Swimming: Lake signs to join...

    Friends attending his signing ceremony joked Dylan Lake decided to move to Lakeland, Fla., just so he wouldn’t forget the name of his new town.
    But there’s no joking about Lake’s talent in the water.
    Lake, a Los Alamos High School senior, signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Florida Southern College during a ceremony at the school last week. Lake will join the FSC Mocs’ men’s swim team next year.
    The Mocs — short for Moccasins — finished eighth in the NCAA Division-II National Swimming Championships last month and Lake is thrilled to be joining the program.
    Moreover, he’s happy to be through with the process of figuring out where he might spend the next four years.

  • Basketball: Billups' knee...

    BOSTON (AP) — Toney Douglas played well when he replaced an injured Chauncey Billups during the regular season.
    There’s much more at stake now.
    In only his third season, Douglas said he’s prepared if, as expected, Billups, the 13-year veteran point guard, misses tonight’s Game 2 of the New York Knicks’ first-round playoff series with the Boston Celtics with a sore left knee.
    Billups is “very questionable,” coach Mike D’Antoni said Monday.
    If he is out, it will be up to Douglas to direct an offense led by Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
    “I’m ready,” Douglas said Monday. “The hardest part is getting my body ready for that situation.”

  • Sports update 04-19-11

    Sundevils move into second place in baseball standings

    The Española Valley Sundevils baseball team swept a crucial doubleheader against the Santa Fe Demons Saturday to keep pace with the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in the District 2-4A standings.
    The two teams wore out home plate in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Santa Fe, as the Sundevils prevailed 27-12. In the second game, the Sundevils earned a healthy 14-4 victory.
    The two wins put Española Valley at 5-2 in the 2-4A race — and 10-9 overall, the only district team with a season record above .500 — and trail Los Alamos by just 1-1/2 games in the district standings.

  • Golf: LA takes 3rd, 5th at its...

    A pair of Los Alamos’ District 2-4A rivals won the Los Alamos Spring Invitational golf tournament Monday.
    Monday’s tournament, the only home appearance by Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers during the spring 2011 regular season, was held at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament consisted of nine boys teams and four girls teams.
    The Bernalillo Spartans held off a crowded field at the top of the boys competition, earning a team score of 346. In all, six teams, including Los Alamos, were within 13 shots of the team title. Bosque, which finished as the team runner-up, was just one shot behind Bernalillo while third-place finisher Santa Fe was just three shots back of the team lead.

  • Running: So much for that tough...

    BOSTON (AP) — The rest of the world can debate whether Geoffrey Mutai set a record when he blistered the Boston Marathon course in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds — the fastest anyone has ever run 26.2 miles.

    From Hopkinton to Copley Square, there is no doubt.

    "We had a stunning performance and an immensely fast time here today," Tom Grilk, the head of the Boston Athletic Association, said on Monday. "We in Boston are well-pleased with what has happened, and that's good unto itself. The definitions of others, I will leave to them."

    Mutai outsprinted Moses Mosop down Boylston Street to win by 4 seconds, and the two Kenyans each beat Haile Gebrselassie's sanctioned world record of 2:03:59.