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Today's Sports

  • Santa Fe's Fiorina wins...

    Chanet Fiorina cruised to a big victory to claim her first New Mexico State Amateur Championship Thursday.
    Fiorina, from Santa Fe, rolled to a decisive 6 and 4 win over Albuquerque’s Nancy Romero in the finale of the state match-play tournament. The tournament concluded Thursday at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Fiorina, one of the top prep players in New Mexico last year, closed out each of her three state tournament matches early, but her biggest win came against Romero, a well-respected amateur.
    Meanwhile, the youngest player in the field, Darian Zachek of Deming, bounced back from a 1-up loss in the first round to win her final two tournament contests, including Thursday’s victory over Tami Martinson, one of Los Alamos’ top competitors.

  • Denver, Dallas face off

    Following the long spring and summer lockout, the National Football League will be back in action tonight.
    The first preseason games of 2011 will start this evening, including the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys, who will meet tonight at Cowboys Stadium. Game time is 6:30 p.m. MDT.
    Other games set for tonight include Jacksonville at New England (5:30 p.m.), Baltimore at Philadelphia (5:30 p.m.), Seattle at San Diego (6 p.m.) and Arizona at Oakland (8 p.m.). Seattle at San Diego will be televised on ESPN while Denver at Dallas will be broadcast on KASY channel 50.
    The 2011 season opener is scheduled for Sept. 8. It pits the last two Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers.

  • Topes Notes 08-11-11

    Homestand closes with loss
    The Albuquerque Isotopes ended a dismal homestand with a loss Wednesday night to the Salt Lake City Bees.
    With the Isotopes trying to tread water in the PCL American South division with about three weeks remaining in the regular season, they could only manage three wins in eight games at Isotopes Park, including Wednesday night’s 10-7 loss.
    Albuquerque still has eight games remaining with division-leading Round Rock, five of them at home, but trail Round Rock by nine games.

  • Romero, Fiorina win and advance...

    Nancy Romero and Chanet Fiorina survived the semifinal round of the New Mexico State Amateur Championship tournament Wednesday.
    The match play tournament concluded today at Los Alamos Golf Course. Today’s results weren’t available as of press time.
    Romero and Fiorina met this morning in the championship after picking up wins in Wednesday’s semifinal round. Romero nipped defending state champion Marisa Bautista 2 and 1 while Fiorina picked up a solid 4 and 3 victory over Rosemary McKeown.
    Fiorina closed out her first round opponent, Kathy Smith, early Tuesday, winning 3 and 2, while Romero needed extra holes to top Susan Daniels in the first round.

  • 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.