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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Topes Notes 08-09-11

    Bees sting Isotopes, 9-6

    The Albuquerque Isotopes dropped the second of its four-game home series to the Salt Lake City Bees Monday night.
    The Bees scored five runs in the fifth inning, four of them charged to starter John Ely, to win Monday’s contest 9-6.
    The two teams meet again tonight at 7:05 p.m. The series and the current Istopes homestand wraps up Wednesday.
    Salt Lake City finished with 16 hits in the game, 11 off Ely (6-5), who lasted just 4-1/3 innings.
    Albuquerque dropped the series opener to Salt Lake City, 11-8 Sunday. It trails Round Rock by nine games in the PCL American Southern division with 25 games remaining in the 2011 season.

  • Real Madrid signs a 7-year-old...

    MADRID (AP) — He has a contract with one of soccer’s biggest clubs and the same long, floppy hair and nickname Leo of his idol, Lionel Messi.
    It may take awhile, however, before Leonel Angel Coira can match the wondrous Messi: He is 7 years old.
    Real Madrid said Monday it signed the Argentine prodigy to its youth academy after seeing him in tryouts. He will start training with Madrid’s youth team in September.
    Coira hopes to follow the path set by Messi, a countryman who joined Barcelona from the Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys as a teenager and has gone on to win the World Player of the Year award two times.

  • Muscling In

    he 2011 Southern Rockies Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition was held Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The contest included 25 competitors in 10 different experience and age divisions  this year.

     

  • Sports Update 08-07-11

    Boys soccer tryouts start Monday

    Tryouts for the Los Alamos High School boys soccer program will start Monday and continue through Aug. 12.
    Tryouts for the 2011 boys soccer season will start at 8 a.m. each day.
    All physical examinations and paperwork must be completed and turned in before athletes are allowed to participate. Forms are available at the school’s athletics website, www.laschools.net/athletics/site/default.asp.
    Tryouts will run from 8-9:30 a.m. at North Mesa Field and 4-6:30 p.m. at Overlook Park. Participants will need running shoes, cleats, shin guards (afternoon session only) and water.

    Cross country workouts starting

  • Firecracker still has some bang...

    Local runner Viki Saga was the last person to sign up for Saturday’s 5K race, but she was the first woman to finish.
    Saga outdistanced Adrienne Larson in the women’s race of Saturday’s Firecracker 5K, finishing the race in 19 minutes, 8 seconds to win.
    The Firecracker 5K, which is sponsored by the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, attracted 154 runners this year. The race, which has become something of an Independence Day tradition in Los Alamos, was postponed this year due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire in late June.
    That postponement actually worked out well for Albuquerque’s Ryan Fenton, who was the top overall finisher Saturday. Fenton turned in a blazing time of 15 minutes, 14.44 seconds, cruising to the win.