Today's Sports

  • Fishing Report 11-25-11


    Animas River: The flow is 359 cfs. Flows continue to run high from runoff and the water is murky. The river is reported as good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms.

  • Denver puts Orton on waiver wire

    Kyle Orton has gone from Jay Cutler’s replacement to Tim Tebow’s backup to the unemployment line.
    The Broncos released the 29-year-old veteran quarterback Tuesday, six
    weeks after benching him following a 1-4 start.
    “I spoke with Kyle and thanked him for everything he did for the Broncos. He was a true professional throughout this season. I’ve got a great deal of respect for him as both a player and as a person,’’ coach John Fox said in a statement. “This was the right decision for our football team. We feel good about our quarterback group, and this gives Kyle an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents.’’
    Orton shouldn’t stay unemployed for long.

  • Romo's Turkey day could be...

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — The first time Tony Romo started a Thanksgiving game for the Dallas Cowboys “Romo-mania” was so frenzied that a group of fans strung together the letters in his name and hung it alongside the Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium.
    Security guards made the fans take it down before kickoff, which sure looked foolish considering what Romo did next: five touchdown passes, tying a club record, all in just the first three quarters. Club owner Jerry Jones was so giddy afterward that he joked about firing those security guards.
    Five years later, Romo has yet to live up to the hope and hype of those heady days. But another wave of “Romo-mania” may not be far away.

  • Sports Update 11-24-11

    Half marathon set for Dec. 10

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will hold its High Altitude Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run Dec. 10.
    The run will start at the YMCA. Race time is 8 a.m.
    Registrations are being accepted at the YMCA or online at www.laymca.org or active.com. Price for participation for the half marathon is $50 through Nov. 30 and $25 for the 5K.
    The event will benefit the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
    For more information, call 662-3100.

    LAHS cheerleading clinic is scheduled for Dec. 3

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cheerleading team will hold a clinic Dec. 3.

  • Toppers take on Pojoaque’s Elks...

    A quick glance at the upcoming Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball schedule reveals plenty of stiff competition.
    But heading in, the team has two big games in the back of its collective mind.
    “In practice everyday when we’re doing something, we’re always thinking, ‘is this fast enough to beat Española?’” said Hilltopper center Hayley Each.
    The Hilltoppers finished the 2010-11 season with a record of 13-15. They finished as the runner-up in District 2-4A for the third straight season, all of them behind Española Valley.

  • Northern N.M. falls big, 80-49

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Gaellan Bewernick posted his first career double-double and four Northern Arizona players scored in double figures in an 80-49 win over Northern New Mexico on Tuesday.
    Bewernick scored 14 points on 7 of 9 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds, which were both career highs. James Douglas scored 14 off the bench, Stallon Saldivar added 11 and Durrell Norman netted 10 points for the Lumberjacks (2-3), who have won back-to-back games after dropping their first three to begin the season.
    Daniel Molina and Mario Caetano each scored 10 points for the Eagles (0-1), who have lost 20 straight dating to last season.

  • Ski areas open for holiday

    Thanksgiving Day often marks the start of the winter skiing and snowboarding season and this year is no exception.
    Sipapu was the first ski area open for the 2011-12 season, welcoming snowriders on Saturday. Red River, despite a marginal snow base, did get its season underway today, while Taos Ski Valley is planning for a Thursday opening, according to skinewmexico.com.
    Also open for the season was Enchanted Forest, which caters to cross-country skiers.
    For local skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Pajarito Mountain isn’t open and isn’t even venturing to guess when it might be open. Pajarito invested in snowmaking capabilities two years ago but couldn’t use it for the 2010-11 season due to a problem with its water storage apparatus.

  • Toppers hold on in opener to win

    For three-plus quarters, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team got a taste of how far it had come in less than a calendar year.
    For a good chunk of the fourth quarter, however, it also got a taste of what can happen when it doesn’t execute.
    The Hilltoppers opened their 2011-12 season with a victory over the Kirtland Central Broncos Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hilltoppers built up a 21-point lead in the third quarter but the Broncos went on an 18-6 run stretching nearly six minutes late.
    Before disaster struck, however, Los Alamos got a big fast break bucket from Nick Baker with 1:38 remaining. Baker would also take a charge on a Kirtland Central move to the basket late to help seal a 62-53 victory.

  • Verlander picks up AL MVP this...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander figured time had run out on his chance to become the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to be voted Most Valuable Player.
    Last Tuesday, he found out about 12:40 p.m. that he was a unanimous winner of the AL Cy Young Award.
    It was closing in on 1 p.m. Monday, and he still hadn’t gotten word on the MVP.
    “I had told myself that it wasn’t going to happen,” he said. “I figured somebody else got the call.”
    Not to worry, there was just a slight delay because Verlander didn’t give the Baseball Writers’ Association of America his telephone number, forcing the BBWAA to relay the news through Brian Britten, the Detroit Tigers’ director of media relations.

  • Hilltoppers fall in first two...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team took a pair of losses to open its 2011-12 season.
    Los Alamos played a doubleheader Saturday in the Albuquerque area. It dropped Saturday morning’s contest 2-0 to the Eldorado Eagles, then was knocked off 6-1 by the Cibola Cougars in the nightcap.
    Los Alamos was the final New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League team to start the season. Most other teams in the league play in indoor rinks and don’t have to wait for the colder temperatures the Hilltoppers have to. Los Alamos also was unable to use the county’s ice rink due to the closure of West Road and cleanup after the flooding prevention steps taken.