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  • Sports Update 06-23-11

    Splash N Dash starts June 29

    The first Splash N Dash of the season will take place June 29 starting at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The Splash N Dash, a free event, is open to the public and is geared toward those training for the Los Alamos Triathlon. Registration for the event is limited to 75 participants.
    Interested participants may sign up at the aquatic center on the day of the event starting at 6:20 p.m. Participants may choose a 400-yard swim and 5K run or a 200-yard swim and 3K run.
    For more information, visit www.triatomics.org/splashndash.

    Firecracker 5K registration is open

  • Running: Wood qualifies for 2012...

    Heather Wood of Los Alamos finished 21st in the 2011 Grandma’s Marathon Saturday women’s race and in doing so qualified for the national Olympic Trials.
    Wood, 24, finished the marathon, held in Duluth, Minn., in 2 hours, 43 minutes, 53 seconds, a little over a minute better than the ‘B’ qualifying standard for the Olympic Trials.
    Wood was a former standout cross country and track and field runner at Los Alamos High School.
    She is the second former LAHS athlete to make a qualifying time in the past six weeks. Magdalena Sandoval-Donahue also qualified for the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., May 1.
    Wood’s father, Blake, finished one second ahead of her at the race.

  • Baseball: Dodgers pick up late...

    The two top-seeded teams in the county’s Class AAA Little League tournament took each other on in the championship game with the Dodgers pulling out a late victory Wednesday night.
    The Giants led by as many as five runs in Wednesday’s game, played at Lou Caveglia Field on North Mesa, but the Dodgers scored six unanswered runs in the final two innings for the win.
    Logan Bishop’s sixth inning hit with the bases loaded gave the Dodgers a 8-7 come-from-behind victory over the Giants. Just an inning before, Jason Manzanares hit a bases-clearing triple to push three runs across and get the Dodgers back into the ballgame.

  • Football: LA finishes 7-on-7...

    The Northern Rio Grande League will wrap up regular season play Thursday night in Pojoaque.
    The league, which is made up of four prep football teams in the area, including the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, has been playing at various locations this month. Following Thursday’s games the teams will move into the playoffs.
    The other three teams taking part in the 7-on-7 league are Española Valley, Santa Fe and Pojoaque. Española Valley, grouped in the Red Zia Division along with Los Alamos, clinched the division title last week with a 7-5 record. Santa Fe and Pojoaque are tied at 8-4 in the Green Division.
    Los Alamos hasn’t fared as well in the league, going 1-11 through 12 games so far.

  • State Notes 06-22-11

    Aggies kicker Stampler is on CFPA watch list

    LAS CRUCES –­ New Mexico State University Placekicker Tyler Stampler has been named to the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Placekicker Watch list.
    The  watch list selections were announced by the CFPA Monday afternoon.
    Stampler is one of 34 kickers that made the watch list and one of three placekickers from the Western Athletic Conference.
    Stampler, a native of Davie, Fla., played in all 12 games for the Aggies in 2010, handling all the field goal and PAT attempts as well as kickoff duties in three games. Stampler led the team in scoring in 2010 with 66 points after hitting 16-of-19 field goals on the season and 18-of-19 on PATs.

  • Topes Notes 06-22-11

    Isotopes roll to big win

  • Tennis: Longest match sequel...

    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Inevitably, the sequel didn’t live up to the original. Not even close.
    The replay of the longest match in tennis history turned out to be a ho-hum Part II, with John Isner beating Nicolas Mahut in straight sets in two hours in the first round at Wimbledon.
    It was a far cry from the 2010 epic, in which Isner triumphed 70-68 in the fifth set of a marathon that lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and stretched over three days.
    “Nothing’s going to live up to that match,” the American said after winning Tuesday’s contest 7-6 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (6). “It wasn’t going to go that long.”

  • Cycling: Calvert, Park are top...

    It was again a tight finish in the top Tour de Los Alamos men’s category.
    The Tour de Los Alamos, celebrating its 39th year, was held Sunday on a 27-mile loop course winding from downtown Los Alamos, past the Back Gate, through White Rock and back up the Truck Route.
    Damian Calvert, one of the top cyclists in the state, who was nipped by just one second in the 2010 Tour, came out on top in a photo finish against Ryan Blickem. Calvert and Blickem tied to the hundredth of a second in the men’s pro/1/2/3 divison.
    Calvert, who just a week earlier won the Pajarito Punishment, won his first Tour de Los Alamos since 2007. Calvert’s winning time was 3 hours, 40 minutes, 8 seconds on the three-lap, 81-mile course.

  • McIlroy wins US Open by 8 shots...

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Every time Rory McIlroy lined up a shot Sunday, there was some sort of record on the line, some kind of history to be made.

    That was this year's U.S. Open version of suspense. There was never any doubt that the kid from Northern Ireland was going to win it.

    In complete control of his emotions and his game, McIlroy never slipped. He won his first major championship by shooting a 2-under 69 at ultra-soft Congressional and closed his four-day onslaught at 16-under 268, eight shots ahead of Jason Day and four shots better than the U.S. Open scoring record formerly held by four players, including men named Woods and Nicklaus.

  • Fishing report 06-19-11

    Anglers!
    Got a fish tale to tell? Let us know!
    Send your stories/photos to lasports@lamonitor.com.

    Northwest
    Animas River: The flow is 4,230 cfs. Fishing is slow and the river is muddy and flowing fast with runoff. The river as stocked with 175 triploid rainbow trout.
    Chama River: Upper section flow is 584 cfs. The river below El Vado, flows at 591 cfs. The upper Chama including the stretch flowing into El Vado has dropped in flow and fishing is improving. Woolly buggers and various bead headed nymphs were reported to be the hot flies. Also worms and Panther Martins are taking fish.