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Today's Sports

  • Hey Now, You're All-Stars

    Here are the members of the 2014 Los Alamos Junior All-Star softball team. Bottom row, from left: Katelynn Thorn, Shelby Milligan, Jayde Tucker, Lauren Harris, Katlyn Terp, Jordan Jaramillo, coach Audra Tucker. Back row, from left: coach Terran Robertson, Michaela Robertson, Reyna Lucero, coach Michaela Christensen, Kasia Povijua, Mackenzie Kieltyka, Savannah Martinez, manager Robbie Harris.

    The Los Alamos All-Stars will compete in the southwestern regional tournament starting Saturday morning. The tournament will be played at Santa Fe’s Alto Park. The winner of that tournament advances to the Little League World Series. michael p. young/Courtesy

  • Isotopes open series Saturday

    The Albuquerque Isotopes will wrap up their road trip tonight in Sacramento ahead of its quick, four-game set at home this weekend.
    The Isotopes will take on the Tacoma Rainiers starting Saturday. The home series is scheduled to continue through Monday in Albuquerque.
    Albuquerque’s current road swing hasn’t gone as well as the team had hoped. Albuquerque was held to just two runs Wednesday night, then was shut out Thursday by Sacramento.
    With that 5-0 loss, the Isotopes slipped to 9-1/2 games back of the Las Vegas 51s in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern standings, the same deficit they faced in the division at the All-Star break.
    Prior to Wednesdsay’s and Thursday’s losses, the Isotopes had gone 11-4 in their previous 15 games.
    Only about a month remains in the regular season for PCL teams.

  • Fishing Report 08-01-14

    Northwest
     
    Abiquiu Lake: Night fishing was fair to good using liver and hot dogs for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using top water lures, jerk baits, swim baits and tubes for smallmouth bass. A few walleye were caught by anglers using jig and craw and jig and curly tail combinations over 20 to 30 feet of water. We had no reports on other species.

    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec Monday morning was 306cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using top water lures, crank baits and suspending jerk baits for tiger musky. Ken and Kathy Roberts of Tucson had a great time here mid-month. It was the highlight of a three-week trip, which included stops at Quemado, Cochiti and the Taos area lakes, and streams where they had a great time fishing, enjoying the scenery and meeting nice people. Ken caught and released 16 tiger musky with the biggest being 36 inches. He was using swim baits and spinner baits and fishing the east side of the lake. 
We had no reports of catfish or trout. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use baitfish at this lake. 

    Brazos River: Trout fishing was slow.


  • Alex Kirk to be at Chili Works

    One of the most popular local breakfast spots will have a special guest Saturday.
    Alex Kirk, the former Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball star who’s currently trying his luck to latch on with a NBA team, will make an appearance at Chili Works on Trinity Drive.
    Weather permitting, Kirk will hold an autograph session at the restaurant. He’s scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. and his session will run through noon.
    “It will be kind of fun if it works out right,” said Jason Moss of Chili Works.
    It’s been an eventful past month or so for Kirk. Kirk threw his hat into the ring for the NBA draft, which occurred June 26.
    He wasn’t selected in the draft, but was invited by the Cleveland Cavaliers to take part in the NBA’s Summer League tournament earlier this month. He appeared in all four of the Cavaliers’ games during that tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., starting one of them.
    Kirk returned to Los Alamos to chill out for a bit following the Summer League and announced he would make a stop at Chili Works earlier this week.
    The restaurant, best known for its breakfast burritos, has Saturday hours from 7 a.m.-noon. Kirk will be set up on the patio of the restaurant.
    Interested fans are encouraged to bring items for him to sign.

  • Alex Kirk Day set for Aug. 9

    Alex Kirk accepts a proclamation declaring Saturday, Aug. 9 “Alex Kirk Day” in Los Alamos County from councilor Steve Girrens. Girrens quipped about the shortest councilor being chosen to present to the tallest recipient. 

  • Isotopes strand 8 runners in loss

    The Albuquerque Isotopes got some runners on base Wednesday night against the Sacramento River Cats. They just couldn’t knock them in.
    The Isotopes (53-59) finished with 8 hits and drew a pair of walks against the River Cats (63-49), but managed just single tallies in the third and seventh innings.
    But with a rough start for pitcher Drew Carpenter that had the Isotopes in a hole early, even finding some of those hits might not have mattered.
    Sacramento won game two of the four-game series 7-2. Albuquerque and Sacramento will play today and Friday before the Isotopes return home for a quick, four-game series against Tacoma starting Saturday.
    Carpenter lasted just four innings, giving up four earned runs and six hits during that time, including surrendering three runs in the bottom of the first. Despite posting an ERA of 7.76 runs, that was Carpenter’s first loss of the season.
    But the Isotope batters didn’t do the pitching staff any favors. The Isotopes left 8 runners on base in the game and went just 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
    Sacramento starting pitcher Arnold Leon (10-5) bent but didn’t break, giving up seven hits but just the two runs.
    Despite Wednesday’s loss, Albuquerque has been playing well of late, going 11-5 in its last 16 games.

  • Golf course to host 2-day LA...

    The title of top golfer in Los Alamos County is once again up for grabs this weekend.
    Los Alamos Golf Course will host the City Championship tournament starting Saturday. The City tournament is a two-day affair consisting of 36 holes of stroke play.
    Based on the race for last year’s men’s title, anything can happen between the first day and the second day.
    In 2013, City tournament veteran Ted Ball fired a 2-under 70 in the first round and, going into the clubhouse, had a 4-shot advantage over his closest opponent, Cale Jones.
    But Jones came back in the second round, equaling Ball’s day one total. Unfortunately for Ball, he struggled in the second day, managing only an 88, and no one else came within 3 shots of Jones’ day two total.
    Jones’ combined two-day score of 144 was enough for him to cruise to a 9-shot victory over Brad King and Jonathan War, who tied for second.
    The tournament consists of several handicapped flights. There were 61 entries into last year’s tournament, although there were also several withdrawals.
    Along with the men’s competition, there is also the women’s City tournament, which is hosted by the Los Alamos Women’s Golf Association.

  • Strother is dual winner at Pace...

    Nikol Strother won her second Pace Race in a calendar month Tuesday, and did so with a prediction error that’s very tough to beat.
    Strother finished with an error of just 1 second on the 3-mile course at the Pace Race, which started at Rocket Park in White Rock. Strother was also the fastest female finisher on the long course Tuesday with her time of 19 minutes, 41 seconds.
    Also on the 3-mile course, Ted Romero finished in 19:47 and was the second-best predictor, missing by just 5 seconds.
    Roy Cope had the next best prediction, 6 seconds off, and Heather Hughes finished 19 seconds off her time.
    The fastest finishes on the 1-mile course were Tad Hughes (6:12) and Marin Kelly (6:41).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at the Quemazon Montessori School. Race time is 6 p.m. and 1- and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Atomic City Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.
     

  • Davie opens camp of third season...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The evolution of the Bob Davie era of the University of New Mexico Lobo football team raises the curtain of scrutiny Thursday afternoon on season three, and Davie expects a season of “many twists and turns.”
    There is still some rebuilding going on and this is still a baby-faced football team with only 15 seniors on the roster. But there also is Lobo talent and Lobo numbers that have Davie with guarded but real optimism.
    “There is one more year of transition in building that foundation in the roster,” said Davie, whose Lobos open practice Thursday. “But we have some legitimate guys in this program. We have some talent. I’m excited about where we are. There are a lot more positives than negatives. We have done a lot. We are in a position for the first time to gain some traction and gain some momentum in this program that will continue to multiply over the years.”
    The Lobos feel they are bigger, faster and stronger going into 2014. But there is still a gap that UNM needs to shorten and ultimately proof of that shows up on the scoreboard.
    A huge key for that scoreboard is seeing smaller numbers on the opponents’ side.

  • Football preseason starts Monday

    It’s just about that time.
    Los Alamos High School’s fall sports programs are ramping up for the start of the 2014 season. Los Alamos, and the rest of the prep programs in the state, will officially begin football workouts Monday.
    Team workouts for football start one week earlier than other fall sports in the state. Official workouts for all other fall high school sports, as well as middle school football, get going Aug. 11.
    In order to participate, athletes must have physical examinations completed — those must be done after April 1 — and must fill out the online forms at Los Alamos’ Family ID website. Those must be done before any athlete is allowed to participate in any way.
    For the Hilltopper football team, it will start workouts at 8 a.m. Monday at its practice field adjacent to Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos will host a preseason scrimmage against a very good program in Valencia Aug. 22, then open its season in earnest at home against Pojoaque Valley Aug. 29.
    In 2013, Los Alamos finished 4-6 overall and 3-1 in District 2-4A, losing the district championship in a tiebreaker to Santa Fe.