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  • LA man takes journey around the...

    After spending six years sailing around the world, Larry Hersman said our planet is grossly misnamed. “It should be called water,” Hersman told an audience of LA Mountaineers Wednesday at the Fuller Lodge.
    The water, however, wasn’t always blue on his voyage. Sometimes it was fluorescent.
    One night while he was on watch, sailing south by southwest off the coast of Morocco, the water danced with color.
    The water was full of fosforescente algae and the waves that his boat, Journey, created would disturb the algae and they’d give off photons of light that would streak the water.
    Then a group of dolphins swam next to the boat, weaving in and out of each other and leaving patterns of fluorescent light in their wake. Hersman and his friend started clapping for the dolphins and the animals really got into it. “They think they’re so cool,” Hersman said. “They’re really intelligent animals.”
    It was a pitch-black night so they couldn’t see the dolphins — all they could see was the neon lights floating this way and that way in the water.
    That night was one of his more memorable experiences on his journey that he called “awesome” and “life-changing.”

  • ’Topes sweep bid falls short

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (30-37) bid for their first series sweep of the season came up short in an 8-4 loss to the El Paso Chihuahuas (32-34) Wednesday night at Isotopes Park.
    Even with the loss, the Isotopes have still won two of their last three series and won nine of 14 games overall.
    El Paso and Albuquerque traded runs in the early going.
    After the Chihuahuas scored a run in the first, Dustin Garneau’s second-inning home run tied the game.
    Garneau smashed a two-out solo shot over the visitor’s bullpen. It was sixth homer of the season, which ties for third-most among all Isotopes. Over Garneau’s last eight games, he is hitting .345 (10-for-29) with four runs scored, two doubles, two homers, five RBI and three walks.
    El Paso again plated two runs in the fourth before the ’Topes responded with a two-out, two-RBI double in the home half of the fourth.
    The difference came with the Chihuahuas scored two more runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull away.
    The Isotopes could only manage a single run in the fifth on a Drew Stubbs two-out RBI single.
    Matt McBride went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
    It is his second-straight two-hit night, which continues his torrid pace over the last 39 games.

  • Fish biting around N.M.

    The fishing has been good on Abiquiu Lake using tubes, senkos, crank baits, jerk baits and top water lures for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs and spinner/night crawler rigs for walleye. The walleyes were a bit deeper this past week.
    Fishing was fair using Power Bait and spinners for rainbow trout. Night fishing was fair using liver stink bait for catfish.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using jerk baits, top water lures, large flies, water dogs and hot dogs for tiger muskie.
    Fishing was slow to fair using hot dogs and liver for catfish. The catfish reports came from anglers fishing the west shoreline.
    Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 699 cubic feet per second (cfs) and 835 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using night crawlers, garlic Power Bait, salmon eggs, gold Panther Martins, wooly buggers and copper John Barrs for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.
    Heron Lake: The boat ramps are open. The water is a bit off color as the lake continues to rise.

  • Sports Briefs 6-18-15

    Golf sale
    People can tell dad they love him with some new golf accessories and help out the Los Alamos High School golf team at the same time.
    This Sunday, from 8 a,m.-3:30 p.m., the team is hosting its annual golf sale at the Los Alamos Golf Course’s old pro shop.
    “The equipment being sold is very reasonably priced and is a great purchase for beginner, intermediate players,” coach Andy Ainsworth said.
    Donations are also being accepted for the fund-raiser, which benefits the LAJGA.Donations of items can be left at the golf pro shop before Sunday.
    Team members and volunteers, Sheldon and Carrie Apgar, will ready the sale items for the Sunday extravaganza.
    So get out those golf bags, clubs and other accessories that might be collecting dust and donate them to benefit local youth programs.
    “The LAJGA runs on about $5,000 per year,” Ainsworth said. “We raise funds to support junior golf in Los Alamos and the funds aid in offsetting the costs for the Los Alamos High School golf teams.”

  • Gray shines in Isotopes win

    Right-hander Jon Gray turned in his sixth-straight quality start as the Albuquerque Isotopes (30-36) beat the El Paso Chihuahuas (31-34) 3-2 at Isotopes Park Tuesday night.

    Gray, the Colorado Rockies top prospect, finished with 6.0 innings pitched, three hits and two runs. He also struck out eight batters, while walking just one. Gray surrendered a leadoff home run and a two-out RBI double in the second. Aside from that inning, he retired 15 of the other 17 batters he faced, allowing just a single in the fourth and a batter to reach on an error in the fifth.

    After the Isotopes and Chihuahuas traded a pair of runs in the second, they remained scoreless until Albuquerque broke through in the eighth. Tim Wheeler led off the eighth inning with a single, and Matt McBride followed with a base knock of his own. Drew Stubbs then picked up his second hit of the night, an RBI single to center that scored Wheeler.

    Right-hander Jairo Diaz shut the door with a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save.

    The 9,017 fans at Isotopes Park for 50¢ Hot Dog Night Tuesday ate an astounding 22,903 hot dogs.

    The Isotopes and Chihuahuas will play the finale of their three-game series Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. After this three-game series against the Chihuahuas, the Isotopes will welcome Tacoma Rainiers to town for a four-game series.

  • Marr has best prediction at Pace...

    Thirty-five runners and walkers enjoyed excellent weather for Tuesday night’s pace race that started and ended at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink in Los Alamos Canyon.
    Duane Marr had an adjusted error of 3 seconds on the one-mile course while Ryan Smeltzer had an error of 11 seconds on the three-mile course.
    The only other prediction error under 25 seconds was Roy Cope’s 21-second miss.
    The fastest male and female runners on the one-mile course were Jason Pieck (9:34) and Sophia Pieck (10:08).
    On the three-mile course, the fastest runners were Ted Romero (21:47) and Nikol Strother (21:49).
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m. It will begin on the Estante Overlook trailhead, which is off Estante Way in White Rock’s Pajarito Acres.
    One and three mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the atomicrunners.com
     

  • Golf fundraiser sale to be held...

    People can tell dad they love him with some new golf accessories and help out the Los Alamos High School golf team at the same time.
    This Sunday, from 8 a,m.-3:30 p.m., the team is hosting its annual golf sale at the Los Alamos Golf Course’s old pro shop.
    “The equipment being sold is very reasonably priced and is a great purchase for beginner, intermediate players,” coach Andy Ainsworth said.
    Donations are also being accepted for the fund-raiser, which benefits the LAJGA.Donations of items can be left at the golf pro shop before Sunday.
    Team members and volunteers, Sheldon and Carrie Apgar, will ready the sale items for the Sunday extravaganza.
    So get out those golf bags, clubs and other accessories that might be collecting dust and donate them to benefit local youth programs.
    “The LAJGA runs on about $5,000 per year,” Ainsworth said. “We raise funds to support junior golf in Los Alamos and the funds aid in offsetting the costs for the Los Alamos High School golf teams.”
     

  • North wins All-Star softball...

    The North All-Stars, playing in the Class 5A/6A softball showcase, beat the South two games to one over the weekend in Farmington.
    “To me, that was great,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “The South was really strong.”
    The Hilltoppers’ Jordan Hammock ended her high school career playing on the North’s squad. The pitcher switched positions and played at first base in two of the three games.
    “It was nice — she got to wear her high school uniform one last time (Friday), then Saturday they wore the All-Star uniforms,” Jordan’s father and Los Alamos junior varsity manager, Tim Hammock, said. “Her hard work during her high school career got paid off for her.”
    The North won the first game, 5-2.
    In the second game, the North rallied and scored seven runs in the fifth inning to win the contest, 9-4.
    In the third game, the North All-Stars were in position to sweep the South, but the South overcame a 6-3 sixth-inning deficit to take the third game, 8-6.
    The games also united many former rivals and turned them into teammates to play for regional pride.
    “It was very nice to see the girls who Jordan competed against for the last four years get together and play with each other,” Hammock said.

  • Deep and versatile, Warriors...

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Andre Iguodala was more than just a key player on a team that beat LeBron James and Cleveland.
    Turns out he used to beat up on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
    "We beat the first unit more times than they beat us, and I think it was by a landslide," Iguodala said.
    So good, so deep that the MVP of the NBA Finals never started a game all season, the Warriors built the kind of squad that can compete for many NBA titles.
    And when they were in trouble trying to win this one, down 2-1 in the series, they inserted Iguodala into the lineup. He responded with the same defensive effort he had been providing against James along with unsuspected offense, including 25 points Tuesday in the Game 6 clincher.
    "He was great the entire series. But he saved this season for us," Warriors forward Draymond Green said. "I always say Andre's a pro's pro. He's a professional guy, and it showed, and that's why he's the MVP of this series, and that's why we're champions."
    One of the reasons, anyway.

  • Chicago Blackhawks win 3rd...

    CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Crawford threw his gloves off and ditched his helmet as the Chicago Blackhawks poured onto the ice and swarmed the goaltender at one end of the frenzied United Center.
    And just like that, the celebration was on. The marquee at Wrigley Field had a congratulatory message for the Stanley Cup champions, and there were fireworks and honking horns all over Chicago.
    Call it a Windy City party 77 years in the making.
    Duncan Keith scored in the second period and led a dominant defense that shut down Tampa Bay's high-scoring attack, and the Blackhawks beat the Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday for their third NHL title in the past six seasons.
    Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, helping the Blackhawks clinch the Cup on home ice for the first time since 1938. Crawford, who was pulled from Chicago's first-round series against Nashville, had 25 saves in his fifth career playoff shutout.
    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called the Blackhawks a dynasty, and the delirious crowd of 22,424 agreed wholeheartedly.
    "We won it for each other, for the city," captain Jonathan Toews said. "In so many ways, winning a championship like this in our home city, I think it really transcends the sport. Everyone wants to be a part of it. It's amazing."