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Today's Sports

  • Fun in the mud

    Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation hosted its Mud Fest Volleyball Tournament last weekend at North Mesa Park.

    A total of 10 teams made up of at least three male and three female participants took to the mud pits for games that followed the general rules of normal volleyball with one major exception.

    “You’re in super thick, knee-high mud that you have to jump in, dive in and slide around in,” said Justin Ramsey, the captain of the Urbanites team, which he organized.

    Ramsey said that although it can be quite difficult to move around in the thick mud, he enjoys being able to dive around all over the court without the risk of injury.

    “You definitely get pretty dirty out there,” Ramsey said. He has now participated in two of these tournaments, though this was his first year as a captain.

    Movement was so difficult in the mud pits, in fact, that participants were encouraged to wrap duct tape around their shoes so there wouldn’t be a risk of losing them in the mud during matches.  

    Although the tournament was set up as a double-elimination, round-robin format leading up to a championship round, Mother Nature had other ideas.

  • Isotopes star named player of...

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Ryan McMahon has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month for June, as announced by the League Office. The award comes just after McMahon’s first month in Triple-A.

    McMahon, 22, paced the PCL in June with 50 hits, 21 extra-base hits, 85 total bases and 14 doubles.  

    The Yorba Linda, Calif. native also finished the month second in the league with a .429 batting average, tied for second with 28 RBI, third with a .726 slugging percentage and fifth with a .457 on-base percentage.

    McMahon recorded a career-best 13-game hitting streak from June 5-19, compiling a .526 batting average (30-for-57) with seven doubles, five home runs, 11 runs scored and 18 RBI during that span. As a result, the PCL named McMahon the Player of the Week for the week of June 12-18.

    This is McMahon’s second Player of the Month award in 2017, taking home the Eastern League’s honor for the month of April.  The infielder hit .375 with eight doubles, four home runs, 20 RBI, scored 12 runs, recorded a .422 on-base percentage and a .675 slugging percentage in 20 games during the month for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats.

  • Summer camps set this week for...

    Sullivan Field will be a busy spot this week as a pair of training camps get kids ready to compete in football and soccer this upcoming school year.

    Both the Topper Football Youth Camp and the LAHS Girls Soccer LEAD Summer Camp will take place on the field this week.

    The football camp will take place both Monday and Tuesday evening, while the soccer camp runs Monday-Thursday with sessions in both the morning and the afternoon.

    Each day during the soccer camp, the girls will take the field starting at 7 a.m. for 90 minutes of action.

    That will be followed by 30 minutes of leadership training, where the participants will learn what it takes to be successful as a future or current member of the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.

    Katie Hopkins, a two-year LAHS varsity starter and incoming Junior, said, “The LEAD Soccer Academy is a great opportunity to work with amazing coaches and current UNM Lobo players, and improve individual and leadership skills. This camp is a perfect way to prepare for the fall soccer season.”

    There will be another session of the camp each day from 3-5 p.m. that will follow the same routine as the morning session.

  • 5K delivers fun on Independence...

    A record 207 people participated in this year’s Firecracker 5K Fun Run, organized by the YMCA.

    The annual Independence Day event brought people – and dogs – of all ages and sizes together for an event that YMCA Sports and Adventure Director Jeremy Smith described as a “great way to kick of the holiday for everyone.”

    Joshua Strevell was the overall top finisher, with a time of 18:46.8. He ran the race with his dog Branson.

    Strevell, who will be a senior at Los Alamos High School this year, said he always enjoys participating in these types of events.

    “I thought it was a great chance to come out and celebrate the Fourth of July,” Strevell said. “Praise God for everything

    I’ve been able to do and accomplish in my life and for our independence.”

    Strevell said that Branson has been running since he was just a puppy, and that he enjoys racing more than anything else.

    “He always insists to be out in the front and be the leader of the race, even when he’s probably not in shape for it,” Strevell said.

    Smith said that it’s always fun to see something unique happen, like a dog finishing at the top of the leader board.

    “That’s pretty fun, that’s great,” Smith said.

  • Derby Dames seeking revenge in...

    The Los Alamos Derby Dames will get a chance to prove whether practice makes perfect as they head to Las Cruces this weekend for a rematch with the Crossroads City Derby Las Santas.

    The team has not competed since May 27, a game which was also against Crossroads City.

    That match did not go well for the Derby Dames, who ultimately fell 325-100. The match took place at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    One thing to consider heading into this rematch is the trouble Los Alamos had with the defensive pressure of the Las Santas.

    On the offensive end, the team struggled to shed blocks, while on the defense the team struggled to contain the opposition’s jammers.

    The bigger, stronger Las Santas proved to be far too much for the less-experienced Derby Dames, who continually tried to push their way through blocks but appeared to be running into a brick wall time and time again.

    As the team treks south, they will be hoping for much different results, with hopes that the previous experience has taught them what it takes to be successful.

    This weekend’s match will take place at the Meerscheidt Recreational Center, the home of the Las Santas.

    Gates will open at 7 p.m., and the match is set to begin at 8 p.m.

  • YMCA ready for Firecracker 5K...

    Uncle Sam will once again make an appearance on the streets of Los Alamos this Fourth of July as the YMCA hosts its annual Firecracker Fun Run and Walk.

    The event starts and ends in the parking lot of the YMCA, located on Iris Street. The run will begin at 8 a.m.

    All kinds of different participants will take part, including runners, walkers, dog walkers, people with strollers and people dressed up in a variety of different costumes, embracing the holiday spirit of the event.  

    A number of prizes will be available at the event, in addition to the 5K, according to the YMCA’s Sports and Adventure Director Jeremy Smith.

    The top male and female finishers will both receive free day passes to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs.

    The top male and female finishers over the age of 60 will both receive gift cards to the Secret City Kitchen.

    The person with the best costume will win free bagels for a year from Ruby K’s Bagel Café.

    New this year will also be a competition for the first stroller to cross the finish line.

    According to Smith, to be eligible, the stroller must have a baby inside. It cannot be an empty stroller and it cannot be carrying a dog or other pet.

    The winner of that competition will win a $50 gift card to Amazon.

  • Aquatomics dominate Nick Nogar...

    Several members of the Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team dominated the competition this past weekend at the 2017 Nick Nogar Memorial Open, continuing a summer-long theme of success.

    Much like in previous meets, standouts for the Aquatomics included Andy Corliss, Sophia Pieck and Owen McLaughlin, as all three were the top point-earners in their age groups.

    Corliss, who competes in the 11-and-12-year-old division, came away victorious in five events.

    Pieck, who competes in the 9-and-10-year-old division, earned first place in four events.

    McLaughlin, who competes in the 8-and-under division, won six of his events.

    The team also had several other top competitors throughout the two-day event.

    Kohynn Young earned the second-highest number of points in the 8-and-under girls division while competing in seven total events.

    Also in the same division, Sophia Saenz and Michelle Lo were top-five point earners.

    In the 9-and-10-year-old girls division, Marlee Katko finished as the second-highest point earner behind Pieck.

    Allison Amrani and Emily McLaughlin were also top-five point earners in the same division.

  • LAHS athletes teach value of...

    A group of Los Alamos High School athletes showed this week that kindness and respect could be taught to young children in a variety of ways.

    Four members of the LAHS football team, Levi Guarello, Justin Gilbert, Arturo Rodriguez and Chris Pittman, came to Safety Town to use their experience as being part of a team to help the kids understand how they should be treating each other.

    “When you guys are out here, you don’t want to be pushing each other, shoving each other,” Rodriguez said to the kids during the first of three sessions during the day. “You want to make sure you’re sharing the playground with everybody and that you guys are playing nice. Everybody has a chance to play with each other.”

    The athletes also taught the kids the value of inclusion, encouraging them to actively seek out people who look to be alone, and invite them to join your group.

    They felt that it was important to begin instilling these values into the kids now because they are skills that will be useful throughout their lives, not just during their years in school.

    After talking to the kids for a few minutes about the way they should be treating their peers, they took the kids down to the playground to test out what they had just learned through play.

  • UNM mourns passing of former...

    The University of New Mexico has announced the passing of former golf coach Dick McGuire.

    A Mangum, Oklahoma native, McGuire passed away from widespread metastatic cancer on June 23.

    McGuire graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1945 and enrolled at UNM.

    He became the Lobos’ top golfer and a three-year letterman. He received his degree in Secondary Education in 1952.

    Upon graduation, McGuire launched his coaching career at Highland High School where his golf teams posted a 28-3 match play record and won two state titles in his first and only two seasons at the school.

    Born in 1927, McGuire began an amazing coaching run at UNM  beginning in 1954.

    He was head men’s golf coach from 1954-77, recording 38 team championships, 10 of which were conference titles, and 41 times he had individuals claim medalist honors.

    In 1956, McGuire started the UNM women’s golf program with the Lobos’ first women’s golfer Patti Howard Olliges.

    McGuire was the Head Professional and Director of Golf from 1954-87 and directed numerous high profile tournaments hosted by UNM, including NCAA Championships and the William H. Tucker Invitational 22 times.

    He also helped supervise the construction of the UNM South Golf Course.

  • Youth encouragement elk hunting...

    More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Online License System on July 5 at 10 a.m.

    The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon and 390 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow.

    Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account at wildlife.state.nm.us.

    Eligibility requirements:
    •For the first 14 days, the sale is open only to N.M. resident youths who have applied in the current license year for one or more draw hunts for deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, oryx or ibex and were not successful for any hunt.
    Please note that the purchase of a leftover draw hunt for deer counts as a successful deer application.
    •Must have a valid Hunter Education certification.
    •Must be under 18 years old on the opening day of hunt.

    Beginning on July 19 at 10 a.m., the sale will open to all eligible youths in the area, regardless of residency, who did not draw a 2016-17 elk license, whether they applied or not.