Today's Sports

  • UNM claims fourth All-American

    Four days, four athletes, four All-Americans.
    Four Lobo track and field athletes secured All-American honors for the University of New Mexico to close out the final day of competition at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
    Calli Thackery’s showing in the women’s 5,000-meter run Saturday capped off the streak of All-American performances for New Mexico, as she followed Logan Pflibsen (pole vault), Alice Wright (10,000) and Peter Callahan (1,500) in earning All-American status on successive days of the championships.
    It’s the first time in program history that New Mexico has qualified at least four athletes to the NCAA Championships and that every athlete earned All-American honors.
    New Mexico also fared well in the team scores, as the men finished 36th with 7.5 team points and the women tied for 48th with four points.
    For the men, it’s just their third top-40 finish in last decade, while it’s the best finish for the women since 2008.
    Thackery finished off the parade of All-Americans with a superb showing in the women’s 5,000 on Saturday.

  • Ed Griggs golf gets postponed

    The Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Tournament was rained out on Saturday.
    The event, which is a scholarship fundraiser for youth to participate in YMCA activities, will now take place either on July 10 or 11 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    With a maximum capacity of 120 teams of four competing in the tournament, there’s room for more people who want to participate.
    The tournament is a scramble and will have a shotgun start. It also includes games of chance throughout the course.
    The price per player is $85.
    A team requires four players, so individuals are asked to get three friends to commit with them. People may register in person at the YMCA or online at tourevents.com/thefamilyymca.
    The per-person fee provides team golf carts, a hole-in-one try for a 2015 Dodge or Jeep from Desert Sun of Española, three Mulligans and a dinner ticket.
    There will be net and gross score winners, hole prizes and raffle drawings, with $25 of the fee supporting the charitable value.

  • Atomic Tumblers vault onto...

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to the Albuquerque Convention Center recently to compete in the Region 3 USA Gymnastics Xcel Regional Meet.
    There were approximately 250 diamond, platinum and gold division gymnasts from Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico competed in the two-day event. Arkansas, who is also in the eegion, did not send a team.
    The Atomic Tumblers had an awesome showing and won numerous medals in the tough competition.
    The platinum team from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics included only four gymnasts: Ashley Bustos, Carley Stilwell, Anna Clark and Suyana Ferreira.
    The quartet brought home the fourth-place team award, placing just 0.075 behind the third-place team. The teams placing first through third, and many of those placing fifth through 17th, had teams of eight to 10 gymnasts.
    The Los Alamos team also won the event competition in vaulting and each gymnast also brought home individual medals.
    Bustos won the Platinum senior division, taking the gold in the all-around with 36.825. Bustos also won gold on bars with a 9.325, and silver on vault with 9.55 and floor with 9.20.

  • McBride leads ’Topes to victory

    First-baseman Matt McBride went 4-for-5 and came up just a triple shy of the cycle as the Albuquerque Isotopes (27-35) beat the Tacoma Rainiers (29-33) 3-2 in a 11 innings Friday night.
    It was the second-straight extra-inning game for the Isotopes.
    Angelys Nina legged out an infield single to leadoff the 11th inning. Dustin Garneau then sacrificed him to second before Tim Smalling smashed a one-out RBI double to left field, giving the Isotopes the 3-2 lead and eventual win.
    Albuquerque scored single runs in the second and fourth, but a Tacoma seventh inning two-out, two-RBI single tied the game up.
    McBride hit a double and a homer in the win.

  • Lobos make it three-for-three

    New Mexico senior Peter Callahan earned All-American status in the men’s 1,500-meter run Friday to give the Lobo track and field team three such honors through three days of the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
    After Logan Pflibsen (pole vault) and Alice Wright (10,000), Callahan captured the Lobos’ third All-American honor of the championships via his fourth-place time of 3 minutes, 55.22 seconds in the 1,500.
    It’s the second-straight year the Evanston, Illinois product has placed fourth and earned All-American honors in the event.
    After opening the race in the lead, Callahan paced the pack of 13 finalists through the first three laps of the race. Dictating a relatively slow tempo over the course of the race, he remained the frontrunner until the final 200 meters, relinquishing his lead as all the runners began their final kicks on the homestraight.
    However, he seized a top-four finish for the second year a row, making his just the third New Mexico track athlete in program history to accomplish that.
    Callahan is also the ninth New Mexico athlete to capture back-to-back All-American honors in the same event.

  • Sports Briefs 6-14-15

    Volleyball camps
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program will be hosting two camps this summer.
    Hilltopper Volleyball will run their youth All-Skills camp July 20-22. All incoming fourth-eighth grade girls and boys are welcome.
    The cost of the camp is $40. Siblings will be discounted at $30.
    Campers will learn the FUNdamentals of volleyball and get a chance to compete for camp prizes. All proceeds from the All-Skills camp go to help the high school volleyball teams.
    Session one will be from 10 a.m.-noon and is for fourth through sixth graders.
    Session two will be from 2-4 p.m. and is for seventh and eighth graders.
    Both sessions will be held at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hilltopper Volleyball is proud to announce they will also be hosting New Mexico Highlands University volleyball Head Coach Bryan Crawford on July 24-25.
    Coach Crawford and his staff will run an all-skills camp that will be open to all incoming seventh-12th grade girls from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
    There will also be an invite-only session from 4-5:30 p.m. for advanced skills and team development.
    Cost of the camp will be $70 per camper. The invite-only session will be an additional $25.

  • Taking the reins

    Former New Mexico Highlands University soccer coach, Ron Blue, is bringing his knowledge of the game to Los Alamos. Blue is now the Los Alamos head boys soccer coach.
    The school has also hired a new wrestling coach. James Hatt will be moving from Utah to Los Alamos to lead the grapplers.  
    The search for a new girls soccer coach, meanwhile, is still ongoing.

  • Walk-off homer beats ’Topes

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (26-35) scored a run in the top of the 10th and seemed to be on their way to their sixth win in eight games, but the Tacoma Rainiers’ (29-32) Jesus Montero blasted a one-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th to pick up the walk-off victory for the Rainiers at Cheney Stadium.
    Albuquerque scored two runs in the first, and Tacoma answered with a pair in the third. Both teams then settled in for six straight scoreless innings to send the game to extras.
    Back-to-back doubles by Matt McBride and Angelys Nina in the top of the 10th plated a run and seemed to give the Isotopes all the support they would need for a win.
    The bottom of the 10th proved to be a different story though.
    After a one-out single, Montero blasted a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for a Rainiers’ walk-off home run.
    Right-handed pitcher Jon Gray turned in yet another strong outing Thursday night.
    He lasted a season-longest eight innings, allowing just two runs on four hits.
    He also struck out four, while tossing 100 pitches. It is Gray’s fifth-straight quality start, and he’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight consecutive outings.
    His ERA since May 21 (five starts) is 1.83.

  • Wright earns All-American honors

    New Mexico redshirt freshman Alice Wright raced to All-American status in the women’s 10,000-meter run Thursday as the Lobo track and field team wrapped up the second day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
    A day after Logan Pflibsen was All-American in the pole vault, Wright finished eighth with a time of 33 minutes, 41.86 seconds in the 10,000 at Hayward Field to secure her first-ever All-American honor in track.
    She is just the fourth Lobo woman in program history to earn All-American honors in the 10,000.
    “Alice was the only freshman in the field and she ran a great race in a great field,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said.
    Wright, running in her first national championships outdoors, ran along with a relatively condensed lead pack for about the first 18 laps of the 25-lap race. As runners began to fall off the group, Wright remained in the lead pack of a dozen runners.
    The 2015 Mountain West champion in the event, Wright ran her last mile in 5:17 and made a furious charge over the bell lap to finish eighth out of the 24 athletes racing.
    “It was very warm during the 10K and to have the will to pass two women with 200 meters left to score and become All American shows her pride,” Franklin said.

  • Pflibsen vaults to All-American...

    New Mexico senior Logan Pflibsen took All-American honors in the pole vault to headline the opening day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the Lobo track and field team.

    Pflibsen, competing in his final collegiate meet, tied for sixth to become just the third-ever UNM All-American in the pole vault.

    “An amazing progression for an amazing young person,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “Logan worked hard for years and years and to come to the NCAA Championships and earn All-American status is testament to his work ethic and determination.”

    The Streator, Ill., native maneuvered the first three bars flawlessly en route to clearing a personal-record of 17 feet, 8 inches.

    Overall, he finished tied with Tennessee’s Jake Blankenship for sixth place out of the 24 entrants, claiming the top-eight finish needed for All-American honors.
    Also from the opening day of the four-day meet in Eugene, Peter Callahan zoomed into the finals of the men’s 1,500-meter run.

    Callahan, out of Evanston, Ill., weathered a particularly slow first heat in the semifinals of the 1,500 and finished fourth in the heat with a time of 3 minutes, 46.19 seconds.