Today's Sports

  • Adames homers in All-Star game

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Cristhian Adames promptly mashed the first pitch he saw in Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game over the left field wall for a solo home run at Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska.
    The International League struck first with a run in the top of the first, and it wasn’t until Adames’ sixth-inning home run that the Pacific Coast League’s offense got on the board. A two-run blast by Reno’s Peter O’Brien in the eighth inning broke the 1-1 tie, and put the PCL on top.
    A three-run ninth inning, however, propelled the IL to a 4-3 win.
    The PCL had a chance to even things up in the bottom of the ninth with runners on first and second, but a strikeout ended the game with Adames on deck.
    Adames lined out in his only other at-bat on the evening. He entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of sixth and homered in the home half of the inning. Adames was selected to participate in the event after teammate Matt McBride could not play due to an ankle injury.
    The 23-year-old prospect is currently batting .319 in 75 games with Albuquerque this season.

  • Candia, Medins and Williams have...

    In spite of a slight, cooling rain, 45 runners and walkers enjoyed an evening jaunt Tuesday.
    The Pace Race featured one mile or three-mile courses on Barranca Mesa and in Bayo Canyon.
    For the three-mile route, the runners ran around Barranca Mesa Elementary, down the horse trail into Bayo Canyon to the point and then turned back on Gonzales Road to Barranca Elementary.
    Most of the three-mile runners beat their predictions in spite of the steep switchback required to get out of the canyon back onto Barranca Mesa.
    Nine runners on the long course, however, had predictions that were within 30 seconds of their actual time.
    Roxana Candia was the best predictor for the long course. She was off her prediction by just one second.
    Ted Williams was the second best predictor at four seconds off while John Ullman was only 10 seconds off his prediction.
    Other runners whose predictions were 30 seconds or less off included Katie Gattiker and Jesse Woodroffe at 16 seconds off, Heidi Bjorklund at 24 seconds off, Nikol Strother at 25 seconds off, Zach Medin at 26 seconds off and Richard Thompson III at 30 seconds off.

  • Angel Fire to host Ragnar race

    Angel Fire Resort and the Village of Angel Fire recently announced that it will host the first New Mexico based Ragnar Trail relay race Aug. 28-29.
    Ragnarians will find their inner wild as they run, camp and sleep over two days and one night. Teams of eight people (four for Ultra teams) will race on single-track trails in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
    The high-elevation, adventure course spans 115 miles long, with each runner averaging approximately 15 miles each.
    The race takes an average of 22 hours to complete. Registration for the Ragnar Trail Angel Fire race is limited and only open until July 23.
    For more information, visit ragnartrail.com

  • Kirk seeing more minutes

    Alex Kirk has gotten stronger throughout the summer and has started seeing more minutes because of his play.
    After scoring just three points in his first three games for the Memphis Grizzlies, Kirk had his best offensive game in the NBA Orlando Summer League July 9 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
    In 12 minutes, 25 seconds on the court, Kirk scored nine points. He made a pair of field goals and went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He also had a rebound and blocked shot in the game, which Memphis won 87-81 to reach the league’s championship game.
    Kirk then helped the Grizzlies beat the Orlando Magic White in the Orlando Summer League championship game, 75-73.
    Kirk played 18:09 in the final, scoring seven points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking a pair of shots.
    Despite Memphis leading by as many as 16 points, and Orlando leading by as many as 10 points, regulation ended with the teams tied. After the first overtime, the teams were still tied so they went into a double overtime, sudden death period. For the second time in Orlando, Russ Smith sunk a game-winning bucket for the Grizzlies — this one to give them the title.
    After the game, Kirk flew to Las Vegas to join the New York Knicks.

  • Tour de Los Alamos’ tradition...

    The Tour de Los Alamos took place for the 43rd year in a row on Sunday, maintaining its title as the longest continuously running road bike race in southwest.
    “We had some great racers come in from our region, Colorado and Texas,” race director Cyndi Wells said.
    There were 97 bikers who pedaled in the tour this year, doing one, two or three 27-mile loops around the Los Alamos National Laboratory on N.M. 501 and N.M. 4.
    It was a clean race with no crashes or injuries.
    Former Los Alamos resident Fortunato Ferrera regained his title in the pro men’s race, pedaling around the county three times in 3 hours, 33 minutes and 29 seconds. His average speed for the 81-mile race was 23.33 miles per hour.
    Ferrera also won the race in 2013 (3:27:18) and 2009 (3:41:26). He finished second last year.
    Sarah Lough was the fastest woman on Sunday, doing two laps in 2:46:11 to win the women’s Cat 1/2/3 race.
    The one-loop citizen’s race drew 37 bikers in the men and women fields. Richard Korzekwa (1:22:12) was the fastest man while Lynn Bjorkland (1:37:43) led the women.
    “People were fast this year,” Wells said.

  • Isotopes bitten by Chihuahuas in...

    Kyle Parker drove in three runs, but the El Paso Chihuahuas (45-45) held off the Albuquerque Isotopes, 5-3, in the fina lgame before the All-Star Break on Sunday night at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas. Parker delivered a pair of two-out, RBI singles in the first and fifth innings. He also plated a third run in the seventh inning with a groundout and finished the game 3-for-5.

    The Isotopes (41-50) still won three of five games in the series and went 5-4 on their roadtrip.

    In the third inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, El Paso third baseman Cody Decker singled home two runs to extend the Chihuahuas lead to 4-1. Isotopes starter Jon Gray departed after 82 pitches and three innings. A lot of long at-bats, due to lots of foul balls, contributed mightily to his pitch count soaring in three innings. He struck out six and walked two.

    Reliever Simon Castro retired all nine batters that he faced in relief, including four strikeouts, to keep the 'Topes in the game. Scott Oberg pitched in his first game for the 'Topes since April, giving up a run in the seventh inning. In all, the 'Topes bullpen allowed one run in five innings.

  • LA Little League teams advance...

    Three Little League teams from Los Alamos County competed in district tournaments over the weekend and all three won its championship to qualify for the state tournament.
    Los Alamos County’s 10-11 year olds and Majors (11-12 year olds) both won its district baseball tournament, as well as the county’s 10-11 softball girls.
    Two of the Los Alamos teams blew through their district while one had to rally for its title.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball team outscored its opponents 54-1 to go undefeated in its district. The team beat Santa Fe Amreican 28-0, Santa Fe National 11-1 and Española 15-0 en route to its title.
    “We had solid pitching and our hitting was pretty square,” manager Dave Swavely said. “It was an all-around good performance.”
    The team will now compete in the state tournament in Carlsbad. Its first game will be Friday against Carlsbad.
    “We want to continue to have a good showing and represent the district well,” Swavely said. “We’re expecting the competition to definitely be better.”
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 softball girls went head-to-head with Santa Fe National for the district title and left no doubt which was the better team. Los Alamos won the final contest by over 20 runs.

  • Little League teams play for...

    A pair of Los Alamos Little League All-Star teams will play for district titles this evening in Española.
    Los Alamos' Majors and 10-11 year olds are both scheduled to play at 6 p.m. The winners of tonight's game will both advance to the state tournament later this month.
    For more information on the tournament, follow the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sports Briefs 7-12-15

    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 it will also be hosting New Mexico Highlands University volleyball head coach Bryan Crawford on July 24-25.
    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.

  • Thrown out

    After nearly 10-running Santa Fe American on Thursday, the Los Alamos County majors got 10-runned on Friday. Los Alamos lost to Española in the winner’s bracket of the district baseball championships, 11-1.
    Los Alamos still had a chance to win the district by beating Española twice in the championship round, but first it had to beat Pojoaque Saturday in the semis.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 year-old All Stars, meanwhile, started their district tournament by blowing out Santa Fe American, 28-0, Friday to get into the winner’s bracket.