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Today's Sports

  • Boys track and field: LA takes...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two months ago, finishing the 2011 season with a trophy at the Class 4A boys track and field state meet seemed an unlikely prospect.
    However, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, a team with a new head coach and limited experience at the state level, were able to do just that this weekend.
    With some big state title performances, Los Alamos collected 52 points at the 4A title meet, held at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex, to finish in third place.
    The meet was won by the Artesia Bulldogs, who earned 67 points, snapping a two-year winning streak by the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. Academy finished second with 57 points.

  • Girls track and field: Toppers...

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was hardly a waltz, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field athletes were again the belles of the ball.
    Los Alamos grabbed its third consecutive state Class 4A title Saturday. It earned 74 points, holding off early challenges from Aztec and Kirtland Central at Saturday’s title meet, held at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex.
    Along the way, the Hilltoppers finished with three state individual titles, all of them nailed down by junior Chase Ealey, who was the 4A girls’ high-point athlete this season and two relay titles.

  • Running: Weeks has the top...

    Bob Weeks predicted his finish time perfectly during Tuesday night’s Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was held near Bandelier National Monument on the hills overlooking S-Site. In all, 19 runners and walkers took part.
    Weeks, running on the 1-mile course, called his finish time exactly to earn top honors this week. Daniel Romero was off by eight seconds and Ted Romero by 19 seconds on the 3-mile course.
    The fastest finisher on the 3-mile course Tuesday was Jamie Jablin, who finished in 20:50. On the 1-mile course, Charlotte Leouard had the best time, finishing in 10:16.
    The next Pace Race will be held Tuesday starting at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Race time is 6 p.m.

  • Football: Legality of free...

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate Ethics Committee review found some lawmakers may have violated state law by improperly accepting free football game tickets from the Fiesta Bowl, Chairman Ron Gould said Thursday.
    However, Gould told The Associated Press that he is temporarily refraining from taking further action because he doesn’t want to taint a criminal investigation being conducted by Maricopa County prosecutors.
    In a related development, Senate President Russell Pearce released copies of canceled checks and other documents that he said show a “clear pattern of compliance” with state laws restricting acceptance of gifts and of making reimbursements to the Fiesta Bowl for game tickets.

  • Softball: Piedra Vista wins big...

    After Thursday’s play concluded, all of the top teams in the Class 4A softball playoffs were still alive in the championship bracket.
    The Class 4A playoffs continue through Saturday. The championship game will be played at Lobo Field in Albuquerque.
    Following the Del Norte Knights’ upset of the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Thursday morning, they were thumped by the top-seeded Piedra Vista Panthers. The Panthers, quite possibly the best team in the state of New Mexico, romped to a 15-0 victory in Thursday’s second round.
    The Panthers are scheduled to play the fourth-seeded Los Lunas Tigers in the championship round Friday morning.

  • Softball: Toppers lose playoff...

    RIO RANCHO — For a pair of very evenly matched teams, seven innings wasn’t enough to settle anything Thursday.
    In the first round of the Class 4A softball playoffs Thursday morning, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Del Norte Knights needed an extra inning to determine who would move on to the opening round of double-elimination play.
    But the Knights got the critical hit when they needed to Thursday at Rio Rancho High School. Clean-up hitter Gabby Moreno dropped a clean single into the outfield to score Deja Sisneros from third base to give her team a 5-4 extra-inning victory.
    The loss Thursday morning to ninth-seeded Del Norte eliminated eighth-seeded Los Alamos from the 2011 state playoffs.

  • Track and field: Topper girls...

    This weekend, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team will be looking to continue its dominance at the Class 4A state meet.
    Los Alamos seems to be well positioned to do just that at the 4A meet, which starts Friday and continues through Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers, who are the two-time defending champions at the meet, have representatives in every event and some that are well positioned to vie for state individual titles.
    Meanwhile, Los Alamos’ boys have high hopes of coming up with a big showing like they had in 2010, that coming from an underdog role.

  • Golf: Mourners gather to...

    PEDRENA, Spain (AP) — To the mournful wail of a lone bagpipe, some of Europe's greatest golfers joined family, friends and local residents Wednesday at the funeral of Seve Ballesteros, paying an emotional final tribute to the dynamic Spaniard who revived the European game.

    Ryder Cup captains Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, Sam Torrance and Jose Maria Olazabal and players including Miguel Angel Jimenez marched together in silence as part of the procession from Ballesteros' family home to the church of San Pedro de Pedrena.

    Young boys and girls wore replicas of the navy blue outfit that Ballesteros wore for his first British Open win in 1979. They each held a 3-iron, the only club Ballesteros owned when he learned to play golf.

  • Football: NFL players'...

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 40 percent of NFL players last season wore a helmet model that got the second-lowest rating for reducing the risk of concussions in a study by Virginia Tech researchers.
    Riddell’s VSR-4 helmet received just one star in a study of football helmets led by Virginia Tech professor of biomedical engineering Stefan Duma and released Tuesday.
    Another Riddell model — the Revolution Speed — was the only helmet that earned five stars, the top rating.
    Five models — two made by Riddell, two by Schutt and one by Xenith — received four stars.

  • Sports Update 05-11-11

    Softball game will be on KRSN

    The Los Alamos-Del Norte Class 4A state tournament softball game will be broadcast on KRSN AM 1490.
    The game is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.
    Gene Mortensen, the “Voice of the Hilltoppers,” will broadcast the game live from Rio Rancho High School.
    The game will also be streamed on KRSN’s website, krsnam1490.com.

    Sullivan Field sod is for sale

    Los Alamos High School will be selling sod from Sullivan Field May 20-21.
    Sullivan Field is being renovated and artificial surface will be installed to replace the grass field. Renovation is scheduled to start Thursday.