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  • Santistevan, Strother win at...

    It took awhile to get it straightened out, but in the end, one of the top runners in northern New Mexico was the big winner at last weekend’s Firecracker 5K.
    The Firecracker 5K, an annual event hosted by the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, hosted the run on Independence Day. About 220 participants took part in this year’s race, making it one of the biggest in the run’s history.
    Santistevan, the two-time prep cross country champion in Class 3A, finished the race in a time of 17 minutes, 39 seconds to earn a solid victory over three time defending champion Ryan Fenton.
    Following Friday’s race, it had initially been reported that Fenton, who finished in a time of 17:55 had won. However, after further review, it was discovered that Santistevan was actually the big winner.
    His win snapped an impressive win streak for Fenton at the Firecracker 5K, who actually improved on his finish time from 2013 by two seconds, but it wasn’t enough to top Santistevan.
    On the women’s side, Nikol Strother of Los Alamos took top honors.
    It was a decisive win for Strother, who was nearly 45 seconds better than runner-up Leanne Smith for the women’s title. Only Strother and Smith broke the 22-minute mark at the Firecracker race.

  • Could LeBron return to the Cavs?

    CLEVELAND (AP) — There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter.
    But now, as James considers a return to the team he abandoned four years ago with an entire region breathlessly awaiting a homecoming it couldn’t imagine in its wildest dreams, it appears there has been some healing between the NBA superstar and his former boss.
    Once aligned as basketball partners, James and Gilbert could barely stand the sight of each other during Miami’s games in Cleveland the past four years.
    Time may have fixed their fractured relationship. Most of the rest of the city has already forgiven James.
    Cleveland, without a major sports championship to celebrate in almost 50 years, is praying for a reunion. On Sunday, Cavs fans flocked to social media to feverishly track one of Gilbert’s private jets as it flew to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where the plane’s occupants dodged reporters and TV cameras.
    It’s not known if Gilbert was on the jet, but that didn’t douse the free-agency firestorm. As James’ decision nears, there’s a renewed hope the prodigal son will come home.
    But in the backdrop looms the James-Gilbert relationship.

  • District champs

     

    Here are the Los Alamos County girls softball 9-10 District 1 champions. Bottom – Left to right:   Aspen Deherrera, Rachel Norman, Kaitlin Remde, and Cecily Palmer. Middle – left to right: Isabella Robertson, Jenna Harris, Felicity Sandoval, Dailynn Rodriguez, Audrey Nolen, and Kaylee Ellsworth. Top – left to right: Coach, Michelle Harris, Manager, Robbie Harris, Coach Lori Norman. The All-Stars won the district with a 11-2 win against Pojoaque that was called after five innings because of rain. They advance to the state tournament in Bayard, beginning July 11. Highlights for the All-Stars were Kaylee Ellsowth with a  single and a double, Isabella Robertson with two singles and a double, Aspen DeHerrera with two singles and a double, Dailynn Rodriguez with a double and Cecily Palmer with a single. Jenna Harris was the winning pitcher as she recorded 13 strikeouts. She also helped out offensively with a  home run and a single. Courtesy

  • Howard’s best not quite good...

     

    SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Tim Howard kept the ball out of the net with slides, with dives and with leaps.

    He couldn’t do it forever.

    With the United States trying to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002, he saved 12 of Belgium’s shots in regulation to keep the game scoreless.

    But Kevin De Bruyne scored in the 93rd minute and Romelu Lukaku in the 105th to build a two-goal lead for the Red Devils, who hung on for a 2-1 win Tuesday that eliminated the Americans in the second round for the second straight World Cup.

    Howard tried to sound modest.

  • Time for Splash and Dash

     

     

    Long Course

    Number Name Swim 400 Yd Run 5K Final Time

    A9 Matt Gonzales 05:48 0:20:04 0:25:52

  • Sports briefs 07-04-14

    Topper football camp set for next week

     

    The Topper Football Youth Camp will run from 5-7:30 p.m. July 7-10 at Sullivan Field.

    The camp is for students entering the fourth through eighth grade and registration is $55.

    Mail the registration form to Garett Williams, Topper Football Camp, 994 Nambe Place, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544.

    The camp will offer the following benefits:

    • Build the foundations for becoming a successful Hilltopper football player.

  • All-Star team advances to...

     

    The Los Alamos County 9- and 10-year-old All Star softball team defeated Pojoaque 19-2 on Sunday in a first-round victory in the team’s District 1 tournament.

    Pitcher Jenna Harris tossed a one-hitter, racking up 12 strikeouts in the game that was called after four innings. She was helped in what was described as a “stellar performance” by catcher Kaylee Ellsworth.

    At the plate, Harris knocked in five runs by hitting a single, double and triple.

    Aspen DeHerrera hit a double. Other team members took advantage of singles and bases on balls.

    Each player on the team scored a run.

  • Softball All-Star team heads to...

     

    The Los Alamos County 11- and 12-year-old All Star softball team advanced to the state tournament after overcoming a four-run deficit during Monday night’s District 1 championship game against Española.

    After grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first, Los Alamos yielded five runs through the fifth inning and trailed 5-1.

    Los Alamos mounted a comeback in the bottom of the fifth, plating five runs to take a 6-5 lead.

    The team was able to hang on in the sixth, retiring three consecutive Espanola players to end the game and advance to the state tournament.

    Los Alamos will next play the winner of the District 5 tournament Saturday, July 12 in Las Vegas. The first pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m.

  • Bringing Home A Medal

    Los Alamos athlete Shaylene Stephens (second from right) celebrates with Team New Mexico’s bowling competitors after receiving the bronze medal in team bowling competition at last week’s Special Olympics national games in New Jersey. Stephens also earned a silver medal in singles bowling competition and a bronze medal in doubles.

  • LeBron to try free agency

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James delivered his message loud and clear, without actually saying a word.
    He's willing to leave Miami, if that's what it will take to win more championships. And what happens next will likely be up to not just the Heat, but Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as well.
    Through his agent, James informed the Heat on Tuesday that he has decided to opt out of the final two years of his contract, a move that means he becomes a free agent on July 1. He will be able to sign with any team, including Miami, and Heat President Pat Riley said he "fully expected" James to take advantage of his early termination option.
    "We look forward to sitting down with LeBron and his representatives and talking about our future together," Riley said.
    The Heat have been preparing for this for some time. James, Wade and Bosh all got six-year contracts when they teamed up in Miami in July 2010, the last time free agency was accompanied by the sort of frenzy that will envelop the league over the next few weeks. But each of those deals came with options to leave either this summer or in 2015, in part to allow both the players and the team to have financial flexibility.