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  • Lobo defense tops Lobo offense...

    There were explosions on both sides of the football Sunday afternoon in New Mexico’s full-contact — minus quarterbacks — scrimmage held at Ruidoso Middle School.There also was a well-deserved eruption from the Lobos’ silver jerseys (defense) at the end of the scrimmage thanks to a scoreboard that read 54-44 in the defense’s favor.
    A couple of Lobo defenders raced over and threw their arms around Kevin Cosgrove, UNM’s defensive coordinator, prior to the defense and the offense gathering for some final words from head coach Bob Davie.
    “It (the win) feels pretty good especially coming off last year,” said sophomore linebacker Donnie White, who helped put points on the defensive side of the scoreboard with a fumble recovery. “We were just trying to make a statement. I think I’m 100 times better (this season), just knowing the defense.  This year I can just hit it running. I’m more comfortable now.”
    The Lobo defense definitely did a good job knocking the football to the ground and also added points to the scoreboard with some big stops.
    But the Lobo offense had some big moments, too.
    David Anaya, a 5-foot-9 running back out of Roswell Goddard, got open deep to put some points on the board for the offense.

  • Pacers think George will make...

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Pacers expect Paul George to make a full recovery from the compound fracture in his right leg. They’re just not expecting that to happen this season.
    On Tuesday, 11 days after George’s gruesome injury in a U.S. national team scrimmage, Larry Bird and Frank Vogel said doctors believe the two-time All-Star can be his old self after a long recovery.
    What the Pacers don’t know yet is precisely how long that will be. George underwent surgery Aug. 2 and returned to Indianapolis on Aug. 5. He is now recovering at his home.
    Vogel said doctors told the team the injury did not involve ligaments, tendons, joints or nerves, some rare good news in what has become a stressful offseason for the Pacers.
    “It’s bad enough for the franchise, but I feel so bad for Paul because I know how hard he works, how much it meant to him to play for his country,” said Bird, the Pacers’ president of basketball operations. “All he cared about was trying to get better.”

  • Kirk signs pro contract with...

    The question of whether Alex Kirk will or won’t go to the National Basketball Association has been answered.
    The Cleveland Cavaliers, the most talked-about NBA team this offseason, inked the 7-foot former Los Alamos standout Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Kirk’s agent, Graham Boone, said it was a multi-year deal.
    Should Kirk make the Cavaliers team for the 2014-15 season, his contract will be for no less than the current NBA rookie minimum of $507,000.
    Boone, who said Monday he, Kirk and the Cavaliers have been working the deal for some time, said at least part of Kirk’s contract money was guaranteed — meaning he would receive that money regardless of anything else that happens between now and the end of the contract.
    “We’re happy to get this contract signed and delivered,” said Boone, who has been representing Kirk since shortly after his graduation from the University of New Mexico this spring.
    Kirk could not be reached for comment as of press time. The Cavaliers released a statement following the signing but didn’t comment further beyond that.
    With his signing, Kirk is the first athlete from Los Alamos since 1980 to sign a contract with a major American pro sports franchise. The last to do so was former National Football League player Walt Arnold.

  • Cavaliers sign Kirk

    It was reported this afternoon that the Cleveland Cavaliers have signed free agent Alex Kirk to play for the upcoming season.

    Kirk, a former Los Alamos standout and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico, was inked to a a free agent contract today. Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed, although Kirk's agent, Graham Boone, said it was a multi-year deal with part of the money being guaranteed.

    Kirk played for the Cavaliers during the 2014 NBA Summer League. He played all five games of the Summer League for the Cavs, playing an average of 15.4 minutes in those games.

    More information on the signing will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Newton wins three medals at...

    Things haven’t been easy for people who take part in winter sports for the last several years around Los Alamos County.
    But Laney Newton has managed to get around that and hone her figure skating skills.
    Newton, a local competitive skater, as well as a Los Alamos Monitor newspaper carrier, had a big showing last month at the Broadmoor Open competition. The open was at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., which also happens to be the home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
    The 12-year-old Newton brought home medals in the free skate, jumps program and the spins program at the competition. She competes in the pre-preliminary level of U.S. Figure Skating.
    Newton practices at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink when she can, but, except for the winter and early spring, does most of her workouts at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe.
    In Santa Fe, she competes with her team, the Desert Ice Figure Skating Club, which is coached by Megan and Mandy Edwards of Rio Rancho.
    Those that are interested in seeing Newton in action can see her in planned show in October at the Chavez Center.
    Newton has been involved in competitive figure skating for four years and has competed in Colorado on several occasions.

  • Sports Briefs 08-10-14

    Cross country program has a preseason meeting today

    The Los Alamos High School cross country program will begin official preseason workouts Monday.
    Interested participants should meet today at 6 p.m. in Auxiliary Gymnasium to collect physical examination information and receive uniforms and locker assignments for the 2014 season. All other paperwork on the Family ID website should also be submitted on or before Sunday’s meeting.
    Anyone in grades 9-12 may tryout out for cross country. Athletes should be physically able to perform all aspects of workouts, including being able to run for 20-30 minutes without a break.
    For more information, email Rob or Kathy Hipwood at rkhipwood@yahoo.com.

    Golf tourney will benefit ’Topper baseball, softball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will host their Diamonds in the Rough golf tournament Aug. 16.
    The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Price for participation is $80. The fee includes a cart, T-shirt and dinner, as well as a chance to win prizes for participation.
    For more information, call Jamie Aslin at 699-2320 or Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

    Boys soccer starts Monday

  • Run commemorates Pueblo Revolt

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than 130 people signed up to run and walk through parts of Albuquerque’s North Valley Saturday to commemorate the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
    The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center organized the Resilience Run in part to raise money to purchase a marble statue of Po’pay, the pueblo religious leader who organized the revolt against the Spanish following years of oppression.
    Historians say the revolt is significant because it helped ensure the survival of pueblo cultural traditions.
     as well as their land holdings, language and religion.Cultural center officials say more than half of the funds have been raised for the statue, with $25,000 remaining to achieve the goal of $70,000.

    The statue by renowned Jemez Pueblo sculptor Cliff Fragua currently sits in the center’s south entryway.

  • Get Along Little Doggies

    The Los Alamos County Rodeo returns this weekend to Brewer Arena. Saturday’s rodeo starts at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s action will begin at 1 p.m. Following Saturday’s rodeo, there will be a dinner and dance at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge. Price for admission into this year’s rodeo is $8 per person or $25 for a family of four. No credit cards will be accepted at the box office. 

  • Lobo women's hoops wins in...

    The University of New Mexico Lobo women’s basketball team picked up a big win in its first of four exhibition games on its tour of Italy.
    Antiesha Brown spearheaded a big 15-2 run for the Lobos that sent AS Vicenza reeling during the first half. The Lobos would roll the rest of the way, winning 74-37 in Vicenza.
    UNM will play against the Adriatic Sea Sirens in Pesaro, Italy, Saturday. Next week, it will take on the Netherlands national team for two games, also in Italy.
    Brown had nine points and three steals during the big run that broke open a 9-9 tie. She would finish with 16 points and 6 steals, while teammate Alexa Chavez had 11 points and 8 rebounds.
    The Lobos left for their tour of Italy Monday and have spent a lot of time sightseeing since their arrival.
    “I love the way our kids played. We have to clean up some things but we haven’t practiced in three or four days,” Lobo head coach Yvonne Sanchez said. “I love the way the freshmen played, but I was really impressed with Bryce and Tiesh. They really got the ball rolling. Once Ebony (Walker) is healed, she’ll be part of that captain thing.”

  • Lobo men's soccer among top...

    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s soccer team was tagged as the No. 5 team in the country heading into the 2014 season.

    The Lobos, who advanced to the Final Four of the College Cup in 2013, picked up the No. 5 ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. It was the highest preseason ranking for the Lobos since their No. 3 ranking in 2006.
    Additionally, the Lobos were picked as the No. 1 team in Conference USA for the upcoming season in the conference’s coaches’ poll. UNM picked up seven of the nine votes to top that poll.
    Last season, UNM went 14-6-2 overall and 7-1-1 in C-USA, its first season in that conference.
    Charlotte, the winner of the 2013 conference tournament, and Alabama-Birmingham picked up the other two first-place votes in the coaches’ poll. Charlotte finished second in the poll and UAB was third.
    On the preseason All-Conference team were a pair of Lobos, fullback Matthew Gibbons and midfielder Ben McKendry.
    UNM opens its season Aug. 29 at home against Akron.