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Today's Sports

  • Hipwoods earn national award

    Los Alamos co-head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood have been named the National Coaches of the Year for girls cross country.

    The announcement was made this weekend at the National High School Coaches Association banquet in Jackson, Wyo., this weekend.

    The Hipwoods have earned more state championships than any coaches in Los Alamos High School history, including leading the Hilltopper girls to their fifth straight team title in 2013

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

  • LALL All-Star rosters announced

    Los Alamos Little League announced its roster for the softball postseason Friday, as the All-Stars will start District 1 play this coming weekend in White Rock.
    LALL’s Majors (11-12) All-Stars are pitcher- and catcher-heavy this year, a bonus for All-Star play.
    Also announced on Friday were the LALL 9-10 All-Stars.
    Play starts Saturday in White Rock. The winner of the District 1 tournament will advance to play in the state tournament, which is scheduled for the week of July 11 in Las Vegas.
    Here are the rosters for the LALL All-Star teams:

    Majors All-Stars

    Claire Bluhm (3B, 1B)
    Megan Chiles (RF, 1B)
    Makenna Ellsworth (P, 2B)
    Ona Gartz (1B, LF)
    Alicia Gonzales (SS, C, 3B)
    Terri Jaramillo (P, C, SS, 2B)
    Marie Lee (3B, CF)
    Savana Luster (P, C, SS, 3B)
    Paige Patterson (LF, 2B)
    Aliya Richins (LF, RF)
    Sophia Salazar (P, C, SS, 3B)
    Kyla Sandoval (C, 2B)
    Katie Wimer (P, C, SS, 1B)

    Manager: Hope Jaramillo
    Coaches: Donny Ellsworth, Taylor Jaramillo

    9-10 All-Stars

  • Aggies coach Menzies drops in at...

    POJOAQUE — When Marvin Menzies took over the men’s basketball program at New Mexico State University, his first and foremost goal was to make the Aggies a national contender year-in and year-out.
    And while the Aggies took a huge step in that department this past season, there’s still plenty more work to be done.
    Menzies, who admits he rarely gets up to the northern part of the state from Las Cruces, was the guest of honor at the NMSU Alumni Association’s banquet Wednesday night at the Towa Golf Club. About 75 Aggie alum and well-wishers attended the event.
    During the 2013-14 season, Menzies led NMSU to its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference tournament title and corresponding appearance in the NCAA championships.
    Although the Aggies were a first-round casualty, they did garner some of that national attention they’d been seeking.
    One of the biggest reasons, quite literally, the Aggies garnered that attention was because of their giant, Sim Bhullar. The 7-foot, 5-inch Bhullar dwarfed virtually all of Division I with his height and his 360-pound frame.
    Unfortunately for the Aggies, Bhullar, who still had two years of collegiate eligibility left, elected to throw his hat into the ring for the professional ranks and won’t return, regardless of whether he makes a pro roster.

  • No 1936 references at Wimbledon...

    LONDON (AP) — Imagine what the reception will be like for Andy Murray on Monday when he first strides onto the green grass of Centre Court at Wimbledon.

    A year ago, Murray became the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the singles title at a tournament the locals refer to simply as "The Championships," ending a nation's long wait and sparking talk of a knighthood.

    This year, Murray gets the defending champion's honor of playing the fortnight's first match on the most famous tennis court in the world. Seems safe to say that 15,000 or so of his closest friends will greet him with a full-throated roar.

    "As the time gets nearer, and, you know, I get ready to play the first match on Monday, I'll definitely ... be excited about it," Murray said. "I will be nervous. It (is) an experience; something I have never experienced before. Players have talked about it in the past, that it's a great experience. But it can also be a nerve-racking one."

    Murray had a slow start this season, coming off back surgery, and he hasn't reached a final since Wimbledon 50 weeks ago.

    But he showed he's on the way back to peak form by reaching the semifinals at the French Open.

  • 7-on-7 action

    Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team took on Santa Fe in a 7-on-7 passing league contest Thursday evening at the LAHS practice field. Los Alamos opens its season Aug. 29 at home. 

  • Lee, Isotopes blank Omaha, 5-0

    Zach Lee pitched seven innings of shutout ball Thursday night in Omaha to help the Albuquerque Isotopes to its second straight road win.
    Lee gave up just three hits Thursday and the Isotopes garnered enough offense to pick up a 5-0 victory.
    Game three of that four-game series against the Storm Chasers is scheduled for tonight. The Isotopes, who went just 2-6 in their recent homestand, have a chance to win their third straight road series if they can earn a victory.
    The only hits the Storm Chasers (41-33) managed off Lee, or the other two pitchers that threw, were singles.
    On offense, Albuquerque (34-40) got three doubles from Walter Ibarra, while Tim Federowicz went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs.

  • Strother squeaks out victory at...

    It was a close finish at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s race was Tuesday starting along Pipeline Road, just south of White Rock.
    Nikol Strother earned the win by just .16 seconds. Her predicted finish time was off by just 2.69 seconds, topping a runner, identified only as “Nick Pv,” who was off by 2.85 seconds.
    All the best predictions Tuesday were made by runners on the 3-mile course. Ted Romero was off by just six seconds on the longer course, while the best prediction on the 1-mile course was made by Joan Williams, who was 75 seconds off.
    Strother, who won the Pace Race two weeks ago, not only had the best prediction but was also the fastest 3-mile finisher with her time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds.
    On the short course, the fastest finisher was Patricia Burnside at 9:39.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at Quemazon Montesori’s play lot on Brisa del Bosque.
    Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com, or call 672-1639. 

  • 'Flash' Thomas hosting...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Dreams of one day playing in the NFL are now a reality for Lobo and current Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Lamaar ‘Flash’ Thomas, who saw action in his first NFL games during the 2013 season.
    But before Thomas kicks off his second season in the league, he’s looking forward to taking part in a youth football camp on Saturday, June 28 in Rio Rancho, that he’s worked on since the end of last season.
    “This is something I’ve been wanted to do since college,” said Thomas. “I had the opportunity to go to the same camp when I was younger, so I know first-hand how much fun that was for me.”
    The Fort Washington, Md., native is thankful for the unique position he’s in to be a mentor and role model for so many kids that are in the same position he was in just 10 years ago. It’s an idea he’s brainstormed many times previously with friend and former coach, Dan Foley.
    “We are excited to have such a great young man and role model helping the youth of our community,” said Foley.
    The camp will be open to children from the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho areas for no charge.

  • Nogar swim meet returns July 5

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club will host its annual Nick Nogar Memorial Open July 5-6 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The meet is open to any athlete registered with USA Swimming and New Mexico Swimming.
    The Nick Nogar Memorial is a four-session timed, final pre-seeded long course — except for the 50-meter freestyle. There are no time standards required to enter the meet.
    The 50-meter freestyle is conducted as a shoot-out to determine the fastest swimmers between ages 13-14 and 15-18.
    The top four girls and boys for each age group will be run in a shootout format.
    In the shoot-out heats, the top four swimmers from the preliminary heats will swim two 1-on-1 semifinals, then the winners of those semi-final heats will compete in the shootout final.
    Swimmers 19 years and older for the 50 meter freestyle event can participate in the preliminary heats but are not eligible for the finals shoot-out heats.
    At the meet, swimmers will be restricted to five events per day plus one relay per day. Entries should be submitted via electronic file (HY-TEK compatible) to Andrew Erickson at awemme@losalamos.com.
    Entry forms can be found on aquatomics.com.
    There is a limit of 400 swimmers for this meet. Entries must be received not later than June 25.

  • Anderson hooks big Tiger Musky

    Amy Anderson wasn’t about to let her fish go. The fish wasn’t going to give in without a fight.
    Anderson and husband Stan Kosiewicz caught a couple of big Tiger Muskies while on a trip to Bluewater Lake June 12.
    Kosiewicz, who is no strangers to big catches, reeled in a 35-inch, 15-pound Tiger Musky out of Bluewater Lake, located about 40 miles west of Grants. But that fish was dwarfed by his wife’s catch.
    Anderson snagged a 42-inch, 25-pound Tiger Musky about an hour later. Anderson had to wrestle with the fish for about 15 minutes before finally getting it aboard their boat.
    Kosewicz said the fish actually dove down and went under the boat during the fight before Anderson finally wore it out and landed it. The Tiger Musky stripped the line off her reel during the fight.
    Tiger muskies are hybrids of Northern Pikes and Muskies and feature needle-like teeth. Anderson’s catch actually bit her finger as she was attempting to unhook it.
    Anderson’s catch made the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s “Catches of the Week” for the state.
    Another Los Alamos resident, Mike Waldschmidt, also made the list. He landed a 20-inch catfish at Abiquiu Lake, getting that fish with a worm during a Father’s Day outing.