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Today's Sports

  • Mang doesn’t get drafted

    Jared Mang, the two-time New Mexico Gatorade Player of the Year for baseball, wasn’t selected by a Major League Baseball team during this year’s draft, June 9-11.
    Mang signed a letter of intent to play college ball at the University of New Mexico after his junior season, but a lot of pro teams had still shown interest in Mang.
    After 40 rounds of selections, however, Mang’s name wasn’t called.
    Signing a letter of intent to play college ball often, but not always, lowers a high school players stock.
    In 2012, Albuquerque Academy’s Alex Bregman was considered one of the best pure high school hitters in the country. Bregman committed to play for Louisiana State University, though, and wasn’t picked until the 29th round by the Boston Red Sox.
    Bregman went to LSU and was the consensus national freshman of the year in 2013. This year Bregman became the highest player ever selected from the state of New Mexico. The Houston Astros picked Bregman with the second pick.
    Like Bregman, Mang will now have the opportunity to raise his stock playing college ball.

  • Isotopes win series

    Runs were at a premium Tuesday afternoon at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the Albuquerque Isotopes (26-34) shutout the Salt Lake Bees (26-33) 1-0 in the series finale of their four-game set.
    With the victory, the Isotopes took the series and have won five of their last seven games.
    The only run of Tuesday afternoon’s matinee came in the top half of the third.
    After a Brock Bond leadoff single, Tim Wheeler drew a one-out walk ahead of a Cristhian Adames single to load the bases. After a popup on the infield, Matt McBride legged out an infield single that allowed Bond to score.
    A strikeout would end the threat, but the one run proved to be enough.
    Jair Jurrjens, Boone Whiting, LaTroy Hawkins and Rex Brothers teamed up to shutout Salt Lake’s Bees.
    The 1-0 final was just the 10th nine-inning game in Smith’s Ballpark history with one combined run.
    The Bees are now 7-3 all-time in those games with Albuquerque winning the last two, including one May 22, 2014.
    It was the first Isotopes shutout since June 21, 2014 at Iowa.
    After an off day on Wednesday, the Isotopes continue the road trip with a four-game set against the Tacoma Rainiers beginning Thursday.

  • Senior golfers swing away at...

    The Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association hosted a pair of tournaments at the beginning of June.
    On June 2, the association’s tournament was held at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.
    In the second flight, Los Alamos’ Rich Wight shot a 67 net score to finish second in the net division.
    In the fifth flight, Jack Guntler shot a 91 gross score to take second.
    The next day, the association hosted a tournament at the Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course.
    John Stam led Los Alamos’ contingent, and pretty much everybody else, too. Stam finished second in the championship flight with a gross score of 78.
    In the first flight, Phil Gursky took second with a 69 net score.
    In the third flight, Fred Thomas won the net division with a 64 and Spike Jones was right behind him with a 67.
    Thomas also had a great drive on the 16th hole and landed closest to the pin.
     

  • Aquatomics dive in at Lobo

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics competed at the Lobo Long Course Invitational last weekend, June 5-7.
    There were 488 swimmers from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas at the meet, but the Aquatomics had plenty of impressive results.
    Kalen Melton had the team’s “swim of the meet,” according to coach Linda Corliss. Melton dropped eight seconds off her 200-meter breaststroke to finish third in the 11-12 year-old girls division. Her time of 3 minutes, 13.25 seconds also put her in contention to make a Western Zone qualifying time to compete in the Western Zone age-group meet in Maui next May.
    Andy Corliss won a second-place high-point award in the boys 9-10 age group. Corliss won the 100-meter breaststroke (1:30.35) and finished second in the 200 and 50-meter freestyle races and the 50-meter breaststroke. He also had four other top-five finishes at the meet.
    Teammate Ming-Yuan Lo finished third behind Corliss in the high-point race. Lo finished second in the 50 fly, the 100 freestyle and the 200 individual medley. Lo also had four third-place finishes and one fourth-place finish.
    Seven-year-old Allison Amrani had six top-five finishes in the girls 8-and-under group, including second-place finishes in the 50 and 100-meter breaststrokes and the 200 freestyle.

  • Whicker helps North win

    Laura Whicker won all three of her tennis matches to help the North All-Stars blow out the South’s, 18-3, over the weekend.
    “It was a good end to her career,” Los Alamos and the North’s coach Bruce Cottrell said.
    Whicker won her singles match in straight sets.
    In doubles, she teamed up with Bosque’s Caroline Donahue and the duo pulled out a victory.
    Whicker also won at mixed doubles, something the athletes don’t play during the high school season.
    “I think the kids had a lot of fun with it,” Cottrell said. “Those girls were able to hang in there with those boys.”
    The team score included both the boys and girls results, which included 12 singles matches, six doubles matches and three mixed doubles matches.
    Neither the North’s boys nor girls had much trouble taking down the South.
    A few studs from the South, however, were also left off of the All-Star roster.
    “The balance of the rosters was a little lopsided for the North,” Cottrell said. “Some of the best players from the South didn’t get nominated and the North probably had everyone that we would have wanted.”

  • Isotopes split doubleheader with...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (25-34) hung on for an 8-7 victory against the Salt Lake Bees (26-32) in game two of Monday’s doubleheader at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah. The two teams split their twin bill after the Bees claimed game one 10-7.
    THE TURNING POINT, GAME ONE: Salt Lake put the first runs on the board with a pair in the second, but Albuquerque quickly responded with a four-spot in the third, highlighted by Tim Smalling’s two-RBI double. That lead wouldn’t last long though as the Bees put up five runs of their own in the home half of the third to steal the momentum. The Isotopes tried to climb back into the game, but three more Salt Lake runs in the fifth put the game out of reach.
    THE TURNING POINT, GAME TWO: With a 6-3 lead in the top of the seventh, the Isotopes tacked on two more runs when Angelys Nina tripled with one out, scoring Matt McBride and Drew Stubbs. Those two runs proved to be pivotal as the Bees scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut it to a one-run game. Salt Lake scored their four runs off six walks and no hits in the seventh before right-hander Justin Miller shut the door for his third save of year, preserving Albuquerque’s 8-7 victory.

  • U.S. wins World Cup opener

    For her second goal of the night against Australia, U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe channeled Lionel Messi.
    Rapinoe dribbled the ball before her long, low shot breezed past diving a Matildas goalkeeper.
    “I was doing my best Messi impression,” Rapinoe laughed, before adding: “A much slower version.”
    Rapinoe’s two goals gave the United States a 3-1 victory over Australia on Monday night in the Americans’ opener at the Women’s World Cup.
    Christen Press also scored for the second-ranked U.S., which is seeking its third World Cup title and first since 1999.
    The field has expanded from 16 teams to 24 this year, and the Americans’ next match in difficult Group D will be Friday against fifth-ranked Sweden and former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage.
    They finish group play on June 16 against Nigeria, which played to a physical 3-3 tie with Sweden Monday.
    Alex Morgan, sidelined by a bone bruise in her left knee, entered in the 79th minute in her first game action since April.
     

  • Rain doesn’t slow down racers at...

    Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the racers Saturday for the Pajarito Punishment, New Mexico’s state downhill championship this year.
    The rain didn’t keep many people away from Pajarito’s Summer Fest either, which featured a beer garden and live music to kick off the mountain’s summer activities.
    The Punishment was raced on the Fast and Loose and Muy Loco tracks, which are two of the steepest trails anywhere.
    One racer, Bert Boyce, said it was the steepest racecourse that he’d ever seen.
    Not many spectators hiked too far up the course because it kept getting steeper and steeper as it gained elevation.
    Near the bottom, however, there were three jumps that spectators lined up to watch. One jump shot riders out of the trees and into the home stretch where there were two tabletop jumps at the end.
    The first tabletop probably provided the most excitement.
    A lot of bikers took so much speed into the jump that they overshot the landing. Some landed flat but were able to hold on. Another biker got crooked in the air and landed on his front wheel, but made a great save to keep from wiping out.
    Not every racer, however, was able to stay on their bikes.
    One bounced off of his pedals and ended up sitting on his frame as he flew through the tape and off the trail.

  • Adames paces Isotopes to 10-2 win

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (23-33) scored a combined nine runs in their final three at-bats to beat the Iowa Cubs (28-27) 10-2 in the series finale at Isotopes Park Friday night. Infielder Cristhian Adames went 3-for-5 as the two teams split their four-game series.

    THE TURNING POINT: After trading runs in the first inning, the Isotopes and Cubs settled in for four consecutive scoreless frames before Albuquerque broke through with two runs in the sixth. After Iowa answered in the seventh, Adames ignited the 'Topes offense with a one-out RBI double in the home half of the seventh. The Isotopes would go on to send 10 guys to the plate and score five runs in the inning off four hits and three walks. After adding two more runs in the eighth, Albuquerque shut the door in the ninth for its 10-2 victory.

    GRAY THE GREAT: Right-handed pitcher Jon Gray turned in yet another strong outing on Friday night, tossing 6.2 innings and scattering just two runs amongst 10 hits. He also struck out three batters, while issuing just one intentional walk. His 104 pitches thrown were a season-high, while his 69 strikes matched a season-best. Gray owns a 1.37 ERA (four earned runs in 26.1 innings) over his last four outings. During that stretch, he’s walked just seven batters, struck out 13 and allowed only two home runs.

  • North All-Stars win

    Amber Logan and the North All-Stars were victorious on Friday night. North beat the South, 74-54, in the annual North-South All-Star girls basketball game.