Today's Sports

  • Local All-Stars ready to compete...

    The high school sports season is over, but a handful of athletes who recently graduated will get to represent Los Alamos, and the North, one more time in New Mexico’s annual North-South All-Star showcases.
    Amber Logan, Laura Whicker, Jordan Hammock and Jared Mang all got selected to play for the North in the Class 5A-6A showdowns in their respective sports.
    Tonight, Logan will step on the court at Volcano Vista High School at 7:30 p.m.
    Logan is known for ability to drain shots from the perimeter and was a big part of the team’s success this year. She sunk six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points in the Hilltopper girls’ first-round state victory over Goddard.
    Logan and Jonathan Schueler were recentlynamed the Los Alamos Sports Association’s Athletes of the Year and were both recipients of this year’s Clendenen Award.
    Whicker was one of six females selected from the North for the tennis showcase this weekend in Albuquerque. Whicker competed in the state doubles championships with teammate, Katya Skurikhin. The duo reached the quarterfinals and won their first set, but they were eliminated despite taking 5-3 leads in the second and third sets.
    In the state team competition, Whicker helped the Hilltopper girls reach the semifinals and finish in the top-four.

  • Lobo trio named freshmen All-...

    University of New Mexico freshmen Carl Stajduhar, Tyler Stevens and Cory Voss were all named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Wednesday. It was the first time the Lobos have ever had more than one Freshman All-American in one year.

    "This is a big, big deal," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said, "and it is well deserved. These are three outstanding young men."

    A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Stajduhar set a new UNM freshman record for RBIs with 53. He led the team in hits (75), doubles (21), home runs (9), and total bases (127), and he was second in runs (45). He hit .322 and was the only Lobo to appear in all 59 games this season. His play earned him All-Mountain West Second Team honors, and he was also named to the Mountain West All-Tournament Team after hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two homers, two doubles and eight runs in UNM's five games in Reno, Nev., last month.

    "Carl's work ethic is off the charts," Birmingham said. "He understands so much more now than when he first got here. Physically he's a talent, but mentally he's a big talent. He's going to be an impact player for us for the next two years, and then he's going to be a high draft pick after that."

  • McBride leads ’Topes past Cubs

    Matt McBride collected four hits, and Drew Stubbs drove in four runs as the Albuquerque Isotopes (22-32) beat the Iowa Cubs (27-25) 9-7 in a slugfest at Isotopes Park Wednesday night.
    Iowa pounced on top early with two runs in the top of the first. Albuquerque quickly responded with a six spot in the home half of the first.
    After Cristhian Adames reached on an error, the Isotopes rattled off four straight singles from Tim Smalling, Kyle Parker, McBride and Stubbs.
    After a walk and a pair of outs, left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande poked a two-out, two-RBI single down the left field line to cap the six-run inning.
    The ’Topes tacked on single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach.
    Entering Wednesday’s game, the Isotopes had turned 16 double plays in their last six games, nine of which were of the 6-4-3 variety. Albuquerque then turned three more on Wednesday to overtake the Pacific Coast League lead with 65 twin killings on the year, two more than the New Orleans Zephyrs.
    The most consistent hitter the last month for the Isotopes has been McBride. He went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a double, a triple and an RBI. McBride lacked just one leg of cycle for the second-straight night. He needed a home run in the eighth inning but grounded out to third instead.

  • Pajarito kicking off biking...

    Pajarito will kick of its summer season Saturday with its annual Summer Fest. The event will feature lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking, downhill races, beer, disc golf and live music.
    “It’s been a great event for us,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “The community supports it and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone and kicking off our summer events.”
    The best downhill mountain bikers from New Mexico will compete in the Pajarito Punishment, which will double as the state championships this year. The fast, steep and technical course will begin on Fast and Loose and finish on Muy Loco.
    The punishment will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. The finish line of the race is near Pajarito’s base lodge, which is perfect for spectators — Summer Fest’s bands and breweries will also begin at 1 p.m.
    Four bands will perform while 10 breweries from around New Mexico serve up suds until 6 p.m. The Santa Fe Brewery, Second Street, Taos Mesa, La Cumbre, Tractor, Turtle Mountain, Abbey, Bosque and Boxing Bear will be there to make the event a hoppy time.
    Free Atomic City Shuttles will also be around to take people from town to the mountain and back to help people get home safe. The shuttles will leave from Los Alamos High School every half hour, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Isotopes stifled by Iowa

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (21-32) managed to pull within four runs after a two-run eighth inning, but the Iowa Cubs (27-24) turned a double play to kill the rally and take an eventual 9-3 victory. The Isotopes turned a season-high five double plays in the game and are now tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in that category.

    THE TURNING POINT: Iowa put up single runs in the first and third before Matt McBride smashed a solo home run in the fourth to put Albuquerque on the board. The Cubs wasted no time responding with a two-run blast in the fifth to take control of the game. Prospect Javy Baez added a pair of two-run homers in the seventh and ninth innings to secure the victory for the Iowa. The Isotopes tried to mount a late rally in the bottom of the eighth after a two-RBI double by Dustin Garneau, but the Cubs turned a double play to kill the momentum.

    DOUBLE THE FUN: Entering Tuesday’s game, the Isotopes had turned 11 double plays in their last five games, six of which were of the 6-4-3 variety. Albuquerque then turned double plays in each of the first four innings on Tuesday and another in the seventh. Three of those were 6-4-3 twin killings. The 'Topes have now turned 62 double plays on the year, which ties New Orleans for the PCL lead.

  • Greenwood signs a pro contract

    The Perth Wildcats have signed former University of New Mexico college star and Australian guard, Hugh Greenwood, to a three-year agreement.
    The 23-year-old recently completed his college career with UNM — the former home of Australian basketball legend Luc Longley and current Australian Chicago Bull, Cameron Bairstow.
    In his most recent season, Greenwood’s defensive efforts and sharp three-point shooting earned him the title of Lobos co-MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.
    Statistically, he averaged 11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.7 blocks per game in 2014/15.
    The Tasmanian, who stands 6-feet, 2 1/2 inches, and weighs in at 202 pounds, has been touted as a future NBA player and recently completed a workout with the Utah Jazz — where his shooting and high basketball IQ impressed coaches.
    Greenwood said the Wildcats coaching staff and elite facilities were an important factor when choosing where to play.
    “The Perth Wildcats are just as good, if not better, than the University of New Mexico in terms of its professionalism, its facilities, its coaching staff and its fan base. The biggest thing for me was finding somewhere as good as UNM,” he said.
    Greenwood is also chasing a spot on the Australian Boomers roster ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.

  • Burnside barely misses prediction

    In a great turnout, 48 runners and walkers enjoyed a warm dry evening for the one, two, three and four mile Pace Race courses on Barranca Mesa Tuesday.
    In the one-mile course around Navajo, Los Pueblos and Barranca roads, Melina Burnside had the best prediction, only .45 seconds off her prediction for an adjusted delta of 1.35 seconds off. Sue Elkins was right behind her at 6 seconds off her prediction followed by Joan Williams, 12 seconds off, Billy Strother, 15 seconds off, and Ted Romero, who was 18 seconds off of his prediction.
    In the three-mile road course around Navajo, down almost to the end of Los Pueblos and back around Barranca Road, Nikol Strother had the best prediction. She was 71 seconds off her prediction and Sam Crooks was 118 seconds off of his prediction.
    The two-mile trail course went out on to the Deer Trap Mesa trail, taking the south fork for an out-and-back run, or hike.
    Predictions turned out to be hard to make on the trail runs. Jeanette Trujillo Rondeau was the best predictor at 130 seconds off her prediction.
    Inez Ross did two loops of the one-mile paved course, in preparation for doing a 5K at the Senior Olympics, and was 94 seconds off of her prediction.

  • Leinart, Urlacher among 1st-...

    Southern California Heisman Trophy Winner Matt Leinart and former New Mexico star Brian Urlacher are among the players making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

    The National Football Foundation released on Tuesday the players and coaches being considered for selection to the Hall of Fame this year. The new Hall of Fame class will be announced Jan. 8 in Arizona, where the College Football Playoff championship game will be held.

    Leinart won the Heisman and led the Trojans to the national championship in 2004. Heisman winners Eric Crouch (2001) and Rashaan Salaam (1994) are also among the 76 players FBS up for election.

    Urlacher was the Mountain West player of the year in 1999 before having a standout career with the Chicago Bears.

    Other notable first-timers on the ballot include: Kansas State's Michael Bishop, Florida State stars Derrick Brooks and Terrell Buckley, Penn State's Kerry Collins, Purdue's Rod Woodson, Texas A&M's Day Nguyen, Michigan State's Morten Andersen and Washington State's Mike Utley.

    Utley was a star offensive tackle at Washington State before being drafted by the Detroit Lions. He was left paralyzed by a spine injury he suffered in a game against the Rams in 1991.

  • Lannan shines, but Isotopes drop...

    For the second game in a row, the Albuquerque Isotopes’ (21-31) starting pitcher turned in a stellar outing, but a ninth-inning rally doomed their efforts. The Omaha Storm Chasers (26-26) claimed their second-consecutive 2-1 win, negating Isotopes left-hander John Lannan’s stellar start.

    THE TURNING POINT: Albuquerque’s only run came after a leadoff walk to Drew Stubbs in the fourth inning. He would later score on an error by the shortstop. It wasn’t until a one-out double in the seventh that the Storm Chasers strung together any meaningful offense. An RBI single tied the game but no more damage was done that inning. With one out in the ninth, Cheslor Cuthbert poked a solo home run over the left-center field fence to give Omaha the 2-1 lead and eventual win.

    Albuquerque managed to load the bases with no one out in the bottom of the ninth, but a 5-2-3 double play erased the Isotopes comeback chances.

    FANNIN’ LANNAN: Left-handed pitcher, Lannan, scattered five hits and just one run over seven innings of work. It was his fifth-straight quality start and seventh overall this season. In his last 26.0 innings, Lannan has allowed just six earned runs (3.12 ERA). Of his 98 pitches on Monday, 60 were strikes.

  • Four Lobos qualify for nationals

    Three days in Austin, four Lobos to Eugene.

    Three University of New Mexico track and field athletes qualified to the NCAA Championships Saturday as the Lobos finished with four total qualifiers at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary competition this weekend.

    Peter Callahan, Logan Pflibsen and Calli Thackery all punched their tickets to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, joining Alice Wright, who qualified Thursday.

    It’s the ninth-straight year New Mexico has qualified at least four athletes to the NCAA Championships.

    Pflibsen opened the third day of the three-day meet with a personal-record performance in the men’s pole vault.

    The senior out of Streator, Ill., cleared 17 feet, 6 1/2 inches to place fifth overall out of the 48 competitors and secure his bid to nationals. The top 12 finishers in each event qualify to the NCAA finals.

    For Pflibsen, his new lifetime best ranks fourth in New Mexico history and makes him the first Lobo to make the NCAA finals in the pole vault since Robert Caldwell in 2008.

    Only three athletes — Pflibsen, Caldwell and Derek Mackel — have made the event in the last 24 years. Joe Powdrell (1967) and Simon Arkell (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991) are the only other UNM athletes to accomplish the feat.