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Today's Sports

  • Locals take on YMCA Fun Run

    Hundreds of Los Alamos and out-of-town runners competed in this year’s Los Alamos YMCA Firecracker Run on Monday.
    The 5K included 28 different categories.
    In the men’s nine-and- under category, Tor Leitner of Santa Fe finished first with a 28:15.3.
    Rafael Sanchez of Los Alamos won the men’s 10-13 with a 19:06.9.
    With a time of 20:22.0, Matias Fernandez of Velvarde won the men’s 14-17.
    James Aslam of Los Alamos finished with a 26:10.5 to win the men’s 18-22.
    In the men’s 23-29, Devin Kimball of Colorado Springs, Colorado finished first with the best overall time of 18:04.6.
    Philip Graybill of Los Alamos won the men’s 30-34 by finishing with a 21:54.3.
    A time of 32:42.1 gave Brandon Lattimore first place in the men’s 35-39.
    Stephan Sintay of Los Alamos ran a 21:01.4 to win the men’s 40-44.
    In the men’s 45-49, David Jackson of Santa Fe won by running a 24:02.7.
    Greg Gonzales of Los Alamos won the men’s 50-54 with a 26:54.3.
    Los Alamos native Danny Sorenson won the men’s 55-59 after running a 27:06.3.
    In the men’s 60-64, Mark Bjorklund of Los Alamos won with a 21:37.5.
    Paul Graham of Los Alamos won the men’s 65-69 after running a 26:07.7.

  • LA, Academy in same district

    Los Alamos and Albuquerque Academy will be district foes starting in the 2016 fall prep sports season.
    Last year, the New Mexico Activities Association rearranged classes and districts, including District 2-5A, the home of Los Alamos prep sports. During the shuffle, Academy was placed in District 2-5A, while Bernalillo was removed from the district and was switched to Class 4A.
    The district rearrangement assured that Los Alamos and Academy will compete against each other in every sport. It could also build potential rivalries in numerous sports.
    Starting in the fall, Los Alamos boys and girls cross country could be tested by the Chargers earlier than usual. The Hilltoppers and Chargers are perennial contenders for winning a blue trophy at state meets but now they’ll face each other in district meets.
    Los Alamos and Academy have dominated boys cross country in the past two decades. Since 1997, no other school has won the state championship in the NMAA’s second largest class (according to school enrollment). Academy’s 2015 triumph ended the Hilltoppers’ four-year winning streak.     

  • New technology for Pajarito race

    BY JOSE CORRAL
    lasports@lamonitor.com

    Mountain bike riders only need a smart phone to compete in this year’s Summerfest downhill mountain bike race at Pajarito Mountain.
    For the first time in the event’s history, the downhill mountain bike race will be scored by an application that is accessible on any Android or Apple phone or tablet. The race is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. with riders having the opportunity to complete the course unlimited amount of times until 3 p.m.
    “It’s not a traditional race,” Pajarito Mountain general manager Tom Long said. “I think it’ll be a very unique way at trying to do a citizens race ride without the formality of competitive racing.”
    All competitors will use the BikeParkPRO application to score qualifying runs that will eventually decide the winner of the race. The male and female riders with the fastest times registered by the application will be the winners of the opening summer session at Pajarito.
    Previous years included four categories of riders and on-hand officials for the duration of the race. On Saturday, the race will be divided between two categories, men’s and women’s, and officials won’t be present during runs on the course.     

  • The games go on: ’Toppers head...

    All of the state championships have been decided, but there are still a handful of contests to be played.
    The top teams have proven themselves, but now the games turn into regional battles. Does the North or South have a tougher crop of seniors?
    On June 10, five of the eight Class 5A/6A North/South All-Star classics will be played.
    Los Alamos will be represented in three of them that weekend and one more in July.
    Two ‘Toppers scored spots on the North all-star baseball team. Connor Mang and Lane Saunders will both represent the North in the 5A/6A series.
    The baseball teams will play one game at 7:30 p.m. June 10 and then play twice more June 11.
    The baseball series is taking place at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces.
    Ashlynn Trujillo will represent Los Alamos in the 5A/6A all-star basketball game. That contest will take place at 7:30 p.m. June 10 at the Santa Ana Star Center, following the 1A/2A all-star game.
    Michelle Alexander will also represent the North in the all-star tennis classic June 10 and 11. One unique thing about the tennis all-star classic is that boys and girls play together on the same team, unlike the high school season where they usually compete at the same tournaments, but on separate teams.

  • Thomson throws shutout, UNM...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico baseball team (36-21) earned a victory in the first game of the Mountain West Conference Championship Thursday, defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack (34-23), 3-0.
    The Lobos received a career-best pitching performance from senior left-hander Colton Thomson (7-3), as he threw his first-ever complete game, a three-hit shutout over the Wolf Pack. He collected a career-high tying 11 strikeouts and walked one. His 122 total pitches thrown marked the most in his Lobo career.

  • Unruly group responsible for...

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A day after a riot erupted outside a Donald Trump rally, Albuquerque officials blamed the downtown melee not on impassioned politics but on an unruly group intent on creating chaos in a city that has seen more than its share of violence.
    Some participants openly admitted that they set out to cause disruption. Many in the crowd were seen with gang tattoos and at one point chanted to Trump supporters that they controlled the streets.
    “I woke up all hung over and stuff,” said Chelsea Rae Gray, a 24-year-old musician. “And then I said, ‘Let’s see what kind of chaos we can get into.’” She said she came to the protest in her pajamas and stole some Trump T-shirts from vendors during the confusion.
    “Then I burned them,” she said.
    Cleanup crews spent Wednesday clearing away broken glass and charred debris in the largest city in the nation’s largest Hispanic state. The mayor and police were tallying up the damage that spread to several blocks near historic Route 66.

  • Fishing fair around NM

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, tubes, minnows, and bottom bouncer night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, craws, jerk baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing for brown trout was slow but there were a few caught by anglers trolling crank baits.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 2,720 cfs.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait, worms under a bobber and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing was fair trolling jointed Rapalas for tiger musky. Fishing for catfish was slow. The surface water temp was in the high 50s.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,520 cfs and 1,170 cfs respectively. Trout fishing was slow.
    Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Panther Martin spinners, Arnie’s and Platte River specials for rainbow trout and kokanee. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.
    El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
    Fenton Lake: Fishing through this past Saturday was rated as excellent but tapered off some on Sunday. Anglers did very well using black wooly buggers, olive Pistol Petes, Kastmasters, small Tennessee shad crank baits, PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.

  • Davenport has top prediction

    Beth Davenport had the top prediction in this week’s Pace Race, which was held on the Cañada Del Buey trail in White Rock.
    Davenport was just 3 seconds off her predicted time.
    Other accurate predictors were Heidi Bjorklund and Zach Medin.
    They tied at 4 seconds off their predictions.
    Nikol Strother had a 5-second differential and was also the fastest female on the three-mile course recording a time of 21 minutes, 38 seconds.
    Ted Romero had a 9-second error and was also the best finisher on the three-mile course, finishing with a time of 20:57.
    On the one-mile course, 6-year-old Anders Medin recorded a 10:17 for the top time. His mother, Roxana Candia, was the first female. She finished in 10:19.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will take place near the Pajarito ski area, just past the ski lodge at the Cañada Bonito Trailhead.
    One, two and three-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com
     

  • UNM track heads to regionals

    After battling for postseason bids since early April, a handful of Lobos are just one meet away from the NCAA Championships.
    The University of New Mexico track and field team is aiming for the national championships as it sends 20 individuals and a relay team to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championships competition this week.
    The Lobos are searching for top-12 finishes in their respective events during the three-day meet at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas, which would advance a competitor to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
    “The goal is to put yourself in a position to where you can qualify on to Eugene,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “It’s not about winning the event, it’s about being in the top 12 and making sure you have a chance.”
    The Lobos heading to Kansas are some of the best, with many from this year’s group are making a repeat appearance.
    Out of the 11 women, nine men and the men’s relay team (a total of 22 athletes), 12 Lobos are back at the regionals, with a few eyeing another bid to the finals of the NCAA Championships.
    For the 16th-ranked women’s team, six Lobos head into the meet with top-10 seeds, including four top-two seeds in the distance events.

  • LA student athletes honored at...

    Los Alamos High School’s Class of 2016 held its Honors Convocation Tuesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Lots of student athletes were honored at the ceremony for their work in the classroom and the community.
    A few athletes, however, were honored specifically for their achievements in a Los Alamos uniform.
    Lane Saunders and Ashlynn Trujillo were selected as the Los Alamos Sports Association’s Athletes of the Year while Isaac Dunwoody was honored with the school’s Iron Athlete award.
    The Los Alamos Sports Association is a partnership between the Los Alamos Monitor and KRSN.
    Saunders was Los Alamos’ only three-sport varsity letter winner this season, and he excelled in all three.
    On the football field, Saunders played linebacker and was one of Los Alamos’ top tacklers. He also worked as a running back where he averaged 6.7 yards per carry, finishing with 411 rushing yards in seven games. Derek Selvage led Los Alamos with 1,262 rushing yards.
    In wrestling, Saunders reached the state finals for the third consecutive year where he finished second at 182 pounds, losing the championship by a single point, 3-2.
    The two-state champion finished his senior season with a 41-2 record.