Today's Sports

  • Study: State hunters, anglers...

    SANTA FE – New Mexico’s hunters and anglers spend more than $613 million on their recreational activities and contribute another $51.4 million to the state’s economy in labor, income and taxes, according to a study conducted for the Department of Game and Fish.
    The study, conducted by Southwick Associates, specialists in fish and wildlife economics and statistics, was commissioned to determine the amount of participation and subsequent economic impacts hunters and anglers have on New Mexico overall and by county.
    “Hunting and fishing are among New Mexico’s most cherished traditions,” Governor Susana Martinez said. “This study clearly shows the tremendous value our wildlife resources bring to our state, creating nearly 8,000 jobs and contributing millions to New Mexico’s economy. Outdoor activities like hunting and fishing are New Mexico True.”
    According to the study, New Mexico has more than 160,000 resident and nonresident anglers who spend $268 million a year on fishing-related activities. The state also has 87,600 hunters who spend $345.5 million a year on hunting-related activities.

  • Kirk scores 24 in D-League debut

    The Canton (Ohio) Charge of the NBA Development League got a big boost from its newest player Wednesday night.
    Former Los Alamos star Alex Kirk, who was signed last summer by the Cleveland Cavaliers, was assigned to the Charge, the Cavaliers’ D-League team Tuesday and was with the team for its game Wednesday night in Westchester, New York.
    Kirk put in a game-high 24 points for the Charge as it spoiled the home debut of Westchester’s Knicks, 88-84.
     Kirk scored 12 points in each half, hitting 9 of 20 shots from the floor.
    He also had five rebounds and a blocked shot in 33 minutes of play for the Charge, who are 1-1 on the season.
    The move by Kirk to the D-League was what Cleveland officials had said would likely happen prior to this season.
    The D-League is the NBA’s equivalent of baseball’s Minor Leagues.
    The Cavaliers’ organization also manages the Charge.
    Prior to Wednesday night, Kirk had been with Cleveland since opening night.
    He had appeared in just two games with the Cavaliers, one of his appearances was for a little over three minutes, the other was for just three seconds.
    With Cleveland, Kirk scored two points, the first two points of his pro career, in a loss to Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 4.

  • McDonald, Carnes named top...


    For the second straight season, Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald was given props as the top offensive player in Distrit 2-5A.

    McDonald, a junior, helped lead the Los Alamos Hilltoppers to a district title, the first in the new District 2-5A, and was among the leading scorers in the state.

    For her efforts, McDonald was named the District 2-5A Offensive Player of the Year for 2014.

    Not to be outdone, veteran Los Alamos fullback Cory Carnes, a senior, was named the Defensive Player for the Year for the season.

    The Los Alamos boys and girls All-District teams were announced shortly after the conclusion of the regular season.

  • Mang signs letter of intent with...


    Los Alamos’ top baseball player, Jared Mang, signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period for collegiate athletics.

    Mang, who had made a previous verbal commitment to the University of New Mexico, made it official Wednesday. He signed the letter at a ceremony in Albuquerque along with teammates from his Amateur Baseball Association club based in the Duke City.

    This year, Mang will be a senior for the Hilltoppers. He has been starting, and hitting near the top of the batting order, since he was an eighth grader.

  • They Are The Champions

    Los Alamos pulled off another sweep at the state championship race Saturday at Rio Rancho. The Hilltopper boys won their fourth consecutive team title, topping the favored Albuquerque Academy, while the Hilltopper girls picked up a solid victory in Class 5A competition that gave them their sixth straight team title. Coming up, Los Alamos will take part in the Nike Cross Regional meet in Phoenix next week.

  • Blake Griffin charged after...

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is facing a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a scuffle with a man at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub, according to court records obtained Wednesday.
    The 25-year-old Griffin is due for arraignment Dec. 8 before a Las Vegas justice of the peace on a charge that could get him up to six months in jail if he is convicted. The criminal complaint was filed Friday, and a summons was issued for his appearance in court.
    The Clippers were aware of the complaint, team spokesman Seth Burton said, but had no immediate comment. It wasn’t immediately clear if Griffin had a Las Vegas lawyer handling the case.
    Las Vegas police said last month that they were investigating a man’s claim that Griffin attacked him early Oct. 19.
    The complaint lists the victim as Daniel Schuman. An attempt to reach Schuman by telephone wasn’t immediately successful.
    The celebrity news website TMZ quoted Schuman saying that Griffin grabbed his neck, took his cellphone and slapped him after he took a photo at Tao nightclub at the Venetian resort.
    Griffin and other Clippers players were at the club after playing an exhibition game in Las Vegas against the Denver Nuggets.

  • Lobos ink three new players

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball head coach Craig Neal is ready to welcome three future Lobos who signed their national letters of intent Wednesday.
    High school prospects Jordan Hunter (Beaumont, Texas), Dane Kuiper (Tempe, Arizona) and Anthony Mathis (West Linn, Oregon) have all pledged to join the Lobos as freshmen beginning in the 2015-16 season.
    Hunter was an all-district performer for the Ozen Panthers as a sophomore after averaging 14 points per game. As a junior, Hunter was the Texas 20-4A District Offensive Player of the Year.
    Hunter had a 28-point performance against top-ranked Houston team Fort Bend Bush.
    Kuiper will come to Albuquerque as the Arizona Republic’s top high school player in the state of Arizona for the 2015 recruiting class. The Alaska transplant transferred to Corona del Sol High School before his junior season.
    In his first season in Tempe, Kuiper helped guide the Aztecs to a third consecutive state title.
    Kuiper was listed as a top 100 national prospect by HoopScoopOnline.com, as was Mathis
    Mathis was a 6A all-state selection as a junior and helped guide the Lions to a 24-4 mark in their state championship season.

  • Sports Briefs 11-13-14

    Volleyball team tryouts start Sunday

    The Northern New Mexico Fusion volleyball club will hold tryouts for its 2015 season for the next two Sundays.
    Tryouts are open to any interested girls between the ages of 11-17. Participants are encouraged to attend both sessions.
    There is no charge for trying out.
    Sessions will be at Los Alamos High Schools Auxiliary Gymnasium. Girls 11-14 will have their tryouts from noon-2 p.m. and girls 15-17 from 2:30-5 p.m. both Sundays.
    Those interested must have a parent-signed liability waiver.
    More information and waiver forms can be found at the Fusion’s website, nnmvolleyball.org.
    Questions about the tryouts may also be emailed to lafusionvb@hotmail.com.

    Freeride team to meet Dec. 4

    A recruitment and registration night for those interested in participating in the Pajarito Mountain Freeride team is scheduled for Dec. 4.
    Boys and girls of any age may participate on the freeride team.
    The organization features traveling competitive ski and snowboard teams.
    For more information, call Pajarito Mountain at 662-5725.

    Skills clinics will take place at YMCA

  • Hawk girls hosting round robin...

    Los Alamos Middle School’s girls seventh and eighth grade basketball teams will host a season-opening tournament Friday and Saturday at Brousseau Gymnasium.
    The round robin tournament will include teams from St. Michael’s, McCurdy, Santa Fe Indian School and Memorial Middle School, as well as the Hawk teams.
    Play begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday. The Hawk seventh graders’ first game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday and the Hawk eighth graders will play at the conclusion of that contest.
    LAMS teams will play again at 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
    Price for admission is $5 per person for an all-day pass.
    Following this weekend’s tournament, the Hawk teams will host West Las Vegas Monday afternoon.

  • 'Toppers take on Rams...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team will look to build on its season-opening victory last week with Friday’s game at Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos knocked off its archrival Taos to start the 2014-15 New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League season. Los Alamos earned at 2-1 victory at Taos to get going on the right foot.
    Hilltopper goalkeeper Zealand Walterscheid made a whopping 26 saves against the Ice Tigers and allowed just one goal as he went the distance between the pipes.
    Friday, Los Alamos will be at Blades Ice Arena to face Rio Rancho. The Rams are 1-4-1 on the young season, but have had some tough games to start with.
    In week 2 of NMIIHL play, the Rams were swept by the Franklin Cougars (El Paso, Texas) in a doubleheader, losing those contests 10-5 and 8-3.
    The Rams were also downed by Coronado in one of two contests against last year’s league champion, El Paso Coronado, 2-1, but did pick up a 6-6 tie in the other game.
    Friday’s game is set for 8 p.m. in Rio Rancho.
    Early in the season, the Cougars are looking like they might be the team to beat this year. The Cougars are 7-0-0 so far and have outscored their opponents 57-22.