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  • Isotopes Are Back for 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE – A big portion of the nucleus of the Albuquerque Isotopes minor league baseball team from 2013 will be hanging around for the 2014 opener.
    Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen.
    Albuquerque hosted its annual media day Tuesday at Isotopes Park, one of the first chances the team has been collected all in one place at the same time. Several players were just getting back to Albuquerque after a stint on the 40-man roster in the majors, including its top returning position player, outfielder Nick ‘Chili’ Buss.
    Buss and the rest of the Isotopes will open the season Thursday night in Tacoma, Wash., taking on the Tacoma Rainiers. After a four-game set with Tacoma and another four-game set at Reno, the Isotopes will make their first home appearance April 11 when they face Tacoma again.
    “I’m just really excited to get going,” Buss said. “It was a long spring training this year. I think everyone’s really psyched to get out of spring training and ready to go. Everyone’s really excited to be here and can’t wait to open it up in Tacoma.”

  • Woods to miss Masters this year

    Tiger Woods chose surgery to heal his ailing back over a quest for another green jacket, announcing Tuesday that he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career.
    Woods said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months, knowing the surgery would keep him from Augusta National next week for the first time since he was a senior in high school.
    The No. 1 player in the world is a four-time Masters champion.
    “After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided in consultation with my doctors to have this procedure done, Woods said. “I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters.
    “It’s a week that’s very special to me,” he said. “It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.”
    The Masters gets the highest television ratings of any golf tournament, and Woods commands most of the attention, even though he last won a green jacket in 2005. He won his first Masters in 1997 when he set 20 records, from youngest Masters champion at 21 to his 12-shot margin of victory.

  • Results from Cleveland Relay meet

    Here are the results from Saturday’s Cleveland Relay track and field meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

    Boys

    Team results

    1. Cleveland, 136; 2. Rio Rancho, 106; 3. Los Alamos, 56.5; 4. Taos, 55; 5. Cibola, 40; 6. Hope Christian, 27; 7. Manzano, 26; 8. Atrisco Heritage, 26; 9. Highland, 12; 10. Santa Fe, 7; 13. Miyamura, 5; 14. Del Norte, 1.5.

    6400 relay
    1. Cleveland, 13:57.81; 2. Rio Rancho, 14:06.72; 3. Taos, 14:43.09; 4. Los Alamos, 14:45.91.

    100 meters
    1. Dante Hernandez-LaCour, Atrisco Heritage, 10.79; 2. Benjamin Maurer, Rio Rancho, 10.86; 3. Nathan Muñoz, Cleveland, 11.10; 5. (tie) Xavier Dennison, 11.40.

    3200 meters
    1. Chris Harlow, Cibola, 9:46.98; 2. Jared Mayoral, Cleveland, 9:47.19; 3. Zachary Grand, Santa Fe, 10:01.34; Mike Walker, 10:03.11; Colin Hemez, 10:04.59; Connor Bailey, 10:43.53.

    300 hurdles
    1. Keaton Frieberg, Cleveland, 41.07; 2. Tyler Chavez, Cleveland, 41.65; 3. Nick Lemley, Taos, 41.89; Greg Ahlers, 43.98; Tyler Mullen, 45.97; Nathan Scrimshaw, 47.60.

    400 relay
    1. Atrisco Heritage, 42.63; 2. Cleveland, 42.90; 3. Los Alamos, 43.00.

  • Nuke 'Em

    The Los Alamos Nukes U19 rugby club topped Rio Rancho 33-5 at home Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Nukes to 2-0 on the season.

  • LA picks up sweep Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team knocked off the Miyamura Patriots in both ends of a doubleheader Saturday.
    Los Alamos shut out the Patriots in a tight game one, winning that 4-0, then thumped Miyamura in game two, 12-1.
    The two games were the final two for Los Alamos (8-6) before the start of District 2-4A play.
    Hilltopper manager Mike Gill said it was a very good effort for his team in all three phases, offense, defense and pitching.
    Jared Mang picked up the win in the first game, giving up just one hit in seven innings. Mang was quite efficient, needed less than 60 pitches to earn the win.
    Additionally, Mang, one of the premier players in the state, hit a 2-run home run early in the contest to give himself some cushion.
    His little brother, Connor Mang, threw 5-2/3 innings to take the game two victory, settling down after a rocky start to shut Miyamura down after a first inning run.
    Gill said Connor Mang and Jake Downs had excellent defensive performances in the first game as well, to aid in that win.
    Los Alamos will take on Bernalillo at home Wednesday afternoon to open 2-4A. 

  • 'Topper girls golf...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team picked up its third qualification leg for the state tournament Monday at the Warm-Up Tournament.
    In its first tournament of the spring season, at Los Alamos Golf Course, the Hilltoppers fired a team score of 369, easily going under the target score of 388 Monday.
    That score, along with its scores at the Coyote Del Mapais course in Grants in October, officially qualified the team for state competition.
    This will be Los Alamos’ third trip to the state tournament in four years.
    Also Monday, the Hilltopper boys finished second overall behind Los Lunas. Los Alamos shot a 348, 10 strokes behind the Class 4A Tigers for the team title.
    Jonathan Osden shot a 78, earning his second individual qualifying leg of the season. Osden finished as the runner-up behind medalist Chesten Browning of Los Lunas, who had a 1-over 73 Monday.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Emma Haines led the team with an 86. Jennifer Necker had a 91, which actually earned her an individual leg. Emily Johnson finished with a score of 98.
    Only one other full team was in action Monday, the Valencia Jaguars, who finished more than 150 shots back of Los Alamos.

  • Ryan, Heather McNiff win Run For...

    The McNiffs were well represented at this weekend’s Run For Her Life 5K and 10K races.
    The event, which is a fundraiser for Hadassah’s work in the field of breast cancer research, was Sunday. The races started and finished at East Park.
    Ryan McNiff was the big winner in the men’s 5K race. He finished in a time of 18:26, topping Dixon’s Scott Valdez by nearly a minute and a half.
    In the women’s 5K race, Heather McNiff was the top finisher. She had a time of 21:35, easily the tops in that race.
    Erica Baron (41:06) was the first overall finisher in the long race, while Tad Hughes (48:29) won the men’s competition.
    The event was co-sponsored by Hadassah and the Atomic City Roadrunners club.

    Here are the results from the Run For Her Life 5K and 10K races. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

    Men’s 5K

    20-29
    1. Ryan McNiff, 18:26; 2. Alex Zubelewicz, 25:27.

    30-39
    1. Scott Valdez, Dixon, 19:52; 2. Kris Eriksen, 24:38; 3. Aaron McNiff, 34:56; 4. Jim Miller, Albuquerque, 35:18; 5. David Heerschap, Durango, Colo., 48:51.

    40-49
    1. Thomas Venhaus, 29:48; 2. Chris Devereux, Santa Fe, 35:15.

  • LA Ski Club still weighing its...

    Amid the bad news, there is some good news for the Los Alamos Ski Club.
    The ski club membership voted in early February to explore a possible land and asset transfer to Los Alamos County or another interested party.
    And while exploration efforts with the county about the possible transfer are going well, LASC has also received a potential offer from a group affiliated with Sipapu, another popular ski resort in Northern New Mexico, that would also be interested in managing the area.
    Ski club president Philip Rae said one of the biggest worries of the club’s membership-at-large is that off-season activities, such as mountain biking and hiking, would be curtailed. However, there seems to be consensus from both the Sipapu group and the county that spring and summer events are vital for the community.
    While it’s hardly unanimous among club members that a move to transfer operations is a good thing, Rae said it’s hard to envision a scenario where it wouldn’t be necessary for LASC to take these steps.
    “Part of it is that we can’t raise enough capital that we can see to turn this situation around,” he said. “It would be kind of a band-aid and wouldn’t really be helping the situation.”

  • ’Toppers open district play at...

    Warm-up time is over. Now the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will get the bulk of their schedules going.
    The Hilltopper teams will open up District 2-4A play Wednesday. Both teams will be at home to take on the Bernalillo Spartans at 4 p.m.
    In district play, teams face off three times with each opponent, a doubleheader at one team’s home and a single game at the other’s.
    The Hilltopper baseball team will be seeking its sixth consecutive district crown, and right now, may be the front-runner to claim it.
    Los Alamos has had among the toughest schedules in 4A this season. The Hilltoppers faced defending 4A champ St. Pius X, Albuquerque Academy and Piedra Vista three times, among other quality opponents it faced.
    With its mark of 8-6 on the season, Los Alamos is one of just two teams with a winning record in the district. Heading into this weekend, Española Valley, which appears to be Los Alamos’ main competitor for the 2-4A crown, boasted a mark of 7-4.
    Santa Fe was near the .500 mark, but Capital and Bernalillo have struggled for much of the nondistrict season.
    While Capital’s struggles were expected, the Spartans, who have been generally competitive over the last five seasons, haven’t gotten on track yet.

  • Sports Briefs 03-30-14

     

    Pace Race season opens

     

    The 2014 Pace Race season opens Tuesday evening.

    The Pace Race, a weekly event that is held every Tuesday during the spring, summer and extending into the fall, returns for another season with Tuesday’s opening race.

    The first race will be at 6 p.m. The race starts at the Canyon Rim trailhead, which runs parallel to N.M. 502 near the entrance to Entrada Park.

    Pace Races are hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, a local running club, although anyone interested in taking part may do so.