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  • Joan Williams has best...

    It was a hot and dry evening for Tuesday’s Pace Race, but 52 runners came out to try the courses in the Bayo and Rendija Canyons.
    Joan Williams was the best predictor of the night.
    She was only 9 seconds off her prediction on the figure-eight course through the canyons.
    On the one-mile course, there was a tie between Erik Leonard and Jason Pieck.
    They were both 18 seconds off their predictions.
    Ted Romero was the best male predictor on the three-mile course. He was 29 seconds off.
    Leading the predictions for the women were Sophia Pieck on the one-mile course and Laura Woodroffe on the three-mile course.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m. at the Ponderosa Campground, which is just south of the N.M. 501 and N.M. 4 junction.
    One and three mile courses will be available.
    For more information on the club or its upcoming Pace Races, visit atomicrunners.com or call 672-1639.
     

  • Playing with fire

    The Los Alamos Blaze battled 100-degree temperatures and tough competition at the Rio Rancho Chile Classic, June 19-21.

    Playing nine games in three days, the Blaze pulled out six wins to finish third in the 14-and-under USSSA fast pitch softball tournament.

     

  • Isotopes rout Reno; McBride...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (34-45) pounded out 21 hits, including nine extra-base knocks, in a 16-5 series-opening win against the Reno Aces (37-42) Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. Angelys Nina picked up four hits, including three doubles, and Matt McBride continued his solid work with two doubles, a homer and five RBI.

    Two of Reno’s first three batters of the game scored, but it would be the only time the Aces held a lead all night.

    McBride doubled in a pair of runs in the home half of the first to tie it before a second-inning Cristhian Adames double gave Albuquerque a 4-2 lead. The Isotopes added four more runs in the third behind another pair of doubles from McBride and Adames. Albuquerque put the game away in the fifth when the 'Topes rattled off seven straight hits to begin the inning, highlighted by home runs from Roger Bernadina and McBride. The Aces picked up a run in the seventh and two in the ninth to slightly cut into the deficit.

    The Isotopes and Aces will play game two of their four-game series Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (1-1, 3.81 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill for Albuquerque, while Reno is slated to go with former Colorado Rockies farmhand, right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 1.76 ERA).

    All-Star McBride

  • Isotopes lose series versus Bees

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (33-45) dropped the series finale 7-2 to the Salt Lake Bees (32-46) Monday night at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, UTah.

    Albuquerque’s offense never could get churning Monday night as Salt Lake jumped out to an early 3-0 lead through just two innings. The Isotopes scored a single run in the third when Cristhian Adames was plunked with the bases loaded, but the Bees responded with a run in the home half of the third. The scoring would cease until the sixth inning when Angelys Nina singled in Kyle Parker to make it 4-2, but Salt Lake scored one in the sixth and two in the eighth to pull away.

    On Sunday, catcher Dustin Garneau blasted a pair of home runs to pace the Isotopes to an 8-3 victory against the Bees. Adames also drove in a pair of runs with his 3-for-4 day.

  • Kirk, Lobo stars give fans...

    ALBUQUERQUE —The inaugural Lobo All-Star brought together many of the best UNM basketball players from the last 20 years to WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit, on Sunday.
    Los Alamos’ Alex Kirk, a two-time All-Mountain West defensive team selection and three-time conference champion, was among the 20 players selected to participate in the game.
    “All of these guys are legends,” Kirk said after the game. “It was truly an honor to be here.”
    Kirk got to play with Ruben Douglas in the game; Kirk said Douglas was his hero growing up. Douglas played professionally for nine years after leaving UNM, but in his last season as a Lobo, in 2003, he was the Mountain-West Player of the Year, an All-American honorable mention and he led the nation in scoring with 27 points per game.
    Douglas sunk three 3s in the All-Star game, which didn’t surprise anyone.
    “We knew that was going to happen,” Drew Gordon said.
    “It’s like riding a bike,” Douglas said.
    For Douglas, however, playing in the game 12 years after he left UNM was an honor, like it was for Kirk.
    “To get the invite was humbling,” Douglas said.

  • Isotopes rally late, but fall...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (32-43) mounted a late rally, scoring five runs in the final four innings, but the Salt Lake Bees (30-45) held on for a 9-5 victory in the series opener Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    The Isotopes were behind early after the Bees scored four runs in the first, but it wasn’t all on 'Topes starter Jair Jurrjens. Two of Salt Lake’s four first-inning hits could have been outs but were lost in the treacherous late afternoon sun. The Bees added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth before Albuquerque could get on the board. Cristhian Adames blasted a solo home run in the sixth to score the first Isotopes run, and he added an RBI single in the seventh. Roger Bernadina pulled Albuquerque closer with a three-run bomb in the eighth, but Salt Lake responded with a run in the eighth to put a nail in the 'Topes comeback hopes.

    Adames turned in a stellar 3-for-5 performance with a double, a homer, a run scored and two RBI. It is his 20th multi-hit performance, which ties for second-most on the Isotopes.

    Bernadina also tripled in the seventh and scored on Adames’ RBI single.

  • U.S. reaches World Cup semis

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The United States defeated China 1-0 on Carli Lloyd’s goal in the 51st minute Friday.
    The win sends the second-ranked Americans to a semifinal on Tuesday in Montreal against top-ranked Germany.
    Germany beat France on penalty kicks after a 1-all tie in the quarters.

    Turf troubles

  • Sports Briefs 6-28-15

    Firecracker 5K
    The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run on July 4.
    The 5K is open to people of all ages that want to walk, run or jog in the festive event.
    Prizes will go to the top male and female finishers in youth, adult, adult 60-plus and dog jogger divisions.
    The best-costumed participant will also win bagels for a year from Ruby K’s.
    All participants will get the annual Fun Run T-shirt and are eligible to win random door prizes.
    The 5K race route starts in the YMCA parking lot, turns north on 15th to Canyon. Then it goes west on Canyon toward the aquatic center and all the way to Diamond. The route then makes a U-turn at the crosswalk and returns to the YMCA along same route, running with traffic.
    Early registration, prior to July 4, at the YMCA, 1450 Iris Street, is encouraged. Race day check-in on July 4 is from 7-7:45 a.m. The race will start at 8 a.m. The price is $30, or $20 for YMCA members, and $10 for youth under 14 years old.
    Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up and takedown, registration check-in, traffic control and to help award prizes. The volunteers will be given race T-shirts.
    Register for the race or sign up to volunteer at the YMCA, or call 662-3100 for more information.

  • T2 reaches mid-point

    Halfway through its season in the United Soccer League Pro (USL), the Portland Timbers 2 (T2) are right on the bubble to get into the playoffs.
    With a 5-7-2 record, T2 is currently tied for sixth out of 12 teams in the USL Pro’s Western Conference. The top six teams in each conference will make the playoffs.
    Los Alamos native, Andy Thoma, is one of five Portland Timbers players who are on loan to T2.
    The Portland Timbers play in the Major League Soccer; the USL Pro is MLS’s minor league. The USL Pro has been around awhile, but this its first season as MLS’s minor league and also T2’s first season of existence.
    Thoma starts for T2 as a defender. This is the 22-year old’s first year as a pro. The Timbers drafted him in the second round, 24th overall, in the 2015 MLS Super Draft from the University of Washington.
    Playing 90 minutes a game for T2, however, should prepare him to eventually move up since the organization can customize his development.
    The Timbers have the sixth most points out of the 20 MLS teams with a 7-6-4 record. The Timbers also have one of the more loyal fan bases in the MLS. One particularly popular activity is after the Timbers score a goal at Providence Park a lumberjack revs up his chain saw and slices a circle off a giant tree to give to the player who scored.

  • Flande shines as Isotopes beat...

    Left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande turned in his best start since joining the Albuquerque Isotopes (32-42) and drove in a pair of runs as the Isotopes beat the El Paso Chihuahuas’ (37-36) 9-1 in the series finale Thursday night at Southwest University Park.

    Flande’s final line from the mound including six innings pitched, seven hits, one earned run, two walks and a strikeout.

    El Paso wasted no time putting a run on the board in the first inning, but Albuquerque quickly responded with a three-spot in the second. Dustin Garneau drove in Matt McBride after his leadoff double, but the big knock came from Flande, who doubled in Tim Smalling and Brock Bond to give the Isotopes a 3-1 lead. Albuquerque never looked back, adding a pair of runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth. Drew Stubbs smashed a two-run homer in the seventh, and Smalling added an RBI single in the ninth for good measure as the Isotopes cruised to a 9-1 victory.