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  • Bumgarner is AP Athlete of 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner sat in the outfield alongside Jake Peavy before Game 7 of the World Series and told his teammate exactly what needed to happen: Tim Hudson would work a few innings and get the ball to Bumgarner, who would hand it off to the bullpen to finish the championship.
    Peavy quickly offered his own prediction that Bumgarner would end it himself.
    That’s exactly what MadBum did, following up a pair of World Series wins with a save at Kansas City to close out San Francisco’s third title in five years and cap a brilliant postseason that made him a household name — or, at the very least, a household nickname. He is the 2014 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.
    “I was sitting in the outfield with Madison and he was asking me how I thought this game was going to play out,” Peavy recalled this month. “I said to him: ‘Madison, when you get the ball, you’re not coming out of the game. You’re the best guy we’ve got.’ ... He said, ‘Man, that’s exactly what I hoped you would say’ and exactly what he wanted. He just needed some confirmation, somebody to believe in him as well. I said, ‘Fight for that ball, man,’ and what he did will go down in the ages as the best ever.”

  • LA held to season-low 26 pts. in...

    It was another rough night for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team at the Poe Corn Invitational Tuesday.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to complete its stay at the Poe Corn, which is co-hosted by Roswell and Goddard high schools, today when it faced Moriarty in the seventh-place game.
    The Hilltoppers scored a season-low 26 points in Tuesday’s contest against the Belen Eagles. The Eagles prevailed 61-26.
    While Los Alamos has struggled all season on the offensive end — the Hilltoppers have yet to break the 50-point mark this year — Tuesday’s game was the first time Los Alamos had not cracked 50 in a game.
    The loss dropped the Hilltoppers to 1-9 on the season. The Eagles, who have been somewhat spotty on offense this year as well, put in its second-best point total of the season to improve to 5-5.
    Since its first win of the season Dec. 12, Los Alamos has dropped four straight contests.
    Today’s game was the second meeting between the Hilltoppers and the Moriarty Pintos. The Pintos are 3-9 on the year, but one of those three wins came against the Hilltoppers Dec. 2 in Los Alamos, where the Pintos prevailed 51-32.
    Moriarty lost in the consolation round of the tournament Tuesday as well, falling to Artesia 68-43.

  • LA takes 9th at Piedra Vista

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team took ninth out of 16 competitors at the Dec. 20 Piedra Vista Duals.
    Los Alamos dropped three of four contests in the pool round at the duals in Farmington, topping only the Farmington Scorpions, but bounced back to finish first in the bronze bracket following the initial pool round.
    Los Alamos easily downed Farmington, 47-22 in their dual, but lost their next two, to Piedra Vista’s “silver” team and to Dove Creek, Colorado.
    Ironically, one of the Hilltoppers’ own wrestlers might have knocked them out of a chance to compete in the silver bracket.
    The Hilltoppers loaned out Eben Bold to Dove Creek, which was wrestling with a skeleton crew and Bold actually beat his teammate from Los Alamos, one of the decisive bouts to give Dove Creek a tight 33-30 victory in pool competition.
    Piedra Vista’s team topped the Hilltoppers 45-33.
    In the bronze bracket, the Hilltoppers topped Dolores, Colorado, 42-30, then squeaked by Grants 31-30 to take the top position in the bracket and ninth place overall.

  • Kirk's journey to NBA is...

    It was a rare day for Los Alamos sports in August when the Cleveland Cavaliers signed native Alex Kirk to a multi-year deal.
    Kirk, a former standout Los Alamos High School basketball player who went on to become a standout player for the University of New Mexico, agreed to a free agent deal with the NBA’s Cavaliers and spent a brief time with the team in the early part of the 2014-15 season before going down to the Cavaliers’ development league team, Canton.
    Playing for a major sports organization is something very few in Los Alamos history have achieved, and it made the 7-foot Kirk the biggest local sports story of the year.
    Although the terms of his deal weren’t disclosed, it was believed he signed for a rookie minimum contract, one that is still worth half a million dollars if the contract terms are fulfilled.
    With his signing, he became the first Los Alamos athlete to play in a major North American sports league since Walt Arnold played in the NFL in the 1980s.

  • On Schedule 12-30-14

    Wednesday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Poe Corn Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Friday

    Girls basketball: West Las Vegas at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Boys basketball: Taos at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.
     

  • Harbaugh agrees to terms with...

    Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer in the Big Ten? It has a certain ring to it, like the glory days when Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes battled for control of the league.
    That day is coming.
    The 51-year-old Harbaugh, a star quarterback for the Wolverines in the mid-1980s, has signed a deal to become the new coach at Michigan, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press late Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no announcement from the school or Harbaugh. He arrived at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Monday night in plenty of time to make a Tuesday midday news conference for a “major” football announcement.
    Harbaugh coached the 49ers to three straight NFC championship games. San Francisco lost the 2013 Super Bowl to a Baltimore Ravens team coached by his brother, John. After the 49ers slipped to 8-8 this season and missed the playoffs, he parted ways with the team Sunday in what both sides called a mutual decision.
    A day later, his name was the buzz of the Big Ten.

  • LA falls in Poe Corn first round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team dropped its opening round game of the Poe Corn Invitational to co-host Goddard Monday night.
    The Rockets outscored Los Alamos 20-4 in the second quarter to turn the game into a lopsided affair. The Rockets cruised from that point to win 69-41.
    Los Alamos has been a regular at the Poe Corn tournament for the past several seasons. The Poe Corn, one of the oldest basketball tournaments in the state, is played in Roswell.
    Los Alamos continues the Poe Corn through Wednesday. Today, the Hilltoppers were scheduled to play the Belen Eagles in the consolation bracket.
    Goddard went up by 6 points after one quarter Monday before quickly putting the game out of reach in the second quarter.
    The Rockets (7-4) have been a little all over the place this year, running hot-and-cold throughout most of the season, but looked to be hot Monday night.
    For the Hilltoppers (1-8), they are still seeking their second win of the year.
    They are 0-5 against Class 5A schools.
    Monday’s game was the first for Los Alamos since its Dec. 19 loss against Rio Grande.
    Belen (4-5) lost to Farmington 48-42 to fall into the consolation bracket.
    The Eagles have already lost this season to the Hilltoppers’ District 2-5A rival, Del Norte, 54-40 on Dec. 12.

  • Sports Briefs 12-26-14

    Junior wrestling program returning

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is now accepting registrations for its junior wrestling program.
    The program is scheduled to run between Jan. 5-April 17.
    Workouts will be at the YMCA’s gymnasium Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-5 p.m.
    Kids in grades 1-6 can participate, as well as those in grades 7-8 if they have no previous wrestling experience.
    Price for participation is $60 for YMCA members, $90 for nonmembers. There are optional competitive tournaments for those interested at additional cost.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Pajarito still waiting for snow

    As of Friday morning, Ski Pajarito was reporting two additional inches of snow from Thursday night’s snowstorm.
    Currently, the ski area is reporting a 15-inch base mid-mountain, which is still not enough to open for the season.
    Pajarito is one of just two ski areas in New Mexico that has yet to open. Sandia Peak, which is reporting a 13-inch base, is the other.
    Among the ski areas in northern New Mexico, Taos was reporting a 42-inch base and Ski Santa Fe has 39 inches.

  • High-scoring games lead to long...

    Bear Bryant said offense sells tickets, and he was right. College football is enjoying immense popularity in an era of record scoring.
    But is there too much of a good thing?
    All that scoring caused this season’s average length of game to hit 3 hours, 23 minutes in late November, according to the NCAA. That was up from 3:17 last season. Games are, on average, 14 minutes longer than in 2008. By comparison, this season’s NFL average is 3:07.
    “I think it’s trending in the wrong direction, and it is a concern,” American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco said.
    Administrators are wary of turning off fans, especially young ones who crave faster action and represent future ticket buyers. They also are mindful of the risk of injury to fatigued players who are on the field longer and for more plays.
    The NCAA Football Rules Committee expects to discuss the issue when it meets in February, secretary-rules editor Rogers Redding said.
    “The 14-minute increase has been gradual” since 2008, he wrote in an email to The Associated Press, “but the cumulative effect has generated some concern among some stakeholders so that it is probably something that the committee will want to take a look at.”

  • Fishing Report 12-26-14

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