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  • Sports Briefs 08-22-14

    Sky Sox take walk-off win

    The Albuquerque Isotopes led after 8-1/2 innings Thursday night at Colorado Springs, but couldn’t hold onto the lead.
    Tim Wheeler came through with a RBI single for Colorado Springs’ Sky Sox as they escaped with a 9-8 walk-off win in the second game of their four-game series with the Isotopes.
    Half an inning earlier, the Isotopes rallied for three runs to take an 8-7 advantage, but Albuquerque reliever Robert Carson (2-5, 7.28 ERA) couldn’t hold the edge in the bottom of the ninth.
    In the top of the ninth, Joc Pederson hit his 31st home run of the year. That was followed up two batters later by Brock Peterson’s two-run homer after a Clint Robinson single.
    Albuquerque and Colorado Springs play their series through Saturday. Following this series, the Isotopes will be at Oklahoma City for four games before ending their 2014 season with three games against the Las Vegas 51s starting Aug. 28.
    The Isotopes are now 58-74 on the season.
    Las Vegas (74-60) has already locked up the PCL Pacific Southern division title.

    Lobos picked to sweep the MW

  • Fishing Report 08-22-14

    Northwest

  • LA ranked No. 20 in Class 5A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team placed toward the bottom of the MaxPreps preseason rankings, which were released earlier this week.
    Los Alamos finished at the No. 20 spot in the Class 5A rankings ahead of its season opener, slated for Aug. 29 against Pojoaque Valley. Los Alamos has a preseason scrimmage scheduled for 6 p.m. today against Valencia and Piedra Vista.
    Teams are rated based on previous records, number of starters returning and lost, and other factors. Subjective measures, such as other polls, aren’t taken into account in the power rankings.
    Los Alamos finished with a rating of -18.6. More than half the 24 teams in Class 5A rated in negative territory and two others, Pierdra Vista and Roswell, were just above zero.
    The Goddard Rockets rated the highest in the initial poll. The Rockets finished with a rating of 34.6, more than 8 points better than runner-up in the poll and the 2013 Class 4A champion Farmington — most teams in Class 4A last season moved into Class 5A for the two-year block starting this fall.
    While Los Alamos is down toward the bottom of the rankings, it’s not alone among the teams in District 2-5A. Bernalillo is only one slot ahead of Los Alamos, while Capital is one slot below at No. 21.

  • Krohn is tops at Pace Race

    Burton Krohn was the top predictor in this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It was in Lower Water Canyon Trail, starting near N.M. 4.
    Krohn finished 48 seconds off his time, which was 2 seconds better than Mark Bjorklund and 5 seconds better than last week’s winner, Steve Shook.
    The fastest finisher on Tuesday’s 1-mile course was Heather Hughes, who came in at 11 minutes, 52 seconds. Bob Weeks finished in 15:33.
    On the 3-mile course this week, Ted Romero had the best time, 22:53, while Nikol Strother finished in 24:22. There was also a 2-mile course Tuesday. The top finisher on that course was Isolina Viloria (19:57).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. It will start at the trailhead directly behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The next race will include 1- and 3.3-mile trail courses and a 1-mile paved course.
    For more information on the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Boston to step down from NMSU

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — New Mexico State has announced Athletics Director McKinley Boston will step down at the end of the year.
    The school said in a statement Wednesday that Boston’s contract would be extended until Dec. 31 and then a replacement will be named.
    The move came after NMSU President Garrey Carruthers finished a performance review of Boston, but declined to comment on the review.
    Boston has been the school’s athletic director since 2004. Under his tenure, New Mexico State joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2005. But the football program was left without a conference last season after the Western Athletic Conference opted to no longer sponsor the sport.
    The Aggies played independent schedule in 2013 but will compete as football-only members of the Sun Belt Conference this season.

  • 2014 Hilltopper Girls Soccer

    2014 Roster

    Seniors

    Cory Carnes, D
    Chelsea Challacombe, D
    Jessica Heironimus, D

    Juniors

    Catie McDonald, F
    Megan Bucklin, GK
    Jordan Henson, D
    Melissa Teter, MF
    Charlotte Leonard, MF-F
    Isabelle Runde, D
    Emily Hopkins, MF

    Sophomores

    Maria Sandoval, MF
    Sienna Ahlers, MF-F
    Sophie Wood, D
    Kayla Palmer, MF
    Rachel Thoma, MF
    Abby Schmalz, F

    Freshmen

    Jaci Linn, MF-D
    Ashley Atencio, D

    8th graders

    Alissa Haagenstad, MF
    Anna Lemke, GK

    2014 Schedule

  • 'Topper roster features 10...

    As is often the case, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team will be the first to start the 2014 fall season at the high school.
    Los Alamos is chock full of new, young faces heading into this season, not the least of which is its new head coach.
    After leading the team for more than 20 years, longtime Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek stepped down this past winter. Replacing Kubicek is AJ Herrera.
    Herrera coached the Hilltopper boys program for a brief time. Most recently he was the head coach of the Santa Fe Demon boys program.
    Last season, Santa Fe went 10-10 and had a chance to either qualify for a bid in the state Class 4A tournament or play spoiler for archrival Capital, but lost its season finale to the Jaguars, 5-0.
    The 2014 preseason with the Hilltoppers, Herrera said, is going about as well as could be expected.
    He said most of his players came into the preseason in good physical shape, which has allowed him to focus on development and working on plays as opposed to spending a lot of time on conditioning.
    Los Alamos opens its season on the road, taking on the Farmington Scorpions. That game is set for Saturday at noon in Farmington.

  • Sports Briefs 08-20-14

    Cernicek Invite set for Aug. 29-30

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team will host Santa Fe Prep in the opening round of the 2014 Louie Cernicek Invitational.
    The Cernicek Invitational is scheduled for Aug. 29-30. First round games are scheduled for the morning of Aug. 29 with semifinal winner’s bracket games set for the morning of Aug. 30 and loser’s bracket games scheduled for the afternoon of Aug. 29.
    The other first round games for the tournament include Piedra Vista vs. Roswell, Farmington vs. Clovis and Bosque School vs. Goddard.
    Los Alamos opens its season at home Tuesday against Bosque School.

    Sports passes now on sale at LAHS

  • Fall sports teams get started...

    The 2014 fall sports season officially gets going this weekend at Los Alamos High School.
    Los Alamos fall sports teams started practicing earlier this month and three of the five programs will be in action by the end of next week.
    The Hilltopper girls soccer team, boys soccer team and football team will all get their season going by Aug. 29.
    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team isn’t waiting that long, however. The Hilltoppers will play the Farmington Scorpions Saturday at noon in the Four Corners area.
    The girls soccer program is one of two fall sports teams at the school with new coaches this year. Former All-American prep soccer player and former Los Alamos boys head soccer coach AJ Herrera officially starts his tenure Saturday.
    Also new this year is Sharleen Espinoza to the Hilltopper volleyball program. Espinoza is a former assistant under the two most recent head coaches of the Hilltoppers, Garry Maskaly and Robin Reynolds.
    Los Alamos’ football team, which began practice Aug. 4, will open at home Aug. 29 against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.

  • No U.S. Open for Nadal

    Reigning champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injury for the second time in three years Monday, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the men to beat at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.
    Nadal announced his withdrawal, blamed on a bad right wrist, one week before play begins at Flushing Meadows.
    “I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things,” a posting on Nadal’s Facebook page read. “Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back.”
    The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.
    The 14-time major champion was hurt July 29 while practicing on his home island of Mallorca ahead of the North American hard-court circuit. The next day, Nadal announced he needed to wear a cast on his wrist for two to three weeks and would be sitting out tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.
    The 28-year-old Spaniard also said at that time he expected to return for the U.S. Open.