Today's Sports

  • 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


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


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


    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


  • LA plays Goddard to open Poe Corn

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will face one of the two host teams for the upcoming Poe Corn Invitational Tournament.
    Los Alamos will take on the Goddard Rockets at the Poe Corn tournament, one of the oldest basketball tournaments in the state, Monday night at Goddard.
    The Poe Corn is an annual event played in Roswell. Los Alamos is a fixture at the tournament, which has been around since the 1950s.
    Monday’s game will be the first for Los Alamos since Dec. 19. The Hilltoppers fell at home to the Rio Grande Ravens, 52-42. That loss put the Hilltoppers at 1-7 on the season.
    While Los Alamos hasn’t yet been able to find that second win of the season, it has looked better in recent outings. Los Alamos lost to Valencia by a 10-point margin as well, that coming Dec. 13, which was far better than the nearly 50-point cushion Valencia had earlier in the year at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Against Rio Grande, Los Alamos gave itself some chances on the offensive end, many of those coming in transition.
    However, the Hilltoppers struggled to finish, misfiring on several makeable shots that cost them a chance at pulling off an upset over the Class 6A Ravens.
    Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said practices heading up to the Roswell tournament would involve plenty of shooting.

  • Ski Report 12-24-14

    Angel Fire
    26-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 56 trails and 7 lifts open.

    13-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River
    20-inch base. No new snow reported. 20 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    8-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    28-inch base. No new snow reported. 32 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    30-inch base. 5 inches of new snow reported. 4 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    41-inch base. No new snow reported. 63 trails and 7 lifts open.

    36-inch base. 7 inches of new snow reported. 60 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic
    8-inch base. No new snow reported. 5 trails open.

    Chama XC
    31-inch base. 6 inches of new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest
    12-inch base. No new snow reported. 28 trails open.

    Valles Caldera
    1-inch base. One-half inch of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

  • LeBron returns to South Beach

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James doesn’t have any apprehension for this homecoming.
    There’s nothing to fear, no real worries about his safety, unlike what awaited him the last time he had one of these return games. Then again, this might not even classify as a homecoming — because, it turns out, Miami was never truly his home, just a place he called home for four years while playing with the Heat.
    He came. He won. He left.
    On Thursday, James returns to face the Heat, the team that turned him from a superstar to a two-time NBA champion superstar. And as he and the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare for what will certainly be an emotional Christmas visit, James said he’s expecting to be flooded with positive vibes.
    “To say I haven’t thought about going back, I would be lying,” James said in Cleveland on Tuesday night after he and the Cavaliers beat Minnesota.
    “It’s going to be great to be back in that building around those unbelievable fans and the memories will definitely come back, being a part of the organization for four years,” he said.
    For their part, the Heat insist that they’re looking forward to the reunion.