Today's Sports

  • Bikers from all over enjoy...

    Fist bumps and screams of joy were a common theme during the Pajarito Punishment practice round on Friday.
    The punishment course — Fast and Loose to Muy Loco — was in prime condition and downhill mountain bikers from all over were stoked to race the track.
    “It’s awesome; perfect,” said Telluride’s Brandon Watson. “That little bit of rain helped a lot.”
    Just because the competitors were having fun riding the course, however, doesn’t mean it wasn’t challenging enough to be worthy of New Mexico’s state championship track.
    “It’s a thrill and it’s scary all at the same time,” Telluride’s James Palmer said.
    “It’s honestly the steepest race course I’ve ever seen,” Albuquerque’s Burt Boyce said. “There aren’t too many crazy features. There are just a lot of huge rocks. And it’s so steep.”
    Where there were features, like ladder bridges ending with a drop, a lot of times there was an alternate route competitors could take. Riding around a feature to take an alternate route, however, was always slower than catching air. And in a downhill race, speed is the only thing that counts.

  • Iowa scores early and often...

    The Iowa Cubs (28-25) scored early and often as they beat the Albuquerque Isotopes (22-33) 8-2 Thursday night at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes will try to split the four-game series with a win in the series finale Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

    THE TURNING POINT: Iowa strung together three two-out hits in the first inning to plate a pair of runs, and the Cubs rolled from there. They added single runs in the second and third innings, followed by three combined runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 7-0 lead before Albuquerque could even get on the board.

    THE CULPRITBERSON: On a Major League rehab assignment from the Colorado Rockies, shortstop Charlie Culberson smashed a two-run home run off the videoboard to provide Albuquerque with its only runs of the night. In three games with the Isotopes, Culberson is now 3-for-13 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and an RBI.

    DOUBLE THE FUN: Entering Thursday’s game, the Isotopes had turned 19 double plays in their last seven games, nine of which were of the 6-4-3 variety. Albuquerque then turned two more on Thursday to expand their Pacific Coast League lead to 67 twin killings on the season.

  • Sports Briefs 6-5-15

    Football fundraiser
    The Los Alamos football team is having car wash Saturday to raise money for its upcoming season.
    In Los Alamos, the athletes will be washing cars at the Zia Credit Union from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    In White Rock, the football players will be washing cars at the Phillips 66 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    People can get their cars shiny and support the team for a cost/donation.

    Basketball camp
    There will be a Jr. ’Topper summer basketball camp next week, June 8-12, at Los Alamos High School.
    Mini ’Toppers, for kids in kindergarten through second grade, will play in the school’s auxiliary gym daily from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Mid ’Toppers, for kids in third through sixth grade, will meet in the Griffith Gymnasium from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    The cost to attend the camps is $75.
    Boys and girls may pre-register for the camp at the Jr. ’Topper webpage, latoppers.org.
    At-the-door registration will also be available at the camp.

  • Fish for free on Saturday

    Whether you feel like testing the waters for the first time or you are an old hand at fishing, Saturday is the perfect time to get out and make a cast or two at lakes and streams across New Mexico. All anglers, residents and nonresidents, may fish free on public waters statewide.
    On Saurday, no one needs a license or stamp, although bag limits and all other fishing rules apply.
    Fishing has been good on Abiquiu Lake lately using tubes, jerk baits and top water lures for smallmouth bass.
    Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, worms, tubes, bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs and spinner/night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair using Power Bait and spinners for rainbow trout. Night fishing was fair to good using liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish.
    On Cochiti Lake, fishing has been fair to good trolling and casting crank baits for white bass. A few smallmouth bass were caught by anglers using jigs, tubes and jerk baits.
    Trout fishing downstream from Taos on the Rio Grande has been fair using poundmeisters, wooly buggers and night crawlers.

  • Local All-Stars ready to compete...

    The high school sports season is over, but a handful of athletes who recently graduated will get to represent Los Alamos, and the North, one more time in New Mexico’s annual North-South All-Star showcases.
    Amber Logan, Laura Whicker, Jordan Hammock and Jared Mang all got selected to play for the North in the Class 5A-6A showdowns in their respective sports.
    Tonight, Logan will step on the court at Volcano Vista High School at 7:30 p.m.
    Logan is known for ability to drain shots from the perimeter and was a big part of the team’s success this year. She sunk six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points in the Hilltopper girls’ first-round state victory over Goddard.
    Logan and Jonathan Schueler were recentlynamed the Los Alamos Sports Association’s Athletes of the Year and were both recipients of this year’s Clendenen Award.
    Whicker was one of six females selected from the North for the tennis showcase this weekend in Albuquerque. Whicker competed in the state doubles championships with teammate, Katya Skurikhin. The duo reached the quarterfinals and won their first set, but they were eliminated despite taking 5-3 leads in the second and third sets.
    In the state team competition, Whicker helped the Hilltopper girls reach the semifinals and finish in the top-four.

  • Lobo trio named freshmen All-...

    University of New Mexico freshmen Carl Stajduhar, Tyler Stevens and Cory Voss were all named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Wednesday. It was the first time the Lobos have ever had more than one Freshman All-American in one year.

    "This is a big, big deal," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said, "and it is well deserved. These are three outstanding young men."

    A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Stajduhar set a new UNM freshman record for RBIs with 53. He led the team in hits (75), doubles (21), home runs (9), and total bases (127), and he was second in runs (45). He hit .322 and was the only Lobo to appear in all 59 games this season. His play earned him All-Mountain West Second Team honors, and he was also named to the Mountain West All-Tournament Team after hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two homers, two doubles and eight runs in UNM's five games in Reno, Nev., last month.

    "Carl's work ethic is off the charts," Birmingham said. "He understands so much more now than when he first got here. Physically he's a talent, but mentally he's a big talent. He's going to be an impact player for us for the next two years, and then he's going to be a high draft pick after that."

  • McBride leads ’Topes past Cubs

    Matt McBride collected four hits, and Drew Stubbs drove in four runs as the Albuquerque Isotopes (22-32) beat the Iowa Cubs (27-25) 9-7 in a slugfest at Isotopes Park Wednesday night.
    Iowa pounced on top early with two runs in the top of the first. Albuquerque quickly responded with a six spot in the home half of the first.
    After Cristhian Adames reached on an error, the Isotopes rattled off four straight singles from Tim Smalling, Kyle Parker, McBride and Stubbs.
    After a walk and a pair of outs, left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande poked a two-out, two-RBI single down the left field line to cap the six-run inning.
    The ’Topes tacked on single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach.
    Entering Wednesday’s game, the Isotopes had turned 16 double plays in their last six games, nine of which were of the 6-4-3 variety. Albuquerque then turned three more on Wednesday to overtake the Pacific Coast League lead with 65 twin killings on the year, two more than the New Orleans Zephyrs.
    The most consistent hitter the last month for the Isotopes has been McBride. He went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a double, a triple and an RBI. McBride lacked just one leg of cycle for the second-straight night. He needed a home run in the eighth inning but grounded out to third instead.

  • Pajarito kicking off biking...

    Pajarito will kick of its summer season Saturday with its annual Summer Fest. The event will feature lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking, downhill races, beer, disc golf and live music.
    “It’s been a great event for us,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “The community supports it and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone and kicking off our summer events.”
    The best downhill mountain bikers from New Mexico will compete in the Pajarito Punishment, which will double as the state championships this year. The fast, steep and technical course will begin on Fast and Loose and finish on Muy Loco.
    The punishment will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. The finish line of the race is near Pajarito’s base lodge, which is perfect for spectators — Summer Fest’s bands and breweries will also begin at 1 p.m.
    Four bands will perform while 10 breweries from around New Mexico serve up suds until 6 p.m. The Santa Fe Brewery, Second Street, Taos Mesa, La Cumbre, Tractor, Turtle Mountain, Abbey, Bosque and Boxing Bear will be there to make the event a hoppy time.
    Free Atomic City Shuttles will also be around to take people from town to the mountain and back to help people get home safe. The shuttles will leave from Los Alamos High School every half hour, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Isotopes stifled by Iowa

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (21-32) managed to pull within four runs after a two-run eighth inning, but the Iowa Cubs (27-24) turned a double play to kill the rally and take an eventual 9-3 victory. The Isotopes turned a season-high five double plays in the game and are now tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in that category.

    THE TURNING POINT: Iowa put up single runs in the first and third before Matt McBride smashed a solo home run in the fourth to put Albuquerque on the board. The Cubs wasted no time responding with a two-run blast in the fifth to take control of the game. Prospect Javy Baez added a pair of two-run homers in the seventh and ninth innings to secure the victory for the Iowa. The Isotopes tried to mount a late rally in the bottom of the eighth after a two-RBI double by Dustin Garneau, but the Cubs turned a double play to kill the momentum.

    DOUBLE THE FUN: Entering Tuesday’s game, the Isotopes had turned 11 double plays in their last five games, six of which were of the 6-4-3 variety. Albuquerque then turned double plays in each of the first four innings on Tuesday and another in the seventh. Three of those were 6-4-3 twin killings. The 'Topes have now turned 62 double plays on the year, which ties New Orleans for the PCL lead.

  • Greenwood signs a pro contract

    The Perth Wildcats have signed former University of New Mexico college star and Australian guard, Hugh Greenwood, to a three-year agreement.
    The 23-year-old recently completed his college career with UNM — the former home of Australian basketball legend Luc Longley and current Australian Chicago Bull, Cameron Bairstow.
    In his most recent season, Greenwood’s defensive efforts and sharp three-point shooting earned him the title of Lobos co-MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.
    Statistically, he averaged 11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.7 blocks per game in 2014/15.
    The Tasmanian, who stands 6-feet, 2 1/2 inches, and weighs in at 202 pounds, has been touted as a future NBA player and recently completed a workout with the Utah Jazz — where his shooting and high basketball IQ impressed coaches.
    Greenwood said the Wildcats coaching staff and elite facilities were an important factor when choosing where to play.
    “The Perth Wildcats are just as good, if not better, than the University of New Mexico in terms of its professionalism, its facilities, its coaching staff and its fan base. The biggest thing for me was finding somewhere as good as UNM,” he said.
    Greenwood is also chasing a spot on the Australian Boomers roster ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.