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  • Isotopes beat Rainiers behind...

    A two-run home run from Kyle Parker in the first inning gave the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-5) all the wiggle room they needed Wednesday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., as right-hander Chad Bettis led the Isotopes to a 5-3 victory against the Tacoma Rainiers (4-10).

    DECIDING MOMENT: Six of the Isotopes nine wins this season have come when Albuquerque scores first, and that was the winning formula once again Wednesday night. After a leadoff walk to Brandon Barnes, Parker survived a nine-pitch at-bat and smashed a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the 'Topes an early 2-0 advantage in the first inning. Tacoma answered with a run in the second, but Albuquerque added a pair of runs in the third courtesy of a Dustin Garneau double and another run in the fourth thanks to a Barnes solo shot.

    YOU BETTIS BELIEVE IT: Right-hander Chad Bettis earned his third start for the Isotopes and turned in a stellar performance. After allowing a solo home run in the second, Bettis settled in for four consecutive scoreless frames, surrendering only a single hit during that span. He finished the game with 7.0 innings pitched, three hits, two runs (both earned), two walks and four strikeouts. Bettis picked up his second win of the season.

  • Harriman joins UNM's...

    University of New Mexico head men’s basketball coach Craig Neal has named Chris Harriman associate head coach. He joins the Lobos after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Nebraska Cornhuskers under Tim Miles. Harriman has also been a part of coaching staffs at Saint Louis and Nova Southeastern prior to his time at Nebraska.
    “It’s a great day for our program and for me to be able to introduce Chris as our new associate head coach,” head coach Craig Neal said. “He fits really well into what we do as a program and as a staff here at New Mexico. I wanted to find the right guy to be my right-hand man, and I have found him. He’s been around great basketball minds in Coach Majerus and Coach Miles. I am very excited to welcome Chris and his family to our program.”
    The Sydney, Australia native helped guide the Cornhuskers’ Terran Petteway, Shavon Shields and Dylan Talley into All-Big Ten selections in his three seasons in Lincoln. Petteway led the conference in scoring in 2013-14 and became the first Cornhusker to earn a league scoring title in six decades. NU also made the NCAA Tournament that same season for the first time in 15 years.

  • LA rugby ready for final game...

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby team will host its final regular season game Friday at Sullivan Field at 6:30 p.m.
    The Nukes will take Albuquerque’s Jr. Varks, which is mostly comprised of players from Atrisco Herritage.
    “They’re a big, powerful team,” coach Demetrio Cardiel said. “I expect a really good game.”
    After the game, Los Alamos will compete in the state tournament. All 16 teams are invited to the state tournament, but the top-eight teams will play in one bracket and the bottom eight teams will compete in a separate bracket.
    Cardiel said he expects his team to be in the top bracket. The Nukes are currently 3-1 overall.
    The Nukes won their last game, 38-19, against Oñate on April 18. Joey Sorenson led the team’s offense, scoring four tries in the game. James O’Brien and Mateo Cardiel each scored one try in the game. Cardiel also went 5-for-6 on two-point conversions.
    On April 11, Los Alamos lost its only contest of the year, 34-24, against El Paso.
    “They were a really big team,” coach Cardiel said. “I was really proud of (my team). We weren’t even supposed to compete with them.”
    Cardiel scored three tries in the game and was 5-for-5 on conversions. Derek Selvage also scored a pair of tries.

  • Woodroffe finishes just two...

    Jesse Woodroffe had the top prediction in this week’s pace race, which was held on North Mesa by the rodeo arena. Woodroffe was only two seconds off his predicted time.
    Lauraine Maness was next with a three-second differential while Jessica Baumgaertel was just four seconds off her predicted time.
    Cecilia Rivenburgh and Ted Romero both missed by seven seconds.
    In the one-mile course, Reid Rivenburgh finished first in 9 minutes, 56 seconds.
    Sue Elkins was the fastest female, finishing in 12:51.
    In the three-mile distance, Romero finished first in 20:33. Nikol Strother won the female category with a time of 21:43.
    Next Tuesday’s race will take place on American Spring’s road, which is 1.5 miles from the back gate at the junction of State Route No. 4 and N.M. 501. (West Jemez Road) up in the Jemez.
    The race will start at 6 p.m. One and three mile courses will be available.
     

  • Los Alamos wins important...

    Los Alamos’ softball team had a must-win game against a fellow Class 5A squad, Albuquerque Academy, on Wednesday.
    The ’Toppers jumped on the Chargers early, however, and continued scoring runs in bunches to run away with the game, 18-1.
    “The win was important,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We’re trying to get into position to make the (state) tournament so it’s important to get these wins versus 5A schools.”
    In Maxprep’s latest rankings, the Hilltoppers sit in Class 5A’s No. 16 spot — just inside the playoff bubble. The Chargers were ranked No. 20, so a loss to Albuquerque Academy would have hurt Los Alamos’ playoff hopes.
    “We were happy to come down here and get a win,” Anaya said.
    Los Alamos grabbed the momentum right away in the first inning. The team’s leadoff hitter, Shelby Chavez, got a base hit to start the game. Makaela Jones then reached on a bunt single. With the two runners on base, Hannah Mojica went deep, smacking a three-run home run to put the Hilltoppers up 3-0.
    Los Alamos added five more runs in the second inning, then its pitcher, Madeline Lockhart, got a huge out in the bottom half of the inning.

  • Wheeler, Adames go deep twice as...

    Tim Wheeler and Cristhian Adames each mashed two home runs Tuesday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., to lead the Albuquerque Isotopes (8-5) to an 8-6 win against the Tacoma Rainiers (4-9) in the opening game of a four-game series.

    Wheeler mashed a grand slam in the first and followed it with a solo shot in the sixth.

    Adames blasted a pair of solo homers in the third and seventh innings.

    Early offense has been the key to Albuquerque wins this season, and Tuesday proved to be no different. Brandon Barnes ripped a leadoff single, and Adames followed with a walk in the top of the first. After two quick outs, Dustin Garneau walked to load the bases. Designated hitterWheeler then blasted a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall, giving Albuquerque a 4-0 lead. The Isotopes tacked on one more run in the third for a 5-0 advantage and never looked back.

  • Runners compete for good cause...

    The fifth annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10k races were held Sunday at East Park.
    In the 5k, the top female was Leanne Smith with a time of 21 minutes, 47 seconds. The first male and overall winner was Daniel Santistevan (20:33).
    The first female finisher in the 10k was Sanna Sevanto (49:50) while Tad Hughes was the top male and fastest finisher overall (48:11).
    All of the proceeds from the races will be donated to breast cancer research.
    Below are the complete results from all of the races in the different age groups:

    Men’s 5k, 19-and-under
    1 —27:35.4, Daniel Chertkov
    2— 52:28.0, Emmitt Tibbitts
    3—52:37.4, Asher Maranenbaum
    4—52:38.1, Aron Maranenbaum
    5—57:50.5, Owen Masser

    Men’s 5k, 20-29
    1—20:33.7, Daniel Santistevan

    Men 5k, 30-39
    1—33:59.1, Daniel Maranienbaum
    2—57:51.4,Thomas Masser

    Men’s 5k, 50-59
    1—28:19.8, George Brooks
    2—30:08.8, William Pyle
    3 —33:54.1, James Harrison

    Men’s 5k, 60-69
    1 — 46:33.8, Ed Martin

  • Hilltopper boys run away with...

    Snow didn’t slow Los Alamos’ track teams down on Saturday in Santa Fe. The Hilltopper boys set 27 personal records (PRs) en route to winning the Capital City Invite with 112.5 team points, almost 45 more than second-place Taos.
    The Hilltopper girls finished second out of 12 teams with 84 points, just two points behind Taos.
    “(Twenty-seven) PRs on the day prove we can get it done even on a cool, breezy day,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We finished second and the girls competed very well,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said. “It was a good meet coming off of Spring Break and a good tune up going in to the end of the season.”
    Ralph Archbold won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.97 seconds, just missing the state-qualifying time of 16.20 seconds because of the hand-timer conversion (which rounds the time up to the nearest tenth of a second and then adds .24 seconds).
    Chris Parker won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.31 seconds, which was also close to a state-qualifying time.
    The Hilltopper boys also got first-place finishes from Skyler McCall in the high jump (6 feet, 3 inches), Liam Johnson in the pole vault (12-3) and its medley relay team comprised of Miroslav Betts, McCall, Greg Ahlers and Cameron Staples (3:45.20).

  • Isotopes split series with Reno

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (7-5) fell 6-2 in the series finale to the Reno Aces (6-6) Monday night at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev, but managed to earn a split in their first road series of the season.

    DECIDING MOMENT: The Isotopes jumped out to quick one-run lead in the first thanks to an RBI double by Ben Paulsen, but it didn’t take the Aces long to make up the deficit. In the bottom of the first, a leadoff double was followed by a walk, an RBI and a three-run home run to put Reno up 4-1 after just one frame. The Aces tacked on one more run in the second and never looked back.

    ADAMES SWINGING HOT STICK: Cristhian Adames continued swinging a hot stick with a 3-for-4 game Monday night. He also drew a walk. So far this season, Adames is batting .354 (17-for-48) with six runs scored, four doubles, five RBI and five walks. He has turned in at least two hits in six of his last seven outings, including multi-hit performances in the last three-straight games. Adames’ six multi-hit games lead all Isotopes.

  • Santa Fe’s Rotich wins Boston...

    BOSTON (AP) — Lelisa Desisa ran through the rain to earn a second Boston Marathon victory and his first chance to enjoy it.
    The 25-year-old Ethiopian broke the tape again on Boylston Street on Monday as the world’s most prestigious marathon tried to return to its routine two years after Desisa’s first Boston win was overshadowed by the twin explosions at the finish line.
    “Lelisa did not get to have the kind of victory celebration that a champion of the Boston Marathon should have,” Boston Athletic Association spokesman Jack Fleming said, interrupting the post-race news conference to place the champions’ trophy at Desisa’s side. “Lelisa, we want you to get your due today.”
    Desisa won the 2013 race just hours before two bombs killed three people and wounded 260 others, turning what should be the pinnacle of any distance runner’s career into an afterthought. On Monday, he finished in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds to claim a golden olive wreath and $150,000.
    Kenya’s Caroline Rotich, who lives and trains in Santa Fe, won the women’s race, beating Mare Dibaba in a shoulder-to-shoulder sprint down Boylston to win by 4 seconds on a cold and rainy day that thinned the crowds but didn’t lessen their enthusiasm for the city’s signature sporting event.