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  • 'Flash' Thomas hosting...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Dreams of one day playing in the NFL are now a reality for Lobo and current Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Lamaar ‘Flash’ Thomas, who saw action in his first NFL games during the 2013 season.
    But before Thomas kicks off his second season in the league, he’s looking forward to taking part in a youth football camp on Saturday, June 28 in Rio Rancho, that he’s worked on since the end of last season.
    “This is something I’ve been wanted to do since college,” said Thomas. “I had the opportunity to go to the same camp when I was younger, so I know first-hand how much fun that was for me.”
    The Fort Washington, Md., native is thankful for the unique position he’s in to be a mentor and role model for so many kids that are in the same position he was in just 10 years ago. It’s an idea he’s brainstormed many times previously with friend and former coach, Dan Foley.
    “We are excited to have such a great young man and role model helping the youth of our community,” said Foley.
    The camp will be open to children from the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho areas for no charge.

  • Nogar swim meet returns July 5

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club will host its annual Nick Nogar Memorial Open July 5-6 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The meet is open to any athlete registered with USA Swimming and New Mexico Swimming.
    The Nick Nogar Memorial is a four-session timed, final pre-seeded long course — except for the 50-meter freestyle. There are no time standards required to enter the meet.
    The 50-meter freestyle is conducted as a shoot-out to determine the fastest swimmers between ages 13-14 and 15-18.
    The top four girls and boys for each age group will be run in a shootout format.
    In the shoot-out heats, the top four swimmers from the preliminary heats will swim two 1-on-1 semifinals, then the winners of those semi-final heats will compete in the shootout final.
    Swimmers 19 years and older for the 50 meter freestyle event can participate in the preliminary heats but are not eligible for the finals shoot-out heats.
    At the meet, swimmers will be restricted to five events per day plus one relay per day. Entries should be submitted via electronic file (HY-TEK compatible) to Andrew Erickson at awemme@losalamos.com.
    Entry forms can be found on aquatomics.com.
    There is a limit of 400 swimmers for this meet. Entries must be received not later than June 25.

  • Anderson hooks big Tiger Musky

    Amy Anderson wasn’t about to let her fish go. The fish wasn’t going to give in without a fight.
    Anderson and husband Stan Kosiewicz caught a couple of big Tiger Muskies while on a trip to Bluewater Lake June 12.
    Kosiewicz, who is no strangers to big catches, reeled in a 35-inch, 15-pound Tiger Musky out of Bluewater Lake, located about 40 miles west of Grants. But that fish was dwarfed by his wife’s catch.
    Anderson snagged a 42-inch, 25-pound Tiger Musky about an hour later. Anderson had to wrestle with the fish for about 15 minutes before finally getting it aboard their boat.
    Kosewicz said the fish actually dove down and went under the boat during the fight before Anderson finally wore it out and landed it. The Tiger Musky stripped the line off her reel during the fight.
    Tiger muskies are hybrids of Northern Pikes and Muskies and feature needle-like teeth. Anderson’s catch actually bit her finger as she was attempting to unhook it.
    Anderson’s catch made the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s “Catches of the Week” for the state.
    Another Los Alamos resident, Mike Waldschmidt, also made the list. He landed a 20-inch catfish at Abiquiu Lake, getting that fish with a worm during a Father’s Day outing.

  • Mexico-Brazil contest ends in...

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The headline from the World Cup, Day 6: Big favorite Brazil is vulnerable.
    Those who thought the World Cup host or world champion Spain — thumped 5-1 last week by the Netherlands — would walk away with this should think again.
    Proving the old adage that there are no easy games in football’s showcase, Brazil failed to beat Mexico for the first time at the World Cup, held Tuesday to a 0-0 draw in their second game in Group A.
    Belgium — a long-shot pick for the title — also struggled to break down Algeria, but got help off its bench to win 2-1 in Belo Horizonte.
    In steamy Cuiaba, an evenly matched and entertaining back-and-forth contest ended Russia 1, South Korea 1. Substitutes scored all but one of the five goals on Tuesday, proving the importance of having a Plan B.
    All 32 teams have now played at least once. The Netherlands and Germany, which scored four Monday against Portugal, are the standouts so far.
    The big surprise was Brazil’s failure to find the net in the northeastern city of Fortaleza.
    With Neymar rampant through the middle, Marcelo ever-willing to go forward and Oscar supplying passes and inventiveness, Brazil should be able to score almost at will. Time and again, Brazil’s yellow shirts swarmed over Mexico’s penalty box.

  • Omaha wins big, 13-6

    The Omaha Storm Chasers scored in each inning between the fourth and the eighth to thump the Albuquerque Isotopes Tuesday.
    Omaha pounded out 19 hits off four Isotopes pitchers and scored three runs each in the sixth and eighth innings to win 13-6 in the series opener.
    With the loss, Albuquerque slips to 8 games under .500 (32-40), tying its worst record of the season. Albuquerque has lost three of its last four and seven of its last nine contests. It trails Las Vegas by 9 games in the PCL Pacific Southern division.
    The Isotopes’ series at Omaha continues until Friday.
    The Storm Chasers’ Paulo Orlando and Jesus Flores combined to go 8-for-9 with three home runs and 6 RBI to aid in the rout.
    Albuquerque starting pitcher Red Patterson (4-5) was roughed up in his five innings, giving up 6 earned runs and 11 hits.

  • Football team to host 7-on-7

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will host a 7-on-7 competition Thursday.
    The 7-on-7 games are part of the Hilltoppers’ summer workouts. The primary purpose of the contests are to work on teams’ passing offenses.
    It is set for 6 p.m. at Los Alamos Middle School. The event was originally supposed to be at Sullivan Field, but that facility is currently closed for the cleaning and maintenance of the track.

  • ABA, LA Blast win baseball...

    A pair of club baseball teams performed well at recent tournaments.
    The 17-and-under team from the Albuquerque Baseball Academy picked up a win in a tournament held at Peoria, Ariz., earlier this month.
    The team, which features local players Connor Mang and Jared Mang of Los Alamos, as well as Korwin Mueller of Santa Fe, won the 18-and-under tournament, known as the Four Corners Classic.
    Also, the LA Blast baseball team won the 12-and-under division of the New Mexico State Baseball tournament this past weekend.
    Players on that team include Jacob Benelli, Bryson Ballew, Logan Bishop, Antonio Gonzalez, Ty Swavely, Sammy Castille, Luc Chavez, Jacob Castille, Hunter Swavely, Walker Eaton and Luke Kirkland.
     

  • Foursome takes top honors at...

    The team of Eddie Sanchez, Steve Sanderson, Barbara Schmitt and Ev Griggs won Saturday’s Strong Kids Classic golf tournament, hosted by the local YMCA.
    The YMCA hosted its annual tournament, which was renamed to honor the memory of Ed Griggs, longtime Y volunteer and avid golfer.
    The tournament was played at Los Alamos Golf Course. In all, 17 teams took part.
    Sanchez, Sanderson, Schmitt and Griggs posted a score of 57, which was 2 strokes better than the team of Mike Chiacchia, Ellen Stallings, Drew Martinson and Tami Martinson. Finishing in third place was the team of Chris Grimmer, Darren Grimmer, Brad Haddad and Mike Ciddio, which shot a 62 in the scramble format tournament.
    The annual event netted $14,000 for Y program scholarships. The Strong Kids program aids youth around Northern New Mexico.

  • Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tony Gwynn could handle a bat like few other major leaguers, whether it was driving the ball through the “5.5 hole” between third base and shortstop or hitting a home run off the facade in Yankee Stadium in the World Series.
    He was a craftsman at the plate, whose sweet left-handed swing made him one of baseball’s greatest hitters.
    Gwynn loved San Diego.
    San Diego loved “Mr. Padre” right back.
    Gwynn, a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest athletes in San Diego’s history, died Monday of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. He was 54.
    “Our city is a little darker today without him but immeasurably better because of him,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a statement.
    In a rarity in pro sports, Gwynn played his whole career with the Padres, choosing to stay in the city where he was a two-sport star in college, rather than leaving for bigger paychecks elsewhere.
    His terrific hand-eye coordination made him one of the game’s greatest pure hitters. He had 3,141 hits — 18th on the all-time list — a career .338 average and won eight batting titles to tie Honus Wagner’s NL record.

  • Late goal by Brooks puts U.S. on...

    NATAL, Brazil (AP) — After Clint Dempsey’s historic early goal, the United States spent more than an hour struggling to hold off wave after wave of Ghana attacks. It was no surprise when Ghana tied the game in the 82nd minute.
    Once again, the Black Stars — who had eliminated the Americans at the past two World Cups — were poised to ruin the tournament for the U.S.
    With two starters out with injuries, the U.S. barely threatened in the second half until a corner kick in the 86th minute. Graham Zusi lifted the ball into the penalty area, where fellow substitute John Brooks rose above the defense and headed it in for a 2-1 victory, putting the U.S. atop the group with Germany.
    “I couldn’t believe it. ...I just ran in the box and hoped that the ball would hit my head and it did,” said Brooks, a 6-foot-4 defender who is brought forward for set pieces.
    The loss put Ghana at the bottom of Group G with Portugal — the Americans’ next opponent. The top two teams in the group advance.
    At the final whistle, coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the German hired to transform the U.S. from mere World Cup participant into a potential power, threw his arms to the sky and roared.