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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Hilltoppers get a pair of big...

    At this point in the season, every game is important. For Los Alamos’ softball team, which is fighting to get into the postseason, the margin for error is even less.
    Needing wins, the Hilltopper girls took care of business on Monday against Capital. The ’Toppers scored 35 runs in just seven innings to score a pair of mercy-rule victories, 19-2 and 16-1.
    “Those are two wins that we needed to have,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “It’s nice to get back in the win column and get back in the race.”
    In the first game, Makaela Jones went 4-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. “She had a great day,” Anaya said.
    Shelby Chavez went 2-for-4, Elizabeth Anaya hit a 2-run triple and Jordan Jaramillo also doubled for Los Alamos.
    The ’Toppers scored four runs in both the first and second innings and six in the third. Up by 12 in the fourth, Shelby Milligan singled with the bases loaded to end the game. Mariah Mauro and Jordan Hammock scored on her hit and Katelynn Thorn scored on an overthrow.
    Madeline Lockhart struck out six and walked two to get the win.
    In the second game, Hammock only gave up three hits to get the win.

  • Los Alamos drills four home runs...

    A good mixture of small ball and long balls helped the Los Alamos baseball team score a pair of mercy-rule victories against Capital on Monday.
    The ’Toppers won both games in five innings, 10-0 and 13-2, to stay in the hunt for another district title. Capital, meanwhile, sunk further in the district’s cellar.
    “We didn’t play the name on the front of the jersey, we just focused on what we needed to get done,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
    The bottom half of Los Alamos’ order did a good job getting on base and advancing runners — taking walks and laying down sacrifice bunts.
    Then, with runners on, the top of Los Alamos’ order cleared the bases with some long balls.
    “We had much harder contact than we’d been making,” Gill said.
    Los Alamos set the tone right away. In the second inning of the first game, the ’Toppers smacked three homeruns. Jared Mang hit a 3-run home run. The next batter, Jarrett Genero, then went deep. It was the second time this year Mang and Genero hit back-to-back homers. Later in the inning, Lane Saunders hit a double and Colin Maddox hit a 2-run homer. Maddox also doubled in the first game and tripled and doubled in the second game. “It was a breakout game for him,” Gill said.

  • Baseball, softball and lacrosse...

    Los Alamos' baseball and softball teams were both scheduled to host Capital in a doubleheader Saturday evening. 

    Snow overnight, however, has forced those games to be rescheduled. 

    Both teams will now host the district doubleheader Monday. The games will take place at 3 and 5 p.m.

    Los Alamos lacrosse against Bosque was also postponed. It hasn't been re-scheduled yet. 

  • On Schedule 4-19-15

    Monday
    Golf: Los Alamos at Taos spring invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tuesday
    Track: Los Alamos Middle School boys at Pojoaque, 3 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Softball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Bosque, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Thursday
    Golf: Los Alamos at the Abbie Paiz invite, held at the Tierra del Sol Golf Club, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Track: Los Alamos at home, junior varsity, 3 p.m

    Track: Los Alamos Middle School girls at Pojoaque, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa fe High, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Friday
    Track: Los Alamos at Albuquerque’s Harper Invitational, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Lacrosse: Cibola at Los Alamos, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Rugby: Atrisco Herritage at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday
    Track: Los Alamos at Albuquerque’s Harper Invitational, varsity, TBD

    Baseball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

  • Isotopes blow out Reno Aces

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (6-3) jumped out to a hot start on their 12-game, 13-day road trip by drumming the Reno Aces (4-5) 11-2 Friday night at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev.
    First baseman Ben Paulsen and left fielder Tim Wheeler combined to go 8-for-9 with five runs scored, eight RBI, four doubles, a homer and one walk.
    Roger Bernadina drew a one-out walk to get the offense rolling, and Ben Paulsen kept the inning going with a two-out single to put runners on the corners. Dustin Garneau singled in Albuquerque’s first run of the game before Tim Wheeler stepped up and mashed a three-run bomb to put the Isotopes ahead 4-0 through a single frame.
    After his three-run dinger in the first, Wheeler followed with a single in the third and a double in the fourth. Needing just a triple to complete the cycle in his final two at-bats, the 27-year-old grounded out in the sixth and doubled in the eighth to finish the evening. He went 4-for-5 with five RBI,
    Not to be out done, Paulsen turned in a 4-for-4 performance of his own with two doubles, three runs scored, three RBI and a walk. He clubbed a pair of RBI doubles in the fourth and eighth innings. Paulsen and Wheeler’s four-hit performances are the most by an Isotope this season.

  • Santa Fe Century gearing up for...

    Over 2,600 cyclists from more than 37 states are expected here for the first major bicycling event in the Southwest this spring, the 2015 Santa Fe Century Bicycle Ride.
    The 30th anniversary ride is on May 17.
    The ride has three loops: a 100-mile century, a 50-mile half-century and a 20-mile out-and-back. The Santa Fe Century also features two timed rides: the 100-mile Gran Fondo and the 50-mile Medio Fondo.
    Fondo is an Italian word that means “distance, endurance or foundation.”
    Last year two New Mexico riders, Fortunato Ferrara of Los Alamos and David Vaughn of Carlsbad, tied for the fastest time in the Gran Fondo: 4 hours, 4 minutes and 45 seconds.
    Ferrara, who was born in Italy, has been living in New Mexico the past six years.
    Last year’s Gran Fondo attracted 75 riders.
    The 100-mile century (the most popular ride) and Gran Fondo will guide riders down the Turquoise Trail All-American Highway through the historic mining towns of Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden.
    Elevation changes will range from 7,200 feet to 6,200 feet.

  • NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson...

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL. Now all that remains to be settled is where he will play next season.
    Commissioner Roger Goodell sent the Minnesota Vikings star a letter on Thursday advising him of his reinstatement. Peterson missed most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas.
    Goodell wrote that Peterson will have to fulfill all the obligations of his plea deal that reduced a felony charge to a misdemeanor.
    Goodell also told Peterson he would have to continue attending counseling while adhering to the league's new personal conduct policy to avoid further discipline.
    "Any further violation of the personal conduct policy by Peterson would result in additional discipline, which could include suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL," the league said.
    Peterson's agent has said the star running back wants to play elsewhere next season. But the Vikings say they have no plans to trade him.
    "We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings," the team said in a statement issued after the announcement.

  • Sports Briefs 4-17-15

    Run For Her Life
    The fifth annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10k races will be held at East Park on East Road (N.M. 502) at 9 a.m. this Saturday in Los Alamos.
    All proceeds from the race will be donated to breast cancer research.
    The registration form is available at atomicrunners.com.
    People can also call 672-1639 for more information.

    Pace race season here
    The Atomic City Road Runners club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    This week’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on North Mesa — by the horse stable area on the north end of the Brewer Rodeo Area.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.