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  • Special Olympian steals show at...

    Not that a pick me up was needed at the fourth practice of the 2015 Spring Season, but it was most certainly delivered. It was delivered in the form of Special Olympian Abe Assaad, and he was the definitive highlight of the days events.
    The second practice of the week, and the fourth of the spring, started much like all the others, with some special teams periods and a good team stretch. After that stretch, Coach Davie brought the team together, and brought in Abe into the huddle.
    Abe, along with many other Special Olympians, took part in the Mayor’s Invitational, which was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on February 21, and is a part of Special Olympics New Mexico. The UNM football players went down and served as judges, timers, coaches, cheerleaders and anything else for the event, getting to meet all of the Special Olympians, including Abe.
    As a thanks, Abe sent the following note to UNM head coach Bob Davie.
    “Dear Coach Davie,

  • Change to extra points likely in...

    The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season.
    While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was so much discussion and interest in potential changes that the issue will be a main focal point for the next set of league meetings in May.
    “There’s a clear movement to wanting to change and change it this year,” said Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee and president of the Falcons.
    McKay’s committee will “develop alternatives and be ready for a potential vote” in two months in San Francisco.
    Among the possibilities are moving the line of scrimmage back for PAT kicks; placing the ball on the 1½-yard line for a 2-point conversion; eliminating the PAT kicks entirely, requiring teams to run a play from scrimmage; and allowing the defense to score, as in college football, if the ball is turned over on a 2-point try.
    McKay described the discussions as “lively, with lots of ideas ... it’s time to make this a football play.”
    “A couple coaches said they favor just lining up on the 2 and going for the 2-point play,” he said. “Or move the ball to the 1 1-2 for two points, or kick from the 15 for one, your choice.”

  • Sports Briefs 3-26-15

    Pace race season near
    The 42nd season of the pace race series, conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club, will begin on April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Co-operative Market on East Road (N.M. 502).
    The club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com

    Hall of fame nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website or can be picked up in the athletic office.
    There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach (head, assistant or volunteer from middle or high school), and a contributor to LAPS athletics. A contributor could include, but is not limited to an educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer coaches.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by August 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • High-flying gymnasts win at...

    Emily Smith became the first member of High Flyers Gymnastics to win an all-around state championship March 7 in Albuquerque. Smith finished first in the level 2 Junior Olympic meet, winning the vault and floor exercise to catapult her to the all-around title.
    Three other high flyers also won state championships in individual events. Megan Martinez and Valarie Valdez both placed first on level 2 balance beam in their age groups while Sofia Enriquez won the level 3 uneven bars title with a score of 9.45.
    There were 22 gymnasts from High Flyers who competed in the championship meet, which included both level 2 and Level 3 age group competitions.
    In level 2, Ashley Hammond took second place all-around. She finished second on the floor exercise with 9.025, had a third-place finish on balance beam and fourth-place finishes on both the vault and uneven bars.
    Despite fighting a stomach virus, Elizabeth Merrill competed and finished in fifth place all around.
    Other Level 2 all-around results included Anna Kirkland’s fourth-place finish. Megan Martinez placed fourth all-around and third on the bars with a 9.15. Kwan Jemu Lopez Moya placed fifth all around. Cammie Pressett finished sixth. Ashley Smith took fifth. Aubrianna Telchy placed fifth. Valarie Valdez took third on the bars and fourth all around.

  • Minor League Baseball announces...

    Minor League Baseball recemtly announced rules and procedures aimed at improving the pace of play in games at the Triple-A and Double-A levels.

    The procedures, created in partnership with Major League Baseball, will monitor the time taken between innings and pitches, and will limit the amount of time allowed during pitching changes. Umpires will continue to enforce rules prohibiting batters from leaving the batter’s box between pitches.

    Timers have been installed at all Triple-A and Double-A parks in plain view of umpires, players and fans to monitor the pace of play and determine when violations occur. The month of April will serve as a grace period, with players receiving warnings for infractions. Beginning May 1, rules will be enforced as written. The regulations and penalties for non-compliance are listed below.

    INNING BREAKS

    -Inning breaks will be two minutes, 25 seconds in duration. The first batter of an inning is encouraged to be in the batter’s box and alert to the pitcher with 20 seconds left on the inning break timer. The pitcher must begin his wind-up or begin the motion to come to the set position at any point within the last 20 seconds of the 2:25 break.

  • Minor League Baseball announces...

    Minor League Baseball recemtly announced rules and procedures aimed at improving the pace of play in games at the Triple-A and Double-A levels.

    The procedures, created in partnership with Major League Baseball, will monitor the time taken between innings and pitches, and will limit the amount of time allowed during pitching changes. Umpires will continue to enforce rules prohibiting batters from leaving the batter’s box between pitches.

    Timers have been installed at all Triple-A and Double-A parks in plain view of umpires, players and fans to monitor the pace of play and determine when violations occur. The month of April will serve as a grace period, with players receiving warnings for infractions. Beginning May 1, rules will be enforced as written. The regulations and penalties for non-compliance are listed below.

    INNING BREAKS

    -Inning breaks will be two minutes, 25 seconds in duration. The first batter of an inning is encouraged to be in the batter’s box and alert to the pitcher with 20 seconds left on the inning break timer. The pitcher must begin his wind-up or begin the motion to come to the set position at any point within the last 20 seconds of the 2:25 break.

  • Minor League Baseball announces...

    Minor League Baseball recemtly announced rules and procedures aimed at improving the pace of play in games at the Triple-A and Double-A levels.

    The procedures, created in partnership with Major League Baseball, will monitor the time taken between innings and pitches, and will limit the amount of time allowed during pitching changes. Umpires will continue to enforce rules prohibiting batters from leaving the batter’s box between pitches.

    Timers have been installed at all Triple-A and Double-A parks in plain view of umpires, players and fans to monitor the pace of play and determine when violations occur. The month of April will serve as a grace period, with players receiving warnings for infractions. Beginning May 1, rules will be enforced as written. The regulations and penalties for non-compliance are listed below.

    INNING BREAKS

    -Inning breaks will be two minutes, 25 seconds in duration. The first batter of an inning is encouraged to be in the batter’s box and alert to the pitcher with 20 seconds left on the inning break timer. The pitcher must begin his wind-up or begin the motion to come to the set position at any point within the last 20 seconds of the 2:25 break.

  • ’Topper track teams rising to...

    The Los Alamos track teams competed with mostly bigger schools again Saturday at the Buddy Robertson Invite in Albuquerque.
    Both teams were up to the challenge.
    The Hilltopper boys finished fourth in the team race with 66 points, just 1 point behind Manzano and 2 points behind Volcano Vista.
    Cleveland (129) took first. Highland (63) finished fifth, followed by La Cueva (25), Valley (20), Del Norte (13) and Bosque (3).
    “The kids just performed well,” boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    The Hilltoppers girls, meanwhile, finished third out of the nine teams with 65 points.
    Cleveland (133) finished first, followed by La Cueva (86), Los Alamos, Volcano Vista (61), Highland (41), Valley (30), Del Norte (28), Manzano (5) and Bosque (2).
    “We’re holding our own against some powerhouses,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said. “It was just a good overall team effort.”
    Greg Ahlers set a new personal record to win the high jump with a state-qualifying height. He cleared 6 feet, 4 inches.
    Skyler McCall cleared 5-8 to take fourth.
    The team’s distance runners also came up big in the mile. Hayden Walker won the race in 4 minutes, 44.71 seconds. Conner Bailey finished second in 4:54.62 and John Rees took fourth in 4:56.74.

  • LA lacrosse optimistic after...

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team lost its first two games of the season on Saturday, but is feeling optimistic after its performances.
    “We only had 11 practices before our first game and they’d been playing two months so the ceiling is high,” coach James Miller said.
    The ’Toppers lost their first game 13-6 against the undefeated Sandia Matadors (5-0).
    The 6 goals Los Alamos scored, however, were as many as Sandia had given up in its four other games combined.
    “Our offense is humming,” Miller said.
    Charlie Christensen, Hudson Davenhall, Welsey Skidmore and Griffin Matuszak led Los Alamos’ attack over the weekend.
    The ’Toppers played the Rio Rancho Raptors (4-2) next, but lost the back-and-forth battle 16-14.
    “It was a dog fight,” Miller said.
    Most of the goals Los Alamos gave up were in its transition defense which also had some trouble clearing the ball. On set plays, however, the ’Toppers were able to do a good job shutting their opponents down.
    Trevor Matuszak also had some “awesome hits” and “tenacious ground ball work” against Rio Rancho, Miller said.
    “I was very proud of the effort we put forward,” Miller said. “We might be small, but we can run.”

  • Battling for the ball