Today's Sports

  • Burnside barely misses prediction

    In a great turnout, 48 runners and walkers enjoyed a warm dry evening for the one, two, three and four mile Pace Race courses on Barranca Mesa Tuesday.
    In the one-mile course around Navajo, Los Pueblos and Barranca roads, Melina Burnside had the best prediction, only .45 seconds off her prediction for an adjusted delta of 1.35 seconds off. Sue Elkins was right behind her at 6 seconds off her prediction followed by Joan Williams, 12 seconds off, Billy Strother, 15 seconds off, and Ted Romero, who was 18 seconds off of his prediction.
    In the three-mile road course around Navajo, down almost to the end of Los Pueblos and back around Barranca Road, Nikol Strother had the best prediction. She was 71 seconds off her prediction and Sam Crooks was 118 seconds off of his prediction.
    The two-mile trail course went out on to the Deer Trap Mesa trail, taking the south fork for an out-and-back run, or hike.
    Predictions turned out to be hard to make on the trail runs. Jeanette Trujillo Rondeau was the best predictor at 130 seconds off her prediction.
    Inez Ross did two loops of the one-mile paved course, in preparation for doing a 5K at the Senior Olympics, and was 94 seconds off of her prediction.

  • Leinart, Urlacher among 1st-...

    Southern California Heisman Trophy Winner Matt Leinart and former New Mexico star Brian Urlacher are among the players making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

    The National Football Foundation released on Tuesday the players and coaches being considered for selection to the Hall of Fame this year. The new Hall of Fame class will be announced Jan. 8 in Arizona, where the College Football Playoff championship game will be held.

    Leinart won the Heisman and led the Trojans to the national championship in 2004. Heisman winners Eric Crouch (2001) and Rashaan Salaam (1994) are also among the 76 players FBS up for election.

    Urlacher was the Mountain West player of the year in 1999 before having a standout career with the Chicago Bears.

    Other notable first-timers on the ballot include: Kansas State's Michael Bishop, Florida State stars Derrick Brooks and Terrell Buckley, Penn State's Kerry Collins, Purdue's Rod Woodson, Texas A&M's Day Nguyen, Michigan State's Morten Andersen and Washington State's Mike Utley.

    Utley was a star offensive tackle at Washington State before being drafted by the Detroit Lions. He was left paralyzed by a spine injury he suffered in a game against the Rams in 1991.

  • Lannan shines, but Isotopes drop...

    For the second game in a row, the Albuquerque Isotopes’ (21-31) starting pitcher turned in a stellar outing, but a ninth-inning rally doomed their efforts. The Omaha Storm Chasers (26-26) claimed their second-consecutive 2-1 win, negating Isotopes left-hander John Lannan’s stellar start.

    THE TURNING POINT: Albuquerque’s only run came after a leadoff walk to Drew Stubbs in the fourth inning. He would later score on an error by the shortstop. It wasn’t until a one-out double in the seventh that the Storm Chasers strung together any meaningful offense. An RBI single tied the game but no more damage was done that inning. With one out in the ninth, Cheslor Cuthbert poked a solo home run over the left-center field fence to give Omaha the 2-1 lead and eventual win.

    Albuquerque managed to load the bases with no one out in the bottom of the ninth, but a 5-2-3 double play erased the Isotopes comeback chances.

    FANNIN’ LANNAN: Left-handed pitcher, Lannan, scattered five hits and just one run over seven innings of work. It was his fifth-straight quality start and seventh overall this season. In his last 26.0 innings, Lannan has allowed just six earned runs (3.12 ERA). Of his 98 pitches on Monday, 60 were strikes.

  • Four Lobos qualify for nationals

    Three days in Austin, four Lobos to Eugene.

    Three University of New Mexico track and field athletes qualified to the NCAA Championships Saturday as the Lobos finished with four total qualifiers at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary competition this weekend.

    Peter Callahan, Logan Pflibsen and Calli Thackery all punched their tickets to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, joining Alice Wright, who qualified Thursday.

    It’s the ninth-straight year New Mexico has qualified at least four athletes to the NCAA Championships.

    Pflibsen opened the third day of the three-day meet with a personal-record performance in the men’s pole vault.

    The senior out of Streator, Ill., cleared 17 feet, 6 1/2 inches to place fifth overall out of the 48 competitors and secure his bid to nationals. The top 12 finishers in each event qualify to the NCAA finals.

    For Pflibsen, his new lifetime best ranks fourth in New Mexico history and makes him the first Lobo to make the NCAA finals in the pole vault since Robert Caldwell in 2008.

    Only three athletes — Pflibsen, Caldwell and Derek Mackel — have made the event in the last 24 years. Joe Powdrell (1967) and Simon Arkell (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991) are the only other UNM athletes to accomplish the feat.

  • Derby Dames mash it up to start...

    Skaters from Duke City Derby and Farmington’s Animas Rollergirls joined the Los Alamos Derby Dames for a mash-up Saturday at the county ice rink.
    The scrimmage was an opportunity for new players to get some game experience and returners to regain their form, but the action was as intense as a regular game — body after body got knocked down on the concrete flat track as the teams fought for points.
    The Green Chile, however, started hot and only got hotter throughout the game to take down the Red Chile squad, 212-74.
    Latzah Ballz actually scored the first five points of the game for the Red Chile, but it ended up being the team’s only lead in the contest.
    On the second jam, Ivy A. Nightmare broke through Red’s blockers to get the lead jammer position, lapped Red’s entire team twice to score two grand slams, worth five points apiece, and Green never looked back.
    Green’s blockers contained Acute Pain on the third jam while French Bulldozer weaved in and out of Red’s team to score 14 more points.
    Red kept it close with four points from Latzah Ballz and three from Vexy, cutting Green’s lead to 28-17

  • Isotopes break out 12 runs to...

    Opening an eight-game homestand, the Isotopes (20-29) unleashed a 12-run outburst in a 12-3 rout of the Omaha Storm Chasers (24-25) at Isotopes Park Friday night.
    Left fielder Matt McBride turned in a 3-for-4 evening with three singles and three RBI, while designated hitter Ryan Casteel went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI.
    Albuquerque jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a McBride RBI single only to have Omaha tie it in the top of the third. That tie wouldn’t last long, though, as the first eight batters reached for the Isotopes in the bottom of the third, allowing five runs to score.
    The big knock of the inning was a two-RBI double by Casteel. The ’Topes would go on to tack on two runs in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach.
    Isotopes Park has been very friendly to Casteel this season. He is now hitting .453 (24-for-53) at home. He also has seven doubles, a triple, three homers and 19 RBI at The Lab.
    McBride, meanwhile, did what Matt McBride does best Friday night: hit. The left fielder now has hits in 18 of his last 21 games, 13 of which are multi-hit performances. During that span, McBride is hitting .412 (35-for-85) with 17 runs, eight doubles, four homers, 14 RBI and three walks. He has also raised his average from .178 to .331.

  • LA cross country meeting Tuesday

    The Los Alamos cross country coaches are having a meeting for incoming freshman athletes and their parents and other newcomers to the high school program.
    The meeting will take place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the high school’s Speech Theater — the entrance is by the outdoor basketball court, so attendees should park in the Griffith lot and walk toward the round library.
    The coaches will share information about high school cross country in general, summer practices, physicals, training calendars and more.
    For eighth-graders who already have an older sibling who runs high school cross country, attendance isn’t necessary.
    Those who cannot attend are asked to contact the coaches, Rob and Kathy Hipwood, at losalamosxc@gmail.com.

  • Competitors blow up targets

    Young athletes from across New Mexico shot International Bunker Trap in the cold and rain on May 16 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club.
    In international trap, there is a trap bunker that has three machines in front of each shooting station that launch clay targets. Competitors may use any 12-gauge shotgun that holds two rounds — two shots are allowed for each target. The 110-millimeter targets are thrown roughly 75 yards at 65 miles per hour.
    The competition was a qualifying event for the Junior Olympic national shotgun competition, which will be held in Colorado Springs July 20-26.
    Los Alamos participants at the event included Kes Luchini, Josh Smith, David Smith, Chris Bond and Sam Bond. Joining them were Shanna Moss and Jourdyn Rino from Aztec, Lauren Williams and Savannah Williams from La Plata and Garit Graham from Texico.
    Chris Bond won men’s gold. Bond and Josh Smith, however, were tied after regulation and needed a 15-shot shootout to determine the winner. Bond won the shootout to take gold and Smith had to settle for silver.
    Graham took bronze.
    The women’s gold went to Luchini. Savannah Williams won the silver while Moss beat Rino by one target to win the bronze.

  • Three-run ninth lifts Isotopes...

    A three-run ninth inning lifted the Albuquerque Isotopes (19-30) past the New Orleans Zephyrs (23-22) in a 4-2 victory at Zephyr Field, Thursday night.

    Tim Smalling and Jose Rivera each reached to leadoff the top of the ninth via an error. Roger Bernadina sacrificed both runners into scoring position, and Angelys Nina picked up an RBI single that scored Smalling. The hero of the night, Kyle Parker, then stepped in a roped a two-RBI single into left, scoring Rivera and Nina.

    Parker turned in a 2-for-5 evening that included a home run, a run scored and three RBI. It was his second-straight multi-hit game, and he now has hits in 14 of his last 15 games. During that stretch, he is hitting .373 (22-for-59) during that stretch with eight runs scored, three doubles, three homers and 12 RBI.

    HALE YEAH: Right-hander David Hale made his first start for the Isotopes since a spot start with the Colorado Rockies last week. He tossed seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on six hits. Hale did not walk a batter, while striking out two. In his last three starts between Triple-A and the Majors, Hale has tossed 19.2 innings, allowing just six earned runs and striking out 10.

  • Wright punches ticket to NCAA...

    One day in, one athlete to nationals.

    University of New Mexico track and field athlete Alice Wright punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships Thursday as she placed second in the 10,000-meter run at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary competition.

    Wright, who will move on to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., was just one UNM athlete to enjoy success Thursday, as four other Lobos advanced to the next round at the West Preliminaries.

    Peter Callahan, Tamara Armoush, Sophie Connor and Alex Herring all moved on to the quarterfinal round of their respective events, which will be held over the next two days at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

    But Wright was the headliner of the opening day of the meet, as she became the first Lobo in three years to make the national finals in the 10,000.

    After sitting back in the front a largely compacted group through 10 laps, Wright took control of the latter half of the 25-lap race. She led for a number of the final laps, conceding first place on the home straight of the bell lap to Air Force's Hannah Everson.

    However, her time of 34 minutes, 25.04 seconds was good for second place in the event and easily secured the requisite top-12 finish needed to advance to the NCAA finals.