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Today's Sports

  • Giving thanks for football...

    If you’ve ever seen me, you can pretty easily come to the conclusion that I don’t skip a lot of meals.
    I was, at one time, more height-weight proportionate than I am now, but that was then.
    But again, as you might be able to decipher without any Sherlock Holmes-esque deduction skills, I also like Thanksgiving.
    Thanksgiving is, truth be told, my favorite non-Santa Claus-associated holiday.
    Other than Father’s Day, Thanksgiving Day is the only day I can really lounge around the house and do nothing not of my own choosing.
    I realize that sounds terribly unfair to my wife, but in truth, she’s very happy in the kitchen.
    I’m very happy eating turkey and mashed potatoes. It’s a match made in Heaven.
    But, long about now, the annual grousing begins about whether the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions should have exclusive rights to the Thanksgiving Day football games.
    Thanksgiving Day games are nearly as iconic as that Super Bowl thing you may have heard about.
    Football and overeating. Also, truly a match made in Heaven.
    For football fans in New Mexico and surrounding areas, I understand your frustration.

  • Romero wins Turkey Trot

    Ted Romero was the fastest finisher at the 2012 Turkey Trot.
    This year’s Turkey Trot was Sunday. Approximately 220 participants took part in the 2.57-mile run or the 1.6-mile modified shorter course.
    The annual event, hosted by the CROP organization and the Atomic City Roadrunners, serves as a fundraiser for CROP and LA Cares, organizations that provide food assistance to needy persons in the area.
    Romero finished in a time of 15 minutes, 51 seconds, 12 seconds ahead of runner-up John Colman.
    The race started at Los Alamos Middle School and is run around North Mesa.
    Following the race, all participants were eligible for blind drawings for turkeys and pumpkin pies.

    Here are the top 25 finishers in the 2012 Turkey Trot:

    1. Ted Romero, 15:51; 2. Josh Colman, 16:03; 3. Duncan Fuehne, 17:32; 4. Marin Kelly, 17:32; 5. Wyatt Watson, 18:58; 6. Ben Rees, 19:20; 7. Andreas Runde, 19:20; 8. Vikki Saga, 19:23; 9. Paul Bradley, 19:57; 10. Zack Medin, 19:58.

    11. Roxanna Candia, 19:59; 12. Will Dearholt, 20:26; 13. Laura McClellan, 21:07; 14. Quinn Abfalterer, 21:35; 15. Kai Coblentz, 21:36; 16. Theodore Peterson, 22:01; 17. Carson Dickson, 22:22; 18. Chris Bernstein, 22:41; 19. Amy Regan, 22:43; 20. Mary Nea, 23:02;

  • State Notes 11-22-12

    Lobos’ Snell is co-Player of Week

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nevada junior guard Deonte Burton and New Mexico junior guard Tony Snell have been named Mountain West Men’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week for games through Nov. 18.
    This is the first MW career weekly accolade for both players.
    Snell helped New Mexico to a 3-0 record during the week as the Lobos posted victories over Davidson, Illinois-Chicago and George Mason — New Mexico also knocked off Connecticut in the Paradise Jam Finals Monday, but that game wasn’t considered for last week’s honors.
    Snell, a Riverside, Calif., native, opened the week with a then career-high 25 points, five rebounds and three assists in an 86-81 victory over the Wildcats in ESPN’s 24 Hours of College Hoops Marathon. Snell scored 11 of his points over the final 20 minutes as the Lobos rallied from a 16-point deficit to mark the program’s sixth-largest comeback overall and second-largest in the second half.
    He followed that performance with a combined 34 points, six assists and three steals in wins against the UIC Flames (66-59) and GMU Patriots (70-69) in the first two rounds of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, over the weekend.

  • Sports Update 11-21-12

    Christmas Lights Runs start Monday

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club will host its 2012 Christmas Light Runs.
    The runs will go through various Los Alamos neighborhoods during the holiday season and vary in length from 2.3 miles to 6.5 miles.
    Runs are currently scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. Monday. The first run will be 2.75 miles through Western Area starting at the Metzger’s Mobil station on Diamond Drive.
    Runs are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday through Dec. 20. All the runs are non-competitive.
    More information on the Triatomics can be found by visiting triatomics.org. Late schedule changes can be found by visiting facebook.com/triatomics.

    LAGC will reopen Friday morning

    Los Alamos Golf Course will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, but will reopen Friday, depending on weather conditions.
    Pro shop hours for Friday are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    More information or tee time reservations can be made by calling 662-8139.

    Ice rink announces holiday hours

  • ‘Macho’ Camacho is in critical...

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho was in critical condition Wednesday after being shot in his native Puerto Rico, with doctors and his family expected to wrestle with whether to take him off life support after his condition worsened.
    Doctors had said Camacho was expected to survive after he was shot in the face while sitting in a car Tuesday night in his hometown of Bayamon. But his condition worsened overnight and his heart stopped at one point, said Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan.
    “He’s battling minute to minute. This is the most important fight of his life,” Torres told The Associated Press outside the hospital in the Puerto Rican capital.
    Torres said that two specialists will examine the boxer to determine his level of brain activity.
    The specialists will then consult with other doctors and Camacho’s mother, who was expected to arrive from New York, to discuss whether he should be removed from life support, said Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager who was also at the hospital.
    “We just have to wait to see if ‘Macho’ gets better. It’s a hard battle,” Leandry told AP.

  • Ski Report 11-21-12

    Angel Fire

    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Enchanted Forest

    2-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Pajarito

    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River

    23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 5 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    1-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Sipapu

    18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 3 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    4-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Ski Santa Fe

    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Taos
    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Valles Caldera
    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

  • Elks win fourth straight 3A...

    The Pojoaque Elks earned their fourth consecutive Class 3A volleyball title in impressive fashion Saturday night.
    The Elks lost just one set in their run in the playoffs, held at Rio Rancho last week, including topping the Ruidoso Warriors 25-15, 18-25, 25-18, 25-14.
    Pojoaque (19-5) started off slow this year by its standards, losing three of four, including an early season contest against Los Alamos, but won five in a row following its slow start, taking the Piedra Vista Invitational and finishing second behind Piedra Vista in the Tournament of Champions.
    In its tournament run, Pojoaque won Pool B Thursday, then defeated Lovington 25-9, 25-16, 25-18 and Portales 25-8, 25-21, 25-9 Friday to advance to the championship match.
    Pojoaque has lost just 10 matches during its impressive state title run. It was a perfect 25-0 in 2011 and lost just one set the entire year, that against Los Alamos in its first match of the season.
    Only Texico (2006-2011), Hot Springs (1987-1993) and West Mesa (1988-1992) have had longer consecutive championships streaks than the Elks. Texico’s reign over Class 2A was snapped Saturday, falling in the championship match to Bosque School, 3-1.

  • LA drops opener at Kirtland...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team dropped its season opener on the road Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos stayed within striking distance until the early part of the fourth quarter against the Kirtland Central Broncos, but it wasn’t enough.
    “We played a solid three quarters, actually the first 26 minutes, but then the wheels fell off the last six minutes,” Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said.
    The Hilltoppers were outscored 20-1 in the fourth quarter and fell 48-25 at Kirtland Central.
    Despite the loss, Dominguez said he like the effort he saw out of his team. However, fatigued seemed to set in late in the contest and the Broncos took advantage.
    Los Alamos (0-1) got all but six of its points Tuesday from two players, Simon Heath, who had 10 points, and Franklin Archuleta, who finished with 9 points.
    It is one of the big questions surrounding the Hilltoppers this season whether it will be able to find sustained offense and the personnel who can make buckets when they need it, something the Hilltoppers have struggled with for the last two seasons.
    Los Alamos finished 11-18 in the 2011-12 season.
    Tuesday, Kirtland Central got its running game going in the fourth quarter. The Broncos (1-0) also a Class 4A school, had a dominant performance on the boards as well.

  • Lobos top UConn, 66-60

    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — New Mexico kept No. 21 Connecticut from winning the lone tournament it could have won this season.

    Tournament MVP Kendall Williams scored 15 points and the Lobos staved off a late UConn rally en route to a 66-60 victory in the championship game of the Paradise Jam.

    New Mexico (4-0) led by 10 points early in the second half, and by nine with as little as 7:11 left. But UConn (4-1) went on a 10-0 run and took over the lead after three Ryan Boatright free throws with 2:23 to play.

    However, the Lobos countered with a 9-0 run, paced by five points from Hugh Greenwood, then made all four foul shots in the final 39 seconds to seal the victory.

    "Both teams really fought for three games in four days," said New Mexico coach Steve Alford. "We've started the season doing a really good job at the foul line. We're getting there often, and we're making them."

    Indeed, the Lobos hit all 21 free throws on Monday. UConn went to the line just nine times, hitting seven.

    "Anytime you can beat your opponent 21-7 at the line, you're probably going to win a lot of games," Alford noted.

  • LA cross country runners take...

    The Los Alamos Cross Country team, comprised of runners from the Hilltoppers’ 2012 boys state championship team, finished third in the Nike Cross Southwest Regional event Saturday.
    Los Alamos placed three runners in the top 40 among team scorers to earn the third-place finish. The team finished with 215 points, earning a tiebreaker over Herriman, Utah, for third place when its sixth-place finisher, Mike Walker, outkicked a Herriman runner to the finish line.
    The Nike Cross regional race was run in Mesa, Ariz.
    The third-place finish by Los Alamos puts it in line for a potential Nike Cross National race at-large bid. At-large teams will be announced following the conclusion of regional races this weekend.
    Utah teams took three of the top four spots, with Los Alamos finishing as the top team from New Mexico, even outpacing the Storm XC Club, which featured Luis Martinez, the third overall finisher and first among team-affiliated competitors. The Storm, from Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, was fifth overall.
    Also at the southwest regional, Los Alamos’ girls cross country team finished 12th overall. Los Alamos had 298 points, also best among competing teams from New Mexico.