Sports briefs 10-22-13

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Driving range is open for now


Los Alamos Golf Course announced it will keep its driving range open for the time being.

The driving range was scheduled to be closed while construction crews at the course worked on a drainage pipe from the new clubhouse. However, work on the pipe has been delayed.

LAGC is recommending anyone interested in using the driving range call ahead of time to ensure the driving range is operating.

For more information, call LAGC at 662-8139.


LAHA, county hosting free hockey day


Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Hockey Association will host a “Try Hockey For Free” day at the county’s ice rink.

The event will be Nov. 23. It is open for anyone 18 and under from 3:45-5 p.m. A girls-only session will start at 5 p.m.

LAHA coaches will be available prior to the sessions to answer questions for prospective hockey players.

Tickets must be obtained from Los Alamos County for admission to the ice rink. They may be picked up at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center or can be reserved by contacting the Los Alamos County Recreation Department at 662-8173.


Youth basketball season starts next month


The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its youth basketball leagues for boys and girls in grades 1-6.

The YMCA’s season starts the week of Dec. 2. Teams will consist of players from the same elementary school, or the school nearest their residence.

Teams will be coed for first and second graders. There will be separate boys and girls teams for players in grades 3-6.

Practices are scheduled for twice a week and games will be played on Saturdays from Jan. 11-March 1.

Teams are run by volunteer coaches trained by the YMCA and Los Alamos High School coaches.

The YMCA is also seeking referees for the season.

For registration or other information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.


LAMS girls basketball tourney starts Friday


The Los Alamos Middle School girls seventh and eighth grade basketball teams will open their seasons with a home tournament starting Friday.

The Hawks will entertain several nearby middle schools, including Española, Santa Fe Indian and McCurdy.

LAMS’ tournament continues through Saturday.


Elks face Chargers in football opening round


The Pojoaque Valley Elks football team earned a bid into this year’s 2013 Class 3A postseason.

The Elks (5-5) will have a tough contest in the first round, however, as they will take on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. That game is set for Saturday in Albuquerque.

Pojoaque Valley finished the 2013 season as the as the third-place finisher in District 2-3A behind Taos and Las Vegas Robertson. Taos went a perfect 4-0 in that district to earn the 2-3A title and was given the No. 5 seed in the 3A playoffs, while Robertson is the No. 9 seed.

The top-seed in 3A this year is the St. Michael’s Horsemen, who went undefeated in 2013.

Academy (7-3) topped Los Alamos in its homecoming game Oct. 4. Los Alamos defeated Pojoaque Valley 43-14 for its only win of the nondistrict season.