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  • Sports Briefs 09-02-14

    Fencing class returns today at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will resume its fencing class starting this evening.
    The class will be only for fencers with previous experience. It will consist of 30 minutes of combined drills, followed by 30 minutes of bouting or individual instruction.
    Class begins at 6:30 p.m., however, students who are interested only in bouting may come at approximately 7 p.m.
    There won’t be a class for beginning fencers until February or March.
    For more information, call instructor Tom Hill at 672-1058.

    Bike MS event slated for this weekend

    A Bike MS ride is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday starting and ending at the Cities of Golf Hotel in Pojoaque.
    Bike MS supports research in the field of multiple sclerosis. Riders collect pledges prior to the event to go toward research.
    The event will start at 7 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s course will go through five of the eight Northern Pueblos before returning to the Cities of Gold for an overnight celebration. Riders on Sunday can choose a 40- or a 56-mile route before returning to Pojoaque.
    Price for participation is $45 until Thursday. Riders are committed to a minimum $250 in pledges prior to the race.
    For more information, visit bikemsnewmexico.org.

    Isotopes drop their finale

  • 'Toppers blank Panthers Saturday, 1-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team picked up its second consecutive victory Saturday in its second trip of the season to Farmington.
    Los Alamos topped the Piedra Vista Panthers 1-0 Saturday, earning for itself not only a win but a measure of revenge after the Panthers downed the Hilltoppers in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.
    With the victory, the Hilltoppers even their season record at 2-2. The Hilltoppers trounced the Moriarty Pintos 11-0.
    It will be a big test today, however, as Los Alamos will take on St. Pius X, last season’s Class 4A state champion. St. Pius’ Sartans are a spotless 4-0 on the year heading into today’s game.
    Against Piedra Vista, Los Alamos got off 8 shots to the Panthers’ 3 and controlled possession most of the contest.
    Los Alamos got on the board in the 56th minute. Hilltopper Emily Hopkins got a pass from the opposite side of the box from Catie McDonald and went into the lower right-hand corner.
    In goal, Anna Lemke made two stops to earn the shutout victory.
    For the Panthers (3-2), it was their second shutout loss of the season. They fell 3-0 to the Sartans in their season opener Aug. 22.

  • LA takes fourth in Cernicek tourney

    Los Alamos finished in fourth place in this weekend’s Louie Cernicek Invitational boys soccer tournament.
    Following its initial win over the Goddard Rockets Friday, the Hilltoppers lost two straight to the Roswell Coyotes in the semifinal and the Farmington Scorpions in the third-place game Saturday.
    Los Alamos was nipped 2-1 in overtime by the Coyotes — Chris Mesquita’s left-footed blast just inside the far post was the game-winner in the 88th minute for Roswell — then was dropped 2-1 by the Scorpions Saturday evening.
    The Hilltoppers have only won their home tournament three times since 2004.
    Bosque School, one of the top small-school teams in the state, went on to win the 2014 Cernicek title.
    The Bobcats downed the Coyotes 1-0 in Saturday’s championship game.
    For Los Alamos (1-3), it has yet to score more than one goal in any game this season. Los Alamos is scheduled to play St. Michael’s Wednesday afternoon in Santa Fe.
    Farmington (2-1) scored the lone goal of the second half in the third-place contest. The two teams were knotted at 1-1 after the first half.

  • Lobos fall short in opener vs. Miners

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Aaron Jones ran for a career-best 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead UTEP to a 31-24 victory over the University of New Mexico in Saturday’s season opener for both teams.
    Jones scored his final touchdown with 2:18 remaining to break a 24-all tie after Lobos’ punt returner Dameon Gamblin muffed a punt at the 6-yard line.
    The Miners built a 24-7 halftime lead behind two of Jones’ scores, including a 73-yarder.
    “It was fun,” said Jones, who was briefly recruited by New Mexico. “When you’re clicking on high cylinders, everything is fun. When you get the win, it’s fun.”
    And it’s especially fun to foil the Lobos, he said.
    “They called me and told me my senior year that they were going to do an in-home visit and they never showed up,” Jones said. “They called and told me when they were coming, my mom cooked and they never showed up. So I have to take it to them.”
    Although the Miners used a revamped offensive line, they were able to pile up the yardage in the first half when they compiled 227 rushing yards.

  • On Schedule 08-31-14

    Tuesday

    Volleyball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity 6 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, varsity, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Thursday

    Football: Taos at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Aztec at Los Alamos, JV, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Moriarty Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Boys soccer: St. Pius at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Saturday

    Cross country: Los Alamos at UNM Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 9 a.m.; LAMS Invitational, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 9 a.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, varsity, 11 a.m.

  • LA volleyball opens Tuesday

    The Hilltopper volleyball team will open up its 2014 season under its new head coach Tuesday.
    Los Alamos won’t be easing into the season, either. Los Alamos will take on the St. Pius X Sartans at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Along with taking on a tough opponent, Los Alamos will be showing off a junior-heavy roster this season, although most of those juniors will have a fair amount of playing experience.
    Last season the Hilltoppers went 13-9 and advanced to the Class 4A playoffs before being bounced in the opening round by Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos was guided by head coach Robin Reynolds, but Reynolds stepped down shortly after 2013, his only season in the big chair.
    Longtime assistant coach Sharleen Espinoza was hired for the job and will also make her head coaching debut Tuesday.
    This will be the second year in a row Los Alamos faces St. Pius to open. St. Pius won in 2013, 3-1.
    The Sartans were also a first-round casualty in the 2013 playoffs, to the surprise of some. They fell to Artesia early in the playoffs, just one year after winning the Class 4A title.
    The Hilltoppers, Sartans and most of last year’s schools in the 4A classification were bumped up to 5A for 2014.

  • Golf course building to open next month

    After a nine-month delay, Los Alamos residents will have access to their new golf course community building in mid-September. The New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department performed its final inspection and issued a certificate of occupancy on Thursday.
    The project contractor, Gerald Martin Ltd., was originally scheduled to complete the $5,390,000 project by the end of December 2013. The county granted an extension into January after September’s thousand year storm caused delays.
    But the company continued to drag its feet on finishing the project. Among other things, the building the pro shop currently resides in was supposed to be demolished and additional parking lot installed on that site. The county also has a long “punch list” — items in need of correction — as well as several items not constructed according to plans and specs that must be redone.
    “All of this, of course, was supposed to be completed long ago, and with no disruption to the golf operations. Needless to say, that didn’t come to fruition,” Project Manager Anthony Strain said, noting that it became increasingly difficult to get the company to move forward.
    On July 3, the county took steps to terminate the contract based on non-performance and performance quality issues.

  • Season opener pageantry

    The Los Alamos High School band and cheerleaders were in good form Friday night for the home season opening game against Pojoaque at Sullivan Field. 

  • Slide to be repaired soon

    According to school officials, the playground slide that was burned and destroyed in an apparent arson at Piñon Elementary in the early morning hours of Aug. 14 could be back by the middle of September.
    According to Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt and the school district’s chief of operations, Joanie Ahlers, the slide and the replacements for the other parts and components of the playground that were damaged will be arriving soon.
    “Factoring the installation and the delivery time of the parts, we believe the playground should be back online by Sept. 11 or 12,” Schmidt said.
    Jill Gonzales, the school’s principal said they’ve taken down the remains of the slide and have taken off all the damage parts, so the other parts of the playground will be safe for use. She said the damaged section had already cordoned off from the rest of the playground and students aren’t allowed into that section until the slide is repaired.
    “We’ve cordoned it off so students won’t get injured, but, they still have access to 50 percent of the play structure,” she said.

  • Grand Canyon awaits LANL scientist

    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, Pawel Listwan, has always liked a challenge — like leaving his home country of Poland at the age of 19, living, studying and exploring Australia for nearly twenty years and arriving in Los Alamos eight years ago where he settled with his wife Dorota Listwan and their three children.
     In November 2012, together with his business partners, Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler and his wife Dorota, they opened the Pajarito Brewpub.
    Now Listwan has set his sights on a new challenge. On Sept. 24, Listwan will join Albuquerque attorney, Matthew Vance, at the Grand Canyon to step off the South Rim in pre-dawn darkness for a 48-mile “Feat for Justice” fundraising hike to support New Mexico Legal Aid’s Veterans Justice Project.
    They will hike “rim-to-rim-to-rim,” from the South Rim to the Canyon floor, up to the North Rim, back down and up to the South Rim again, all in 22 hours or less.