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  • Fall sport teams ready to begin

    Are you ready for some football?
    How about some soccer, volleyball or cross-country?
    Over the next couple of weeks, Los Alamos High School’s fall sports will all begin practicing.
    On Monday, Los Alamos’ football team will hit the field to get ready for its upcoming season.
    Football is allowed to start a week earlier than other fall sports.

    Los Alamos’ soccer, volleyball and cross country teams can all begin official practices on Aug. 10.

    The cross country team's official tryout week will begin Aug. 10. Visit the team's website for a detailed schedule, must haves and more. 

  • Mountain bike races coming to LA

    Over the next two weekends, Los Alamos will be New Mexico’s hub for mountain bike racing.
    On Sunday, the New Mexico Off Road Series will come to town for the PyroClassic cross-country race.
    The following weekend, Aug. 8-9, the New Mexico Enduro Cup Series will bring racers to town for the Los Alamos Rock ‘n’ Roll EnduroFest.
    It will be both races second go round and the EnduroFest’s first year as part of New Mexico’s Enduro Cup.
    The PyroClassic, hosted by the Pajarito Mountain Bike Patrol, will take place at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    There will be three different distances that bikers will ride, winding through valley meadows and climbing over the flanks of the volcanic upheaval of the 11,000-foot Redondo Peak.
    Pros, Cat 1 and singlespeed racers will pedal 30 miles in a loop around Redondo Peak and Alamo Canyon. Climbing on the loop will be substantial with a total ascent of over 2,400 feet.
    Cat 2 riders will race on an 18-mile route while Cat 3 bikers will do a nine-mile loop.
    All races start and finish near the Valles Caldera Ranch headquarters.
    The last day to register online for the PyroClassic is Friday. There will be no race-day registration. Participants will also need a USAC license.

  • Local golfers win in Pagosa

    Three Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association (NNMSMGA) tournaments took place in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, on July 14-16.
    Los Alamos golfers continued to do well on the tour.
    The first day featured a two-man best ball tournament.
    Los Alamos’ Ron Krantz and Santa Fe’s Don Holifield teamed up to win the second flight. They shot a 72 gross score.
    Los Alamos’ Ken Koch and Alamosa, Colorado’s Dean Boice shot a 73 gross score to finish second in the first flight.
    Krantz also landed closest to the pin on the sixth hole while Don Pompeo landed closest to the pin on the 11th hole.
    On July 15 the players competed individually.
    Krantz finished second in the second flight with a gross score of 85.
    Jim Steedle won the fourth flight with a 93 gross score.
    Pompeo was the third flight’s net winner with a 65. Pompeo also landed closest to the pin again, this time on the fourth hole.
    Bob Quick, meanwhile, landed closest to the pin on both the sixth and the 12th holes.
    On the final day in Pagosa Springs, no local golfers were among the top finishers in their respective flights. Koch, however, landed closest to the pin on the 11th hole.
     

  • Woodroffe just misses her prediction

    Laura Woodroffe had the best prediction in Tuesday’s Pace Race.
    Woodroffe only missed her predicted time by 3 seconds.
    Tuesday’s Pace Race — the Lawrence E. Wangen Memorial Race — was held on the trails behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The race included one-mile and 5K routes on dirt trails and a one-mile paved course.
    The second best prediction belonged to Zach Medin, who was 8 seconds off.
    Joan Williams recorded a 12-second difference. Bob Weeks was 15 seconds off his prediction.
    In the one-mile races, 11-year-old Jason Pieck finished first in 9 minutes, 41 seconds. Savanna Strother was the top female. The 7-year-old finished with a time of 11:31.
    Ted Romero was the fastest finisher in the 5K, recording a 23:58. Roxana Candia was the fastest female. She finished in 26:28.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m. The races will begin at the San Ildefonso play lot, which is located on Barranca Mesa at the junction of San Ildefonso and Barranca Road.
    One-and three-mile paved courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com
     

  • Sports Briefs 7-28-15

    Alex Kirk camp
    The Alex Kirk Basketball Camp is scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at Los Alamos High School.
    The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-18.
    The first session is for kids 8-12 years old and will run from 1-3 p.m.
    The second session will be for older kids, 13-18 years old, and will run from 3-5 p.m.
    All campers will recieve a T-shirt, basketball and water bottle.
    The price is $75 per camper.
    For more information, call 207-5325 or 699-9025.

    PyroClassic
    The Pajarito Mountain Bike Patrol is hosting the Valles Caldera PyroClassic cross-country mountain bike race on Aug. 2.
    Competitors can do a 9-mile loop, an 18-mile loop or a 30-mile loop.
    The race is part of the New Mexico Off Road Series. Bikers will need a USAC license to participate.
    There are cash prizes for pro, singlespeed and overall Cat 1 winners, and medals/product prizes for all other categories, as well as free T-shirts for first 100 registrants.
    Register online at https://www.usacycling.org/events.
    For more information, contact Frank Reeves at rockynm@msn.com or Bart Daly bdaly77@msn.com.

  • Los Alamos goes 1-2 at regionals

    After beating Colorado in its first game, the competition only got tougher for Los Alamos at the southwest junior regional softball tournament.
    Lauren Harris hit two home runs and drove in six runs to help Los Alamos beat Colorado 19-7 Friday. After the big win, Los Alamos was limited to two runs in its next two games and finished 1-2 at the regional championship.
    Los Alamos lost to Texas East, 17-0, on Saturday.
    Los Alamos was then eliminated from the tournament with a 12-2 loss to Louisiana on Sunday.
    New Mexico’s state champs, La Plaza Little League of Las Vegas, also went 1-2 at the regional tournament in Santa Fe. Louisiana knocked them out of the tournament, as well.
    New Mexico lost its first game, 6-3, against Texas West.
    New Mexico came back and beat Arkansas 13-7 in an elimination game.
    Louisiana, however, ended New Mexico’s run. Louisiana beat New Mexico 13-8 Monday.
    Texas East then beat Louisiana 19-6 to reach the championship game against its in-state rival, Texas West.
    Texas West reached the championship by winning all three of its games, which included a 13-3 win over Texas East.
    Texas East entered the championship with a 3-1 regional record.
    The winner will advance to the Little League World Series.
     

  • Kirk, Armored Athlete, fall in round of eight

    Kirk and his team, the Armored Athlete, won’t be getting a million-dollar payday.
    After winning its first three games of The Basketball Tournament, Armored Athlete was one of the final eight teams in the running to win the tournament’s title and the cash.
    Ants Alumni, a team made up from players that captured the 2013-2014 NBA D-League Championship, however, ended the Armored Athlete’s run Saturday night, 76-72.
    The Ants Alumni took a two-point lead into halftime, 36-34.
    Despite Armored Athlete sinking nine-of-16 three-point attempts after the break, Ants Alumni won the second half by two points, as well.
    Kirk played 12 minutes in the loss. He grabbed four rebounds and scored eight points.
    Ants Alumni also beat the tournament’s inaugural champs, the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni. It will play Arizona’s Team 23 in the semifinals Saturday in New York City.
    That game, and Sunday’s 1 p.m. million-dollar championship, will be televised on ESPN.
     

  • Los Alamos eliminated from regional championships

    After beating Colorado in its first game, the competition only got tougher for Los Alamos at the southwest junior regional softball tournament.

    Los Alamos lost to Texas East, 17-0, on Saturday.

    Los Alamos was then eliminated from the tournament with a 12-2 loss to Louisiana on Sunday.

    As of Monday morning, four teams were still in contention to win the region and qualify for the Little League World Series. New Mexico and Louisiana were both 1-1 and were scheduled to play each other. The winner of that game will take on Texas East (2-1) in the semis.

    Texas West (3-0) has already secured its spot in the championship.

  • Competing at the national level

    Los Alamos' Susan Krohn and Inez Ross recently competed in the National Senior Olympic Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Krohn competed in three swimming events: the 50-meter freestyle, 50 backstroke and 100 backstroke.

    Ross, meanwhile, competed in the 5K road raoce and won a silver medal in 51 minutes and 51 seconds.

    The national meet is held once every two years.

  • Kirk playing for $1 million

    After playing for the New York Knicks and the Memphis Grizzlies in two NBA summer leagues, Alex Kirk found a new team to play a few games with.
    Kirk, and his new team, the Armored Athlete, has been competing in The Basketball Tournament — a winner-take-all, single elimination, $1-million tournament.
    The tournament began with 96 teams.
    The Armored Athlete was one of four teams to advance out of Chicago’s Midwest regional to the Super-17.
    As of Saturday, the Armored Athlete was among the final eight teams in the running for the million-dollar payday.
    The Armored Athlete beat the Illinois Hoopville Warriors, 96-91, to reach the final eight. Kirk had eight rebounds and seven points in that game.
    Kirk’s teammates include James Thomas, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Mark Lyons, David Dudzinski, Lloyd Johnson, Malcolm Miller, AJ Majar, Jared Callanan and Will Sheehey.
    After a first-round bye, the Armored Athlete beat the Chicago Elite, 98-86.
    The Armored Athlete then took down Reach 1 Teach 1, 91-73.
    Armored Athlete was scheduled to play the Ants Alumni Saturday night.
    The Ants beat the tournament’s inaugural champion, Notre Dame’s Fighting Alumni, 89-84, in the round of eight.