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  • Game times set for little league softball regional

    The four-day schedule for the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional is set and the top southwestern junior softball teams know who they will face Saturday through Monday at the North Mesa Sports Complex.
    Los Alamos County Little League earned a spot in the regional as the host and will have four games to try to earn a spot in the knockout stage. There are five teams competing in the regional but only four will advance to the knockout stage.
    Los Alamos will open the regional at 10 a.m. Saturday against West Texas (Oil Belt Little League). Los Alamos will play again at noon and will face Louisiana (Vidalia Girls Softball).
    On Sunday, Los Alamos will start the day with a 10 a.m. match-up against East Texas (La Grange Little League). The pool play portion of the regional will end Monday at 10 a.m. with Los Alamos taking on Deming Little League, who is the New Mexico representative.
    In other Saturday games, Louisiana will play East Texas and Deming will face West Texas. On Sunday, Deming will square-up against Louisiana and East Texas, while Louisiana and West Texas will end the action for the day. The two Texas representatives will face-off on Monday.

  • Little League regional coming to LA

    North Mesa Sports Complex will be home to the top junior little league softball teams in the Southwest.
    Los Alamos County Little League will host the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional July 23. It’s the first time Los Alamos will host a Little League regional.
    “We found out in January that we would be hosting it,” said Robbie Harris, who’s the softball vice president for Los Alamos County Little League. “We put in the bid in the fall and luckily we were able to get it.”
    The regional includes the state champions from New Mexico, West Texas, East Texas, Colorado and Louisiana. Los Alamos received an automatic bid for hosting the regional, while Deming won the right to represent New Mexico after winning the state championship. Junior Little League softball consists of players ages 13-14.  
    “The great thing is that all teams will get to play atleast five times,” Harris said. “It’s also great that all the little league teams from the area will also be in town to experience it.”
    Harris said North Mesa Park was a better option to host the regional instead of Overlook Park in White Rock. Proximity to concession stands was a factor that Harris detailed as to why North Mesa Park was the better option.

  • Annual ACI draws a crowd

    Los Alamos’ premier Fourth of July golf tournament lived up to the billing this past weekend at the Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course.
    The Annual Atomic City Invitational was filled some of the areas most talented and golf-crazed players. This year’s ACI included a closest to the pins, chipping, putting, long drive and smoking gun competitions.
    The men’s long drive winner was Jason Norman, while Mick Irving claimed the senior and Margot Liberty won the women’s long drive. Larry Rich won the chipping contest, while Bruce Norman finished first in the putting contest. Curtis Norman won the smoking gun contest.
    The invitational also included 13 flights that golfers played in a span of four days.
    Eric Trujillo won the Men Championship flight. Doug Cramer finished first in the Seniors Championship flight.
    Cale Jones was first in the First Men flight, while Phil Pendorf won the First Seniors flight. The Second Men flight was claimed by Brett Kniss and Brodie Anderson won the Senior White Tee Championship flight. Eddie Sanchez claimed the Championship Super Senior flight and Lance Lackas won the Third Men flight. Jason Cox won the Fourth Men flight, while Larry Hults won the First Super Senior flight.
    Chanet Fiorina won the Ladies Championship flight, while Anna Swertfeger won the First Ladies flight.

  • Locals take on YMCA Fun Run

    Hundreds of Los Alamos and out-of-town runners competed in this year’s Los Alamos YMCA Firecracker Run on Monday.
    The 5K included 28 different categories.
    In the men’s nine-and- under category, Tor Leitner of Santa Fe finished first with a 28:15.3.
    Rafael Sanchez of Los Alamos won the men’s 10-13 with a 19:06.9.
    With a time of 20:22.0, Matias Fernandez of Velvarde won the men’s 14-17.
    James Aslam of Los Alamos finished with a 26:10.5 to win the men’s 18-22.
    In the men’s 23-29, Devin Kimball of Colorado Springs, Colorado finished first with the best overall time of 18:04.6.
    Philip Graybill of Los Alamos won the men’s 30-34 by finishing with a 21:54.3.
    A time of 32:42.1 gave Brandon Lattimore first place in the men’s 35-39.
    Stephan Sintay of Los Alamos ran a 21:01.4 to win the men’s 40-44.
    In the men’s 45-49, David Jackson of Santa Fe won by running a 24:02.7.
    Greg Gonzales of Los Alamos won the men’s 50-54 with a 26:54.3.
    Los Alamos native Danny Sorenson won the men’s 55-59 after running a 27:06.3.
    In the men’s 60-64, Mark Bjorklund of Los Alamos won with a 21:37.5.
    Paul Graham of Los Alamos won the men’s 65-69 after running a 26:07.7.

  • LA, Academy in same district

    Los Alamos and Albuquerque Academy will be district foes starting in the 2016 fall prep sports season.
    Last year, the New Mexico Activities Association rearranged classes and districts, including District 2-5A, the home of Los Alamos prep sports. During the shuffle, Academy was placed in District 2-5A, while Bernalillo was removed from the district and was switched to Class 4A.
    The district rearrangement assured that Los Alamos and Academy will compete against each other in every sport. It could also build potential rivalries in numerous sports.
    Starting in the fall, Los Alamos boys and girls cross country could be tested by the Chargers earlier than usual. The Hilltoppers and Chargers are perennial contenders for winning a blue trophy at state meets but now they’ll face each other in district meets.
    Los Alamos and Academy have dominated boys cross country in the past two decades. Since 1997, no other school has won the state championship in the NMAA’s second largest class (according to school enrollment). Academy’s 2015 triumph ended the Hilltoppers’ four-year winning streak.     

  • The games go on: ’Toppers head to all-star games

    All of the state championships have been decided, but there are still a handful of contests to be played.
    The top teams have proven themselves, but now the games turn into regional battles. Does the North or South have a tougher crop of seniors?
    On June 10, five of the eight Class 5A/6A North/South All-Star classics will be played.
    Los Alamos will be represented in three of them that weekend and one more in July.
    Two ‘Toppers scored spots on the North all-star baseball team. Connor Mang and Lane Saunders will both represent the North in the 5A/6A series.
    The baseball teams will play one game at 7:30 p.m. June 10 and then play twice more June 11.
    The baseball series is taking place at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces.
    Ashlynn Trujillo will represent Los Alamos in the 5A/6A all-star basketball game. That contest will take place at 7:30 p.m. June 10 at the Santa Ana Star Center, following the 1A/2A all-star game.
    Michelle Alexander will also represent the North in the all-star tennis classic June 10 and 11. One unique thing about the tennis all-star classic is that boys and girls play together on the same team, unlike the high school season where they usually compete at the same tournaments, but on separate teams.

  • Davenport has top prediction

    Beth Davenport had the top prediction in this week’s Pace Race, which was held on the Cañada Del Buey trail in White Rock.
    Davenport was just 3 seconds off her predicted time.
    Other accurate predictors were Heidi Bjorklund and Zach Medin.
    They tied at 4 seconds off their predictions.
    Nikol Strother had a 5-second differential and was also the fastest female on the three-mile course recording a time of 21 minutes, 38 seconds.
    Ted Romero had a 9-second error and was also the best finisher on the three-mile course, finishing with a time of 20:57.
    On the one-mile course, 6-year-old Anders Medin recorded a 10:17 for the top time. His mother, Roxana Candia, was the first female. She finished in 10:19.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will take place near the Pajarito ski area, just past the ski lodge at the Cañada Bonito Trailhead.
    One, two and three-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com
     

  • LA student athletes honored at ceremony

    Los Alamos High School’s Class of 2016 held its Honors Convocation Tuesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Lots of student athletes were honored at the ceremony for their work in the classroom and the community.
    A few athletes, however, were honored specifically for their achievements in a Los Alamos uniform.
    Lane Saunders and Ashlynn Trujillo were selected as the Los Alamos Sports Association’s Athletes of the Year while Isaac Dunwoody was honored with the school’s Iron Athlete award.
    The Los Alamos Sports Association is a partnership between the Los Alamos Monitor and KRSN.
    Saunders was Los Alamos’ only three-sport varsity letter winner this season, and he excelled in all three.
    On the football field, Saunders played linebacker and was one of Los Alamos’ top tacklers. He also worked as a running back where he averaged 6.7 yards per carry, finishing with 411 rushing yards in seven games. Derek Selvage led Los Alamos with 1,262 rushing yards.
    In wrestling, Saunders reached the state finals for the third consecutive year where he finished second at 182 pounds, losing the championship by a single point, 3-2.
    The two-state champion finished his senior season with a 41-2 record.

  • Locals stand out in annual Jemez runs

    Runners from all over the country came to Los Alamos to challenge themselves in Saturday’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races.
    The 50-mile, 50-kilometer and 15-mile runs had 508 finishers representing 20 different states and Washington, D.C.
    The four corners and neighboring states Texas and Oklahoma were well represented, but runners also came from Illinois, California, Alaska, Montana, Virginia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Arkansas, Kansas and Michigan to compete on the local trails.
    The 15-mile run was the most popular option. The majority of the 252 runners who finished were from New Mexico, including all of the top-25 finishers.
    The 175 finishers in the 50-kilometer run and the 81 finishers in the 50-mile run, however, were pretty evenly split among local and out-of-state runners.
    Despite some athletes traveling 2,000 miles or more for the races, Los Alamos proved it has some of the top mountain trail runners anywhere.
    Erica Baron and Logan Ott led the Los Alamos contingent with first-place finishes.
    Baron won the women’s division and finished third overall in the 15-mile race while Ott won the 50-kilometer race.
    Baron’s winning time was 2 hours, 2 minutes and 56 seconds, which placed her above 249 other runners.

  • Sports Briefs 5-22-16

    LAHS tennis clinics
    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams will host two clinics this summer to help players improve their skills and raise money for the high school programs.
    Los Alamos High School’s tennis coaches and players will teach both clinics.
    The first clinic is June 6-10 and the second clinic will take place Aug. 1-5.
    Both clinics are open to kids ages 4-15, which includes a USTA Quick Start option for kids ages 4-10.
    Kids ages 4-7 will play from 4-5 p.m. and then the older kids will hit the courts from 5:15-6:45 p.m.
    Cost is $40, which includes a clinic T-shirt.
    For more information, call coaches Lloyd Wilton at 660-5714 or Bruce Cottrell at 670-3379 or email losalamostennisclinic@comcast.net.

    Kirk camps
    Alex Kirk will return to Los Alamos to host two basketball camps this summer.
    The camps, which are open to kids in fourth through ninth grade, will take place from 1-5 p.m. on June 9 and June 15, at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.
    Register at alexkirkfoundation.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.
    Cost is $60 per camper, which includes gear and autographs.
    Call 505-699-9025 for more information.