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  • 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.

  • Lobos blow by Air Force

    Early in the second inning Thursday, the University of New Mexico baseball team had to wait out a 41-minute lightning delay. As soon as that ended, UNM brought the thunder.
    Lots and lots of thunder.
    Jared Mang went 4-for-5, scored four runs and knocked in 3 RBI, helping UNM beat Air Force 23-2.
    Mang is now batting .299 as a true freshman for the Lobos.
    The 23 runs scored were the most since UNM defeated Coppin State 29-3 on April 18, 2010, and it was the most on the road since May 15, 2009 when UNM beat Air Force in Colorado Springs 25-7.
     

  • LA Senior Olympics wrap up

    The 2016 Los Alamos Senior Olympic Games concluded May 13. Thirty-six athletes participated and qualified for the State Games in Roswell, which will be held July 13-16.
    Twenty-one men and 15 women ranging in age from 50-85 participated in 18 local events from air gun to track, and dance, horseshoes, huachas, frisbee throw, table tennis and bowling.
    Don Dudziak won four air gun events in the 80-84 division, including rifle and pistol standing and supported. His best score was a 321/400 on the pistol supported.
    Thomas Schroeder won the rifle supported event in the 65-69 division with a 68.
    Ann ReVelle and Susan Krohn also competed in the rifle supported event. ReVelle scored a 321 to win the 65-69 division and Krohn scored a 16 to win the 70-74 division.
    Abel Castillo sunk 11-of-15 free throws and 3-of-6 3-pointers to place first in the 55-59 division.
    Bowlers Carmen Gill (70-74), Robert Gill (70-74), Ted Williams (65-69) and Cy Jakubowski (70-74) all qaulified.
    Goodwin and Jaramillo (70-plus) and Hiko and Hiko (50-69) competed in the Waltz, the Cha Cha Cha, the Rumba, the Jitterbug and the West Coast Swing. They scored over 60 of the possible 70 points in each dance. Goodwin and Jaramillo also did the Tango and Hiko and Hiko also did the Night Club two-step.

  • Jemez Mountain runs on Saturday

    The Jemez Mountain Trail Runs will take place Saturday, starting and finishing at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge.
    The runs take full advantage of Los Alamos’ mountain trail network around town, up Pajarito Mountain and through the Valles Caldera.
    The runs include 15-mile, 50-kilometer and 50-mile courses.
    The 50-mile begins at 5 a.m., followed by the 50K run at 6 a.m. and the 15-miler at 8 a.m.
    There are more than 600 runners registered, with over 400 coming from out of town.
    This is a true community event with over 100 local volunteers involved, numerous local businesses providing sponsorship and support, and many local organizations helping get the trails in tip-top shape for months now.
    People may see flags, signs and ribbons along many of the local trails over the next few days.
    Hundreds of trail runners from all over the country come to Los Alamos to enjoy the trails and they rely on these markers to keep from getting lost and to stay out of trouble.
    The Perimeter Trail, in particular, will be quite busy in the early morning hours Saturday.
    Markers like these may pose a bit of an eyesore for some, but patience and tolerance are requested for the next few days.
    The markers will be removed from the trails quickly after race day.

  • Genero, Salazar commit to play college ball

    Two more Hilltoppers signed letters of intent Monday to continue their athletic careers in college.
    Baseball player Jarrett Genero signed with New Mexico Highlands University and Kayla Salazar signed on with Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, to play basketball for the Grizzlies.
    The two schools compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II.
    Both players also transferred to Los Alamos as upperclassmen and made immediate impacts for the Hilltoppers.
    Genero came to Los Alamos as a junior and gave the ’Toppers a steady glove in the outfield and some extra power with his bat.
    This year, Genero switched to a middle infielder where he was in a position to make more plays.
    He also continued getting big hits, including a 2-RBI double in the state quarterfinals against Centennial and a four-RBI performance against Moriarty in the first round of state.
    The Los Alamos baseball team finished 20-9 this year, losing to Centennial in the quarterfinals, 5-4. Centennial went on to win the state championship, beating St. Pius X 13-1 in the semis and Goddard 5-4 in the championship game.
    Salazar transferred from Española Valley to Los Alamos this year and gave the ’Toppers a strong outside shooting threat.

  • Hilltopper girls take second at state track meet

    ALBUQUERQUE— Thirteen Hilltopper girls got to step on the podium at the Class 5A state track and field championships, helping Los Alamos finish second as a team.
    “It was an amazing weekend,” Los Alamos girls’ head coach Paul Anderson said. “The girls far exceeded expectations and did everything that was possible in order to win the runner-up trophy. We went in to the meet as 40-point underdogs and finished only nine points out of first.”
    Los Alamos scored 69 points to take second while Piedra Vista won with 78. Los Lunas (36), Roswell (33) and St. Pius X (30) rounded out the top five.
    Eight Hilltopper boys also stepped on the podium as the Los Alamos boys’ team finished 13th with 18 team points. Albuquerque Academy won the boys’ title with 55.5 points, followed by Farmington (52), Lovington (51), Piedra Vista (32) and Belen (31).
    Besides bringing home a red team trophy, the Hilltopper girls also scored some gold, silver, bronze and other-colored medals at the state meet.
    The Hilltopper girls had two first-place finishes, both in relays.
    Los Alamos won the 4x100-meter relay and the 1600-medley relay, scoring 10 points apiece for the girls.
    In the first race Saturday, the 4x100, Los Alamos set the tone for the rest of the day.