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  • ’Topper baseball players honored by district

    After winning its seventh consecutive district baseball championship, seven Hilltoppers and its manager were honored recently by District 2-5A.
    Jared Mang was named the district’s co-player of the year, sharing the honor with Española Valley’s Jesus Chavez.
    Connor Mang, Lane Saunders and Jarrett Genero were named to the all-district first-team.
    Trevor Pacheco, Colin Maddox and Zealand Walterscheid made the second team and manager Mike Gill was named the district’s coach of the year.
    “It’s a great core — every one of them deserved it,” Gill said. “What a group of kids!”
    In baseball, the district recognizes the top-15 players, regardless of their position.
    Jared Mang did it all for the Hilltoppers — pitching, fielding and hitting the ball hard and far. Teams, however, often took the bat out of his hands. Mang was intentionally walked 12 times, forcing other players to step up.
    Lots of ’Toppers rose to the challenge and got big hits in big games.
    Walterscheid drove in a run against Española Valley to send the contest into extra innings. Then Genero knocked in the game-winning run to help Los Alamos win the district title.

  • Mang repeats as Gatorade Player of the Year in N.M.

    Honor after honor keeps rolling in for Jared Mang.
    Mang was recently named the District 2-5A co-player of the year. He’s been selected to play in the Class 5A and 6A North-South All-Star game, which will take place June 12-13 at Las Cruces’ Apodaca Park.
    Topping those honors, however, is one of the most prestigious awards a high school athlete can receive. For the second year in a row, Mang was named New Mexico’s Gatorade Player of the Year for baseball.
    “It’s a testament to what can be done with hard work in the off-season,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “It’s an award for him, his brother and his dad for the work they do in the off-season. They’re constantly working on skills. Swinging in the garage and getting those extra reps in, playing catch, taking ground balls.”
    Mang was able to excel all over the field and make big plays for the ’Toppers with his bat, glove and arm this year.
    In the field, Mang played three of the most demanding positions. He pitched in many of the team’s biggest games and finished with a 7-1 record on the mound with a 0.80 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 52.1 innings.
    When he wasn’t pitching, Mang played either shortstop or center field — depending on who else was one the mound.

  • Sports Briefs 5-28-15

    Tennis clinic
    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers are holding a tennis clinic for local youth, ages 6-15. The clinics also include a USTA Quick Start program for kids 6-10 years old.
    The sessions will take place June 8-12 from 5:15-6:45 p.m. daily at the Mesa Tennis Courts, located behind Sullivan Field.
    The clinics, which are a fundraiser for the high school teams, cost $40 and include a clinic T-shirt.
    To register, email losalamostennisclinic@comcast.net.
    For more information, call Lloyd, 660-5714, or Bruce, 660-1440.

  • Tumblers shine in Colorado

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ platinum and gold level gymnasts, who will be competing at the regional championships later this month, traveled to Denver this past weekend to compete against 12 Colorado teams at Encore Gymnastics.
    In the senior platinum division, Ashley Bustos took the gold in the all-around competition with a 37.15. Bustos also won gold on the balance beam with 9.45, silver on floor with a 9.50 and bronze on both the vault (9.40) and bars (8.80).
    Teammate Carley Stilwell was seventh all-around with a 35.45. Stilwell won gold on the vault with a personal best score of 9.80. Stilwel also tied for second on floor with a 9.50.
    In the junior platinum division, Anna Clark was 10th all-around with a 35.60. Clark finished sixth on bars with an 8.0 and eighth on floor with a 9.30. Teammate Suyana Ferreira finished 11th all around with a 35.55. Ferreira won gold with her best vault ever, a 9.80. On the vault, she completed a half twist on to a half twist off. She also won a bronze on bars with a 9.05.
    In the senior division of the gold competition, Cherie McCreary finished 10th all around with a 33.85. She won a bronze on bars with a 9.00 and finished sixth on vault with an 8.65.

  • Strother wins competitive Pace Race

    Tuesday’s Pace Race at the Cañada del Buey trail in White Rock was a competitive one.
    Only .55 seconds separated the first and second-place finishers on the three-mile course.
    Nikol Strother, however, ended up being the fastest runner and he also had the best prediction on the three-mile course. Strother finished with a time of 20 minutes, 19.64 seconds and a prediction error of 7.64 seconds.
    Monica Cook was the second best predictor with an error of 8.19 seconds while Roxana Candia missed her prediction by 9 seconds.
    Jayson Jones was the best predictor on the one-mile course with an adjusted error of 3.15 seconds.
    Second was Tamryn Jones. Her prediction had an adjusted error of 4.26 seconds and Jackie Peckham was next with an adjusted error of 5.7 seconds.
    Next Tuesday’s pace race will start at 6 p.m. at the corner of Barranca and Navajo Roads on Barranca Mesa.
    There will be one and three-mile courses on pavement and also two and four-mile courses on the Deer Trap Mesa trail.
    This year both the two and 4.13 courses will run counter-clockwise. See last year’s map at usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=542399
    The 4.13-mile loop extends the middle mesa trail to the power lines.
    On the two-mile trail, runners will take the south fork of the trail.

  • Locals finish fast at Jemez Mountain races

    Nearly 500 runners from 24 states and Washington, D.C., tested their endurance Saturday in the annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races.
    Local runners, however, were at the top or near the top in all three races.
    Los Alamos’ John Rees won the half-marathon while Erika Baron was the first female to finish the 50K.
    The half-marathon was the shortest of the three Jemez Mountain Trail Races. The longest race was a 50-mile slog that started on North Mesa, went up the Mitchell Trail, passed Pajarito Mountain and then did a giant loop around the ski area before returning on Pipleine and Guaje Ridge back to North Mesa.
    Nick Clark of Fort Collins, Colo., won the 50-mile race for a third time. Clark finished the 50-mile run in 8 hours, 27 minutes and 2 seconds, over 22 minutes faster than the second-place finisher, Chris Price of Pasadena, Calif.
    There were 106 runners who completed the 50-mile race, including 11 from Los Alamos.
    Mark Porter led the local contingent with a 17th-place finish (10:27:19).

  • Hitting The Trail
  • Sports Briefs 5-24-15

    Hall of fame
    nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website, or can be picked up in the athletic office. There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach and a contributor to LAPS athletics.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1.

    Pace race
    The Atomic City Roadrunners club are meeting on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County now through early October.
    This Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. The races will start just to the west of Chamisa Elementary at 205 Meadow Lane.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the atomicrunners.com.

  • Raft season heating up

    When temperatures start to rise this summer, one of the best ways to enjoy nature without over heating is to go float down the Rio Grande.
    The river is diverse enough to accommodate adventure seekers of all ability levels. People looking for nice and easy trips can go on a mellow float. Long sections of big rapids are around for seasoned boaters and adrenaline junkies while a few other sections, like the Race Course and La Junta, have smaller, class two and three, rapids to keep people on their toes without intimidating them.
    The Race Course, which is about 45 minutes from Los Alamos, is the most popular section to float around.
    “It’s great for families and beginners looking for a whitewater experience,” Kokopelli River Adventures owner/manager John Seiner said. “For people looking for more adventure, we recommend inflatable kayaks.”
    Inflatable kayaks, aka funyaks or duckies, provide more of a challenge than rafts because people ride in them alone; they’re in charge of propelling and steering the boat by themselves. Since the boats are smaller, riders also get wetter in them. Rafters, on the other hand, can ride with a guide who helps steer the boat.
    People can also ride Stand Up Paddleboards, but flatter water is best to begin SUP and find your balance on.

  • Registration open for Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic

    Community members and golf fans are invited to put a team of four together and register now to participate in the sixth annual Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic.
    The tournament will be held at 1 p.m. June 13 at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament is a scholarship fundraiser for The Family YMCA.
    The Griggs Memorial is a scramble and will have a shotgun start. It also includes games of chance throughout the course.
    The cost per player is $85. A team requires four players, so individuals are asked to get three friends to commit and register together as soon as possible. People may register in person at the YMCA or online at tourevents.com/thefamilyymca.
    The per-person fee provides team golf carts, a hole-in-one try for a 2015 Dodge or Jeep from Desert Sun of Española, three Mulligans and a dinner ticket.
    There will be net and gross score winners, hole prizes and raffle drawings, with $25 of the fee supporting the charitable value.
    The total prizes are valued at over $40,000.
    This is the final event of the year for the YMCA’s annual campaign to raise scholarship funds that help 250 community members annually to participate in healthy YMCA programs.