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  • Splash n Dash Wednesday

    The first of four Splash n Dashes will take place Wednesday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    There will also be a Splash n Dash events on July 8, July 22 and Aug. 8.
    This year, the event will have a long course featuring a 4,000-meter swim and 5K run, and a short course featuring a 2,000-meter swim and 3K run.
    Teams and floatation devices are permitted in both.
    Registration for each event opens at 6:20 p.m. at the back of the aquatic center. Instructions will start at 6:50 p.m. and the first swimmer will push off at 7 p.m.
    The Los Alamos Triatomics Multi-Sports Club and Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation sponsor the event so it is free and open to all. Registration, however, is limited to 75 people.
    The event is not a race. It’s a training event.
    The club will provide people’s swim, run and overall time, but the start is staggered. There are no awards for time or place. Lots of folks participate with their kids in a variety of creative ways
    People who aren’t strong swimmers should still be able to complete the swim portion. Any stroke is permitted and, unlike the Los Alamos Triathlon, any sort of floating device is allowed.
    There will be three swim groups: A, B and C. Participants can choose their own group and will be assigned a number.

  • LA man takes journey around the world

    After spending six years sailing around the world, Larry Hersman said our planet is grossly misnamed. “It should be called water,” Hersman told an audience of LA Mountaineers Wednesday at the Fuller Lodge.
    The water, however, wasn’t always blue on his voyage. Sometimes it was fluorescent.
    One night while he was on watch, sailing south by southwest off the coast of Morocco, the water danced with color.
    The water was full of fosforescente algae and the waves that his boat, Journey, created would disturb the algae and they’d give off photons of light that would streak the water.
    Then a group of dolphins swam next to the boat, weaving in and out of each other and leaving patterns of fluorescent light in their wake. Hersman and his friend started clapping for the dolphins and the animals really got into it. “They think they’re so cool,” Hersman said. “They’re really intelligent animals.”
    It was a pitch-black night so they couldn’t see the dolphins — all they could see was the neon lights floating this way and that way in the water.
    That night was one of his more memorable experiences on his journey that he called “awesome” and “life-changing.”

  • Sports Briefs 6-18-15

    Golf sale
    People can tell dad they love him with some new golf accessories and help out the Los Alamos High School golf team at the same time.
    This Sunday, from 8 a,m.-3:30 p.m., the team is hosting its annual golf sale at the Los Alamos Golf Course’s old pro shop.
    “The equipment being sold is very reasonably priced and is a great purchase for beginner, intermediate players,” coach Andy Ainsworth said.
    Donations are also being accepted for the fund-raiser, which benefits the LAJGA.Donations of items can be left at the golf pro shop before Sunday.
    Team members and volunteers, Sheldon and Carrie Apgar, will ready the sale items for the Sunday extravaganza.
    So get out those golf bags, clubs and other accessories that might be collecting dust and donate them to benefit local youth programs.
    “The LAJGA runs on about $5,000 per year,” Ainsworth said. “We raise funds to support junior golf in Los Alamos and the funds aid in offsetting the costs for the Los Alamos High School golf teams.”

  • Marr has best prediction at Pace Race

    Thirty-five runners and walkers enjoyed excellent weather for Tuesday night’s pace race that started and ended at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink in Los Alamos Canyon.
    Duane Marr had an adjusted error of 3 seconds on the one-mile course while Ryan Smeltzer had an error of 11 seconds on the three-mile course.
    The only other prediction error under 25 seconds was Roy Cope’s 21-second miss.
    The fastest male and female runners on the one-mile course were Jason Pieck (9:34) and Sophia Pieck (10:08).
    On the three-mile course, the fastest runners were Ted Romero (21:47) and Nikol Strother (21:49).
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m. It will begin on the Estante Overlook trailhead, which is off Estante Way in White Rock’s Pajarito Acres.
    One and three mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the atomicrunners.com
     

  • Golf fundraiser sale to be held on Father’s Day

    People can tell dad they love him with some new golf accessories and help out the Los Alamos High School golf team at the same time.
    This Sunday, from 8 a,m.-3:30 p.m., the team is hosting its annual golf sale at the Los Alamos Golf Course’s old pro shop.
    “The equipment being sold is very reasonably priced and is a great purchase for beginner, intermediate players,” coach Andy Ainsworth said.
    Donations are also being accepted for the fund-raiser, which benefits the LAJGA.Donations of items can be left at the golf pro shop before Sunday.
    Team members and volunteers, Sheldon and Carrie Apgar, will ready the sale items for the Sunday extravaganza.
    So get out those golf bags, clubs and other accessories that might be collecting dust and donate them to benefit local youth programs.
    “The LAJGA runs on about $5,000 per year,” Ainsworth said. “We raise funds to support junior golf in Los Alamos and the funds aid in offsetting the costs for the Los Alamos High School golf teams.”
     

  • North wins All-Star softball showcase

    The North All-Stars, playing in the Class 5A/6A softball showcase, beat the South two games to one over the weekend in Farmington.
    “To me, that was great,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “The South was really strong.”
    The Hilltoppers’ Jordan Hammock ended her high school career playing on the North’s squad. The pitcher switched positions and played at first base in two of the three games.
    “It was nice — she got to wear her high school uniform one last time (Friday), then Saturday they wore the All-Star uniforms,” Jordan’s father and Los Alamos junior varsity manager, Tim Hammock, said. “Her hard work during her high school career got paid off for her.”
    The North won the first game, 5-2.
    In the second game, the North rallied and scored seven runs in the fifth inning to win the contest, 9-4.
    In the third game, the North All-Stars were in position to sweep the South, but the South overcame a 6-3 sixth-inning deficit to take the third game, 8-6.
    The games also united many former rivals and turned them into teammates to play for regional pride.
    “It was very nice to see the girls who Jordan competed against for the last four years get together and play with each other,” Hammock said.

  • Ed Griggs golf gets postponed

    The Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Tournament was rained out on Saturday.
    The event, which is a scholarship fundraiser for youth to participate in YMCA activities, will now take place either on July 10 or 11 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    With a maximum capacity of 120 teams of four competing in the tournament, there’s room for more people who want to participate.
    The tournament is a scramble and will have a shotgun start. It also includes games of chance throughout the course.
    The price per player is $85.
    A team requires four players, so individuals are asked to get three friends to commit with them. 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.

  • Atomic Tumblers vault onto podium at Xcel regional

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to the Albuquerque Convention Center recently to compete in the Region 3 USA Gymnastics Xcel Regional Meet.
    There were approximately 250 diamond, platinum and gold division gymnasts from Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico competed in the two-day event. Arkansas, who is also in the eegion, did not send a team.
    The Atomic Tumblers had an awesome showing and won numerous medals in the tough competition.
    The platinum team from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics included only four gymnasts: Ashley Bustos, Carley Stilwell, Anna Clark and Suyana Ferreira.
    The quartet brought home the fourth-place team award, placing just 0.075 behind the third-place team. The teams placing first through third, and many of those placing fifth through 17th, had teams of eight to 10 gymnasts.
    The Los Alamos team also won the event competition in vaulting and each gymnast also brought home individual medals.
    Bustos won the Platinum senior division, taking the gold in the all-around with 36.825. Bustos also won gold on bars with a 9.325, and silver on vault with 9.55 and floor with 9.20.

  • Sports Briefs 6-14-15

    Volleyball camps
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program will be hosting two camps this summer.
    Hilltopper Volleyball will run their youth All-Skills camp July 20-22. All incoming fourth-eighth grade girls and boys are welcome.
    The cost of the camp is $40. Siblings will be discounted at $30.
    Campers will learn the FUNdamentals of volleyball and get a chance to compete for camp prizes. All proceeds from the All-Skills camp go to help the high school volleyball teams.
    Session one will be from 10 a.m.-noon and is for fourth through sixth graders.
    Session two will be from 2-4 p.m. and is for seventh and eighth graders.
    Both sessions will be held at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hilltopper Volleyball is proud to announce they will also be hosting New Mexico Highlands University volleyball Head Coach Bryan Crawford on July 24-25.
    Coach Crawford and his staff will run an all-skills camp that will be open to all incoming seventh-12th grade girls from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
    There will also be an invite-only session from 4-5:30 p.m. for advanced skills and team development.
    Cost of the camp will be $70 per camper. The invite-only session will be an additional $25.

  • Taking the reins

    Former New Mexico Highlands University soccer coach, Ron Blue, is bringing his knowledge of the game to Los Alamos. Blue is now the Los Alamos head boys soccer coach.
    The school has also hired a new wrestling coach. James Hatt will be moving from Utah to Los Alamos to lead the grapplers.  
    The search for a new girls soccer coach, meanwhile, is still ongoing.