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  • Summer of sports in LA

    Calendars have turned to August, which means the end of summer is nearing and so are summer sports.
    The last few months were filled with exuberant tournaments, games and events that brought out the best in numerous athletes affiliated with Los Alamos.
    From the crest of Pajarito Mountain to Tracktown USA in Eugene, Oregon, the talent of Los Alamos athletes was put on display and it resulted in formidable success.
    The Summer of 2016 began with the annual Summerfest, which is used to celebrate the beginning of summer season at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.
    Like in years past, the mountain bike event,  Pajarito Punishement, was one of the top obligations at Summerfest.
    However, this year was different as competitors used an application to keep track of their time and to ultimately decided the winner. A father and two siblings stole the show at this summer’s race, as Neal Pederson finished in first, while his son Benjamin Pederson finished third and daughter Michelle Pederson placed fifth. Neal logged in a winning-time of 2 minutes and 30 seconds at the rigid trails of Pajarito Mountain.

  • Endurofest set for Saturday

    Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is gearing up for its second summer festival of the season, Los Alamos Endurofest.
    The third annual Endurofest is schedule for Saturday and Sunday, with mountain biking beginning at 9 a.m. both days. Compared to Pajarito’s first summer festival, Endurofest focuses more on riders competing in the mountain biking course.   
    Day one’s biking will include four stages of 2,500 feet of climbing and 5,500 feet of descending, while day two includes 1,800 feet of climbing and 4,000 feet of descending in the rigorous trails of Pajarito.  
     
     

  • Lopez, Miller finish 1st in LA Triathlon

    Silvio Lopez, of Santa Fe, was the first competitor to cross the finish line on Saturday at the 42nd Annual Los Alamos Triathlon. Lopez finished with an elapsed time of 1:03:35.02 to also win the 40-44 age group. He tallied a 35:06.61 bike ride, a 6:13.08 swim and completed the race with a 20:19.84 run.      
    Los Alamos native Liz Miller was the top-female finisher with an elapsed time of 1:09:56.07. She also finished third overall in the 30-34 age group. Miller’s bike ride was a 39:.15.00, while her swim was a 7:03.62 and her run was a 21:17.44.
    Other top age group finishers were as followed:
    15-19
    Quinn Abfalterer, elapsed time - 1:07:19.21
    20-24
    Jonah Haefner, elapsed time - 1:11:38.56
    25-29
    Logan Ott, elapsed time - 1:09:18.76
    30-34
    Miguel Perez, elapsed time - 1:06:42.99
    35-39
    Shane Treadaway, elapsed time - 1:04:33.13
    45-49
    Mike Engelhardt, elapsed time - 1:07:12.40
    50-54
    Mary Uhl, elapsed time - 1:14:59.09
    55-59
    Mike Slattery, elapsed time - 1:10:10.71`
    60-64
    Dave Gaukler, elapsed time - 1:21:24.69
    65-69
    Laurence Goddard, elapsed time - 1:12:10.56
    Athena
    Esther Brunette, elapsed time - 1:21:55.51
    Clydesdale

  • Talents gleam in North Mesa

      The opportunity to play against the southwest’s top junior softball talent will benefit Los Alamos Little League, despite going winless last weekend.
    Los Alamos hosted the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional last Saturday through Tuesday at the North Mesa Sports Complex. The regional included Texas West (Oil Belt Little League), Texas East (La Grange Little League), Louisiana (Vidalia Girls Softball), Deming, who was the New Mexico representative and Los Alamos, who earned a bid for hosting the regional.
    Texas East won the regional on Tuesday to advance to the Little League World Series.
    The host battled but went winless
    Los Alamos began the regional on Saturday by falling to Texas West 9-1. Texas West got the scoring started by tallying three runs in the first innings and Los Alamos answered with one run in the bottom of the first. Texas West added two more runs in the second to lead 5-1. Los Alamos missed a prime opportunity to get back into the game when it left a runner stranded on third base in the bottom of the fifth. Texas West put the game out of reach with three runs in the sixth.

  • Fall prep sports approaching, schedules set

    With the fall prep sports season less than a month away, teams around the state are ramping up the energy at their respective practice sessions.
    Among those teams are Los Alamos football, volleyball, boys and girl’s soccer, and boys and girl’s cross country. All the schedules for the fall are also finalized, which means the Hilltoppers know whom they can prepare for in the upcoming season.
    The Los Alamos football team has its eyes set for Aug. 26 - the football season opener. The Hilltoppers will host Pojoaque at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field. It will be the seventh-consecutive season opener between Los Alamos and Pojoaque, with the Hilltoppers winning four of the last six meetings.
    Los Alamos will have two new Class 5A opponents in 2016, Grants (Sept. 9) and Gallup (Sept. 23). District 2-5A play will begin Oct. 8 against Del Norte in Albuquerque and it will continue with a home match-up against new district opponent Albuquerque Academy Oct. 14. The rivalry against Española Valley will be renewed Oct. 28 in Española, and the season finale will be at Sullivan Field against Capital.

  • 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.