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  • Arnold, Griffith among 1st Hall of Fame class at LAHS

    A former National Football League player, several former coaches and the man whose name adorns the gymnasium at the Los Alamos High School campus are among the first inductees into the Los Alamos sports Hall of Fame.
    New LAHS athletic director Ann Stewart announced the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame Tuesday. In all, 13 nominees were selected for the honor.
    LAHS started soliciting for nominees earlier this year. The nomination period closed in June.
    The inductees include Walt Arnold, Lynn Bjorklund, Burt Buehrer, Carol Cady, Louie Cernicek, Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Turk Griffith, Bill Hudson, William D. McWilliams, Gene Mortensen, Morrie Pongratz and Anthony Sandoval.
    Those honorees are among the most celebrated former athletes, coaches and supporters of Hilltopper sports for the past 50-plus years.
    Pongratz, the longtime public address announcer, whose voice can be heard over the loudspeakers at many Hilltopper sporting contests annually, said he nominated a few of those who ended up making it into the first class of honorees, but didn’t think he would be among them.
    “I’m just a talker,” Pongratz said. “Most of these other guys are real athletes.”

  • Sports Briefs 08-13-14

    Triathlon registration is closing

    Registration for the 2014 Los Alamos Triathlon closes Thursday.
    The Los Alamos Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday. The triathlon consists of a 20 kilometer bike leg, a 400-meter swim and a 5 kilometer run.
    Registrations can be done on active.com through 5 p.m. There is no day-of registration for the triathlon.
    For more information, call the Los Alamos County Recreation department at 662-8173.

    Lobo women fall to Netherlands

    The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team suffered its first loss on its tour of Italy Tuesday.
    The Lobos lost to the Netherlands national team 53-44 in Rome, Italy. The Lobos have been on tour in the country since last week.
    Today, UNM will play its second game against the Netherlands to conclude the tour. UNM defeated Vicenza, Italy and the Adriatic Sea Sirens of Pesaro, Italy, in its other two tour games.
    Against the Netherlands, UNM fell behind 21-8 early in the contest but battled back to take the lead in the third quarter.
    The Netherlands, however, went on an extended 14-0 run, one which lasted eight minutes of the fourth quarter, to put the game away. Games on the tour consist of four 10-minute periods.
    UNM’s Khadijah Shumpert paced her team with 13 points.

  • Shook is top predictor this week

    Steve Shook was the big winner at the Pace Race Tuesday night.
    Shook finished the Pace Race with a prediction error of just one second to win the weekly competition easily.
    There were 40 runners and walkers taking part in the race, which started at San Ildefonso Road on Barranca Mesa. The winner of the weekly race is determined by who can mostly closely call their actual finish time.
    Shook, who ran on the 3-mile course, won by 13 seconds over the next-best predictor, Mark Bjorklund. Jackie Peckham was third, finishing 21 seconds off.
    The fastest finisher on the 3-mile course this week was Ted Romero, who finished in 21 minutes, 17 seconds. Nikol Strother finished in 21:28.
    On the 1-mile course, Patricia Burnside (8:05) and Diego Leonard (11:27) were the top finishers.
    The next Pace Race will take pace at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
    The race starts about 3 miles west of the junction of N.M. 4 and Pajarito Road in White Rock.
    For more information about that race or about the Atomic City Roadrunners, the club that hosts the Pace Race, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com. 

  • LAHS sports Hall of Fame Class announced

     Los Alamos High School announced its first Hall of Fame class, which will be honored at Homecoming in September.

    Inductees in the first class include Walt Arnold, Lynn Bjorkland, Burt Buehrer, Carol Cady, Louie Cernicek, Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Turk Griffith, Bill Hudson, William Daniel McWilliams, Gene Mortensen, Morrie Pongratz, Anthony Sandoval.

    LAHS took nominations for the first Hall of Fame class starting in January. The nomination period closed in June.

  • Kirk signs pro contract with Cavaliers

    The question of whether Alex Kirk will or won’t go to the National Basketball Association has been answered.
    The Cleveland Cavaliers, the most talked-about NBA team this offseason, inked the 7-foot former Los Alamos standout Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Kirk’s agent, Graham Boone, said it was a multi-year deal.
    Should Kirk make the Cavaliers team for the 2014-15 season, his contract will be for no less than the current NBA rookie minimum of $507,000.
    Boone, who said Monday he, Kirk and the Cavaliers have been working the deal for some time, said at least part of Kirk’s contract money was guaranteed — meaning he would receive that money regardless of anything else that happens between now and the end of the contract.
    “We’re happy to get this contract signed and delivered,” said Boone, who has been representing Kirk since shortly after his graduation from the University of New Mexico this spring.
    Kirk could not be reached for comment as of press time. The Cavaliers released a statement following the signing but didn’t comment further beyond that.
    With his signing, Kirk is the first athlete from Los Alamos since 1980 to sign a contract with a major American pro sports franchise. The last to do so was former National Football League player Walt Arnold.

  • Newton wins three medals at Broadmoor competition

    Things haven’t been easy for people who take part in winter sports for the last several years around Los Alamos County.
    But Laney Newton has managed to get around that and hone her figure skating skills.
    Newton, a local competitive skater, as well as a Los Alamos Monitor newspaper carrier, had a big showing last month at the Broadmoor Open competition. The open was at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., which also happens to be the home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
    The 12-year-old Newton brought home medals in the free skate, jumps program and the spins program at the competition. She competes in the pre-preliminary level of U.S. Figure Skating.
    Newton practices at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink when she can, but, except for the winter and early spring, does most of her workouts at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe.
    In Santa Fe, she competes with her team, the Desert Ice Figure Skating Club, which is coached by Megan and Mandy Edwards of Rio Rancho.
    Those that are interested in seeing Newton in action can see her in planned show in October at the Chavez Center.
    Newton has been involved in competitive figure skating for four years and has competed in Colorado on several occasions.

  • Sports Briefs 08-10-14

    Cross country program has a preseason meeting today

    The Los Alamos High School cross country program will begin official preseason workouts Monday.
    Interested participants should meet today at 6 p.m. in Auxiliary Gymnasium to collect physical examination information and receive uniforms and locker assignments for the 2014 season. All other paperwork on the Family ID website should also be submitted on or before Sunday’s meeting.
    Anyone in grades 9-12 may tryout out for cross country. Athletes should be physically able to perform all aspects of workouts, including being able to run for 20-30 minutes without a break.
    For more information, email Rob or Kathy Hipwood at rkhipwood@yahoo.com.

    Golf tourney will benefit ’Topper baseball, softball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will host their Diamonds in the Rough golf tournament Aug. 16.
    The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Price for participation is $80. The fee includes a cart, T-shirt and dinner, as well as a chance to win prizes for participation.
    For more information, call Jamie Aslin at 699-2320 or Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

    Boys soccer starts Monday

  • Get Along Little Doggies

    The Los Alamos County Rodeo returns this weekend to Brewer Arena. Saturday’s rodeo starts at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s action will begin at 1 p.m. Following Saturday’s rodeo, there will be a dinner and dance at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge. Price for admission into this year’s rodeo is $8 per person or $25 for a family of four. No credit cards will be accepted at the box office. 

  • Lobo women's hoops wins in Italy

    The University of New Mexico Lobo women’s basketball team picked up a big win in its first of four exhibition games on its tour of Italy.
    Antiesha Brown spearheaded a big 15-2 run for the Lobos that sent AS Vicenza reeling during the first half. The Lobos would roll the rest of the way, winning 74-37 in Vicenza.
    UNM will play against the Adriatic Sea Sirens in Pesaro, Italy, Saturday. Next week, it will take on the Netherlands national team for two games, also in Italy.
    Brown had nine points and three steals during the big run that broke open a 9-9 tie. She would finish with 16 points and 6 steals, while teammate Alexa Chavez had 11 points and 8 rebounds.
    The Lobos left for their tour of Italy Monday and have spent a lot of time sightseeing since their arrival.
    “I love the way our kids played. We have to clean up some things but we haven’t practiced in three or four days,” Lobo head coach Yvonne Sanchez said. “I love the way the freshmen played, but I was really impressed with Bryce and Tiesh. They really got the ball rolling. Once Ebony (Walker) is healed, she’ll be part of that captain thing.”

  • Elkins is top predictor at Pace Race

    Sue Elkins was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday night and started in the Quemazon subdivision. In all, 33 runners and walkers took part.
    The 1-mile course Tuesday went up and down the steep Quemazon Road hill, while the 2.87-mile course also went onto Pipeline Road and the Perimeter Trail.
    Elkins had a prediction error of 12 seconds on the 1-mile course. She beat Bob Weeks, who was 21 seconds off his time and Inez Ross, who was 30 seconds off.
    Ted Romero was the fastest finisher on the long course with his time of 23:31.
    On the short course, Nikol Strother, who had the best prediction the week before, finished in 7:20.
    The next Pace Race will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. It will start at the play lot on San Ildefonso Road on Barranca Mesa.
    Call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, for more information.