• Los Alamos hits the turf

    The Los Alamos football team began two-a-day workouts to get ready for its upcoming season on Monday, the first day the fall teams were allowed to hit the field.
    The team will continue its on-the-field work and learning its plays twice a day next week.
    Currently, the team has roughly 40 players out.
    Two girls, Jordan Jaramillo and Katie Green, are also looking to make an impact for the Hilltoppers this year.
    Los Alamos will play its first game Aug. 28 at Pojoaque.

  • Bikers take on Valles Caldera trails in PyroClassic

    After rain and more rain, the clouds cooperated and hung onto to their moisture until right after the second annual PyroClassic cross-country mountain Sunday in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    “The last two years we’ve been lucky and the rain has parted (for the race),” race director with the Pajarito Mountain Bike Patrol, Frank Reeves, said.
    While it didn’t start raining until after the race completed, previous rain not only made the course green and lush, but it also made the trail soft and muddy. Both conditions provided challenges for the mountain bikers.
    The mud slowed some bikers down as they sunk into the soft ground and caused mechanical issues with other people’s bikes. The lush vegetation, meanwhile, hid obstacles.
    “It was a little muddier than I expected, but that added to the adventure,” Bike N Sport’s Cameron Brenneman, the men’s pro champion, said. “You really had to pick your line and know where to go to keep your bike clean so it kept working.”
    The race was the sixth out of 12 stops on the New Mexico Off Road Series (NMORS).
    Seventy bikers, including 14 locals, competed in the 9, 16 and 30-mile loops.

  • Jones, Martinson win city championships

    This year’s city golf champions were crowned Sunday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Cale Jones finished on top of all the men golfers while Tami Martinson bested the women’s contingent after two days and 36 holes.
    Jones shot a 71 Saturday and a 74 Sunday to win the gold tee championship flight with a 145 gross score. His 71 round was two shots better than anyone else’s best day during the tournament.
    In the women’s championship flight, Martinson and Lynne Taylor were tied after the first round of the tournament at 81. Martinson, however, had the better day on Sunday to pull away from Taylor and win the women’s title by three strokes with a 163 gross score.
    Taylor finished second, but she had the best women’s net score, a 132.
    After Jones, the next best two gross scores in the tournament came from senior men in the white tee championship flight.
    Eddie Sanchez shot a 74 Saturday and a 73 on Sunday to win the senior championship with a 147 gross score. His 73 on Sunday also tied him with Jim Liberty and Bruce Norman for the best round of the day.
    Finishing behind Sanchez in the senior championship flight was the tournament’s most consistent golfer, John Stam. Stam shot a 75 both days to finish with a 150, the third best gross score of the tournament.

  • Sports Briefs 8-5-15

    Cross country tryouts
    The Los Alamos High School corss country team’s official tryout week will begin on Monday.
    Interested runners are encouraged to visit the team’s website, laschools.net/Domain/763, for a detailed schedule, “must haves” and much more.

    Afterschool gymnastics
    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics is mixing up its afterschool program this year.
    Now participants can choose to do an hour-and-a-half instructional class which will include bars, beam, vault, tumbling and dance for girls and bars, rings, vault, tumbling and pommel horse for boys.
    Or participants can choose to spend the hour-and-a-half doing alternative gymnastics activities — trampoline, zip line, pit, tumble track and climbing.
    Kids attending LASG more than once a week can mix it up and do one session of each.
    Wednesday’s afterschool session will do both every week.
    The afterschool program includes supervision from Mountain, Barranca, and Aspen elementary schools to LASG on the Atomic City Transit.
    After a short time for changing clothes and a quick snack from their backpacks, everybody will participate in gymnastics.
    Call 662-9523 for rates and availability, or visit lagymnastics.net for more information.

  • Rain extends tennis tourney

    The Los Alamos Tennis Club’s tournament attracted 43 players who have been battling it out on the courts.
    The tournament was originally scheduled to conclude after Sunday’s action. With rain delays, however, only one of the seven finals has been completed.
    The rest of the finals matches will take place this week.

  • Golfers chip in for charity

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual golf tournament Friday to benefit the United Way of Northern New Mexico. Between sponsorships and golfer fees, the tournament raised $6,000 for the cause.

    Out of 14 foursomes who competed, Plateau Properties had the best round. Mike Lippiatt, Mike McNiel, Bruce Norman and Marti Hill combined to shoot a 57 and win the scramble.

    Mark Sandoval’s team (Sandoval, Eddie Sanchez, Warren Finch and Steve Fellows) won a tie-breaker to take second with a 58 while Edgewater Technical Associates (Scott Rizor, Jeff Theesfeld, Joe Kanzleiter and Mark Rosenberger) took third.

    The chamber was thankful to major sponsors: Los Alamos National Bank, the Los Alamos Monitor, the Rio Grande Sun, Christus Health Plan and KRSN; it's hole sponsors: Great Ideas, Edgewater Technical Associates, Strategic Management Solutions, New York Life, The Finishing Touch, LA Daily Post, Kelly Myers – Re/Max, Chris Ortega – Re/Max, Ricoh USA and Griffin & Associates; prize donors: Buffalo Thunder, Don Taylor, Metzgers Do-it-Best Hardware, CB FOX, UnQuarked, and Classic Air Medical; and Bathtub Row Brewing, which provided space for our lunch and awards and gave each golfer a free beverage.

  • Pajarito, skiers to benefit from wet summer

    An unusually wet summer should help skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes at Pajarito Mountain earlier than they have in years.
    Pajarito’s ownership has targeted Thanksgiving as its opening weekend this season. “It will depend a lot on Mother Nature and cold weather,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “In the past we’ve had the cold weather, just not a lot of water.”
    Water for snowmaking, however, won’t be a problem this year. As of Wednesday, the snowmaking pond had 6 million gallons of water in it, 12 times more water than it had last year.
    “All of this water has been very good to us,” Long said. “That’s the most we’ve had in a number of years. We’re really excited for snowmaking.”
    If the wet weather continues through monsoon season, the pond may reach its capacity.
    “We’re optimistically anticipating a full pond,” Long said.
    Besides the natural runoff and rainwater the pond has collected, an enhanced water collection system has also helped fill the pond. The mountain got a new 1.5 horsepower pump that has helped Pajarito take full advantage of its collection gallery around the mountain.

  • Fall sport teams ready to begin

    Are you ready for some football?
    How about some soccer, volleyball or cross-country?
    Over the next couple of weeks, Los Alamos High School’s fall sports will all begin practicing.
    On Monday, Los Alamos’ football team will hit the field to get ready for its upcoming season.
    Football is allowed to start a week earlier than other fall sports.

    Los Alamos’ soccer, volleyball and cross country teams can all begin official practices on Aug. 10.

    The cross country team's official tryout week will begin Aug. 10. Visit the team's website for a detailed schedule, must haves and more. 

  • Mountain bike races coming to LA

    Over the next two weekends, Los Alamos will be New Mexico’s hub for mountain bike racing.
    On Sunday, the New Mexico Off Road Series will come to town for the PyroClassic cross-country race.
    The following weekend, Aug. 8-9, the New Mexico Enduro Cup Series will bring racers to town for the Los Alamos Rock ‘n’ Roll EnduroFest.
    It will be both races second go round and the EnduroFest’s first year as part of New Mexico’s Enduro Cup.
    The PyroClassic, hosted by the Pajarito Mountain Bike Patrol, will take place at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    There will be three different distances that bikers will ride, winding through valley meadows and climbing over the flanks of the volcanic upheaval of the 11,000-foot Redondo Peak.
    Pros, Cat 1 and singlespeed racers will pedal 30 miles in a loop around Redondo Peak and Alamo Canyon. Climbing on the loop will be substantial with a total ascent of over 2,400 feet.
    Cat 2 riders will race on an 18-mile route while Cat 3 bikers will do a nine-mile loop.
    All races start and finish near the Valles Caldera Ranch headquarters.
    The last day to register online for the PyroClassic is Friday. There will be no race-day registration. Participants will also need a USAC license.

  • Local golfers win in Pagosa

    Three Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association (NNMSMGA) tournaments took place in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, on July 14-16.
    Los Alamos golfers continued to do well on the tour.
    The first day featured a two-man best ball tournament.
    Los Alamos’ Ron Krantz and Santa Fe’s Don Holifield teamed up to win the second flight. They shot a 72 gross score.
    Los Alamos’ Ken Koch and Alamosa, Colorado’s Dean Boice shot a 73 gross score to finish second in the first flight.
    Krantz also landed closest to the pin on the sixth hole while Don Pompeo landed closest to the pin on the 11th hole.
    On July 15 the players competed individually.
    Krantz finished second in the second flight with a gross score of 85.
    Jim Steedle won the fourth flight with a 93 gross score.
    Pompeo was the third flight’s net winner with a 65. Pompeo also landed closest to the pin again, this time on the fourth hole.
    Bob Quick, meanwhile, landed closest to the pin on both the sixth and the 12th holes.
    On the final day in Pagosa Springs, no local golfers were among the top finishers in their respective flights. Koch, however, landed closest to the pin on the 11th hole.