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  • New season, same expectations for LAHS football

    The Los Alamos football team hasn’t experienced a winning season since 2012, but head coach Garett Williams expects the same thing from his team that he’s been preaching since day one.
     Williams is entering his seventh season as the Hilltoppers head coach. And going into the 2016 campaign, Williams and his coaching staff are focusing on developing the character and bond of a Los Alamos football team that hasn’t tasted a playoff victory since 2008.
     “My biggest expectation right now has nothing to do with football,” Williams said. “Our biggest expectation for this group is to come together as a brotherhood. And to learn that if they commit to something bigger than themselves, all the wins and that stuff will be taken care of.”
     Williams said he wanted his teams to be a foundation on how the Los Alamos community recognizes hard work, especially in the sport of football.    
    “We want this town to see our kids working hard and coming out of this program with character and learning how to sacrifice for each other,” Williams said. “We have a bunch of great kids right now that are working unbelievably hard. We’re pretty thin on numbers right now so we’re trying to keep our kids healthy.”

  • Brewer Arena set to host county rodeo

    It’s county fair and rodeo season in New Mexico, and Los Alamos will add to the statewide festivities this weekend.
    The annual Los Alamos County Fair is set for Friday through Sunday. Among the county fair events is the Los Alamos County Open Rodeo, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The rodeo Saturday is from 2-5 p.m., and on Sunday it’s scheduled for 1-3 p.m.
    Locals and visitors annually make there way to Brewer Arena to compete for cash prizes and buckles in various traditional rodeo events.
    This year’s events include mutton bustin’ (for ages 6 and under), novice bull riding, calf roping, chute doggin’, girl’s breakaway roping, Jr. street riding, ribbon roping, cowboy bronc riding, draw pot team roping, eight and under barrels, open barrels, rescue race, open bull riding and open team roping.
    Limited late entries will be accepted until one hour before the start of an event. Late entries include a $5 fee. All event participants must sign a liability waiver.
    Shelby Michel, the rodeo princess, and Janie Michel, the rodeo sweetheart will make up this year’s County Fair and Rodeo Queen’s Court.

  • Franklin claims top overall time at Endurofest

    Macky Franklin’s overall time of 43 minutes proved to be enough to claim the Los Alamos Endurofest title, despite the race being cut short due to rain last weekend at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.
    On Saturday, Franklin was propelled to first place after a 5:02.2 ride during stage two. Franklin ended the first day with a 5:21.4 during stage four.
    Four more stages were scheduled for Sunday but race organizers decided to only run three stages due to heavy rainfall at Pajarito Mountain.
    Franklin gutted out two more strong performances on Sunday by riding a 5:37.5 in stage five and a 5:42.2 in stage six. He concluded the event with a 6:38.4 in stage seven. Franklin garnered the fastest time in all seven stages.
    Behind Franklin was Alex Adams with an overall time of 46:05.9. Adams logged in a time of 5:16.9 in stage two and ended Saturday with a 5:32.8 in stage four. Adams finished second in stage five and six.
    Daniel Weinman was the overall third place finisher, after finishing with a time of 46:17.1. Weinman finished second in stage two, three and seven.
    Krista Rust’s time of 52:23.7 earned her the open women title. Rust placed first in all seven stages. After Rust was Syd Schulz, who finished second and tallied a time of 54:18.7. Schulz placed second in stages one, two, five, six and seven.  

  • Pajarito announces Winter opening day

    Resort officials announced that Pajarito Mountain Ski Area will kick off its winter ski season on “White Friday,” Nov. 25, for the second consecutive year. Crews are already prepping the mountain for opening day.
     Pajarito’s mountain team continues to improve the ski area’s snowmaking system to support opening day and provide a great skier experience throughout the season.  Pajarito is automating the pump house, which will allow the resort to make more snow, and improve the efficiency, while providing more consistent snowmaking efforts.  Pajarito expanded its weir system to collect additional water for snowmaking efforts. These improvements will provide guests with enhanced snow quality and an overall better skiing experience all season. Snowmaking at Pajarito typically begins in early November.
     “We’re looking forward to another fantastic snowmaking season and building upon what we accomplished last year,” stated Tom Long, general manager for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. “The improved snowmaking system will assist us with making snow on a more consistent basis, and allow us to open the day after Thanksgiving for the second consecutive year.”

  • Eight to be in LAPS Athletics Hall of Fame

    Eight of Los Alamos Public Schools Athletic Department’s most culminating contributors will be honored on Sept. 16.
    LAPS Athletics announced it’s third Hall of Fame class. Inducted in this year’s class are Tom Brown, John McHale, Bill Myers, Sally Shockey, Mike Upham, Seth Littleton, Kevin Pederson and Rocky Polk.
    The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at LAHS. The event will open to the public and tickets will be available at the LAHS Athletics office for $25. The Inductees will also be invited to join LAHS Athletics in the Homecoming pep rally and parade on Sept. 16.
    Brown was inducted after coaching a spew of prep sports at LAHS.
    McHale is a long-time sports photographer who has been photographing for the Monitor for almost 30 years. McHale is also a founding member of the Los Alamos Sports Association (LASA).
    Myers competed for LAHS as a basketball player from 1973-1976.
    Shockey was one of the longest tenured coaches in LAHS volleyball history and led the Hilltoppers to numerous postseason appearances.
    Upham is still recalled as one of the top swimmers in Los Alamos History. Upham still garners the LAHS record in the 100 and 200m freestyle.

  • 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.