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  • LAHS' seniors honored Thursday

    Members of the cross country and track and field programs at Los Alamos High School cleaned up at Thursday’s Senior Athlete Awards Ceremony.
    Los Alamos honored its graduating student-athletes at the ceremony, held at the Duane Smith Auditorium. In, all, 90 Hilltopper seniors were acknowledged for their contributions to the school’s athletics program.
    The big winners of the night were cross country and track athlete Amanda Mercer and track and basketball standout Skyler Veenis. Mercer and Veenis were named this year’s recipients of the Clendenen Student Athlete Award, the top honor bestowed by the school to senior student-athletes.
    Thursday also marked one of the final official public duties of outgoing athletic director Vicki Nelms, who is leaving next month to take a similar position in Oregon.
    Nelms announced proudly that the student-athletes at LAHS have a higher grade-point average than the student-at-large population, led by girls tennis, which has a program-wide GPA of 3.76.
    Along with Mercer’s Clendenen Award honor, she was also named a Wally Walters Memorial Scholarship winner, along with other cross country athletes Colin Hemez, Mike Walker and Mikayla Pulliam. Hemez and Mercer were also nominees for the New Mexico Athletic Directors Association scholarship.

  • Mercer, Veenis win Clendenen Award

    A pair of standout senior athletes were given the top honor bestowed by Los Alamos High School Thursday night at the Senior Sports Awards Ceremony.

    Cross country and track standout Amanda Mercer and top basketball and track athlete Skyler Veenis were named the 2013-14 winners of the Clendenen Award. The Clendenen Award is presented annually to the LAHS student-athlete who best exhibits a strive for excellence in everything they do.

    Mercer, a distance runner who has been a big part of the cross country team's success, is very active in the community as a member of Key Club and a volunteer at the local hospital, among many other activities.

    Veenis, Los Alamos' top scorer in basketball and a state qualifying hurdler this year, has helped the Jr. 'Topper program for several years, aiding the next crop of Los Alamos athletes.

    More on the Sports Awards Ceremony and the Clendenen Award winners will appear in the next editions of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Stewart named LAHS AD

    Los Alamos High School’s girls basketball coach Ann Stewart was named the new athletic director at the school this morning.
    Stewart, who took over the program in mid January 2013, has held that position since that time.
    When she assumes her duties July 1, she will officially take over for outgoing AD Vicki Nelms. Nelms resigned in mid-April to accept a position at Clackamas High School in Oregon.
    Stewart holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University.
    Prior to coming back to Los Alamos, where she graduated from in 1991, Stewart held teaching and coaching positions in Albuquerque, Bloomfield and Alamogordo.
    Nelms said she welcomes Stewart to the new position.
    “I wish her luck,” said Nelms. “I think she’ll do a great job. Her first order of business will be to find a new basketball coach. It hurts our girls basketball program, but I wish her the best of luck and I hope everything works out for her.”
    Stewart couldn’t be reached for comment as of press time.
     

  • Dinkel picked for All-Star rugby team

    Former Los Alamos rugby player Liz Dinkel was selected to participate in the Pacific Mountain Rugby All-Star Tournament recently.
    Dinkel, who pays fly-half for Colorado State University’s women’s rugby team, was selected to the All-Star competition that will be at Stanford University Friday and Saturday.
    The Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference includes Universities from the Rocky Mountains to the West Coast.
    Dinkel graduated from CSU May 17 with a degree in English.
    Dinkel helped her team to a third-place finish in its division and was named the Most Valuable Back for the CSU program.
     

  • Pair of locals win half-marathon
  • Tour de LA returns for 42nd year

    One of Los Alamos’ featured summer events is returning for yet another season.
    The 2014 Tour De Los Alamos will be June 8. The tour features a 27-mile loop going from the Back Gate down N.M. 4 to White Rock and back up to Los Alamos via the Truck Route.
    Registration is underway online and in-person registration can be done at Los Alamos National Bank’s lobby the evening before the race. Registration may also be done at the race’s start between 6:30-7:30 a.m. in downtown Los Alamos.
    Pre-event registration is $25, while day-of registration is $45.
    Online registration can be done at bikereg.com.
    For more information or to volunteer to help on race day, contact Dave Zerkle at dczerkle@msn.com. 

  • Mang is N.M.'s Player of Year

    Another big award for the top Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball player has come rolling in.
    Los Alamos’ Jared Mang, who helped the Hilltoppers advance to the Class 4A state quarterfinal round this season, earned the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for the state of New Mexico.
    Mang is an infielder and starting pitcher for Los Alamos. He has been the Hilltoppers’ marquee player since joining the team as an eighth grader in the 2011 season.
    With that honor, he becomes the first Los Alamos ballplayer to earn that title.
    Mang was recently named the District 2-4A Player of the Year, his third such title in four years with the Hilltoppers.
    Along with helping Los Alamos to a 22-7 record in 2014, one of the best won-loss marks in school history, Mang hit .605 at the plate with a pair of home runs and knocked in 44 runs. He slugged a whopping .926 and stole 21 bases on the year.
    On the mound, he posted a record of 8-2 and had a 1.01 ERA to go along with 42 strikeouts in 55-2/3 innings pitched.

  • Mang is Player of Year for N.M.

    Los Alamos infielder and pitcher Jared Mang was named the Player of the Year by the Gatorade company today, it was announced.
    Mang, the Hilltoppers’ star player, became the first player from Los Alamos to receive the award, which has been given out annually for 29 seasons. He is now eligible for the National Player of the Year Award.
    This season, Mang hit .605 with 2 home runs and knocked in 44 runs. He had a whopping slugging percentage of .926.
    On the mound, he went 8-2 with a 1.01 ERA and struck out 42 batters.
     

  • Sports Briefs 05-27-14

    Athletic Night is tonight at LAHS

    Los Alamos High School will host Athletic Night tonight at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Athletic Night is for incoming freshmen interested in participating in high school sports for the 2014-15 academic year or for incoming eighth graders interested in trying out for high school programs.
    The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Areas of discussion will include summer workout information for fall sports.

    Football team serving breakfast Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will host a waffle breakfast Saturday at the Los Alamos Masonic Lodge.
    The waffle breakfast will be from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Waffles with fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverage will be served.
    Price the breakfast is $7 for adults, $3 for kids 6 and under.
    Proceeds will go to benefit the football program.

    Track to be closed starting June 5

    The Sullivan Field track will be closed from June 5-20, Los Alamos High School announced Friday.
    The MONDO track surface will be cleaned and repaired during that time, according to a press release from LAHS.
    No field or track users will be allowed onto Sullivan Field during the closure. For more information, call the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531.

    Soccer camps will be in Los Alamos, White Rock

  • Kirk working out for Bulls this week

    With just about a month to go before the NBA draft, former Los Alamos Hilltopper center Alex Kirk is going to be making his rounds.
    Kirk, a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School and one of the most recruited basketball players in school history, took off from Florida Sunday on his way to Chicago. Kirk, who has been training in Florida, will work out this week for the Chicago Bulls’ club.
    Following his visit to Chicago, Kirk also has stops planned for Indiana and Philadelphia to work out for those clubs, too.
    The NBA draft is set for June 26.
    Kirk played his college ball for the University of New Mexico. In his four seasons there, he became among the school’s all-time career leaders in rebounds and blocked shots and, in the final game of the Mountain West Conference tournament in March, became a member of UNM’s 1,000-point club.
    Following the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Kirk decided to forego his last year of college eligibility and enter his name for the draft, procuring a sports agent shortly after making his decision.
    Chicago is an interesting spot for Kirk to visit. Not only did the Bulls make the NBA playoff field this season, it was also the home for several seasons for another premier UNM big man, Luc Longley, who played with the team between the 1993-1998 seasons.