• LA Little League teams fall Friday in state games

    Two Los Alamos County Little League teams started their state tournaments Friday night. Both teams, however, lost in the first round.
    The 10-11 year-old softball All-Stars lost to Deming, 9-7, in Santa Fe.
    The 10-11 baseball All-Stars fell to Carlsbad, 9-5, in Carlsbad.
    In the softball game, Deming started its ace in the game while Los Alamos saved the arm of its fastest pitcher.
    A few Los Alamos errors also helped Deming score.
    Deming led early on.
    Los Alamos came back and took the lead.
    Deming, however, grabbed the lead late and held onto it the rest of the game.
    Los Alamos manager Donny Ellsworth was optimistic his team could still make some noise at state.
    “We can field just as well as they can and we can hit just as well as they can,” Ellsworth said.
    After the win, Deming took on Las Vegas Little League. Los Alamos will play the loser of that game today in an elimination game.
    “We’ll bring in our fast pitcher on Sunday and see if they can stay with her,” Ellsworth said.
    Errors also hurt Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball team against Carlsbad.
    “Personally I think we’re a better baseball team, but when you make errors, things happen,” manager Dave Swavely said.
    Los Alamos took a 2-0 lead early in the game.

  • Kirk wraps up summer leagues

    The NBA Las Vegas Summer League has yet to crown its champion, but Alex Kirk won’t be on a second championship team this summer.
    Kirk and the New York Knicks played their final game in Las Vegas Friday night, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 83-76 in a consolation game.
    The Golden State Warriors knocked the Knicks out of the championship tournament, 76-54, in the round of 16.
    Kirk and Knicks, however, were able to finish strong against the Bucks. In 18 minutes on the court, Kirk had his second double-digit scoring performance for New York. Kirk made five field goals to score 10 points. With the Knicks trailing 47-42, Kirk finished and 3-on-2 fast break with a slam dunk to pump up his teammates.
    He also grabbed four rebounds in the game.
    Against Golden State, however, the Knicks only led once in the game and lost by 22.
    Kirk played 15 minutes and 4 seconds in the game. He snagged five rebounds, but missed all four of his field goal attempts. He finished with one point and two turnovers.
    To set up that matchup, the No. 12 seeded Warriors beat the No. 21 seeded Sacramento Kings in the first round of the tournament, 83-67, while the Knicks earned the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye.
    After the loss, the Knicks took on the Bucks.

  • Little Leaguers, swimmers competing at state

    On the diamond and in the pool, many local athletes will be competing for state championships this weekend and next.
    Los Alamos County won four Little League district championships this summer — two in baseball and two in softball. The majority of those teams will now compete for state championships.
    The state tournaments will begin this weekend and conclude with a championship round next weekend.
    Two teams begin their state tournaments tonight —the 10-11 year-old baseball and softball teams.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 softball All-Star team will take on Deming at 6 p.m. in Santa Fe. The winner will then play Las Vegas at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball All Stars will take on Carlsbad at 5:30 p.m. in Carlsbad. The winner will play South Valley at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
    Clovis’ Zia Little League and Deming are also on the same side of the bracket as Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos County’s Majors earned a first-round bye. The 11-12 year olds will take on the winner of Roosevelt County and Altamont Little League at 9 a.m. Saturday.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, won the 9-10 district baseball title and was scheduled to start the tournament against Las Vegas.

  • Hults, Krantz win flights

    Larry Hults won his flight on back-to-back days during recent Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association (NNMSMGA) tournaments.
    On June 30, Hults shot a 77 gross score to win the third flight at the Santa Fe Country Club. His score was better than the first and second flight winners, as well.
    The next day, Hults shot an 81 gross at the Taos Country Club to win the third flight again.
    Ron Krantz also won his flight at Taos. He shot an 84 gross to win the second flight.
    Bob Quick was the first flight’s net winner with 70.
    Three other golfers from Los Alamos golfers had second-place finishes with their gross scores at Taos.
    Spike Jones (86), Don Pompeo (82) and Don Rokup (88) were the runners up in the second, third and fourth flights, respectively.
    Bob Villa also has a second-place finish at Santa Fe with an 88 gross score in the fourth flight.
    Jones shot a 61 net score at Santa Fe to finish second in the second flight.
    Fred Thomas, meanwhile, landed closest to the pin on the eighth hole.
    Los Alamos’ NNMSMGA tournament is scheduled for Sept. 9-10.

  • Candia, Medins and Williams have best predictions

    In spite of a slight, cooling rain, 45 runners and walkers enjoyed an evening jaunt Tuesday.
    The Pace Race featured one mile or three-mile courses on Barranca Mesa and in Bayo Canyon.
    For the three-mile route, the runners ran around Barranca Mesa Elementary, down the horse trail into Bayo Canyon to the point and then turned back on Gonzales Road to Barranca Elementary.
    Most of the three-mile runners beat their predictions in spite of the steep switchback required to get out of the canyon back onto Barranca Mesa.
    Nine runners on the long course, however, had predictions that were within 30 seconds of their actual time.
    Roxana Candia was the best predictor for the long course. She was off her prediction by just one second.
    Ted Williams was the second best predictor at four seconds off while John Ullman was only 10 seconds off his prediction.
    Other runners whose predictions were 30 seconds or less off included Katie Gattiker and Jesse Woodroffe at 16 seconds off, Heidi Bjorklund at 24 seconds off, Nikol Strother at 25 seconds off, Zach Medin at 26 seconds off and Richard Thompson III at 30 seconds off.

  • Kirk seeing more minutes

    Alex Kirk has gotten stronger throughout the summer and has started seeing more minutes because of his play.
    After scoring just three points in his first three games for the Memphis Grizzlies, Kirk had his best offensive game in the NBA Orlando Summer League July 9 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
    In 12 minutes, 25 seconds on the court, Kirk scored nine points. He made a pair of field goals and went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He also had a rebound and blocked shot in the game, which Memphis won 87-81 to reach the league’s championship game.
    Kirk then helped the Grizzlies beat the Orlando Magic White in the Orlando Summer League championship game, 75-73.
    Kirk played 18:09 in the final, scoring seven points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking a pair of shots.
    Despite Memphis leading by as many as 16 points, and Orlando leading by as many as 10 points, regulation ended with the teams tied. After the first overtime, the teams were still tied so they went into a double overtime, sudden death period. For the second time in Orlando, Russ Smith sunk a game-winning bucket for the Grizzlies — this one to give them the title.
    After the game, Kirk flew to Las Vegas to join the New York Knicks.

  • Tour de Los Alamos’ tradition keeps moving on

    The Tour de Los Alamos took place for the 43rd year in a row on Sunday, maintaining its title as the longest continuously running road bike race in southwest.
    “We had some great racers come in from our region, Colorado and Texas,” race director Cyndi Wells said.
    There were 97 bikers who pedaled in the tour this year, doing one, two or three 27-mile loops around the Los Alamos National Laboratory on N.M. 501 and N.M. 4.
    It was a clean race with no crashes or injuries.
    Former Los Alamos resident Fortunato Ferrera regained his title in the pro men’s race, pedaling around the county three times in 3 hours, 33 minutes and 29 seconds. His average speed for the 81-mile race was 23.33 miles per hour.
    Ferrera also won the race in 2013 (3:27:18) and 2009 (3:41:26). He finished second last year.
    Sarah Lough was the fastest woman on Sunday, doing two laps in 2:46:11 to win the women’s Cat 1/2/3 race.
    The one-loop citizen’s race drew 37 bikers in the men and women fields. Richard Korzekwa (1:22:12) was the fastest man while Lynn Bjorkland (1:37:43) led the women.
    “People were fast this year,” Wells said.

  • LA Little League teams advance to state

    Three Little League teams from Los Alamos County competed in district tournaments over the weekend and all three won its championship to qualify for the state tournament.
    Los Alamos County’s 10-11 year olds and Majors (11-12 year olds) both won its district baseball tournament, as well as the county’s 10-11 softball girls.
    Two of the Los Alamos teams blew through their district while one had to rally for its title.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball team outscored its opponents 54-1 to go undefeated in its district. The team beat Santa Fe Amreican 28-0, Santa Fe National 11-1 and Española 15-0 en route to its title.
    “We had solid pitching and our hitting was pretty square,” manager Dave Swavely said. “It was an all-around good performance.”
    The team will now compete in the state tournament in Carlsbad. Its first game will be Friday against Carlsbad.
    “We want to continue to have a good showing and represent the district well,” Swavely said. “We’re expecting the competition to definitely be better.”
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 softball girls went head-to-head with Santa Fe National for the district title and left no doubt which was the better team. Los Alamos won the final contest by over 20 runs.

  • Little League teams play for title tonight

    A pair of Los Alamos Little League All-Star teams will play for district titles this evening in Española.
    Los Alamos' Majors and 10-11 year olds are both scheduled to play at 6 p.m. The winners of tonight's game will both advance to the state tournament later this month.
    For more information on the tournament, follow the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sports Briefs 7-12-15

    Volleyball camps
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program will be hosting two camps this summer.
    Hilltopper volleyball will run their youth All-Skills camp July 20-22. All incoming fourth-eighth grade girls and boys are welcome.
    The cost of the camp is $40. Siblings will be discounted at $30.
    Campers will learn the FUNdamentals of volleyball and get a chance to compete for camp prizes. All proceeds from the All-Skills camp go to help the high school volleyball teams.
    Session one will be from 10 a.m.-noon and is for fourth through sixth graders.
    Session two will be from 2-4 p.m. and is for seventh and eighth graders.
    Both sessions will be held at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hilltopper volleyball is proud to announce it will also be hosting New Mexico Highlands University volleyball head coach Bryan Crawford on July 24-25.
    Crawford and his staff will run an all-skills camp that will be open to all incoming seventh-12th grade girls from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
    There will also be an invite-only session from 4-5:30 p.m. for advanced skills and team development.
    Cost of the camp will be $70 per camper. The invite-only session will be an additional $25.