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  • Semipro ball strikes out

     The prospects of Los Alamos hosting a semiprofessional baseball team for the 2014 season appear to have whiffed.

    Andrew Dunn, president of the Pecos League, an independent baseball league with six clubs in New Mexico, told the Los Alamos Monitor Tuesday he’d received an email from Los Alamos County that it would not be interested in housing a team here.

    The Pecos League, which has eight teams under its umbrella, including teams from Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas, had expressed interest in Los Alamos as a potential site for a proposed ninth team, as it geographically it would’ve been a good fit with the teams in northern New Mexico.

    Dunn sent an email to several local contacts last month trying to assess the interest Los Alamos might have in the league. Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers got back to Dunn saying county officials would certainly look into the prospect.

    However, Dunn received an email earlier this month from deputy county manager Brian Bosshardt saying thanks but no thanks.

  • Triathlon returns for 39th running

    One of the largest sporting events, and the big crowd that usually comes with it, returns Saturday to Los Alamos County.
    The Los Alamos Triathlon will be Saturday. The county’s recreation department hosts the event, which gets going bright and early at 7 a.m. when the first wave of competitors gets going.
    This is the 39th year for the event. It’s believed to be the longest continuously-run multi-sport race in the country, although it was reduced to just two legs in 2010 due to road construction in and around Diamond Drive.
    The triathlon consists of a 20K bike race followed by a 400-meter swim at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, followed by a 5K run.
    This year’s course will be different than previous years, however, particularly the running leg.
    This year, instead of runners heading northeast along Canyon Drive, they will actually head west toward Los Alamos High School, then turn north onto Diamond Drive before turning around and heading back toward the aquatic center.
    Last year, 146 individuals and 23 relay teams took part in the race.
    Longtime multi-sport competitor Chip Cooper of Los Alamos came back from a big deficit in the third and final leg to win the men’s elite championship.

  • Sports Briefs 08-14-13

     ’Topper football team is serving waffles Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is hosting a fundraising waffle breakfast Saturday.
    The breakfast will be at the Masonic Lodge, 1401 N. Sage Loop. Breakfast, which includes waffles with fruit topping, sausage, bacon and beverage, will be served from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
    Price for the breakfast is $7 per adult, $3.50 for those 6 and under. Proceeds will benefit the football program.

    Golf tournament will benefit baseball, softball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball programs will host their annual Diamonds In the Rough golf tournament Aug. 17 at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The scramble format tournament is a fundraising event to help offset costs for both teams.
    Price for participation is $80 per player. The fee includes cart, greens fees and post-tournament dinner. Prizes will be given for the top gross and net scores, as well as longest drive and closest shot to the pin.
    More information can be obtained by calling Jamie Aslin at 699-2320 or LAGC at 662-8139.

    Bowling league starts Tuesday

  • Let's Get It Started

    Things are officially underway in Hilltopper country. Monday was the first day of practice for fall sports around the state. The Hilltopper girls soccer team will be the first to open its season, with its first game set for Aug. 24. 

  • Moseley picks up a win in last Splash N Dash of 2013

    Clay Moseley was the top finisher on the long course during the final Splash N Dash of the year.
    Moseley, a top local athlete and former member of the United States national cycling team, finished the long course, consisting of a 400-yard swim and 5K run, in 27 minutes, 3 seconds at the Aug. 7 event.
    The Splash N Dash series, an annual event held during the summer months, is hosted by the Triatomics multi-sport club. Its main purpose is to help prepare athletes for the Los Alamos Triathlon. The triathlon is set for Saturday.
    Moseley had both the second-fastest swim time and the second-fastest 5K time among the competitors at the fourth and final Splash N Dash.
    Matt Gonzales won the previous three Splash N Dash events this summer but didn’t compete in the Aug. 7 race.
    On the shorter course, the team of Nida Parra/Roxanna Candia had the best time, 19:27. Gabe Katko (20:26) had the top individual finish.
    Marlee Katko/Kim Katko was the fastest finisher on the youth course while Hailey McDowell had the best individual time.

    Here are the results from the fourth Splash N Dash event held Aug. 7:

    400-yard swim, 5K run

  • Pedersons top their groups at race

    The father-daughter duo of Neal Pederson and Michelle Pederson had a big showing at the 2013 Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike Nationals.
    The Pedersons, who are top local mountain bike competitors, both picked up wins in their age groups at the national race, which was Aug. 4 at Angel Fire.
    Neal Pederson won the men’s 45-49 category 1 (expert) competition, clocking 6:38.25, while Michelle won the women’s junior 15-18 category 1 competition with her time of 7:56.80.
    The course was 2.8 miles and went down approximately 1,700 feet at Angel Fire’s bike park.
    For the elder Pederson, this was his second time competing at the national level and the second time he’s taken top honors in his age category. He did likewise at the 2010 race at Sol Vista, Colo., winning the 40-44 competition.
    Michelle, meanwhile, was competing in her first national race, although she has made a name for herself locally, winning the women’s title at the 2012 Pajarito Punishment by nearly 45 seconds.
    At the national race, Pederson cruised to victory, topping Summer Hill of Tucson by more than two minutes. Her win at nationals qualified her for an invitation to compete at the international finals in South Africa, although Neal said she’s not planning on attending.

  • Sports Briefs 08-11-13

    Triathlon registration is open

    Registration for the 39th Los Alamos Triathlon is underway online.
    The event, which consists of a 20K bike, 400-meter swim and 5K run, is scheduled for Saturday. The first wave is scheduled for 7 a.m.
    Individuals or 2- or 3-person relay teams may register. Registrations are being taken at active.com.
    Price for participation is $50 per individual, $90 for 2-person team and $120 for 3-person team. Online registration closes Wednesday.
    Race-day volunteers are also being sought for the event for traffic control, packet pick-ups and other duties.
    More information can be obtained by calling Los Alamos County’s recreation department at 662-8173.

    Girls soccer tryouts begin Monday

    Los Alamos High School’s girls soccer program will start its tryouts for the fall 2013 season Monday.
    Tryouts are open to any girl entering grades 8-12.
    Players should meet Monday at Sullivan Field at 7 a.m. and have all necessary paperwork ready. Tryouts will be conducted at Sullivan Field and the Pueblo Complex.
    All interested players must have soccer shoes, shin guards and bring their own water to each session.
    More information can be obtained by calling head coach Jiri Kubicek at 662-4865.

    LAHS volleyball opening preseason

  • Kicking Things Off

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team, as well as the other fall programs at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School, will officially start preseason workouts Monday. For details on workout schedules and information on eligibility and physical examinations, visit laschools/net.

  • Rodeo returns to Brewer Arena

    The Los Alamos County Rodeo started today and gets going in earnest Saturday at Brewer Arena on North Mesa.
    The rodeo is a longstanding part of the Los Alamos County Fair. Part of its attraction is that anyone who’s interested gets a chance to bust a bronco or rope a calf.
    Today’s events included team roping and draw pot team roping. Saturday, events such as mutton bustin’, bull riding and other rodeo staples will get going.
    Early entry has closed, but limited late entries will be accepted for events. Those interested will have a chance to enter one hour prior to the event.
    Entry fees vary per event. Check www.losalamosnm.us for the fee schedule.
    Events are scheduled from 2-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Winners of each event are awarded coveted rodeo belt buckles.

  • Burnside is perfect this week

    Paulina Burnside had a perfect prediction in this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It went through Bayo Canyon starting at the Diamond Drive roundabout with 1-mile, 2-mile and 3-mile courses available.
    Burnside had her perfect prediction on the 3-mile course, on which most of the best predictions were made. Bill Rice, Roxana Candia and Paul Elkins were all within 30 seconds of their predicted finish time.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course were Patricia Burnside (9:29) and Elkins (14:50). On the 2-mile course, Zachary Medin (17:07) had the fastest finish time.
    On the long course, Ted Romero was the fastest finisher (19:32), followed by Candia (23:47).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday in Water Canyon. The race starts approximately 2.8 miles southwest of the junction of N.M. 4 and Pajarito Road.
    The race starts at 6 p.m.
    For more information on next week’s race or on the Atomic City Roadrunners, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com on the Internet.