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  • 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.

  • Sports Briefs 08-08-13

    LAMS athletic meeting called off

    The registration night originally scheduled for Thursday at the Los Alamos Middle School Gymnasium has been canceled.
    LAMS' Daren Jones said access to Brousseau Gym on the LAMS campus isn't being permitted. Because of that, the meeting won't go on as planned.
    Fall athletes should bring all their appropriate paperwork in hand for the first day of fall sports practice, which is Monday. Specific sports practice information can be found on the Los Alamos Public Schools' website, laschools.net.

    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 Aug. 17. 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 Aug. 14.
    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

  • LAMS athletic meeting canceled for Thursday

    The registration night originally scheduled for Thursday at the Los Alamos Middle School Gymnasium has been canceled.

    LAMS' Daren Jones said access to Brousseau Gym on the LAMS campus isn't being permitted. Because of that, the meeting won't go on as planned.

    Fall athletes should bring all their appropriate paperwork in hand for the first day of fall sports practice, which is Monday. Specific sports practice information can be found on the Los Alamos Public Schools' website, laschools.net.
     

  • Jaegers grabs 3 state titles for Aquatomics at swim meet

    Los Alamos Aquatomics swimmer Alex Jaegers earned three state titles last month and was No. 2 in the high-point award competition in his age group.
    The Aquatomics, a local swimming club, sent five representatives to the 11-and-over state long course championship meet held July 25-28 in Las Cruces.
    The 14-year-old Jaegers won the 50-yard, 100-yard and 400-yard freestyle events, one of the top individual performances of the meet.
    For the Aquatomics, four of their five representatives at the meet picked up at least one top-four finish. Michael Englert-Erickson and Jacob Hollis finished fourth in their 100 breaststroke competition and Alana Goodwin was third in the girls 11-12 200 freestyle.
    A week earlier, the Aquatomics’ Ming Lo won the state long course title in the boys 8-and-under 50 butterfly and 100 individual medley. Seven-year-old Nikolai Nelson won three events (100 freestyle, 25 backstroke and 50 freestyle) and 6-year-old Marlee Katko won the 100 freestyle with her time of 2:10.56.
    In all, nine Aquatomics took part in the 10-and-under meet.
    Lo scored a time of 35.27 in the 50 butterfly for his win and a 1:24.27 in the 100 individual medley. Nelson had a 1:38:47 in the 100 freestyle, 23.35 in the 25 backstroke and 43.31 in the 50 freestyle.