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  • Ferrara holds on for win at Tour de Los Alamos

    Local racer Fortunato Ferrara finally got over the hump to win the Tour de Los Alamos top men’s category.
    The 41st Tour de Los Alamos was held Sunday. The Tour, billed as the oldest cycling race in the southwest, followed its traditional loop from the Back Gate down to White Rock and back up the Truck Route.
    Ferrara, who has had several close calls in recent years at the Tour but was nipped several times for the title in the men’s pro/1/2/3 race category.
    This year, Ferrara fended off another tight battle at the front, topping both Damian Calvert, one of the most successful riders in tour history, and Kip Taylor. Ferrara, Calvert and Taylor all finished with a same time 3 hours, 27 minutes, 18 seconds for the 3-lap, 81-mile trek, but Ferrara picked up the championship.
    Mindy Caruso won the top women’s finisher. She finished her two laps, totaling 54 miles, in 2:41:47, although she had a fight to the finish as well, with Irena Ossola finishing less than one second behind.
    Caruso finished with an average speed of 20.03 miles per hour while Ferrara had an average speed of 24.02 mph.
    This year’s race didn’t include either of the top men’s and women’s finishers from 2012, Mark Aasmunstad or Dana Shinn.

  • Former LA star creates her own award

    Between the end-of-year awards handed out by Los Alamos High School and other local entities, Madison Ahlers felt like there was a void.
    And being the Coast Guard Academy student-athlete she is, Ahlers decided to step up and do something about it herself.
    This year, Ahlers unveiled the award she created, the Iron Athlete Award. The award goes to the top graduating 3-sport athlete from Los Alamos High School.
    The inaugural Iron Athlete Award winner was longtime Hilltopper standout Amy Neal. Neal, who will be attending the University of Tennessee to play women’s soccer in the fall, competed in soccer, diving and track for Los Alamos in 2012-13.
    The award winners get their names engraved on a plaque hanging outside the LAHS athletic office as well as a cash prize which is partially funded by Ahlers herself.
    Ahlers, who is currently on assignment through the Coast Guard Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said she had two motivations to start the Iron Athlete Award. First, she felt athletic participation numbers have been slipping at the prep level and wanted to do more to encourage participation at LAHS.
    The other was that she wanted students to experience the benefits of participating.

  • Sports Briefs 06-09-13

    Splash N Dash returns this month

    The Splash N Dash series, which is hosted by Triatomics Multisport Club, will return June 26.
    The series is designed for those interested in training for the Los Alamos Triathlon, which is scheduled for Aug. 17.
    Participants can choose either a 400-yard swim and 5K run or 200-yard swim and 3K run. All Splash N Dash events start at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Registration for each Splash N Dash is done about 30 minutes prior to the start at the aquatic center. There is no fee for participation but registration will be limited to the first 75 entrants.
    More information can be obtained by calling Amy Regan at 672-3623 or by visiting the club’s website, triatomics.org.

    Registration for soccer camp ends Monday

    The Los Alamos High School boys soccer team is hosting the second session of summer soccer camp for boys and girls ages 3-9.
    The session will run from June 17-21 at Rover Park in White Rock.
    Registration for the session is due by Monday.
    Price for participation is $35.
    More information can be found by visiting laschools.net/athletics or calling Marsha Parker at 672-1558.

    Water aerobics classes are Monday, Wednesday

  • Tour de LA is still a go for 41st running

    With just a couple of days left before it’s scheduled to go off, things are still on schedule for the return of the Tour de Los Alamos.
    The Tour de Los Alamos will be Sunday. The cycling race, which bills itself as the oldest in the southwestern United States, will follow its traditional loop from N.M. 501 through the Back Gate, down N.M. 4 through White Rock and back up toward Los Alamos National Laboratory. The race will start Sunday morning with a low-speed “parade” from downtown Los Alamos to the Research Park.
    As of Thursday night, 78 cyclists had registered online. Event organizer Dave Zerkle said that’s about what he would expect for most years, as the vast majority of racers enter Saturday night or on the day of the race.
    Zerkle, who with his wife Carolyn have organized the race since 2006, said even with the concerns about the Thompson Ridge Fire and smoke conditions, a big drop-off in participation for the 2013 race isn’t anticipated.
    “It has been a little slower because people were feeling out the fire, but (registration has) improved in the last couple of days,” Zerkle said.
    Should the Thompson Ridge Fire threaten the course or if smoke conditions are bad, Zerkle said the Tour would be called off, but he’s not anticipating a need for such drastic measures.

  • Marr is best predictor for another week

    For the second week in a row, Duane Marr was the best predictor at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run at American Springs Road.
    Marr finished with a prediction error of just 12 seconds to earn his second straight best prediction. Roy Cope was off by 30 seconds and David Kratzer was 39 seconds off.
    The fastest finisher on the 3-mile course was Ted Romero, who clocked in at 21 minutes, 41 seconds. Linda Vance finished in 35:13.
    On the 1-mile course, 8-year-old Aidan Cooley finished in 11:27, one second ahead of Susan Mendel.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday on the road toward the sewage plant near the White Rock Y. Race time is 6 p.m.
    More information about the Pace Race and the Atomic City Roadrunners can be found at the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or by calling 672-1639.For the second week in a row, Duane Marr was the best predictor at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run at American Springs Road.
    Marr finished with a prediction error of just 12 seconds to earn his second straight best prediction. Roy Cope was off by 30 seconds and David Kratzer was 39 seconds off.

  • Senior men’s golf tourney results

     Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association Tournaments at the University of New Mexico Golf Course May 21 and the Isleta Eagle Golf Course May 22.

    UNM Golf Course

    Championship flight

    First low gross: John Mikkelsen, Santa Fe, 75.
    Second low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 79.
    First low net: Joe Patterson, Sandia Park, 66.

    First flight

    First low gross: David Broyles, Alamosa, Colo., 78.
    Second low gross: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 82.
    First low net: Cole Proctor, Texas Creek, Colo., 67.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Terry Maznio, Las Vegas, 81.
    Second low gross: Ron Krantz, Los Alamos, 85.
    First low net: Greg Hanson, Los Alamos, 65.

    Third flight

    First low gross: Greg Casaus, Belen, 87.
    Second low gross: Jim Downey, Santa Fe, 89.
    First low net: Vidal Varela, Las Vegas, 61.
    Second low net: Don Rokop, Los Alamos, 64.
    Third low net: Jay Boettner, Los Alamos, 66.

    Fourth flight

    First low gross: Charles Barbee, Santa Fe, 93.
    Second low gross: Harry Rosenblum, Santa Fe, 97.
    First low net: Mike Cuccia, Trinidad, Colo., 64.

    Isleta Eagle Golf Course

    Championship flight

  • Sports Briefs 06-06-13

    Splash N Dash starts June 26

    The Splash N Dash series will return later this month.
    The Splash N Dash series, which is hosted by Triatomics Multisport Club, is designed for those interested in training for the Los Alamos Triathlon, which is scheduled for Aug. 17.
    The first Splash N Dash of the summer is set for June 26.
    Registration for each Splash N Dash is done about 30 minutes prior to the start at the aquatic center. There is no fee for participation but registration will be limited to the first 75 entrants.
    More information can be obtained by calling Amy Regan at 672-3623 or at triatomics.org.

    Tour de LA is Sunday

    Registration is still open for the 41st annual Tour de Los Alamos, which is scheduled for Sunday.
    Registrations can be done online at bigreg.com/Net/19418 or can be done in-person Saturday at Los Alamos National Bank. Registrations will also be accepted on Sunday from 6:30-7:30 a.m.
    Race organizers are also seeking volunteers for race day.
    Information can be obtained by contacting Dave Zerkle at dczerkle@msn.com.

    Second session of soccer camp starts June 17

  • Arriba Sol upsets top seed at Denver AAU super regional

    The Arriba Sol volleyball team was the big winner at the Mile High AAU Super Regional Tournament last month.
    Arriba Sol, which consists of players from Los Alamos and Española, knocked off the tournament’s No. 1 seed in the championship match to earn the victory.
    The super regional was a qualifier for the AAU national championship tournament, which is scheduled for later this month.
    Arriba Sol, which won another qualifier earlier during the club season, will play in the club division starting June 23 in Orlando, Fla.
    Arriba Sol went undefeated in the tournament. It had a 10-2 set record in pool play and was awarded the No. 2 seed in the elimination round.
    In the opening round of direct elimination, Arriba Sol defeated Faith Volleyball Club (Denver), 21-15, 21-16. Christina Naranjo had a big match from the right side to lead the team to the win.
    In the semifinals, Arriba Sol took on Riverton, Wyo., which was anchored by a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, whom the Arriba Sol coaches said had been a dominant player in the tournament up to that point.
    Arriba Sol, led by setter Celina Naranjo, played up-tempo against Riverton, which helped neutralize the Riverton middle attack. Arriba Sol swept the match 21-11, 21-18.

  • Summer PE sessions and hoops camp starting soon

    much free time on the hands of youth leads to boredom.
    But Los Alamos teacher and coach Justin Black has plans in place to alleviate the doldrums and turn excess time into extracurricular activity.
    Two sessions of summer physical education classes and three sessions of basketball skills camp will have those in attendance increasing coordination, skills and burning calories.
    “The classes are good for anyone in elementary, K through 6,” said Black. “Everyone needs more activity and this is an opportunity to offer that plus fundraise for the PE program.”
    Black uses the funds raised from the summer sessions and puts them right back into his programs at Chamisa Elementary School.
    For his efforts, Black has been named PE Teacher of the Year.
    “It has been very nice to be recognized by my peers,” said Black. “It has also been a very busy year as I prepare to apply for the Southwest District PE teacher of the year in October.”
    This summer, Black looks forward to using his new larger scooters and experimenting new games, during the summer sessions.
    During the school year, Black only sees students 45 minutes a week.

  • Golf tournament will benefit local YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its fourth annual Strong Kids Golf Classic June 15.
    The golf tournament, which will start at 1 p.m. at Los Alamos Golf Course, is a scramble. Proceeds will go to benefit the YMCA.
    Price for participation is $80 per player. Entry fee includes a team golf cart, three mulligans and dinner and drink tickets. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers and several raffle and hole-in-one prizes will be available.
    More information can be obtained by calling the YMCA at 662-3100.