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  • Pecos League interested in starting new LA club

    The president of an independent baseball league said Los Alamos is on the top of his list of potential sites for a new team.
    Andrew Dunn, who is in charge of the Pecos League, sent a letter to Los Alamos County Council chair Geoff Rodgers, county administrator Harry Burgess and others asking if there would be interest in putting a semiprofessional baseball team on The Hill.
    The proposed team would play at Bomber Field on North Mesa, but there are several issues that would need to be ironed out with local officials before anything would happen. Nevertheless, Dunn said if things break the Pecos League’s way, the team could be up and running in fairly short order.
    “We move very fast,” Dunn said. “We’ve got to have things ready.”
    The Pecos League is currently comprised of eight teams, six of them in New Mexico, one in west Texas and one in Trinidad, Colo.
    Dunn, who operates the league out of Houston and readily admits he knows very little about Los Alamos County, said one of the major considerations of the league is expenditures and one of its biggest is travel costs.
    Despite having most of its teams in New Mexico, travel is still an issue. Teams are spread out, just in New Mexico, from Alamogordo all the way to Taos.

  • Group wants to get kids involved in multi-sports

    Kim Katko has been an active member of multi-sports events for some time.
    But when she saw her son run out of gas in short order while participating in a weekly Pace Race, she realized then and there a group to help kids get and stay in shape would probably be a good thing to have.
    “He took off, went 500 yards and then he got an ache in his side,” Katko said. “I was like, ‘why am I having him race when he doesn’t train?’”
    Katko and Susie Schillaci formed the Triatomics Youth Group to fill that void.
    The Triatomics is an active club that promotes multi-sport events and training for those events. The club puts on the Atomic Man Duathlon in the spring and usually has a big presence for other events such as the upcoming Los Alamos Triathlon.
    The Triatomics’ Youth Group is nominally for kids ages 6-15, but Katko admits that age range isn’t strictly enforced. They will take kids so long as they can swim without aid and can keep themselves safe.
    Safety is one of the primary concerns for the group. Participants are steered away from areas where they might encounter vehicle traffic if possible and are broken into small groups with parents closely monitoring their whereabouts.

  • Baseball league eyeing LA for team

    The independent Pecos League is interested in Los Alamos as a potential site for an expansion team for the 2014 season.

    Andrew Dunn, presdient of the Pecos League, sent a letter to several local figures asking about the possibility of bringing a team to Bomber Field.

    The Pecos League operates several teams in New Mexico, including the Santa Fe Fuego, Las Vegas Train Robbers and Raton Osos. Dunn said with travel and other considerations, having a team in Los Alamos would make sense geographically and financially for expansion of the eight-team league.

    More informaton will appear in the Los Alamos Monitor next week.

  • Derby Day

    Members of the Los Alamos Derby Dames, also known as the M’Atom Bombs, rough up an opponent during recent scrimmage at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Derby Dames will be in action Saturday at the ice rink. A portion of the funds raised will go to help the county’s animal shelter.

  • Elkins wins at Pace Race again

    Sue Elkins was tops at Tuesday’s Pace Race for the second week in a row.
    This week’s Pace Race, hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was the New Pipeline Gutbuster. The 1, 3 and 3.2-mile courses consist of rugged and steep paths in the Quemazon and Pipeline Road areas.
    Elkins, competing on the 1-mile course, finished with a prediction error of 19 seconds — all predictions were adjusted to the 3.2-mile course. All of the top predictions from Tuesday were achieved on the short course.
    Following Elkins, Patricia Burnside finished with an error of 32 seconds, while Paul Elkins was 42 seconds off.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Nathan Burnside, with his time of 8 minutes, 33 seconds. Patricia Burnside finished in 9:00.
    On the longer courses, Laura McClellan (32:31), Roxana Candia (33:37) and Zachary Medin (34:39) were the fastest finishers.
    In all, 21 walkers and runners competed this week. All finishers were treated to a Popsicle at the finish.
    The next Pace Race is Tuesday starting at the North Mesa picnic area. Race time is 6 p.m. and 1- and 3-mile, stroller-friendly courses will be available.
    More information on the Atomic City Roadrunners and the Pace Race can be found by visiting the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or calling 672-1639.

  • Schools, FamilyID are offering online athletic registration

    Those interested in participating in middle school or high school sports for the Los Alamos Public Schools now have another option for registration.
    Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms said LAPS is offering online registration for the 2013-14 sports programs. Registration can be done using FamilyID.
    “FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs,” Nelms said in a letter to parents and students. “(It) helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible.”
    The website for LAPS athletics registration is familyid.com/los-alamos-mshs-athletics. Parents or guardians should go through the registration process for their children, Nelms said.
    FamilyID is for registration purposes. Interested athletic participants still must get their required physical examinations — exams done April 1 or later are considered current by LAPS — and must turn in that documentation to their coaches prior to workouts.
    Those interested in registering online should have student ID numbers, doctor information and health insurance information handy.

  • Sports Briefs 07-19-13

    Bowling league starts Aug. 20

    The Tuesday Housewives Bowling League is welcoming new bowlers for its upcoming season.
    The league opens its 52nd year of competition Aug. 20. Events are held at the Santa Claran bowling alley.
    Those interested in taking part in this year’s play are asked to call 661-6163.

    Splash N Dash returns Wednesday

    The Splash N Dash series, which is hosted by Triatomics Multisport Club, will have its next session Wednesday.
    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. An additional shorter course is also available for youth participants.
    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.
     

  • Gonzales again paces Splash N Dash

    Matt Gonzales is on a roll.
    For the second time in as many tries, Gonzales was the top finisher on the long course of the Splash N Dash.
    The most recent Splash N Dash was July 10. It was the second of four scheduled events in the series, the next of which will be July 24.
    Gonzales finished the 400-yard swim, 5K run course in 26:06. Mark Ortega finished in the No. 2 spot with a time of 27:58.
    Ben Rees (18:36) had the best finish on the shorter course and Julia Schillaci (17:34) was the top finisher on the youth course.
    The Splash N Dash is hosted by the Triatomics multi-sport club. More information on the event can be found by visiting the club’s website, triatomics.org.

    Here are the results from Splash N Dash No. 2, held July 10 (swim time, run time, total time):

    400-yard swim, 5K run

  • Sports Briefs 07-17-13

    Bowling league open to new members

    The Tuesday Housewives Bowling League is welcoming new bowlers for its upcoming season.
    The league opens its 52nd year of competition Aug. 20. Events are held at the Santa Claran bowling alley.
    Those interested in taking part in this year’s play are asked to call 661-6163.

    Splash N Dash returns July 24

    The Splash N Dash series, which is hosted by Triatomics Multisport Club, will have its next session July 24.
    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. An additional shorter course is also available for youth participants.
    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.

    Golf tourney to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • Saturday's race will benefit disabled people in Nicaragua

    A special race to aid those with disabilities in the country of Nicaragua is scheduled for this weekend.
    The David Fellers Healing Art Foundation will host a 3-mile, 6-mile and wheelchair roll in Los Alamos Saturday. The race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.
    The event is a fundraiser for the foundation, which was founded in 2008 by the surviving family of David Fellers.
    The race begins at the west end of Canyon Rim Trail just off N.M. 502. Following the races, an auction and picnic is scheduled at De Colores restaurant.
    While registrations have been very light so far, coordinator Sally Fellers is hopeful the community will come out and support the foundation’s efforts.
    “It would be great if it’s successful,” Fellers said. “We’d like it to be an annual event.”
    The David Fellers Healing Art Foundation is named after the son of Jack and Sally Fellers. He was born in 1978 with severe respiratory problems and was limited to a bed or wheelchair for most of his life, along with being completely deaf.
    When he was born, Fellers’ life expectancy was 15 years. He was able to make it to age 30, however, thanks in large part to the love and support of Jack and Sally and other family members.