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  • State Notes 06-20-13

    Lobo women’s hoops set to play Stanford this season

    ALBUQUERQUE - The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team released its 2013-14 schedule this week.
    Yvonne Sanchez, head coach of the Lobo women, said she wanted to build a tough schedule this season in an attempt to get UNM a shot at some national exposure.
    “It was important for our program to raise our RPI and help raise the RPI of the conference,” Sanchez said. “We walked the fine line between a challenging schedule and a grueling one. Our non-conference schedule gives us some great opponents and challenges our team while continuing some of our program’s tremendous rivalries.”
    Among the highlights of the Lobos’ schedule is a date with Stanford, one of the top programs in the west, as well as Texas Tech, Texas, Colorado and Arkansas.
    The Lobos have nine non-conference home games scheduled this season, including a pair of exhibition contests. Eight of those nine appearances will be in the month of November.
    UNM’s date with Stanford, the defending Pac-12 champion, is scheduled for Dec. 16 in Palo Alto, Calif.

    Aggies sign with pro franchises

  • Sports Briefs 06-19-13

    Splash N Dash returns June 26

    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 is done about 30 minutes prior to the start at the aquatic center. There is no fee but registration will be limited to the first 75 entrants.
    More information can be obtained by visiting the club’s website, triatomics.org.

    LA football camp slated for July 8-11

    The Hilltopper Youth Football Camp is scheduled for July 8-11 at Sullivan Field. Registration is currently underway.
    The camp is for students entering grades 4-8. The camp will focus on basic offensive and defensive philosophies and proper techniques.
    Price for participation is $55. Registrations can be made to Garett Williams, 994 Nambe Place, Los Alamos.

    County to host mud volleyball tourney

  • Foursome shoots 58 to win tourney

    The team of Matt Schmidt, David Fox, Mike Harris and Cliff Fortgang earned a tiebreaker win in Saturday’s Family YMCA golf tournament.
    The Strong Kids Classic, a fundraising event for the YMCA’s Strong Kids program, which provides activities and scholarship money for needy families in northern New Mexico, attracted 21 teams. The tournament, played at Los Alamos Golf Course, is scramble format and is the major fundraising event for the Strong Kids program.
    Schmidt, Fox, Harris and Fortgang shot a 58 gross score for the tournament. That equaled the total of Bruce Norman, Marti Hill, Ted Ball and Jeanne Ball. Those two teams finished three strokes ahead of the their next-closest competitors.
    Prizes were awarded for the top finishing teams in both gross and next score — Wayne Taylor, Lynne Taylor Tom Gravlin and Bill Wolfe had the best net score of 59. Additionally, more than $40,000 in raffle and hole-in-one prizes were available at the tournament.

    Here are the results from the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Strong Kids Golf Classic:

    Matt Schmidt, David Fox, Mike Harris, Cliff Fortgang, 58.

    Bruce Norman, Marti Hill, Ted Ball, Jeanne Ball, 58.

    Isaac Martinez, Kevin Brake, Cody Martin, Nick Nagomler, 61.

    Alexi Appert, Raul Roybal, Noah Marriott, Johnny Osden, 61.

  • It’s Fun to Play at the YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos hosted its 2013 Strong Kids Golf Classic Saturday at the county’s golf course. The event is a fundraiser for the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign. More than $40,000 in prizes were available to golfers during Saturday’s play.
     

  • Sports Briefs 06-18-13

    Jim Thorpe 5K run scheduled for June 29 in Albuquerque

    Registration is open for the sixth annual Jim Thorpe Native American 5K National Championship.
    The national championship run, which will be in Albuquerque June 29, includes citizen’s and competitive 5K races, as well as a 1-2 mile fitness walk and a 1K youth run.
    Registration can be done online at active.com or by mail.
    Those interested can visit nativeamerican5Kchampionships.org for additional registration information.

    Golf swap set for June 30

    The Los Alamos Junior Golf Association will host its annual golf swap June 30.
    The golf swap will start at 8 a.m. at Los Alamos Golf Course. Golfers can bring unused equipment to LAGC to donate prior to June 30.
    Proceeds from the golf swap will go to support the LAJGA.
    More information can be found by calling 662-5096 or 500-8156.
     

  • Mortensen named the top sports announcer in state

    A longtime radio personality and the “Voice of the Hilltoppers” earned a big award at this year’s New Mexico Broadcasters Association awards banquet.
    Gene Mortensen, the veteran sports announcer at KRSN, was named the Sports Play-by-Play Broadcaster of the Year. KRSN AM 1490, which regularly covers Los Alamos High School athletic events, competes in the NMBA’s Division 4 along with radio stations from Deming, Artesia and other similarly-sized towns.
    This was a first-time win for Mortensen, who has picked up several awards for his work with high school sports throughout his career.
    “I’ve been entering this (competition) for a few years and I’ve never made the grade,” he said. “I made the grade this year. It’s kind of exciting. It made my day when they called me and told me I won.”
    Despite winning the play-by-play award for the first time this year, this is hardly the first time he’s been honored by the NMBA.
    The NMBA inducted Mortensen into its Hall of Fame in 2010, being nominated for induction by current co-owner of KRSN, Gillian Sutton.
    Mortensen was also nominated for the NMBA’s sports broadcasting award but didn’t win it.

  • Sports Briefs 06-16-13

    Splash N Dash events are returning

    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.

    County hosting High Mountain Mudfest

  • Saturday’s car washes will benefit Hilltopper football

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will host a car wash Saturday in both Los Alamos and White Rock.
    In Los Alamos, the car wash will take place at Del Norte Credit Union. In White Rock, the car wash will be at Time Out Pizzeria.
    Proceeds from the car wash will go to benefit the Hilltopper program for the purchase of equipment. The car wash is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon and donations will be accepted.
     

  • Romero wins twice this week

    Ted Romero was a dual winner in this week’s Pace Race, hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run on the access road to the sewage treatment plant in Lower Bayo Canyon.
    Romero had the top prediction of the week, finishing just 16 seconds off his time. Romero was also the fastest finisher on the 3-mile course with his time of 20 minutes, 56 seconds.
    David Kratzer and Zach Medin were the next-best predictors this week. They were both 32 seconds off their times.
    The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Isabelle Coons (10:30). Paul Elkins finished in 14:03. On the 3-mile course, the fastest female was Tamara Weddle with her time of 35:41.
    Next week’s Pace Race, the Power Line Run, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. The race will start approximately 3 miles from the intersection of Pajarito Road and N.M. 4 heading toward Bandelier National Monument.
    More information about the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners can be found on the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or by calling 672-9243.

  • Swinging Away

    The men’s and women’s slowpitch softball leagues are in full swing. The leagues play at Overlook Park in White Rock.