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  • Champs repeat at 2013 Triathlon

    Things don’t change a whole lot in the multi-sport arena of Los Alamos. In fact, just about everything stayed the same this year.

    The top finishers from the Los Alamos Triathlon last year made a repeat performance in 2013. Men’s elite reigning champ Chip Cooper and women’s elite champ Liz Miller both took top honors once again in the triathlon.

    The Los Alamos Triathlon, one of the biggest sporting events of the year in Los Alamos County, returned for its 39th running Saturday. It is the oldest continuously-run multi-sport event in the country.

    Entrants this year in the individual competition was down considerably from 2012, however. This year, 123 athletes finished the individual competition, down from 146 in 2012, although team participation was up slightly.

    Cooper, who was the first person out on the course Saturday and the first to cross the finish line, noted one big absence this year: former triathlon champ and one of his toughest competitors, Jimmy Archer.

    “Last year with Jimmy, that was a good marker,” Cooper said.

  • Martinson scores a hole-in-one

    Tami Martinson scored her second career hole-in-one Sunday at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Martinson, one of Los Alamos’ top amateurs, scored her ace from the red tees on hole No. 15 at LAGC. She hit a 6-iron from 146 yards for the ace.
    The first ace for Martinson came during the 2011 Los Alamos City Championship.
    The hole-in-one was witnessed by husband Drew Martinson, as well as Wayne Taylor and Linda Taylor. 

  • Rice is top predictor Tuesday

    Bill Rice was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run at Water Canyon Trail near White Rock.
    Rice missed his estimated finish time by 20 seconds Tuesday, topping Tom Sandford, who was 29 seconds off, and Jackie Marr, who was off by 63 seconds.
    Marr was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course Tuesday with her time of 18 minutes, 37 seconds, while Duane Marr finished in 18:44.
    There were three course lengths in Water Canyon.
    Matt Felton finished the 2-mile course in 13:36 and Roxana Candia finished in 17:39. On the 3-mile course, David Kratzer finished in 27:14 and Karen Thorn came in at 39:31.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at the junction of San Ildefonso Road and Barranca Road. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information about the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com or call 672-1639. 

  • Sports Briefs 08-16-13

    Football team 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 Los Alamos’ football program.

    Youth soccer registration open through Monday

    Registration is still open for the Los Alamos Youth Soccer League 2013 fall season.
    Interested players can either participate in the recreational or tournament division. Recreational players have two days of practice and one game per week, while the tournament division plays in two to four tournaments outside Los Alamos County and scrimmages with teams from Santa Fe and Albuquerque on a regular basis.
    Registration for the LAYSL season is open through Monday.
    For more information, email Stacey Gartz at registrar@laysl.org or visit the league’s website, laysl.org.

    Golf tourney to benefit baseball, softball

  • Hilltoppers ranked No. 13 in first poll

    It’s not even two weeks into the official New Mexico football preseason, but MaxPreps.com has already thrown its two cents in to determine the top teams in Class 4A.

    The first preseason New Mexico prep football rankings were released by MaxPreps Wednesday, and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers are starting at right about the same spot they finished the 2012 season.

    The Hilltoppers are ranked No. 13 in the first Class 4A polls, right smack dab in the middle of the 25 4A football teams.

    Los Alamos finished the 2012 season with a record of 6-4 and was second in the District 2-4A title race behind Santa Fe. Los Alamos was just squeezed out of the playoffs last season — it was between the Hilltoppers and the Roswell Coyotes for the 12th and final postseason at-large bid, but it was given to the Coyotes.

    In the preseason power rankings, Los Alamos finished with a rating of zero, putting it in a dead heat with Del Norte and Valencia.

    By contrast, the preseason No. 1 in the MaxPreps rankings, Goddard, had a rating of 46.8, while No. 25 team Chaparral had a rating of -40.7.

    Goddard is the defending 4A champ heading into this season. It defeated Los Lunas 17-14 last year’s state title game.

  • Kirk, Ortiz earn sports media honor

    Few athletes managed to grab the attention of fans during the 2012-13 academic year like Erin Kirk. She certainly grabbed the attention of the media.
    Erin Kirk was named the female Athlete of the Year by the Los Alamos Sports Association. She was awarded a plaque and a T-shirt to commemorate her pick as the top athlete at Los Alamos High School during her senior year.
    LASA is an informal group made up of members of the Los Alamos sports media, which includes KRSN AM 1490’s sports announcers Gene Mortensen, Rick Picard, Mike Katko, station co-owner David Sutton and John McHale and Mike Maez-Cote of the Los Alamos Monitor.
    LASA plans to make the Athlete of the Year award an annual event to recognize LAHS’ top senior sports performers.
    Kirk was recognized at a ceremony Monday at De Colores restaurant.
    The male Athlete of the Year selection for the 2012-13 season was Arnoldo Oritz, although Ortiz didn’t attend Monday’s ceremony.
    Ortiz was the only four-sport athlete at Los Alamos last year. He was the top rusher on the Hilltopper football team in the fall, a third-place finisher at the state tournament in wrestling and a starter for the hockey team in the winter, and competed in track and field during the spring.

  • 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.