• Sports Briefs 05-27-14

    Athletic Night is tonight at LAHS

    Los Alamos High School will host Athletic Night tonight at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Athletic Night is for incoming freshmen interested in participating in high school sports for the 2014-15 academic year or for incoming eighth graders interested in trying out for high school programs.
    The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Areas of discussion will include summer workout information for fall sports.

    Football team serving breakfast Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will host a waffle breakfast Saturday at the Los Alamos Masonic Lodge.
    The waffle breakfast will be from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Waffles with fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverage will be served.
    Price the breakfast is $7 for adults, $3 for kids 6 and under.
    Proceeds will go to benefit the football program.

    Track to be closed starting June 5

    The Sullivan Field track will be closed from June 5-20, Los Alamos High School announced Friday.
    The MONDO track surface will be cleaned and repaired during that time, according to a press release from LAHS.
    No field or track users will be allowed onto Sullivan Field during the closure. For more information, call the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531.

    Soccer camps will be in Los Alamos, White Rock

  • Kirk working out for Bulls this week

    With just about a month to go before the NBA draft, former Los Alamos Hilltopper center Alex Kirk is going to be making his rounds.
    Kirk, a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School and one of the most recruited basketball players in school history, took off from Florida Sunday on his way to Chicago. Kirk, who has been training in Florida, will work out this week for the Chicago Bulls’ club.
    Following his visit to Chicago, Kirk also has stops planned for Indiana and Philadelphia to work out for those clubs, too.
    The NBA draft is set for June 26.
    Kirk played his college ball for the University of New Mexico. In his four seasons there, he became among the school’s all-time career leaders in rebounds and blocked shots and, in the final game of the Mountain West Conference tournament in March, became a member of UNM’s 1,000-point club.
    Following the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Kirk decided to forego his last year of college eligibility and enter his name for the draft, procuring a sports agent shortly after making his decision.
    Chicago is an interesting spot for Kirk to visit. Not only did the Bulls make the NBA playoff field this season, it was also the home for several seasons for another premier UNM big man, Luc Longley, who played with the team between the 1993-1998 seasons.

  • Hemez finishes career with a bang

    ALBUQUERQUE – For a long time, it’s been hard to top the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in distance events. That didn’t change last weekend, either.
    And while the Hilltoppers have had a strong distance corps season after season, the 2013-14 season was all about Colin Hemez.
    Hemez, who was among the elite runners in the state coming into his senior year, didn’t disappoint. And he finished his career at Los Alamos High School with a bang.
    Going up against one of his oldest, toughest rivals in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters, Hemez got the best of Kevin Wyss of Albuquerque Academy to take both titles at the May 16-17 Class 4A state championship meet. Hemez nipped Wyss for the 3,200 championship May 16 – a big part of the reason the Hilltoppers actually held the lead in team points for much of the meet – then held off a challenge from Wyss when he tried to turn the tables in the May 17 1,600 meters.
    “When I look back on my track and cross country career, that’s going to be what I remember, those head-to-head battles,” Hemez said. “Working against each other, playing off each other, training for each other. That’s what we remember.”

  • Sports Briefs 05-25-14

    Soccer camps set for early June

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer program is hosting a camp for boys and girls ages 3-9.
    The camp has two sessions. The first is set for June 9-13 at Urban Park and the second is June 16-20 at Rover Park.
    Price for participation is $35 for one session or $50 for both sessions. Registration deadline for the first session is June 2.
    For more information or to download registration forms, visit laschools.net/athletics. Forms are also available at Los Alamos National Bank or by contacting Marsha Parker at 672-1558 or emailing her at pkrmass1@byu.net.

    Track to close for maintenance

    The Sullivan Field track will be closed from June 5-20, Los Alamos High School announced Friday.
    The MONDO track surface will be cleaned and repaired during that time, according to a press release from LAHS.
    No field or track users will be allowed onto Sullivan Field during the closure. For more information, call the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531.

    Youth hoops camp registration is open

  • Trail Runs Underway

    The half-marathon runners took off from the start of the Jemez Mountain Trail run at 8 a.m. Saturday from the Los Alamos Posse Lodge.

    The JMTR event includes a half-marathon, 50K and 50-mile event. The 50-milers took off at 5 a.m. Saturday.

  • Ealey places sixth at Big 12 championship

    Former Los Alamos track and field star Chase Ealey finished sixth in the shot put at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship meet last weekend.
    Ealey, a sprinter and thrower who graduated in 2012, led Los Alamos to four consecutive state team titles, competes as a thrower for Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
    At the Big 12 championships, Ealey finished with a throw of 51 feet, 1 inch, to take sixth place in the meet.
    Ealey is a sophomore with the Cowboys. As a freshman, she recorded the best throw in Oklahoma State history, going 52-6 in the event.
    For her finish last weekend, Ealey earned an All-Big 12 honor.

  • Senior men's golf results, May 6-7

    Here are the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament results from May 6 and May 7.

    UNM Championship Course, May 6

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Bob Bittner, Albuquerque, 73.
    Second low gross: Mike Barela, Santa Fe, 77.
    First low net: Ronne Mercer, Albuquerque, 71.
    Second low net: George Keloff, Monte Vista, Colo., 71.

    First flight

    First low gross: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, 78.
    Second low gross: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 83.
    First low net: Thomas Vigil, Dulce, 86.
    Second low net: Maurice Bonal, Santa Fe, 70.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Dale Crumpton, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 84.
    Second low gross: Gilbert Romero, SantaFe, 85.
    First low net: David Lambert, Gallup, 66.
    Second low net: Bruce Dickinson, Albuquerque, 69.

    Third flight

    First low gross: Don Holifield, Santa Fe, 88.
    Second low gross: Herman Gallegos, Pecos, 89.
    First low net: Phil Allen, Gallup, 68.
    Second low net: Leonard Chavez, Santa Fe, 70.
    Third low net: Larry Hults, Los Alamos, 70.

    Fourth flight

  • Trail Runs are set for Saturday

    The ninth annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs is set to go off bright and early Saturday morning.
    The Trail Runs, which attract upwards of 500 runners annually, includes a 50-mile, 50-kilometer and half-marathon competition. Runners brave the trails starting from North Mesa and heading up toward Pajarito Mountain and back.
    Last year, the long race was won by Matt Hart of Salt Lake City, who posted a very respectable time of 9 hours, 4 minutes, 57 seconds. He won the men’s competition by nearly 20 minutes over Jason Poole of Evergreen, Colo.
    The closest finisher to Hart in the race was the women’s 50-mile winner, Diana Finkel of South Fork, Colo., who finished in 9:15:00.
    Finkel finished nearly an hour ahead of runner-up Katie Arnold of Santa Fe.
    The top local finisher in 2013 was Erica Baron, who won the women’s half-mile in a time of 1:50.36.
    The 50-mile race starts before dawn Saturday. It goes off at 5 a.m. The 50K race will start at 6 a.m. and the half-mile race will get going at 8 a.m.
    All the races begin at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge. 

  • Burnside is top predictor

    Patricia Burnside had the top prediction in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly run hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners’ running club, was Tuesday in the Western Area on the Satch Cowan and Quemazon Trails.
    The 1-mile course was on paved roads and sidewalks and most of the best predictions came from that course.
    In all, 36 runners and walkers took part this week.
    Burnside had an adjusted error of 9 seconds on the 1-mile course. Daughter Melina Burnside had the next-best prediction of the week, coming in at 12 seconds off. No other competitors were closer than 87 seconds.
    The fastest runner on the 1-mile course was Melina Burnside (8:19) and Colin Pedicini (13:16).
    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero had the best time, finishing in 33:12. Romero was followed by Nikol Strother, who came in at 33:26.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday. That race, the “Run With a View,” will start at 6 p.m. at N.M. 501 approximately two miles from the intersection with the ski hill road.
    There will be 1- and 3-mile courses on pavement and trails available.
    For more information on that Pace Race, call 672-9243 or 672-1639. For more information on the Roadrunners, visit the club’s website at atomicrunners.com. 

  • Results from 4A championship meet

    ALBUQUERQUE — Here are the results from the Class 4A state championship track and field meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.


    Team scores

    1. Farmington, 64; 2. Albuquerque Academy, 51; 3. Los Alamos, 50.5; 4. Valencia, 31; 5. Moriarty, 30; 6. Piedra Vista, 27; 7. Goddard, 26; 8. St. Pius X, 25.5; 9. Grants, 20; 10. Artesia, 19; 11. Capital, 15; 12. Belen, 14; (tie) Kirtland Central, 14; 14. Los Lunas, 13.5; 15. Aztec, 11.5; 16. Miyamura, 8; 17. Del Norte, 7; 18. Centennial, 6; 19. Gallup, 5; 20. Roswell, 4; (tie) Santa Fe, 4; (tie) Española Valley, 4; 23. Chaparral, 3; 24. Santa Teresa, 1.

    High jump

    1. Avery Rasher, Farmington, 6-4; 2. Cristian Cedano, Centennial, 6-2; 3. Parker Hibbett, Academy, 6-2; 5. (tie) Greg Ahlers, 6-0; Skyler Veenis, 5-10; Skyler McCall, 5-10; Simon Bailey, 5-10.


    1. Christian Mackey, Kirtland Central, 162-2; 2. Colin Nickless, 148-7; 3. Jackson Morris, Academy, 140-4; 4. John Schueler, 139-4.

    Long jump

    1. Daryl Wiggins, Del Norte, 22-3/4; 2. Cassius Corley, Grants, 21-11; 3. Jared Garduño, Española Valley, 21-9.

    Pole vault