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  • Bikers from all over enjoy Punishment

    Fist bumps and screams of joy were a common theme during the Pajarito Punishment practice round on Friday.
    The punishment course — Fast and Loose to Muy Loco — was in prime condition and downhill mountain bikers from all over were stoked to race the track.
    “It’s awesome; perfect,” said Telluride’s Brandon Watson. “That little bit of rain helped a lot.”
    Just because the competitors were having fun riding the course, however, doesn’t mean it wasn’t challenging enough to be worthy of New Mexico’s state championship track.
    “It’s a thrill and it’s scary all at the same time,” Telluride’s James Palmer said.
    “It’s honestly the steepest race course I’ve ever seen,” Albuquerque’s Burt Boyce said. “There aren’t too many crazy features. There are just a lot of huge rocks. And it’s so steep.”
    Where there were features, like ladder bridges ending with a drop, a lot of times there was an alternate route competitors could take. Riding around a feature to take an alternate route, however, was always slower than catching air. And in a downhill race, speed is the only thing that counts.

  • Sports Briefs 6-5-15

    Football fundraiser
    The Los Alamos football team is having car wash Saturday to raise money for its upcoming season.
    In Los Alamos, the athletes will be washing cars at the Zia Credit Union from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    In White Rock, the football players will be washing cars at the Phillips 66 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    People can get their cars shiny and support the team for a cost/donation.

    Basketball camp
    There will be a Jr. ’Topper summer basketball camp next week, June 8-12, at Los Alamos High School.
    Mini ’Toppers, for kids in kindergarten through second grade, will play in the school’s auxiliary gym daily from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Mid ’Toppers, for kids in third through sixth grade, will meet in the Griffith Gymnasium from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    The cost to attend the camps is $75.
    Boys and girls may pre-register for the camp at the Jr. ’Topper webpage, latoppers.org.
    At-the-door registration will also be available at the camp.

  • Local All-Stars ready to compete for North

    The high school sports season is over, but a handful of athletes who recently graduated will get to represent Los Alamos, and the North, one more time in New Mexico’s annual North-South All-Star showcases.
    Amber Logan, Laura Whicker, Jordan Hammock and Jared Mang all got selected to play for the North in the Class 5A-6A showdowns in their respective sports.
    Tonight, Logan will step on the court at Volcano Vista High School at 7:30 p.m.
    Logan is known for ability to drain shots from the perimeter and was a big part of the team’s success this year. She sunk six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points in the Hilltopper girls’ first-round state victory over Goddard.
    Logan and Jonathan Schueler were recentlynamed the Los Alamos Sports Association’s Athletes of the Year and were both recipients of this year’s Clendenen Award.
    Whicker was one of six females selected from the North for the tennis showcase this weekend in Albuquerque. Whicker competed in the state doubles championships with teammate, Katya Skurikhin. The duo reached the quarterfinals and won their first set, but they were eliminated despite taking 5-3 leads in the second and third sets.
    In the state team competition, Whicker helped the Hilltopper girls reach the semifinals and finish in the top-four.

  • Pajarito kicking off biking season with Summer Fest

    Pajarito will kick of its summer season Saturday with its annual Summer Fest. The event will feature lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking, downhill races, beer, disc golf and live music.
    “It’s been a great event for us,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “The community supports it and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone and kicking off our summer events.”
    The best downhill mountain bikers from New Mexico will compete in the Pajarito Punishment, which will double as the state championships this year. The fast, steep and technical course will begin on Fast and Loose and finish on Muy Loco.
    The punishment will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. The finish line of the race is near Pajarito’s base lodge, which is perfect for spectators — Summer Fest’s bands and breweries will also begin at 1 p.m.
    Four bands will perform while 10 breweries from around New Mexico serve up suds until 6 p.m. The Santa Fe Brewery, Second Street, Taos Mesa, La Cumbre, Tractor, Turtle Mountain, Abbey, Bosque and Boxing Bear will be there to make the event a hoppy time.
    Free Atomic City Shuttles will also be around to take people from town to the mountain and back to help people get home safe. The shuttles will leave from Los Alamos High School every half hour, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Burnside barely misses prediction

    In a great turnout, 48 runners and walkers enjoyed a warm dry evening for the one, two, three and four mile Pace Race courses on Barranca Mesa Tuesday.
    In the one-mile course around Navajo, Los Pueblos and Barranca roads, Melina Burnside had the best prediction, only .45 seconds off her prediction for an adjusted delta of 1.35 seconds off. Sue Elkins was right behind her at 6 seconds off her prediction followed by Joan Williams, 12 seconds off, Billy Strother, 15 seconds off, and Ted Romero, who was 18 seconds off of his prediction.
    In the three-mile road course around Navajo, down almost to the end of Los Pueblos and back around Barranca Road, Nikol Strother had the best prediction. She was 71 seconds off her prediction and Sam Crooks was 118 seconds off of his prediction.
    The two-mile trail course went out on to the Deer Trap Mesa trail, taking the south fork for an out-and-back run, or hike.
    Predictions turned out to be hard to make on the trail runs. Jeanette Trujillo Rondeau was the best predictor at 130 seconds off her prediction.
    Inez Ross did two loops of the one-mile paved course, in preparation for doing a 5K at the Senior Olympics, and was 94 seconds off of her prediction.

  • Derby Dames mash it up to start season

    Skaters from Duke City Derby and Farmington’s Animas Rollergirls joined the Los Alamos Derby Dames for a mash-up Saturday at the county ice rink.
    The scrimmage was an opportunity for new players to get some game experience and returners to regain their form, but the action was as intense as a regular game — body after body got knocked down on the concrete flat track as the teams fought for points.
    The Green Chile, however, started hot and only got hotter throughout the game to take down the Red Chile squad, 212-74.
    Latzah Ballz actually scored the first five points of the game for the Red Chile, but it ended up being the team’s only lead in the contest.
    On the second jam, Ivy A. Nightmare broke through Red’s blockers to get the lead jammer position, lapped Red’s entire team twice to score two grand slams, worth five points apiece, and Green never looked back.
    Green’s blockers contained Acute Pain on the third jam while French Bulldozer weaved in and out of Red’s team to score 14 more points.
    Red kept it close with four points from Latzah Ballz and three from Vexy, cutting Green’s lead to 28-17

  • LA cross country meeting Tuesday

    The Los Alamos cross country coaches are having a meeting for incoming freshman athletes and their parents and other newcomers to the high school program.
    The meeting will take place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the high school’s Speech Theater — the entrance is by the outdoor basketball court, so attendees should park in the Griffith lot and walk toward the round library.
    The coaches will share information about high school cross country in general, summer practices, physicals, training calendars and more.
    For eighth-graders who already have an older sibling who runs high school cross country, attendance isn’t necessary.
    Those who cannot attend are asked to contact the coaches, Rob and Kathy Hipwood, at losalamosxc@gmail.com.
     

  • Competitors blow up targets

    Young athletes from across New Mexico shot International Bunker Trap in the cold and rain on May 16 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club.
    In international trap, there is a trap bunker that has three machines in front of each shooting station that launch clay targets. Competitors may use any 12-gauge shotgun that holds two rounds — two shots are allowed for each target. The 110-millimeter targets are thrown roughly 75 yards at 65 miles per hour.
    The competition was a qualifying event for the Junior Olympic national shotgun competition, which will be held in Colorado Springs July 20-26.
    Los Alamos participants at the event included Kes Luchini, Josh Smith, David Smith, Chris Bond and Sam Bond. Joining them were Shanna Moss and Jourdyn Rino from Aztec, Lauren Williams and Savannah Williams from La Plata and Garit Graham from Texico.
    Chris Bond won men’s gold. Bond and Josh Smith, however, were tied after regulation and needed a 15-shot shootout to determine the winner. Bond won the shootout to take gold and Smith had to settle for silver.
    Graham took bronze.
    The women’s gold went to Luchini. Savannah Williams won the silver while Moss beat Rino by one target to win the bronze.

  • ’Topper baseball players honored by district

    After winning its seventh consecutive district baseball championship, seven Hilltoppers and its manager were honored recently by District 2-5A.
    Jared Mang was named the district’s co-player of the year, sharing the honor with Española Valley’s Jesus Chavez.
    Connor Mang, Lane Saunders and Jarrett Genero were named to the all-district first-team.
    Trevor Pacheco, Colin Maddox and Zealand Walterscheid made the second team and manager Mike Gill was named the district’s coach of the year.
    “It’s a great core — every one of them deserved it,” Gill said. “What a group of kids!”
    In baseball, the district recognizes the top-15 players, regardless of their position.
    Jared Mang did it all for the Hilltoppers — pitching, fielding and hitting the ball hard and far. Teams, however, often took the bat out of his hands. Mang was intentionally walked 12 times, forcing other players to step up.
    Lots of ’Toppers rose to the challenge and got big hits in big games.
    Walterscheid drove in a run against Española Valley to send the contest into extra innings. Then Genero knocked in the game-winning run to help Los Alamos win the district title.

  • Mang repeats as Gatorade Player of the Year in N.M.

    Honor after honor keeps rolling in for Jared Mang.
    Mang was recently named the District 2-5A co-player of the year. He’s been selected to play in the Class 5A and 6A North-South All-Star game, which will take place June 12-13 at Las Cruces’ Apodaca Park.
    Topping those honors, however, is one of the most prestigious awards a high school athlete can receive. For the second year in a row, Mang was named New Mexico’s Gatorade Player of the Year for baseball.
    “It’s a testament to what can be done with hard work in the off-season,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “It’s an award for him, his brother and his dad for the work they do in the off-season. They’re constantly working on skills. Swinging in the garage and getting those extra reps in, playing catch, taking ground balls.”
    Mang was able to excel all over the field and make big plays for the ’Toppers with his bat, glove and arm this year.
    In the field, Mang played three of the most demanding positions. He pitched in many of the team’s biggest games and finished with a 7-1 record on the mound with a 0.80 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 52.1 innings.
    When he wasn’t pitching, Mang played either shortstop or center field — depending on who else was one the mound.