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  • Golf tournament will benefit local YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its fourth annual Strong Kids Golf Classic June 15.
    The golf tournament, which will start at 1 p.m. at Los Alamos Golf Course, is a scramble. Proceeds will go to benefit the YMCA.
    Price for participation is $80 per player. Entry fee includes a team golf cart, three mulligans and dinner and drink tickets. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers and several raffle and hole-in-one prizes will be available.
    More information can be obtained by calling the YMCA at 662-3100.
     

  • LA Blast wins big at tourney

    The Los Alamos Blast 11-and-under baseball team won the Blue Chip Baseball Memorial Day Tournament. The tournament was played in Durango, Colo., and included teams from New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.
    The Blast clubbed the Albuquerque Eagles 15-0 in the tournament championship game.
    This was the second big tournament showing for the Blast in the month of May. The Blast also finished second in the Cinco De Mayo Invitational in Rio Rancho.
    Members of the Los Alamos Blast include Bryson Ballew, Jacob Benelli, Logan Bishop, Jakob Castille, Lucario Chavez, Walker Eaton, Antonio Gonzales, Luke Kirkland, Arthur Steinkamp, Hunter Swavely and Rhett Van Tiem.
     

  • Big event canceled for this weekend

    A major athletic event in the area has been nixed due to the Thompson Ridge Fire.
    The Run the Caldera, which is hosted annually by the Valles Caldera National Preserve, is canceled for this year. The Run the Caldera, which was scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday, was scheduled to have better than 500 runners from the area participate.
    The Thompson Ridge Fire, which has covered approximately 9,300 acres and reached the Valle Grande Tuesday evening, doesn’t seem to be slowing down much and the Run the Caldera organizers felt the safety of those involved in the races couldn’t be guaranteed.
    “The fire line has expanded over all of our courses,” said VCNP spokesperson Terry McDermott. “Even if the fire stopped today, there are still a lot of hot spots and fallen trees.”
    The Run the Caldera will not be rescheduled this year. VCNP officials said everyone who had registered will get a full refund of their entry fee.
    All other activity at the preserve, including fishing and hiking, has been suspended until further notice. McDermott said the VCNP was attempting to get a hold of those who had reservations to visit the area.
    Unfortunately for local athletes having area events canceled or postponed due to fire conditions is becoming a common occurrence.

  • This year's Jemez Mountain Trail Run results

    Here are the results from the 2013 Jemez Mountain Trail Runs. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.

    Women’s 50 miles

    1. Diana Finkel, South Fork, Colo., 9:15:00; 2. Katie Arnold, Santa Fe, 10:17:41; 3. Katrin Silva, Las Vegas, 10:44:49; 4. Amanda Ewing, Colorado Springs, Colo., 10:55:25; 5. Missy Gosney, Durango, Colo., 10:57:22; 6. Leah Fein, Durango, Colo., 11:25:58; 7. Margaret Ochs, Sandia Park, 12:40:31; 8. Megan Dell, Albuquerque, 13:00:53; 9. Ruth Hamrick, Cedar Crest, 13:22:09; 10. Lauren Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 13:34:23;

    11. Veronika Mocko, 13:42:12; 12. Stacey Shaver-Matson, North Little Rock, Ark., 13:42:16; 13. Teresa Verbung, Summerset, S.D., 14:21:40; 14. Cheri Fine, Atlanta, Ga., 15:10:57; 15. Christina Yarbrough, Highands Ranch, Colo., 15:24:22; 16. Nancy Shidler, Oklahoma City, Okla., 15:45:57; 17. Diane Desouza, El Prado, 15:53:27; 18. Deb Pero, Jemez Springs, 16:07:08.

    Men’s 50 miles

  • Kirk, Smith earn the 2013 Clendenen Award

    Few, if any, of the winners of Los Alamos High School’s top student-athlete award expected they’d need to clear off shelf space for it.

    Erin Kirk and Dalton Smith were no exception this year.

    The Clendenen Student-Athlete Award, which was known for many years as the Virchow Award, is given to the Los Alamos High School student-athlete that best exemplifies leadership, community service and academic excellence. Candidates, who are nominated by a varsity coach at the school, also cannot use alcohol, tobacco or drugs during their high school careers.

    The finalists for the award — this year there were three boys and 11 girls — are interviewed in front of a panel of community members, who are charged with selecting the winners.

    Kirk said she was stunned that she was selected out of a field of top quality student-athletes.

    “It speaks very highly of us, all the finalists there were,” said Kirk, talking about the LAHS athletic program overall. “To be a finalist was so amazing.”

    The award was presented as the climax of the Senior Athlete Award Ceremony Thursday night.
    Smith was picked from a small but quality field of student-athletes and he said he felt humbled by his selection.

  • Sports Briefs 06-02-13

    PE, basketball camp registration is open

    Justin Black will host summer physical education sessions and basketball basic skills camps at Chamisa Elementary School starting June 10.
    There will be two sessions of summer PE, the other starting June 17. There will be morning and afternoon classes for elementary school-aged children.
    Summer PE includes dodgeball, speed stacking, Dance Dance Revolution and other activities.
    The summer basketball camps, which are also scheduled for the weeks of June 10 and June 17, are for boys and girls in grades 3 and up.
    Price for participation is $50 per week.
    More information is available by calling Black at 505-716-1149.

    Golf tournament will benefit local YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its fourth annual Strong Kids Golf Classic June 15.
    The golf tournament, which will start at 1 p.m. at Los Alamos Golf Course, is a scramble. Proceeds will go to benefit the YMCA.
    Price for participation is $80 per player. Entry fee includes a team golf cart, three mulligans and dinner and drink tickets. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers and several raffle and hole-in-one prizes will be available.
    More information can be obtained by calling the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Tour de LA is in need of volunteers

  • Marr has closest prediction Tuesday

    The competitors at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race had several options available to them.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday night. The 19 runners and walkers could choose courses from either paved or Satch Cowan and Quemazon trails.
    The top predictors came from paved courses. Duane Marr finished with a 24-second error to top this week’s predictions.
    Jackie Marr had a 39-second error, followed by Joan Williams (141 seconds) and Zach Medin (151 seconds).
    The top finisher on the paved 1-mile course was Jackie Marr with a time of 17:01. Duane Marr had the best finish among men on the paved 1-mile course (17:48).
    On the 1-mile trail course, Bob Weeks was the top finisher (18:49), followed by Sue Elkins (18:56).
    Medin was the first finisher on the 3-mile paved course (29:31). On the 3-mile trail course, Ted Romero (34:55) and Karen Thorn (54:16) were the top finishers.
    The next Pace Race is 6 p.m. Tuesday. The race will be on American Springs Road, about 1-1/2 miles from the Back Gate toward the Valles Caldera.
    For more information about the next Pace Race or about the Atomic City Roadrunners, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

  • LA athletes honored at ceremony

    It was a night of surprises Thursday at the annual Senior Athlete Award Ceremony.
    The annual event, held at Duane Smith Auditorium, honors some of the top athletic performers from the previous year for Los Alamos High School.
    The climax of the night is the presentation of the Clendenen Student-Athlete Awards, which recognizes the top graduating student-athletes. In all, 11 girls and 3 boys were the finalists for this year’s award, which was won by swimmer and tennis player Dalton Smith on the boys side and three-sport star Erin Kirk on the girls.
    Smith said he was stunned when his name was called.
    “I feel completely humbled,” Smith said. “I feel honored that I have been given a good opportunity to excel. To choose me, I was shocked. There are great athletes at this school.”
    Smith wasn’t the only person to express surprise that they were selected for awards Thursday.
    Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms, who served as emcee of the ceremony, said she was proud of the accomplishments of the school’s student-athletes this past year, not the least of which was they had outperformed the athletes from one of LAHS’ main rivals, Albuquerque Academy, in many sports.

  • Ortiz awarded a 2013 roster spot with Lobos

    New Los Alamos Hilltopper head volleyball coach Robin Reynolds was as surprised as anyone when he heard the news.
    Attending a conference at the University of New Mexico, Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson announced that a former Hilltopper would be receiving a roster spot for the next year.
    “The coach announced that Danielle had made it through tryouts,” Reynolds said. “He said that she needed to start coming to practices regularly, because she’s going to be on the team.”
    The player in question was Danielle Ortiz, one of the top defensive players in Class 4A during her career with the Hilltoppers.
    Ortiz, Los Alamos’ standout libero, will join the Lobos as a walk-on for the 2013 season.
    Before she does that, however, she said she’s got a lot to work on, specifically getting back in playing shape.
    “This week I just started and I’m really sore,” Ortiz said. “I started lifting weights and running. I have to keep that up until we start practice. It’s hard work, but it’ll be worth it.”
    Oritz got on UNM’s radar earlier in her career. She played for a club volleyball team that was run partially by members of the Lobo coaching staff.

  • Learning the Ropes (and the Nets)

    Several young athletes took part in a free volleyball clinic Friday at Auxiliary Gym. The clinic was part of the Review-Preview event hosted by Los Alamos High School’s volleyball program.