• Kim tops Croney in finals of women's LATC tourney

    Despite having a year’s hiatus, Jeena Kim successfully defended her Los Alamos Tennis Club women’s title.
    The LATC held its annual championship tournament July 26-27 at Urban Park, with approximately 40 players participating.
    Kim won the 2011 LATC women’s championship draw, but because of low participation numbers in 2012, there was no women’s flight. But this year, Kim got a crack at defending her title and did just that by defeating Debi Croney in the final, winning in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
    In the men’s top singles flight, John Park, a former LATC champion, returned to title form, topping Bob Tonelli 6-1, 6-1 to earn that crown.
    The team of Gilbert Ratliff/John Charles earned a victory in the men’s A doubles draw, topping Forrest White/George Margevicius, 6-4, 6-3, while sisters Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff/Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff came back from a set down to top Joel Williams/Gordon Medford in the B doubles draw, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
    In one of the closest matches of the tournament, the finals of the mixed A doubles competition, Ryan Maupin/Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff outlasted Chad Bustard/Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
    Other winners included Tom Kelley/Marlene Kelley in mixed B doubles and Peter Greene in the men’s over-50 singles draw.

  • Football Opening Day

    Monday was the first official day of preseason workouts for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team, as well as the other teams around the state. The Hilltoppers will open up their 2013 season Aug. 30 when they travel to Pojoaque Valley. Los Alamos finished 6-4 last season and was second in the District 2-4A race behind Santa Fe. 

  • Matt Gonzales wins his third straight Splash N Dash

    For the third time in as many tries, Matt Gonzales was the top finisher on the long course of the Splash N Dash.
    Gonzales topped 2012 Los Alamos Triathlon men’s champion Chip Cooper to win the third Splash N Dash series event July 24. The last of this year’s Splash N Dash series is Wednesday.
    Gonzales finished with a time of 24 minutes, 43 seconds in the multi-sport event, hosted by the Triatomics. Cooper, meanwhile, finished as the runner-up in 25:08.
    On the shorter course, Ben Rees was the first finisher for the second time in a row, posting a finish of 18:11, more than a minute ahead of runner-up Gabe Katko. The relay team of Isabell Fox/Gabe Fox had the best time on the youth course (14:55).
    More information about the Splash N Dash series or the Triatomics can be found at triatomics.org.

    Here are the results from the July 24 Splash N Dash (swim time, run time, total time):

    400-yard swim, 5K run

    1. Matt Gonzales, 5:38, 19:05, 24:43; 2. Chip Cooper, 5:05, 20:03, 25:08; 3. Karen Henderson/Mary Billen, 4:52, 21:57, 26:49; 4. Clay Moseley, 5:38, 21:16, 26:54; 5. Miles Fitzgerald, 5:30, 22:57, 28:27; 6. Zack Baker, 6:05, 22:55, 29:00; 7. Whitney Dreier, 6:35, 23:13, 29:48; 8. Scott Valdez, 9:18, 20:37, 29:55; 9. Adam Martinez, 7:53, 22:17, 30:10; 10. Heath McLaughlin, 5:20, 25:16, 30:36;

  • Sage Cottage hosts race in memory of former executive

    Jason Halladay was the winner of the Cheri Host 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday.
    The Cheri Host event was hosted by Sage Cottage in honor of its former executive director. The run, held just two days before what would’ve been her 54th birthday, was the first of what Sage Cottage is planning as an annual event.
    Host died in 2012 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer.
    “Cheri was our boss, mentor, and friend,” said Erica Spencer. “She always encouraged us to further our education, and be a part of something bigger in our community. She showed us the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and the benefit of being active.”
    Halladay finished Saturday’s race, run in White Rock, in 20 minutes, 9 seconds. Vlad Henzl was the runner-up followed by Michelle Hall in third place.

    Here are the results of the Cheri Host 5K Fun Run/Walk:

    1. Jason Halladay, 20:09; 2. Vlad Henzl, 22:00; 3. Michelle Hall, 22:10; 4. Brian Geyer, 25:12; 5. Jodi Cull-Host, 25:22; 6. Jaime Cull-Host, 25:22; 7. Bobby Sorenson, 29:27; 8. Ted Williams, 40:56; 9. Alex Geyer, 45:34; 10. Leslie Geyer, 45:39;

    11. Theresa Cull, 55:58; 12. Susan Medel, 55:52; 13. Aidan Cooley, 56:04; 14. Jeff Dermer, 56:09; 15. Beth Dermer, 56:09; 16. Barbara Cull, 56:28.

  • Senior men's golf results

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments played at Trinidad Golf Course July 23 and Gene Torres Golf Course July 24.

    July 23

    First flight

    First low gross: Dean Boice, Alamosa, Colo., 81.
    Second low gross: David Wintermule, Albuquerque, 82.
    First low net: Sol Zamora, Trinidad, Colo., 68.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Dennis Melia, Santa Fe, 90.
    Second low gross: Don Holifield, Santa Fe, 90.
    First low net: Gary Aycock, Santa Fe, 72.

    Third flight

    First low gross: Jim Downey, Santa Fe, 91.
    Second low gross: Ranza Boggess, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 93.
    First low net: Vidal Varela, Las Vegas, 66.

    Fourth flight

    First low gross: Bob Dixon, Trinidad, Colo., 81.
    Second low gross: Van Robertson, Nara Vista, 88.
    First low net: Mike Cuccia, Trinidad, Colo., 58.

    Closest to the pin

    No. 7: Don Pompeo, Los Alamos.

    July 24

    First flight

    First low gross: Chuck Padilla, Las Vegas, 78.
    Second low gross: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 78.
    First low net: Rudy Vigil, Montezuma, 65.

    Second flight

  • Girls soccer is first to start fall 2013 season for LA

    Although the weather is still balmy, the fall is fast approaching and local prep athletes are well aware of it.
    The start of the fall 2013 season at Los Alamos High School is ramping up with the first contests of the scholastic year now less than a calendar month away.
    Preparations for the 2013 fall season for most athletics at Los Alamos began right at the start of summer vacation, or in some cases, before school got out in May.
    However, the first official day of practice for high school football is Aug. 5, as set by the New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body of most interscholastic athletics. The other prep sports officially begin Aug. 12.
    As is the case most years, the Hilltopper girls soccer team will be the first to open its season. Los Alamos will take on longtime foe Farmington Aug. 24 at Sullivan Field.
    Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek, despite being one of the longest tenured head coaches in the history of the school, said it’s sometimes tough to predict exactly what spot the team will be starting from.
    “Hopefully, we don’t come in totally out of shape,” he said. “We have our first game two weeks after we start practicing. Hopefully nobody gets hurt when we get into practice. We’ll be OK.”

  • North 4A/5A All-Stars win in two sets

    The North Class 4A/5A All-Star volleyball team prevailed over its counterparts from the South Monday night.
    The North-South volleyball matches were Monday at Albuquerque High School. Players from six New Mexico classifications were in action for the final prep contests in the careers of the participants.
    The All-Star Games are hosted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Graduating senior student-athletes are selected by coaches from around the state for the honor.
    The 4A/5A team included a pair of Los Alamos graduates, Savanah Romero and Danielle Ortiz.
    The 4A/5A match was close, but the North prevailed in the best-of-3 contest in straight sets, 26-24, 25-20. The North also won the Class 2A/3A match, 18-25, 25-19, 25-16, but the South All-Stars prevailed in the small-school match, 25-16, 25-17.

  • Jones fires back to win LA City title

    Cale Jones came back from a four-stroke day one deficit to capture this year’s Los Alamos City Championship.
    Jones, a previous City champion and one of the steadiest local players on the men’s side, shot a 2-under Sunday to clinch the title. Day one leader Ted Ball, who shot a 2-under to take the lead at the halfway point, couldn’t continue his hot streak into day two, while Jones ran away with the title.
    The City Championship, hosted annually by Los Alamos Golf Course, had 61 entries this year. Several players, however, dropped out after the first round of the two-day event.
    Meanwhile, Eddie Sanchez grabbed his second straight senior men’s title in solid fashion. Sanchez outlasted another former City champion, Bruce Norman, for the win.
    On the women’s side, Anita Dunmar came out on top in a tightly-packed championship flight for the win. Dunmar held off 18-time City champion Ev Griggs by two strokes, while Ellen Stallings finished just two strokes back of Griggs.
    The 2013 women’s top flight was without Tami Martinson, who’d won the previous four women’s City titles. Dunmar had by far the low round of the women’s championship flight, shooting an 83 Saturday.

  • Sports Briefs 07-28-13

    Girls soccer tryouts begin Aug. 12

    Los Alamos High School’s girls soccer program will start its tryouts for the fall 2013 season Aug. 12.
    Tryouts are open to any girl entering grades 8-12.
    Players should meet Aug. 12 at Sullivan Field at 7 a.m. and have all necessary paperwork ready. Tryouts will be conducted at Sullivan Field and the Pueblo Complex.
    All interested players must have soccer shoes, shin guards and bring their own water to each session.
    More information can be obtained by calling Jiri Kubicek at 662-4865.

    Fundraising run will benefit the NMAA Foundation

    The 2013 New Mexico Activities Association Foundation’s Fun Run is scheduled for Aug. 10 in Albuquerque.
    The Fun Run, which will include a 5K run/walk and 1K kids fun run, will benefit the NMAA Foundation’s scholarship program.
    The event will be at the Albuquerque Academy campus starting at 8 a.m.
    Price for participation is $20 for the 5K, $12 for the 1K. Registration information can be found online at nmact.org.

    Youth soccer referee clinics will be held in Albuquerque

  • Van Etten, Brewer will take part in NMPreps combine

    A pair of Hilltopper football players will take part in today’s combine in Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos quarterback Brice Van Etten and linebacker Peter Brewer are both scheduled to compete in the NMPreps.com Elite Combine. The combine, hosted by the popular high school sports website, is scheduled from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Van Etten and Brewer are among more than 200 players from around the state that will be in today’s combine.
    “The 2013 event will be the biggest combine event thus far to showcase the athletic talent of New Mexico high school football players,” NMPreps.com publisher Kyle Henderson said.
    Each athlete will be tested in four core events: bench press, 40-yard dash, vertical jump and 20-yard shuttle run.
    This will be the sixth New Mexico combine hosted by NMPreps.
    Along with Brewer, who recently took part in an elite linebackers camp, and Van Etten, several players from nearby town like Santa Fe, Taos and Pojoaque, will participate in the event.
    The 2013 football season for the Hilltoppers is scheduled to open Aug. 30. Los Alamos will travel to Pojoaque for its opener.