• 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.

  • Sports Briefs 5-28-15

    Tennis clinic
    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers are holding a tennis clinic for local youth, ages 6-15. The clinics also include a USTA Quick Start program for kids 6-10 years old.
    The sessions will take place June 8-12 from 5:15-6:45 p.m. daily at the Mesa Tennis Courts, located behind Sullivan Field.
    The clinics, which are a fundraiser for the high school teams, cost $40 and include a clinic T-shirt.
    To register, email losalamostennisclinic@comcast.net.
    For more information, call Lloyd, 660-5714, or Bruce, 660-1440.

  • Tumblers shine in Colorado

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ platinum and gold level gymnasts, who will be competing at the regional championships later this month, traveled to Denver this past weekend to compete against 12 Colorado teams at Encore Gymnastics.
    In the senior platinum division, Ashley Bustos took the gold in the all-around competition with a 37.15. Bustos also won gold on the balance beam with 9.45, silver on floor with a 9.50 and bronze on both the vault (9.40) and bars (8.80).
    Teammate Carley Stilwell was seventh all-around with a 35.45. Stilwell won gold on the vault with a personal best score of 9.80. Stilwel also tied for second on floor with a 9.50.
    In the junior platinum division, Anna Clark was 10th all-around with a 35.60. Clark finished sixth on bars with an 8.0 and eighth on floor with a 9.30. Teammate Suyana Ferreira finished 11th all around with a 35.55. Ferreira won gold with her best vault ever, a 9.80. On the vault, she completed a half twist on to a half twist off. She also won a bronze on bars with a 9.05.
    In the senior division of the gold competition, Cherie McCreary finished 10th all around with a 33.85. She won a bronze on bars with a 9.00 and finished sixth on vault with an 8.65.

  • Strother wins competitive Pace Race

    Tuesday’s Pace Race at the Cañada del Buey trail in White Rock was a competitive one.
    Only .55 seconds separated the first and second-place finishers on the three-mile course.
    Nikol Strother, however, ended up being the fastest runner and he also had the best prediction on the three-mile course. Strother finished with a time of 20 minutes, 19.64 seconds and a prediction error of 7.64 seconds.
    Monica Cook was the second best predictor with an error of 8.19 seconds while Roxana Candia missed her prediction by 9 seconds.
    Jayson Jones was the best predictor on the one-mile course with an adjusted error of 3.15 seconds.
    Second was Tamryn Jones. Her prediction had an adjusted error of 4.26 seconds and Jackie Peckham was next with an adjusted error of 5.7 seconds.
    Next Tuesday’s pace race will start at 6 p.m. at the corner of Barranca and Navajo Roads on Barranca Mesa.
    There will be one and three-mile courses on pavement and also two and four-mile courses on the Deer Trap Mesa trail.
    This year both the two and 4.13 courses will run counter-clockwise. See last year’s map at usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=542399
    The 4.13-mile loop extends the middle mesa trail to the power lines.
    On the two-mile trail, runners will take the south fork of the trail.

  • Locals finish fast at Jemez Mountain races

    Nearly 500 runners from 24 states and Washington, D.C., tested their endurance Saturday in the annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races.
    Local runners, however, were at the top or near the top in all three races.
    Los Alamos’ John Rees won the half-marathon while Erika Baron was the first female to finish the 50K.
    The half-marathon was the shortest of the three Jemez Mountain Trail Races. The longest race was a 50-mile slog that started on North Mesa, went up the Mitchell Trail, passed Pajarito Mountain and then did a giant loop around the ski area before returning on Pipleine and Guaje Ridge back to North Mesa.
    Nick Clark of Fort Collins, Colo., won the 50-mile race for a third time. Clark finished the 50-mile run in 8 hours, 27 minutes and 2 seconds, over 22 minutes faster than the second-place finisher, Chris Price of Pasadena, Calif.
    There were 106 runners who completed the 50-mile race, including 11 from Los Alamos.
    Mark Porter led the local contingent with a 17th-place finish (10:27:19).

  • Hitting The Trail