• Ryan, Heather McNiff win Run For Her Life 5K

    The McNiffs were well represented at this weekend’s Run For Her Life 5K and 10K races.
    The event, which is a fundraiser for Hadassah’s work in the field of breast cancer research, was Sunday. The races started and finished at East Park.
    Ryan McNiff was the big winner in the men’s 5K race. He finished in a time of 18:26, topping Dixon’s Scott Valdez by nearly a minute and a half.
    In the women’s 5K race, Heather McNiff was the top finisher. She had a time of 21:35, easily the tops in that race.
    Erica Baron (41:06) was the first overall finisher in the long race, while Tad Hughes (48:29) won the men’s competition.
    The event was co-sponsored by Hadassah and the Atomic City Roadrunners club.

    Here are the results from the Run For Her Life 5K and 10K races. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

    Men’s 5K

    1. Ryan McNiff, 18:26; 2. Alex Zubelewicz, 25:27.

    1. Scott Valdez, Dixon, 19:52; 2. Kris Eriksen, 24:38; 3. Aaron McNiff, 34:56; 4. Jim Miller, Albuquerque, 35:18; 5. David Heerschap, Durango, Colo., 48:51.

    1. Thomas Venhaus, 29:48; 2. Chris Devereux, Santa Fe, 35:15.

  • LA Ski Club still weighing its options

    Amid the bad news, there is some good news for the Los Alamos Ski Club.
    The ski club membership voted in early February to explore a possible land and asset transfer to Los Alamos County or another interested party.
    And while exploration efforts with the county about the possible transfer are going well, LASC has also received a potential offer from a group affiliated with Sipapu, another popular ski resort in Northern New Mexico, that would also be interested in managing the area.
    Ski club president Philip Rae said one of the biggest worries of the club’s membership-at-large is that off-season activities, such as mountain biking and hiking, would be curtailed. However, there seems to be consensus from both the Sipapu group and the county that spring and summer events are vital for the community.
    While it’s hardly unanimous among club members that a move to transfer operations is a good thing, Rae said it’s hard to envision a scenario where it wouldn’t be necessary for LASC to take these steps.
    “Part of it is that we can’t raise enough capital that we can see to turn this situation around,” he said. “It would be kind of a band-aid and wouldn’t really be helping the situation.”

  • ’Toppers open district play at home

    Warm-up time is over. Now the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will get the bulk of their schedules going.
    The Hilltopper teams will open up District 2-4A play Wednesday. Both teams will be at home to take on the Bernalillo Spartans at 4 p.m.
    In district play, teams face off three times with each opponent, a doubleheader at one team’s home and a single game at the other’s.
    The Hilltopper baseball team will be seeking its sixth consecutive district crown, and right now, may be the front-runner to claim it.
    Los Alamos has had among the toughest schedules in 4A this season. The Hilltoppers faced defending 4A champ St. Pius X, Albuquerque Academy and Piedra Vista three times, among other quality opponents it faced.
    With its mark of 8-6 on the season, Los Alamos is one of just two teams with a winning record in the district. Heading into this weekend, Española Valley, which appears to be Los Alamos’ main competitor for the 2-4A crown, boasted a mark of 7-4.
    Santa Fe was near the .500 mark, but Capital and Bernalillo have struggled for much of the nondistrict season.
    While Capital’s struggles were expected, the Spartans, who have been generally competitive over the last five seasons, haven’t gotten on track yet.

  • Sports Briefs 03-30-14


    Pace Race season opens


    The 2014 Pace Race season opens Tuesday evening.

    The Pace Race, a weekly event that is held every Tuesday during the spring, summer and extending into the fall, returns for another season with Tuesday’s opening race.

    The first race will be at 6 p.m. The race starts at the Canyon Rim trailhead, which runs parallel to N.M. 502 near the entrance to Entrada Park.

    Pace Races are hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, a local running club, although anyone interested in taking part may do so.

  • On Schedule 03-30-14


    Golf: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 10 a.m.


    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, JV, 4 p.m.


    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls JV, 3 p.m.


    Softball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.


    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.


    Track and field: Los Alamos at UNM Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Taos Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 8 a.m.

    Baseball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Softball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Capital Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

  • LA boys, girls start spring play

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf teams will open the second half of their year Monday at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The Hilltoppers will host their spring invitational. Play is scheduled for 10 a.m.
    The prep golf season is separated into fall and spring play. Los Alamos will have five more shots this spring at getting its teams qualified for the state Class 4A meet, which is scheduled to be played May 12-13 at the University of New Mexico championship course in Albuquerque.
    In order to qualify, teams and individuals must have at least three “legs” accumulated through the regular season. Rules were changed two years ago so that the winners of the district meets no longer had automatic qualifications into the state tournament.
    Los Alamos’ girls currently own two team legs, both of which were earned at a tournament in Grants in October.
    Oct. 7 was by far and away the best day of the fall season for the Hilltoppers.
    Not only did the Hilltopper girls pick up a team leg — their first of the season, the second came the following day — but earned four individual legs that day as well.

  • Basket Cases

    Los Alamos’ lacrosse team opend its season at home Tuesday against Santa Fe Prep at Dara Jones Field in White Rock. Los Alamos’ opener didn’t go as well as it was hoping, however, as the team lost 10-8. The two teams will meet again Saturday in Santa Fe. 

  • Santa Fe's Lozada-Cabbage is All-State

    Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage, the center that helped the Santa Fe Demon girls basketball team secure its first state title since the 1980s, was named first-team All-State by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    The NMHSCA selections are done by a vote from coaches across the state.
    Lozada-Cabbage’s teammates, Kayla Herrera and Jackie Martinez, were named to the second team.
    Another player out of District 2-4A, Ashlynn Trujillo, made the second team as well.
    No players from Los Alamos were named to either the boys or girls All-State teams this season.
    Santa Fe topped Los Lunas for the 4A girls basketball title this year. Los Lunas’ Teige Zeller, was also a first team All-State selection. 

  • Sports Briefs 03-28-14

    Run For Her Life set for Sunday

    The fourth annual Run For Her Life is scheduled for Sunday.

    The Run For Her Life is a 5K and 10K race starting at East Park. Race time is 9 a.m.

    Proceeds from the event are donated to charities in the area of breast cancer research.

    Registration forms are available at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and several other spots around Los Alamos County. Electronic copies of the forms may also be found at atomicrunners.com.

    Further race details can be found on the registration form.
    For more information, call Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    Nukes take on Rio Rancho Saturday

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby club will face Rio Rancho at 5 p.m. Saturday. The game is scheduled to take place at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos won its first game of the season last week, crushing Gallup 97-10 at home.
    The Nukes are a high-school aged team that competes against various club programs around the state.
    Admission to Saturday’s game and all Nukes home games is free.

    Pitching, fielding camp coming to White Rock Saturday

  • Fryer wins boys all-around

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics wrapped up its Junior Olympic boys competitive season two weeks ago with the New Mexico Junior Olympic State Championships.
    Daniel Fryer was Los Alamos’ only representative at the state meet, but he came through in a big way, winning the senior men’s Level 5 Junior Olympic division, taking gold with an all-around score of 58.85.
    Fryer’s score qualified him to the Region 9 championships in Utah coming up in April.
    Fryer won the state meet handily, finishing 1.55 points ahead of the second place finisher in his division.
    In the meet, Fryer took gold in four of the six men’s events, floor, vault, parallel bars and high bar, while receiving bronze medals in the other two events.
    Fryer netted scored over 10.00 in five events by completing the bonus moves that can be added to the routines in men’s gymnastics. He scored a 10.30 in parallel bars, a 10.15 on both high bar and rings, a 10.05 on the floor exercise and a 10.00 on the vault.
    He scored an 8.20 after a fall on pommel horse.
    The LASG boys team is coached by former LASG competitor Nathan Reass, who was with the team between 1998-2002.
    Prior to the state meet, LASG competed in three other meets this season. Results from those meets include the following:

    Gold Cup Classic, Jan. 19