• 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. 

  • Sports Briefs 05-29-13

    Romero, Cruz-Murphy win at Bower Run

    Ted Romero and Dee Cruz-Murphy were the top finishers in the Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Run.
    The Bower Run, which served as a fundraiser for local Alzheimer’s disease charities, was May 11 in Los Alamos.
    Romero was the top male finisher at the race, coming in at 19 minutes, 10 seconds, while Cruz-Murphy finished in a time of 27:54.

    Firecracker 5K registration is open at YMCA

    Registration is open for the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Firecracker Fun Run.
    The run is set for 8 a.m. July 4. The race begins at the YMCA’s facility at 1450 Iris Street.
    Top male and female runners will win prizes. All entrants are eligible for door prizes.
    Price for participation is $25, $15 for YMCA members and $10 for entrants age 13 and under.
    More information is available at the YMCA’s website, laymca.org.

    Lobos face Sun Devils in NCAA regional

  • NNMSMGA results from Riverside Golf Course

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament May 7. The tournament was at the Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland.

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 78.
    Second low gross: Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 79.
    First low net: Buzz Burke, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 69.

    First flight

    First low gross: David Lambert, Gallup, 79.
    Second low gross: Steve Martinez, Santa Fe, 81.
    First low net: Maurice Bonal, Santa Fe, 65.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Herman Gallegos, Pecos, 82.
    Second low gross: Rich Wright, Los Alamos, 84.
    First low net: Bill Weast, Albuquerque, 64.
    Second low net: Larry Hults, Los Alamos, 64.

    Third flight

    First low gross: Larry Crawford, Durango, Colo., 84.
    Second low gross: Jay Boettner, Los Alamos, 86.

    Closest to the pin

    No. 12: Greg Hanson, Los Alamos
    No. 17: Jay Boettner, Los Alamos

  • McDowell, Baron are winners at Trail Runs

    Petra McDowell and Erica Baron were the winners of two of the three races at this weekend’s Jemez Mountain Trail Runs.
    The Jemez Mountain Trail Runs were Saturday. The eighth-annual event included a 50-mile race, a 50-kilometer race and a half-marathon.
    McDowell, of Los Alamos, finished the 50K race in 5 hours, 44 minutes to earn the women’s title in that race. She was the only woman to finish the race in under 6-1/2 hours, easily topping Albuquerque’s Aimee Hoyt for the women’s title.
    Baron , another local competitor, was the top-finishing woman in Saturday’s half-marathon.
    Baron easily won the women’s title in that race with her time of 1:50:36. She finished more than 10 minutes ahead of Kay Ulrich, also from Los Alamos, who was the runner-up in that race. 

  • Mang named district Player of Year

    The two athletes named as the District 2-4A Players of the Year in baseball and softball came as no surprise to anyone.
    Hilltopper sophomore Jared Mang, who was the team’s top pitcher and hitter, earned the Player of the Year selection in baseball, while Bernalillo’s dominating pitcher Demi Magdalena was named Player of the Year for 2-4A softball.
    The all-district teams were released this morning. Los Alamos’ top players were prominent in both sports, grabbing five baseball first team slots and four softball first team slots.
    For Mang, it was his second consecutive Player of the Year honor. Mang has been starting — and hitting third in the batting order — since his eighth grade year. He was named to the 2-4A first team in 2011 and had a strong case to win the Player of the Year honor that season as well, but his age was likely a factor in the decision to give that year’s award to Ricky Gonzales of Española Valley.
    Also for Los Alamos’ baseball team, Mike Gill earned his fifth consecutive Manager of the Year honor from the district. Gill has led Los Alamos to five straight 2-4A titles, with the Hilltoppers going 11-1 in the district in 2013.

  • Sports camps will get started soon

    The return of summer means the return of summer sports camps around Los Alamos County.
    Just days after the school year ends in the area, two camps will open up, ’Topper Soccer School and the Los Alamos Tennis Clinic.
    Both camps, which are designed for youth of all abilities, begin Monday. Today is the registration deadline for the first session of ’Topper Soccer School.
    Following those camps are football, girls soccer and all-sports camps later this summer.
    The ’Topper Soccer School, one of the most prominent local camps for youth, is split into two sessions. Following the first session, which concludes June 7, a second session is set to start June 17.
    The first session will be at Urban Park and the second session will be in White Rock. All boys and girls ages 3-9 can take part.
    Deadline for the second session is June 10 for those interested in participating.
    The following week marks the Los Alamos Tennis Clinic.
    That camp, which runs from June 10-14, is also for boys and girls between the ages of 6-15. For those between the ages of 6-10, United States Tennis Association QuickStart training methods will be employed.
    Both the tennis clinic and the soccer school are hosted by members of the Los Alamos High School players and the coaching staff of those sports.