• Facing Off

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper linebacker and secondary crew line up for a play against Santa Fe’s offense during a passing league workout Thursday at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos has already begun its preliminary summer workouts for the 2013 season, which starts in late August.

  • Marr earns a win at Tuesday's Pace Race

    Duane Marr picked up another win at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. This week’s race, which was Tuesday, included 15 runners and walkers who competed along Power Line Road, located about 3 miles south of White Rock.
    Marr finished with an adjusted prediction error of 21 seconds. Marr, who competed on Tuesday’s 1-mile course, finished three seconds ahead of Inez Ross, who was also on the short course, and Dan Rees, who was 26 seconds off on the 3-mile course.
    The fastest runner on the 1-mile course was Tom Sandford, who finished in 11 minutes, 12 seconds. Ted Romero was the fastest finisher on the 3-mile course with his time of 20:17.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday. It will start at 6 p.m. starting from Barranca Mesa Elementary School. The 1-mile course, according to race organizers, is suitable for runners with children in strollers.
    More information on the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners can be found on the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or by calling 672-1639.

  • Grabbing and Going

    Members of the Endeavor Working Dog Club hold a training session Wednesday at Dara Jones Field in White Rock. The club meets twice a week to work on dog training skills.

  • Tennis the Menace

    Young players get a chance to learn the game of tennis by participating in Los Alamos County’s 10-and-under program, which is currently underway. Any younger players interested in participating can take part in the program, which runs through Aug. 8. Registration and other information is available on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.

  • State Notes 06-20-13

    Lobo women’s hoops set to play Stanford this season

    ALBUQUERQUE - The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team released its 2013-14 schedule this week.
    Yvonne Sanchez, head coach of the Lobo women, said she wanted to build a tough schedule this season in an attempt to get UNM a shot at some national exposure.
    “It was important for our program to raise our RPI and help raise the RPI of the conference,” Sanchez said. “We walked the fine line between a challenging schedule and a grueling one. Our non-conference schedule gives us some great opponents and challenges our team while continuing some of our program’s tremendous rivalries.”
    Among the highlights of the Lobos’ schedule is a date with Stanford, one of the top programs in the west, as well as Texas Tech, Texas, Colorado and Arkansas.
    The Lobos have nine non-conference home games scheduled this season, including a pair of exhibition contests. Eight of those nine appearances will be in the month of November.
    UNM’s date with Stanford, the defending Pac-12 champion, is scheduled for Dec. 16 in Palo Alto, Calif.

    Aggies sign with pro franchises

  • Sports Briefs 06-19-13

    Splash N Dash returns June 26

    The Splash N Dash series, which is hosted by Triatomics Multisport Club, will return June 26.
    The series is designed for those interested in training for the Los Alamos Triathlon, which is scheduled for Aug. 17.
    Participants can choose either a 400-yard swim and 5K run or 200-yard swim and 3K run. All Splash N Dash events start at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Registration is done about 30 minutes prior to the start at the aquatic center. There is no fee but registration will be limited to the first 75 entrants.
    More information can be obtained by visiting the club’s website, triatomics.org.

    LA football camp slated for July 8-11

    The Hilltopper Youth Football Camp is scheduled for July 8-11 at Sullivan Field. Registration is currently underway.
    The camp is for students entering grades 4-8. The camp will focus on basic offensive and defensive philosophies and proper techniques.
    Price for participation is $55. Registrations can be made to Garett Williams, 994 Nambe Place, Los Alamos.

    County to host mud volleyball tourney

  • Foursome shoots 58 to win tourney

    The team of Matt Schmidt, David Fox, Mike Harris and Cliff Fortgang earned a tiebreaker win in Saturday’s Family YMCA golf tournament.
    The Strong Kids Classic, a fundraising event for the YMCA’s Strong Kids program, which provides activities and scholarship money for needy families in northern New Mexico, attracted 21 teams. The tournament, played at Los Alamos Golf Course, is scramble format and is the major fundraising event for the Strong Kids program.
    Schmidt, Fox, Harris and Fortgang shot a 58 gross score for the tournament. That equaled the total of Bruce Norman, Marti Hill, Ted Ball and Jeanne Ball. Those two teams finished three strokes ahead of the their next-closest competitors.
    Prizes were awarded for the top finishing teams in both gross and next score — Wayne Taylor, Lynne Taylor Tom Gravlin and Bill Wolfe had the best net score of 59. Additionally, more than $40,000 in raffle and hole-in-one prizes were available at the tournament.

    Here are the results from the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Strong Kids Golf Classic:

    Matt Schmidt, David Fox, Mike Harris, Cliff Fortgang, 58.

    Bruce Norman, Marti Hill, Ted Ball, Jeanne Ball, 58.

    Isaac Martinez, Kevin Brake, Cody Martin, Nick Nagomler, 61.

    Alexi Appert, Raul Roybal, Noah Marriott, Johnny Osden, 61.

  • It’s Fun to Play at the YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos hosted its 2013 Strong Kids Golf Classic Saturday at the county’s golf course. The event is a fundraiser for the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign. More than $40,000 in prizes were available to golfers during Saturday’s play.

  • Sports Briefs 06-18-13

    Jim Thorpe 5K run scheduled for June 29 in Albuquerque

    Registration is open for the sixth annual Jim Thorpe Native American 5K National Championship.
    The national championship run, which will be in Albuquerque June 29, includes citizen’s and competitive 5K races, as well as a 1-2 mile fitness walk and a 1K youth run.
    Registration can be done online at active.com or by mail.
    Those interested can visit nativeamerican5Kchampionships.org for additional registration information.

    Golf swap set for June 30

    The Los Alamos Junior Golf Association will host its annual golf swap June 30.
    The golf swap will start at 8 a.m. at Los Alamos Golf Course. Golfers can bring unused equipment to LAGC to donate prior to June 30.
    Proceeds from the golf swap will go to support the LAJGA.
    More information can be found by calling 662-5096 or 500-8156.

  • Mortensen named the top sports announcer in state

    A longtime radio personality and the “Voice of the Hilltoppers” earned a big award at this year’s New Mexico Broadcasters Association awards banquet.
    Gene Mortensen, the veteran sports announcer at KRSN, was named the Sports Play-by-Play Broadcaster of the Year. KRSN AM 1490, which regularly covers Los Alamos High School athletic events, competes in the NMBA’s Division 4 along with radio stations from Deming, Artesia and other similarly-sized towns.
    This was a first-time win for Mortensen, who has picked up several awards for his work with high school sports throughout his career.
    “I’ve been entering this (competition) for a few years and I’ve never made the grade,” he said. “I made the grade this year. It’s kind of exciting. It made my day when they called me and told me I won.”
    Despite winning the play-by-play award for the first time this year, this is hardly the first time he’s been honored by the NMBA.
    The NMBA inducted Mortensen into its Hall of Fame in 2010, being nominated for induction by current co-owner of KRSN, Gillian Sutton.
    Mortensen was also nominated for the NMBA’s sports broadcasting award but didn’t win it.