• Atomic Tumblers vault onto podium at Xcel regional

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to the Albuquerque Convention Center recently to compete in the Region 3 USA Gymnastics Xcel Regional Meet.
    There were approximately 250 diamond, platinum and gold division gymnasts from Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico competed in the two-day event. Arkansas, who is also in the eegion, did not send a team.
    The Atomic Tumblers had an awesome showing and won numerous medals in the tough competition.
    The platinum team from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics included only four gymnasts: Ashley Bustos, Carley Stilwell, Anna Clark and Suyana Ferreira.
    The quartet brought home the fourth-place team award, placing just 0.075 behind the third-place team. The teams placing first through third, and many of those placing fifth through 17th, had teams of eight to 10 gymnasts.
    The Los Alamos team also won the event competition in vaulting and each gymnast also brought home individual medals.
    Bustos won the Platinum senior division, taking the gold in the all-around with 36.825. Bustos also won gold on bars with a 9.325, and silver on vault with 9.55 and floor with 9.20.

  • Sports Briefs 6-14-15

    Volleyball camps
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program will be hosting two camps this summer.
    Hilltopper Volleyball will run their youth All-Skills camp July 20-22. All incoming fourth-eighth grade girls and boys are welcome.
    The cost of the camp is $40. Siblings will be discounted at $30.
    Campers will learn the FUNdamentals of volleyball and get a chance to compete for camp prizes. All proceeds from the All-Skills camp go to help the high school volleyball teams.
    Session one will be from 10 a.m.-noon and is for fourth through sixth graders.
    Session two will be from 2-4 p.m. and is for seventh and eighth graders.
    Both sessions will be held at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hilltopper Volleyball is proud to announce they will also be hosting New Mexico Highlands University volleyball Head Coach Bryan Crawford on July 24-25.
    Coach Crawford and his staff will run an all-skills camp that will be open to all incoming seventh-12th grade girls from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
    There will also be an invite-only session from 4-5:30 p.m. for advanced skills and team development.
    Cost of the camp will be $70 per camper. The invite-only session will be an additional $25.

  • Taking the reins

    Former New Mexico Highlands University soccer coach, Ron Blue, is bringing his knowledge of the game to Los Alamos. Blue is now the Los Alamos head boys soccer coach.
    The school has also hired a new wrestling coach. James Hatt will be moving from Utah to Los Alamos to lead the grapplers.  
    The search for a new girls soccer coach, meanwhile, is still ongoing.

  • Charity golf tournament Saturday

    Community members and golf fans are invited to put a team of four together and register now to participate in the sixth annual Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic.
    The tournament will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament is a scholarship fundraiser for The Family YMCA.
    The Griggs Memorial is a scramble and will have a shotgun start. It also includes games of chance throughout the course.
    The cost per player is $85.
    A team requires four players, so individuals are asked to get three friends to commit and register together as soon as possible. People may register in person at the YMCA or online at tourevents.com/thefamilyymca.
    The per-person fee provides team golf carts, a hole-in-one try for a 2015 Dodge or Jeep from Desert Sun of Española, three Mulligans and a dinner ticket.
    There will be net and gross score winners, hole prizes and raffle drawings, with $25 of the fee supporting the charitable value.

  • Rojas has top prediction in Pace Race

    Aurea Rojas was the best predictor in this week’s Pace Race, which was held on the Burnt Mesa Trail in Bandelier National Monument. Rojas finished just 2 seconds off her predicted time.
    Some of the other top predictors were Zach Medin, who had a 9-second differential, Mary Snow, who was 12 seconds off, and Heidi Bjorklund, who finished with a 22-second difference.
    Joshua Moulton was the top finisher in the one-mile distance, crossing the finish line in 9 minutes, 42 seconds. The fastest female was Nikol Strother. She finished in 13:19.
    On the two-mile course, Jesse Woodroffe had the best time (17:13) and Lucy Moulton was the top woman (19:29).
    Sanna Sevanto finished first in the three-mile race (23:12) while Mark Bjorklund was the best male with a time of 23:21.
    Next Tuesday’s race will take place in the Los Alamos Canyon below the Omega Bridge near the Los Alamos County Ice Rink on West Road. One and three mile paved courses will be available. They’ll start at 6 p.m.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Mang doesn’t get drafted

    Jared Mang, the two-time New Mexico Gatorade Player of the Year for baseball, wasn’t selected by a Major League Baseball team during this year’s draft, June 9-11.
    Mang signed a letter of intent to play college ball at the University of New Mexico after his junior season, but a lot of pro teams had still shown interest in Mang.
    After 40 rounds of selections, however, Mang’s name wasn’t called.
    Signing a letter of intent to play college ball often, but not always, lowers a high school players stock.
    In 2012, Albuquerque Academy’s Alex Bregman was considered one of the best pure high school hitters in the country. Bregman committed to play for Louisiana State University, though, and wasn’t picked until the 29th round by the Boston Red Sox.
    Bregman went to LSU and was the consensus national freshman of the year in 2013. This year Bregman became the highest player ever selected from the state of New Mexico. The Houston Astros picked Bregman with the second pick.
    Like Bregman, Mang will now have the opportunity to raise his stock playing college ball.

  • Senior golfers swing away at Cochiti, Marty Sanchez Links

    The Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association hosted a pair of tournaments at the beginning of June.
    On June 2, the association’s tournament was held at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.
    In the second flight, Los Alamos’ Rich Wight shot a 67 net score to finish second in the net division.
    In the fifth flight, Jack Guntler shot a 91 gross score to take second.
    The next day, the association hosted a tournament at the Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course.
    John Stam led Los Alamos’ contingent, and pretty much everybody else, too. Stam finished second in the championship flight with a gross score of 78.
    In the first flight, Phil Gursky took second with a 69 net score.
    In the third flight, Fred Thomas won the net division with a 64 and Spike Jones was right behind him with a 67.
    Thomas also had a great drive on the 16th hole and landed closest to the pin.

  • Aquatomics dive in at Lobo

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics competed at the Lobo Long Course Invitational last weekend, June 5-7.
    There were 488 swimmers from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas at the meet, but the Aquatomics had plenty of impressive results.
    Kalen Melton had the team’s “swim of the meet,” according to coach Linda Corliss. Melton dropped eight seconds off her 200-meter breaststroke to finish third in the 11-12 year-old girls division. Her time of 3 minutes, 13.25 seconds also put her in contention to make a Western Zone qualifying time to compete in the Western Zone age-group meet in Maui next May.
    Andy Corliss won a second-place high-point award in the boys 9-10 age group. Corliss won the 100-meter breaststroke (1:30.35) and finished second in the 200 and 50-meter freestyle races and the 50-meter breaststroke. He also had four other top-five finishes at the meet.
    Teammate Ming-Yuan Lo finished third behind Corliss in the high-point race. Lo finished second in the 50 fly, the 100 freestyle and the 200 individual medley. Lo also had four third-place finishes and one fourth-place finish.
    Seven-year-old Allison Amrani had six top-five finishes in the girls 8-and-under group, including second-place finishes in the 50 and 100-meter breaststrokes and the 200 freestyle.

  • Whicker helps North win

    Laura Whicker won all three of her tennis matches to help the North All-Stars blow out the South’s, 18-3, over the weekend.
    “It was a good end to her career,” Los Alamos and the North’s coach Bruce Cottrell said.
    Whicker won her singles match in straight sets.
    In doubles, she teamed up with Bosque’s Caroline Donahue and the duo pulled out a victory.
    Whicker also won at mixed doubles, something the athletes don’t play during the high school season.
    “I think the kids had a lot of fun with it,” Cottrell said. “Those girls were able to hang in there with those boys.”
    The team score included both the boys and girls results, which included 12 singles matches, six doubles matches and three mixed doubles matches.
    Neither the North’s boys nor girls had much trouble taking down the South.
    A few studs from the South, however, were also left off of the All-Star roster.
    “The balance of the rosters was a little lopsided for the North,” Cottrell said. “Some of the best players from the South didn’t get nominated and the North probably had everyone that we would have wanted.”

  • Rain doesn’t slow down racers at Pajarito

    Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the racers Saturday for the Pajarito Punishment, New Mexico’s state downhill championship this year.
    The rain didn’t keep many people away from Pajarito’s Summer Fest either, which featured a beer garden and live music to kick off the mountain’s summer activities.
    The Punishment was raced on the Fast and Loose and Muy Loco tracks, which are two of the steepest trails anywhere.
    One racer, Bert Boyce, said it was the steepest racecourse that he’d ever seen.
    Not many spectators hiked too far up the course because it kept getting steeper and steeper as it gained elevation.
    Near the bottom, however, there were three jumps that spectators lined up to watch. One jump shot riders out of the trees and into the home stretch where there were two tabletop jumps at the end.
    The first tabletop probably provided the most excitement.
    A lot of bikers took so much speed into the jump that they overshot the landing. Some landed flat but were able to hold on. Another biker got crooked in the air and landed on his front wheel, but made a great save to keep from wiping out.
    Not every racer, however, was able to stay on their bikes.
    One bounced off of his pedals and ended up sitting on his frame as he flew through the tape and off the trail.