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  • 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.

  • Sports Briefs 06-16-13

    Splash N Dash events are returning

    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 for each Splash N Dash is done about 30 minutes prior to the start at the aquatic center. There is no fee for participation but registration will be limited to the first 75 entrants.
    More information can be obtained by calling Amy Regan at 672-3623 or by visiting the club’s website, triatomics.org.

    County hosting High Mountain Mudfest

  • Saturday’s car washes will benefit Hilltopper football

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will host a car wash Saturday in both Los Alamos and White Rock.
    In Los Alamos, the car wash will take place at Del Norte Credit Union. In White Rock, the car wash will be at Time Out Pizzeria.
    Proceeds from the car wash will go to benefit the Hilltopper program for the purchase of equipment. The car wash is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon and donations will be accepted.
     

  • Romero wins twice this week

    Ted Romero was a dual winner in this week’s Pace Race, hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run on the access road to the sewage treatment plant in Lower Bayo Canyon.
    Romero had the top prediction of the week, finishing just 16 seconds off his time. Romero was also the fastest finisher on the 3-mile course with his time of 20 minutes, 56 seconds.
    David Kratzer and Zach Medin were the next-best predictors this week. They were both 32 seconds off their times.
    The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Isabelle Coons (10:30). Paul Elkins finished in 14:03. On the 3-mile course, the fastest female was Tamara Weddle with her time of 35:41.
    Next week’s Pace Race, the Power Line Run, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. The race will start approximately 3 miles from the intersection of Pajarito Road and N.M. 4 heading toward Bandelier National Monument.
    More information about the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners can be found on the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or by calling 672-9243.

  • Swinging Away

    The men’s and women’s slowpitch softball leagues are in full swing. The leagues play at Overlook Park in White Rock. 

  • Hey Now, You're All-Stars

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout softball players Micaela Christensen and Erin Kirk are scheduled to play for the North All-Star team this weekend. The two were selected to represent the northern part of the state in the Class 4A-5A All-Star series. The series starts Friday and continues through Saturday in Farmington. Kirk was selected as a first baseman and Christensen as a shortstop.

  • Sports Briefs 06-12-13

    Splash N Dash returns later this month

    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 for each Splash N Dash is done about 30 minutes prior to the start at the aquatic center. There is no fee for participation but registration will be limited to the first 75 entrants.
    More information can be obtained by visiting the club’s website, triatomics.org.

    Car wash will benefit Hilltopper football

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will host a car wash Saturday in both Los Alamos and White Rock.
    In Los Alamos, the car wash will take place at Del Norte Credit Union. In White Rock, the car wash will be at Time Out Pizzeria.
    Proceeds from the car wash will go to benefit the Hilltopper program for the purchase of equipment. The car wash is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon and donations will be accepted.

    High Mountain Mudfest slated for July 20

  • Happy Campers

    Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team helped coordinate its annual ’Topper Soccer Camp last week at Urban Park. The camp is for boys and girls and emphasizes basic skills. The Hilltoppers will be hosting the second and final session of its camp in White Rock starting next week. 

  • Senior men's golf tourney results

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments played at Cochiti Pueblo June 4 and the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe June 5:

    Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Henry Hodde, Santa Fe, 78.
    Second low gross: Jim Crowden, Corrales, 78.
    First low net: Chuck Padilla, Las Vegas, 69.

    First flight

    First low gross: Jerry Manzanares, Las Vegas, 82.
    Second low gross: Wally Bryniarski, Durango, Colo., 83.
    First low net: Dan Shanon, Santa Fe, 67.
    Second low net: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, 70.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Phil Gursky, Los Alamos, 85.
    Second low gross: Van Butler, Durango, Colo., 85.
    First low net: Ron Krantz, Los Alamos, 66.
    Third low net: Spike Jones, Los Alamos, 70.

    Third flight
    First low gross: Bill Weast, Albuquerque, 83.
    Second low gross: Dallas Bauer, Alamosa, Colo., 89.
    First low net: Dave West, Santa Fe, 66.

    Fourth flight

    First low gross: Gary Hall, Santa Fe, 86.
    Second low gross: Luis Alba, Santa Fe, 88.
    First low net: Ranza Boggess, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 63.
    Second low net: Jim Steedle, Los Alamos, 67.

    Fifth flight

  • Y golf tourney is a big draw

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host one of its biggest fundraising events of the season this weekend.
    The Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Golf Classic will be played at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Interested players still have time to sign-up for the event, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.
    The tournament, now in its fourth year, is scramble format and players can register individually or as a team. Registration is open through Friday at the YMCA.
    In 2012, the YMCA raised approximately $17,000 with the tournament, which attracted more than 100 players.
    Linda Daly, the CEO of the Family YMCA, said 174 individuals, including 80 kids, directly benefited from the Strong Kids program. Approximately $120,000 was used to subsidize activities for underprivileged individuals.
    This year, Daly, said, the need is greater. The YMCA wants to raise $130,000 to benefit individuals, including those who use the Española Tennis Center and other YMCA programs, but fundraising has been lagging.
    “We’re hoping for a strong turnout,” Daly said. “We feel very blessed all our major sponsors came back this year…and we actually gained a few more tee box sponsors.