• ’Toppers blanked for 2nd straight game by Santa Fe

    The nondistrict season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is officially over and no one around the team is going to miss it.
    That phase of the Hilltoppers’ season wrapped up at home Friday night. And it wrapped up with a lopsided loss.
    Los Alamos again struggled early in the game at Sullivan Field, giving up two quick scores, one coming quickly after an early turnover. Los Alamos couldn’t keep a hold on the ball Friday and the visiting Santa Fe Demons took full advantage.
    Much like its game the week before at Farmington, Los Alamos gave up a touchdown in less than 30 seconds on the Demons’ first play from scrimmage. The Demons scored again off a fumble on Los Alamos’ first play from scrimmage and the rout was on.
    Santa Fe prevailed 50-0. The game ended via the mercy rule with Santa Fe scoring with 4:22 remaining in regulation, that coming immediately after a safety.
    The only good thing for Los Alamos is now it can shift its focus to the upcoming District 2-5A season.
    And, as in previous years, most of the district teams have struggled so far in 2014, so the race for the 2-5A title appears to be up for grabs.

  • McClellan wins at Pace Race

    Laura McClellan was the top predictor at Tuesday night’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly run hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners club. The winner is the person who most accurately predicts his or her finish time.
    In al, 32 runners and walkers took part in Tuesday’s Pace Race, which was held on Barranca Mesa going into Bayo Canyon.
    McClellan finished with a prediction error of just 8 seconds running on the 3-mile course. She topped Nikol Strother, who was 11 seconds off, as well as the top female finisher on the 3-mile course with her time of 22:20.
    Ted Romero, who had the third-best prediction on the long course, was the fastest finisher with a time of 22:00.
    On the 1-mile course, Mariela Saenz had a time of 9:15 to finish first in that race.
    Predictions on the shorter course were off, possibly due to the flat, paved course being faster than most competitors estimated. Only a handful of participants on the short course finished with errors of under 1 minute.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday at the Canyon Rim trailhead, just across from Entrada Park. Race time is 6 p.m. Both 1- and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information, visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Martinson, Griggs are big winners at state senior golf tournament

    Top current local women’s golfer Tami Martinson and the top women’s golfer historically in Los Alamos County, Ev Griggs, won at the state amateur championships last month.

    The seniors’ event, won by Martinson, played at Santa Fe Country Club, took place over three days, while the super senior tournament, won by Griggs, was a two-day affair.
    In all, six local payers took part in the tournament and all six earned accolades.
    Along with the wins by Martinson and Griggs, Carmen Chavez finished with the second-low gross score in the senior’s second flight and Ellen Stallings had the top net score in that same flight.
    In the super seniors’ tournament, Barbara Schmitt and Alma Sondreal were among the top finishers.

  • Volleyball team swept by Chargers

    Any momentum the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team might have had after a win in its District 2-5A opener Wednesday didn’t carry over into a nondistrict contest Thursday.

    Los Alamos, which topped the Capital Jaguars one nigh before, couldn’t get much going against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday night. The Chargers (6-6) swept the Hilltoppers in Albuquerque, 25-12, 25-10, 25-17.
    The loss was the fifth in six matches for Los Alamos, which slips to 5-7 on the season. For Academy, the win over Los Alamos snapped a four-match losing streak.
    The Hilltoppers host the Farmington Scorpions Saturday evening, their third match of the week. They return to district play Wednesday when they host this season’s 2-5A favorite, Española Valley.

  • Thompson is winner at Bower 5K race

    Richard Thompson III was the top finisher in the Sept. 20 Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Race.
    The annual fundraising event goes to support the Los Alamos Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations involved in research of Alzheimer’s disease.
    Thompson won the race in a time of 20 minutes, 52 seconds. Talia Dreicer was the top women’s finisher with her time of 21:26.
    The race was held in the downtown Los Alamos area, starting and finishing at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    In all, 16 racers took part in this year’s Bower 5K.
    Here are this year’s race results:

    1. Richard Thompson III, 20:52; 2. Talia Dreicer, 21:26; 3. Madison Foley, 21:27; 4. Michaelle Sutton, 26:52; 5. Jacob Thompson, 26:54; 6. Darla Thompson, 27:27; 7. Dee Cruz-Murphy, 30:31; 8. Richard Thompson, 31:54; 9. George Glass, 46:49; 10. Patricia Rathbone, 47:07;

    11. Tom Sanford, 47:31; 12. Bonnie Foreman, 49:17; 13. Inez Ross, 52:17; 14. Pat Cruz, 58:23; 15. Ashley Thurgood, 58:24; 16. Brad Thurgood, 58:27.

  • 'Toppers pick up a sweep over Jaguars

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up a sweep in its District 2-5A opener in Santa Fe Wednesday night.
    Los Alamos moved the ball around effectively to its big girls up front as it powered its way to a 25-14, 25-17, 25-19 win at Capital.
    Several players got into the act as the Hilltoppers (5-6 overall) dominated all phases of the contest.
    “The defense really contributed by allowing us to move the ball around and throw in some big, fast-tempo plays,” Hilltopper head coach Sharleen Espinoza said.
    Hilltopper Brianna Montaño had 14 spike kills to lead the offensive charge from the outside, while Sierra Foley also turned in a big night with 10 spike kills to her credit.
    Sam Melton dished out 26 assists in the contest and also had a big night from the service line. Melton finished with 8 aces among 11 service points to her credit.
    Capital (2-8 overall, 0-1 in 2-5A play) has struggled throughout the season so far. One of its victories on the year, however, came against Los Alamos’ Saturday opponent, the Farmington Scorpions — the Jaguars tripped up the Scorpions in three sets Sept. 19.

  • LA routs Santa Fe for 2nd straight win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team put together one of its best offensive performances of the season as it downed Santa Fe Wednesday.
    Los Alamos harassed Santa Fe goalkeeper Oswaldo Ramirez all afternoon, firing off 15 shots and forcing Ramirez to come out of the goal on numerous occasions.
    The Hilltoppers scored early in both halves and never let the Demons into the contest, prevailing 4-0 at Sullivan Field.
    It was a solid win for the Hilltoppers, especially with them restarting District 2-5A this weekend. The Hilltoppers had struggled for most of the month of September, but earned a Sept. 27 victory over the Taos Tigers just prior to their big win Wednesday.
    Of Los Alamos’ mid-month slide, it lost twice to 2-5A rival Capital, although only one of those counts in the district standings. Los Alamos was shut out 2-0 by the Jaguars to open district play.
    Saturday, the Hilltoppers (5-7-2) will take on the Bernalillo Spartans. The Spartans, according to some scouting reports, are better than they have been in the recent past and have the ability to upset the Hilltoppers if they’re taken too lightly.
    Scoring goals this season for Los Alamos has been something of an issue, but it wasn’t against Santa Fe.

  • Legendary 'Bun' Ryan dies

    One of the most famous and beloved figures in the history of Los Alamos County died Monday.
    Bernard L. ‘Bun’ Ryan was one of the most recognizable sports personalities produced by Los Alamos County and benefactor to many around northern New Mexico and one of the great pitchers in the golden age of softball in the United States.
    He is remembered for numerous contributions to Los Alamos and to the residents of northern New Mexico, not the least of which was for his time playing for Pierotti’s Clowns.
    The Clowns, a 5-man softball team, traveled all around New Mexico and the region. The Clowns played 200 official games with Ryan throwing the majority of those.
    During his heyday, ‘Bullet Bun’ was one of the most feared pitchers in the nation. His fastball was clocked at better than 100 mph. Behind Ryan, the Clowns amassed a won-loss record of 177-23 — interestingly, one of the few games he lost as a pitcher with the Clowns came the day Sports Illustrated snapped a photo of him and his teammates for the first edition of the magazine, making the Clowns among the first victims of the SI Curse.

  • Golf tourney will benefit LAHS choir

    The Los Alamos High School Choir will host the Last Chance Golf Tournament Saturday at Los Alamos Golf Course.

    The tournament is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third-place finishes, as well as best-ball prizes and raffle prizes.
    Price for participation is $100 for a single player, $375 for a 4-person team. Those holding an annual LAGC pass will be charged $65.
    Lunch for players is included, as is a medium bucket of practice balls.
    Hole sponsors are also being sought for Saturday’s tournament.
    For more information, call LAGC at 662-8139.

  • 'Topper volleyball opens 2-5A play tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team still has a lot to prove as it opens District 2-5A play today.
    Los Alamos (4-5) will take on the Capital Jaguars at 6 p.m. in Santa Fe to get its district season going. Capital has struggled so far this season and isn’t expected to make a lot of noise in 2-5A this season.
    However, the Hilltoppers got a preview of what they can expect coming up at the Rio Rancho Invitational last weekend.
    The Hilltoppers, by luck of the tournament draw, ended up paired up with the Española Valley Sundevils at Rio Rancho and the Sundevils earned the victory in the head-to-head contest.
    Nonscheduled district matchups don’t count in the district standings, but that 3-1 victory should give Española Valley, already the favorite heading into 2-5A this season, a psychological edge when the two teams meet Oct. 8 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Española Valley is 8-2 on the season following a 3-0 win Tuesday night against West Las Vegas.
    Currently, Los Alamos is on a three-match skid, dropping decisions to Santa Fe and Moriarty as well as the Sundevils. Prior to its current slide, Los Alamos had won four straight decisions.