• Sports Briefs 08-22-13

    Car wash will benefit Hawk football

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk football team will host a car wash Saturday.
    The car wash will start at 9 a.m. at the Shell Station in Los Alamos. Proceeds from the event will go to help the LAMS football program.

    YMCA offering martial arts classes

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is accepting registrations for its fall martial arts classes.
    Classes will include Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, kickboxing and others. There are classes for adults (ages 13 and up) and youth (ages 7-12).
    Those interested are asked to call 662-3100 for more information. 

  • New-look LA meets Farmington in opener Saturday

    There are a lot of youngsters around the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team this season.

    And they’re going to be tested early.

    The Hilltopper girls will be the first Los Alamos High School team to open the season when they meet the Farmington Scorpions Saturday.

    Farmington, a solid Class 4A program, is just the first big test of what could be a brutal early season schedule for Los Alamos. Quickly after Farmington, Los Alamos will face a solid small school in Bosque and, just a week later, one of its archenemies, St. Pius X, in Albuquerque.

    Heading into the tough early part of the season — which also includes dates at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational and against the defending champion Academy Chargers — Los Alamos will also have to deal with the younger players’ learning curve. Los Alamos features five sophomores on its opening day roster.

    For returning fullback Stephanie Blair, she said they’ll get acclimated throughout the season and the team will be at top form when it needs to be.

    “Everybody’s basic skills, what you fundamentally need, all the players here have those skills,” Blair said. “It’s easier to build on them when you’ve got them.”

  • LAHS gets national recognition

    Los Alamos High School was named a “Best In Class” school among national prep athletic programs by Coach and Athletic Director (coachad.com).
    LAHS was ranked among the top athletic programs by Coach and Athletic Director for its 2013 Interscholastic Sports Program of Excellence Award. The award honors the nation’s best athletic programs for its off-field achievements.
    “In just our second year with the Program of Excellence, we’re overwhelmed by the quality of our nominees and the effort they put into building a distinguished athletic program,” said the website’s managing editor Kevin Hoffman in a press release. “Our judges had a very difficult job, but this year’s honorees are certainly worthy given their achievements and dedication to educational athletics.” 
    The top award honors went to University School of Milwaukee (Wis.) and Tappan Zee High School of Orangeburg, N.Y.
    Along with LAHS, three other preps were recognized around the nation for Best in Class honors. In all, three public schools and three private schools are considered for the top honor by Coach and Athletic Director. 

  • Ryan to be honored by Rockies

    Former pitcher for the Pierotti’s Clowns 5-man softball team and World War II veteran Bernard L. ‘Bun’ Ryan was chosen to be honored by the Colorado Rockies next month.
    Ryan, who lives in White Rock, will be recognized as part of a pregame ceremony Sept. 1 at Coors Field in Denver prior to the Rockies’ game against the Cincinnati Reds.
    Ryan, who won the bronze star for his military service in the Pacific theater of World War II, said he was surprised he earned the Rockies’ recognition.
    It was a friend of Ryan’s, Wally McCorkle of Los Alamos, who contacted the Rockies organization to see if there was a way Ryan could be recognized.
    As it turns out, former Los Alamos resident and standout athlete Nichole Kluk works in the Rockies’ front office and, with Kluk’s help, made the honor possible.
    McCorkle said he got the idea after watching this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game, before which several former service members were recognized. McCorkle said he noticed only one of the veterans there was from World War II and thought it would be a great thing for Ryan, not only for his military service but for his time with the Clowns, who played 200 games between the mid 1950s and mid-1970s to raise money for charitable causes.

  • Pair of Hilltopper coaching vacancies get filled

    It’s been a busy few days around the Los Alamos High School athletic office. Busy, but productive.

    LAHS announced the hiring of two new coaches for this season. Sunday, former boys track and field head coach Larry Baca officially returned to his old position and Monday, Stuart Corliss was named the boys and girls swimming and diving head coach.

    With the additions of Baca and Corliss and barring any further changes, Los Alamos now has a full slate of head coaches for the 2013-14 school year, although there are still three vacant assistant jobs open at the high school and a coach opening at the middle school, according to the Los Alamos Public Schools’ website.

    Baca is hardly a newcomer. He was the longest tenured head coach at his position when he stepped down following the 2010 season, having coached the Hilltopper boys track program for 26 years.

    His leaving following the 2010 season wasn’t entirely his own decision, however. Per public school regulations, Baca had to step down from his post after retiring from his teaching job that same year.

    Since then, he has served as an assistant coach around the track program.

    Prior to throwing his hat into the ring for another go helming the program, Baca said he was a bit hesitant.

  • New 'Topper swim coach named

    In the second new hire in a short time span, Los Alamos High School has named Stuart Corliss head swimming and diving coach.
    LAHS' athletic office made the announcement Monday.
    Corliss will take over for Rusty Bernstein, who left his post this spring.
    According to a press release, Corliss worked with Olympic organizing committees in both Sydney and Atlanta, and with NBC for the Barcelona Games in addition to collegiate swimming and coaching.

  • Baca named boys track coach at LAHS

    The Los Alamos High School athletic office announced Sunday that it has hired Larry Baca as its boys track and field coach.

    Baca was the longtime boys coach before stepping down in 2010 due to public school policies – he was retiring as a teacher and, as such, also had to leave his coaching position.

    Baca takes over for Matt Felton, who guided the program for two years.

  • 2013 Los Alamos Triathlon Results

    Men’s overall

    1. Chip Cooper, 1:01:11; 2. Clay Moseley, 1:02:32; 3. William Kessler, 1:07:25.

    Women’s overall

    1. Liz Miller, 1:11:30; 2. Mary Uhl, 1:12:18; 3. Tamsen Schurman, 1:14:00.

    Men 10-14

    1. Alex Bullock, 1:25:36; 2. Quinn Abfalterer, 1:43:38; 3. Evan Ortega, 1:48:28.

    Men 15-19

    1. Christopher Olson, 1:26:58; 2. Nate Matteson, 1:35:46.

    Men 20-24

    1. Christopher Ussery, 1:11:14.

    Men 25-29

    1. Dallas Smith, 1:19:12; 2. Britton Lambson, 1:28:47; 3. Ben Eftink, 1:34:21; 4. Adam J. Atwood, 1:34:59; 5. Gilbert Valdez, 1:38:02; 6. Thomas Wynn, 1:41:47.

    Men 30-34

    1. Josh Coleman, 1:09:01; 2. William Rice, 1:20:08; 3. Brett Nadler, 1:21:54; 4. Michael Crowell, 1:26:36; 5. Blaire Steven, 1:32:05; 6. Sid Pathak, 2:00:54.

    Men 35-39

    1. Hugh Selby, 1:07:32; 2. Scott Valdez, 1:09:12; 3. Ryan Hort, 1:14:00; 4. Benjamin Davis, 1:19:13; 5. Karl Thomas, 1:20:15; 6. Lenny Noronha, 1:24:17; 7. Todd Williamson, 1:25:14.

    Men 40-44

  • Champs repeat at 2013 Triathlon

    Things don’t change a whole lot in the multi-sport arena of Los Alamos. In fact, just about everything stayed the same this year.

    The top finishers from the Los Alamos Triathlon last year made a repeat performance in 2013. Men’s elite reigning champ Chip Cooper and women’s elite champ Liz Miller both took top honors once again in the triathlon.

    The Los Alamos Triathlon, one of the biggest sporting events of the year in Los Alamos County, returned for its 39th running Saturday. It is the oldest continuously-run multi-sport event in the country.

    Entrants this year in the individual competition was down considerably from 2012, however. This year, 123 athletes finished the individual competition, down from 146 in 2012, although team participation was up slightly.

    Cooper, who was the first person out on the course Saturday and the first to cross the finish line, noted one big absence this year: former triathlon champ and one of his toughest competitors, Jimmy Archer.

    “Last year with Jimmy, that was a good marker,” Cooper said.

  • Martinson scores a hole-in-one

    Tami Martinson scored her second career hole-in-one Sunday at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Martinson, one of Los Alamos’ top amateurs, scored her ace from the red tees on hole No. 15 at LAGC. She hit a 6-iron from 146 yards for the ace.
    The first ace for Martinson came during the 2011 Los Alamos City Championship.
    The hole-in-one was witnessed by husband Drew Martinson, as well as Wayne Taylor and Linda Taylor.