• 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.

  • Locals take part in GSW regional

    Former Los Alamos High School athletes Laura Wendelberger and Brady Stokes both cracked the top 10 in the multi-discipline events during the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic this weekend.
    The region-wide GSW meet was run in Albuquerque at the UNM Track and Field Complex.
    Wendelberger finished ninth in the heptathlon event, racking up 3,768 points in the seven-event contest, while Stokes finished 10th in the decathlon, earning 4,960 points in 10 events. Both Stokes and Wendelberger graduated from LAHS this spring.
    The top local finisher at the GSW meet was Chelsea Chalacombe. Chalacombe, who finished third in the Class 4A high jump competition in May, tied for seventh place overall in the high jump this weekend, clearing 5 feet, 4-3/4 inches.
    Other Hilltopper athletes taking part included Amanda Mercer in the girls 3200 meters (10th, 12:27.67), Amy Neal in the pole vault (10th, 10-5 1/2), Sean Reardon in the boys 3200 (11th, 9:56.21) and Orion Staples in the boys 2000 meter steeplechase (16th, 6:56.73), an event that isn’t done in New Mexico prep competition.
    Also in the decathlon, Simon Heath finished 13th, grabbing 4,539 points.

  • Ferrara holds on for win at Tour de Los Alamos

    Local racer Fortunato Ferrara finally got over the hump to win the Tour de Los Alamos top men’s category.
    The 41st Tour de Los Alamos was held Sunday. The Tour, billed as the oldest cycling race in the southwest, followed its traditional loop from the Back Gate down to White Rock and back up the Truck Route.
    Ferrara, who has had several close calls in recent years at the Tour but was nipped several times for the title in the men’s pro/1/2/3 race category.
    This year, Ferrara fended off another tight battle at the front, topping both Damian Calvert, one of the most successful riders in tour history, and Kip Taylor. Ferrara, Calvert and Taylor all finished with a same time 3 hours, 27 minutes, 18 seconds for the 3-lap, 81-mile trek, but Ferrara picked up the championship.
    Mindy Caruso won the top women’s finisher. She finished her two laps, totaling 54 miles, in 2:41:47, although she had a fight to the finish as well, with Irena Ossola finishing less than one second behind.
    Caruso finished with an average speed of 20.03 miles per hour while Ferrara had an average speed of 24.02 mph.
    This year’s race didn’t include either of the top men’s and women’s finishers from 2012, Mark Aasmunstad or Dana Shinn.

  • Former LA star creates her own award

    Between the end-of-year awards handed out by Los Alamos High School and other local entities, Madison Ahlers felt like there was a void.
    And being the Coast Guard Academy student-athlete she is, Ahlers decided to step up and do something about it herself.
    This year, Ahlers unveiled the award she created, the Iron Athlete Award. The award goes to the top graduating 3-sport athlete from Los Alamos High School.
    The inaugural Iron Athlete Award winner was longtime Hilltopper standout Amy Neal. Neal, who will be attending the University of Tennessee to play women’s soccer in the fall, competed in soccer, diving and track for Los Alamos in 2012-13.
    The award winners get their names engraved on a plaque hanging outside the LAHS athletic office as well as a cash prize which is partially funded by Ahlers herself.
    Ahlers, who is currently on assignment through the Coast Guard Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said she had two motivations to start the Iron Athlete Award. First, she felt athletic participation numbers have been slipping at the prep level and wanted to do more to encourage participation at LAHS.
    The other was that she wanted students to experience the benefits of participating.

  • Sports Briefs 06-09-13

    Splash N Dash returns 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 calling Amy Regan at 672-3623 or by visiting the club’s website, triatomics.org.

    Registration for soccer camp ends Monday

    The Los Alamos High School boys soccer team is hosting the second session of summer soccer camp for boys and girls ages 3-9.
    The session will run from June 17-21 at Rover Park in White Rock.
    Registration for the session is due by Monday.
    Price for participation is $35.
    More information can be found by visiting laschools.net/athletics or calling Marsha Parker at 672-1558.

    Water aerobics classes are Monday, Wednesday

  • Tour de LA is still a go for 41st running

    With just a couple of days left before it’s scheduled to go off, things are still on schedule for the return of the Tour de Los Alamos.
    The Tour de Los Alamos will be Sunday. The cycling race, which bills itself as the oldest in the southwestern United States, will follow its traditional loop from N.M. 501 through the Back Gate, down N.M. 4 through White Rock and back up toward Los Alamos National Laboratory. The race will start Sunday morning with a low-speed “parade” from downtown Los Alamos to the Research Park.
    As of Thursday night, 78 cyclists had registered online. Event organizer Dave Zerkle said that’s about what he would expect for most years, as the vast majority of racers enter Saturday night or on the day of the race.
    Zerkle, who with his wife Carolyn have organized the race since 2006, said even with the concerns about the Thompson Ridge Fire and smoke conditions, a big drop-off in participation for the 2013 race isn’t anticipated.
    “It has been a little slower because people were feeling out the fire, but (registration has) improved in the last couple of days,” Zerkle said.
    Should the Thompson Ridge Fire threaten the course or if smoke conditions are bad, Zerkle said the Tour would be called off, but he’s not anticipating a need for such drastic measures.

  • Marr is best predictor for another week

    For the second week in a row, Duane Marr was the best predictor at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run at American Springs Road.
    Marr finished with a prediction error of just 12 seconds to earn his second straight best prediction. Roy Cope was off by 30 seconds and David Kratzer was 39 seconds off.
    The fastest finisher on the 3-mile course was Ted Romero, who clocked in at 21 minutes, 41 seconds. Linda Vance finished in 35:13.
    On the 1-mile course, 8-year-old Aidan Cooley finished in 11:27, one second ahead of Susan Mendel.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday on the road toward the sewage plant near the White Rock Y. Race time is 6 p.m.
    More information about the Pace Race and the Atomic City Roadrunners can be found at the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or by calling 672-1639.For the second week in a row, Duane Marr was the best predictor at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run at American Springs Road.
    Marr finished with a prediction error of just 12 seconds to earn his second straight best prediction. Roy Cope was off by 30 seconds and David Kratzer was 39 seconds off.

  • Senior men’s golf tourney results

     Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association Tournaments at the University of New Mexico Golf Course May 21 and the Isleta Eagle Golf Course May 22.

    UNM Golf Course

    Championship flight

    First low gross: John Mikkelsen, Santa Fe, 75.
    Second low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 79.
    First low net: Joe Patterson, Sandia Park, 66.

    First flight

    First low gross: David Broyles, Alamosa, Colo., 78.
    Second low gross: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 82.
    First low net: Cole Proctor, Texas Creek, Colo., 67.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Terry Maznio, Las Vegas, 81.
    Second low gross: Ron Krantz, Los Alamos, 85.
    First low net: Greg Hanson, Los Alamos, 65.

    Third flight

    First low gross: Greg Casaus, Belen, 87.
    Second low gross: Jim Downey, Santa Fe, 89.
    First low net: Vidal Varela, Las Vegas, 61.
    Second low net: Don Rokop, Los Alamos, 64.
    Third low net: Jay Boettner, Los Alamos, 66.

    Fourth flight

    First low gross: Charles Barbee, Santa Fe, 93.
    Second low gross: Harry Rosenblum, Santa Fe, 97.
    First low net: Mike Cuccia, Trinidad, Colo., 64.

    Isleta Eagle Golf Course

    Championship flight