• LA drops season opener to Farmington

    It was an inauspicious start to the 2013 season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team Saturday.
    Los Alamos debuted at home against another Class 4A squad, the Farmington Scorpions, but it was the Scorpions that settled into their game before the Hilltoppers.

    Farmington forward Hannah Kelley scored at the end of both halves, breaking the scoreless tie in the 37th minute, then putting away a freebee goal late in the game as her team won 2-0 at Sullivan Field.

    It was the first game of a tough early season schedule for the Hilltoppers. Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek knew he’d get to see quickly what his team’s deficiencies are and had some notes for his squad after its opener.

    “Better communication, better support, better team effort,” said Kubicek. “We didn’t see much of that effort today. You have to be more in control. We just didn’t do that.”

    Both teams featured a high percentage of sophomores on their opening day rosters, but the Scorpions were largely sophomores with just a sprinkling of upperclassmen mixed in.

    But the Scorpions looked like the more seasoned team.

    Their defense slowed down Los Alamos’ main scoring threat, Catie McDonald, who only had a couple of good looks throughout.

  • Vance wins this week’s Pace Race

    Because of heavy rains Tuesday, much of the markings on the Pace Race’s 3-mile trail were washed away.
    Despite the tough navigating, however, Linda Vance still managed the best prediction of the week.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Tuesday’s run went through Bayo Canyon and Rendija Canyon.
    Vance was just 15 seconds off her predicted finish time, easily topping the field.
    Karen Thorn was 30 seconds off, Ted Romero 33 seconds off and Jennifer Reglien, running on the 1-mile course, was off by 63 seconds.
    On the shorter course, Mariela Vargas was the fastest finisher with her time of 9 minutes, 54 seconds.
    Romero finished the long course in a time of 22:49. Roxana Candia had a time of 30:44.
    The next Pace Race will be 6 p.m. Tuesday.
    The race will start at the Montessori school in Quemazon.
    For more information about the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, contact 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com. 

  • Hilltoppers will be challenged this season

    In more ways than one, this season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team will be about transition.

    Los Alamos, which opens the fall season Tuesday, will be looking at transition between defense to offense, offense to defense and, most importantly, transition from a battle-tested, senior-laden team to one with a lot of new personnel in a lot of new positions.

    The Hilltoppers open their 2013 campaign on the road at Bosque School, the first of some challenging contests in the early going.

    The opening day roster features a dozen seniors, which some would say is enviable, but most of the seniors for Los Alamos played very limited minutes on last year’s squad. Offensively, 8 of their top 10 goal producers from 2012 are gone.

    The biggest loss to graduation, however, is center-midfielder Henry Steinkamp. Steinkamp ran the offensive show and was the team’s distributor, finishing the season with 15 assists, as many as the next two players combined.

    The main challenge for Los Alamos heading into Tuesday’s opener against Bosque, a very tough Class A-3A program which was the small school runner-up last season, is to try to see how all its pieces are going to fit together.

  • 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.