• Fenton, Turner are big winners at Y's Firecracker 5K

    Ryan Fenton made it a three-peat at the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Firecracker 5K.
    Fenton, who lives in Albuquerque but runs for and goes to school at New Mexico State University, was again the top finisher at the annual race, sponsored by the YMCA. Fenton was 47 seconds better than runner-up Blake Wood to take his third consecutive Firecracker 5K title.
    The race is run on Independence Day, following a course starting at the YMCA’s main complex on Iris Street, down Canyon Road and back.
    Fenton was the only runner to break the 17-minute mark in 2012. While he didn’t accomplish that feat this year, his time of 17 minutes, 57 seconds was the only sub-18 minute finish.
    On the women’s side, Elizabeth Turner of Los Alamos defeated 2012 champion Adrienne Larson to take this year’s title. Turner clocked in at 20:31, almost a minute better than runner-up Larson’s time of 21:25.
    This year’s Firecracker 5K included 171 runners, down slightly from last year’s total of 175 entries.

  • No Summer Vacation at Griffith...

    Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program are busy making summer preparations. The Hilltopper teams are scheduled to take part in a team tournament at Adams State University (Alamosa, Colo.) this weekend. During a camp last month, new head coach Robin Reynolds was running the Hilltoppers through offensive and defensive drills.

  • NNMSMGA tournament results

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament played at Pagosa Springs (Colo.) Golf Course June 18-20.

    June 18 (2-man scramble)

    First flight

    First low gross: Chuck Padilla, Las Vegas, and Jim Fluharty, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 69.
    Second low gross: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, and Bob Oliver, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 69
    First low net: Malcolm Rodger, Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Dale Crumpton, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 60.9.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Greg Hanson, Los Alamos, and Mike Cuccia, Trinidad, Colo., 68.
    Second low gross: Ron Krantz, Los Alamos, and Ken Bailey, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 70.
    First low net: Dallas Bauer, Alamosa, Colo., and Eppie Trujillo, Los Alamos, 57.6.
    Second low net: Larry Hults, Los Alamos, and Jim Lawrence, Los Alamos, 57.6.

    June 19

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 75.
    Second low gross: Chuck Padilla, Las Vegas, 68.

    First flight

    First low gross: Steve Martinez, Santa Fe, 80.
    Second low gross: Malcolm Rodger, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 82.
    First low net: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, 69.

    Second flight

  • White Rock advances in 9-10 All-Stars

     The White Rock Little League 9-10 All-Stars picked up a big victory Sunday over Los Alamos’ All-Star team to advance in the District 1 playoffs.

    White Rock will be in action at 6 p.m. tonight facing Española. The District 1 tournament is being held in Santa Fe.

    In the opening round, White Rock defeated Los Alamos 16-4.

    The tournament is being played at Alto Park in Santa Fe. The winner of the District 1 tournament will advance to the state tournament.

  • Firecracker 5K Run Results
  • Clowns’ hurler Bun Ryan reflects on WWII experience

    For some, Independence Day not only means fireworks and cookouts, but reflection on what it means to be independent.
    And while World War II veteran Bernard L. ‘Bun’ Ryan certainly played a part in that, rarely did he have the time to reflect in the years following the war.
    “I didn’t do anything. I was always busy pitching,” said Ryan, the star hurler of Pierotti’s Clowns of the Fourth of July holiday. The Clowns or the other softball teams he threw for were almost invariably playing in a tournament or exhibition game during the holiday.
    Ryan was among the hardest throwing pitchers in the country during softball’s heyday following World War II and was, along with team captain and third baseman Lou Pierotti, who, like Ryan, is a longtime Los Alamos resident, was the Clowns’ main attraction.
    Pierotti’s Clowns was a five-man softball team made up largely of players from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s S-Site – notably, Pierotti himself was not one of them, but instead was a local entrepreneur. The Clowns played exhibition games for charity and in their 200 official games spanning from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s, went a remarkable 177-23.
    When Ryan was on his game, he was virtually unhittable and was a big part of that stellar won-loss record.

  • Sports Briefs 06-30-13

    Tourney to benefit BBBS

    The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its second annual “Drive for Matches” tournament at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The Drive for Matches is scheduled for July 20. Price for participation is $100 for each individual and $400 per team, which includes driving range balls, greens fees, a golf cart and dinner.
    All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico.
    More information about the tournament can be found by contacting Dawn Brown at 505-614-4231 or dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org.

    LA football camp slated for July 8-11

    The Hilltopper Youth Football Camp is scheduled for July 8-11 at Sullivan Field.
    The camp is for students entering grades 4-8. The camp will focus on basic offensive and defensive philosophies and proper techniques.
    Price for participation is $55. Registrations can be made to Garett Williams, 994 Nambe Place, Los Alamos.

    Mud volleyball tournament returning

  • Rees is the top predictor

    Dan Rees had the top prediction in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday night. It started at Barranca Mesa Elementary School and ventured into Bayo Canyon.
    Rees, running on the 3-mile course, was off by just four seconds from his predicted finish time Tuesday. He nipped 1-mile course runner Paul Elkins, who had a six-second adjusted error.
    Also coming close were Ted Romero (24 seconds off) and Duane Marr and Joaquin Gutierrez (30 seconds off).
    On the 1-mile course, Jacob Thompson had the fastest finish with his time of 7 minutes, 28 seconds. Patricia Burnside finished in 7:56.
    On the longer course, Romero was again the fastest finisher, crossing in 20:58.
    The next Pace Race is Tuesday night starting at the roundabout at Diamond Drive and San Ildefonso Road. Race time is 6 p.m.
    More information about the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners can be found at the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or by calling 672-1639. 

  • Kirk makes U.S. World Games roster

     Former Los Alamos High School basketball star and University of New Mexico Lobo center Alex Kirk made the cut for the World University Games.

    Kirk, the 7-foot center and one of the top offensive and defensive presences for the Lobos, was awarded one of the 12 roster spots for the U.S. men’s basketball team that will play in Kazan, Russia, starting July 7. Kirk was trying out for the team along with several top college players from around the country at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    The announcement was made by USA Basketball earlier today.

  • Softball team takes on Española

    The White Rock-Los Alamos 11- and 12-year-old softball team will face off with Española in a three-game series for the district championship starting Saturday.
    The WR-LA team will host the series, which gets going at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    The tournament was originally supposed to include a third team but Santa Fe dropped out late.
    Española, according to WR-LA manager Roger Anaya, will give his team a test.
    The WR-LA team is comprised of about half junior-aged players and half senior-aged players that were combined together for the regular season. WR-LA squeezed in a dozen games in about three weeks to get itself eligible for postseason competition.
    All three games are scheduled for Overlook Park in White Rock. Sunday’s game is set for 1 p.m. If needed, the third game will be played Monday.