• Mang named district Player of Year

    The two athletes named as the District 2-4A Players of the Year in baseball and softball came as no surprise to anyone.
    Hilltopper sophomore Jared Mang, who was the team’s top pitcher and hitter, earned the Player of the Year selection in baseball, while Bernalillo’s dominating pitcher Demi Magdalena was named Player of the Year for 2-4A softball.
    The all-district teams were released this morning. Los Alamos’ top players were prominent in both sports, grabbing five baseball first team slots and four softball first team slots.
    For Mang, it was his second consecutive Player of the Year honor. Mang has been starting — and hitting third in the batting order — since his eighth grade year. He was named to the 2-4A first team in 2011 and had a strong case to win the Player of the Year honor that season as well, but his age was likely a factor in the decision to give that year’s award to Ricky Gonzales of Española Valley.
    Also for Los Alamos’ baseball team, Mike Gill earned his fifth consecutive Manager of the Year honor from the district. Gill has led Los Alamos to five straight 2-4A titles, with the Hilltoppers going 11-1 in the district in 2013.

  • Sports camps will get started soon

    The return of summer means the return of summer sports camps around Los Alamos County.
    Just days after the school year ends in the area, two camps will open up, ’Topper Soccer School and the Los Alamos Tennis Clinic.
    Both camps, which are designed for youth of all abilities, begin Monday. Today is the registration deadline for the first session of ’Topper Soccer School.
    Following those camps are football, girls soccer and all-sports camps later this summer.
    The ’Topper Soccer School, one of the most prominent local camps for youth, is split into two sessions. Following the first session, which concludes June 7, a second session is set to start June 17.
    The first session will be at Urban Park and the second session will be in White Rock. All boys and girls ages 3-9 can take part.
    Deadline for the second session is June 10 for those interested in participating.
    The following week marks the Los Alamos Tennis Clinic.
    That camp, which runs from June 10-14, is also for boys and girls between the ages of 6-15. For those between the ages of 6-10, United States Tennis Association QuickStart training methods will be employed.
    Both the tennis clinic and the soccer school are hosted by members of the Los Alamos High School players and the coaching staff of those sports.

  • Cyclist sets new cross-state record

    There is still plenty of work to be done in preparation for the race of her career, but Lisa Dougherty had a nice warm-up recently.
    So nice, in fact, she set a newly-certified cycling record for fastest time riding west-to-east across New Mexico.
    Dougherty, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a published author, topped the old record for crossing the state width-wise, completing the trek in 20 hours, 19 minutes. Had Dougherty not been hampered by rutty asphalt after getting through Roswell, she may have had a shot at breaking the men’s record as well, but lost out on that time by about 41 minutes.
    The record was certified late last month by the Ultramarathon Cycling Association, which keeps tabs on such long-distance records.
    Dougherty had guessed the trip, officially all 392.4 miles of it, would take about 24 hours or more to complete, but beat her projected pace handily, even with some unexpected hiccups along the way.
    The state crossing was a tune-up for Dougherty’s ambitious upcoming outing, the Race Across America (RAAM). The race starts June 11 in Oceanside, Calif., and will wind its way to Annapolis, Md., covering 3,000 miles in the span of about 11 days.

  • Sports Briefs 05-26-13

    Athletic Night for incoming freshmen students is Tuesday at Los Alamos High School

    Los Alamos High School will host its annual eighth grade athletic night Tuesday. The athletic night will be in the Duane Smith Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.
    General information on sports programs at LAHS will be given, followed by a chance for prospective eighth grade athletes to meet with coaches from the various Hilltopper programs.
    All current eighth graders interested in participating in high school athletics are invited to attend.
    More information can be found by calling the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531 or visiting laschools.net/athletics.

    Deadline for soccer camp registration is Tuesday

    The Los Alamos High School boys soccer team is hosting a summer soccer camp for boys and girls ages 3-9.
    The camp has two scheduled sessions, the first from June 3-7 and the second from June 17-21 at Rover Park in White Rock. Registration for the first session is due by Tuesday.
    Price for participation is $35 for one session or $50 for both sessions. More information can be found by visiting laschools.net/athletics or calling Marsha Parker at 672-1558.

    PE, basketball camps start June 10

  • Rees is top predictor this week

    Dan Rees was the best predictor at this week’s Pace Race by quite a bit.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday. The race was held on an old wagon road in the hills overlooking Los Alamos National Laboratory’s S-Site.
    Rees, running on the 3-mile course, was off by just four seconds on his predicted race finish Tuesday. Linda Vance was the next-best predictor, 27 seconds off, while Sue Elkins was the best predictor on the 1-mile course, missing by 42 seconds.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Inez Ross, who finished with a time of 16:02. Ted Romero was the fastest finisher on the longer course, coming in at 22:11.
    The next Pace Race will be 6 p.m. Tuesday. The race will begin at the Quemazon Trailhead, just off Trinity Drive and 48th Street. There will be a pavement course available for competitors wanting to bring strollers.
    More information on the next Pace Race is available by calling 662-4107, 672-1639 or visiting the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Soccer camp registration deadline is Tuesday

    The Los Alamos High School boys soccer team is hosting a summer soccer camp for boys and girls ages 3-9.
    The camp has two scheduled sessions, the first from June 3-7 at Urban Park in Los Alamos and the second from June 17-21 at Rover Park in White Rock.
    Registration for the first session is due by Tuesday.
    Price for participation is $35 for one session or $50 for both sessions.
    More information can be found by visiting laschools.net/athletics or calling Marsha Parker at 672-1558. 

  • Jemez Mountain Trail Runs returning

    Los Alamos will once again host the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs.
    The Jemez Mountain Trail Runs, which is returning for its eighth consecutive year, is set for Saturday starting at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge on North Mesa.
    The runs include a 50-mile ultramarathon, a 50-kilometer race and a half-marathon. The courses run from North Mesa toward Pajarito Mountain, to the Valles Caldera and back again.
    Little has changed from last year’s race to this year’s race. Race officials said there will be a little more single-track running at the ski hill which shortens the distance that will be run at the Caldera, but beyond that most runners won’t notice a difference.
    The 50-mile race will start at 5 a.m., the 50K race at 6 a.m. and the half-marathon at 8 a.m.
    One of the features that attracts runners to the event is that several stretches of the runs take place above 10,000 feet in altitude.
    Coloradoans were the top finishers in the 2012 50-mile race. Patrick Garcia of Denver and Diana Finkel of South Fork were the top male and female finishes, with Finkel — who was the No. 4 overall finisher, man or woman — holding off Los Alamos’ Erica Baron. Finkel won with a time of 9 hours, 26 minutes, 29 seconds, while Baron clocked in at 9:29:17.

  • Volleyball progams hosting showcase

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program isn’t wasting any time getting its fan base jazzed for the upcoming season. In fact, the Hilltoppers aren’t even waiting for the end of this school year.
    Los Alamos will host a 2013 Review-Preview Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The event is exactly what it sounds like: a look back at the past and a look ahead to the future.
    The highlight of the night will be the alumni game at 7:30 p.m. Several past Hilltoppers, including soon-to-be graduates of the high school, are scheduled to take part.
    “We’re making more of a volleyball night for everybody,” new Hilltopper head coach Robin Reynolds said.
    Among about 10 alumni Reynolds said is expected to take part in the alumni contest is senior Danielle Ortiz. Ortiz, one of the top defensive players in recent school history, was recently awarded a walk-on roster spot at the University of New Mexico for next season.
    Los Alamos had a successful 2012, reaching the Class 4A semifinals for the third consecutive season. Unfortunately, Los Alamos was eliminated from the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season by St. Pius X.
    Prior to the alumni game, Los Alamos’ returning high school and middle school players will be in action, followed by a game featuring graduating senior boys from LAHS.

  • Volleyball program hosting Review-Preview Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program will host an event Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltopper 2013 Review-Preview will start at 5 p.m. Donations of $2 per person are being requested to benefit the school’s athletic department.
    The Review-Preview includes a free clinic for players in grades 1-6, a scrimmage between returning Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School players, a senior boys volleyball game and an alumni game.

  • Kirk, Christensen named All-Stars

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper softball veterans were invited to participate in the North-South All-Star series.
    Los Alamos’ Micaela Christensen and Erin Kirk were selected for the Class 4A/5A North All-Star team. The All-Star selections were announced Tuesday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    Selections are made by high school coaches across the state. Only graduating seniors are eligible to participate.
    Christensen, one of the most dangerous hitters in Los Alamos program history, was named as a shortstop to the North team. Christensen, a home-schooled student, will attend and play softball for Taylor University in Upland, Ind., next semester.
    Kirk, meanwhile, was picked to play first base for the North All-Stars.
    This will be a busy summer for Kirk, who is also scheduled to play in the All-Star girls basketball game.
    The North-South series will be played June 14-15 at the Farmington Sports Complex, a week after Kirk is scheduled to appear in the All-Star basketball contest.
    Piedra Vista, the Class 4A champions this season, placed three players on the North team — pitcher Krissy Fortner, catcher Alex Moreno and third baseman Jordan Montoya — while 4A runner-up Aztec and Albuquerque High, along with Los Alamos, had two selections.