• 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.

  • Swim club holds a 50th reunion party

    The oldest competitve clubs in the state, the Los Alamos Aquatomics, celebrated 50 years of swimming at a reunion event at Fuller Lodge June 22.
    Several dozen alumni attended the event, including out-of-state guests from New York, California, Colorado and Arizona.
    Also present were previous Aquatomics’ coaches Bill Hudson and Steve Myers, who addressed the group at the reunion.
    Hudson, who founded the team in 1963 partly to support his program at Los Alamos High School, reminisced about early days of Aquatomics swimming.
    “For competition, we’d travel anywhere in the southwest that had a pool, even if it was an odd length, or if it was so murky you couldn’t see the bottom,” said Hudson, a former Los Alamos teacher who is still remarkably fit at 88 years of age.
    Hudson also started the first New Mexico state high school swimming meet.
    When Hudson’s team won the state high school title in 1956, it was the first state title for Los Alamos High School in any sport. In 1974, he helped organized the Los Alamos Triathlon, which is still run annually in Los Alamos County.

  • Hitting the Pavement

    Mark Katko heads down the sidewalk on Canyon Road during the running portion of the Splash N Dash Wednesday night. The Splash N Dash, a non-competitive multi-sport event, is hosted by the Triatomics. It is primarily for getting in shape for the August Los Alamos Triathlon. Several Splash N Dash events are held throughout the summer. 

  • Sports Briefs 06-27-13

    LA football camp slated for July 8-11

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

    Golf swap set for Sunday

    The Los Alamos Junior Golf Association will host its annual golf swap June 30.
    The golf swap will start at 8 a.m. at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Golfers can bring unused equipment to LAGC to donate prior to Sunday.
    Proceeds from the golf swap will go to support the LAJGA.
    More information can be found by calling 662-5096 or 500-8156.

    Water aerobics course offered in White Rock

    A water aerobics course is being offered at Piñon Park Pool in White Rock.
    The course is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30-8:25 a.m.
    Price for participation is $6.50 for pool members and $7 for non-members.
    More information about the course can be obtained by calling instructor Lori Edmonds-Boone at 660-0246.

    Firecracker Fun Run is July 4

  • Walkup Center to host Nogar Invite

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will play host to the Nick Nogar Memorial Invitational this weekend.
    The Nick Nogar Invite is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the aquatic center.
    This open invitational is hosted by the Los Alamos Aquatomics, a local swimming club team which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Aquatomics is one of the oldest sanctioned club teams in the state.
    The long course meet is the largest hosted in Los Alamos and usually includes swimmers and teams from all across New Mexico. The event includes competition in all age categories from 10 and under to masters swimmers. Last year, nearly 200 swimmers from 11 different teams took part.
    To accommodate the meet, the Walkup Center will only be open for early public lap swimming from 6-7:30 a.m. both days. More information about public activities this weekend at the Walkup Center can be obtained by calling 662-8170.
    Nogar was a former Los Alamos master swimmer and a supporter of competitive swimming. In his honor, a portion of the meet’s concessions will go toward supporting the American Cancer Society. 

  • Ball vying for Sun Country title

    Local golfer Ted Ball will be one of those competing for the New Mexico-West Texas amateur title this year.
    The 2013 New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship, put on by the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association, will tee off Friday. The tournament will be played at Isleta Eagle Golf Club just south of Albuquerque and will run through Sunday.
    In all, 68 players will vie for the title this year. Ball is the only Los Alamos entrant in the event.
    The Sun Country association includes players throughout New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, although a few residents of southern Colorado and even one player from Arizona are also taking part.
    The tournament champion will receive an invitation to play in the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship and the Southwestern Amateur Championship, among other events.
    Ball is one of the top local men’s golfers, having been half of the winning Memorial Day Tournament team in both 2010 and 2011. He also had the first day lead over Curt Norman in the 2011 City Championship before Norman stormed back in day two to win the tournament going away.
    Northern New Mexico isn’t particularly well-represented in this year’s Sun Country tournament field. Only six players, including Ball, are from Santa Fe or points north.

  • Splash N Dash returns Wednesday

    The Triatomics will host their first Splash N Dash of the year Wednesday. The event, which features swimming and running portions, is free but is limited to 75 entrants. Those that are interested can sign up starting at approximately 6:20 p.m. at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. New this year is a short course for youth interested in multi-sport activities. Visit triatomics.org for more information.

  • Santa Fe golfer fires two aces in less than a month

    Randy Vaughn, a resident of Santa Fe but a frequent competitor at Los Alamos Golf Course, did something he’d never done before earlier this month in Bernalillo.
    He did it again over the weekend in Los Alamos.
    Vaughn, who has been playing golf four 34 years, had never scored a hole-in-one until June 9, that coming at Twin Warriors Golf Course.
    His luck has apparently changed. Vaughn recorded the same feat at LAGC. Sunday, Vaughn aced the No. 4 hole at LAGC, playing in a foursome with veteran local golfers Cliff Fortgang, Art Brown and Darren Knox.
    For his ace Sunday, Vaughn hit an 8-iron from 165 yards out, playing off the blue tees.
    That ace at LAGC came two weeks to the day after his first career hole-in-one, that coming on the ninth hole at Twin Warriors.

    Today is the last day to register for Sunday’s tourney

  • Helping victims in Boston

    A pair of local runners took part in a pair of stretches for a special cross-country campaign last week.
    Bill Dunn and Frank Cherne took part in the One Run for Boston relay. Participants in the One Run pass a torch from runner to runner, going from the West Coast to the East Coast.
    Cherne and Dunn both took the torch and made a run at Palo Flechado Pass outside of Taos going toward Angel Fire.
    Dunn, a member of the local multi-sport group, the Triatomics, said he saw that the torch was going nearby and he and Cherne jumped at the chance to take part.
    The One Run for Boston started as a fundraiser and awareness campaign to help those affected by the bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April.
    On April 15, a pair of homemade bombs went off as runners and spectators were watching the end of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 250.
    The One Run for Boston started June 7 in Los Angeles and is scheduled to arrive in Boston June 30. The organization’s website said more than 1,000 individual runners will be taking part, running in stages of approximately 10 miles apiece.
    The event is similar to some held across the pond in the United Kingdom. In fact, a run in London shortly after the Boston Marathon attack went to aid the victims of that tragedy.

  • Sports Briefs 06-23-13

    LA football camp starts July 8

    The Hilltopper Youth Football Camp is scheduled for July 8-11 at Sullivan Field. Registration is currently underway.
    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.

    First Splash N Dash of season is Wednesday night

    The Splash N Dash series, which is hosted by Triatomics Multisport Club, will return for its first session Wednesday.
    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 triatomics.org.

    Golf swap set for June 30