• 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.

  • Class 4A track and field final results

    Here are the results from the Class 4A state championship track and field meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.


    Team scores

    1. Aztec, 76; 2. Los Alamos, 59; 3. Piedra Vista, 52; 4. Artesia, 49; 5. Del Norte, 37; 6. St. Pius X, 33; (tie) Santa Fe, 33; 8. Los Lunas, 22; 9. Santa Teresa, 17; 10. Albuquerque Academy, 16; 11. Kirtland Central, 11; 12. Chaparral, 9; 13. Roswell, 8; (tie) Goddard, 8; 15. Miyamura, 6; (tie) Valencia, 6; (tie) Farmington, 6; 18. Moriarty, 55; 19. Deming, 1.

    100 meters

    1. Alexis Lafave, Los Lunas, 12.42; 2. Cera Chavez, Los Lunas, 12.59; 3. Patience Kennedy, St. Pius, 12.62.

    200 meters

    1. Zhianna Flores, Piedra Vista, 25.11; 2. Jessica Scherrer, Del Norte, 25.70; 3. Alexis Lafave, Los Lunas, 26.54; 4. Amy Neal, 26.38.

    400 meters

    1. Tiffany Cano, Artesia, 57.48; 2. Britani Gonzalez, Santa Teresa, 58.22; 3. Tiffany Garcia, Santa Fe, 58.35.

    800 meters

    1. Britani Gonzalez, Santa Teresa, 2:14.60; 2. Jenna Thurman, Del Norte, 2:14.88; 3. Carisma Lovato, Valencia, 2:20.35.

    1600 meters

  • Kirk, Christensen named to All-Star team

    Los Alamos Hilltopper softball players Erin Kirk and Micaela Christensen were named to the Class 4A-5A North All-Star team this afternoon.
    The team is selected by members of the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. To be eligible for inclusion, players must be graduating seniors.
    Kirk was named as first baseman to the North All-Star team, while Christensen was selected as shortstop.

  • Ainsworth hired as LA's new boys golf coach

    The Los Alamos High School athletic office announced last week the hiring of a new boys golf coach.
    Anders “Andy” Ainsworth will take over the boys golf program from Ann Stewart, who was officially hired earlier this month as the head girls basketball coach.
    Ainsworth, who was a volunteer for the Los Alamos Hilltopper golf program during the 2012-13 season, is a math teacher at Los Alamos Middle School. He also has experience at the collegiate level, as he was an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s program at Western New Mexico University in Silver City between 2008-2010.
    Along with his golf experience, he has coached boys and girls basketball at Coronado High School in Gallina and was also an assistant volleyball coach there.
    Last season, Los Alamos’ boys didn’t qualify for the state tournament. The team sent one representative, senior Raul Roybal, to state as an individual, where he placed 37th overall with a two-day score of 185.
    Ainsworth will be the third head coach for the boys team in three seasons.
    Prior to last season, girls coach Mike Lippiatt ran both programs.