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  • Golf: Results from this week’s senior men’s tournaments

    The players on the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association circuit were busy this week, with three tournaments in a row.
    The NNMSMGA held the tournaments in the Santa Fe area, playing Monday at Las Campanas, Tuesday at Cochiti’s golf course and Wednesday at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.
    Some local senior golfers fared relatively well this week. Bob Quick had the top finish among Los Alamos players, earning the first low net in the first flight Monday.
    Tuesday, Jay Boettner of Los Alamos finished with the best gross score in the third flight, while Gary Lind has the lowest gross score in the fourth flight.

  • NMAA: Tripp to resign at end of academic year

    It came as a bit of a shock to Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms when she heard.
    Just two weeks earlier, meeting with the top officials from the New Mexico Activities Association, Nelms got no indication that Gary Tripp might be stepping down from his top post.
    However, Tripp, the executive director of the NMAA, the governing body of most interscholastic sports and activities in the state, announced Monday that he will be leaving the association’s top job effective at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.

  • Sports Update 06-15-11

    Pool to host Hawaiian Night

    Piñon Park Pool will host Hawaiian Night tonight.
    The pool will be open to the general public until 10 p.m. Price for participation is $4 for non-pool members or $2 with any food purchase.
    The event will feature an inflatable pool slide. Kenny’s BBQ will be in the pool’s between 5:30-9 p.m. and root beer floats will be sold inside the pool area.

    Splash N Dash season opens June 29

    The first Splash N Dash of the season will take place June 29 starting at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

  • Top fencers preparing for more

    Tom Hill and Jack Stafurik have crossed swords more than once. Quite literally.
    The two men are the top two fencers for the Los Alamos Fencing Club and to prepare for events, they often square off against each other.
    Right now, Hill, the coach of LAFC, and Stafurik are the only two fencers who are currently competing at the national level and warm up for tournaments together at the YMCA’s gymnasium.
    Most of the members of LAFC are younger and have only limited experience in actual competition.
    Nevertheless, they feel there’s plenty of potential in the younger fencers they train.

  • Shooters take aim in Sin City

    Shooting stick can be much more than a leisurely activity while downing a few cold ones.
    For some of the top local players, it can mean a trip to the national playoffs.
    That’s what one team from Los Alamos did recently. In May, regulars in the Los Alamos Pool League took a trip to Las Vegas to compete with some of the top shooters in the nation.
    The local team of Mike Cutler, Tony Zukaitis, Brian Appell, John Robertson and Vance Boone took part in the Billiards Congress of American Pool League National Championship, which was held at the Riviera Resort and Casino – all the players but Boone took part in the open individual event as well.

  • Coffelt is one of top officials

    A group of football officials from Los Alamos has been around for quite awhile. It’s been around so long, in fact, that current crew chief Kerry Coffelt remembers it from his playing days.
    The officiating crew has been on the hill since the early 1960s and is still going strong. It’s one of the most respected crews in northern New Mexico and recently had a chance to call the 2011 North-South small school All-Star Game, which was played in Española.

  • Golfers earned big wins at City event

    It was quite a July 2010 for Curt Norman.
    Norman, one of the top golfers in Los Alamos County, had perhaps the best month of his amateur career last year by finishing second at the Atomic City Invitational and winning the Los Alamos City Championship, the first City tournament win of his career.
    Meanwhile, at the City tournament, Martinson picked up her second straight title, holding off charges from past champions Barbara Schmitt and Ev Griggs.
    Martinson shot an 83 in day two, quickly erasing Schmitt’s two-stroke lead to win. Martinson said she spent much of last off season working out her shoulders to help give her more length off the tee.

  • Ladies tennis keeps rolling this summer

    The Los Alamos Tennis Club has three competitive teams rated. 3.5 or above, but by far the standout is the women’s squad.
    The LATC ladies 3.5 adult team put together a stellar 9-3 record this season, while the senior ladies team qualified for the Southwest Sectional tournament.
    At the sectionals, played in May in Tucson, Los Alamos finished third, going 3-2.
    The adult team is captained by Lee Harris, who posted a solid 6-3 playing in doubles this season. United States Tennis Association matches are a best-of-five affair consisting of two singles and three doubles contests, while the senior captain is Lorraine Vasilik.

  • Baron hopes to build on victory

    It was  a change for Erica Baron this year, but that change did her good.
    Instead of electing to do the 50 kilometer race at this year’s Jemez Mountain Trail Run, Baron decided to do the half-marathon, a race she’d never attempted before.
    The decision paid off well for Baron, who won the race. Baron finished with a time of 1 hour, 48 minutes, 39 seconds, nearly two minutes better than her closest competitor, Megan Kimmel of Silverton, Colo.
    Baron has been for several years one of the top local distance runners. Earlier this year she was the 10K top finisher at the inaugural Run for Her Life race and in 2008 picked up a nearly 20-minute victory at the Pajarito Trail Run 15 miler.

  • Wood just keeps on running

    Long-distance running, by its very nature, is a solitary sport and competitors are often competing with themselves as much, or more so, than those they’re running against.
    Local ultrarunner Blake Wood tries to do both.
    Wood was the top local male finisher in the 50-mile Jemez Mountain Trail Run last month. He placed seventh overall in the tough race, run around Pajarito Mountain on some challenging terrain.
    Wood said it was his best race in some time and is hoping it will give him some momentum heading into the Hardrock Hundred.
    “I was absolutely thrilled,” Wood said of his finish at the Jemez Mountain race. “I went in with two goals and was able to accomplish them both.”