• Tour de Los Alamos’ tradition keeps moving on

    The Tour de Los Alamos took place for the 43rd year in a row on Sunday, maintaining its title as the longest continuously running road bike race in southwest.
    “We had some great racers come in from our region, Colorado and Texas,” race director Cyndi Wells said.
    There were 97 bikers who pedaled in the tour this year, doing one, two or three 27-mile loops around the Los Alamos National Laboratory on N.M. 501 and N.M. 4.
    It was a clean race with no crashes or injuries.
    Former Los Alamos resident Fortunato Ferrera regained his title in the pro men’s race, pedaling around the county three times in 3 hours, 33 minutes and 29 seconds. His average speed for the 81-mile race was 23.33 miles per hour.
    Ferrera also won the race in 2013 (3:27:18) and 2009 (3:41:26). He finished second last year.
    Sarah Lough was the fastest woman on Sunday, doing two laps in 2:46:11 to win the women’s Cat 1/2/3 race.
    The one-loop citizen’s race drew 37 bikers in the men and women fields. Richard Korzekwa (1:22:12) was the fastest man while Lynn Bjorkland (1:37:43) led the women.
    “People were fast this year,” Wells said.

  • LA Little League teams advance to state

    Three Little League teams from Los Alamos County competed in district tournaments over the weekend and all three won its championship to qualify for the state tournament.
    Los Alamos County’s 10-11 year olds and Majors (11-12 year olds) both won its district baseball tournament, as well as the county’s 10-11 softball girls.
    Two of the Los Alamos teams blew through their district while one had to rally for its title.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball team outscored its opponents 54-1 to go undefeated in its district. The team beat Santa Fe Amreican 28-0, Santa Fe National 11-1 and Española 15-0 en route to its title.
    “We had solid pitching and our hitting was pretty square,” manager Dave Swavely said. “It was an all-around good performance.”
    The team will now compete in the state tournament in Carlsbad. Its first game will be Friday against Carlsbad.
    “We want to continue to have a good showing and represent the district well,” Swavely said. “We’re expecting the competition to definitely be better.”
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 softball girls went head-to-head with Santa Fe National for the district title and left no doubt which was the better team. Los Alamos won the final contest by over 20 runs.

  • Little League teams play for title tonight

    A pair of Los Alamos Little League All-Star teams will play for district titles this evening in Española.
    Los Alamos' Majors and 10-11 year olds are both scheduled to play at 6 p.m. The winners of tonight's game will both advance to the state tournament later this month.
    For more information on the tournament, follow the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sports Briefs 7-12-15

    Volleyball camps
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program will be hosting two camps this summer.
    Hilltopper volleyball will run their youth All-Skills camp July 20-22. All incoming fourth-eighth grade girls and boys are welcome.
    The cost of the camp is $40. Siblings will be discounted at $30.
    Campers will learn the FUNdamentals of volleyball and get a chance to compete for camp prizes. All proceeds from the All-Skills camp go to help the high school volleyball teams.
    Session one will be from 10 a.m.-noon and is for fourth through sixth graders.
    Session two will be from 2-4 p.m. and is for seventh and eighth graders.
    Both sessions will be held at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hilltopper volleyball is proud to announce it will also be hosting New Mexico Highlands University volleyball head coach Bryan Crawford on July 24-25.
    Crawford and his staff will run an all-skills camp that will be open to all incoming seventh-12th grade girls from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
    There will also be an invite-only session from 4-5:30 p.m. for advanced skills and team development.
    Cost of the camp will be $70 per camper. The invite-only session will be an additional $25.

  • Thrown out

    After nearly 10-running Santa Fe American on Thursday, the Los Alamos County majors got 10-runned on Friday. Los Alamos lost to Española in the winner’s bracket of the district baseball championships, 11-1.
    Los Alamos still had a chance to win the district by beating Española twice in the championship round, but first it had to beat Pojoaque Saturday in the semis.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 year-old All Stars, meanwhile, started their district tournament by blowing out Santa Fe American, 28-0, Friday to get into the winner’s bracket.

  • Local athletes reach soccer regionals

    Two local soccer players recently participated in the Far West Regional Championship (FWRC): Seth Hailey and Aidan Semelsberger.
    Hailey has been a member of the Los Alamos High School soccer program since the fall of 2012 and is also a goalkeeper for the Rio Rapids SC 99 boys team.
    Semelsberger, an incoming seventh grader, plays as a midfielder for New Mexico Rush Tigers 2002.
    Both teams qualified for the FWRC by besting the top teams from New Mexico in their respective age groups at the U.S. Youth Soccer New Mexico Open State Cup that was held in Albuquerque throughout May.
    Rio Rapids SC 99 boys marched through the New Mexico Open State Cup with four wins in pool play and finished with a 6‐0 record to successfully defend their 2014 state title.
    Similarly, the New Mexico Rush Tigers finished pool play with one win and one draw, but ran the table through the single elimination portion of the tournament to finish on top with four wins and one draw.
    At the regional tournament, Rio Rapids SC 99 took on teams from California South, Washington and Colorado.
    The NM Rush Tigers took on teams from Oregon, California South and Idaho.
    Both teams qualified for the quarterfinals after going 1‐1‐1 and 1‐0‐2 record, respectively, in pool play.

  • Registration open for EnduroFest

    The Los Alamos Rock ‘n’ Roll EnduroFest will test the endurance and skill of the best mountain bike riders in the Southwest on Aug. 8-9.
    Now in its second year, EnduroFest includes two days of events for families and spectators including a brewery festival, live music, free camping and an after party with complimentary beer and food.
    This year’s event has been scheduled the second week of August to become an official leg of the New Mexico Enduro Cup Series.
    Enduro racing mostly consists of downhill racing, but it has an endurance element.
    “Los Alamos’ trails are some of the most rugged and challenging in the state,” EnduroFest race director Brad Nyenhuis said. “This two-day, seven stage event features 2,100 feet of elevation gain and over 7,100 feet of descending,”
    The event will also coincide with the Los Alamos County Fair, parade and rodeo, Aug. 7–9, which will be held at various locations throughout Los Alamos, including Ashley Pond Park, Fuller Lodge and Brewer Arena.
    “Besides being a fun-filled weekend for competitors, there are lots of activities for anyone who wants to enjoy a cool, beautiful weekend in Los Alamos,” Nyenhuis said.

  • Griggs golf tournament helps local youth

    At the YMCA no one is turned away from its facilities, summer camps and after-school programs because they don’t have money.
    “Last year we awarded $100,000 to 250 families and individuals,” YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly said. “It’s the Y’s policy that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay.”
    To offset those costs, the YMCA hosts a variety of fundraisers throughout the year, including a Red and Black Ball and the Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic.
    After being rained out in June, the Ed Griggs Memorial took place Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    “It was great,” Matt Schmidt, the campaign chairman and tournament director, said. “We got lucky with the weather. Despite dark clouds coming over the mountains, it spared us.”
    The tournament differs from others by including games of chance throughout course. There were soccer shot challenges, beanbag tosses, ring tosses and two super-cup holes. On the super-cup holes, golfers could gain an advantage by buying in for $10. If they bought in, they got to take aim at an enlarged, eight-inch hole with the pin. Otherwise, they had to shoot at a tricky, unmarked regular size hole hiding on the green.
    The games raised an additional $450.

  • LA Majors get into winners bracket

    ESPAÑOLA—Aggressive base running and good pitching helped the Los Alamos County Majors (11-12 year olds) start their district tournament with a 12-6 win over Santa Fe American Tuesday.
    “It was tight, but it was a good game,” coach Jason Martines said. “All of the little things were squared away and that’s what I was proud of.”
    Los Alamos will now take on Española in the winners bracket. Española beat Pojoaque 9-0 in its first-round game.
    “You always want to get into the winners bracket,” Martines said. “Hopefully we can keep this momentum going.”
    The game was tight for the first four innings, but Los Alamos scored a single run in the first, third and fourth to take a 3-0 lead.
    Isaiah Maestas walked and scored Los Alamos’ first run on a James Rodriguez single.
    Tyler Weiss put Los Alamos up 2-0. Weiss hit a double into left field and scored on a Jaxson Martines ground ball.
    Sean Mitchell then walked and later scored on a wild pitch to put Los Alamos up 3-0.
    In the fifth inning, Los Alamos got some breathing room.

  • Tour de Los Alamos taking place Sunday

    The 43rd annual Tour de Los Alamos road bike race will take place this Sunday.
    The race typically draws around 200 bikers who will do one, two or three laps on the 27-mile course around the county.
    No roads will be closed for the event, but drivers are asked to be cautious and look out for bikes from about 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Stoplights on the course will be changed to blinking and police officers will be at some intersections.
    The race will begin at Ashley Pond, beginning at 8:10 a.m. with the pro men. The citizen’s race will be the last to start. They’ll take off at 9:10 a.m.
    After the bikers cruise together down Trinity in a neutral parade of riders, the race will officially begin near Casa Grande.
    The bikers will then take N.M. 501 towards Jemez, drop down on N.M. 4 and pass Bandelier, pedal through White Rock and then get back on N.M. 501 (the truck route) and pedal back to Los Alamos to complete a loop.
    Trinity to Diamond will be the least affected part of the route for traffic since it’s not part of the loop.
    “It’s known as a difficult, but fair race,” race director Cyndi Wells said, noting that the route doesn’t favor climbing or any other skill set.
    Each loop has about 2,000 feet of climbing (near Jemez) and descending (near Bandelier).