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  • LAHS sports Hall of Fame Class announced

     Los Alamos High School announced its first Hall of Fame class, which will be honored at Homecoming in September.

    Inductees in the first class include Walt Arnold, Lynn Bjorkland, Burt Buehrer, Carol Cady, Louie Cernicek, Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Turk Griffith, Bill Hudson, William Daniel McWilliams, Gene Mortensen, Morrie Pongratz, Anthony Sandoval.

    LAHS took nominations for the first Hall of Fame class starting in January. The nomination period closed in June.

  • Kirk signs pro contract with Cavaliers

    The question of whether Alex Kirk will or won’t go to the National Basketball Association has been answered.
    The Cleveland Cavaliers, the most talked-about NBA team this offseason, inked the 7-foot former Los Alamos standout Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Kirk’s agent, Graham Boone, said it was a multi-year deal.
    Should Kirk make the Cavaliers team for the 2014-15 season, his contract will be for no less than the current NBA rookie minimum of $507,000.
    Boone, who said Monday he, Kirk and the Cavaliers have been working the deal for some time, said at least part of Kirk’s contract money was guaranteed — meaning he would receive that money regardless of anything else that happens between now and the end of the contract.
    “We’re happy to get this contract signed and delivered,” said Boone, who has been representing Kirk since shortly after his graduation from the University of New Mexico this spring.
    Kirk could not be reached for comment as of press time. The Cavaliers released a statement following the signing but didn’t comment further beyond that.
    With his signing, Kirk is the first athlete from Los Alamos since 1980 to sign a contract with a major American pro sports franchise. The last to do so was former National Football League player Walt Arnold.

  • Newton wins three medals at Broadmoor competition

    Things haven’t been easy for people who take part in winter sports for the last several years around Los Alamos County.
    But Laney Newton has managed to get around that and hone her figure skating skills.
    Newton, a local competitive skater, as well as a Los Alamos Monitor newspaper carrier, had a big showing last month at the Broadmoor Open competition. The open was at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., which also happens to be the home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
    The 12-year-old Newton brought home medals in the free skate, jumps program and the spins program at the competition. She competes in the pre-preliminary level of U.S. Figure Skating.
    Newton practices at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink when she can, but, except for the winter and early spring, does most of her workouts at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe.
    In Santa Fe, she competes with her team, the Desert Ice Figure Skating Club, which is coached by Megan and Mandy Edwards of Rio Rancho.
    Those that are interested in seeing Newton in action can see her in planned show in October at the Chavez Center.
    Newton has been involved in competitive figure skating for four years and has competed in Colorado on several occasions.

  • Sports Briefs 08-10-14

    Cross country program has a preseason meeting today

    The Los Alamos High School cross country program will begin official preseason workouts Monday.
    Interested participants should meet today at 6 p.m. in Auxiliary Gymnasium to collect physical examination information and receive uniforms and locker assignments for the 2014 season. All other paperwork on the Family ID website should also be submitted on or before Sunday’s meeting.
    Anyone in grades 9-12 may tryout out for cross country. Athletes should be physically able to perform all aspects of workouts, including being able to run for 20-30 minutes without a break.
    For more information, email Rob or Kathy Hipwood at rkhipwood@yahoo.com.

    Golf tourney will benefit ’Topper baseball, softball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will host their Diamonds in the Rough golf tournament Aug. 16.
    The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Price for participation is $80. The fee includes a cart, T-shirt and dinner, as well as a chance to win prizes for participation.
    For more information, call Jamie Aslin at 699-2320 or Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

    Boys soccer starts Monday

  • Get Along Little Doggies

    The Los Alamos County Rodeo returns this weekend to Brewer Arena. Saturday’s rodeo starts at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s action will begin at 1 p.m. Following Saturday’s rodeo, there will be a dinner and dance at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge. Price for admission into this year’s rodeo is $8 per person or $25 for a family of four. No credit cards will be accepted at the box office. 

  • Lobo women's hoops wins in Italy

    The University of New Mexico Lobo women’s basketball team picked up a big win in its first of four exhibition games on its tour of Italy.
    Antiesha Brown spearheaded a big 15-2 run for the Lobos that sent AS Vicenza reeling during the first half. The Lobos would roll the rest of the way, winning 74-37 in Vicenza.
    UNM will play against the Adriatic Sea Sirens in Pesaro, Italy, Saturday. Next week, it will take on the Netherlands national team for two games, also in Italy.
    Brown had nine points and three steals during the big run that broke open a 9-9 tie. She would finish with 16 points and 6 steals, while teammate Alexa Chavez had 11 points and 8 rebounds.
    The Lobos left for their tour of Italy Monday and have spent a lot of time sightseeing since their arrival.
    “I love the way our kids played. We have to clean up some things but we haven’t practiced in three or four days,” Lobo head coach Yvonne Sanchez said. “I love the way the freshmen played, but I was really impressed with Bryce and Tiesh. They really got the ball rolling. Once Ebony (Walker) is healed, she’ll be part of that captain thing.”

  • Elkins is top predictor at Pace Race

    Sue Elkins was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday night and started in the Quemazon subdivision. In all, 33 runners and walkers took part.
    The 1-mile course Tuesday went up and down the steep Quemazon Road hill, while the 2.87-mile course also went onto Pipeline Road and the Perimeter Trail.
    Elkins had a prediction error of 12 seconds on the 1-mile course. She beat Bob Weeks, who was 21 seconds off his time and Inez Ross, who was 30 seconds off.
    Ted Romero was the fastest finisher on the long course with his time of 23:31.
    On the short course, Nikol Strother, who had the best prediction the week before, finished in 7:20.
    The next Pace Race will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. It will start at the play lot on San Ildefonso Road on Barranca Mesa.
    Call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, for more information. 

  • Let's Get It Started

    Monday was the first official day of preseason practice for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team. Los Alamos handed out equipment for the first few days of practice — a mandatory acclimation period prevents players from putting on pads for most of the first week. The Hilltoppers finished 4-6 last year and lost a tiebreaker for the District 2-4A title to Santa Fe. Santa Fe, which had won two consecutive district titles, moves up to Class 6A this year while Los Alamos will be in Class 5A. The first game is scheduled for Aug. 29. 

  • King, Martinson prevail in tight LA City championship

    It was tight in two of the three championship flights at last weekend’s Los Alamos City Championship golf tournament.
    Brad King led by just one shot after the first round of the tournament, while the women’s championship was knotted up after 18 holes.
    But King made his lead stand up through the second day of play, while Tami Martinson squeezed out a victory in the women’s flight over defending champ Anita Dunmar.
    The City tournament was hosted by Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The other competition last weekend turned into a rout. Eddie Sanchez rolled through the senior men’s championship flight, shooting the low round of the entire weekend, a 3-under 69 Sunday to win his third consecutive senior men’s title by 14 strokes.
    Sanchez, who led by 6 shots after day one — he had a 1-under to start his title defense — quickly turned the competition into a battle for second. Tournament veterans Reid Griffith and John Stam played even after one round, but Griffith took second in that flight by a lone stroke picked up on day two.
    In the men’s title flight, King held off Bruce Norman by three shots to win that championship. Last year’s champ, Cale Jones, finished in third, five shots off King’s pace.

  • District Champs

    The Los Alamos 10-11 year old All-Stars won this year’s District 1 championship before falling in the state tournament last month. In the front row, from left, Tyler Weiss, Gabe Katko, Izzy Maestas, Jackson Ballard, Colton Battle, Ethan Vincent. Middle row, from left, James Rodriguez, Noah Bridgewater, James Hollon. Back row, from left, coach Jim Coy, Gavin Coy, Sean Mitchell, Nathan McKinley, coach Marv Katko, Nathan Johnson, Max Corliss, coach John Bridgewater.