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  • Sports Briefs 08-03-14

    LAYSL rec registration closes today

    Los Alamos Youth Soccer League registration for its fall recreational league is open.
    Interested youth may register for the league. Registration is open through today. Play begins in mid-August.
    Price for participation for U6 play is $75 for the fall or $100 for the entire year. U8 through U14 play is $125 for the fall or $150 for the full year.
    For more information or to register, visit active.leagueone.com.

    Cross country program will begin its preseason Aug. 11

    The Los Alamos High School cross country program will begin official preseason workouts Aug. 11.
    Interested participants should meet Aug. 10 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 the Aug. 10 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

  • Hey Now, You're All-Stars

    Here are the members of the 2014 Los Alamos Junior All-Star softball team. Bottom row, from left: Katelynn Thorn, Shelby Milligan, Jayde Tucker, Lauren Harris, Katlyn Terp, Jordan Jaramillo, coach Audra Tucker. Back row, from left: coach Terran Robertson, Michaela Robertson, Reyna Lucero, coach Michaela Christensen, Kasia Povijua, Mackenzie Kieltyka, Savannah Martinez, manager Robbie Harris.

    The Los Alamos All-Stars will compete in the southwestern regional tournament starting Saturday morning. The tournament will be played at Santa Fe’s Alto Park. The winner of that tournament advances to the Little League World Series. michael p. young/Courtesy

  • Alex Kirk to be at Chili Works

    One of the most popular local breakfast spots will have a special guest Saturday.
    Alex Kirk, the former Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball star who’s currently trying his luck to latch on with a NBA team, will make an appearance at Chili Works on Trinity Drive.
    Weather permitting, Kirk will hold an autograph session at the restaurant. He’s scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. and his session will run through noon.
    “It will be kind of fun if it works out right,” said Jason Moss of Chili Works.
    It’s been an eventful past month or so for Kirk. Kirk threw his hat into the ring for the NBA draft, which occurred June 26.
    He wasn’t selected in the draft, but was invited by the Cleveland Cavaliers to take part in the NBA’s Summer League tournament earlier this month. He appeared in all four of the Cavaliers’ games during that tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., starting one of them.
    Kirk returned to Los Alamos to chill out for a bit following the Summer League and announced he would make a stop at Chili Works earlier this week.
    The restaurant, best known for its breakfast burritos, has Saturday hours from 7 a.m.-noon. Kirk will be set up on the patio of the restaurant.
    Interested fans are encouraged to bring items for him to sign.

  • Alex Kirk Day set for Aug. 9

    Alex Kirk accepts a proclamation declaring Saturday, Aug. 9 “Alex Kirk Day” in Los Alamos County from councilor Steve Girrens. Girrens quipped about the shortest councilor being chosen to present to the tallest recipient. 

  • Golf course to host 2-day LA City Championship

    The title of top golfer in Los Alamos County is once again up for grabs this weekend.
    Los Alamos Golf Course will host the City Championship tournament starting Saturday. The City tournament is a two-day affair consisting of 36 holes of stroke play.
    Based on the race for last year’s men’s title, anything can happen between the first day and the second day.
    In 2013, City tournament veteran Ted Ball fired a 2-under 70 in the first round and, going into the clubhouse, had a 4-shot advantage over his closest opponent, Cale Jones.
    But Jones came back in the second round, equaling Ball’s day one total. Unfortunately for Ball, he struggled in the second day, managing only an 88, and no one else came within 3 shots of Jones’ day two total.
    Jones’ combined two-day score of 144 was enough for him to cruise to a 9-shot victory over Brad King and Jonathan War, who tied for second.
    The tournament consists of several handicapped flights. There were 61 entries into last year’s tournament, although there were also several withdrawals.
    Along with the men’s competition, there is also the women’s City tournament, which is hosted by the Los Alamos Women’s Golf Association.

  • Strother is dual winner at Pace Race

    Nikol Strother won her second Pace Race in a calendar month Tuesday, and did so with a prediction error that’s very tough to beat.
    Strother finished with an error of just 1 second on the 3-mile course at the Pace Race, which started at Rocket Park in White Rock. Strother was also the fastest female finisher on the long course Tuesday with her time of 19 minutes, 41 seconds.
    Also on the 3-mile course, Ted Romero finished in 19:47 and was the second-best predictor, missing by just 5 seconds.
    Roy Cope had the next best prediction, 6 seconds off, and Heather Hughes finished 19 seconds off her time.
    The fastest finishes on the 1-mile course were Tad Hughes (6:12) and Marin Kelly (6:41).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at the Quemazon Montessori School. Race time is 6 p.m. and 1- and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Atomic City Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.
     

  • Football preseason starts Monday

    It’s just about that time.
    Los Alamos High School’s fall sports programs are ramping up for the start of the 2014 season. Los Alamos, and the rest of the prep programs in the state, will officially begin football workouts Monday.
    Team workouts for football start one week earlier than other fall sports in the state. Official workouts for all other fall high school sports, as well as middle school football, get going Aug. 11.
    In order to participate, athletes must have physical examinations completed — those must be done after April 1 — and must fill out the online forms at Los Alamos’ Family ID website. Those must be done before any athlete is allowed to participate in any way.
    For the Hilltopper football team, it will start workouts at 8 a.m. Monday at its practice field adjacent to Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos will host a preseason scrimmage against a very good program in Valencia Aug. 22, then open its season in earnest at home against Pojoaque Valley Aug. 29.
    In 2013, Los Alamos finished 4-6 overall and 3-1 in District 2-4A, losing the district championship in a tiebreaker to Santa Fe.

  • Sports Briefs 07-29-14

    Kirk to sign autographs Saturday

    Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos and University of New Mexico star, will host an autograph session at Chili Works Saturday.
    The autograph session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Those interested in getting an autograph are encouraged to bring their own items to sign.
    The session will go until noon at Chili Works.

    Football practice starts Monday

    Fall 2014 Los Alamos High School football practice officially begins Monday.
    Practice will start at 8 a.m. Monday at the field adjacent to Griffith Gymnasium.
    Practice is open to any students entering grades 9-12.
    Those interested in participating in the 2014 football season must have their physical examinations and necessary paperwork completed before they will be allowed to practice.
    Information on what is needed from players prior to the start of the season can find it at topperfootball.com or on the LAHS athletic website, laschools.net.

    LAYSL rec registration is open

  • Foursome shoots a 52 at BBBS tourney

    The foursome of Ian Maes, Mike Maes, KayLinda Crawford and Chris Ortega were the big winners at Saturday’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Drive for Matches Tournament.
    The tournament, a fundraiser for BBBS of Northern New Mexico, was a best ball scramble format. In all, 97 golfers participated in the third annual event.
    Maes/Maes/Crawford/Ortega shot a combined 20-under par 52, the top gross score of the day. That group edged out two other teams. John Stam, Pearl Cha, Gary Rich and Bethany Rich were two shots behind, as was the team of Art Brown, Myron Koop, Jeff Brown and Larry Goen.
    Stam/Cha/Rich/Rich won a tiebreaking chip-off for second place.
    Other top-finishing teams included Randy Vaughn/Tanner Vaughn/Don Branch/James Merhege, which finished with the low net score of 53, as well as the team of Steve Sanderson/Brianna Sanderson/Eddie Sanchez/Barbara Schmitt, which had a combined net score of 54.

  • Prime, Ballard earn LA's singles titles

    Tony Ballard and Warapha Prime topped the singles charts at last weekend’s Los Alamos Tennis Club’s championship tournament.
    The two-day tournament attracted about 30 players, mostly from Los Alamos County. The tournament was played at Urban Park.
    Ballard earned the LATC men’s championship with a straight-set victory in the finals over Bill Robertson. The two men slugged it out through a tight first set, but Ballard prevailed 7-6.
    In the second set, Ballard earned a 6-3 decision to take the title.
    In the women’s championship, Prime, who won the tournament in 2012, topped Lauren Fugate in Sunday’s final, also in straight sets. Prime earned a 6-2, 6-2 win.
    There were seven different draws this weekend.
    Prime won a second title along with doubles partner Joel Williams. Prime/Williams tripped up Tom Kelley/Marlene Kelley in the mixed B doubles final, 6-4, 6-2.
    Kelley/Kelley won the draw in 2013.
    Also earning a top finish in the men’s over 50 bracket was Jeff Whicker. Whicker came back from a set down against Sergey Kurennoy, with Kurennoy taking the first set 6-2, but Whicker rebounding to win the second set 6-2.
    In the tiebreaker, Whicker held off his opponent, 10-6.