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  • Trujillo fired up, ready to take over hoops program

    One of the hallmarks of northern New Mexico basketball has been an up-tempo, aggressive style of defense that leads to transition buckets.
    That’s what Nestor Trujillo is hoping to infuse into the Los Alamos Hilltopper program.
    Trujillo was named the head coach of the Hilltoppers today.
    Most recently, Trujillo was an AAU coach and was a top assistant at Los Alamos’ archrival, Española Valley.
    One of Trujillo’s duties at Española Valley was to scout the Sundevils’ opponents, including Los Alamos. He said that insight into the Hilltoppers’ program is going to help him out in his new position.
    “Since last year, I actually made it to a lot of games,” he said. “I’ve scouted them a lot and I know quite a bit out them on paper.”
    Because he was just hired, he said he is a little bit behind the curve — most programs around the state have extensive summer workout programs — but he said he’s hoping to have his assistant staff in place in short order and get with the returners to, if nothing else, go over his offensive and defensive terminology to have them up to speed by the time regular workouts get going.

  • Trujillo named new girls basketball coach

    Los Alamos High School announced this morning it has hired a new head girls basketball coach.
    Nestor Trujillo, coming from Española Valley, will take over the Hilltopper program, it was announced.
    Along with his longtime standing as an assistant at Española Valley, he also has experience at the AAU level and served as an assistant at Northern New Mexico College.
    Read today’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information.
     

  • Strother wins twice at Pace Race

    Nikol Strother nipped two other racers for the best predicition at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, which is hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, is held every Tuesday during Daylight Savings Time at various spots around Los Alamos County. This week’s race started at Acoma Lane in Pajarito Acres.
    Strother, fresh off her win at the Firecracker 5K race last week, finished Tuesday’s Pace Race with a prediction error of just 1-1/2 seconds, half a second better than Nick Parra-Vasquez and 1-1/2 seconds better than Katie Gattiker.
    She was a dual winner, as she had the fastest finish on the long course to go along with her top prediction.
    Many participants Tuesday finished within 60 seconds of their predicted finish times.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Hannah Gartz, who finished in 11 minutes, 8 seconds. Roy Cope finished in 15:58.
    On the 2.8-mile course, Ted Romero (18:31) had to the top finish, followed by Strother (18:38)
    The next Pace Race will be July 15. It will start near the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area lodge. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.
     

  • Congratulations Are In Order

    Los Alamos School Board member Jim Hall congratulates Hilltopper cross country coach Kathy Hipwood at Tuesday night’s meeting. Kathy and Rob Hipwood (left) were named the National Coaches of the Year in girls cross country by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association last month.

  • Sports Briefs 07-09-14

    Splash and Dash set for tonight

    The Los Alamos Triatomics will host its second session of the Splash and Dash series tonight starting at the Larry R. Walup Aquatic Center.
    The series is geared primarily toward getting athletes in shape for the upcoming Los Alamos Triathlon.
    There are two course lengths available for athletes. The short course features a 200-yard swim followed by a 3-kilometer run. The longer course features a 400-yard swim and a 5-kilometer run.
    Registration is free, but participation is limited to 75 athletes. Registration is done starting at 6:20 p.m. and the Splash and Dash starts at 7 p.m.
    For more information, visit the Triatomics’ website, triatomics.org.

    Kirk named to MW All-Academic team

    Former Los Alamos and University of New Mexico standout basketball player Alex Kirk earned a nod onto the Mountain West All-Academic Team.
    Kirk was one of six curent or former Lobos named to the conference team. The honor was the third in Kirk’s career, as it was for former teammates Cameron Bairstow and Hugh Greenwood.
    Kirk left the Lobos to enter the NBA draft this spring. He was not claimed in the June 26 draft, but was invited to work out this summer with Cleveland.

    Baseball league alumni will be in New Mexico

  • Chihuahuas rally to top 'Topes at home

    The El Paso Chihuahuas rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh inning Tuesday night that the Albuquerque Isotopes had no answer for in their final three at-bats.
    El Paso trailed 3-2 after six innings at Isotopes Park, but took the lead, stringing together three base hits following an inning-opening walk to take a 4-3 lead. That score would hold up the rest of the way.
    The Isotopes (42-51) and the Chihuahuas (45-48) will continue their four-game series tonight in Albuquerque.
    Albuquerque won the first game of the series but will need to keep winning to make up any ground on either El Paso or division-leading Las Vegas for its homestand. Albuquerque played Las Vegas just prior to this series, winning the first two contests, but dropping the final two.
    Isotope reliever Robert Carson (0-2) inherited but couldn’t hold the 1-run advantage in the seventh, taking over in that inning for Stephen Fife, who gave up two earned runs and five hits in six innings.
    The El Paso bullpen was better. Chris Smith (1-0) and Hector Ambriz (save), combined to throw the final four innings, giving up just a combined two hits and struck out seven.
    Albuquerque didn’t help its own cause much, either, stranding nine runners on base and going just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position Tuesday.

  • Santistevan, Strother win at Firecracker 5K

    It took awhile to get it straightened out, but in the end, one of the top runners in northern New Mexico was the big winner at last weekend’s Firecracker 5K.
    The Firecracker 5K, an annual event hosted by the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, hosted the run on Independence Day. About 220 participants took part in this year’s race, making it one of the biggest in the run’s history.
    Santistevan, the two-time prep cross country champion in Class 3A, finished the race in a time of 17 minutes, 39 seconds to earn a solid victory over three time defending champion Ryan Fenton.
    Following Friday’s race, it had initially been reported that Fenton, who finished in a time of 17:55 had won. However, after further review, it was discovered that Santistevan was actually the big winner.
    His win snapped an impressive win streak for Fenton at the Firecracker 5K, who actually improved on his finish time from 2013 by two seconds, but it wasn’t enough to top Santistevan.
    On the women’s side, Nikol Strother of Los Alamos took top honors.
    It was a decisive win for Strother, who was nearly 45 seconds better than runner-up Leanne Smith for the women’s title. Only Strother and Smith broke the 22-minute mark at the Firecracker race.

  • Bringing Home A Medal

    Los Alamos athlete Shaylene Stephens (second from right) celebrates with Team New Mexico’s bowling competitors after receiving the bronze medal in team bowling competition at last week’s Special Olympics national games in New Jersey. Stephens also earned a silver medal in singles bowling competition and a bronze medal in doubles.

  • Jim Thorpe run is Saturday

    The seventh annual Jim Thorpe Native American National Championships and open community run is scheduled for Saturday in Albuquerque.

    The national championship race is open to Native American tribe members from the United States and Canada. The community race is open to anyone interested in participating.
    Racing starts at 8:15 a.m. at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, 9169 Coors Road NW in Albuquerque.
    Other community events include a 12-and-under competitive race and a 1-mile fun run/walk.
    Price for participation is $20 through Thursday, $25 through race day. Interested participants can register on active.com.
    For more information, call 505-710-3323 or email sportswarriorsTC@aol.com.

  • Splash and Dash is starting tonight

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club will again hold it Splash and Dash Series this summer, starting tonight.

    The Splash and Dash Series is a group of training events geared primarily for those wanting to prepare for the upcoming Los Alamos Triathlon.
    Participants can choose one of two course, consisting of a 400-yard swim followed by a 5K run or a 200-yard swim followed by a 3K run, both of which occur in and around the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The event is free but registration is limited to the first 75 entrants. Registration is done at the Walkup Center starting at 6:20 p.m. on the day of the event.
    Other Splash and Dash events are set for July 9, July 23 and Aug. 6.
    For more information, visit the Triatomics’ website, triatomics.org.