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  • Little League Roundup: Majors baseball wins District 1 title

    The Los Alamos County All-Star majors baseball team sailed through the District 1 tournament last week, culminating in a crushing victory in the tournament championship.
    Los Alamos’ majors — a division composed of 11- and 12-year-olds — blasted Española’s All-Stars in the final Saturday morning. Los Alamos jumped out to a huge lead after one at-bat and cruised the rest of the way to win 20-0 in Santa Fe.
    With their win, the All-Stars will now advance to the state majors Little League tournament, which starts this weekend in Carlsbad.
    There wasn’t anything magical to Los Alamos County’s tournament win, said manager Alex Garcia.
    “Our offense hit the ball very well,” Garcia said. “We put ourselves in a position where our pitchers could work ahead…the coaches and I are very pleased with our pitching staff and our sticks were on fire. I’m very pleased with the way the kids performed.”
    Los Alamos jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one inning and tacked on six more runs in the third inning. Los Alamos’ first two batters hit home runs to give the team a 2-0 lead just four pitches into Saturday’s final.

  • Pajarito, Sipapu to offer Power Pass

    Los Alamos Ski Area and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort announced they will offer skiers and snowboarders unlimited access to both mountains this upcoming winter plus free lift tickets at more than 20 other resorts in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and throughout the country.
    The ski areas announced they are currently selling their New Mexico Power Pass, which encompasses access to all those locations, according to a press release announcing the sale of the passes.
    The New Mexico Power Pass is available for adults for $299 now through Aug. 3. Students ages 13-20, college and graduate students and seniors ages 60-69 may purchase the New Mexico Power Pass for $199 and children passes are available for $179. Additional season pass products are also available.
    Passes are available for purchase online at thepowerpass.com or at Pajarito’s and Sipapu’s websites, as well as the lift ticket booths for both ski areas.
    Offering the New Mexico Power Pass comes on the heels of an earlier announcement this summer that Los Alamos County and the management group that operates Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort are working out details in an agreement to operate the Los Alamos-based ski area for the 2014-2015 winter season.  

  • Sports Briefs 07-13-14

    Mountain bike race is Aug. 3

    Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the first PyroClassic cross-country mountain bike race Aug. 3.
    All races will start and finish near the Valles Caldera Ranch Headquarters. Divisions for the race include Pro/Cat 1, Intermediate/Cat 2, and Beginners/Cat 3.
    Top division racers will travel a total of 30 miles, intermediate racers 18 miles and beginning and Cat 3 racers 10 miles.
    The course will go through the valley meadows and head up Rendondo Peak.
    Climbing on the expert/intermediate course is substantial, with a total ascent of over 2,400 feet for the experts.
    The race is being run under a USA Cycling race permit and is part of the New Mexico Off-Road Race Series.

    BBBS will have golf tourney at LAGC

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament July 26. The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The tournament, which is a best ball scramble, will start at 11 a.m.
    Price for participation is $100 per individual, $400 for teams. The entry fee includes golf cart and post-tournament dinner, as well as a chance to win one of several available prizes.
    For more information, contact Dawn Brown at dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org or 505-614-4231.

  • Future Gridders
  • LA team in 9-10 finals

    The Los Alamos green 9-10 All-Star baseball team picked up a crushing victory Thursday night to advance to the District 1 championship.

    Los Alamos, the No. 1 seed, blasted second-seeded Santa Fe Metro 20-1 Thursday in Española.
    The other Los Alamos entry into the district tournament didn’t fare as well, however. Los Alamos’ gold team was knocked out of the tournament by Española’s red team — Española also has two entries into the District 1 bracket.
    For the Los Alamos greens, they will play Saturday at 10 a.m. against the winner of tonight’s elimination round contest between Española red and Metro.
    Saturday’s game will be played at the Lucero Center in Española.
    Los Alamos can clinch the district title and a berth at next week’s state tournament with a win either Saturday or Sunday.
     

  • Little League Roundup: LA, Metro advance to district semifinal

     The Los Alamos Little League majors All-Star team picked up a big win over Española to advance to the semifinal round of the District 1 playoffs.

    Los Alamos will face Santa Fe Metro tonight in the semifinals of the tournament. Tonight’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Santa Fe.

    Los Alamos’ All-Stars are the top seed in the District 1 majors tournament and Tuesday blasted Española’s All-Stars 18-2. Los Alamos hit four home runs in that contest to earn the victory.

    Tonight’s winner between Los Alamos and Metro, the No. 2 seed, will advance to the finals. The winner will need to win just one of two games to clinch the District 1 title while the loser will drop into the elimination bracket and have to fight its way back to the championship contest.

    The tournament continues at least until Saturday morning. If a final elimination game is necessary, that is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

    Baseball 9-10 teams still alive

    Los Alamos has two entries for the county in the 9-10 All-Star tournament, which is taking place in Española.

    Tonight, the county’s green team will face Santa Fe Metro in the third round of that tournament. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Lucero Center fields.

  • 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.