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  • 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.

  • Saenz is top predictor at Pace Race

    Mariela Saenz was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.
    Saenz finished with a prediction error of just 13 seconds to win Tuesday’s night’s competition.
    The Pace Race was run in the Quemazon and Pipeline Road areas on steep 1, 3 and 3.2-mile courses. All times were adjusted to the longest course.
    Saenz topped Meera Nadige for the best prediction – Nadige was 22 seconds of — and Linda Vance, who was 23 seconds off.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Patricia Burnside, who finished in 9 minutes, 30 seconds. Rao Garimella (10:39) was the fastest finishing male on the short course.
    On the 3-mile course Zach Medin (37:27) had the best time and Ted Romero (28:08) and Roxana Candia (34:50) had the top finishes.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at Bandelier National Monument’s Ponderosa campground. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com on the Internet.
     

  • Big day looms for LA big man

    What a long, although not-so-strange trip, it’s been.
    For Alex Kirk, one of the most recognizable sports figures ever to come out of Los Alamos, it’s been a busy month and change, but now has a few days’ down time and he’s going to take advantage of it just before what will be perhaps the biggest day of his life.
    Kirk is entered into this year’s NBA draft. The draft takes place Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y. The 2010 Los Alamos High School graduate will have a chance to be the first born, bred and groomed New Mexico player ever to be taken in the draft and suit up for a NBA team.
    For now, though, he’s enjoying being in the Land of Enchantment.
    “It’s good to be back on what I would call my home turf,” said Kirk, who flew into Albuquerque on Monday and will be in and around that city and Los Alamos before Thursday’s draft. “I’m getting to hang out, just chill a little bit, take a step back and look at all that’s going on.”
    Since announcing he was foregoing his final year of eligibility at the University of New Mexico in April and graduating from the school in May, the 7-footer has been on the road almost the entire time.

  • Hipwoods Named Top Girls XC Coaches In the Country

    There aren’t many programs out there that have been a lot more successful than the girls cross country program at Los Alamos High School.
    A big part of that has been the coaching of Rob and Kathy Hipwood.
    And now, the two coaches have the hardware to prove it.
    The husband-and-wife duo were named the 2014 National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coaches of the Year in girls cross country. The Hipwoods were honored in a ceremony last week in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
    In 20 years of leading Los Alamos’ girls and boys programs, they have garnered 15 state girls titles. Since 2000, Los Alamos has won 11 titles, including five consecutive titles not once but twice.
    While winning titles is certainly the icing on the cake, that’s hardly why the Hipwoods do what they do.
    “It feels really good, getting an award for what we’ve dedicated our lives to for the past 20 years,” Kathy Hipwood said.
    The Hipwoods were among eight coaches nominated nationally.
    Coaches from New Mexico did very well this year, grabbing 11 total nominations. In boys cross country, Allan Lockridge of Pojoaque Valley earned a nomination, as did his boss, athletic director Matt Martinez, who was up for AD of the Year.

  • Hipwoods earn national award

    Los Alamos co-head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood have been named the National Coaches of the Year for girls cross country.

    The announcement was made this weekend at the National High School Coaches Association banquet in Jackson, Wyo., this weekend.

    The Hipwoods have earned more state championships than any coaches in Los Alamos High School history, including leading the Hilltopper girls to their fifth straight team title in 2013

    More information on the award will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LALL All-Star rosters announced

    Los Alamos Little League announced its roster for the softball postseason Friday, as the All-Stars will start District 1 play this coming weekend in White Rock.
    LALL’s Majors (11-12) All-Stars are pitcher- and catcher-heavy this year, a bonus for All-Star play.
    Also announced on Friday were the LALL 9-10 All-Stars.
    Play starts Saturday in White Rock. The winner of the District 1 tournament will advance to play in the state tournament, which is scheduled for the week of July 11 in Las Vegas.
    Here are the rosters for the LALL All-Star teams:

    Majors All-Stars

    Claire Bluhm (3B, 1B)
    Megan Chiles (RF, 1B)
    Makenna Ellsworth (P, 2B)
    Ona Gartz (1B, LF)
    Alicia Gonzales (SS, C, 3B)
    Terri Jaramillo (P, C, SS, 2B)
    Marie Lee (3B, CF)
    Savana Luster (P, C, SS, 3B)
    Paige Patterson (LF, 2B)
    Aliya Richins (LF, RF)
    Sophia Salazar (P, C, SS, 3B)
    Kyla Sandoval (C, 2B)
    Katie Wimer (P, C, SS, 1B)

    Manager: Hope Jaramillo
    Coaches: Donny Ellsworth, Taylor Jaramillo

    9-10 All-Stars

  • 7-on-7 action

    Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team took on Santa Fe in a 7-on-7 passing league contest Thursday evening at the LAHS practice field. Los Alamos opens its season Aug. 29 at home. 

  • Strother squeaks out victory at Pace Race

    It was a close finish at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s race was Tuesday starting along Pipeline Road, just south of White Rock.
    Nikol Strother earned the win by just .16 seconds. Her predicted finish time was off by just 2.69 seconds, topping a runner, identified only as “Nick Pv,” who was off by 2.85 seconds.
    All the best predictions Tuesday were made by runners on the 3-mile course. Ted Romero was off by just six seconds on the longer course, while the best prediction on the 1-mile course was made by Joan Williams, who was 75 seconds off.
    Strother, who won the Pace Race two weeks ago, not only had the best prediction but was also the fastest 3-mile finisher with her time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds.
    On the short course, the fastest finisher was Patricia Burnside at 9:39.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at Quemazon Montesori’s play lot on Brisa del Bosque.
    Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com, or call 672-1639. 

  • Nogar swim meet returns July 5

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club will host its annual Nick Nogar Memorial Open July 5-6 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The meet is open to any athlete registered with USA Swimming and New Mexico Swimming.
    The Nick Nogar Memorial is a four-session timed, final pre-seeded long course — except for the 50-meter freestyle. There are no time standards required to enter the meet.
    The 50-meter freestyle is conducted as a shoot-out to determine the fastest swimmers between ages 13-14 and 15-18.
    The top four girls and boys for each age group will be run in a shootout format.
    In the shoot-out heats, the top four swimmers from the preliminary heats will swim two 1-on-1 semifinals, then the winners of those semi-final heats will compete in the shootout final.
    Swimmers 19 years and older for the 50 meter freestyle event can participate in the preliminary heats but are not eligible for the finals shoot-out heats.
    At the meet, swimmers will be restricted to five events per day plus one relay per day. Entries should be submitted via electronic file (HY-TEK compatible) to Andrew Erickson at awemme@losalamos.com.
    Entry forms can be found on aquatomics.com.
    There is a limit of 400 swimmers for this meet. Entries must be received not later than June 25.

  • Anderson hooks big Tiger Musky

    Amy Anderson wasn’t about to let her fish go. The fish wasn’t going to give in without a fight.
    Anderson and husband Stan Kosiewicz caught a couple of big Tiger Muskies while on a trip to Bluewater Lake June 12.
    Kosiewicz, who is no strangers to big catches, reeled in a 35-inch, 15-pound Tiger Musky out of Bluewater Lake, located about 40 miles west of Grants. But that fish was dwarfed by his wife’s catch.
    Anderson snagged a 42-inch, 25-pound Tiger Musky about an hour later. Anderson had to wrestle with the fish for about 15 minutes before finally getting it aboard their boat.
    Kosewicz said the fish actually dove down and went under the boat during the fight before Anderson finally wore it out and landed it. The Tiger Musky stripped the line off her reel during the fight.
    Tiger muskies are hybrids of Northern Pikes and Muskies and feature needle-like teeth. Anderson’s catch actually bit her finger as she was attempting to unhook it.
    Anderson’s catch made the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s “Catches of the Week” for the state.
    Another Los Alamos resident, Mike Waldschmidt, also made the list. He landed a 20-inch catfish at Abiquiu Lake, getting that fish with a worm during a Father’s Day outing.