• Fairways and Fireworks blasts off over holiday

    The Los Alamos Golf Course hosted a team tournament over the Fourth of July holiday called Fairways and Fireworks.
    “It was very fun,” Ted Ball said.
    Ball and Paul Cook ran the tournament, which replaced the course’s old Atomic City Match Play tournament.
    Fairways and Fireworks, which was a three-day tournament, had 48 golfers compete.
    The golfers had a wide ranges of abilities.
    Ball said they tried to divide them up evenly into four teams of 12 — a blue team, an orange team, a purple team and a yellow team.
    The teams then played three different challenges.
    The first day of the tournament, July 3, was a quota.
    All of the golfers played 18 holes and, instead of trying to get the low score, the golfers scored points for bogeys, pars, birdies and eagles and tried to get the highest score.
    The next two days of the tournament featured match play. Each team was broken into six teams of two and then they went head to head against another team and battled to win holes.
    Saturday, the players on each team alternated shots.
    Sunday, the players competed in a scramble, playing their best ball as they moved on.
    After three days of golf, the blue team proved to be the victors.
    Some more tournaments are on the Los Alamos Golf Course’s schedule.

  • Nearly 200 runners compete in Firecracker 5K

    A lot of people woke up early, threw on some red, white and blue and went for a run on the Fourth of July.
    The YMCA’s annual Firecracker 5K had 196 runners compete in the race and fun run.
    Corey White of Carlsbad was the fastest runner on Saturday. He finished the 5K in 17 minutes, 31.35 seconds.
    With his sub 6-minute miles, White took the award for top adult male (18-59 years).
    Leanne Smith was the top adult female, and the first female overall. She finished the race in 20:24.63.
    The top youth runners (14-17 years) were Connor Bailey and Talia Dreicer. Bailey finished in 18:07.83 while Dreicer ran a 21:58.54.
    The top kids in the race (13-and-under) were Dylan Romero with a 21:38.81 and Amaya Coblentz with a 28:03.97.
    The top 60-plus adults were Mark Bjorklund (22:50.50) and Heidi Bjorklund (38:37.23).
    While many of the runners were wearing festive attire, Devon Durrer won the Best Costume award.

    Firecracker 5K results

    5K Men, 9-and-under

  • Swimmers approach final stretch after home meet

    As the Los Alamos Aquatomics get ready for their final swim before the state championships, the swimmers seem to be making strides in the water.
    Last weekend during the team’s home meet, the Nogar Memorial Open, many of the swimmers had their best times of the summer.
    “As coaches, we are very happy with the results of the meet,” coach Maribeth Englert said. “We had several swimmers get their first state cut at the Nogar meet. The kids are looking great in practice and should progress through their end of season meets.”
    Swimmers who qualified for state at the Nogar meet in the 9-10 age group were Caleb Cook (100-meter freestyle), Mary Couture (50 backstroke) and Betty Kang (100 back).
    The team also had three 8-year-old girls qualify for events in the 9-10 age group: Molly Couture (100 Back), Marlee Katko (100 breaststroke) and Emily McLaughlin (100 back and 50 back).
    Four Aquatomics finished as meet’s high-point winners and nine others finished in the top-three of the high-point race.
    The team’s 8-and-under girls swept the high-point awards. Katko finished first, Allison Amrani took second and McLaughlin was third. Katko won the 50 fly and the 50 and 100 breaststroke en route to her title.

  • Firecracker 5K takes place Saturday

    The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run on Saturday.
    The 5K is open to people of all ages that want to walk, run or jog in the festive event.
    Prizes will go to the top male and female finishers in youth, adult, adult 60-plus and dog jogger divisions.
    The best-costumed participant will also win bagels for a year from Ruby K’s.
    All participants will get the annual Fun Run T-shirt and are eligible to win random door prizes.
    The 5K race route starts in the YMCA parking lot, turns north on 15th to Canyon. Then it goes west on Canyon toward the Aquatic Center and all the way to Diamond. The route then makes a U-turn at the crosswalk and returns to the YMCA along same route, running with traffic.
    Early registration, prior to July 4, at the YMCA, 1450 Iris Street, is encouraged. Race day check-in on July 4 is from 7-7:45 a.m. The race will start at 8 a.m. The price is $30, or $20 for YMCA members, and $10 for youth under 14 years old.
    Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up and takedown, registration check-in, traffic control and to help award prizes. The volunteers will be given race T-shirts.
    Register for the race or sign up to volunteer at the YMCA, or call 662-3100 for more information.

  • Little League district champions

    The Los Alamos Little League minors recently won the All-Star district championships.

  • Kirk begins NBA summer league this Saturday

    Beginning Saturday, Alex Kirk will be wearing a Memphis Grizzlies jersey. Five days later, he’ll put on a New York Knicks jersey.
    After playing in the NBA summer league for two different squads, Kirk hopes he’ll be able to wear one of those jerseys next year as well.
    Kirk’s tryouts will begin in Orlando with the Grizzlies on Saturday.
    The Orlando Florida summer league is 25-game, seven-day event featuring 10 teams. The other teams competing include the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and two Orlando Magic squads.
    Each team will play four games and then one more on the league’s championship day, July 10.
    Each game with worth eight points. Teams score four points by winning a game and one point for every quarter they win. The two teams with the most points will play in the championship.
    The Grizzlies’ first game will be Saturday against the Nets.
    Memphis will then play the Hornets on Sunday, the Orlando Magic Blue team on Tuesday and the Thunder on Thursday.
    The Orlando summer league games aren’t open to the public, but fans can watch the games online at nba.com/nbatv. Box scores and recaps will also be available at orlandomagic.com.

  • Ball makes the cut at tournament

    Los Alamos’ Ted Ball reached the final of the 39th New Mexico — West Texas Amateur Championship at New Mexico State University golf course on Sunday
    Ball shot a 77 on his first round and an 80 in his second round to move on to the final day.
    He was ahead of six golfers, tied with six other golfers at 157 and within two strokes of seven other golfers.
    In his third round, however, Ball shot an 88 to slip multiple spots. He finished 41st overall in the tournament.
    Paul Cook also represented Los Alamos in the amateur championship. He failed to make the final after shooting a 90 and 92.
    New Mexico State University’s Kenneth Fadke held on down the stretch to claim the tournament’s title.
    The Hobbs native made par on the first playoff hole following an impressive final round 67 to come out on top. Fadke stumbled with a second round 73, but sandwiched a 65 and 67 on either side of it finishing at 11-under.
    A final round seven-under 65 vaulted El Paso’s Devin Miertschin back into the race with a 15-foot birdie exclamation point on the final hole that forced a playoff with Fadke. But, in the end, Fadke was able to hold off the hard-charging Miertschin following a his three-putt bogey in the playoff.

  • Building their dreams with picks and shovels

    When some people look at a mountain, they see a pretty landscape filled with plants, flowers, trees and cool looking rocks.
    When other people look at a mountain, they see terrain that would be fun to ride their bike down — fun turns and a whole bunch of things to jump off.
    At Pajarito Mountain, the lines mountain bikers fantasize about can become a reality, if they’re willing to build the trail themselves.
    “If you’re in with the trail-building group, you can pretty much build whatever you want, as long as it’s somewhat safe,” Alex Adams said. “That’s very cool, and very rare too.”
    Before Tom Long took over as Pajarito’s general manager, Long said people used to build trails on the mountain “under the cover of darkness.” He changed that when he took over about a decade ago.
    “I encouraged them and they jumped into it whole-hearted,” Long said. “They’ve done a superlative job.”
    Neal Pederson has volunteered since then and is now the lead dog on the crew.

  • Joan Williams has best prediction in Pace Race

    It was a hot and dry evening for Tuesday’s Pace Race, but 52 runners came out to try the courses in the Bayo and Rendija Canyons.
    Joan Williams was the best predictor of the night.
    She was only 9 seconds off her prediction on the figure-eight course through the canyons.
    On the one-mile course, there was a tie between Erik Leonard and Jason Pieck.
    They were both 18 seconds off their predictions.
    Ted Romero was the best male predictor on the three-mile course. He was 29 seconds off.
    Leading the predictions for the women were Sophia Pieck on the one-mile course and Laura Woodroffe on the three-mile course.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m. at the Ponderosa Campground, which is just south of the N.M. 501 and N.M. 4 junction.
    One and three mile courses will be available.
    For more information on the club or its upcoming Pace Races, visit atomicrunners.com or call 672-1639.

  • Playing with fire

    The Los Alamos Blaze battled 100-degree temperatures and tough competition at the Rio Rancho Chile Classic, June 19-21.

    Playing nine games in three days, the Blaze pulled out six wins to finish third in the 14-and-under USSSA fast pitch softball tournament.