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  • 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.

  • Sports Briefs 07-27-14

    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.

    Wrestling clinic starts Monday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is offering a wrestling skills clinic starting Monday.
    The purpose of the course is to help youth participants develop wrestling fundamentals.
    The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5-12. Wrestlers will be matched with other wrestlers who have similar abilities.
    Price for participation is $40. The clinic continues through Friday.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Baseball tryouts set for Aug. 9-10

    The Albuquerque Baseball Academy will hold fall tryouts Aug. 9-10. The tryouts will be at Lobo Field on the University of New Mexico campus
    The Aug. 9 tryout will be for high school freshmen and sophomores, while the Aug. 10 tryout will be for juniors and seniors.
    Players selected for the team will compete in several tournaments around the Southwest region.
    For more information, email Ryan Brewer at abafallinfo@gmail.com.

  • LA softball heads to regional

    The Los Alamos junior softball All-Star team will advance to the southwestern regional playoffs this coming weekend.
    Los Alamos’ juniors — comprised of 13-14 year olds — will take on a team from Colorado in the opening round of the tournament Saturday.
    The tournament will be played at Alto Park in Santa Fe.
    For the regionals, the host district’s champion gets an automatic bid into the tournament. Los Alamos plays in District 1 along with Little Leagues representing Santa Fe, Española and Pojoaque. Los Alamos advanced after Española couldn’t field a team to play for the District 1 title.
    Along with Los Alamos’ All-Stars, two teams from Texas and a team from Louisiana will also be vying for the regional title. Also taking part is Las Vegas, which won the New Mexico state title this year.
    The winner of the southwestern regional playoff will advance to the Little League World Series.
    If Los Alamos wins its opener, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., it will play again at 1:30 p.m. If not, Los Alamos will play an elimination game at 10 a.m. Sunday.
    The tournament is double-elimination format and continues through Wednesday in Santa Fe.

    Here is the roster for the Los Alamos junior softball All-Stars:

  • LATC hosting championships at Urban Park

    Gilbert Ratliff was on the winning side of two doubles contests Saturday.
    Ratliff, who with one of his doubles partners, John Charles, advanced to the final round of the men’s A draw, and with his other partner, his daughter, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, advanced to the final of the A mixed doubles. Both of those contests are set for Sunday at Urban Park.
    The LATC started its two-day tournament Saturday morning. In this year’s tournament are seven different age and gender draws.
    Heading into Saturday afternoon’s play, Geoff Mills and Justin Chang had advanced to the semifinals of the men’s A singles draw, with both of them winning in straight sets.
    Mills topped Cihan Akcay 6-2, 6-1 in his first round contest, while Chang, a hard-swinging, hard-serving newcomer to the tournament, swept Alex Tarra 6-0, 6-1.
    More than 30 participants are taking part in this year’s tournament.
    In the top men’s doubles flight, Ratliff/Charles is seeking its second straight LATC championship. Ratliff/Charles defeated Forrest White/George Margevicius in the finals of last year’s tournament.
    In mixed doubles, Ratliff/Hsieh-Ratliff knocked off Mike Fugate/Lauren Fugate 6-0, 6-2 to advance to that draw’s championship round.

  • Ott tops long course at Splash and Dash

    Logan Ott was the top individual finisher in the third installment of the Los Alamos Triatomics’ Splash and Dash event.
    The Splash and Dash, a bi-weekly event hosted by the Triatomics’ multi-sport club, is geared primarily for those who are training for the Los Alamos Triathlon. The triathlon is scheduled for Aug. 16.
    Ott finished in a time of 29 minutes, 20 seconds on the long course, which consists of a 400-yard swim followed by a 5-kilometer run. He topped Kim Katko, an elite-level women’s triathlon racer, by 25 seconds on the longer course.
    On the shorter course, which features a 200-yard swim and a 4K run, Matt Anderson was the top finisher. He posted a time of 17:17.
    There is one more Splash and Dash for the season, that is scheduled for Aug. 6. The Splash and Dash is held in and around the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The event is free, but day-of registration is required. Registration starts at 6:20 p.m. and the race begins at 7 p.m.

    Here are the results from Wednesday’s Splash and Dash (swim time, run time, total time):

    Long course

  • Big fourth inning lifts Isotopes

    Albuquerque’s Brock Peterson doubled the bases clear in the bottom of the fourth, the big blow of the game as the Isotopes downed the Fresno Grizzlies 8-7 Wednesday night.
    The Isotopes had just one on and two out in the fourth inning, but rallied for five runs, which proved to be the difference in that contest.
    The Isotopes (49-56) can win their second straight series with a victory over the Grizzlies tonight in Albuquerque.

  • Senior men's tourney results

    Ken Koch of Los Alamos and his partnern Dan Shannon, of Santa Fe, finished in second place in the July 17 best ball tournament hosted by the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association.
    The NNMSMGA is for men age 50 and over. Association members compete in several tournaments throughout the summer and early fall.
    Koch and Shannon finished with a combined score of 73 at the tournament, played at Pagosa Springs (Colo.) Golf Course. They finished three strokes behind winners Rob Schneider and Bob Sherman.
    In the second flight of that tournament, Los Alamos’ Jim Steedle and Santa Fe’s Harry Rosenbloom finished with the third-lowest net score.

    Here are other the results from recent tournaments for the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association.

    Twin Warriors Golf Course, July 1

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 78.
    Second low gross: Ron Trujillo, Las Vegas, 79.
    First low net: David Woodland, Santa Fe, 69.
    Second low net: Dennis Sanderson, Santa Fe, 71.

    First flight

    First low gross: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, 75.
    Second low gross: David Wintermute, Albuquerque, 81.
    First low net: Mike Porter, Alamosa, Colo., 67.
    Second low net: Dan Shannon, Santa Fe, 70.

    Second flight

  • County rodeo returns Aug. 9

    Los Alamos County Rodeo is returning Aug. 9 and continues through Aug. 10.
    The rodeo is staged at North Mesa at Brewer Arena, beginning at 2 p.m. with bull riding, roping, barrel racing and mutton busting, followed by a cowboy-style dinner and dance at the Posse Lodge at 5 p.m.
    The cowboy dinner includes choice of prime rib or salmon and, for those 10 and under, hot dog and chips.
    The dinner and dance is $15 for adults, or $10 for dance only. Entertainment for the dance will be provided by The Rifters, from 7–11 p.m.
    Proceeds from the dinner and dance benefit the Posse Lodge.
    The Rodeo continues on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at Brewer Arena.
    Admission to the County Fair and Rodeo is $8 per person, or $25 for a family of four. No credit cards will be accepted for admission. 
    For more information, call Suzette Fox at 661-4844, or visit the county’s recreation devision website, losalamosnm.us/rec.