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  • New courses chosen for state golf tourneys

    The New Mexico Activities Association announced today it has selected new venues for the 2015-2017 state golf championships.

    The new courses include the Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque, Piñon Hills in Farmington and Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River in Roswell. Those courses will be part of an annual rotation between Classes A-4A, 5A and 6A championship tournaments.
    Los Alamos will join Class 5A next year for the next two years. Class 5A is scheduled to play in Roswell for the 2015 state tournament, which will be May 11-12.
    “Each of these courses is known for their first class facilities yet challenging layouts,” NMAA executive director Sally Marquez said in the announcement. “This makes them a perfect fit for the state high school golf championships.” 
    The Canyon Club has never hosted a state tournament. Spring River was played in 1998 and Piñon Hills was last played for state competition in 2004.
     

  • LA athletes will take part in elite, multi-state track meet

    Several current and former Los Alamos High School athletes will take part in a big, region-wide track and field meet in Albuquerque this weekend.
    A pair of boys and three girls from Los Alamos are scheduled to attend the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic. The invitational meet will run from Thursday through Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque.
    As its name implies, GSW involves some of the top prep-level athlete from around the region. Representatives from California, Colorado, Kansas, Washington and Arizona, among other states, will be in attendance.
    This will be the 39th year of the GSW. All of the meets in recent history have been in Albuquerque.
    Among those set to compete from Los Alamos include Simon Bailey and Greg Ahlers. Both athletes were multi-discipline competitors for the Hilltoppers last year and both will take part in the decathlon this weekend.
    The decathlon is a 10-sport competition which includes several different events, such as high jump, sprints, throws and distance events.

  • Sports Briefs 06-03-14

    Tour De LA returning Sunday

    The 2014 Tour De Los Alamos is scheduled for Sunday.
    The Tour De Los Alamos features a 27-mile loop going from the Back Gate down N.M. 4 to White Rock and back up to Los Alamos via the Truck Route.
    Registration is underway online and in-person registration can be done at Los Alamos National Bank’s lobby the evening before the race. Registration may also be done at the race’s start between 6:30-7:30 a.m. in downtown Los Alamos.
    Pre-event registration is $25, while day-of registration is $45. Online registration can be done at bikereg.com.
    For more information or to volunteer to help on race day, contact Dave Zerkle at dczerkle@msn.com.

    Basketball camps will be at Chamisa School

  • Pace Race Is Tonight

     Members of the Atomic City Roadrunners get started along a trail near the old S-Site during last week’s Pace Race. The Pace Race will return again tonight, starting at Barranca and Navajo Roads on North Mesa. Race time is 6 p.m.

  • Mercer, Veenis earn school’s Clendenen Award

    Amanda Mercer isn’t deterred by being told that something’s hard. Like, for example, when she was told it was very difficult to win a varsity cross country race.
    In November, in the next-to-last race of her career, Mercer won the District 2-4A championship race.
    “That was a huge accomplishment for me,” she said. “I remember at the beginning of the season I told Mrs. (Kathy) Hipwood one of my season goals was to win first place in a race. She told me that is extremely difficult to do. She’s had people on the national cross country team that didn’t win first place in a varsity race.”
    That’s one reason, but hardly the only reason, Mercer not only won that race, but won this year’s Clendenen Student Athlete Award.
    Mercer, a cross country and track standout was named the girls 2013-14 winner at a ceremony Thursday honoring the Los Alamos High School seniors’ accomplishments.
    On the boys side, Skyler Veenis was named this year’s recipient. Veenis was this year’s leading scorer on the basketball team and was also a state track and field participant.

  • Senior Athlete Awards Ceremony honorees

    Los Alamos Sports Association Athlete of the Year

    Kiana Zerr, Brian Geyer

    Iron Athlete Award

    Brian Geyer

    Wally Walters Memorial Scholarship

    Amanda Mercer, Mikayla Pulliam, Colin Hemez, Mike Walker

    James Edmund Stewart Scholarship

    Mike Walker

    Black Lion Award

    Peter Brewer

    NMADA Scholar-Athlete Nominees

    Amanda Mercer, Colin Hemez

    Assistant Coach of the Year

    Debbie Garcia, Rob Hipwood

    Coach of the Year

    Mike Lippiatt, Mike Gill

    Clendenen Award Nominees

    Stephanie Blair, Alison Crane, Hannah Cunningham, Emma Haines, Emilee Jones, Amanda Mercer, Mikalya Pulliam, Hayley Schake, Maria Venneri, Nikita Belooussov, Mike Walker, Skyler Veenis

    Clendenen Award Winners

    Amanda Mercer, Skyler Veenis 

  • Strother has best prediction Tuesday

    It was tough predicting at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event, hosted by the Roadrunners, which is run at various spots around Los Alamos County. This week’s race, on Tuesday, was on an old wagon road in the hills about Los Alamos National Laboratory’s S-Site.
    The top predictor this week was Nikol Strother, who also ended up as the fastest finisher on the 3-mile course. Strother finished her race in a time of 20:46, which was 63 seconds off her predicted finish time.
    Strother nipped David Kratzer (71 seconds) and Susan Krohn (76 seconds) for the best prediction. Krohn’s prediction was the best on the 1-mile course.
    The fastest finish on the shorter course was Patricia Burnside, who finished in 9:48.
    The next Pace Race is set for Tuesday. It will begin at the corner of Barranca and Navajo Roads on Barranca Mesa. Race time is 6 p.m.
    There will be four possible courses will be set up for runners and walkers in the upcoming race.
    For more information, call David Kratzer at 412-2558 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.
     

  • Stewart ready to step into LA top job

    One of the first issues Ann Stewart will have to deal with on her new job is the issue she created.
    Stewart was named the new athletic director at Los Alamos High School Thursday. She will take over for Vicki Nelms when she officially vacates her job July 1 to take a similar job in Clackamas, Ore.
    Stewart is the Hilltoppers’ girls basketball head coach, but will be stepping down from that job to give her full attention to the AD’s office.
    With summer coming up and summer being a key time for player development, there might seem like a rush to get that position filled, but Stewart said she’s not going to jump into any decisions.
    “We’re not going to be in a hurry,” Stewart said of filling her soon-to-be old job. “We’re not going to pick whoever comes around. We’ve got things covered for the summer program. We want to find the right person for the job.”
    Stewart holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University and during her career in education has been a teacher and coach at several spots around the state, including Albuquerque, Bloomfield and Alamogordo.
    She is also a 1991 graduate of LAHS.
    Before Nelms’ departure next month, Stewart said she plans to pick her brain as much as possible.

  • LAHS' seniors honored Thursday

    Members of the cross country and track and field programs at Los Alamos High School cleaned up at Thursday’s Senior Athlete Awards Ceremony.
    Los Alamos honored its graduating student-athletes at the ceremony, held at the Duane Smith Auditorium. In, all, 90 Hilltopper seniors were acknowledged for their contributions to the school’s athletics program.
    The big winners of the night were cross country and track athlete Amanda Mercer and track and basketball standout Skyler Veenis. Mercer and Veenis were named this year’s recipients of the Clendenen Student Athlete Award, the top honor bestowed by the school to senior student-athletes.
    Thursday also marked one of the final official public duties of outgoing athletic director Vicki Nelms, who is leaving next month to take a similar position in Oregon.
    Nelms announced proudly that the student-athletes at LAHS have a higher grade-point average than the student-at-large population, led by girls tennis, which has a program-wide GPA of 3.76.
    Along with Mercer’s Clendenen Award honor, she was also named a Wally Walters Memorial Scholarship winner, along with other cross country athletes Colin Hemez, Mike Walker and Mikayla Pulliam. Hemez and Mercer were also nominees for the New Mexico Athletic Directors Association scholarship.

  • Mercer, Veenis win Clendenen Award

    A pair of standout senior athletes were given the top honor bestowed by Los Alamos High School Thursday night at the Senior Sports Awards Ceremony.

    Cross country and track standout Amanda Mercer and top basketball and track athlete Skyler Veenis were named the 2013-14 winners of the Clendenen Award. The Clendenen Award is presented annually to the LAHS student-athlete who best exhibits a strive for excellence in everything they do.

    Mercer, a distance runner who has been a big part of the cross country team's success, is very active in the community as a member of Key Club and a volunteer at the local hospital, among many other activities.

    Veenis, Los Alamos' top scorer in basketball and a state qualifying hurdler this year, has helped the Jr. 'Topper program for several years, aiding the next crop of Los Alamos athletes.

    More on the Sports Awards Ceremony and the Clendenen Award winners will appear in the next editions of the Los Alamos Monitor.