• Pajarito Mountain opens for season today

    Pajarito Mountain is open for ski and snowboard season. It began spinning the Aspen Lift at 9 a.m. this morning.
    The Nov. 27 opening is the earliest opening in the ski area’s recent history.
    Pajarito Mountain’s water collection system was expanded this year and mountain crews have been able to make more snow using water collected in the pond over the summer.
    This has allowed mountain crews at Pajarito to start making a significant amount of snow for the first time in the resort’s history.
    “This is an historical moment and an exciting year for Pajarito,” stated James Coleman, managing partner of Pajarito Mountain. “It’s the first time Pajarito has been able to utilize a significant amount of water from the weir system for snowmaking efforts and open earlier than in recent history.”
    Pajarito has typically opened on or around Dec. 20, conditions permitting.
    “The new snowmaking infrastructure is a game changer for Pajarito,” Coleman said. “We’re now able to prepare the mountain and announce an opening date with confidence and without solely relying on what Mother Nature provides.”
    The Aspen Lift will be turning from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Open terrain includes Bruce’s Boulevard, Lone Spruce and East Road.

  • Pinning the competition

    The Los Alamos Middle School wrestling team won its third consecutive tournament this past weekend. The Hawks had six individual champions to help them win their home tournament. First-place medals went to Antonio Vigil, Devin Atencio, Damien Gonzales, Gloria Ramos, Aiden Johnson and JD Cardon.
    Second-place medals went to Izzy Maestas and Xavier Massara.
    Third-place medals went to Dimitri Bullock, and James Rodriquez.

  • Triatomics announce Christmas Lights Runs

    The Los Alamos Triatomics Club recently announced its 2015 Christmas Lights Runs and is inviting people come find out how fun it is to run at night with a group of their peers.
    The club will run through various Los Alamos neighborhoods to check out their outdoor lights.
    The routes are mostly on quiet residential streets to avoid the noise and smell of traffic.
    Non-club members are welcome to participate in the runs.
    The runs are scheduled for every Monday and Wednesday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, except when there are ice patches on the streets.
    The Monday night runs will be a bit shorter and flatter, about three miles.
    The Wednesday night runs a bit longer with more hills. Once the sidewalks and streets get icy, the Christmas Lights Runs will likely be finished for the year so plan to run early or possibly miss out.
    The runs will start at 6:15 p.m. sharp, so be warmed up and ready to go.
    People are encouraged to wear something light or reflective and carry a flashlight or headlamp. The streets are dark in places and lots of lights make it easier for the cars to spot the group.
    Taillights are good, too.
    Leashed dogs are fine.
    These are fun runs, not competitive or speed/endurance building.

  • Gymnasts stand tall at meet

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Rio Rancho Nov. 15 to compete in the annual Eagle Ridge Autumn Invitational.
    Chantel Biebeault was the high scorer of the day and took first place in the Silver junior division with a 37.05. Biebeault took first on vault and beam to help her win the all-around title. She also tied for first on bars with teammate Anika Lovato and was third on floor. Lovato was second all around with 36.85. Lovato also placed first on floor and second on beam.
    In the Silver senior division, Aria Warner finished second all around with 34.60 and Sarah Hutchens placed third with 34.35. Warner also took second on beam and floor. Hutchens also finished first on vault and second on bars.
    In the Bronze competition, Kylee Lovato took first on every event to win the child division with 35.20. In the junior division, Layla Warner took third on beam and floor. Both gymnasts were competing in their first meet ever.
    In the open Gold division competition, Addie Richie took first place in the all around competition with 36.15, the second highest all around total of the day. Richie also placed first on bars, beam and floor. She finished second on vault.
    In the Platinum division, Brianna Freyer placed first on all four events to win the all-around title.

  • LA football players honored by District 2-5A

    After one of its most successful seasons in a number of years, the Los Alamos football team had several players honored by District 2-5A recently.
    Los Alamos had seven players receive first-team all-district honors, seven players get a second-team award and three more receive honorable mention.
    Many of the players received awards on both sides of the ball.
    Running back Derek Selvage, offensive guard Nathan Rogers and offensive tackle Joseph Sorenson landed on the district’s first team for offense.
    On defense, inside linebacker Lane Saunders, outside linebackers Diego Diaz and Sorenson and punter Travis Gonzales made the first team.
    Quarterback Nick Quartieri, wide receiver Isaac Dunwoody center Stephen Brenner landed on the district’s second team for offense.
    Brenner (defensive tackle), Jacob Mairson (defensive tackle), Selvage (inside linebacker) and Dunwody (cornerback) were named to all-district second team for defense.
    Edward Lavelle (defensive end) Saunders (running back) and Mairson (offensive lineman) all received honorable mentions from the district.
    Capital quarterback Augustine Larranaga was named the district’s offensive player of the year.
    Española Valley free safety Marcos Flores was selected as the district’s defensive player of the year.

  • District 2-5A: Bernalillo out, Albuquerque Academy in

    Beginning next school year, Los Alamos will have a tough new team to deal with in its district. Albuquerque Academy is joining District 2-5A.
    The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) recently released its new classifications for the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 school years.
    The new face in 2-5A is a result of schools going down in classifications — the Bernalillo Spartans are dropping down to Class 4A.
    The rest of Los Alamos’ district will remain the same — Española Valley, Capital and Del Norte will still compete against the ’Toppers. Academy, however, will make the district tougher.
    The Chargers won two state championships this fall, both in sports where Los Alamos finished second — boys’ soccer and boys’ cross country — and finished well in a number of other sports as well.
    Academy currently competes in District 5-5A with St. Pius X, Grants and Moriarty. Moriarty, however, is also dropping down to Class 4A next year.
    St. Pius X and Grants will remain in the District 5-5A. They’ll compete against Los Lunas, Belen and Valencia next year.
    Bernalillo will compete in District 5-4A with Bosque, Sandia Prep, East Mountain and Santa Fe Indian next year.

  • Boys’ basketball team beats Valencia in season opener

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team took down Valencia 69-43 in its season opener Tuesday.
    The ’Toppers limited Valencia to two first-quarter points while scoring 11.
    “We jumped on them fairly early and pretty much kept them there,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said.
    After taking the early lead, Los Alamos won second, third and fourth quarters to keep pulling away.
    “We tried to go inside as much as we could to take advantage of (our size),” Kluk said. “Valencia is not tall at all.”
    Valencia tried to use its speed and press the ’Toppers. The ’Toppers however, ended up getting some easy buckets off of the press break, Kluk said.
    Los Alamos led 40-24 at halftime. It won the third quarter by two, 11-9, and then finished strong in the fourth quarter and extended its lead by nine more points.
    Los Alamos had a pretty balanced attack in the game.
    Four ’Toppers scored in the double digits. Jack Stewart led Los Alamos with 15 points.
    Michael Naranjo scored 11.
    Ivan Balakirev and Adam Paulson both scored 10 points.
    Antonio Trujillo added nine.
    Isaac Fason scored five.
    Troy Hammock scored four while Kirk Peterson and Isaiah Espinosa each added two.

  • LA girls stymie St. Michael’s

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team scored 10 points in under a minute to start its season hot Tuesday against St. Michael’s.
    Ashlynn Trujillo grabbed the tipoff and dribbled down the court for a layup. Kayla Salazar sunk a 3-pointer. Makaela Jones stole the ball and scored an easy bucket and then Salazar drained another three to put Los Alamos 10-0 57 seconds into the game.
    The ’Toppers went on to win their season opener, 70-61.
    After the fast start, St. Mike’s scored the next six points.
    Trujillo, however, added three more buckets to help Los Alamos take a 19-10 lead into the second quarter.
    The teams shot a combined 27 free throws in the second quarter, but St. Mike’s only made 3-of-12 attempts and Los Alamos did a little better, making 7-of-15.
    Los Alamos took a 36-20 lead into halftime.
    The fouls continued in the second half — four ’Toppers and two Horsemen fouled out in the game.
    Jocelyn Fernandez helped St. Mike’s cut Los Alamos’ lead to 38-30 in the third, but got her fourth foul soon after and spent the rest of the quarter on the bench.
    A Salazar 3-pointer gave the ’Toppers a spark. Then Trujillo made a pair of impressive buckets. On one, she spun away from the pressure and sunk a shot with barely a glance at the hoop.

  • LA basketball teams win openers

    Los Alamos' boys and girls basketball teams both started their seasons with victories Tuesday night.

    The girls beat St. Michael's 70-61 while the boys took down Valencia 69-43.

    Both teams jumped out to big leads early in their contests and never looked back. The girls led 10-0 less than a minute into their contest and took an 18-point lead into the fourth.

    The boys, meanwhile, used their size to build a 11-2 first-quarter lead and won the next three quarters, as well, to keep pulling away.

    See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete stories.

  • Nearly 200 run in Turkey Trot

    Approximately 190 runners and walkers participated in the year’s CROP Turkey Trot run and walk Sunday. Some of the runners even embraced the holiday by running like turkeys and Pilgrims.
    The race was held at the Los Alamos Middle School on North Mesa. There were 2.5-mile and 1.7-mile routes available.
    Below are the top finishers in the 2.5 mile run.

    Place Name Time
    1. Valerio Pinchetti 16:17
    2. Steven Strevell 16:21
    3. Ryan Smeltzer 17:06
    4. Laura Woodroffe 17:33
    5. Tad Hughes 18:29
    6. Duncan Fuehne 18:42
    7. Roxana Candia 19:25
    8. Paul Bradley 19:31
    9. Jesse Woodroffe 19:33
    10. Zack Medin 19:35
    11. Wyatt Watson 19:37
    12. Quinn Abfalterer 19:38
    13. Neha Sadasivan 19:46
    14. Amaya Coblentz 19:48
    15. Mark Schraad 19:58
    16. Zac Tobin 20:07
    17. Roshan Prasad 20:23
    18. Ricky Hensley 20:58
    19. John Worley 21:02
    20. Ryan Worley 21:40
    21. Kristen Coblentz 21:41
    22. Margie Stockton 22:00
    23. Shane Tobin 22:14
    24.Luke Atkins 22:17
    25. Nick Parra-Vasquez 22:21
    26. Irene Abfalterer 22:22
    27. Ralen Smith 23:13