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  • Snow is winner on Tuesday

    Mary Snow was the big winner in this week’s Pace Race.
    Snow had the top prediction in Tuesday’s race, which was hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. She finished with a  prediction error of just 8 seconds, which was 5 seconds better than runner-up Ted Romero.
    Tuesday’s Pace Race started at the ski lodge at Pajarito Mountain. There were several courses participants could choose from.
    On the 1-mile trail course, Bob Weeks finished in a time of 14 minutes, 20 seconds, while Artemia Rojas finished in 12:36 on the 1-mile road course.
    Inez Ross was the top finisher on the 2-mile road course with her time of 37:13. On the 2-mile trail course, Melina Burnside was the fastest finisher (21:09).
    Romero (23:33) and Roxana Candia (27:21) had the best finishes on the 3-mile course.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at the picnic grounds on North Mesa. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Diving right in

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club hosted the Nick Nogar Invitational at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center earlier this month. The Aquatomics and the Pajarito Aquatic Club, the two locally based swim teams, along with the Charger Aquatic Club, which is based in Albuquerque but includes several Los Alamos area swimmers, took part.

  • All-Star majors open state tournament play Saturday

    The Los Alamos County Majors All-Star baseball team is heading to the state tournament this weekend with hopes of advancing to the regional playoffs.
    The Los Alamos Majors — comprised of 11- and 12-year-old players — will start state play Saturday when it faces a tough opponent in Clovis. Win or lose, Los Alamos will play Sunday night.
    The state tournament is being played in Carlsbad.
    To qualify for the state tournament, the Los Alamos All-Stars won the District 1 tournament last week in Santa Fe, and did so in impressive fashion.
    Los Alamos outscored its semifinal and final round opponents, Santa Fe Metro and Española, by a combined 54-2. In Saturday’s championship game, Los Alamos earned a 20-0 shutout victory over Española to clinch a berth in state.
    All-Star manager Alex Garcia said the nucleus of this team is the same as a team he helped guide to state in 2013.
    In preparation for the state tournament, Garcia said his team would mostly be working on fundamentals in order to stay sharp.
    From top-to-bottom of the batting order, Los Alamos swung the bat very well in district, while the team’s pitching has also been very solid throughout the postseason.

  • Sports Briefs 07-16-14

    Golf tourney to benefit BBBS

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament July 26. The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The tournament, which is a best ball scramble, will start at 11 a.m.
    Price for participation is $100 per individual, $400 for teams. The entry fee includes golf cart and post-tournament dinner, as well as a chance to win one of several available prizes.
    For more information, contact Dawn Brown at dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org or 614-4231.

    Y hosts wrestling skills clinic

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is offering a wrestling skills clinic starting July 28.
    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 Aug. 1.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.
    Splash and Dash set for July 23

  • Snow wins Pace Race

    Runners head down a trail at Pajarito Mountain during Tuesday’s Pace Race. This week’s Pace Race was won by Mary Snow, who missed her finish time by just eight seconds. Check the Los Alamos Monitor later this week for more details on the race.

  • Mang earns honor from 'USA Today'

    Los Alamos standout baseball player Jared Mang picked up his second big national recognition of the year last month.
    Mang, who pitches and plays infield for the Hilltoppers, was named to the USA Today All-USA Baseball Team for the 2014 season. Mang was the only junior from the 2014 season named to the team.
    During the 2014 prep season Mang posted a .605 batting average and drove in 44 runs on offense, while earning an 8-2 pitching record with an ERA of 1.01.
    He led Los Alamos to a berth in the Class 4A quarterfinal round. Los Alamos fell in the quarters to the Goddard Rockets.
    Earlier this year, Mang was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state. He was also named to the second team All-Class 4A.

  • Sports Briefs 07-15-14

    Drive For Matches set for LAGC

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament July 26. The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The tournament, which is a best ball scramble, will start at 11 a.m.
    Price for participation is $100 per individual, $400 for teams. The entry fee includes golf cart and post-tournament dinner, as well as a chance to win one of several available prizes.
    For more information, contact Dawn Brown at dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org or 505-614-4231.

    Wrestling clinic starts July 28

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is offering a wrestling skills clinic starting July 28.
    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 Aug. 1.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

  • LA softball teams fall at state Monday

    The Los Alamos County majors All-Star softball team was eliminated from the state tournament Monday after dropping a loser’s bracket game to Westgate Little League.
    Westgate took the elimination contest 10-2 over Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos, which won the District 1 tournament last month to qualify for the state tournament, couldn’t get past its first two games of the double-elimination playoffs.
    The tournament continues this week in Las Vegas.
    Los Alamos had a solid first three innings of defense Monday to limit Westgate to just one run, but Westgate got its offense rolling in the top of the fourth to put some distance between it and Los Alamos.
    Savana Luster went the distance for Los Alamos, giving up just one walk in six innings pitched.
    Following Westgate’s fourth inning rally, the team brought in its strongest pitcher to close out the contest. Los Alamos managed only one run in the final two innings.
    Los Alamos opened state play Saturday, but lost a tight 11-10 contest to Mile High Little League, dropping it into the elimination bracket.

    9-10 softball team dropped by Coronado

  • Results from Splash and Dash No. 2

    The team of Martin Pieck and Jason Pieck finished at the top of the long course standings in last week’s Splash and Dash event.
    Pieck/Pieck finished nearly six minutes ahead of the team of Alana Goodwin/Nikol Strother for the top spot at the Splash and Dash July 9.
    The Splash and Dash is a training program primarily for those interested in competing in the Los Alamos Triathlon, which is scheduled for Aug. 16.
    Only two Splash and Dash events are remaining before the triathlon. Those are scheduled for July 23 and Aug. 6.
    Training evens consist of two courses for adults, the longer one which is a 400-yard swim followed by a 5-kilometer run, or the shorter course which features a 200-yard swim followed by a 3-kilometer run. There is also a youth course.
    The top individual finisher on the long course was Myles Fitzgerald, who finished in 28 minutes, 30 seconds, which was 18 seconds better than Chris Ussery.
    On the short course, Sara Shiina was the top finisher, coming in at 17:37. Amy Littleton finished in 22:24.
    Here are the results from the July 9 Splash and Dash (swim time, run time, total time):

    Long course

  • Little League Roundup: Majors baseball wins District 1 title

    The Los Alamos County All-Star majors baseball team sailed through the District 1 tournament last week, culminating in a crushing victory in the tournament championship.
    Los Alamos’ majors — a division composed of 11- and 12-year-olds — blasted Española’s All-Stars in the final Saturday morning. Los Alamos jumped out to a huge lead after one at-bat and cruised the rest of the way to win 20-0 in Santa Fe.
    With their win, the All-Stars will now advance to the state majors Little League tournament, which starts this weekend in Carlsbad.
    There wasn’t anything magical to Los Alamos County’s tournament win, said manager Alex Garcia.
    “Our offense hit the ball very well,” Garcia said. “We put ourselves in a position where our pitchers could work ahead…the coaches and I are very pleased with our pitching staff and our sticks were on fire. I’m very pleased with the way the kids performed.”
    Los Alamos jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one inning and tacked on six more runs in the third inning. Los Alamos’ first two batters hit home runs to give the team a 2-0 lead just four pitches into Saturday’s final.