• Runners right on pace

    Tuesday’s Pace Race was held on the Pipeline “Gutbuster.”
    The best predictor of the night was Lauraine Maness with a seven-second error, followed by Jesse Woodroffe, nine seconds off, Laura Woodroffe, 10 seconds off, and Ryan Smeltzer, 11 seconds off.
    The fastest female and male on the one-mile course were Mariela Saenz (10 minutes, 53 seconds) and Jack Ammerman (11:26).
    The fastest male and female on the 3.2-mile course were Valerio Pinchetti (27:30) and Nikol Strother (28:05).
    Next Tuesday’s race will start and finish at LANL’s TA-16 (S-Site) on N.M. 501 at 6 p.m.

  • Moseley repeats in triathlon, Uhl leads women

    Clay Moseley defended his title at the 41st annual Los Alamos Triathlon Saturday. All of his event times were among the best, but Moseley didn’t have the fastest bike, swim or run in the race. His transitions from event to event, however, were fastest and helped him outpace the competition. His winning time in the sprint triathlon was 1 hour, 1 minute and 15.09 seconds.
    For the women, Santa Fe’s Mary Uhl took top honors. Her winning time was 1:12:40.77. Like Moseley, all three of Uhl’s times were near the top while her transitions were the fastest.
    Liz Miller, the three-time defending champion, didn’t compete this year.
    After the bike, Moseley was just under a second out of the lead. Another local, Hugh Selby, had the fastest time in the 20K bike, finishing the first leg in 32:16.05. Those two athletes were three minutes faster on their bikes than anyone else.
    In the transition from bike to swim, which many consider the fourth event in a triathlon, Moseley had his shoes off his feet before he even jumped off of his bike and gained almost 30 seconds on Selby. The 42.96 seconds it took him to get off his bike and into the pool was faster than any of the teams, as well.

  • Synergy to make boys soccer team formidable

    Los Alamos has had some good boys soccer teams over the years. This year’s team, however, might be the best one it’s fielded in a few years.
    “We look better than any year that I’ve been here,” senior Alex Csanadi said.
    Ralph Archbold, a senior who transferred to Los Alamos from California, echoed Csanadi’s viewpoint. Archbold, who watched several practices from the sideline while he recovered from a hurt groin, seemed excited about his new team. “I like the way we look,” Archbold said.
    Part of the reason the team looks good is the way they play together.
    “Most of the guys have been playing together for a long time,” Csanadi said. “I think the synergy is there; we work well together.”
    Besides playing soccer together, the players do team-bonding activities every week.
    “We’re pretty tight friends,” Csanadi said.
    The team’s midfield is another reason why the team looks good. It will operate out of a 3-5-2 formation to take advantage of its strong middle.
    Senior Eric Burnside said the way the midfield holds and distributes the ball is what makes it tough.
    “Probably our biggest strength is our passing,” Burnside said.

  • Strong core returning to lead girls soccer team

    With the majority of the team returning that went 14-7 last year, the Los Alamos girls soccer team is excited about the new year.
    “As a whole, our team wants to go far in the state tournament,” senior captain Emily Hopkins said. “I think we have the potential to go far, we just have to work to get there.”
    “Our team dynamic is really good,” senior captain Jordan Henson said. “We all know each other and we all know how each other play.”
    Isabelle Runde and Charlotte Leonard are the other two seniors playing for Los Alamos.
    Melissa Teter, who is also a senior, tore her ACL recently. She wanted to stay involved with the program, however, so she’ll work as the team’s manager.
    After playing together since the sixth grade, the girls certainly know each other well. The girls said it’s one of their biggest strengths.
    The girls also know their new head coach, Gary Ahlers, pretty well, too. He has coached most of them before.
    Before taking last year off, Ahlers was the team’s junior varsity coach.
    “We’re all very familiar with coach Gary,” Hopkins said. “He’s really attentive and is dedicating a lot of time to the program.”

  • Leading the pack

    Saturday’s 41st edition of the Los Alamos Triathlon saw local Clay Moseley defend his title while Santa Fe’s Mary Uhl was the top female finisher. Moseley won the sprint triathlon in 1 hour, 1 minute and 15.09 seconds.

    Uhl’s time was 1:14:34.62.

    Three of the top six individual finishers, by gender, were from Los Alamos. In addition to Moseley, Hugh Selby and Kim Katko both placed third.

    See Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor for the complete story.

  • Kirk signs contract with Italian Club

    Alex Kirk is taking his game overseas.
    After spending last year playing in the NBA’s Developmental League and this summer playing for a pair of NBA franchises, the next step in Kirk’s professional career will now take place in Italy.
    Kirk inked the deal with the Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoria last Friday at his foundation’s third basketball camp of the summer, surrounded by campers, at New Mexico Highlands University.
    At the Alex Kirk Foundation’s Los Alamos camp the prior week, Kirk’s father, Alan, said they were in negotiations at that time, and “At the end of the month we hope he’ll be going somewhere.”
    Now Kirk has made his choice and he knows where he’ll be going.
    On Kirk’s Instagram page, he said, “Excited to announce that I will be playing for Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoria in Pistoia, Italy. Also happy to sign my contract in front of the Alex Kirk foundation’s camp here at Highlands University. This is the 3rd professional contract I have signed and want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout the roller coaster ride. Thanks again.”
    The contract was for one year, but the amount of money he’ll receive wasn’t disclosed.

  • Game of the week, Aug. 14-21

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team will kick off the fall sports season with a game full of playoff-seeding importance. Los Alamos will host Farmington at noon Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    Last year, both teams earned a first-round bye for the class 5A state playoffs. Los Alamos was the No. 3 seed and Farmington was the No. 4 seed.
    Farmington, however, beat Los Alamos to start the season, 4-3, in Farmington.
    After losing only two seniors, Los Alamos should be in a good position to do well again this year.
    See Friday’s edition of the Los Alamos Monitor for a complete preview of the soccer team and Sunday’s edition for next week’s top contest, as selected by Sports Editor Cody Olivas.

  • Football team focused on building brotherhood

    The main goal of Los Alamos’ football team this year is to create a brotherhood, a family on the field.
    In the past there were cliques on the team in different positions and grades.
    This year, the team wants to be one cohesive unit, holding each other accountable and knowing everyone has everyone else’s back.
    “We set up new standards and made a contract that everyone signed,” senior fullback/linebacker Derek Selvage said.
    As of Tuesday, no one had missed practice, Selvage said, which is one of the things they all agreed upon.
    Everyone on the team is also expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    If somebody breaks the contract, they have to face consequences to make amends.
    “We’re holding everyone accountable so there are no slips ups,” senior guard/defensive tackle Nathan Rogers said.
    So far it’s been working.
    “Their attitude is one of the best I’ve seen,” head coach Garett Williams said. “The players are working extra hard on building a united team.”
    The team didn’t start trying to build its brotherhood on Aug. 3, the first official day it could practice this fall, it started building it last school year.

  • Sports Briefs 8-13-15

    Los Alamos sports passes
    Hilltopper fans can be sure they catch all of the action this year by purchasing an all-seasons pass.
    The sports passes for the upcoming school year are currently for sale at the Los Alamos High School Athletics Office and will also be available for purchase at ticket booths at upcoming sporting events.
    The passes are good for all athletic events at Sullivan Field and Griffith Gymnasium. The passes, however, will not be accepted for district and state tournament events.
    All high school students get in free to high school events with their school ID.
    Middle school students get in free to middle school events with their school ID, but not high school events.
    Staff Members with a school ID badge are also admitted free. They may purchase additional passes for immediate family members at reduced prices — first pass $20 and any additional passes $15.
    The price for a family pass, for two adults and two students, is $125.
    One adult pass is $75. A senior citizen pass is $30, or two-for-$50. Students can get a pass for $30. Middle school athletes can get a pass for $15. High school students can get a pass to middle school games for $10.

  • LA sports back in action

    Monday was the first day the majority of high school sports teams in New Mexico were allowed to hold their first official practices of the fall season. In Los Alamos, teams took advantage of the first day by working on some fundamentals, building their strength and increasing their flexibility.