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Today's Sports

  • Pajarito announces Winter...

    Resort officials announced that Pajarito Mountain Ski Area will kick off its winter ski season on “White Friday,” Nov. 25, for the second consecutive year. Crews are already prepping the mountain for opening day.
     Pajarito’s mountain team continues to improve the ski area’s snowmaking system to support opening day and provide a great skier experience throughout the season.  Pajarito is automating the pump house, which will allow the resort to make more snow, and improve the efficiency, while providing more consistent snowmaking efforts.  Pajarito expanded its weir system to collect additional water for snowmaking efforts. These improvements will provide guests with enhanced snow quality and an overall better skiing experience all season. Snowmaking at Pajarito typically begins in early November.
     “We’re looking forward to another fantastic snowmaking season and building upon what we accomplished last year,” stated Tom Long, general manager for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. “The improved snowmaking system will assist us with making snow on a more consistent basis, and allow us to open the day after Thanksgiving for the second consecutive year.”

  • Endurofest set for Saturday

    Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is gearing up for its second summer festival of the season, Los Alamos Endurofest.
    The third annual Endurofest is schedule for Saturday and Sunday, with mountain biking beginning at 9 a.m. both days. Compared to Pajarito’s first summer festival, Endurofest focuses more on riders competing in the mountain biking course.   
    Day one’s biking will include four stages of 2,500 feet of climbing and 5,500 feet of descending, while day two includes 1,800 feet of climbing and 4,000 feet of descending in the rigorous trails of Pajarito.  
     
     

  • Honors roll in before Olympics

    Former University of New Mexico cross country and track & field standout Courtney Frerichs claimed a pair of Mountain West awards on Wednesday as the conference named her Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year.
    Frerichs, a native of Nixa, Missouri, had a stellar 2015-16 campaign in cross country and track & field for the Lobos, guiding the UNM women’s cross country team to its first national title last November before winning the NCAA title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in record time in June.
    She also shined in the classroom, compiling a 4.16 GPA and MW Academic All-Conference and MW Scholar-Athlete honors as she pursued a master’s degree in community health organization.
    While at UNM, Frerichs ran to two national titles in one year, winning a team title and an individual title as a Lobo.
    She helped the UNM women’s cross country to its first national title in November, taking fourth place overall as the highest finisher in program history.
    After sitting out the indoor season, Frerichs continued to shine outdoors, twice running under 9:30 in the steeplechase before capping her collegiate career by setting the NCAA record at the NCAA Championships.

  • Talents gleam in North Mesa

      The opportunity to play against the southwest’s top junior softball talent will benefit Los Alamos Little League, despite going winless last weekend.
    Los Alamos hosted the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional last Saturday through Tuesday at the North Mesa Sports Complex. The regional included Texas West (Oil Belt Little League), Texas East (La Grange Little League), Louisiana (Vidalia Girls Softball), Deming, who was the New Mexico representative and Los Alamos, who earned a bid for hosting the regional.
    Texas East won the regional on Tuesday to advance to the Little League World Series.
    The host battled but went winless
    Los Alamos began the regional on Saturday by falling to Texas West 9-1. Texas West got the scoring started by tallying three runs in the first innings and Los Alamos answered with one run in the bottom of the first. Texas West added two more runs in the second to lead 5-1. Los Alamos missed a prime opportunity to get back into the game when it left a runner stranded on third base in the bottom of the fifth. Texas West put the game out of reach with three runs in the sixth.

  • Fall prep sports approaching,...

    With the fall prep sports season less than a month away, teams around the state are ramping up the energy at their respective practice sessions.
    Among those teams are Los Alamos football, volleyball, boys and girl’s soccer, and boys and girl’s cross country. All the schedules for the fall are also finalized, which means the Hilltoppers know whom they can prepare for in the upcoming season.
    The Los Alamos football team has its eyes set for Aug. 26 - the football season opener. The Hilltoppers will host Pojoaque at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field. It will be the seventh-consecutive season opener between Los Alamos and Pojoaque, with the Hilltoppers winning four of the last six meetings.
    Los Alamos will have two new Class 5A opponents in 2016, Grants (Sept. 9) and Gallup (Sept. 23). District 2-5A play will begin Oct. 8 against Del Norte in Albuquerque and it will continue with a home match-up against new district opponent Albuquerque Academy Oct. 14. The rivalry against Española Valley will be renewed Oct. 28 in Española, and the season finale will be at Sullivan Field against Capital.

  • Game times set for little league...

    The four-day schedule for the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional is set and the top southwestern junior softball teams know who they will face Saturday through Monday at the North Mesa Sports Complex.
    Los Alamos County Little League earned a spot in the regional as the host and will have four games to try to earn a spot in the knockout stage. There are five teams competing in the regional but only four will advance to the knockout stage.
    Los Alamos will open the regional at 10 a.m. Saturday against West Texas (Oil Belt Little League). Los Alamos will play again at noon and will face Louisiana (Vidalia Girls Softball).
    On Sunday, Los Alamos will start the day with a 10 a.m. match-up against East Texas (La Grange Little League). The pool play portion of the regional will end Monday at 10 a.m. with Los Alamos taking on Deming Little League, who is the New Mexico representative.
    In other Saturday games, Louisiana will play East Texas and Deming will face West Texas. On Sunday, Deming will square-up against Louisiana and East Texas, while Louisiana and West Texas will end the action for the day. The two Texas representatives will face-off on Monday.

  • Taos Ski Valley announces new CEO

    Taos Ski Valley  announced Thursday that resort industry veteran David Norden has been appointed chief executive officer and will begin work July 25.
    “Taos Ski Valley is evolving into a multi-season resort destination, and as such the executive responsibilities are expanding,” said Taos Ski Valley board member Peter Talty. “David brings superb industry expertise to the ski valley, which will be critical as we prepare for the launch of The Blake hotel this winter and expand our on-mountain opportunities.”
    Norden will oversee all existing Taos Ski Valley resort operations including The Blake, a new slopeside hotel, which is slated to open this winter. Current CEO Gordon Briner will transition to chief operating officer and oversee the ski valley’s core revenue departments including ticketing, the snow sports school, food and beverage, retail and rentals. He will also play a role in planning expanded summer programming that will develop over the next few years.

  • LA, Academy in same district

    Los Alamos and Albuquerque Academy will be district foes starting in the 2016 fall prep sports season.
    Last year, the New Mexico Activities Association rearranged classes and districts, including District 2-5A, the home of Los Alamos prep sports. During the shuffle, Academy was placed in District 2-5A, while Bernalillo was removed from the district and was switched to Class 4A.
    The district rearrangement assured that Los Alamos and Academy will compete against each other in every sport. It could also build potential rivalries in numerous sports.
    Starting in the fall, Los Alamos boys and girls cross country could be tested by the Chargers earlier than usual. The Hilltoppers and Chargers are perennial contenders for winning a blue trophy at state meets but now they’ll face each other in district meets.
    Los Alamos and Academy have dominated boys cross country in the past two decades. Since 1997, no other school has won the state championship in the NMAA’s second largest class (according to school enrollment). Academy’s 2015 triumph ended the Hilltoppers’ four-year winning streak.     

  • Ealey finishes 7th at Olympic...

    Former Los Alamos High School track and field star Chase Ealey placed seventh at Thursday’s shot put U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
    Ealey’s personal best throw of 18.46 wasn’t enough to send her to Brazil for this summer’s Olympic Games. Only the top-3 finishers received bids to the U.S. Olympic Team.
    In the final round, Ealey also had throws of 17.65 and 17.62. Her 18.46 mark happened on her second attempt of the final round.
    In the qualifying round, Ealey completed an at-the-time personal best throw of 18.10 to atomically qualify for the final round in fourth place.
    Michelle Carter finished in first with a 19.59, while Raven Saunders threw a 19.24 to place second and Felisha Johnson’s 19.23 rounded-out the shot put U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in Rio 2016.
    This was Ealey’s first Olympic Trials after completing a storied career at Oklahoma State where she finished second in the NCAA Division I shot put in 2016.
    At OSU, Ealey became one of the top women track and field athletes in program history. She earned All-American honors in 2015 and earned All-Big 12 honors from 2013-2015.

  • Annual ACI draws a crowd

    Los Alamos’ premier Fourth of July golf tournament lived up to the billing this past weekend at the Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course.
    The Annual Atomic City Invitational was filled some of the areas most talented and golf-crazed players. This year’s ACI included a closest to the pins, chipping, putting, long drive and smoking gun competitions.
    The men’s long drive winner was Jason Norman, while Mick Irving claimed the senior and Margot Liberty won the women’s long drive. Larry Rich won the chipping contest, while Bruce Norman finished first in the putting contest. Curtis Norman won the smoking gun contest.
    The invitational also included 13 flights that golfers played in a span of four days.
    Eric Trujillo won the Men Championship flight. Doug Cramer finished first in the Seniors Championship flight.
    Cale Jones was first in the First Men flight, while Phil Pendorf won the First Seniors flight. The Second Men flight was claimed by Brett Kniss and Brodie Anderson won the Senior White Tee Championship flight. Eddie Sanchez claimed the Championship Super Senior flight and Lance Lackas won the Third Men flight. Jason Cox won the Fourth Men flight, while Larry Hults won the First Super Senior flight.
    Chanet Fiorina won the Ladies Championship flight, while Anna Swertfeger won the First Ladies flight.