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  • 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

  • Isotopes score 9 runs in 5th

    The Albuquerque Isotopes exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of Monday’s game at Isotopes Park.
    Albuquerque sent 14 batters to the plate in the fifth inning as it downed the Salt Lake Bees 11-8 to win its second game of the four-game set. The final game of that series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. today.
    Joc Pederson had a two-run triple and Griff Erickson had a two-run single in the Isotopes’ big inning Tuesday.
    Pederson, who had missed two games due to illness and had just one hit in his previous 12 at-bats going into the game, went 2-for-3 and brought home the two runs from his designated hitter spot.
    It was a slugfest between the two teams, which combined for 32 hits on the night.
    Salt Lake starting pitcher Brooks Raley managed to get just one out in the fifth inning. He gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits in the loss.
    Isotope starter Jeff Bennett (2-1), who got the win, wasn’t much better. He surrendered seven earned runs and 14 hits in six innings, but the bullpen was good enough to keep the Bees from coming back.
    The Bees actually led 5-1 after 3-1/2 innings and 5-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth before the big Albuquerque rally.

  • 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...

    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...

    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 

  • 'Topes fall in extras

    For the second straight ballgame, the Albuquerque Isotopes went into extra innings Thursday.
    But, unlike in Wednesday’s game, the Isotopes came up on the short end of the stick.
    Sacramento’s Alden Carrithers scored the tying and game-winning runs as the River Cats prevailed 6-5 in 11 innings.
    Sacramento (33-21) can win the series tonight with a victory.
    Following tonight’s series finale, the Isotopes (24-29) will head back to Albuquerque for a quick four-game homestand against Salt Lake starting Saturday night.

  • Strother has best prediction...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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.