Today's Sports

  • Back on the gridiron

    This season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is all about family.

    For them, it signifies more than just the word prominently displayed across the top of their practice gear. It is the key to putting together a successful year.

    “We are a family,” head coach Garett Williams told his team following their practice at Sullivan Field Wednesday morning.

    “This isn’t about me and it isn’t about you. That’s what makes this such a great game, because you can’t do it alone.”

    After a summer’s worth of preparation, the Hilltoppers came together this week for what they hope will be a long and successful season.

    However, the team entered its first week of official practices with many questions that needed to be answered and unity that needed to be built.

    “Right now, our expectations are to come out, work hard, develop a brotherhood and develop some team unity,”

    Williams told the Albuquerque Journal earlier this summer. “The intensity and the effort is the thing we’re focusing on right now. If we put in the work, the rest is going to take care of itself.”

  • Aquatomics place third at state

     The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team finished third at the state championships last weekend, making it one of their most successful seasons ever.

    One year ago, the team finished eighth at the state championships and was intent on improving in all aspects this year.

    After a summer of strong performances, they did just that.

    Seven different swimmers won individual events, and the team came out on top in three relays.

    The relays ended up being a key factor for the team, because relay performances are worth double the points of individual races at the state championships.

    Assistant coach Linda Corliss, who has been with the team since 2008, said she had never seen a performance like that.

    “I can’t remember us ever doing quite that well,” Corliss said.  “I’m proud of everyone because they all put their heart and soul into this all weekend and came away with some great results.”

    Going into the final day of competition, Corliss said she tallied up what the results would be if everyone swam to their seed times.

    When the races took place, the final scores were more than 10 points higher than what was predicted.

    “That shows that everybody swam better than what was expected and really gave it their all,” Corliss said.

  • Off to the races

    For the 45th straight year, competitors in the Tour De Los Alamos turned the streets of the county into a high-speed cycling course, resulting in an unforgettable event.

    The race, which was described by organizers as the “oldest bicycle race in the Southwest,” attracted more than 100 people to the area.

    Race director Cyndi Wells said that people came from hundreds of miles around to take part, including multiple racers from Texas and Colorado.

    “I’m always super excited to see lots of people coming in from out of town,” Wells said.

    She said that although there are some people who come back year after year for the race, it is the infusion of new racers each year that keeps the race as successful as it has become.

    “We had lots of people say that they would definitely be coming back next year, and that they would be bringing even more of their friends with them,” Wells said.

    Registration has steadily increased in the past few years, and Wells said she expects that to continue into the future.

    “I think after the great race we had this weekend, the word is going to really get out about our race and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the turnout looks like next year,” Wells said.

  • Senior softball falls in...

    Facing some of the toughest teams in the country, the Los Alamos County Little League Senior Softball team advanced to the semifinals of the regional championships this week. The team came just two wins short of a trip to the national championship tournament.

    Los Alamos County earned its berth in the regional tournament in Vidalia, Louisiana, after winning the New Mexico state championship two weeks ago. The team competed against teams from Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas and two teams from Texas.

    In the first game of the tournament, Los Alamos County showed they were a real threat, defeating the team from Aurora, Colorado 23-0.

    Pitcher Savana Luster proved to be the most valuable player of the game, throwing five scoreless innings, and giving up just three hits. She also struck out nine.

    The offense was clicking on all cylinders, collecting 21 hits throughout the game.

    The team scored 11 runs in the second inning, and another nine in the third inning. Katie Wilmer led Los Alamos County with four RBIs. Jade Tucker and Alicia Gonzales each added three.

    The team did not fare as well in the second game, falling to the host team from Vidalia, Louisiana 13-0.

  • Salmon aims to grow PGA LEAD...

    New Mexico State University’s golf management program is once again among the forerunners of the Professional Golfers Association of America training opportunities.

    Josh Salmon has joined the second 15-member cohort of the national PGA LEAD program.

    Salmon is a program specialist with the NMSU PGA Golf Management Program housed in the College of Business marketing department.

    The PGA of America established PGA LEAD to identify, mentor and progress PGA members from diverse backgrounds along a guided path to leadership roles in the association. The program also aids in developing individuals who desire to serve and make an impact on nonprofit boards within their communities.

    “I was surprised when PGA of America’s president Paul Levy called to tell me the news,” Salmon said. “It was January and I hadn’t heard anything since applying in November.”

  • LA gets set for oldest bike race...

    Tour De Los Alamos will return to the streets of Los Alamos County this Sunday for the 45th consecutive year.

    Labeled by organizers as the “oldest bicycle race in the Southwest,” it has become an annual tradition in the area, one that attracts people from all across the region to the Atomic City.

    “I can’t believe the Tour De Los Alamos has been around as long as it has,” race director Cyndi Wells said.

    The course is a counter-clockwise loop that stretches 27 miles, beginning in downtown Los Alamos and running throughout the entire area.

    “Depending on what category you are in, you may be doing one to three laps,” Wells said.

    Participants in the Senior Men Pro category will be racing for approximately 81 miles on the course that features a variety of uphill and downhill sections. The steepest climb comes near the end of the course, which will be a nearly two-mile uphill climb.

    All other categories of racer will complete either one or two laps of the course, depending on age and skill level.

    The race will begin at Trinity Drive and 20th Street.

    Prizes will be given out to the top finishers in each category. The top prize of the day will be given to the man who completes the three-lap course the quickest. He will earn $300.  

  • Los Alamos aims to become ‘...

    For nearly three years, Los Alamos County’s Public Works Department has been taking steps to make the county a Bicycle Friendly Community. By the end of this year, it may be a reality.

    Each year, the League of American Bicyclists accepts applications from communities around the country and determines whether they qualify as “bicycle friendly.”

    According to its official website, the League “represents bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities and a bicycle-friendly America.”

    Currently, 416 communities around the country are recognized as bike friendly, and more than 100 communities have earned honorable mention status. There are multiple tiers included within the label of bicycle friendly, ranging from bronze status to platinum.

    In New Mexico, Santa Fe is recognized in the silver tier, while Albuquerque and Las Cruces are in the bronze tier.

    In 2016, Los Alamos County submitted an application for consideration, and was given an honorable mention recognition, with guidelines on how they could earn medal status in the future.

    Eric Martinez, the county engineer for Los Alamos County, said that the county looked at all of the recommendations the League of American Bicyclists gave to them, and began working toward accomplishing them.

  • Senior softball all-stars head...

    After winning the state championship last weekend, the Los Alamos County Little League Senior Softball team has advanced to the regional championships this weekend in Vidalia, Louisiana.

    “I know the girls are really excited to be moving on to the next level,” said Robbie Harris, the team’s coach.

    The regional tournament will get underway on Saturday.

    In the team’s first game, they will face Arapahoe Little League, from Aurora, Colorado.

    The game will begin at 8 a.m.

    The team’s second scheduled game will take place against Vidalia Girls Softball Little League from host city Vidalia, Louisiana on Sunday at 7 p.m.

    As the team heads into the tournament, Harris believes they are ready to compete against the strong competition.

    “When I look at our team, we really are strong across the board,” Harris said. “We have good hitting, good fielding and good pitching.”

    The Southwest regional is made up of teams from New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas and two teams from Texas.

    The winner of the regional tournament, which will run through Wednesday, will advance to the Senior League Softball World Series, which will take place in Lower Sussex, Delaware July 31-Aug. 6.

  • Isotope star earns Player of the...

    For the fourth time in five weeks, an Albuquerque Isotope has been honored by the Pacific Coast League Office, announcing Monday that Jordan Patterson has been named Player of the Week. The award comes for the period of July 10-16.

    Patterson, 25, batted .471 (8-for-17) in an abbreviated four-game week while compiling four home runs, nine RBI, a .526 on-base percentage and slugging 1.176. The first baseman’s OPS for the week was a staggering 1.703.

    Patterson’s accolade is his second of the season, winning the same award from the period of June 19-25 when he batted .423 (11-for-26) in six games.

    Isotopes teammate Ryan McMahon also took home the honor for the week of June 12-18 while lefty Ryan Carpenter was awarded Pitcher of the Week for June 26-July 2.

    The Mobile, Alabama, native is in his fifth professional season after being drafted by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

    Patterson is just the fourth Isotope to ever win multiple Player of the Week awards in the same season.

    The Isotopes are in the middle of a home series with the Tacoma Rainiers.

    Albuquerque and Tacoma will play five games in four days.

    Tickets are available at abqisotopes.com or by visiting the Isotopes Park Box Office.

  • Los Alamos prepares for annual...

    The Los Alamos County Triathlon is set to make its return for the 43rd time later this month, making it one of the oldest continuously running sprint triathlons in the country.

    On July 29, Los Alamos County will host three separate triathlons: the official triathlon, the Kids Triathlon and a new event, the Junior Triathlon.

    The Los Alamos County Triathlon is unique, as it has a format of bike-swim-run, as opposed to the normal format of swim-bike-run. The County’s Recreation Programs Manager Dianne Marquez said a variety of factors have led to that format.

    “The big reason is that we impede two of the major intersections in town at Trinity and Diamond, and Canyon and Diamond, so we want to get cyclists on and off the road as quickly as possible.”

    By having the cycling leg first, organizers can make sure the road is blocked off for as little time as possible, making it more convenient for participants and the public.

    Marquez added that she has asked participants if they would like to see the format become more traditional, and has learned that they seem to prefer the current format.

    The sprint triathlon consists of a 12-mile bike course, followed by a 400-meter swim and a three-mile run.

    It will be a chip-timed event with awards given out to top finishers.