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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Stewart named LAHS AD

    Los Alamos High School’s girls basketball coach Ann Stewart was named the new athletic director at the school this morning.
    Stewart, who took over the program in mid January 2013, has held that position since that time.
    When she assumes her duties July 1, she will officially take over for outgoing AD Vicki Nelms. Nelms resigned in mid-April to accept a position at Clackamas High School in Oregon.
    Stewart holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University.
    Prior to coming back to Los Alamos, where she graduated from in 1991, Stewart held teaching and coaching positions in Albuquerque, Bloomfield and Alamogordo.
    Nelms said she welcomes Stewart to the new position.
    “I wish her luck,” said Nelms. “I think she’ll do a great job. Her first order of business will be to find a new basketball coach. It hurts our girls basketball program, but I wish her the best of luck and I hope everything works out for her.”
    Stewart couldn’t be reached for comment as of press time.
     

  • Dinkel picked for All-Star rugby...

    Former Los Alamos rugby player Liz Dinkel was selected to participate in the Pacific Mountain Rugby All-Star Tournament recently.
    Dinkel, who pays fly-half for Colorado State University’s women’s rugby team, was selected to the All-Star competition that will be at Stanford University Friday and Saturday.
    The Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference includes Universities from the Rocky Mountains to the West Coast.
    Dinkel graduated from CSU May 17 with a degree in English.
    Dinkel helped her team to a third-place finish in its division and was named the Most Valuable Back for the CSU program.
     

  • Isotopes snap win streak by...

    Trayvon Robinson came up with two big hits for the Albuquerque Isotopes Wednesday, including a double in the 10th inning that proved to be the game-winner.
    Robinson, who went 3-for-4 on the night, homered in the eighth inning to tie the score and force extra innings, then doubled in Clint Robinson to give the Isotopes a 4-3 win in Sacramento.
    Albuquerque had dropped two straight before Wednesday, including the series opener at Sacramento one night earlier.
    Isotopes pitcher Matt Magill (4-2) actually came on in relief in the eighth inning to earn the victory.
    Jeff Bennett started the game for Albuquerque. He gave up three runs in the bottom of the first but settled down after that and held the River Cats in check the rest of the way.
    With the win, Albuquerque (24-28) stopped a 7-game winning streak by the River Cats (32-21).
    Tonight, Zach Lee (4-5) is scheduled to pitch game three of the four-game series for Albuquerque.
    Following the games tonight and Friday night, the Isotopes will travel back to Albuquerque for a four-game series starting Saturday. The Isotopes will host the Salt Lake Bees for those four games before hitting the road once again.

  • Pair of locals win half-marathon
  • Safety is still issue for youth

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over both the scope of the troubling issue and the long-term impacts on young people.
    “We want our kids participating in sports,” Obama said as he opened a day-long summit on concussions at the White House. “As parents though, we want to keep them safe and that means we have to have better information.”
    The summit signaled an effort by Obama to use the power of the presidency to elevate a national conversation over youth concussions. The White House brought together representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, medical professionals and others for the event.
    Obama, an avid sports fan and father of two daughters involved in athletics, highlighted millions of dollars in pledges and other support from the National Football League, the National Institutes of Health and others to conduct research that could begin to provide answers and improve safety.
    Among the financial commitments is a $30 million joint research effort by the NCAA and Defense Department and an NFL commitment of $25 million over the next three years to promote youth sports safety.
    The president said additional research needs to also be combined with a broader recognition of the need to take the matter seriously.

  • Westbrook scores 40 in win

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook is picking up where Kevin Durant left off.
    Durant hasn’t shown the same consistent excellence in the postseason that earned the Thunder star the MVP award after the NBA regular season. Westbrook has picked up the slack, making a case for being Oklahoma City’s best player in the postseason.
    Westbrook had 40 points, 10 assists and five steals in Oklahoma City’s 105-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night that tied the series at two games apiece.
    The guard has been doing similar damage throughout the playoffs, averaging 26.6 points, 8.1 assists and 7.5 rebounds in 17 postseason games. In one stretch, he had three triple-doubles in five games.
    “Just his focus on every possession on the defensive end and his poise on the offensive end — I think that’s what’s fun to watch,” Durant said. “People outside of our team don’t really look at that type of stuff, but that’s something we can definitely build on as a group, is watching him wreak havoc on the defensive end and offensively, playing with such patience.”
    Tuesday’s performance matched the second-highest playoff point total of Westbrook’s career, falling short of the 43 he scored in the 2012 NBA Finals.

  • Buss runs down Isotopes, 5-4

    A former Albuquerque Isotopes star hurt his old club in a loss Tuesday night.
    The Isotopes opened a four-game road series against the Sacramento River Cats. The River Cats, who have been one of the hottest teams in the PCL of late, earned a 5-4 decision at Raley Field.
    Sacramento scored four times in the fifth inning off Isotopes starter Red Patterson. Patterson allowed five straight hits in the fifth before being pulled in favor of Josh Judy.
    The leadoff hit of that inning was a solo home run by former Albuquerque outfielder Nick Buss. Buss, who was a PCL All-Star last year, was traded to Sacramento shortly after the start of the season.
    Since departing Albuquerque, Buss has also spent some time up with Sacramento’s big club, the Oakland A’s.
    He had a pair of hits in Tuesday’s win.
    While the River Cats have now won seven straight games, the Isotopes have been reeling of late. They’ve dropped three of their last four decisions and four of their last six, including losing two of three games at home to Reno just before the start of this series.
    That loss drops the Isotopes to five games under .500.
    Patterson (2-4) took the loss. Patterson, who has been very good for much of the season but has gotten little run support, gave up 10 hits in just four-plus innings of work.