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Today's Sports

  • Janecky dedicates life to LA...

    For nearly four decades, Louise Janecky has dedicated herself to the gymnastics community of Los Alamos.

    Janecky, known as Loui, has been the director and head coach of the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics since 1981. All told, she has been involved as a gymnastics coach around the country since 1976.

    Recently, she has been re-elected to her position as the Region three chair of the USA Gymnastics Xcel National Committee, a position she has held since 2013.

    In this role, Janecky not only takes part in the rule-making process for USA Gymnastics, but also assists in the education of coaches and judges both regionally and nationally.

    Janecky also plays a leadership role in state and regional competitions, traveling to conventions to educate gymnastics professionals both in lectures and in hands-on coaching clinics.

    All of this in addition to her hands-on role as the head coach of the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics, a role in which she completely immerses herself.

    “She cares deeply about these kids,” Los Alamos School of Gymnastics board member and parent Ann Gardner said.

    “She makes sure they work hard and holds them responsible, and she loves them to death.”

  • Top athletes recognized for...

    In addition to the Athlete of the Year awards, other athletic awards were handed out during the Honors Convocation.

    Along with earning Athlete of the Year recognition from the Los Alamos Sports Association, Sienna Ahlers was also presented with the Iron Athlete Award, which was given to her by Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer coach, and her father, Gary Ahlers.

    His oldest daughter Madison, a 2011 alumna of LAHS, created the award.

    She wanted to honor a student athlete who valued hard work and commitment, both in the classroom and on the playing field.

    In addition to those two awards, Ahlers was also presented with the three-sport athlete award, along with Kaitlin Bennett, Kenidee Hatler and Elizabeth Lockhart.

    Lockhart was also the recipient of a Los Alamos Golf Association Scholarship, along with Faith Koh.

    Mike Lippiatt, who presented the award, explained that the association normally only gives out one scholarship, but that they felt that both of these girls were worthy based on what they had accomplished throughout their high school careers.

  • LAHS Athletes of the Year named

    Sienna Ahlers and Nicholas Quartieri were honored as the Los Alamos High School Athletes of the Year at this week’s Honors Convocation.

    Gene Mortensen and Mike Maez-Cote, members of the Los Alamos Sports Association, gave the awards to Ahlers and Quartieri.

    The Association is made up of members of the local Los Alamos sports media, including representatives from KRSN, The Los Alamos Daily Post and the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Each year, the group gives these awards to a male and female athlete who displays excellence on the playing field, going above and beyond to perform at the highest level.

    “We’ve had a pretty good look at all the athletes throughout the year,” Mortensen said at the ceremony. “So we feel qualified to pick a senior boy athlete and a senior girl athlete and name them the athlete of the year.”

    Ahlers was a standout at Los Alamos High School in soccer, and also participated in basketball and track and field in her high school career.

    According to Mortensen, she scored 58 goals throughout her varsity soccer career, and collected 39 assists. She was also first-team all-state and first-team all-district in soccer.

    She will be heading to Wingate University in North Carolina on a soccer scholarship next school year.

  • New access points to make...

    By opening up an additional 141 access points for sportsmen across New Mexico, the State Land Office hopes to make the hunting experience more simple and convenient in the coming seasons.

    State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn said that his goal in opening the additional access points is to make the hunting experience more enjoyable for the people of New Mexico.

    “We just want to make the hunting experience better,” Dunn told The Monitor Tuesday.

    Between privately owned land, state trust lands, government-owned land, as well as Indian reservations, knowing where hunting was allowed and when you had crossed over into a restricted area had been like looking at a checker board.

    By opening up these new access points for the sportsmen, Dunn hopes that it will be more like a landscape approach, and easier to understand, rather than being bound by “unreasonable legal restrictions.”

    One of the goals of this is to decrease the number of trespassing issues from hunters who were simply unaware of where they were and were not allowed to partake in their sport of choice.

    In addition to hunting, these access points will also benefit people wishing to fish, as well as campers in the state.

  • Pajarito Mountain set for Bike...

    Pajarito Mountain will open its gates this weekend for the summer portion of its schedule, known as Bike & Hike Summer 2017.

    The summer schedule, which runs from the end of May to the end of September, includes 19 dates on which bikers and hikers can hit the slopes for an entirely different experience than they will find during the winter months.

    On Saturday, the mountain will open for the first time since its winter season ended in late March.

    From 1-6 p.m., the lifts usually reserved for skiing will be turning, taking bikers to the top of the mountain for an exhilarating ride.  

    In addition, hikers can take advantage of the lifts and explore the vast system of more than 30 trails set up for cross-country hiking.

    According to the Pajarito Mountain’s official website, this opportunity allows these adrenaline seekers to “discover 1,200 vertical feet of downhill, cross country and free ride trails.”

    While visitors are on site, they can take advantage of the Pajarito Mountain Café, which will be open for lunch from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

    Tickets will be available for purchase on-site. They will cost $25 for the day for those wishing to mountain bike, and $10 for those wishing to hike.

  • Derby Dames come up short in...

    In its season home opener, the Los Alamos Derby Dames fell to Albuquerque Roller Derby 212-71 at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    It was the first time the Derby Dames had competed in nearly a month, dating back to April 22.

    The game remained close toward the beginning, as Albuquerque led just 27-21 10 minutes in.

    This was due to the strong work of Los Alamos’ Super-Ova, as well as strong blocking from the entire team. This blocking did not allow Albuquerque to utilize its superior speed to its advantage.

    With 11 minutes remaining in the first half, the Derby Dames continued to keep the game close. A series of penalties led to power jams for the Derby Dames, which Acute Pain cashed in for 10 unanswered points, keeping the score within striking distance at 55-45.

    Toward the end of the first half, however, Albuquerque began asserting its will as its jammers began breaking through the blocking of the Derby Dames and earning lead jammer status.

    This allowed the Albuquerque jammers to score points without allowing the Derby Dames to score, by ending jams before the Los Alamos jammers could reach the pack of blockers.

  • Derby Dames prepped for home...

    For the first time in 2017, the Los Alamos Derby Dames roller hockey team is gearing up to play in front of its home crowd.

    The team will play its home opener against Albuquerque Roller Derby at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

    “I think the excitement is pretty high,” team member Rachel Adler, known on the derby track as Latzah Balls, said. “Just because we haven’t played in a month and it’s our home turf.”

    The team last competed on the road in Flagstaff, Arizona on April 22, a game they lost to High Altitude Roller Derby.

    Adler believes that first game of the year will allow them to be more prepared heading into Saturday’s matchup.

    “We all got together after our last game, and we talked about what worked and what didn’t work, and we talked about what we know about the team that’s coming to play us on Saturday,” Adler said. “We nailed down some pretty specific strategies that we think are going to work really well.”

  • Torch run raises more than $1,...

    Among the more than 25 people lined up at the starting line of Thursday morning’s Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, none were smiling bigger than the five representatives from the Special Olympics: Addy, Jenny, Sam and Sheylene and Teagan.

    As the five kids stood front and center for a group photo before the event began, event liaison and Los Alamos Police Commander Oliver Morris asked them how much of the 43-mile run they wanted to do.

    He then followed up by asking, “All the way?” to which the kids all nodded in agreement and laughed.

    The torch run took the officers from the Los Alamos Justice Center to Jemez Springs, and lasted approximately six hours. In addition to the Los Alamos County officers who participated, two representatives from the Bandelier Rangers also took part.

    Morris, who has acted as the event liaison since 2004, said he was pleased with how it turned out.

    “I think it went really good, and was a huge success,” Morris said. “We had a really great turnout and raised over $1,200 for Special Olympics.”

    He said that the amount of money raised is on par with the totals from previous years, and said that the department will continue to do fundraisers for Special Olympics throughout the remainder of the year.

  • Ortega leads boys track to...

    The Los Alamos High School boy’s track and field team finished in fourth place this past weekend at the New Mexico Athletic Association’s State Track and Field Championships.

    Steven Montoya, the team’s coach, said he is “pretty ecstatic” with the result, and that this year was a big success and a strong building block for the program.

    Part of what makes the accomplishment so significant for the program is the fact that the team finished in 13th place just a year ago. Last year’s team finished with 18 points at the state meet, while this year’s squad finished with 44.

    “I think last year was an outlier for us,” Montoya said. “I think we proved this year that we should be in contention at the state level. We should be a top-five team at state every year.”

    He added that on paper, the team did not appear to be strong enough to finish so well at the state level, but that they believed in their coaches, believed in their teammates and worked hard all season to earn their spot near the top of the leaderboard.

    When reflecting on the championship, Montoya felt the performances of two of his seniors stood out from the successful weekend: Liam Johnson and Nathaniel Ortega.

  • Girls track finishes as state...

    For the second consecutive year, the Los Alamos High School girl’s track team finished as the runner-ups in the New Mexico Athletic Association’s State Track and Field Championships.

    This year, the team finished in second place by just a half point, finishing with 67.5 total points to Alamogordo’s 68 points.

    Aaron Padilla, the team’s coach, said that both he and the girls are disappointed with getting second by such a slim margin, but that he is proud to say that his team was one of the best in the entire state.

    “We knew that the state meet was going to be tough,” Padilla said. “We did the best job we possibly could.”

    The state championship came down to the final event of the meet, the 4x400 meter relay.

    Los Alamos entered the event leading Alamogordo by 1.5 points, just needing to finish ahead of them to become state champions.

    Ultimately, Alamogordo finished in second place, while Los Alamos finished in third, handing the state title to Alamogordo.

    Despite that, the 4x400-meter relay still finished with a school record in the event.

    For Padilla and the girls on the team, this year’s runner-up finish feels much different than last year’s.