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Today's Sports

  • New coaches leading fall teams

    Both Los Alamos’ boys and girls soccer teams have new head coaches leading them this season.
    Ron Blue took over the boys soccer program last spring while Gary Ahlers was recently named Los Alamos’ head girls soccer coach.
    Neither coach will have a ton of time with his team before the team’s schedules are full of games either.
    The girls soccer team will play three games in one week, beginning Aug. 22 at Farmington. After that, they’ll play at Bosque Aug. 25 and host Moriarty Aug. 27.
    The boys, meanwhile, will play at Bosque Aug. 25 and then return home to host eight teams during its home tournament, Aug. 28-29.
     

  • Runners do loops in Pace Race

    Ryan Smeltzer had a good prediction and was only 5 seconds off his predicted time for his four-mile run at Tuesday’s pace race.
    Georgia Pedicini was 11 seconds off her predicted time for two miles.
    Nikol Strother’s delta time for six miles was only 25 seconds off.
    There were 34 people who competed in the weekly Pace Race in cool weather.
    The course was a fairly flat, one-mile paved-loop that competitors could run as many times as they liked in 45 minutes. All distances, between one and six miles, were completed.
    It was located mainly on Estante Way in Pajarito Acres.
    The fastest times for one mile were Griffin Hubner (9 minutes, 58 seconds) and Chloe Keilers (10:21).
    The best times for two miles were Isolina Viloria (17:54) and Jason Pieck (20:55).
    The fastest three milers were Rigo Chavez (21:35) and Monica Cook (26:00).
    For four miles, Ryan Smeltzer ran a 28:33 and Katie Gattiker ran a 45:55.
    For five miles, Mark Bjordlund did a 39:21.
    For six miles, Strother led the charge with a 42:14 while Ted Romero ran a 43:26.
    The differences between predicted and actual times were adjusted by distance to three miles.

  • EnduroFest showcases Los Alamos...

    The Los Alamos Rock n Roll EnduroFest expanded out of Pajarito Mountain’s trail system for its second go round last weekend.
    The second annual event grew into a two-day, seven-stage mountain bike race all over town and at Pajarito’s Bike Park.
    It also joined the New Mexico Enduro Cup Series.
    “We were aiming to showcase the trails in Los Alamos — that’s why we went to two days,” race director Brad Nyenhuis said. “People were blown away by the trails.”
    Nyenhuis said one competitor told him he was going to skip a Moab trip next year and bring his friends to ride in Los Alamos instead.
    “That’s exactly the response we were looking for,” Nyenhuis said.
    The seven stages were a combination of steeper, downhill-style trails and pedally cross-country trails.
    “It was a really good showcase of the trails in Los Alamos, both in town and on the mountain,” local biker, and second-place overall finisher, Neal Pederson said. “People were impressed.”
    Pederson missed the top overall spot on the podium by just 10 seconds.
    Pederson had raced downhill before, but the competition was his first enduro.

  • Aggies football beginning road...

    New Mexico State University head coach Doug Martin thinks with his returners coming into the 2015 football season, the Aggies can begin the road to recovery.
    The Aggies will open their 2015 season Sept. 5 in Gainesville, Florida, taking on the Florida Gators.
    NMSU looked to be on the right track last season, starting off 2-0, but lost back-to-back winnable games against UTEP and the University of New Mexico the following two weeks and never recovered. NMSU didn’t win another game.
    Nevertheless, the Aggies will have two key returners on the offensive side, running back Larry Rose III, who was the Sun Belt Conference’s Newcomer of the Year, and quarterback Tyler Rogers.
    “We had a lot of guys that really stepped forward for us,” Martin said at Media Day Tuesday. “And when I look back at the freshman class that we just brought in, for the first time in a long time around here, we really look like a college football team.”
    Following the Florida game, the Aggies’ early season looks similar to last year. They will host Georgia State Sept. 12 — one of the games they won last year, down in Atlanta — and then will host UTEP the following week.
    NMSU’s annual rivalry game with UNM is scheduled for Oct. 3 in Albuquerque.

  • Fishing slow across NM

    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 513 cubic feet per second (cfs). We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using Rapala stick baits, spinner baits, jerk baits and hot dogs tiger muskies. We had no reports on other species.
    Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 202 cfs and 208 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using Panther Martins, Rapalas, Power Bait and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.
    Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using tubes, salt craw, sweet beavers, worms and chigger craws for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using blood baits and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

  • Taos Ski Valley busy renovating...

    Last year, Taos Ski Valley added a new lift up to Kachina Peak. This year its busy working on its base area.
    The construction of the new hotel and retail and rental facility is well underway at TSV. The structure should be in place this winter with the majority of the work being done within the exterior of the building. The concrete walls now being set will be the exterior of the arrival lobby, the parking garage and loading dock, and the second level that will house the spa, hotel rooms and back of the house functions for the retail and rental Shops.
    This project is on schedule for a November 2016 opening.
    The floor has also been poured for the Sprung Structure on Thunderbird Road that will house the retail and rental shops, Andean Software and seasonal public lockers.
    The ticket office and ski school office will move to the south side of Thunderbird Road between Cold Smoke Photography and the walking bridge.
    The mountain has also been implementing an extensive glading project that will make the Wild West about twice as wide and more open than last season when it first opened.
    The glade is in the West Basin, above Wonder Bowl.

  • Splash n Dashes find stride in...

    The fourth and final Splash n Dash of the season took place Wednesday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The training event nearly reached its capacity — 69 people showed up to swim and run. Out of those people, 56 of them took on the long course — a 400-meter swim followed by a 5K run.
    Five others did the short course, a 200-meter swim and a 3K run, while eight kids swam 100 meters and then ran 1.3 miles.
    The Splash n Dashes might be over, but the Triatomics are holding numerous other training events for swimming, biking and running, many before the Los Alamos Triathlon next Saturday.
    On Tuesday the Triatomics will have its weekly time trials. The bike ride will start at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Arrive at the ice rink around 5:50 p.m. to participate.
    The group’s weekly Wednesday night run will be on the Pajarito trail this week. The runners will leave from the parking lot just before the Sportsmen’s Club at 6 p.m. and run to either Guaje Ridge or Guaje Creek. The group usually runs for about an hour.
    On Thursday, the group will hold its mountain bike time trials. The competition between the young and old is said to be fierce.
    Start time is 6 p.m., but the location hasn’t been finalized yet.

  • Foundation a way for Alex Kirk...

    The first-ever Alex Kirk basketball camp took place Wednesday and Thursday in Los Alamos’ Griffith Gymnasium. The gym was packed with kids dribbling their new camp basketballs around.
    Kirk, former Lobo teammate Jamal Fenton, and Los Alamos head boys basketball coach Mike Kluk guided the kids through a series of drills to improve all aspects of the campers’ game.
    The basketball camp was also the first event put on by the Alex Kirk Foundation.
    “We put together the foundation for Alex to work as he goes through the pro career and to collaborate with different groups for youth activities,” Alex’s father, Alan Kirk, said. “We wanted to keep Alex active in northern New Mexico. It’s a way for him to give back to the community.”
    Kirk also hosted a camp in Clayton this weekend. Next week, he’ll host one more camp at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas.
    All three of the camps will give money back to the host schools to help their basketball programs.
    The camps are just one part of what has been a busy summer for Kirk. He played in the NBA Orlando Summer League for the Memphis Grizzlies, the Las Vegas Summer League for the New York Knicks and then played in The Basketball Tournament for a million-dollar team prize.

  • Los Alamos Triathlon ready for...

    For 40 years, athletes have showed up to bike, swim and run in the Los Alamos Triathlon.
    This Saturday, the 41st edition will take place, firming its grasp as the longest continuously running triathlon in the country.
    “It’s fun and it keeps you in shape,” Laurie Goddard said. “You change muscles so you’re not just building up the same muscles all of the time.”
    Goddard first competed in the Los Alamos Triathlon in 1979. He said he’s competed in the race about 30 times since then, winning the event in 1982 and 1983.
    Doing well is part of the reason why he keeps participating, even in his mid-60s.
    “I’m good at it; I can beat some people,” Goddard said. “A lot of it is experience.”
    Some things he’s learned over the years is that a lot of people go out too hard at the beginning in the bike; if you get behind someone in the swim you can save energy by drafting them; transitions are the triathlon’s fourth event and can knock off multiple minutes from someone’s time.
    While the triathlon has gone through some changes over the years, the challenge has always remained.

  • Fair & Rodeo Parade Winners...

    The winners of the Los Alamos Fair & Rodeo Parade are:
    1st place – Los Alamos Team 4H Club
    2nd Place – Los Alamos National Bank
    3rd Place – Nancy Parker