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  • Shaylene Stephens to Compete at...

    Shaylene Stephens wasn’t looking forward to getting up to catch an early flight to Newark, N.J. But she could hardly wait to get there and get going for her national bowling competition.
    Stephens, the top local Special Olympian, was selected to represent New Mexico at nationals this week.
    She was one of four athletes invited to take part in the bowling competition, which gets going Monday morning in New Jersey.
    She will be competing in singles, doubles and team bowling this week, along with a pair of athletes from Las Cruces and another from Albuquerque.
    Along with bowling, Stephens competes in several other sports, including basketball, soccer and swimming.
    Stephens said heading to nationals was a pretty big deal for her.
    “It’s getting to see a different part of the county, getting to see some friends that might be there that I met when I went in 2007 to the World Games,” she said. “Maybe I’ll get to see some old coaches and stuff.”
    Stephens got to go to the World Games in Beijing, China, just months before the Olympic Games were held there in 2008 and said she was amazed by the Olympic Village there — the Beijing Games are considered some of the most successful Olympics ever held.

  • PE, hoops camps start Monday

    A pair of camps get going this week at Chamisa Elementary School, courtesy of physical education teacher Justin Black.
    Black will host his annual PE camps and youth basketball camps starting Monday and continuing through June 26.
    The PE camp consists of several different activities, including “Dance Dance Revolution” and using scooters. The primary goal of that camp is to get students engaged in physical activity instead of lounging around all summer.
    Those camps are for kids in grades 1-6, with the older students’ camp running from 8:30-10 a.m. and the younger kids from 10-11:30 a.m.
    For the basketball camps, students in grades 3-8 may take part. Those are in the afternoons at Chamisa School and students with higher skill levels go from 5-6:30 p.m.
    Price for participation is $45 per week per student. For more information, email Black at j.black@laschools.net.
     

  • Sports Briefs 06-15-14

    YMCA’s annual Firecracker 5K race set for July 4

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its annual Firecracker 5K July 4.
    Registration is open for the event, which will start at 8 a.m. in front of the YMCA’s facility on Iris Street.
    Along with the race, there will also be various contests, including a costume contest and dog jog competition.
    Price for participation is $20 for YMCA members, $30 for nonmembers and $10 for youth 14 and under.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100 or visit laymca.org.

    Fundraising breakfast will benefit Aquatomics

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club will host a fundraising waffle breakfast June 21 at the Masonic Lodge in Los Alamos.
    The menu for the breakfast includes waffles with fruit topping, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverage. Price is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children 6 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Aquatomics program.

    Volleyball tourney is June 28

  • Spurs have Heat on the ropes in...

    MIAMI (AP) — Gregg Popovich called Game 3 of the NBA Finals an anomaly.
    He couldn’t use the same word to describe Game 4. It was repeat show of dominance, one that put the San Antonio Spurs one win away from ending the Miami Heat’s reign as NBA champions.
    Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Tim Duncan set a pair of playoff records and the Spurs controlled play throughout on the way to a 107-86 win over the Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. San Antonio leads the series 3-1, and can capture its fifth NBA championship by winning at home Sunday night.
    “They’re playing beautiful basketball,” Miami’s Chris Bosh said.
    “We’re playing Spurs basketball,” San Antonio’s Tony Parker said.
    Different sentences, same meaning. The Spurs’ game is the beautiful one right now, and the way they came into Miami and frustrated the Heat not once but twice was simply remarkable.
    “Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well — or better,” said Popovich, the Spurs’ coach.
    Hard to imagine them playing much better.
    In Game 3, the Spurs’ biggest lead was 25, while Miami never led by more than two.

  • Sports Briefs 06-13-14

    Football car washes set for Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will hold a pair of fundraising car washes Saturday, one in Los Alamos and one in White Rock.
    The car washes will be from 9 a.m.-noon in both locations. The car wash in Los Alamos will be at Del Norte Credit Union and the car wash in White Rock will be at the San Ildefonso Phillips 66 station.
    Donations will be accepted for each car washed.

    Fundraising breakfast is June 21

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club will host a fundraising waffle breakfast June 21 at the Masonic Lodge in Los Alamos.
    The menu for the breakfast includes waffles with fruit topping, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverage. Price is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children 6 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Aquatomics program.

    Summer PE classes will be at Chamisa School

    Physical education teacher Justin Black will be hosting two sessions of summer physical education classes. The classes will be at Chamisa School is for kids in grades 1-3.
    The first session will run from Monday through June 19. The second session will be from June 23-26.
    Price for participation is $45. For more information, contact Black at j.black@laschools.net.

    La Mesa Pétanque Club hosting tourney

  • Downs is on 4A-5A North All-Star...

    Los Alamos baseball standout Jake Downs is scheduled to play the North-South big school All-Star series, which gets going today.
    Downs, one of the key cogs for the Hilltoppers during their big 2014 season, was selected last month for the All-Star team.
    He was the only player from District 2-4A to make the North roster.
    For much of the season, Downs hit in the No. 2 slot for Los Alamos, helping set the table for the powerful top of the Hilltopper lineup. He supported the Hilltoppers as they scored a whopping 148 runs in 12 district games this season.
    Downs was a pitcher and infielder for his career at Los Alamos. He graduated from the program in May.
    The All-Stars from around the state are selected from the top graduating seniors. Selections are made by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    Downs is the second Hilltopper to be named to an All-Star series so far this summer. Kiana Zerr of Los Alamos’ softball program made the North All-Star team — that series was last weekend in Farmington.
    Last season, Los Alamos went 22-7 and clinched its sixth consecutive 2-4A title. Los Alamos advanced to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs, but was knocked out in that round by the Goddard Rockets.

  • Scramble tourney is Saturday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its fifth annual fundraising golf tournament Saturday at the local golf course.
    The tournament, the proceeds of which will go to benefit youth scholarships at the Y, is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
    The Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic is one of the big fundraising events of the year for the local Y chapter.
    It’s named after longtime Y volunteer and local golfer, Ed Griggs, with the name changed to honor Griggs’ memory in 2012.
    Saturday’s tournament is a four-person scramble. Price for participation is $80 per person.
    Several prizes are up for grabs Saturday, including the chance to win a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Sport.
    Last year, with the proceeds from this tournament, the YMCA raised money for 70 youth scholarships for its programs around northern New Mexico.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100. 

  • Gattiker makes top prediction

    Katie Gattiker was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday evening at East Park.
    Gattiker finished just seven seconds off her predicted finish time this week. She nipped Ryan Smeltzer, who was nine seconds off and Ted Romero, who was 19 seconds off.
    Romero was the top finisher on the 3-mile course this week, finishing in a time of 21 minutes, 19 seconds. Paulina Burnside was the top finisher on the long course this week, coming in at 26:07.
    Patricia Burnside was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with her time of 8:21. Jason Waterbury finished in 11:13.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday.
    Race time is 6 p.m.
    This upcoming race, the Powerline Run, will be Tuesday. The race starts at N.M. 4 approximately three miles west of the intersection with Pajarito Road going toward Bandelier National Monument.
    For more information about the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com. 

  • Rangers survive elimination game

    NEW YORK (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist and some soft ice in front of his net kept the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals.
    Lundqvist made 40 saves in the Rangers' 2-1 victory in Game 4 that kept the Los Angeles Kings from a sweep on Wednesday night.
    Twice Los Angeles put the puck on the goal line without getting it all the way across.
    The last came with 1:11 left in the game when Rangers forward Derek Stepan pushed the puck out of danger after it got behind Lundqvist.
    "It's probably the product of moving a lot," Lundqvist said. "I stay deep in the net, so there's a lot of snow there."
    "I thought I had it because I felt the puck, felt like I got a good piece of it on that deflection. I was yelling at the ref to blow the whistle. Then I realized it was behind me for a couple seconds."
    Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis each scored for the Rangers. Los Angeles leads the series 3-1 and will get its second shot to claim the Cup for the second time in three years Friday night at home.
    "We would have liked to finish it tonight, but having the next game back at home, that is where we are comfortable," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said.

  • Sports Briefs 06-12-14

    Football car washes set for Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will hold a pair of fundraising car washes Saturday, one in Los Alamos and one in White Rock.
    The car washes will be from 9 a.m.-noon in both locations. The car wash in Los Alamos will be at Del Norte Credit Union and the car wash in White Rock will be at the Phillips 66 station.
    Donations will be accepted for each car washed.

    PE classes will be at Chamisa School

    Physical education teacher Justin Black will be hosting two sessions of summer physical education classes, the first of which is starting Monday.
    The classes will be at Chamisa School is for kids in grades 1-3.
    The first session will run from Monday through June 19. The second session will be from June 23-26.
    Among the activities planned for the PE classes are disc golf, Dance Dance Revolution on the Xbox and work on coordination skills.
    Price for participation is $45. For more information, contact Black at j.black@laschools.net.

    Pétanque club hosting tourney