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Today's Sports

  • Fall prep sports approaching,...

    With the fall prep sports season less than a month away, teams around the state are ramping up the energy at their respective practice sessions.
    Among those teams are Los Alamos football, volleyball, boys and girl’s soccer, and boys and girl’s cross country. All the schedules for the fall are also finalized, which means the Hilltoppers know whom they can prepare for in the upcoming season.
    The Los Alamos football team has its eyes set for Aug. 26 - the football season opener. The Hilltoppers will host Pojoaque at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field. It will be the seventh-consecutive season opener between Los Alamos and Pojoaque, with the Hilltoppers winning four of the last six meetings.
    Los Alamos will have two new Class 5A opponents in 2016, Grants (Sept. 9) and Gallup (Sept. 23). District 2-5A play will begin Oct. 8 against Del Norte in Albuquerque and it will continue with a home match-up against new district opponent Albuquerque Academy Oct. 14. The rivalry against Española Valley will be renewed Oct. 28 in Española, and the season finale will be at Sullivan Field against Capital.

  • Game times set for little league...

    The four-day schedule for the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional is set and the top southwestern junior softball teams know who they will face Saturday through Monday at the North Mesa Sports Complex.
    Los Alamos County Little League earned a spot in the regional as the host and will have four games to try to earn a spot in the knockout stage. There are five teams competing in the regional but only four will advance to the knockout stage.
    Los Alamos will open the regional at 10 a.m. Saturday against West Texas (Oil Belt Little League). Los Alamos will play again at noon and will face Louisiana (Vidalia Girls Softball).
    On Sunday, Los Alamos will start the day with a 10 a.m. match-up against East Texas (La Grange Little League). The pool play portion of the regional will end Monday at 10 a.m. with Los Alamos taking on Deming Little League, who is the New Mexico representative.
    In other Saturday games, Louisiana will play East Texas and Deming will face West Texas. On Sunday, Deming will square-up against Louisiana and East Texas, while Louisiana and West Texas will end the action for the day. The two Texas representatives will face-off on Monday.

  • Little League regional coming to...

    North Mesa Sports Complex will be home to the top junior little league softball teams in the Southwest.
    Los Alamos County Little League will host the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional July 23. It’s the first time Los Alamos will host a Little League regional.
    “We found out in January that we would be hosting it,” said Robbie Harris, who’s the softball vice president for Los Alamos County Little League. “We put in the bid in the fall and luckily we were able to get it.”
    The regional includes the state champions from New Mexico, West Texas, East Texas, Colorado and Louisiana. Los Alamos received an automatic bid for hosting the regional, while Deming won the right to represent New Mexico after winning the state championship. Junior Little League softball consists of players ages 13-14.  
    “The great thing is that all teams will get to play atleast five times,” Harris said. “It’s also great that all the little league teams from the area will also be in town to experience it.”
    Harris said North Mesa Park was a better option to host the regional instead of Overlook Park in White Rock. Proximity to concession stands was a factor that Harris detailed as to why North Mesa Park was the better option.

  • Taos Ski Valley announces new CEO

    Taos Ski Valley  announced Thursday that resort industry veteran David Norden has been appointed chief executive officer and will begin work July 25.
    “Taos Ski Valley is evolving into a multi-season resort destination, and as such the executive responsibilities are expanding,” said Taos Ski Valley board member Peter Talty. “David brings superb industry expertise to the ski valley, which will be critical as we prepare for the launch of The Blake hotel this winter and expand our on-mountain opportunities.”
    Norden will oversee all existing Taos Ski Valley resort operations including The Blake, a new slopeside hotel, which is slated to open this winter. Current CEO Gordon Briner will transition to chief operating officer and oversee the ski valley’s core revenue departments including ticketing, the snow sports school, food and beverage, retail and rentals. He will also play a role in planning expanded summer programming that will develop over the next few years.

  • Ealey finishes 7th at Olympic...

    Former Los Alamos High School track and field star Chase Ealey placed seventh at Thursday’s shot put U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
    Ealey’s personal best throw of 18.46 wasn’t enough to send her to Brazil for this summer’s Olympic Games. Only the top-3 finishers received bids to the U.S. Olympic Team.
    In the final round, Ealey also had throws of 17.65 and 17.62. Her 18.46 mark happened on her second attempt of the final round.
    In the qualifying round, Ealey completed an at-the-time personal best throw of 18.10 to atomically qualify for the final round in fourth place.
    Michelle Carter finished in first with a 19.59, while Raven Saunders threw a 19.24 to place second and Felisha Johnson’s 19.23 rounded-out the shot put U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in Rio 2016.
    This was Ealey’s first Olympic Trials after completing a storied career at Oklahoma State where she finished second in the NCAA Division I shot put in 2016.
    At OSU, Ealey became one of the top women track and field athletes in program history. She earned All-American honors in 2015 and earned All-Big 12 honors from 2013-2015.

  • Riders succeed at Pajarito

    The 2016 Pajarito Punishment had a familiar result despite its new way of scoring the race.
    Neal Pederson claimed his second Pajarito Punishment victory after logging in a 2 minute and 30 second ride at last Saturday’s Summerfest. Neal Pederson also helped organize the competition, which was held at Pajarito Mountain.
    “It was really fun,” Neal Pederson said. “We were able to run the course as many times as we wanted to try get the best time possible. That part of the competition is something we didn’t have in the past and it was great to experience that.”  
    At this year’s race, riders used an application to officially score their best times, allowing them to complete the course unlimited amount of times. Neal Pederson said the application saved time and allowed him to compete and organize the race.
    “Usually I don’t have time to be in the race but I was able to because of the app,” Neal Pederson said. “In the past, it was a lot of work just to get timing from officials and it would take an hour to get the results. But now we can get that right away and it also took a lot of the work from putting together the race.”
    The application also added a competitive edge amongst all the riders.

  • Annual ACI draws a crowd

    Los Alamos’ premier Fourth of July golf tournament lived up to the billing this past weekend at the Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course.
    The Annual Atomic City Invitational was filled some of the areas most talented and golf-crazed players. This year’s ACI included a closest to the pins, chipping, putting, long drive and smoking gun competitions.
    The men’s long drive winner was Jason Norman, while Mick Irving claimed the senior and Margot Liberty won the women’s long drive. Larry Rich won the chipping contest, while Bruce Norman finished first in the putting contest. Curtis Norman won the smoking gun contest.
    The invitational also included 13 flights that golfers played in a span of four days.
    Eric Trujillo won the Men Championship flight. Doug Cramer finished first in the Seniors Championship flight.
    Cale Jones was first in the First Men flight, while Phil Pendorf won the First Seniors flight. The Second Men flight was claimed by Brett Kniss and Brodie Anderson won the Senior White Tee Championship flight. Eddie Sanchez claimed the Championship Super Senior flight and Lance Lackas won the Third Men flight. Jason Cox won the Fourth Men flight, while Larry Hults won the First Super Senior flight.
    Chanet Fiorina won the Ladies Championship flight, while Anna Swertfeger won the First Ladies flight.

  • Locals take on YMCA Fun Run

    Hundreds of Los Alamos and out-of-town runners competed in this year’s Los Alamos YMCA Firecracker Run on Monday.
    The 5K included 28 different categories.
    In the men’s nine-and- under category, Tor Leitner of Santa Fe finished first with a 28:15.3.
    Rafael Sanchez of Los Alamos won the men’s 10-13 with a 19:06.9.
    With a time of 20:22.0, Matias Fernandez of Velvarde won the men’s 14-17.
    James Aslam of Los Alamos finished with a 26:10.5 to win the men’s 18-22.
    In the men’s 23-29, Devin Kimball of Colorado Springs, Colorado finished first with the best overall time of 18:04.6.
    Philip Graybill of Los Alamos won the men’s 30-34 by finishing with a 21:54.3.
    A time of 32:42.1 gave Brandon Lattimore first place in the men’s 35-39.
    Stephan Sintay of Los Alamos ran a 21:01.4 to win the men’s 40-44.
    In the men’s 45-49, David Jackson of Santa Fe won by running a 24:02.7.
    Greg Gonzales of Los Alamos won the men’s 50-54 with a 26:54.3.
    Los Alamos native Danny Sorenson won the men’s 55-59 after running a 27:06.3.
    In the men’s 60-64, Mark Bjorklund of Los Alamos won with a 21:37.5.
    Paul Graham of Los Alamos won the men’s 65-69 after running a 26:07.7.

  • LA, Academy in same district

    Los Alamos and Albuquerque Academy will be district foes starting in the 2016 fall prep sports season.
    Last year, the New Mexico Activities Association rearranged classes and districts, including District 2-5A, the home of Los Alamos prep sports. During the shuffle, Academy was placed in District 2-5A, while Bernalillo was removed from the district and was switched to Class 4A.
    The district rearrangement assured that Los Alamos and Academy will compete against each other in every sport. It could also build potential rivalries in numerous sports.
    Starting in the fall, Los Alamos boys and girls cross country could be tested by the Chargers earlier than usual. The Hilltoppers and Chargers are perennial contenders for winning a blue trophy at state meets but now they’ll face each other in district meets.
    Los Alamos and Academy have dominated boys cross country in the past two decades. Since 1997, no other school has won the state championship in the NMAA’s second largest class (according to school enrollment). Academy’s 2015 triumph ended the Hilltoppers’ four-year winning streak.     

  • New technology for Pajarito race

    BY JOSE CORRAL
    lasports@lamonitor.com

    Mountain bike riders only need a smart phone to compete in this year’s Summerfest downhill mountain bike race at Pajarito Mountain.
    For the first time in the event’s history, the downhill mountain bike race will be scored by an application that is accessible on any Android or Apple phone or tablet. The race is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. with riders having the opportunity to complete the course unlimited amount of times until 3 p.m.
    “It’s not a traditional race,” Pajarito Mountain general manager Tom Long said. “I think it’ll be a very unique way at trying to do a citizens race ride without the formality of competitive racing.”
    All competitors will use the BikeParkPRO application to score qualifying runs that will eventually decide the winner of the race. The male and female riders with the fastest times registered by the application will be the winners of the opening summer session at Pajarito.
    Previous years included four categories of riders and on-hand officials for the duration of the race. On Saturday, the race will be divided between two categories, men’s and women’s, and officials won’t be present during runs on the course.