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Today's Sports

  • LAHS coaches, players to lead...

    Registration is now open for the Los Alamos Tennis Clinic, which will be Aug. 7-11.

    The clinic is open to kids between the ages of 4 and 15.

    It will take place on the Mesa Tennis Courts, located behind Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos High School boy’s tennis coach Lloyd Wilton has been running clinics like this one for the past three years, and has seen good participation each time.

    Two years ago, there were about 80 participants, while around 70 kids took part last year.

    Wilton said he expects similar participation this year.

    Another clinic was in June, with around 40 kids participating. Wilton expects around 40 new kids to take part in the August camp.

    LAHS coaches and members of the LAHS tennis teams lead the instruction.

    In fact, assisting with these clinics is required for all members of the tennis teams, according to Wilton.

    “It’s a really great opportunity for the kids to teach what they learn in their own practices, and it’s great for us coaches to see what still needs to get worked on,” he said.

    Kids between the ages of  4 and 8 will be on the tennis courts from 4:30-5:30 p.m. each day, while kids between the ages of 9-15 are on the courts from 5:45-6:45 p.m.

  • Summer volleyball camp to take...

    The 2017 Los Alamos Summer Volleyball Camp will take place the next two weeks inside the Auxiliary Gym at Los Alamos High School.

    The camp is open to elementary and middle school students. No previous volleyball experience is required.

    “Our goal is to help improve their skills and get them interested in playing more volleyball,” Diana Stokes, the head volleyball coach at LAHS, said.

    Instruction will be led by the high school coaching staff, as well as members of both the JV and Varsity teams.

    The camp will be run Monday-Thursday, and July 24-27.

    Activities are tailored to the experience level of the players to reinforce fundamental serving, passing, hitting and defensive skills.  

    The camps introduce new players to the game and challenge players with previous experience.

    Elementary students will be in the gym from 3-4 p.m., while the middle school students will receive instruction from 4:30-6 p.m.

    For elementary students, the camp will cost $35 for one week, and $60 for both weeks.

    The middle school camp will cost $40 for one week, and $70 for both weeks.

    Participants can register either at the door on the first day of the camp, or online at sites.google.com/laschools.net/hilltoppervolleyball/home.

  • Aquatomics dominate final...

    In their final meet before the state championships, several members of the Los Alamos Aquatomics dominated the competition, proving they are ready for the state’s biggest stage.

    The 2017 Duke Last Chance Meet provided swimmers from around the state a final opportunity to record times that would qualify them for the state championship meet.

    Swimmers that had already qualified for the state meet had an opportunity to either improve their times, or simply stay in shape leading up to the biggest competition of the summer season.

    Unlike all other swim meets throughout the season, swimmers competed as individuals rather than as a team.

    No points were awarded to teams, and no awards were handed out. Swimmers were not broken up into age groups for competition, either.

    This was simply an opportunity for swimmers to compete against pre-determined state qualifying times in a time-trial format.

    Many members of the Aquatomics made the trip to Albuquerque for the meet, and four of them walked away with state-qualifying times.

    The top performers for the Aqautomics were Alex and Ian Jaegers, Ming Lo and Konstantin Nelson.

    All four were already qualified for the state competition before the event, but it offered them an opportunity to see how a high-level meet would be run.

  • Fun in the mud

    Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation hosted its Mud Fest Volleyball Tournament last weekend at North Mesa Park.

    A total of 10 teams made up of at least three male and three female participants took to the mud pits for games that followed the general rules of normal volleyball with one major exception.

    “You’re in super thick, knee-high mud that you have to jump in, dive in and slide around in,” said Justin Ramsey, the captain of the Urbanites team, which he organized.

    Ramsey said that although it can be quite difficult to move around in the thick mud, he enjoys being able to dive around all over the court without the risk of injury.

    “You definitely get pretty dirty out there,” Ramsey said. He has now participated in two of these tournaments, though this was his first year as a captain.

    Movement was so difficult in the mud pits, in fact, that participants were encouraged to wrap duct tape around their shoes so there wouldn’t be a risk of losing them in the mud during matches.  

    Although the tournament was set up as a double-elimination, round-robin format leading up to a championship round, Mother Nature had other ideas.

  • Isotopes star named player of...

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Ryan McMahon has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month for June, as announced by the League Office. The award comes just after McMahon’s first month in Triple-A.

    McMahon, 22, paced the PCL in June with 50 hits, 21 extra-base hits, 85 total bases and 14 doubles.  

    The Yorba Linda, Calif. native also finished the month second in the league with a .429 batting average, tied for second with 28 RBI, third with a .726 slugging percentage and fifth with a .457 on-base percentage.

    McMahon recorded a career-best 13-game hitting streak from June 5-19, compiling a .526 batting average (30-for-57) with seven doubles, five home runs, 11 runs scored and 18 RBI during that span. As a result, the PCL named McMahon the Player of the Week for the week of June 12-18.

    This is McMahon’s second Player of the Month award in 2017, taking home the Eastern League’s honor for the month of April.  The infielder hit .375 with eight doubles, four home runs, 20 RBI, scored 12 runs, recorded a .422 on-base percentage and a .675 slugging percentage in 20 games during the month for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats.

  • Summer camps set this week for...

    Sullivan Field will be a busy spot this week as a pair of training camps get kids ready to compete in football and soccer this upcoming school year.

    Both the Topper Football Youth Camp and the LAHS Girls Soccer LEAD Summer Camp will take place on the field this week.

    The football camp will take place both Monday and Tuesday evening, while the soccer camp runs Monday-Thursday with sessions in both the morning and the afternoon.

    Each day during the soccer camp, the girls will take the field starting at 7 a.m. for 90 minutes of action.

    That will be followed by 30 minutes of leadership training, where the participants will learn what it takes to be successful as a future or current member of the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.

    Katie Hopkins, a two-year LAHS varsity starter and incoming Junior, said, “The LEAD Soccer Academy is a great opportunity to work with amazing coaches and current UNM Lobo players, and improve individual and leadership skills. This camp is a perfect way to prepare for the fall soccer season.”

    There will be another session of the camp each day from 3-5 p.m. that will follow the same routine as the morning session.

  • 5K delivers fun on Independence...

    A record 207 people participated in this year’s Firecracker 5K Fun Run, organized by the YMCA.

    The annual Independence Day event brought people – and dogs – of all ages and sizes together for an event that YMCA Sports and Adventure Director Jeremy Smith described as a “great way to kick of the holiday for everyone.”

    Joshua Strevell was the overall top finisher, with a time of 18:46.8. He ran the race with his dog Branson.

    Strevell, who will be a senior at Los Alamos High School this year, said he always enjoys participating in these types of events.

    “I thought it was a great chance to come out and celebrate the Fourth of July,” Strevell said. “Praise God for everything

    I’ve been able to do and accomplish in my life and for our independence.”

    Strevell said that Branson has been running since he was just a puppy, and that he enjoys racing more than anything else.

    “He always insists to be out in the front and be the leader of the race, even when he’s probably not in shape for it,” Strevell said.

    Smith said that it’s always fun to see something unique happen, like a dog finishing at the top of the leader board.

    “That’s pretty fun, that’s great,” Smith said.

  • Derby Dames seeking revenge in...

    The Los Alamos Derby Dames will get a chance to prove whether practice makes perfect as they head to Las Cruces this weekend for a rematch with the Crossroads City Derby Las Santas.

    The team has not competed since May 27, a game which was also against Crossroads City.

    That match did not go well for the Derby Dames, who ultimately fell 325-100. The match took place at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    One thing to consider heading into this rematch is the trouble Los Alamos had with the defensive pressure of the Las Santas.

    On the offensive end, the team struggled to shed blocks, while on the defense the team struggled to contain the opposition’s jammers.

    The bigger, stronger Las Santas proved to be far too much for the less-experienced Derby Dames, who continually tried to push their way through blocks but appeared to be running into a brick wall time and time again.

    As the team treks south, they will be hoping for much different results, with hopes that the previous experience has taught them what it takes to be successful.

    This weekend’s match will take place at the Meerscheidt Recreational Center, the home of the Las Santas.

    Gates will open at 7 p.m., and the match is set to begin at 8 p.m.

  • YMCA ready for Firecracker 5K...

    Uncle Sam will once again make an appearance on the streets of Los Alamos this Fourth of July as the YMCA hosts its annual Firecracker Fun Run and Walk.

    The event starts and ends in the parking lot of the YMCA, located on Iris Street. The run will begin at 8 a.m.

    All kinds of different participants will take part, including runners, walkers, dog walkers, people with strollers and people dressed up in a variety of different costumes, embracing the holiday spirit of the event.  

    A number of prizes will be available at the event, in addition to the 5K, according to the YMCA’s Sports and Adventure Director Jeremy Smith.

    The top male and female finishers will both receive free day passes to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs.

    The top male and female finishers over the age of 60 will both receive gift cards to the Secret City Kitchen.

    The person with the best costume will win free bagels for a year from Ruby K’s Bagel Café.

    New this year will also be a competition for the first stroller to cross the finish line.

    According to Smith, to be eligible, the stroller must have a baby inside. It cannot be an empty stroller and it cannot be carrying a dog or other pet.

    The winner of that competition will win a $50 gift card to Amazon.

  • Aquatomics dominate Nick Nogar...

    Several members of the Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team dominated the competition this past weekend at the 2017 Nick Nogar Memorial Open, continuing a summer-long theme of success.

    Much like in previous meets, standouts for the Aquatomics included Andy Corliss, Sophia Pieck and Owen McLaughlin, as all three were the top point-earners in their age groups.

    Corliss, who competes in the 11-and-12-year-old division, came away victorious in five events.

    Pieck, who competes in the 9-and-10-year-old division, earned first place in four events.

    McLaughlin, who competes in the 8-and-under division, won six of his events.

    The team also had several other top competitors throughout the two-day event.

    Kohynn Young earned the second-highest number of points in the 8-and-under girls division while competing in seven total events.

    Also in the same division, Sophia Saenz and Michelle Lo were top-five point earners.

    In the 9-and-10-year-old girls division, Marlee Katko finished as the second-highest point earner behind Pieck.

    Allison Amrani and Emily McLaughlin were also top-five point earners in the same division.