Today's Sports

  • Pajarito announces Winter...

    Resort officials announced that Pajarito Mountain Ski Area will kick off its winter ski season on “White Friday,” Nov. 25, for the second consecutive year. Crews are already prepping the mountain for opening day.
     Pajarito’s mountain team continues to improve the ski area’s snowmaking system to support opening day and provide a great skier experience throughout the season.  Pajarito is automating the pump house, which will allow the resort to make more snow, and improve the efficiency, while providing more consistent snowmaking efforts.  Pajarito expanded its weir system to collect additional water for snowmaking efforts. These improvements will provide guests with enhanced snow quality and an overall better skiing experience all season. Snowmaking at Pajarito typically begins in early November.
     “We’re looking forward to another fantastic snowmaking season and building upon what we accomplished last year,” stated Tom Long, general manager for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. “The improved snowmaking system will assist us with making snow on a more consistent basis, and allow us to open the day after Thanksgiving for the second consecutive year.”

  • Eight to be in LAPS Athletics...

    Eight of Los Alamos Public Schools Athletic Department’s most culminating contributors will be honored on Sept. 16.
    LAPS Athletics announced it’s third Hall of Fame class. Inducted in this year’s class are Tom Brown, John McHale, Bill Myers, Sally Shockey, Mike Upham, Seth Littleton, Kevin Pederson and Rocky Polk.
    The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at LAHS. The event will open to the public and tickets will be available at the LAHS Athletics office for $25. The Inductees will also be invited to join LAHS Athletics in the Homecoming pep rally and parade on Sept. 16.
    Brown was inducted after coaching a spew of prep sports at LAHS.
    McHale is a long-time sports photographer who has been photographing for the Monitor for almost 30 years. McHale is also a founding member of the Los Alamos Sports Association (LASA).
    Myers competed for LAHS as a basketball player from 1973-1976.
    Shockey was one of the longest tenured coaches in LAHS volleyball history and led the Hilltoppers to numerous postseason appearances.
    Upham is still recalled as one of the top swimmers in Los Alamos History. Upham still garners the LAHS record in the 100 and 200m freestyle.

  • Summer of sports in LA

    Calendars have turned to August, which means the end of summer is nearing and so are summer sports.
    The last few months were filled with exuberant tournaments, games and events that brought out the best in numerous athletes affiliated with Los Alamos.
    From the crest of Pajarito Mountain to Tracktown USA in Eugene, Oregon, the talent of Los Alamos athletes was put on display and it resulted in formidable success.
    The Summer of 2016 began with the annual Summerfest, which is used to celebrate the beginning of summer season at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.
    Like in years past, the mountain bike event,  Pajarito Punishement, was one of the top obligations at Summerfest.
    However, this year was different as competitors used an application to keep track of their time and to ultimately decided the winner. A father and two siblings stole the show at this summer’s race, as Neal Pederson finished in first, while his son Benjamin Pederson finished third and daughter Michelle Pederson placed fifth. Neal logged in a winning-time of 2 minutes and 30 seconds at the rigid trails of Pajarito Mountain.

  • Endurofest set for Saturday

    Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is gearing up for its second summer festival of the season, Los Alamos Endurofest.
    The third annual Endurofest is schedule for Saturday and Sunday, with mountain biking beginning at 9 a.m. both days. Compared to Pajarito’s first summer festival, Endurofest focuses more on riders competing in the mountain biking course.   
    Day one’s biking will include four stages of 2,500 feet of climbing and 5,500 feet of descending, while day two includes 1,800 feet of climbing and 4,000 feet of descending in the rigorous trails of Pajarito.  

  • Lopez, Miller finish 1st in LA...

    Silvio Lopez, of Santa Fe, was the first competitor to cross the finish line on Saturday at the 42nd Annual Los Alamos Triathlon. Lopez finished with an elapsed time of 1:03:35.02 to also win the 40-44 age group. He tallied a 35:06.61 bike ride, a 6:13.08 swim and completed the race with a 20:19.84 run.      
    Los Alamos native Liz Miller was the top-female finisher with an elapsed time of 1:09:56.07. She also finished third overall in the 30-34 age group. Miller’s bike ride was a 39:.15.00, while her swim was a 7:03.62 and her run was a 21:17.44.
    Other top age group finishers were as followed:
    Quinn Abfalterer, elapsed time - 1:07:19.21
    Jonah Haefner, elapsed time - 1:11:38.56
    Logan Ott, elapsed time - 1:09:18.76
    Miguel Perez, elapsed time - 1:06:42.99
    Shane Treadaway, elapsed time - 1:04:33.13
    Mike Engelhardt, elapsed time - 1:07:12.40
    Mary Uhl, elapsed time - 1:14:59.09
    Mike Slattery, elapsed time - 1:10:10.71`
    Dave Gaukler, elapsed time - 1:21:24.69
    Laurence Goddard, elapsed time - 1:12:10.56
    Esther Brunette, elapsed time - 1:21:55.51

  • Honors roll in before Olympics

    Former University of New Mexico cross country and track & field standout Courtney Frerichs claimed a pair of Mountain West awards on Wednesday as the conference named her Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year.
    Frerichs, a native of Nixa, Missouri, had a stellar 2015-16 campaign in cross country and track & field for the Lobos, guiding the UNM women’s cross country team to its first national title last November before winning the NCAA title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in record time in June.
    She also shined in the classroom, compiling a 4.16 GPA and MW Academic All-Conference and MW Scholar-Athlete honors as she pursued a master’s degree in community health organization.
    While at UNM, Frerichs ran to two national titles in one year, winning a team title and an individual title as a Lobo.
    She helped the UNM women’s cross country to its first national title in November, taking fourth place overall as the highest finisher in program history.
    After sitting out the indoor season, Frerichs continued to shine outdoors, twice running under 9:30 in the steeplechase before capping her collegiate career by setting the NCAA record at the NCAA Championships.

  • Cox, D’Avanzo named preseason...

    A pair of senior defensive leaders, linebacker Dakota Cox and defensive lineman Nik D’Avanzo, were named preseason All-Mountain West in a vote by members of the league’s media. It marked the fourth time in Bob Davie’s five seasons at the University of New Mexico that he has had a pair of players on the preseason list.
    However, it’s a little different as UNM has two defensive players selected for the first time since the 2010 season when Carmen Messina and Jonathan Rainey were both named to the team.  While both Cox and D’Avanzo are seniors, neither have redshirted in their careers.
    Only San Diego State has more players on the defensive side, with three. Cox is looking to become the first player in school history to lead the team in tackles in all four of his seasons.  Both Cox and D’Avanzo were named honorable mention All-MW last year in a vote of the league’s coaches.

  • Talents gleam in North Mesa

      The opportunity to play against the southwest’s top junior softball talent will benefit Los Alamos Little League, despite going winless last weekend.
    Los Alamos hosted the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional last Saturday through Tuesday at the North Mesa Sports Complex. The regional included Texas West (Oil Belt Little League), Texas East (La Grange Little League), Louisiana (Vidalia Girls Softball), Deming, who was the New Mexico representative and Los Alamos, who earned a bid for hosting the regional.
    Texas East won the regional on Tuesday to advance to the Little League World Series.
    The host battled but went winless
    Los Alamos began the regional on Saturday by falling to Texas West 9-1. Texas West got the scoring started by tallying three runs in the first innings and Los Alamos answered with one run in the bottom of the first. Texas West added two more runs in the second to lead 5-1. Los Alamos missed a prime opportunity to get back into the game when it left a runner stranded on third base in the bottom of the fifth. Texas West put the game out of reach with three runs in the sixth.

  • 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.