Today's Sports

  • Game of the week, Aug. 14-21

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team will kick off the fall sports season with a game full of playoff-seeding importance. Los Alamos will host Farmington at noon Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    Last year, both teams earned a first-round bye for the class 5A state playoffs. Los Alamos was the No. 3 seed and Farmington was the No. 4 seed.
    Farmington, however, beat Los Alamos to start the season, 4-3, in Farmington.
    After losing only two seniors, Los Alamos should be in a good position to do well again this year.
    See Friday’s edition of the Los Alamos Monitor for a complete preview of the soccer team and Sunday’s edition for next week’s top contest, as selected by Sports Editor Cody Olivas.

  • Football team focused on...

    The main goal of Los Alamos’ football team this year is to create a brotherhood, a family on the field.
    In the past there were cliques on the team in different positions and grades.
    This year, the team wants to be one cohesive unit, holding each other accountable and knowing everyone has everyone else’s back.
    “We set up new standards and made a contract that everyone signed,” senior fullback/linebacker Derek Selvage said.
    As of Tuesday, no one had missed practice, Selvage said, which is one of the things they all agreed upon.
    Everyone on the team is also expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    If somebody breaks the contract, they have to face consequences to make amends.
    “We’re holding everyone accountable so there are no slips ups,” senior guard/defensive tackle Nathan Rogers said.
    So far it’s been working.
    “Their attitude is one of the best I’ve seen,” head coach Garett Williams said. “The players are working extra hard on building a united team.”
    The team didn’t start trying to build its brotherhood on Aug. 3, the first official day it could practice this fall, it started building it last school year.

  • Sports Briefs 8-13-15

    Los Alamos sports passes
    Hilltopper fans can be sure they catch all of the action this year by purchasing an all-seasons pass.
    The sports passes for the upcoming school year are currently for sale at the Los Alamos High School Athletics Office and will also be available for purchase at ticket booths at upcoming sporting events.
    The passes are good for all athletic events at Sullivan Field and Griffith Gymnasium. The passes, however, will not be accepted for district and state tournament events.
    All high school students get in free to high school events with their school ID.
    Middle school students get in free to middle school events with their school ID, but not high school events.
    Staff Members with a school ID badge are also admitted free. They may purchase additional passes for immediate family members at reduced prices — first pass $20 and any additional passes $15.
    The price for a family pass, for two adults and two students, is $125.
    One adult pass is $75. A senior citizen pass is $30, or two-for-$50. Students can get a pass for $30. Middle school athletes can get a pass for $15. High school students can get a pass to middle school games for $10.

  • Fishing reported good on the...

    Jemez Waters: Stream flow near Jemez on Monday morning was 36 cubic feet per second (cfs). Fishing on the Jemez was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing on the Cebolla above and below Fenton Lake was very good using orange stimulators, hoppers, worms and salmon eggs for trout.
    Fishing on the Rio Guadalupe was fair to good using worms, caddis and pheasant tail nymphs for brown trout. For information on fishing the Valles Caldera call 1-866-382-5537.
    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, wooly buggers, zonkers and salt craws for smallmouth bass. Most of the bass caught were small. Fishing for walleye was slow to fair using spinner night crawler rigs, minnows and curly tail grubs.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 788 cfs. Access to the river through San Juan County has been closed until further notice due to a toxic spill.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using spinner baits, stick baits, jerk baits and hot dogs for tiger muskies. Fishing was good using hot dogs and liver for catfish.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.

  • Free family fun at outdoor expo

    For people wanting to learn how to catch a fish, shoot a rifle, paddle a kayak, or try their hand at archery, check out the Department of Game and Fish’s annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo, a free family event at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park Aug. 15-16.
    “This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy some fun outdoor activities together,” said Jessica Fisher, shooting program coordinator for the Department of Game and Fish. “And we’ll be teaching folks basic skills that can lead to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment.”
    Shooting ranges staffed by certified instructors await participants wanting to learn or polish skills at .22-caliber rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzleloader or archery events.
    Inside air-conditioned tents, department wildlife biologists will be available to answer questions about wildlife species, hunting and fishing opportunities and more.All equipment for use during the event is provided free.Those interested in fishing will find helpful staff and volunteers on hand to teach the basics of casting, knot tying and the use of bait and lures.

  • LA sports back in action

    Monday was the first day the majority of high school sports teams in New Mexico were allowed to hold their first official practices of the fall season. In Los Alamos, teams took advantage of the first day by working on some fundamentals, building their strength and increasing their flexibility.

  • 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.