People in the News 01-27-13

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Ealey ranked 32nd in nation at OSU

Former Los Alamos High School star track and field athlete Chase Ealey, one of the most dominant performers in school history, is starting her collegiate career off with a bang.
Ealey, a freshman at Oklahoma State University, has won three consecutive shot put events for the OSU Cowboys as they are starting their indoor season.
In the Jan. 19 Wildcat Invitational, hosted by Kansas State (Manhattan, Kan.), Ealey eclipsed her personal best throw in the shot put with a mark of 51 feet, 10 inches. That throw, which was not only one of the top 25 in the country at that point, placed her second in OSU school history for women’s shot put.
Currently, Ealey is the 32nd-ranked thrower among Division-I competitors. She is one of eight members of the Cowboys program with a national ranking.
Ealey graduated LAHS in 2012 as one of the most decorated athletes in school history. Individually, she won four consecutive 100 meter titles, along with two state championships in shot put and javelin. She was the Class 4A high-point athlete in both 2011 and 2012.

Paige named region’s Coach of Year

Local youth soccer coach Mark Paige was named the Coach of the Year for the western region of U.S. Youth Soccer, according to a press release.
Paige, who coached the White Rock Galaxy U12 recreational team last season, has been active with the Los Alamos Youth Soccer League for the past three years.
Team parents, led by Larry Collins, along with LAYSL president Ann Cernicek and Chamisa Elementary School principal Debbie Smith, contacted U.S. Youth Soccer on Paige’s behalf.
Prior to joining LAYSL, Paige was a coach for the Pojoaque Valley Soccer League for eight years.
Award presentation was done at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America youth soccer convention held in Indianapolis earlier this month.

Coffelt to umpire in LLLWS

Local sports official Kerry Coffelt has accepted an invitation to umpire at the 2013 softball Little League World Series.
The LLWS’s senior softball division, will have its tournament Aug. 4-10 in Lower Sussex, Del. Coffelt has called LLWS softball in the past and often coordinates clinics for local and regional umpires.
“It is my prestigious honor and privelege to be asked again to help with such a great program,” Coffelt said in an email. It will be my pleasure to serve my league, district, state and region at this time.”
Along with his 30 years of umpiring experience, Coffelt is also the referee and crew chief of Los Alamos’ football officials.

Squirts take 2nd in Colorado

The Los Alamos Hockey Association’s Squirts (9-10 age division) finished second at a tournament in Gunnison, Colo., last weekend.
LAHA finished the tournament with a record of 3-3-1, playing seven games in two days, including four on Sunday. LAHA advanced in direct elimination to play host Gunnison, the No. 1 seed, for the championship, but lost in the final round 7-4.
The Squirts won the first trophy for LAHA at the Gunnison tournament since 2010.