Sports Update

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By Mike Cote

LAMS teams fall to St. Mike’sThe Los Alamos Middle School Hawk girls basketball teams dropped a pair of contests at St. Michael’s Tuesday.The Hawk seventh-graders fell to St. Michael’s Horsemen 14-7, while the Hawk eighth-graders dropped a 29-26 decision.In the seventh-grade contest, LAMS couldn’t find the basket against St. Mike’s, but the defense held the Horsemen down to keep it in the contest.McKenna Schoonover had five points for the Hawks, and Cristina Perez finished with two points.In the eighth-grade game, the Hawks had chances to win the game but couldn’t convert their free throws.Chase Ealey finished with a career-high 13 points for LAMS, and Jen Paul picked up five points. Katie Hemphill finished with four, while Marissa Higdon and Jenna Ortiz had two points apiece.

Los Alamos players selected for rugby All-Star GameFive girls from Los Alamos played in the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union under-19 All-Star Game.Selection for the squad from Los Alamos included Liz Dinkel, Kelly Matzke, Rachel Brown, Michelle Dinkel and Sidney Provan. The first two are seniors and the other three are sophomores at Los Alamos High School.“It was great to play in the All-Star game,” Michelle Dinkel said. “The season is just over and I already miss playing rugby, I have really enjoyed playing with the fantastic girls on the Team of Enchantment.”Eastern Rockies Rugby Union consists of teams from Colorado and the Team of Enchantment from New Mexico, which the Los Alamos girls played for. The Los Alamos girls joined with players from Summit High School, Chaparral High School and Highlands Ranch High School from Colorado. They squared off against Douglas County, Ft. Collins, Thunder Ridge High School and Regis High School, also from Colorado.Liz Dinkel scored a tri in the game, and Matzke made several good tackles helping the White Team to the lead in the first half of the match. The Blue Team would come back in the second half to tie the match, which ended with a score of 31-31.“What made the All-Star game special was that we were able to play rugby with the best players in the league, and some great people,” Matzke said. “It was a great way to end my senior year of rugby.”In addition to being selected to play in the All- Star game, Liz Dinkel was also honored by being named to the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union league’s first All-State Team.“It’s a true honor of being the best at your position,” Summit High coach Karl Barth saidAll the girls want to thank their coach Lyle Shay for his dedication and instruction. They stated that he has helped them become much better rugby players and to enjoy the game even more. Shay wants anyone interested in playing rugby to contact him at 310-4522 for more information about the team.

Mountain Club swim team formingThe Mountain Club, a newly-sanctioned USA Swimming club in Los Alamos, is looking for interested participants.According to a press release, the Mountain Club’s mission is “to build the most competitive swim club in the Los Alamos through teamwork and individual excellence; to teach swimmers to gain confidence, discipline, commitment and sportsmanship; and to encourage parents to be involved in the development of children.”The team is coached by Anna Zhang.For more information, call Zhang at 662-1900 after 8 p.m.

R/C race set for SundayThe Northern New Mexico Radio Controlled Car Club will hold an indoor race at Mountain School Sunday.The race will run from 2-5 p.m. and will include 1/18th, 1/12th and 1/10th scale on-road cars.For more information, call 672-3072 after 5 p.m. or visit RCNM.net on the Internet.