• Football team to host 7-on-7

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will host a 7-on-7 competition Thursday.
    The 7-on-7 games are part of the Hilltoppers’ summer workouts. The primary purpose of the contests are to work on teams’ passing offenses.
    It is set for 6 p.m. at Los Alamos Middle School. The event was originally supposed to be at Sullivan Field, but that facility is currently closed for the cleaning and maintenance of the track.

  • ABA, LA Blast win baseball tourneys

    A pair of club baseball teams performed well at recent tournaments.
    The 17-and-under team from the Albuquerque Baseball Academy picked up a win in a tournament held at Peoria, Ariz., earlier this month.
    The team, which features local players Connor Mang and Jared Mang of Los Alamos, as well as Korwin Mueller of Santa Fe, won the 18-and-under tournament, known as the Four Corners Classic.
    Also, the LA Blast baseball team won the 12-and-under division of the New Mexico State Baseball tournament this past weekend.
    Players on that team include Jacob Benelli, Bryson Ballew, Logan Bishop, Antonio Gonzalez, Ty Swavely, Sammy Castille, Luc Chavez, Jacob Castille, Hunter Swavely, Walker Eaton and Luke Kirkland.

  • Foursome takes top honors at tourney

    The team of Eddie Sanchez, Steve Sanderson, Barbara Schmitt and Ev Griggs won Saturday’s Strong Kids Classic golf tournament, hosted by the local YMCA.
    The YMCA hosted its annual tournament, which was renamed to honor the memory of Ed Griggs, longtime Y volunteer and avid golfer.
    The tournament was played at Los Alamos Golf Course. In all, 17 teams took part.
    Sanchez, Sanderson, Schmitt and Griggs posted a score of 57, which was 2 strokes better than the team of Mike Chiacchia, Ellen Stallings, Drew Martinson and Tami Martinson. Finishing in third place was the team of Chris Grimmer, Darren Grimmer, Brad Haddad and Mike Ciddio, which shot a 62 in the scramble format tournament.
    The annual event netted $14,000 for Y program scholarships. The Strong Kids program aids youth around Northern New Mexico.

  • Isotopes earn split with Zephyrs

    The Albuquerque Isotopes used a big first inning to gain some offensive momentum, then cruised the rest of the way as they defeated New Orleans in their series finale Monday.
    The Isotopes put their first five hitters aboard in the bottom of the first to push across four runs against the Zephyrs. That set the tone for a big 11-1 victory Monday at Isotopes Park.
    That game was the finale of both that series and Albuquerque’s homestand.
    Joc Pederson and Alex Liddi both had RBI hits in the opening inning and Mike Baxter drove in Clint Robinson with a sacrifice fly.
    Albuquerque tacked on two more runs in the second inning and had two runs each in the fifth and sixth.
    In its previous two games of the series, both won by New Orleans, the Isotopes combined for just four runs.
    The homestand was a rough one for the Isotopes (32-39). After winning two straight road series prior to returning to Albuquerque, the Isotopes were swept by Round Rock and dropped 2 of 3 to New Orleans (38-33) before Monday’s win.
    Sunday’s 6-3 loss put Albuquerque at a season-worst eight games under .500.
    In the series finale, Robinson and Liddi both finished 3-for-4. Robinson had a 2-run home run in the sixth and Liddi drove in a pair of runs.

  • Soft Toss

     A total of eight teams took part in this weekend’s La Mesa Petanque Club tournament. Petanque, is a European game similar to bocce ball. Courts were recently built at Urban Park to host games.
    The tournament was won by the trio of Todd Haagenstad, Ken Thompson and Christopher Descarpentries, which played in the concours division. In the consulate division, the winners were Steve Ferg, Harvey Haagenstad and Wally Lopez.

  • Shaylene Stephens to Compete at National Championships

    Shaylene Stephens wasn’t looking forward to getting up to catch an early flight to Newark, N.J. But she could hardly wait to get there and get going for her national bowling competition.
    Stephens, the top local Special Olympian, was selected to represent New Mexico at nationals this week.
    She was one of four athletes invited to take part in the bowling competition, which gets going Monday morning in New Jersey.
    She will be competing in singles, doubles and team bowling this week, along with a pair of athletes from Las Cruces and another from Albuquerque.
    Along with bowling, Stephens competes in several other sports, including basketball, soccer and swimming.
    Stephens said heading to nationals was a pretty big deal for her.
    “It’s getting to see a different part of the county, getting to see some friends that might be there that I met when I went in 2007 to the World Games,” she said. “Maybe I’ll get to see some old coaches and stuff.”
    Stephens got to go to the World Games in Beijing, China, just months before the Olympic Games were held there in 2008 and said she was amazed by the Olympic Village there — the Beijing Games are considered some of the most successful Olympics ever held.

  • PE, hoops camps start Monday

    A pair of camps get going this week at Chamisa Elementary School, courtesy of physical education teacher Justin Black.
    Black will host his annual PE camps and youth basketball camps starting Monday and continuing through June 26.
    The PE camp consists of several different activities, including “Dance Dance Revolution” and using scooters. The primary goal of that camp is to get students engaged in physical activity instead of lounging around all summer.
    Those camps are for kids in grades 1-6, with the older students’ camp running from 8:30-10 a.m. and the younger kids from 10-11:30 a.m.
    For the basketball camps, students in grades 3-8 may take part. Those are in the afternoons at Chamisa School and students with higher skill levels go from 5-6:30 p.m.
    Price for participation is $45 per week per student. For more information, email Black at j.black@laschools.net.

  • Sports Briefs 06-15-14

    YMCA’s annual Firecracker 5K race set for July 4

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its annual Firecracker 5K July 4.
    Registration is open for the event, which will start at 8 a.m. in front of the YMCA’s facility on Iris Street.
    Along with the race, there will also be various contests, including a costume contest and dog jog competition.
    Price for participation is $20 for YMCA members, $30 for nonmembers and $10 for youth 14 and under.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100 or visit laymca.org.

    Fundraising breakfast will benefit Aquatomics

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club will host a fundraising waffle breakfast June 21 at the Masonic Lodge in Los Alamos.
    The menu for the breakfast includes waffles with fruit topping, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverage. Price is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children 6 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Aquatomics program.

    Volleyball tourney is June 28

  • Sports Briefs 06-13-14

    Football car washes set for Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will hold a pair of fundraising car washes Saturday, one in Los Alamos and one in White Rock.
    The car washes will be from 9 a.m.-noon in both locations. The car wash in Los Alamos will be at Del Norte Credit Union and the car wash in White Rock will be at the San Ildefonso Phillips 66 station.
    Donations will be accepted for each car washed.

    Fundraising breakfast is June 21

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club will host a fundraising waffle breakfast June 21 at the Masonic Lodge in Los Alamos.
    The menu for the breakfast includes waffles with fruit topping, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverage. Price is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children 6 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Aquatomics program.

    Summer PE classes will be at Chamisa School

    Physical education teacher Justin Black will be hosting two sessions of summer physical education classes. The classes will be at Chamisa School is for kids in grades 1-3.
    The first session will run from Monday through June 19. The second session will be from June 23-26.
    Price for participation is $45. For more information, contact Black at j.black@laschools.net.

    La Mesa Pétanque Club hosting tourney

  • Downs is on 4A-5A North All-Star team

    Los Alamos baseball standout Jake Downs is scheduled to play the North-South big school All-Star series, which gets going today.
    Downs, one of the key cogs for the Hilltoppers during their big 2014 season, was selected last month for the All-Star team.
    He was the only player from District 2-4A to make the North roster.
    For much of the season, Downs hit in the No. 2 slot for Los Alamos, helping set the table for the powerful top of the Hilltopper lineup. He supported the Hilltoppers as they scored a whopping 148 runs in 12 district games this season.
    Downs was a pitcher and infielder for his career at Los Alamos. He graduated from the program in May.
    The All-Stars from around the state are selected from the top graduating seniors. Selections are made by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    Downs is the second Hilltopper to be named to an All-Star series so far this summer. Kiana Zerr of Los Alamos’ softball program made the North All-Star team — that series was last weekend in Farmington.
    Last season, Los Alamos went 22-7 and clinched its sixth consecutive 2-4A title. Los Alamos advanced to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs, but was knocked out in that round by the Goddard Rockets.