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  • Atomic City Update: Decision to cut sports nothing but a quick fix for UNM

    When news came down Thursday afternoon that the University of New Mexico was officially eliminating men’s soccer, beach volleyball and both skiing teams, I had a feeling of disbelief and shock. 

    Now, the news itself didn’t shock me. This has been the expected move for a few months now, ever since the idea of eliminating sports was brought up in April. But for some reason, I always thought the school would eventually see how illogical and unfair the move is. 

    By cutting skiing and soccer, the university is letting go of two of its most successful national sports, teams that compete for championships every year and are highly respected.

    Based on money alone, sure, these moves will help the university. But that seems to be a short sighted and narrow-minded view of things. In my opinion, this move gives UNM a black eye, and will set it back immensely in every sport. 

  • Atomic City Update: Decision to cut sports nothing but a quick fix for UNM

    When news came down Thursday afternoon that the University of New Mexico was officially eliminating men’s soccer, beach volleyball and both skiing teams, I had a feeling of disbelief and shock. 

    Now, the news itself didn’t shock me. This has been the expected move for a few months now, ever since the idea of eliminating sports was brought up in April. But for some reason, I always thought the school would eventually see how illogical and unfair the move is. 

    By cutting skiing and soccer, the university is letting go of two of its most successful national sports, teams that compete for championships every year and are highly respected.

    Based on money alone, sure, these moves will help the university. But that seems to be a short sighted and narrow-minded view of things. In my opinion, this move gives UNM a black eye, and will set it back immensely in every sport. 

  • Atomic City Update: Decision to cut sports nothing but a quick fix for UNM

    When news came down Thursday afternoon that the University of New Mexico was officially eliminating men’s soccer, beach volleyball and both skiing teams, I had a feeling of disbelief and shock. 

    Now, the news itself didn’t shock me. This has been the expected move for a few months now, ever since the idea of eliminating sports was brought up in April. But for some reason, I always thought the school would eventually see how illogical and unfair the move is. 

    By cutting skiing and soccer, the university is letting go of two of its most successful national sports, teams that compete for championships every year and are highly respected.

    Based on money alone, sure, these moves will help the university. But that seems to be a short sighted and narrow-minded view of things. In my opinion, this move gives UNM a black eye, and will set it back immensely in every sport. 

  • Atomic City Update: Decision to cut sports nothing but a quick fix for UNM

    When news came down Thursday afternoon that the University of New Mexico was officially eliminating men’s soccer, beach volleyball and both skiing teams, I had a feeling of disbelief and shock. 

    Now, the news itself didn’t shock me. This has been the expected move for a few months now, ever since the idea of eliminating sports was brought up in April. But for some reason, I always thought the school would eventually see how illogical and unfair the move is. 

    By cutting skiing and soccer, the university is letting go of two of its most successful national sports, teams that compete for championships every year and are highly respected.

    Based on money alone, sure, these moves will help the university. But that seems to be a short sighted and narrow-minded view of things. In my opinion, this move gives UNM a black eye, and will set it back immensely in every sport. 

  • UNM regents approve cutting four sports

    The Board of Regents at New Mexico's flagship university voted Thursday to eliminate four sports teams and make other changes to its troubled athletic department to address persistent budget problems and failures to meet federal gender equity requirements under Title IX.

    University President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Eddie Nunez presented recommendations to cut men's soccer, along with the men's and women's skiing and beach volleyball programs, during a special meeting.

    This decision will have an impact locally on the Southwest Nordic Ski Club, which has had a relationship with the Lobo ski team since the 1980s. As the longest running Nordic ski club in the state, the Los Alamos-based group has worked closely with the athletes from UNM in the past, and the two groups have combined to run programs in the state.

  • Golf association awards scholarships to 6 seniors

    A month after graduating, the scholarships are still pouring in for a few lucky Los Alamos High School students. 

    Last week at the Los Alamos County Golf Course, the Northern New Mexico Senior Golf Association awarded $1,000 scholarships to six students, five of whom were in attendance for the ceremony. 

    The students honored were Sydney Ashford, Caleb Hatler, Radhika Iyer, Junseo Kim, Ben Rees and Tristan Semelsberger. 

    All of the students submitted applications about their involvement in extra-curricular activities and their goals following high school. Out of all the applications submitted, these six students were named some of the best in the state, and were rewarded by the association. 

    Despite the organization awarding the scholarships being about golf, being an avid golfer was not one of the key components of the decision-making process.

    Ashford was a member of key club and was part of the varsity debate club at LAHS, the Hilltalkers. She will attend Wellesley College in the fall to pursue a career in dentistry. Ashford describes herself as a casual golfer. 

  • Aquatomics dominate at VAST June Open

    As the season slowly begins to wind down for the Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team, the results continue to get more and more impressive. 

    At the team’s latest meet, the VAST June Open in Albuquerque, the Aquatomics won more than 25 races between prelims and finals, and had countless top-five finishes across all age groups. 

    As has been the case throughout the season, Ming Lo was one of the top competitors for the Aquatomics, collecting three first-place finishes in finals, and finishing in the top-five in each of his races. 

    He continues to improve throughout the season, dropping 49 seconds in the 400 individual medley. 

    Equally impressive was Fayrouz Mourad, who won two of her races in the finals, and also finished in the top-five of each of her races. 

    Allison Amrani won the 9-10 50-breaststroke and the 10-and-under 100-backstroke. She also finished in the top-five of five other races. 

    Duncan Henderson had seven top-three finishes, including a first-place finish in the 200-freestyle. 

  • McMillan wins Firecracker 5K Fun Run

    More than 200 people kicked off their Fourth of July celebrations at the Firecracker 5K Fun Run, which has become an annual tradition in Los Alamos County. 

    The run, organized by the YMCA, brought together people of all ages. Some were dressed in creative costumes, some ran with their dogs and others rolled strollers through the streets.

    The overall winner of the event was Erik McMillan, from the United Stated Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He finished the run in 17:17.27, and competed in the 18-22 age group. 

    Finishing second overall was Casey White of Los Alamos, who completed the race just six seconds after McMillan. White was competing in the 35-39 age group. 

    Steven Strevell, who finished second last year behind his brother Josh, earned third place at this year’s event with a time of 17:54.77. He ran with his dog Branson, who won the race with Joshua last year. 

    Strevell was joined in the race by several of his teammates on Los Alamos High School’s cross country and track and field teams, including Duncan Fuehne, Elijah Velasquez, Noah Bridgewater, Konstantin Nelson and Norissa Valdez. 

  • Alex Kirk Donates To UNM-LA Summer Program

    Pro basketball player Alex Kirk visited the UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) campus on June 13 to make a $1,000 donation to UNM-LA Community Education’s Summer Program for Youth (SPY). UNM-LA Community Education Program Coordinator Mike Katko said, “With this support from Alex, we will be able to add a component about living a healthy lifestyle to our regular programming.”

    The donation was made from the Alex Kirk Foundation, whose mission is “To raise awareness in our communities, families, schools and local agencies to foster the recognition and growth of physical activity for boys and girls.” 

    A local success story, Alex played basketball for Los Alamos High School and The University of New Mexico Lobos prior to starting his professional career. 

    He has played with the NBA, and for teams in Italy, China and Turkey, and he will return to Alvark Tokyo in Japan for a second season in the fall.

    During the short time he is in his hometown this summer, Alex has awarded three scholarships, sponsored basketball camps in Los Alamos, Española, and Clayton, provided funds to support the local junior golf program and helped refinish the floor of the basketball court at the Española Teen Center.

  • Tough non-district schedule awaits LAHS girls soccer

    With a schedule full of potential playoff teams and rematches from a year ago, the road back to the state championship game will be more challenging than ever for the Los Alamos High School girls’ soccer team. 

    The Hilltoppers will now be competing in District 2-4A, alongside Moriarty, Pojoaque Valley and Taos. 

    None of the teams in LAHS’ previous district, Albuquerque Academy, Capital or Del Norte, are on this year’s schedule, though LAHS and Academy could meet in September at the Albuquerque Academy Tournament. 

    In total, 10 teams on this year’s schedule finished last season with a winning record, and nine teams made the state playoffs. 

    Eight of the games on the schedule are rematches from a year ago, including games against two of the teams LAHS beat in the playoffs in 2017. 

    The season kicks off Aug. 25 at home against Santa Fe Prep, a team that went 15-1-1 last year, with its only loss coming in the Class 4A semifinals, offering an immediate test for the Hilltoppers.