• Tour de LA returns for 42nd year

    One of Los Alamos’ featured summer events is returning for yet another season.
    The 2014 Tour De Los Alamos will be June 8. The tour features a 27-mile loop going from the Back Gate down N.M. 4 to White Rock and back up to Los Alamos via the Truck Route.
    Registration is underway online and in-person registration can be done at Los Alamos National Bank’s lobby the evening before the race. Registration may also be done at the race’s start between 6:30-7:30 a.m. in downtown Los Alamos.
    Pre-event registration is $25, while day-of registration is $45.
    Online registration can be done at bikereg.com.
    For more information or to volunteer to help on race day, contact Dave Zerkle at dczerkle@msn.com. 

  • Mang is N.M.'s Player of Year

    Another big award for the top Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball player has come rolling in.
    Los Alamos’ Jared Mang, who helped the Hilltoppers advance to the Class 4A state quarterfinal round this season, earned the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for the state of New Mexico.
    Mang is an infielder and starting pitcher for Los Alamos. He has been the Hilltoppers’ marquee player since joining the team as an eighth grader in the 2011 season.
    With that honor, he becomes the first Los Alamos ballplayer to earn that title.
    Mang was recently named the District 2-4A Player of the Year, his third such title in four years with the Hilltoppers.
    Along with helping Los Alamos to a 22-7 record in 2014, one of the best won-loss marks in school history, Mang hit .605 at the plate with a pair of home runs and knocked in 44 runs. He slugged a whopping .926 and stole 21 bases on the year.
    On the mound, he posted a record of 8-2 and had a 1.01 ERA to go along with 42 strikeouts in 55-2/3 innings pitched.

  • Mang is Player of Year for N.M.

    Los Alamos infielder and pitcher Jared Mang was named the Player of the Year by the Gatorade company today, it was announced.
    Mang, the Hilltoppers’ star player, became the first player from Los Alamos to receive the award, which has been given out annually for 29 seasons. He is now eligible for the National Player of the Year Award.
    This season, Mang hit .605 with 2 home runs and knocked in 44 runs. He had a whopping slugging percentage of .926.
    On the mound, he went 8-2 with a 1.01 ERA and struck out 42 batters.

  • Sports Briefs 05-27-14

    Athletic Night is tonight at LAHS

    Los Alamos High School will host Athletic Night tonight at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Athletic Night is for incoming freshmen interested in participating in high school sports for the 2014-15 academic year or for incoming eighth graders interested in trying out for high school programs.
    The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Areas of discussion will include summer workout information for fall sports.

    Football team serving breakfast Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will host a waffle breakfast Saturday at the Los Alamos Masonic Lodge.
    The waffle breakfast will be from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Waffles with fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverage will be served.
    Price the breakfast is $7 for adults, $3 for kids 6 and under.
    Proceeds will go to benefit the football program.

    Track to be closed starting June 5

    The Sullivan Field track will be closed from June 5-20, Los Alamos High School announced Friday.
    The MONDO track surface will be cleaned and repaired during that time, according to a press release from LAHS.
    No field or track users will be allowed onto Sullivan Field during the closure. For more information, call the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531.

    Soccer camps will be in Los Alamos, White Rock

  • Kirk working out for Bulls this week

    With just about a month to go before the NBA draft, former Los Alamos Hilltopper center Alex Kirk is going to be making his rounds.
    Kirk, a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School and one of the most recruited basketball players in school history, took off from Florida Sunday on his way to Chicago. Kirk, who has been training in Florida, will work out this week for the Chicago Bulls’ club.
    Following his visit to Chicago, Kirk also has stops planned for Indiana and Philadelphia to work out for those clubs, too.
    The NBA draft is set for June 26.
    Kirk played his college ball for the University of New Mexico. In his four seasons there, he became among the school’s all-time career leaders in rebounds and blocked shots and, in the final game of the Mountain West Conference tournament in March, became a member of UNM’s 1,000-point club.
    Following the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Kirk decided to forego his last year of college eligibility and enter his name for the draft, procuring a sports agent shortly after making his decision.
    Chicago is an interesting spot for Kirk to visit. Not only did the Bulls make the NBA playoff field this season, it was also the home for several seasons for another premier UNM big man, Luc Longley, who played with the team between the 1993-1998 seasons.

  • Hemez finishes career with a bang

    ALBUQUERQUE – For a long time, it’s been hard to top the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in distance events. That didn’t change last weekend, either.
    And while the Hilltoppers have had a strong distance corps season after season, the 2013-14 season was all about Colin Hemez.
    Hemez, who was among the elite runners in the state coming into his senior year, didn’t disappoint. And he finished his career at Los Alamos High School with a bang.
    Going up against one of his oldest, toughest rivals in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters, Hemez got the best of Kevin Wyss of Albuquerque Academy to take both titles at the May 16-17 Class 4A state championship meet. Hemez nipped Wyss for the 3,200 championship May 16 – a big part of the reason the Hilltoppers actually held the lead in team points for much of the meet – then held off a challenge from Wyss when he tried to turn the tables in the May 17 1,600 meters.
    “When I look back on my track and cross country career, that’s going to be what I remember, those head-to-head battles,” Hemez said. “Working against each other, playing off each other, training for each other. That’s what we remember.”

  • Sports Briefs 05-25-14

    Soccer camps set for early June

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer program is hosting a camp for boys and girls ages 3-9.
    The camp has two sessions. The first is set for June 9-13 at Urban Park and the second is June 16-20 at Rover Park.
    Price for participation is $35 for one session or $50 for both sessions. Registration deadline for the first session is June 2.
    For more information or to download registration forms, visit laschools.net/athletics. Forms are also available at Los Alamos National Bank or by contacting Marsha Parker at 672-1558 or emailing her at pkrmass1@byu.net.

    Track to close for maintenance

    The Sullivan Field track will be closed from June 5-20, Los Alamos High School announced Friday.
    The MONDO track surface will be cleaned and repaired during that time, according to a press release from LAHS.
    No field or track users will be allowed onto Sullivan Field during the closure. For more information, call the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531.

    Youth hoops camp registration is open

  • Trail Runs Underway

    The half-marathon runners took off from the start of the Jemez Mountain Trail run at 8 a.m. Saturday from the Los Alamos Posse Lodge.

    The JMTR event includes a half-marathon, 50K and 50-mile event. The 50-milers took off at 5 a.m. Saturday.

  • Ealey places sixth at Big 12 championship

    Former Los Alamos track and field star Chase Ealey finished sixth in the shot put at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship meet last weekend.
    Ealey, a sprinter and thrower who graduated in 2012, led Los Alamos to four consecutive state team titles, competes as a thrower for Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
    At the Big 12 championships, Ealey finished with a throw of 51 feet, 1 inch, to take sixth place in the meet.
    Ealey is a sophomore with the Cowboys. As a freshman, she recorded the best throw in Oklahoma State history, going 52-6 in the event.
    For her finish last weekend, Ealey earned an All-Big 12 honor.

  • Senior men's golf results, May 6-7

    Here are the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament results from May 6 and May 7.

    UNM Championship Course, May 6

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Bob Bittner, Albuquerque, 73.
    Second low gross: Mike Barela, Santa Fe, 77.
    First low net: Ronne Mercer, Albuquerque, 71.
    Second low net: George Keloff, Monte Vista, Colo., 71.

    First flight

    First low gross: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, 78.
    Second low gross: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 83.
    First low net: Thomas Vigil, Dulce, 86.
    Second low net: Maurice Bonal, Santa Fe, 70.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Dale Crumpton, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 84.
    Second low gross: Gilbert Romero, SantaFe, 85.
    First low net: David Lambert, Gallup, 66.
    Second low net: Bruce Dickinson, Albuquerque, 69.

    Third flight

    First low gross: Don Holifield, Santa Fe, 88.
    Second low gross: Herman Gallegos, Pecos, 89.
    First low net: Phil Allen, Gallup, 68.
    Second low net: Leonard Chavez, Santa Fe, 70.
    Third low net: Larry Hults, Los Alamos, 70.

    Fourth flight