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  • Young golfers put on a show at Jr. PGA event

    At the Jr. PGA event held at the Los Alamos County Golf Course Friday, the kids in the county showed that the future of golf in this community is in good hands. 

    The boys and girls were split into individual age groups, with competitors as young as 7 years old and as old as 18 years old. 

    The youngest golfers impressed using the Stableford scoring system. In this system of scoring, a player wants to earn as many points as possible on each hole. A player receives one point for a bogey, two points for par, three points for a birdie and four points for an eagle. 

    In the 7-9 boys’ category, Lincoln Hoffer was the winner with 37 points, Michael Velasquez-Saiz was second with 26 points and Quinton Begay was third with 15 points. 

    The 10-12 boys used the same system, with Staton Nash coming out on top with a score of 34. Spencer Nash was second with a score of 29 and Eli Salazar was third with a score of 37. 

    In the 10-12 girls category, Rylee Salome was first with an impressive score of 49 and Anya Parasher was the runner-up with a score of 45. 

  • District 2-4A previews: Pojoaque Valley

    Leading up to the new school year, the Los Alamos Monitor will be previewing the teams in Los Alamos High School’s new district 2-4A. The new district will provide new rivalries, renew old rivalries and continue existing rivalries. The new matchups should provide fun competition throughout the school year.

    One of Los Alamos High School’s new district opponents this year will be the school closest to LAHS: Pojoaque Valley High School. This offers a chance for the two neighboring schools to develop a deeper rivalry than has existed in recent years when the schools were playing periodic non-district games. 

    This year, the biggest rivalry may come from girls’ basketball, which was Pojoaque Valley’s top sport last school year. The team went 23-6 last year, including a convincing 60-27 win over LAHS during the early part of the season. 

    The team appears like it will be strong again this season, losing only three players to graduation in May. Interestingly, the Elkettes lost in the Class 4A semifinals to Moriarty in the state tournament last year, and now the two teams find themselves in the same district heading into this fall. 

  • Atomic City Update: Cutting UNM sports hurts the athletes more than anyone

    Over the past week, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the recent sports cuts at University of New Mexico, trying to think about it from the perspective of the students. For months, we have heard from coaches and parents about what these cuts will do to them, and we have listened to the administration explain their reasoning for making these decisions. 

    But, somehow, I think we have forgotten about the people that this will affect more than anyone: the student-athletes. More so than anyone else, this represents a major life event, one that none of them saw coming. In less than a year, the program they have dedicated their lives to will no longer exist. Sure, some of them will be able to transfer schools and pick up where they left off. But that will not be an option for everyone. 

    Sure, UNM has promised to honor the scholarships of the student-athletes who lose their sports, but that will be a small consolation prize. I have tried to put myself in the shoes of a men’s soccer player, skier or beach volleyball player at UNM, and when I thought about it from that perspective, it’s scary. 

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts golf tournament

    By Isaac Fason

    On July 14 Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region, which covers Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties, held its 7th Annual Drive for Matches Golf Tournament at Los Alamos County Golf Course.

    The purpose of the annual tournament is to help fund the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and allow them to serve children in the community by forming one on one relationships with adult volunteers.

    The main tournament event was a shotgun style start, meaning every group tees off from a different hole at the same starting time.

    The game was also played scramble style, meaning every player in the group tees off but everyone is able to take their next shot from where the best ball lies.

    The event had two categories of scoring: gross score and net score. 

    Gross score is the untouched score from the group, while net score takes into consideration the handicap of players’ scores.

    The first place team for gross score was Eddie Sanchez, Sean Rau, Jacob Benelli and Brad King, and the first place team for net score was Lynne Taylor, Kathy Anderson, Donna Jones and Anna Swertfeger.

  • 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. 

  • 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.