• Sports Briefs 08-16-13

    Football team serving waffles Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is hosting a fundraising waffle breakfast Saturday.
    The breakfast will be at the Masonic Lodge, 1401 N. Sage Loop. Breakfast, which includes waffles with fruit topping, sausage, bacon and beverage, will be served from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
    Price for the breakfast is $7 per adult, $3.50 for those 6 and under. Proceeds will benefit Los Alamos’ football program.

    Youth soccer registration open through Monday

    Registration is still open for the Los Alamos Youth Soccer League 2013 fall season.
    Interested players can either participate in the recreational or tournament division. Recreational players have two days of practice and one game per week, while the tournament division plays in two to four tournaments outside Los Alamos County and scrimmages with teams from Santa Fe and Albuquerque on a regular basis.
    Registration for the LAYSL season is open through Monday.
    For more information, email Stacey Gartz at registrar@laysl.org or visit the league’s website, laysl.org.

    Golf tourney to benefit baseball, softball

  • Hilltoppers ranked No. 13 in first poll

    It’s not even two weeks into the official New Mexico football preseason, but MaxPreps.com has already thrown its two cents in to determine the top teams in Class 4A.

    The first preseason New Mexico prep football rankings were released by MaxPreps Wednesday, and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers are starting at right about the same spot they finished the 2012 season.

    The Hilltoppers are ranked No. 13 in the first Class 4A polls, right smack dab in the middle of the 25 4A football teams.

    Los Alamos finished the 2012 season with a record of 6-4 and was second in the District 2-4A title race behind Santa Fe. Los Alamos was just squeezed out of the playoffs last season — it was between the Hilltoppers and the Roswell Coyotes for the 12th and final postseason at-large bid, but it was given to the Coyotes.

    In the preseason power rankings, Los Alamos finished with a rating of zero, putting it in a dead heat with Del Norte and Valencia.

    By contrast, the preseason No. 1 in the MaxPreps rankings, Goddard, had a rating of 46.8, while No. 25 team Chaparral had a rating of -40.7.

    Goddard is the defending 4A champ heading into this season. It defeated Los Lunas 17-14 last year’s state title game.

  • Kirk, Ortiz earn sports media honor

    Few athletes managed to grab the attention of fans during the 2012-13 academic year like Erin Kirk. She certainly grabbed the attention of the media.
    Erin Kirk was named the female Athlete of the Year by the Los Alamos Sports Association. She was awarded a plaque and a T-shirt to commemorate her pick as the top athlete at Los Alamos High School during her senior year.
    LASA is an informal group made up of members of the Los Alamos sports media, which includes KRSN AM 1490’s sports announcers Gene Mortensen, Rick Picard, Mike Katko, station co-owner David Sutton and John McHale and Mike Maez-Cote of the Los Alamos Monitor.
    LASA plans to make the Athlete of the Year award an annual event to recognize LAHS’ top senior sports performers.
    Kirk was recognized at a ceremony Monday at De Colores restaurant.
    The male Athlete of the Year selection for the 2012-13 season was Arnoldo Oritz, although Ortiz didn’t attend Monday’s ceremony.
    Ortiz was the only four-sport athlete at Los Alamos last year. He was the top rusher on the Hilltopper football team in the fall, a third-place finisher at the state tournament in wrestling and a starter for the hockey team in the winter, and competed in track and field during the spring.

  • Semipro ball strikes out

     The prospects of Los Alamos hosting a semiprofessional baseball team for the 2014 season appear to have whiffed.

    Andrew Dunn, president of the Pecos League, an independent baseball league with six clubs in New Mexico, told the Los Alamos Monitor Tuesday he’d received an email from Los Alamos County that it would not be interested in housing a team here.

    The Pecos League, which has eight teams under its umbrella, including teams from Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas, had expressed interest in Los Alamos as a potential site for a proposed ninth team, as it geographically it would’ve been a good fit with the teams in northern New Mexico.

    Dunn sent an email to several local contacts last month trying to assess the interest Los Alamos might have in the league. Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers got back to Dunn saying county officials would certainly look into the prospect.

    However, Dunn received an email earlier this month from deputy county manager Brian Bosshardt saying thanks but no thanks.

  • Triathlon returns for 39th running

    One of the largest sporting events, and the big crowd that usually comes with it, returns Saturday to Los Alamos County.
    The Los Alamos Triathlon will be Saturday. The county’s recreation department hosts the event, which gets going bright and early at 7 a.m. when the first wave of competitors gets going.
    This is the 39th year for the event. It’s believed to be the longest continuously-run multi-sport race in the country, although it was reduced to just two legs in 2010 due to road construction in and around Diamond Drive.
    The triathlon consists of a 20K bike race followed by a 400-meter swim at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, followed by a 5K run.
    This year’s course will be different than previous years, however, particularly the running leg.
    This year, instead of runners heading northeast along Canyon Drive, they will actually head west toward Los Alamos High School, then turn north onto Diamond Drive before turning around and heading back toward the aquatic center.
    Last year, 146 individuals and 23 relay teams took part in the race.
    Longtime multi-sport competitor Chip Cooper of Los Alamos came back from a big deficit in the third and final leg to win the men’s elite championship.

  • Sports Briefs 08-14-13

     ’Topper football team is serving waffles Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is hosting a fundraising waffle breakfast Saturday.
    The breakfast will be at the Masonic Lodge, 1401 N. Sage Loop. Breakfast, which includes waffles with fruit topping, sausage, bacon and beverage, will be served from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
    Price for the breakfast is $7 per adult, $3.50 for those 6 and under. Proceeds will benefit the football program.

    Golf tournament will benefit baseball, softball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball programs will host their annual Diamonds In the Rough golf tournament Aug. 17 at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The scramble format tournament is a fundraising event to help offset costs for both teams.
    Price for participation is $80 per player. The fee includes cart, greens fees and post-tournament dinner. Prizes will be given for the top gross and net scores, as well as longest drive and closest shot to the pin.
    More information can be obtained by calling Jamie Aslin at 699-2320 or LAGC at 662-8139.

    Bowling league starts Tuesday

  • Let's Get It Started

    Things are officially underway in Hilltopper country. Monday was the first day of practice for fall sports around the state. The Hilltopper girls soccer team will be the first to open its season, with its first game set for Aug. 24. 

  • Moseley picks up a win in last Splash N Dash of 2013

    Clay Moseley was the top finisher on the long course during the final Splash N Dash of the year.
    Moseley, a top local athlete and former member of the United States national cycling team, finished the long course, consisting of a 400-yard swim and 5K run, in 27 minutes, 3 seconds at the Aug. 7 event.
    The Splash N Dash series, an annual event held during the summer months, is hosted by the Triatomics multi-sport club. Its main purpose is to help prepare athletes for the Los Alamos Triathlon. The triathlon is set for Saturday.
    Moseley had both the second-fastest swim time and the second-fastest 5K time among the competitors at the fourth and final Splash N Dash.
    Matt Gonzales won the previous three Splash N Dash events this summer but didn’t compete in the Aug. 7 race.
    On the shorter course, the team of Nida Parra/Roxanna Candia had the best time, 19:27. Gabe Katko (20:26) had the top individual finish.
    Marlee Katko/Kim Katko was the fastest finisher on the youth course while Hailey McDowell had the best individual time.

    Here are the results from the fourth Splash N Dash event held Aug. 7:

    400-yard swim, 5K run

  • Pedersons top their groups at race

    The father-daughter duo of Neal Pederson and Michelle Pederson had a big showing at the 2013 Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike Nationals.
    The Pedersons, who are top local mountain bike competitors, both picked up wins in their age groups at the national race, which was Aug. 4 at Angel Fire.
    Neal Pederson won the men’s 45-49 category 1 (expert) competition, clocking 6:38.25, while Michelle won the women’s junior 15-18 category 1 competition with her time of 7:56.80.
    The course was 2.8 miles and went down approximately 1,700 feet at Angel Fire’s bike park.
    For the elder Pederson, this was his second time competing at the national level and the second time he’s taken top honors in his age category. He did likewise at the 2010 race at Sol Vista, Colo., winning the 40-44 competition.
    Michelle, meanwhile, was competing in her first national race, although she has made a name for herself locally, winning the women’s title at the 2012 Pajarito Punishment by nearly 45 seconds.
    At the national race, Pederson cruised to victory, topping Summer Hill of Tucson by more than two minutes. Her win at nationals qualified her for an invitation to compete at the international finals in South Africa, although Neal said she’s not planning on attending.

  • Sports Briefs 08-11-13

    Triathlon registration is open

    Registration for the 39th Los Alamos Triathlon is underway online.
    The event, which consists of a 20K bike, 400-meter swim and 5K run, is scheduled for Saturday. The first wave is scheduled for 7 a.m.
    Individuals or 2- or 3-person relay teams may register. Registrations are being taken at active.com.
    Price for participation is $50 per individual, $90 for 2-person team and $120 for 3-person team. Online registration closes Wednesday.
    Race-day volunteers are also being sought for the event for traffic control, packet pick-ups and other duties.
    More information can be obtained by calling Los Alamos County’s recreation department at 662-8173.

    Girls soccer tryouts begin Monday

    Los Alamos High School’s girls soccer program will start its tryouts for the fall 2013 season Monday.
    Tryouts are open to any girl entering grades 8-12.
    Players should meet Monday at Sullivan Field at 7 a.m. and have all necessary paperwork ready. Tryouts will be conducted at Sullivan Field and the Pueblo Complex.
    All interested players must have soccer shoes, shin guards and bring their own water to each session.
    More information can be obtained by calling head coach Jiri Kubicek at 662-4865.

    LAHS volleyball opening preseason