• Senior men's golf results

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments played at Trinidad Golf Course July 23 and Gene Torres Golf Course July 24.

    July 23

    First flight

    First low gross: Dean Boice, Alamosa, Colo., 81.
    Second low gross: David Wintermule, Albuquerque, 82.
    First low net: Sol Zamora, Trinidad, Colo., 68.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Dennis Melia, Santa Fe, 90.
    Second low gross: Don Holifield, Santa Fe, 90.
    First low net: Gary Aycock, Santa Fe, 72.

    Third flight

    First low gross: Jim Downey, Santa Fe, 91.
    Second low gross: Ranza Boggess, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 93.
    First low net: Vidal Varela, Las Vegas, 66.

    Fourth flight

    First low gross: Bob Dixon, Trinidad, Colo., 81.
    Second low gross: Van Robertson, Nara Vista, 88.
    First low net: Mike Cuccia, Trinidad, Colo., 58.

    Closest to the pin

    No. 7: Don Pompeo, Los Alamos.

    July 24

    First flight

    First low gross: Chuck Padilla, Las Vegas, 78.
    Second low gross: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 78.
    First low net: Rudy Vigil, Montezuma, 65.

    Second flight

  • Girls soccer is first to start fall 2013 season for LA

    Although the weather is still balmy, the fall is fast approaching and local prep athletes are well aware of it.
    The start of the fall 2013 season at Los Alamos High School is ramping up with the first contests of the scholastic year now less than a calendar month away.
    Preparations for the 2013 fall season for most athletics at Los Alamos began right at the start of summer vacation, or in some cases, before school got out in May.
    However, the first official day of practice for high school football is Aug. 5, as set by the New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body of most interscholastic athletics. The other prep sports officially begin Aug. 12.
    As is the case most years, the Hilltopper girls soccer team will be the first to open its season. Los Alamos will take on longtime foe Farmington Aug. 24 at Sullivan Field.
    Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek, despite being one of the longest tenured head coaches in the history of the school, said it’s sometimes tough to predict exactly what spot the team will be starting from.
    “Hopefully, we don’t come in totally out of shape,” he said. “We have our first game two weeks after we start practicing. Hopefully nobody gets hurt when we get into practice. We’ll be OK.”

  • North 4A/5A All-Stars win in two sets

    The North Class 4A/5A All-Star volleyball team prevailed over its counterparts from the South Monday night.
    The North-South volleyball matches were Monday at Albuquerque High School. Players from six New Mexico classifications were in action for the final prep contests in the careers of the participants.
    The All-Star Games are hosted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Graduating senior student-athletes are selected by coaches from around the state for the honor.
    The 4A/5A team included a pair of Los Alamos graduates, Savanah Romero and Danielle Ortiz.
    The 4A/5A match was close, but the North prevailed in the best-of-3 contest in straight sets, 26-24, 25-20. The North also won the Class 2A/3A match, 18-25, 25-19, 25-16, but the South All-Stars prevailed in the small-school match, 25-16, 25-17.

  • Jones fires back to win LA City title

    Cale Jones came back from a four-stroke day one deficit to capture this year’s Los Alamos City Championship.
    Jones, a previous City champion and one of the steadiest local players on the men’s side, shot a 2-under Sunday to clinch the title. Day one leader Ted Ball, who shot a 2-under to take the lead at the halfway point, couldn’t continue his hot streak into day two, while Jones ran away with the title.
    The City Championship, hosted annually by Los Alamos Golf Course, had 61 entries this year. Several players, however, dropped out after the first round of the two-day event.
    Meanwhile, Eddie Sanchez grabbed his second straight senior men’s title in solid fashion. Sanchez outlasted another former City champion, Bruce Norman, for the win.
    On the women’s side, Anita Dunmar came out on top in a tightly-packed championship flight for the win. Dunmar held off 18-time City champion Ev Griggs by two strokes, while Ellen Stallings finished just two strokes back of Griggs.
    The 2013 women’s top flight was without Tami Martinson, who’d won the previous four women’s City titles. Dunmar had by far the low round of the women’s championship flight, shooting an 83 Saturday.

  • Sports Briefs 07-28-13

    Girls soccer tryouts begin Aug. 12

    Los Alamos High School’s girls soccer program will start its tryouts for the fall 2013 season Aug. 12.
    Tryouts are open to any girl entering grades 8-12.
    Players should meet Aug. 12 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 Jiri Kubicek at 662-4865.

    Fundraising run will benefit the NMAA Foundation

    The 2013 New Mexico Activities Association Foundation’s Fun Run is scheduled for Aug. 10 in Albuquerque.
    The Fun Run, which will include a 5K run/walk and 1K kids fun run, will benefit the NMAA Foundation’s scholarship program.
    The event will be at the Albuquerque Academy campus starting at 8 a.m.
    Price for participation is $20 for the 5K, $12 for the 1K. Registration information can be found online at nmact.org.

    Youth soccer referee clinics will be held in Albuquerque

  • Van Etten, Brewer will take part in NMPreps combine

    A pair of Hilltopper football players will take part in today’s combine in Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos quarterback Brice Van Etten and linebacker Peter Brewer are both scheduled to compete in the NMPreps.com Elite Combine. The combine, hosted by the popular high school sports website, is scheduled from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Van Etten and Brewer are among more than 200 players from around the state that will be in today’s combine.
    “The 2013 event will be the biggest combine event thus far to showcase the athletic talent of New Mexico high school football players,” NMPreps.com publisher Kyle Henderson said.
    Each athlete will be tested in four core events: bench press, 40-yard dash, vertical jump and 20-yard shuttle run.
    This will be the sixth New Mexico combine hosted by NMPreps.
    Along with Brewer, who recently took part in an elite linebackers camp, and Van Etten, several players from nearby town like Santa Fe, Taos and Pojoaque, will participate in the event.
    The 2013 football season for the Hilltoppers is scheduled to open Aug. 30. Los Alamos will travel to Pojoaque for its opener.

  • Living For the City Championship

    The Los Alamos City Championship golf tournament got going Saturday. More than 60 players were registered for this year’s event. The tournament continues this morning at LAGC. Players will tee off at 8 a.m. for the second and final round of the tournament.

  • Candia is week's top predictor

    Roxana Candia was the best predictor at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Races are Tuesday at various spots around Los Alamos County.
    Candia nipped Mike Benelli for the top prediction Tuesday. She finished with a prediction error of 16 seconds, while Benelli was 18 seconds off.
    The race started at the North Mesa picnic grounds.
    Although Benelli finished second in prediction time, he was the fastest finisher on the 3-mile course, coming in at 23 minutes, 48 seconds. The fastest female finisher on the long course this week was Laura McClellan, who finished in 24:10.
    Zach Medin was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with his time of 7:30. Reynie Benelli finished in 10:05.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at Piñon Park in White Rock. Race time is 6 p.m.
    More information on the Atomic City Roadrunners can be found on the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

  • LA City Championship will tee off at 8 a.m. Saturday

    Bragging rights will again be up for grabs at the Los Alamos Golf Course this weekend. Specifically, bragging rights as the best golfer in the county.
    The Los Alamos City Championship is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the golf course. Action gets going at 8 a.m. both days.
    This year, a new women’s City champion will be crowned.
    Tami Martinson, who was dominant in winning her four straight championships, is not entered in this year’s tournament.
    Last year, Martinson carded both of the two low rounds in the tournament, topping runner-up Ellen Stallings by six shots.
    Stallings will be back — she is grouped with tournament veterans Anna Swertfeger and Lynne Taylor for the opening round — but she will have to contend with Ev Griggs, Anita Dunmar and Barb Schmitt, who have been some of the toughest competitors in the tournament’s history.
    Another impressive streak was stopped last year. City tournament veteran Kurt Anast upset Curt Norman to win the men’s top flight, shooting a 3-under after 18 holes then holding on through the balance of the tournament to win.
    Norman was going for his third straight win last season but couldn’t get on track Saturday. He rebounded to shoot an even 72 Sunday but it wouldn’t be enough to catch up.

  • Tennis club starts tourney Saturday

    Members of the Los Alamos Tennis Club will once again slug it out for this year’s championship.
    LATC will host its championship tournament Saturday and Sunday at Urban Park. Several titles will be up for grabs, including the men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
    The top performer from the 2012 championship was David Lee. Lee earned the men’s A title last year over Bill Vigil, then he and partner Bob Tonelli advanced to the men’s doubles championship match before falling to Vigil/Ryan Maupin.
    Lee went up 4-2 in the first set of the men’s singles championship before Vigil retired due to a muscle injury. Vigil/Maupin topped Lee/Tonelli in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 to claim that title.
    Because of low turnout in 2012, there was no separate women’s singles or women’s doubles titles awarded. One of the few women in the tournament, Claire White, entered into the men’s draw.
    The last woman to win the LATC singles title was Jeena Kim in 2011. Kim won in a round-robin format.
    Other winners from last year included Grigory Ovanesyan, who topped Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff in mixed B singles, Gilbert Ratliff/Linda Hsieh in mixed A doubles and Ovanesyan/Christopher Lee in mixed B doubles.