• 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.

  • Ortiz, Romero will play in All-Star contest

    It’s a big week coming up for those standout players who will be competing in the final prep contests of their careers.
    And those making their final appearances include a pair of players from Los Alamos.
    The New Mexico High School Coaches Association will hold its All-Star volleyball, football and basketball contests starting Saturday. The All-Stars, which are selected from high school teams around the state, are graduating seniors invited to participate.
    The All-Star contests start Saturday with volleyball. In the Class 4A/5A volleyball match, two former Los Alamos standouts, Danielle Ortiz and Savanna Romero will take part.
    Ortiz, an all-state defensive player, committed earlier this summer to play for the University of New Mexico this coming fall. Romero was Los Alamos’ leader in assists for three consecutive years and was an all-stat first teamer for the 2012 season.
    The pair helped Los Alamos to a state Class 4A semifinal appearance last season.
    The 4A/5A game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at Albuquerque High School. Sandia head coach Megan Holland will be the 4A/5A team’s coach for the event.

  • Healing Art Foundation run results

    Here are the results from Saturday’s David Fellers Healing Art Foundation 3- and 6-mile runs. The runs were held as a charity event to help the foundation raise money to provide equipment for needy disabled people in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.

    3 miles

    Boys 18 and under

    1. Dan Van Buren, 32:22.

    Men 19 and over

    1. Eric Sanders, 26:14; 2. Hal Mai, 27:09; 3. Ben Barnhart, 30:54; 4. Michael Hentmik, 37:22; 5. Kurt Hillmer, 38:12; 6. Ted Williams, 41:54; 7. RT Perry, 51:37.

    Girls 18 and under

    1. Rachel Wallstrom, 27:37; 2. Suzette Willams, 32:10; 3. Divine Fellers, 37:18; 4. Kathin Dover, 39:14; 5. Destiny Fellers, 39:15; 6. Savannah Fellers, 39:15; 7. Henrietta Jaramillo, 48:35; 8. Divine Fellers, 58:18.

    Women 19 and over

    1. Besty Hillmer, 37:35; 2. Jill Mauldin, 41:13; 3. Kamille Chavez, 41:14; 4. Patricia Wilde, 44:57; 5. Sandy Espinosa, 48:36; 6. Marci O’Donley, McAlester, Okla., 52:46; 7. Sarah Palmer, 1:09:00; 8. Catherine Palmer, 1:11:00.


    1. Ashley Reader, 27:45; 2. Emily Wilde, 35:48; 3. Brian Palmer, 1:11:00.

    6 miles

    1. Tim White, 47:45; 2. Garth Reader, 51:37; 3. Tim Kulper, 56:17.

  • Sports Briefs 07-24-13

    Splash N Dash returns today

    The Splash N Dash series, which is hosted by Triatomics Multisport Club, will have its next session today.
    The series is designed for those interested in training for the Los Alamos Triathlon, which is scheduled for Aug. 17.
    Participants can choose either a 400-yard swim and 5K run or 200-yard swim and 3K run. An additional shorter course is also available for youth participants.
    All Splash N Dash events start at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Registration for each Splash N Dash is done about 30 minutes prior to the start at the aquatic center. There is no fee for participation but registration will be limited to the first 75 entrants.
    More information can be obtained by visiting the club’s website, triatomics.org.

    Girls soccer tryouts begin Aug. 12

  • Senior men's tourney results

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments from July 9 at Santa Fe Country Club and July 10 at Twin Warriors Golf Course in Bernalillo.

    July 9

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Jim Miner, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 74.
    Second low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 76.
    First low net: Jim Crowden, Corrales, 68.

    First flight

    First low gross: Sol Zamora, Trinidad, Colo., 80.
    Second low gross: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 83.
    First low net: Dennis Saiz, Santa Fe, 67.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Greg Hanson, Los Alamos, 79.
    Second low gross: Jim Fluharty, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 81.
    First low net: Paul Turner, Sandia Park, 64.

    Third flight

    First low gross: Gary Aycock, Santa Fe, 76.
    Second low gross: Herman Gallegos, Pecos, 81.
    First low net: Maguin Urioste, Las Vegas, 61.

    Fourth flight

    First low gross: Gary Roberts, Santa Fe, 80.
    Second low gross: Jim Downey, Santa Fe, 86.
    First low net: Rey Arellano, Farmington, 61.

    Fifth flight

    First low gross: Van Robertson, Nara Vista, 84.
    Second low gross: Lee Sanchez, Santa Fe, 91.
    First low net: Mike Hall, Trinidad, Colo., 63.

    July 10

  • Down and Dirty

    Los Alamos County’s recreation department hosted the ninth annual High Mountain Mudfest volleyball tournament Saturday. The tournament was held in the mud pits on North Mesa.

  • Sports Briefs 07-23-13

    Deadline to register for City golf tourney is today

    Registrations for the Los Alamos City Championship golf tournament is today.
    The City Championship is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. It will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start both days.
    The 36-hole, stroke-play tournament is open to any Los Alamos Golf Association member, Los Alamos Women’s Golf Association member, or any county resident with a Sun Country handicap.
    Price for participation is $25 per player, which does not include cart fees. Gross and net payouts will be given for each competition flight.
    More information is available by calling 662-8139.

    Splash N Dash returns Wednesday

  • Running For Charity

    Runners take off at the start of Saturday’s David Fellers Healing Art Foundation Run at Canyon Rim Trail. The charity event helped support the foundation, which this year was assisting needy, disabled people in Nicaragua. The foundation is still accepting donations and those can be matched through the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Employees’ Fund. More information can be found on the group’s website, healingartfoundation.org. 

  • Pecos League interested in starting new LA club

    The president of an independent baseball league said Los Alamos is on the top of his list of potential sites for a new team.
    Andrew Dunn, who is in charge of the Pecos League, sent a letter to Los Alamos County Council chair Geoff Rodgers, county administrator Harry Burgess and others asking if there would be interest in putting a semiprofessional baseball team on The Hill.
    The proposed team would play at Bomber Field on North Mesa, but there are several issues that would need to be ironed out with local officials before anything would happen. Nevertheless, Dunn said if things break the Pecos League’s way, the team could be up and running in fairly short order.
    “We move very fast,” Dunn said. “We’ve got to have things ready.”
    The Pecos League is currently comprised of eight teams, six of them in New Mexico, one in west Texas and one in Trinidad, Colo.
    Dunn, who operates the league out of Houston and readily admits he knows very little about Los Alamos County, said one of the major considerations of the league is expenditures and one of its biggest is travel costs.
    Despite having most of its teams in New Mexico, travel is still an issue. Teams are spread out, just in New Mexico, from Alamogordo all the way to Taos.

  • Group wants to get kids involved in multi-sports

    Kim Katko has been an active member of multi-sports events for some time.
    But when she saw her son run out of gas in short order while participating in a weekly Pace Race, she realized then and there a group to help kids get and stay in shape would probably be a good thing to have.
    “He took off, went 500 yards and then he got an ache in his side,” Katko said. “I was like, ‘why am I having him race when he doesn’t train?’”
    Katko and Susie Schillaci formed the Triatomics Youth Group to fill that void.
    The Triatomics is an active club that promotes multi-sport events and training for those events. The club puts on the Atomic Man Duathlon in the spring and usually has a big presence for other events such as the upcoming Los Alamos Triathlon.
    The Triatomics’ Youth Group is nominally for kids ages 6-15, but Katko admits that age range isn’t strictly enforced. They will take kids so long as they can swim without aid and can keep themselves safe.
    Safety is one of the primary concerns for the group. Participants are steered away from areas where they might encounter vehicle traffic if possible and are broken into small groups with parents closely monitoring their whereabouts.