• Sports Briefs 07-11-13

    Race will benefit disabled in Nicaragua

    The David Fellers Healing Arts Foundation will host a 3-mile/6-mile run and wheelchair roll July 20 in Los Alamos.
    The event will start at 2:30 p.m. at the west end of the Canyon Rim Trail.
    The foundation works to equip the disabled poor in all parts of the world. This year’s proceeds will benefit a project in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.
    Price for participation is $25, $10 for youth. The entrance fee includes a post-race hot dog picnic and auction. Tickets for just the auction and picnic can also be purchased.
    Those interested can contact Sally Fellers at 412-9006 or sallyfellers@gmail.com for more information. Information is also available by visiting healingartsfoundation.org.

    Volleyball camp opens Monday

  • All-Star softball teams to open state play Saturday

    The Los Alamos County Little League All-Stars senior and 10-11 softball teams will begin state tournament play Saturday.
    Los Alamos County’s seniors will take on District 9 champion Ysleta in the opening round of the state tournament at the Franklin Miles complex. Game time is 10 a.m.
    Meanwhile, the 10-11 All-Stars will open the tournament at 3 p.m. The 10-11 tournament will be hosted by Thunderbird Little League in Albuquerque.
    The senior All-Stars are one of four teams vying for the right to advance to the regional tournament, which will be played this year in Vidalia, La.
    Copper and Gallup will face off in the other first round contest Saturday, which will follow the Los Alamos-Ysleta game. The winners of the two games will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday.
    The senior league All-Stars are comprised of girls ages 13 and above. Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said about half his team is on the younger end of the spectrum.
    Last year, a combined White Rock-Los Alamos All-Star team won the District 1 title and advanced to the regional playoff, which was played in Santa Fe — the host district gets an automatic bid into the regionals.
    The team’s stint at the regional tournament was a short one, however, as it fell to both Vidalia and Texas East.

  • Sports Briefs 07-10-13

    Kirk, USA rout opponents at World University Games

    Alex Kirk and the USA men’s World University Games basketball team will again be in action for a pool play game today.
    The USA will take on Sweden in the third game of pool play. That game will be televised on ESPNU tonight and replayed early Thursday morning.
    Kirk, who made the cut for the WUG, has appeared in both the USA’s pool play contests so far. He produced a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) in 17 minutes in the USA’s 140-46 victory over the United Arab Emirates Sunday.
    Monday, Kirk played seven minutes and ended up with 2 points and 4 rebounds as the USA thumped the Czech Republic 96-53.
    Currently, the USA is a half-game behind Canada in Pool C. Canada is 3-0, with wins over Sweden, the UAE and Australia. Australia is a half-game behind the USA.
    The first- and second-place team from each of the four pools will move on to direct elimination, which begins Sunday.
    The WUG are being played in Kazan, Russia.

    WR All-Stars advance to final

  • Fenton, Turner are big winners at Y's Firecracker 5K

    Ryan Fenton made it a three-peat at the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Firecracker 5K.
    Fenton, who lives in Albuquerque but runs for and goes to school at New Mexico State University, was again the top finisher at the annual race, sponsored by the YMCA. Fenton was 47 seconds better than runner-up Blake Wood to take his third consecutive Firecracker 5K title.
    The race is run on Independence Day, following a course starting at the YMCA’s main complex on Iris Street, down Canyon Road and back.
    Fenton was the only runner to break the 17-minute mark in 2012. While he didn’t accomplish that feat this year, his time of 17 minutes, 57 seconds was the only sub-18 minute finish.
    On the women’s side, Elizabeth Turner of Los Alamos defeated 2012 champion Adrienne Larson to take this year’s title. Turner clocked in at 20:31, almost a minute better than runner-up Larson’s time of 21:25.
    This year’s Firecracker 5K included 171 runners, down slightly from last year’s total of 175 entries.

  • No Summer Vacation at Griffith...

    Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program are busy making summer preparations. The Hilltopper teams are scheduled to take part in a team tournament at Adams State University (Alamosa, Colo.) this weekend. During a camp last month, new head coach Robin Reynolds was running the Hilltoppers through offensive and defensive drills.

  • NNMSMGA tournament results

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament played at Pagosa Springs (Colo.) Golf Course June 18-20.

    June 18 (2-man scramble)

    First flight

    First low gross: Chuck Padilla, Las Vegas, and Jim Fluharty, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 69.
    Second low gross: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, and Bob Oliver, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 69
    First low net: Malcolm Rodger, Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Dale Crumpton, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 60.9.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Greg Hanson, Los Alamos, and Mike Cuccia, Trinidad, Colo., 68.
    Second low gross: Ron Krantz, Los Alamos, and Ken Bailey, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 70.
    First low net: Dallas Bauer, Alamosa, Colo., and Eppie Trujillo, Los Alamos, 57.6.
    Second low net: Larry Hults, Los Alamos, and Jim Lawrence, Los Alamos, 57.6.

    June 19

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 75.
    Second low gross: Chuck Padilla, Las Vegas, 68.

    First flight

    First low gross: Steve Martinez, Santa Fe, 80.
    Second low gross: Malcolm Rodger, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 82.
    First low net: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, 69.

    Second flight

  • White Rock advances in 9-10 All-Stars

     The White Rock Little League 9-10 All-Stars picked up a big victory Sunday over Los Alamos’ All-Star team to advance in the District 1 playoffs.

    White Rock will be in action at 6 p.m. tonight facing Española. The District 1 tournament is being held in Santa Fe.

    In the opening round, White Rock defeated Los Alamos 16-4.

    The tournament is being played at Alto Park in Santa Fe. The winner of the District 1 tournament will advance to the state tournament.

  • Firecracker 5K Run Results
  • Clowns’ hurler Bun Ryan reflects on WWII experience

    For some, Independence Day not only means fireworks and cookouts, but reflection on what it means to be independent.
    And while World War II veteran Bernard L. ‘Bun’ Ryan certainly played a part in that, rarely did he have the time to reflect in the years following the war.
    “I didn’t do anything. I was always busy pitching,” said Ryan, the star hurler of Pierotti’s Clowns of the Fourth of July holiday. The Clowns or the other softball teams he threw for were almost invariably playing in a tournament or exhibition game during the holiday.
    Ryan was among the hardest throwing pitchers in the country during softball’s heyday following World War II and was, along with team captain and third baseman Lou Pierotti, who, like Ryan, is a longtime Los Alamos resident, was the Clowns’ main attraction.
    Pierotti’s Clowns was a five-man softball team made up largely of players from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s S-Site – notably, Pierotti himself was not one of them, but instead was a local entrepreneur. The Clowns played exhibition games for charity and in their 200 official games spanning from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s, went a remarkable 177-23.
    When Ryan was on his game, he was virtually unhittable and was a big part of that stellar won-loss record.

  • Sports Briefs 06-30-13

    Tourney to benefit BBBS

    The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its second annual “Drive for Matches” tournament at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The Drive for Matches is scheduled for July 20. Price for participation is $100 for each individual and $400 per team, which includes driving range balls, greens fees, a golf cart and dinner.
    All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico.
    More information about the tournament can be found by contacting Dawn Brown at 505-614-4231 or dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org.

    LA football camp slated for July 8-11

    The Hilltopper Youth Football Camp is scheduled for July 8-11 at Sullivan Field.
    The camp is for students entering grades 4-8. The camp will focus on basic offensive and defensive philosophies and proper techniques.
    Price for participation is $55. Registrations can be made to Garett Williams, 994 Nambe Place, Los Alamos.

    Mud volleyball tournament returning