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Today's Sports

  • Snow back on Lobo staff

    Head coach Paul Weir has officially added former Lobo assistant coach Craig Snow back to the UNM staff, the program announced Tuesday. Snow comes from New Mexico Highlands University where he spent five years, most recently as the director of athletics and head coach, following three years with the Lobos. He will join Weir’s staff as the special assistant to the head coach effective in July.

    “Craig’s previous successes with the Lobo basketball program and his passion for the university and state provided an amazing opportunity for our program,” Weir said. “I am incredibly thankful to Craig for joining us and continuing the journey of taking this program back to some of the great heights that he himself has enjoyed here.”

    Prior to his time at NMHU, Snow spent three seasons on the UNM men’s basketball staff. In 2013-14 as an assistant coach, Snow helped guide the Lobos to a 27-7 record, a Mountain West Tournament Championship and a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament. New Mexico was ranked as high as 17th nationally in the 2013-14 season.

  • Free agency winners and losers

    BY DANIEL GROSS
    Los Alamos Monitor Staff

    Free agency began on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. Within the first six hours, shockwaves had reverberated around the league as a myriad of players had changed locales.

    In wake of this movement, and with more yet to come, lets go over the winners and losers from free agency so far.

    WINNERS

    Brooklyn Nets- the Nets made the splash of the off-season, signing free agent All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, and 2014 MVP Kevin Durant. These two signings propel the Nets from a fringe playoff team to legitimate championship contender.

    Coupled with these two big name signings, the nets acquired Deandre Jordan, the former all star center, and Garret Temple, the 3-and-D specialist. Couple that with role players like Jarret Allen, Allen Crabbe, Caris Levert, and others, the Nets look to be a formidable team. The only obstacle in their way is Kevin Durant’s ruptured Achilles.  

  • LA’s Rafael Sanchez named to...

    Local resident Rafael Sanchez was named to Team USA for the 14th edition of the WMRA International U188 Mountain Running Youth cup. This year’s event, hosted by Atletica Susa, will be held in Susa, Italy, on Aug. 24.

    The approximately 5-kilometer course will start and finish in the village under a memorial archway and include pavement, cobblestone, single-track mountain paths with steep ascents and fast descents. Competitors must be 16 or 17 in the year of competition, and the top three finishers per country will score for the team results.

    Sanchez is 16, currently attending Los Alamos High School. His personal records are 15:43 for the 5k, 2:05.66 for the 800m, 4:36.84 for the 1600m and 9:45.85 for the 3200m. He was a member of the 2018 Los Alamos High School New Mexico State Champion Cross Country Team, finishing second. He won 2018 Nike Southwest Regional Medium Sized School Division and raced to a 15:43 for 5000M at the 2018 Nike SW Regional Cross Country. He holds top 10 individual cross country finishes in 24 of 26 varsity level events since eighth grade with 18 finishes under 16:45 and 3 finishes under 16 minutes. Sanchez is one of six American teenagers, three boys and three girls, named to the team.

  • UNM says goodbye to 4 sports...

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An era is ending at the University of New Mexico as the school officially stops four sports programs, including men’s soccer.

    Head soccer coach Jeremy Fishbein says unsuccessful efforts over the past year to save the program have left those associated with it physically and mentally exhausted.

    Men’s soccer has been one of the university’s most successful teams, winning its share of conference titles and making regular appearances in the national collegiate tournament.

    All four programs are set to end Monday after the UNM Board of Regents voted last year to cut soccer along with beach volleyball and the men’s and women’s ski teams to shore up a budget deficit within the athletic department.

    Officials also said they needed to address compliance issues with federal mandates regarding equal opportunity for female athletes.

    Fishbein said it has been an honor to coach at the university over the past 18 years.

    In a parting statement, he described soccer as a progressive and diverse sport that will be part of the state’s future.

  • Little League all-star season...

    Little League All-Star season gets underway this weekend, and Los Alamos will be well represented. Los Alamos County has five All-Star teams registered to compete. There will be two softball teams and three baseball teams hoping to be crowned champions by the end of July. 

    The All-Star season is a reward for the top players during the regular season. Teams compete from the beginning of April until the beginning of June, then all the teams from various age groups get consolidated into one team that represent the county at the district and state levels. 

    In softball, Los Alamos County will have an 8- to 10-year-old team that will be coached by Hope Jaramillo, Jordan Jaramillo and Bud Reed. Danielle Bergemann, Linda Johnson and Chris Young will coach the 10- to 12- year-old team. 

    The district tournaments for softball begin Saturday at the Alto Fields in Santa Fe, and run through Wednesday. If the teams advance past the district competition, the state tournament for the 8-10 girls will be July 5-9 in Silver City. The state tournament for the 10-12 team will be July 12-19 in Albuquerque. 

  • LAHS stars help Northeast All-...

    With only 12 spots available, having one player selected to an all-star volleyball game is a big accomplishment for a program. This year, though, Los Alamos High School had two girls selected to the Northeast Large School All-Star Team, which competed last weekend in Albuquerque. 

    Recent Hilltopper graduates Sophia Salazar and Elodie Thelliez were among the lucky few chosen to compete for the team, which won the tournament against other teams of top players from around the state. The tournament was organized by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    The Northeast All-Stars took down the Southeast All-Stars in straight sets in the first game of the tournament Friday night. After winning the first set 25-17, the Northeast All-Stars got on a roll and dominated the next two sets 25-8 and 25-10 to advance to the championship match. 

    In the championship match against the Northwest All-Stars, it was a tight battle from start to finish. But the Northeast had just enough firepower to earn the victory in five sets to earn first place. 

  • New LAHS basketball coach ready...

    For more than a decade, Benito Maestas has made a career out of bringing struggling basketball programs back to life. Now, as he prepares to take over the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team, he faces one of his toughest challenges yet. 

    Maestas inherits a team that went just 9-20 last season, and has won only two regular season district games in the past two seasons combined. That’s not intimidating for him, though.

    “I think we are going to surprise a lot of people this year,” Maestas said. 

    He thinks the key to turning the program around is getting the players to believe in themselves and believe in the coaching staff. 

    “If we can get the kids to buy in, and I think they are already starting to do that, then the sky is the limit,” Maestas said. 

    If anyone knows what it takes to be a successful basketball player, it is Maestas. He began playing basketball at the age of 5 and fell in love immediately. 

    “I was always outside playing until my mom would call me inside, when it was already dark outside,” Maestas said. “Whether it was snowing, raining, whatever, I just loved playing.”

  • Atomic City Update: LA native’s...

    After years of being seen as one of the top baseball prospects in New Mexico, I am so glad to see Jared Mang get his opportunity to play professional baseball. This week, he was drafted in the 18th round of the MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers, allowing him to fulfill a lifelong dream. 

    Mang, who played his high school baseball at Los Alamos High School, is one of the greatest guys off the field that you will ever meet, and he backs it up with his play on the field. 

    Coming out of LAHS, it was assumed that he would either be drafted right out of high school, or that he would be picked high after his sophomore season. 

    However, until now that opportunity has not presented itself. After not being drafted immediately after high school, he excelled his first two years at the University of New Mexico, becoming a full-time starter in the outfield almost right away.

    He batted .291 as a freshman while showing occasional extra-base power, and playing great defense. 

    The following season, he took his game to the next level, batting .373 with nine home runs and 62 RBI’s. He also made only one error in the outfield and was named to the All-Mountain West team. 

  • LAHS softball stars compete with...

    Recent Los Alamos High School graduates Alicia Gonzales and Janessa Gonzales competed earlier this week in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association softball all-star games in Rio Rancho. 

    Both girls competed for the Northeast Large School Softball team. 

    The team played one game on Monday, and two more games on Tuesday against the other large school all-star teams from around the state. 

    The rosters were made up of 12 girls apiece, many of whom competed against each other during the regular season. 

    Española Valley’s Haley Ortega made the team as well, along with Rianna Arellano and Hallie Vigil from Pojoaque Valley. 

    Alicia Gonzales started the game in right field, and both LAHS participants were in the starting lineup. 

    Janessa Gonzales played the fourth inning in right field and made a fantastic diving catch to end the inning. It was her first action in the outfield all season, as she played behind the plate for the Hilltoppers this past season. She moved behind the plate to catch the fifth inning. 

  • YMCA Annual Golf Classic set for...

    Next Friday, players will tee off at the YMCA’s Annual Golf Classic at the Los Alamos County Golf Course, which acts as a fundraiser for financial assistance for people around the community. 

    Each year, the YMCA provides assistance to 300 people, 200 of which are youth in the community. The organization’s goal is to help as many people as possible to participate in YMCA programs. 

    Early bird registration for $85 runs through Thursday. Those who sign up the day of the event will pay $95. 

    That price pays for entry into the tournament, a team golf cart and lunch after the tournament. There is also a $25 donation to charity included. 

    Following the event, net and gross score winners will be announced, hole prizes will be given out and there will be a raffle drawing. 

    Players should begin checking in at 8 a.m., with a welcome to follow at 8:45 a.m. The tournament will officially begin at 9 a.m. 

    The prize ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m., with lunch to follow at the Bathtub Row Brewery provided by Smokin’ Bear BBQ.