Today's Sports

  • Basketball: Coaches vying for...

    Northern New Mexico College in Española has narrowed its field of prospective basketball coaches down to just four.

    NNMC is starting a new athletics program next year. The finalists for the new position, chosen out of an initial field of 19, are Enzley Mitchell, Todd Huffman, Aaron Chavez and Ryan Cordova.

    The school is inviting interested members of the public to a meet-and-greet session with the finalists. That session will be held Monday in the common area of the Montoya Administration Building on NNMC’s Española campus. It will start at 5 p.m.

  • Running: Daniel Romero leads...

    Daniel Romero was a double-winner on the short course at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race.

    The pace race was held Tuesday on the roads in Pajarito Acres.

    Romero finished the 1-mile course 7:23 and missed his predicted finish time by just 7 seconds.

    On the 2.8-mile course, Roy Cope was just 5 seconds off his predicted finish time, followed by Alex Romero (7 seconds) and Katie Bridgewater (17 seconds).

    The fastest finisher on the long course was Alex Romero (18:32) and Ruth Kratzer (23:54).

  • Baseball/softball: Toppers grab...

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams grabbed four first-team slots on the 2008 All-District 2AAAA rosters.

    Los Alamos’ baseball and softball teams both finished as runners-up in 2AAAA this season, and both advanced to the first round of the state Class AAAA tournament in 2008.

    For the Hilltopper baseball team, Zach Mang, Eli Pulliam, Michael Helland and Jeremy Kasik were given first-team All-2AAAA nods.

    The Hilltopper softball team placed Megan Burditt, Brianna Radosevich, Ashley Merhege and Stephanie Abney on the first team.

  • Senior Olympics: Los Alamos...

    The Los Alamos Senior Olympics are in full swing already and several more events get going this weekend.

    Today, the basketball free throw and 3-point competition will be held at the YMCA at 2 p.m., while the recreational events of Frisbee throw for distance, softball throw and soccer kick will follow at East Park. Saturday will feature the track and field events, starting at 8 a.m. at Sullivan Field with competition to include running events, racewalking and field events of javelin, shot put, discus, high jump, and running long jump.

  • Sports update

    Fastpitch clinic set for June 8

    Members of the Los Alamos High School softball coaching staff will hold a pitching clinic June 8.

    The pitching clinic will be held from 3-5 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock. It is open to girls ages 12-18. Pitchers of all ability are welcome.

    Participation in the clinic is free.

    For more information, call Craig Kelley at 672-3133 or Jim Ruhe at 662-4941.

    Track camp will open June 9

    KSC Summer Youth Track Camp will have several sessions scheduled this summer.

    KSC Camp is open to boys and girls 6-13.

  • Softball: Burditt calls it quits...

    The best reason for Randy Burditt to stay for his ninth season as manager of the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was his main reason for leaving.

    Even after putting his resignation in, Burditt still talks at length about the returners from the 2008 season.

    “The young kids coming up, their basic skills are there,” Burditt said. “They’re going to be a great team. It’s a great time for me to step down.”

    A lot of things have changed for Burditt this past season personally.

  • LAHS Athletics: Topper athletes...

    Jeremy Kasik and Margaret Wood received the highest student-athlete honor awarded by Los Alamos High School at Thursday night’s All-Sports Award Ceremony.

    Kasik, a football and baseball player for Los Alamos, and Wood, a top cross country and track athlete, were named the 2008 Clendenen Award winners at Thursday’s ceremony, held at Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

    The annual award is given to outstanding graduating student-athletes that excelled in both the classroom and the playing field. Athletes are nominated by head coaches of varsity sports at LAHS.

  • Track and Field: Throwing it all...

    ALBUQUERQUE — It wasn’t supposed to go down this way.

    The Class AAAA boys javelin competition wasn’t supposed to be much more than a formality. No one in the state had come within five feet of Ruben Martinez’s best toss of the modern day Roman spear.

    Yet, after the first throw, Martinez was the one playing catch-up.

  • Golf: Griffith among top at Towa

    Reid Griffith of Los Alamos shot an 88 to finish second in the championship flight of the May 12 Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament.

    The tournament was held at Towa Golf Resort at Pojoaque.

    Griffith finished four strokes behind Dean Boice of Alamosa, Colo., who won the top flight.

    Also in Monday’s championship flight, Los Alamos’ Dave Vieira finished with the runner-up net score, shooting a net of 80. Al Jehner of Santa Fe had the top low net in Monday’s tournament.

  • Health and Fitness: Squats: the...

    We all have a love-hate relationship with squats, the so-called “king” of all exercises.

    But by understanding the mechanics and benefits of the squat, you can increase your attraction to this exercise and enhance its value in your routine.

    When performed correctly, squats build the body’s power muscles of the lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs. Being an exercise with a large range of motion, the squat stretches each area worked and then requires a hard contraction of the muscle spindles to perform the lift.