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Today's Sports

  • Atomic City Update: Loyalty has...

    For sports fans, July 1 is one of the most exciting days of the year. It’s the day NBA and NHL free agency begin, and the entire sports world is buzzing as players choose their new teams and fans can begin daydreaming about what the upcoming season might look like. 

    Fans go crazy when a player doesn’t choose their teams, and dance in the streets when a highly coveted free agent chooses to play in their city. General managers hold conference calls where they highlight all of the positive traits of the players they acquired, while ignoring any of the glaring weaknesses their team may still have. 

    There is perhaps more sports talk on that day than nay other day of the year, and it is always circled on my calendar. 

    However, that day also exposes a problem in sports, one that gets worse every year. 

    There is no loyalty in sports anymore, and as someone who grew up hearing about so many players in different sports spending their whole career in one place, that’s sad. 

  • No time to bake? Borrow a baker

    Today’s busy schedules can make it hard to find the time to come up with baked goods for that special occasion: a birthday cake for the big party, cookies for the Little League postgame celebration or a loaf of banana nut bread for the potluck get-together.

    Maybe it would be easier to borrow a baker to help out with the baking.

    And that’s where Chantielle Hanson can lend a hand, as well as a mixing bowl, recipe, ingredients and even the actual baking.

    “I’ve been baking since I was probably 8 years old and have always really enjoyed it,” Hanson said. “I was a high school teacher for five years and then I had kids – four total – and stayed home with them. Now they’re old enough – the youngest one is starting kindergarten – that I actually have time to do something I really enjoy.”

    And that is opening a business out of her house called Borrow a Baker in which she fills orders for baked goods and teaches classes to help others learn the intricacies of baking.

  • Atomic City Update: World Cup...

    As the World Cup heats up this week, I’m really having trouble getting into it. You see, for the first time in my lifetime, the USA is not involved. As much as I enjoy watching the best soccer players in the world compete, it’s tough not having a real team to root for and be invested in. 

    I have vivid memories of the past few World Cups, but all of them involve watching the Americans. I know I watched other matches but the only memories that stuck were dramatic goals and moments from USA matches, like Landon Donovan’s dramatic goals against Algeria and Ghana in 2010, and the painful loss in the round of 16 against Belgium in 2014. 

    This year, I’m watching matches and enjoying them, but the tournament doesn’t seem to have the same weight as it has in past years. I’m curious to see if other people feel the same way as I do. In the past, soccer has become a main talking point around the country in June every four years, but I struggle to see that being the case this year. 

  • Tough non-district schedule...

    With a schedule full of potential playoff teams and rematches from a year ago, the road back to the state championship game will be more challenging than ever for the Los Alamos High School girls’ soccer team. 

    The Hilltoppers will now be competing in District 2-4A, alongside Moriarty, Pojoaque Valley and Taos. 

    None of the teams in LAHS’ previous district, Albuquerque Academy, Capital or Del Norte, are on this year’s schedule, though LAHS and Academy could meet in September at the Albuquerque Academy Tournament. 

    In total, 10 teams on this year’s schedule finished last season with a winning record, and nine teams made the state playoffs. 

    Eight of the games on the schedule are rematches from a year ago, including games against two of the teams LAHS beat in the playoffs in 2017. 

    The season kicks off Aug. 25 at home against Santa Fe Prep, a team that went 15-1-1 last year, with its only loss coming in the Class 4A semifinals, offering an immediate test for the Hilltoppers. 

  • Young basketball players gain...

    By Isaac Fason

    The Jr. Topper Basketball Summer Camp returned to Los Alamos this week and continues June 12 through June 14. The camp is sponsored by the Hilltopper Basketball Academy and the Alex Kirk foundation.

    The camp is offered to three different age groups; the Mini Toppers (Kindergarten through third grade), the Mid Toppers (fourth grade through sixth grade), and the Advanced Toppers (seventh grade and eighth grade).

    Registration for the camp costs $75 per camper and includes an Alex Kirk Foundation basketball, water bottle and t-shirt.

    Head coach of the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team Mike Kluk has been running the Jr. Topper summer camps for the past several years with the assistance of current Hilltoppers and returning alumni. 

    One alumni helping run the camp this year is former Hilltopper Isaiah Espinosa.

    ”A lot of the kids there don’t go to get better, but they go to have fun,” Espinosa said. On his reason for helping with the camp, Espinosa said, “I found basketball was a good release growing up. I feel like if I can find a way to help kids then I am doing my job, and it’s great to put a smile on a kids face.”

  • Atomic City Update: Title IX...

    More than any year before, this summer will determine the future of University of New Mexico athletics, for better or worse. Due to a mountain of debt accumulated under the previous school and athletic administrations, drastic measures will be taken, including the elimination of one or more sports, to be announced July 1 or earlier. 

    The first step in that process was a Title IX assessment of the school’s athletic department, released last week. The assessment showed a variety of serious problems that need to be addressed, something that won’t be easy at all with the financial troubles facing the school.

    Among the top problems are the disparity between athletic opportunities for men and women and the difference in locker rooms and training facilities between men and women’s sports. 

    To me, the most disturbing thing to come out of the Title IX assessment was the description of how the softball locker room differs from the baseball locker room, as well as the conditions that the volleyball teams are forced to endure. 

  • Atomic City Update: Title IX...

    More than any year before, this summer will determine the future of University of New Mexico athletics, for better or worse. Due to a mountain of debt accumulated under the previous school and athletic administrations, drastic measures will be taken, including the elimination of one or more sports, to be announced July 1 or earlier. 

    The first step in that process was a Title IX assessment of the school’s athletic department, released last week. The assessment showed a variety of serious problems that need to be addressed, something that won’t be easy at all with the financial troubles facing the school.

    Among the top problems are the disparity between athletic opportunities for men and women and the difference in locker rooms and training facilities between men and women’s sports. 

    To me, the most disturbing thing to come out of the Title IX assessment was the description of how the softball locker room differs from the baseball locker room, as well as the conditions that the volleyball teams are forced to endure. 

  • Camps available all summer long...

    Coaches and student athletes from Los Alamos High School are hosting a variety of sports camps over the summer, so be sure to register for a spot. Below is information about a few of the camps available. For more information about registration, dates, times, etc., please visit lahstoppers.com and select the desired sport.

    Volleyball

    Los Alamos High School volleyball coaches and players are offering volleyball camps for elementary and middle school aged students who are interested in learning about the fundamentals of volleyball in a fun and positive environment. Here, students will be able to develop and improve serving, passing, hitting, setting and defensive skills.

    The elementary camp is open to all children entering grades 1st-5th in fall 2018, and the middle school camp is open to students entering 6th-8th grade. The camps will be in held in Griffith Gym from Monday-Thursday, June 18-21, and June 25-28. 

    Camps are facilitated by the experienced high school coaches and players, and are individually tailored to the experience level of each player. Campers are required to have parental authorization to participate in camp activities and can sign up the day of the event.

  • Aquatomics find success at...

    The strong start to the long course season continued for the Los Alamos Aquatomics at the Cactus Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona, as many swimmers came home with personal victories and personalbest times. 

    This was the first long trip of the season for the Aquatomics, and the first with the team for head coach Mark Scott, who said, “we travel well, had a lot of fun and swam fast.”

    Though the team posted strong performances consistently, it had to battle extremely hot temperatures all weekend as the temperature on the deck reached a sweltering 112 degrees on Sunday afternoon. 

    Despite the heat, Scott said the swimmers “adapted well and fast.”

    One of the Aquatomics’ most impressive swimmers at the meet was Allison Amrani, who posted five top-10 finishes. In the 10-and-under 400-freestyle, she finished in third place with a time of 6:04.19, a 41-second improvement over her previous personal best. That time was good enough to earn her another Western Zone qualifying time, a meet she will compete in at the end of the season. 

    Orion Henderson had a great meet, finishing in the top-10 in all of his events, including a second-place finish in the 200-backstroke. 

  • Former LAHS baseball star named...

    Connor Mang of Los Alamos was certainly the brightest of bright spots among UNM baseball’s freshman class. This week, he was officially recognized as such, as Collegiate Baseball named Mang to its Freshman All-America team.

    He is UNM’s 10th Freshman All-American since the 2008 season, and the fifth since 2015.  He is the first UNM Collegiate Baseball All-American as a first baseman since D.J. Peterson in 2011.

    Overall, Mang hit .326 over 48 games with 10 doubles, three triples, two homers and 27 RBI.  His batting average was second on the team, and he was tied for third in doubles and RBI.  He had 15 multi-hit games including eight three-hit games and he ended the season with an 11-game on-base streak.

    Mang opened the season as UNM’s third baseman before moving to second.  He moved to first base during the fifth weekend of the season and made himself a home there, solidifying UNM’s defense and giving the Lobos some corner pop with his bat.  Despite having not previously played the position, he committed just one error all season at first.