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Hilltopper Softball Wins Double Header Vs. Capital 16-0,10-0

on April 14, 2013 - 7:57am

Kiana Zerr beats throw into 2nd base. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kiana Zerr greated at home plate after home run hit. Photo by Alan Kirk

Krysta Salazar slides into 2nd base. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kristin Christensen tagged at home plate. Photo by Alan Kirk

Emilee Jones stretches to make catch for out. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk makes catch at 1st for out. Photo by Alan Kirk

Los Alamos Runner Completes Marathon des Sables

on April 13, 2013 - 9:22am

Los Alamos runner Garth Reader joins 1,000 others crossing the Sahara in the 28 Annual Marathon des Sables last week. Photo by Cimbaly E. Sampers, courtesy of

Marathon des Sables official website

Staff report:

Los Alamos runner Garth Reader has completed the timed portion of the 28 Annual Marathon des Sables (Marathon of Sands.)

The six-day, 156 mile ultra-marathon (the equivalent of six regular marathons) is considered the toughest foot race on earth.

Competitors from all over the world travel to Morocco to race across the Sahara desert, in 110-degree temperatures.

Runners are


Hilltopper Softball Defeats Espanola 15-5

on April 11, 2013 - 11:41am

Kiana Zerr jumps back from inside pitch. Photo by Alan Kirk

Jodi Thomas beats tag at 2nd. Photo by Alan Kirk

Krysta Salazar hits single. Photo by Alan Kirk

Close play at 1st base. Photo by Alan Kirk

Lucia Fajardo gets hit. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alyssa Mojica gets hit. Photo by Alan Kirk

Fight Breast Cancer at Run for Her Life April 14

on April 10, 2013 - 9:43am
Runners race for the finish line during the 2012 Run for Her Life. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Put on your running (or walking) shoes. At 9 a.m. Sunday, April 14 the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah, the Los Alamos Jewish Center and Atomic City Roadrunners will present the third annual Run for Her Life.

The event is a 5K and 10K race in Los Alamos to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.

This is the only race specifically targeting breast cancer to be held in Los Alamos.

Romero is Tops in Weekly Pace Race

on April 10, 2013 - 8:37am
Roy Cope braves Tuesday's snow for the weekly pace race. Courtesy Photo
ACRR News:
There were 10 dedicated, hard core Atomic City Road Runners at the snowy, cold Sewer Plant Road run Tuesday afternoon. 
The best predictor of the night was Ted Romero with a delta of 42 seconds. Ted also was the fastest runner on the 3-mile course with a time of 20:58. 
The fastest runner and best predictor on the 1-mile course was Linda Vance with a time of 9 minutes and 53 seconds, and an adjusted delta of 60 seconds off her predicted time. 
The fastest male runner on the 1-mile course

Arriba Sol 17 Wins AAU Grand Prix Tournament

on April 9, 2013 - 9:24am

The Arriba Sol 17’s are made up of players from Los Alamos and Espanola Valley high schools. Top row from left, Espanola Valley players Elana Salazar, Christina Naranjo and Jackie Avitia and Los Alamos players Samantha Melton and Brianna Montano. Bottom row from left, Espanola Valley players Celina Naranjo, Victoria Valdez and Samantha Fredricks. Courtesy photo


The Arriba Sol 17 Volleyball team, made up of players from Espanola Valley and Los Alamos high schools,   traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., April 5-6 for the Las Vegas AAU Grand Prix Tournament.

At stake was an


Boys Atomic Tumblers Compete at State Championship

on April 8, 2013 - 4:13pm

Daniel Fryer competes on pommel horse at State Championship. Courtesy/LASG

LASG News:

The boys’ competitive team from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics competed in the 2013 New Mexico Boys State Championship in Albuquerque on March 16th and 17th.

Level 5 Senior Division

Philo Shelton earned an all-around score of 51.95, placing seventh. Shelton earned an 8.9 (8th) on floor, 9.1 (7th) on pommel horse, 8.1 (8th) on rings, 9.35 (8th) on vault, 8.8 (6th) on parallel bars, and 7.7 (8th) on high bar.

Philo Shelton competes on the high bar at State Championship. Courtesy/LASG

Level 5 Junior


K of C Recognizes Free Throw State Champs

on April 8, 2013 - 6:24am
Knights of Columbus Youth Coordinator Roger Anaya, left, and Grand Knight Ray Chavez with Free Throw State Champions EliIram-Bent, left, and Alicia Gonzales and Runner-Up Champ Wilhelm Schmidt. Photo by Yvonne Gonzales

K of C Youth Coordinator Roger Anaya presents Alicia Gonzales her state championship trophy and certificate. Photo by Yvonne Gonzales

K of C News:

Knights of Columbus Council #3137 last week recognized the K of C Free Throw State Champions and Runner-up.
The state free throw competition took place Saturday, March 23 in Grants.

Alicia Gonzales won her second state championship,

Hilltopper Softball Sweeps Santa Fe 5-3, 14-5!

on April 7, 2013 - 11:56am

Erin Kirk beats tag to 2nd base. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kiana Zerr throwing pitch. Photo by Alan Kirk

Coach Zerr attempting to avoid play at 1st Base. Photo by Alan Kirk

Micaela Christensen dives for ball in Center Field. Photo by Alan Kirk

Emily Jones picks up ground ball at 2nd. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk stretches for throw from Emily Jones for out. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alleta Marciano slides into 2nd base. Photo by Alan Kirk

Micaela Christensen heads to home plate and waiting teammates after homerun hit. Photo by Alan Kirk



LAHS Softball Beats Albuquerque Academy 14-0!

on April 7, 2013 - 8:59am
The Los Alamos High School Softball Team lost its first district game to Bernalillo 4-2 Wednesday and came back to beat Albuquerque Academy Friday night 14-0. In that game, Cristina Perez, Micaela Christensen and Kristin Christensen all hit home runs. Emily Jones pitched a complete game shutout and earned her season victory of the season. Here Aletta Marciano hits a double Against Academy. Photo by Rod Christensen
Cristina Perez hits a home run on the top of the 3rd to start a big rally against Academy. Photo by Rod Christensen
Jodi Thomas gets a base hit against Academy. Photo by Rod

Los Alamos Athletes Compete in USASA Southwest Freeride Series

on April 7, 2013 - 7:58am

The Pajarito Freeride Team including Los Alamos High School sophomores Charlie Herrmann, Austin Salmon and Steven Calhoun, led by Coach Tony Hinojosa as they enter Opening Ceremonies of Nationals Saturday evening. The Pajarito Mountain Freeride Team is a competitive ski and snowboard team that trains at Pajarito Mountain and competes in the USASA Southwest Freeride Series. Competition begins Monday at Copper Mountain, Colo. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

LAHS Teen Named 2013 Santa Fe Rodeo Princess

on April 5, 2013 - 10:19am

Abigail Woodmansee

Los Alamos High School junior Abigail Woodmansee is the 2013 Santa Fe Rodeo Princess.

Woodmansee tried out for the Santa Fe Rodeo Royalty in April of last year.

The competion included horsemanship, modeling, giving a speech, answering impromptu questions and a personal interview.

The competition had a panel of two judges. The winners for princess and queen were crowned the last night of Rodeo de Santa Fe and reign one year.

Throughout the year, Rodeo Queen Alex Tapia and Princess Abigail Woodmansee have been traveling to rodeos, parades and different functions

LAHS Taps Robin Reynolds for New Varsity Head Volleyball Coach

on April 4, 2013 - 10:27am


Los Alamos High School just announced that Robin Reynolds has been name the new Varsity Head Volleyball Coach. 

Reynolds was recently the C team volleyball coach at Los Alamos High School. 

He was the JV coach under Coach Stokes in 2000-01 and then had been the C team coach since 2010. 

Reynolds has also worked with club and YMCA programs since 1994. 

Coach Reynolds is looking forward to the challenges that face him as the Head Volleyball Coach of the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.


Craig 'Noodles' Neal Named New Basketball Coach at UNM

on April 3, 2013 - 10:48pm


UNM News:

New Mexico Associate Head Coach Craig "Noodles" Neal has been tapped to replace Steve Alford as head coach of Lobos Men's Basketball today.

Neal is entering his sixth season at New Mexico and was named the Lobos' Associate Head Coach March 27, 2007.

He accepted the top job offer today with gratitude as he choked back tears during a press conference in Albuquerque.

Prior to coming to UNM, Neal, 48, spent three seasons working for Alford at the University of Iowa.


Sell Gold - Help Local Athletic Activities

on April 3, 2013 - 10:05am


The Pain Free Athlete: Does it Hurt to Run and Play?

on April 3, 2013 - 7:30am

Jessica Kisiel
The Pain Free Athlete
Does it Hurt to Run and Play?

Sports and exercise shouldn't hurt. For many of us, though, moving our bodies creates symptoms of pain.
Consequently, the circle of activities available to us shrinks and we move less. And the less we move, the harder it is to move, and the more it hurts when we try.
A downward spiral for our musculoskeletal health and function.

It is common to blame the activity for the pain. Running is the most common culprit.


Pace Race Series Begins 40th Season

on April 3, 2013 - 7:23am
Despite cool temperatures, the Atomic City Road Runners kicked off its 40th season Tuesday. Courtesy photo
ACRR News:
The Atomic City Road Runners pace race season opened Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail with 1, 1.5, 2 and 3 mile distances available.
Elizabeth Turner and Amanda Mercer were the top predictors at 35 seconds off their predicted time as well as fastest female three mile finishers. 
Tom Sandford had a 43 second differential and Mary Snow and David Kratzer came in at 53 seconds off.
Bob Weeks was the top one mile finisher at 13:24 followed by Georgia Pedicini

Liz Lockhart Takes Gold at Level 6 State Championship

on April 2, 2013 - 9:46am

Liz Lockhart takes the gold in the all-around competition. Photo by Kristen Lockhart

Liz Lockhart earns the gold on bars with an 8.95. Photo by Kristen Lockhart

LASG News:

Liz Lockhart of the  Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers became the New Mexico State Level 6 All-around Champion in her division for her performance at the Level 6 State Gymnastics Meet in Albuquerque March 2.

Lockhart scored a 35.75 all-around, her highest score of the season. She also earned the New Mexico State Champion titles on bars (8.95) and floor (8.6), and took silver on beam (9.25) and bronze on


New Mexico High School Coaches Association Releases 2013 Boys & Girls All-State Basketball Teams

on March 29, 2013 - 10:19am


The New Mexico High School Coaches Association has released its 2013 Boys & Girls All-State Basketball teams for the 2012/2013 school year.

View all of the teams online at View All-State Teams (If the link doesn’t work, go to


Bueck and Ulrich Earn Level 5 State Champion Titles

on March 28, 2013 - 8:02am

The Atomic Tumblers Level 5 and 6 State Championship Team. Photo by Laura Trader

Gymnast Katie Wingo takes the gold on beam. Photo by Robert Wingo

LASG News:

Lilly Bueck and Charlotte Ulrich became the New Mexico State All-around Champions in their divisions for their performances at the Level 5 State Gymnastics Meet in Albuquerque March 2.

The Atomic Tumblers Level 5 team, consisting of eight gymnasts, earned a total of 22 medals including 11 gold, six silver and five bronze.

Bueck competed in the Junior C Division, becoming the New Mexico State vault (9.0), bar (9.3), and all-around


Otero Junior College Rodeo Signs Abiquiu Standout Cowboy

on March 28, 2013 - 7:59am

Jake Trujillo of Abiquiu. Courtesy/Fain Photo

Otero Junior College

LA JUNTA, Colo.—Otero Junior College Rodeo program has announced the signing of New Mexico high school rodeo standout Jake Trujillo of Abiquiu, N.M.

Trujillo signed a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association letter of intent with Otero Junior College Rattler Rodeo. The Las Animas High School senior is a top steer wrestler and team roper.

Trujillo is in the last semester of his senior year, where he competes in the National High School Rodeo Association in New Mexico.

He is a National High School finals rodeo qualifier

Los Alamos Athletes Eli Iramk-Bent and Alicia Gonzales Win State Free Throw Tournament

on March 27, 2013 - 1:06pm
State Free Throw champions Eli Iramk-Bent, 10, and Alicia Gonzales, 11, of Los Alamos show off their trophies after winning their divisions in the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Competition March 23 at Grants High School. Photo by John Bent

Watch 'Whip It' and Meet Local Derby Dames

on March 27, 2013 - 9:31am
MPL News:
See  "Whip It," the movie that inspired a whole generation of derby girls.
Meet Los Alamos' own roller derby team, the M'Atom Bombs, before the movie.
The team is part of the local league, the LA Derby Dames. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Mesa Public Library.
This is a free event.
"Whip It" is based on the 2007 novel "Derby Girl" by former competitor Shauna Cross.
The film stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, a small-town misfit who finds her true passion when she joins an Austin roller derby league.

Los Alamos Athletes Shine at Albuquerque Meet

on March 24, 2013 - 10:42am

Orion Staples, Mike Walker and Daniel Romero went 1-2-3 in the 3200, with Orion setting the pace at 10:25 on a cold, very windy day at Saturday's Albuquerque Public Schools meet at Milne Stadium. Photo by Blake Wood

Laura Wendelberger won the high jump and set a personal record with her jump of 5'5". Photo by Blake Wood

Skyler McCall won the high jump with a height of 5'10'. Photo by Blake Wood

Sean Reardon won the 800 m in a state qualifying 2:01. Photo by Blake Wood

Full results can be found at