Sports & Rec

NMAA Deputy Director Dana Pappas To Join NFHS Staff

Dana Pappas

NFHS News:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Dana Pappas, deputy director and commissioner of officials of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), will join the staff of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Aug. 1.

Pappas will take on the role of Director of Officiating Services – a newly designed staff position devoted to officials programming, services and courses.

Theresia Wynns, who has served as NFHS director of sports and officials education since 2012, will retire July 31 after a 50-year career in education at the local, state and national levels.

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Lift-Served Mountain Biking Opens At Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Express, Lift 1, for lift-served mountain biking opens today, July 22. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort


Purgatory Resort announces the opening of Purgatory Express (Lift 1) for lift-served mountain biking today, July 22.

Purgatory installed 14 new Deason Built MTB carriers for increased capacity and efficiency to safely transport riders and their equipment to Durango’s only lift-served downhill mountain bike flow trail.

Purgatory’s Bike Park features podium-quality terrain for all abilities and serves as the gateway to over 400 miles of high alpine singletrack

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Los Alamos High School Athlete Tyler Weiss Signs Letter To Run Track For Adams State University

Los Alamos High School athlete Tyler Weiss signs a letter of intent Tuesday in the lobby of the high school flanked by his parents Holly and Doug Weiss. His coach’s relatives and friends also attended the signing. Weiss will run track for Adams State University. Tyler had an outstanding career participating in high school sports. Highlights include baseball, football, hockey, track and golf. He lettered in all sports; he lettered multiple times in football, hockey and track and was team captain in football, track and golf. Weiss also was Academic All-District every time he lettered and 2nd

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Priscila Rosa Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

Dedicated runners gather Tuesday in Quemazon for the weekly pace race after a loud, wet thunderstorm. Courtesy/ACRR

Runners relax after the July 20 pace race held in the Quemazon Complex after a major thunderstorm. Courtesy/ACRR

ACRR News:

Priscila Rosa is the best predictor at 16 seconds off as well as the first female finisher with a time of 34:44 in the 3 mile distance in the weekly pace Tuesday in the Quemazon Complex after a major thunderstorm. 

Other accurate predictors are: Erofili Kardoulaki with a 27 second differential; Laura McClellan at 47 seconds off; Jan Velechovsky with a 103 second

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Scenes From LAHS 2021 Hilltopper Cheerleader Camp

Topper Cheerleaders attending this year’s camp, Emily Cox (Head), Aliana Montoya (Head), Andrea Alarid, Ashley Casados, Lucia Chacon, Gabriella Gonzales, MiraBella Guerin, Hannah Jameson, Betty Kang, Megan Martinez, Savanna Martin, Janey Michel, Elizabeth Tafoya and Hailiegh Walkoviak. Photo by John

Scene from this week’s LAHS Topper Summer Cheer & Poms Camp. Photo by John


The Los Alamos High School Hilltopper Cheer Team ran a three-day Summer Cheer & Poms Camp this week for 80 campers at the LAHS Griffith and Auxiliary

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The Los Alamos High School Hilltopper Girls demonstrated that they are the team to beat at the New Mexico State Championship in two weeks, winning their Home Meet with 25 points to Class 4A rival Albuquerque Academy’s 45 points, and posting an average time per runner that was more than 20 seconds faster.  Leading the ‘Toppers was sophomore Norissa Valdez, placing 2nd overall in an excellent time of 19:15 over the hilly 5k distance at the Los Alamos Golf Course.  Freshman Sophie Chadwick in 3rd, junior Lidia Appell in 4th, and freshmen Emma Montoya and Jasmine Hornberger in 6th and 10th respectively, rounded out the five scoring ‘Toppers.  Also of note was Los Alamos Middle School 8th grader Delany Ulrich, who won the JV race by 49 seconds, running a time that would have placed her in the top-10 of the Varsity race.
DAI_5808:  Freshman Jasmine Hornberger leads teammate Hannah Gartz a half mile from the finish.
DAI_5916:  Sophomore Norissa Valdez and freshman Sophie Chadwick ran most of the race together, leading the Hilltoppers in 2nd and 3rd places overall.
DAI_5732:  ‘Toppers Norissa Valdez and Sophie Chadwick lead a long line of runners a half mile into the race.
DAI_5691:  ‘Toppers Norissa Valdez, Sophie Chadwick, and Lidia Appell position themselves in the lead pack early in the race.
– Blake