Sports & Rec

Sports & Rec

Los Alamos Daily Post Weekly Sports Report

By RJ Montaño
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
‘Topper Softball
Los Alamos Softball earned an #11 seed in the NMAA State Tournament and will travel to Rio Rancho, N.M. to take on #6 Kirtland Central in the double-elimination 12 team tournament.
‘Topper Track and Field
Los Alamos Boys and Girls Track and Field will compete at the NMAA State Tournament in at the UNM Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque this Friday and Saturday.
‘Topper Girls Tennis Singles
2nd seeded Los Alamos Senior Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff fell to top seeded Farmington earning


New Mexico Athletic Directors Association Announces 2017 Scholar Athlete Awards

NM ADA News:
The New Mexico Athletic Directors Association, interscholastic athletic directors in the state of New Mexico, is proud to announce the 2017 NMADA Male and Female Scholar Athlete Award Winners.
2017 NMADA Female Scholar Athlete – Sophie Long, Albuquerque Academy, nominated by Taryn Bachis, Albuquerque Academy Athletic Director. Sophie has earned 6 varsity letters, 2 in volleyball and 4 in basketball. She was a first team all-district selection in basketball for 3 years, co-player of the year for 2-5A in 2016-17, first team All-Metro


Los Alamos Girls Golf Wins Third At State

Elizabeth Lockhart watches her putt on the 12th hole during the girls state golf championships May 8-9 at The Canyon Club at Four Hills golf course in Albuquerque. The Los Alamos High School girls golf team placed third at state. Photo by John McHale/

Leah Mountain reads the green before her putt on No. 7. She finished with a 180 that tied her for fifth place. Photo by John McHale/

Jessica Osden chips up on to the No. 6 green. Osden finished the tournament with a score of 174, which put her in fourth place. Photo by John McHale/ ​



Letter To The Editor: Patrick Brenner Rant Clearly NOT A Better Way For LA

Los Alamos
Over the last few weeks we’ve seen a healthy volley of letters to the editor in favor of, and opposed to the Rec Bond. For the most part the letters have been well thought out, well spoken and constructive in their approach to the issue. I think this is representative of Los Alamos as a whole. We discuss, we debate, but in the end, we’re still nice to our neighbors that have a different opinion. It’s what makes this community so great.
This is why the letter published Monday evening in the Los Alamos Daily Post from former Los Alamos County


Los Alamos Boys Golf Team Earns Third At State

Davis Johnson blasts out of the No. 8 sand trap; he shot a 181 and a 21 finish during the state golf championships May 8-9 at the The Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque. The boys golf team finished in third place. Photo by John McHale/

Logan Bishop tees off on No. 8; he finished with a 179 and tied for 18th place in the state golf championship. Photo by John McHale/ 

Henry Poston reads the green on No. 2. Poston finished with a 174, which tied him to 12th place. Photo by John McHale/


Jacob Benelli chips to green No. 8; he finished with a 180


LAHS Girls Softball Eliminated From State

The Los Alamos High School girls softball team was eliminated from the state competition after they lost 14-3 to the Kirkland Central Broncos May 11 at Cleveland High School. At third base, Megan Romero reaches for the throw for an out but wasn’t done in time during the fourth inning. Photo by John McHale/

Jayde Tucker makes a try for a pop-up near the fence but was just out of her reach. Photo by John McHale/


The leadoff pitcher, Reyna Lucero, pitched until the sixth inning when she was relieved by Savana Luster. Photo by


Los Alamos Nukes Win Second State Championship!

The Los Alamos Nukes win back-to-back state championships in the 10-man rugby bracket. Photo by John McHale/

The Los Alamos Nukes win their second 10-man state championship high school title in a row!
The Nukes played El Paso and St. Pius Saturday in Albuquerque to capture back-to-back championships, thus finishing off an undefeated season.  

Preston Brown runs through St. Pius defenders. Photo by John McHale/

Joey Sorenson gets a lift during a lineout from fellow teammates Jake Mairson and Patrick Guy


Letter To The Editor: Still Saying No To Rec Bond

Los Alamos
Many have weighed in with their opinions on the Recreation Bond Proposal since I published my last letter April 21. 
Until recently, most LA Daily Post letters on this topic have been authored by those strongly favoring the proposal. Only recently have we started to see contributions from those of us that oppose the bond proposal.
As alluded to in my earlier letter, it appears that those backing the recreational pool proposal which was soundly defeated several years ago have adopted a new strategy to achieve their goals.  


Players Sought For Special Olympics Charity Golf Tournament June 2

Los Alamos Daily Post

Special Olympics Los Alamos is gearing up for the Special Olympics Charity Golf Tournament slated for June 2 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The format will be four-person scramble and singles and doubles are welcome. The entry fee is $100 per person, which includes cart, green fees lunch and prizes. Prizes will be awarded for gross and net scores, longest drive and more.

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation


Five Los Alamos Young Guns Members Qualify For 2017 Shotgun National Junior Olympics

Five members of the Los Alamos Young Guns qualified Saturday during trials at the at Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club to compete in the 2017 Shotgun National Junior Olympics June 11-13 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Los Alamos Young Guns members in front row from left, Alison Pimentel, Cade Pimentel and Lauren Williams. Back row from left, Sam Bond and Kevin Dors. Photo by Maire O’Neill/
Los Alamos Young Guns members, parents and coaches celebrate the team members qualifying for Junior Olympics. Photo by Maire O’Neill/


Letter To The Editor: Still On Fence About Rec Bond

Los Alamos
First of all, I love the idea of improving and adding to the recreation facilities in Los Alamos and have no problem paying more taxes to facilitate this.
The problem is with the allocation of funds: Only a little more that five percent ($1.8 million vs $31.6 million) is allocated to for White Rock, even though we have approximately one-third of Los Alamos County’s population. I know this issue was brought up in the community forums. When expressing my concerns, several reasons were given to justify the funding


LAYSL Soccer Tryouts May 15-25

The Los Alamos Youth Soccer League is holding tryouts for the Fall 2018 season for competitive teams and practice sessions/informational meetings for pre-competitive teams between May 15 and May 25 for boys and girls born 2002 through 2009.
For more information on dates, times and field locations, or to learn more about the comp and pre-comp programs, visit


Letter To The Editor: To Bond Or Not To Bond, That Is The Question

Los Alamos
Ralph Chapman’s letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) has been the latest in a long list of well written and thoughtful letters, both pro and con, regarding the Recreation Bond vote. If nothing else, we have once again proven that Los Alamos residents are thoughtful and engaged in our civic governance. I would expect a high “voter turnout”.
I would also offer to compare the discussion up here on The Hill regarding this bond question, which has been driven by engaged residents using their own thoughts, vs. the discussion of the failed


Boys And Girls Golf Are 3rd Place State Champs

Both the boys and girls golf teams placed 3rd at the 5A State Golf Championship May 8-9 at Canyon Club in Albuquerque. Results can be found on the NMAA website at The boys, paced by four freshmen and a junior, were only one shot out of 2nd and 10 shots out of the championship won by Artesia. It was a very close competition. Jessica Osden and Leah Mountain were in the top-6 individuals on the girls side. Thus, they both made the all-tournament team. Sean Rau was the top player for the Hilltopper boys. He placed 7th individually–one position out of the all-tournament team. Courtesy


Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run May 18

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will begin running the torch Thursda, May 18, for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

There may be slight traffic delays as officers begin to run the torch from LAPD along Trinity toward the back-gate and on to Jemez Springs.

LAPD partners with Special Olympics New Mexico to raise money and awareness for local athletes to participate in New Mexico State sponsored athletic competitions.


Zach Medin Best Predictor In Pace Race

Fifteen runners waited out the rain and lightning and enjoyed a dust-free jaunt for a one mile or three mile run on Barranca Mesa and in Bayo Canyon.
On the short course, Beth Davenport and Billy Strother had the best predictions being off by 81 seconds (normalized to the three mile course). Savanna Strother was the first finisher at 8:11.
For the long course, on which runners ran around Barranca Mesa Elementary School and then down the horse trail into Bayo Canyon to the point and back Gonzales Road to Barranca School, Zachary Medin was the best predictor,


Letter To The Editor: Why Future Generations Don’t Need Bond

By A Student
Los Alamos
I have heard a lot of people saying this bond would be an investment in future generations, to have more options, or that they just don’t want to travel to Santa Fe.
As a member of the future generation in Los Alamos, I am Voting no on the Rec Bond.
If investing in the community is someone’s goal then please invest in the housing problem; invest in making sure the future generation has the opportunity to have a roof over their heads and then and only then can anything else be considered. Students are being forced to live in their


Healing America’s Heroes Fights PTSD With Outdoor Adventures

 From left, Healing America’s Heroes Board Member Don Brooks, Volunteer Shae Reinecke and Healing America’s Heroes Founder Eddie Crain discuss the nonprofit organization with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may find aid in an unconventional place: the great outdoors.

Healing America’s Heroes Founder Eddie Crain said he started the nonprofit organization eight years ago. To date, there have been 40 veterans who have completed the program.


Letter To The Editor: About Truth And The Rec Bond

Los Alamos Future PAC Members

We are writing to respond to the recent negative letters about the Recreation Bond by Tom Tierney, Lisa Shin, John Horne, and Lisa Brenner, who has also written online posts as Lola Anderson.

We understand that some people oppose the Rec Bond because they don’t support a tax increase or they don’t want Los Alamos County to spend tax dollars to make these community improvements. While we don’t agree with that position, we recognize that this is a decision that everyone has to make for themselves.

Our problem with the