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By The Staff

LA baseball loses St. Pius tourney opener

The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was dropped in the opening round of the St. Pius X Invitational Thursday.

The Hilltoppers were knocked into the tournament’s consolation bracket by the Sandia Prep Sundevils, 13-1, Thursday afternoon in Albuquerque.

The loss dropped the Hilltoppers to 0-3 on the season. All three losses have come by at least 10 runs.

The St. Pius tournament continues through Saturday.

Los Alamos was scheduled to make its first home appearance of the season Tuesday against Santa Fe, but that game has been moved to Santa Fe due to poor infield conditions at Bomber Field.

Española Valley reaches boys 4A hoops final

All four of the top two seeds in the Class AAAA boys and girls basketball playoffs have survived through the semifinals.

On the boys side, top-seeded Roswell, the defending state champion, will take on second-seeded Española Valley in the final of the AAAA playoffs. Roswell topped fourth-seeded Volcano Vista Thursday afternoon, 65-57, while Española Valley knocked off third-seeded Albuquerque Academy 59-47.

Española Valley, a longtime rival and District 2AAAA foe of Los Alamos, is seeking its first basketball state title.

The AAAA title game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

In the girls AAAA tournament, top-seeded Kirtland Central, the tournament’s winningest program in state history, will take on second-seeded Shiprock at tonight in The Pit.

Kirtland Central dropped Española Valley in Thursday’s semifinal round, 52-47, while Shiprock beat Roswell 54-46 in the other semifinal.

Both the Hilltopper boys and girls were knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinal round earlier this week.

Rugby club hosting St. Patty’s dinner

The Los Alamos Rugby Club will host a St. Patrick’s Day dinner Wednesday at the Elks Club lodge.

The dinner, which is open to all ages, will run from 5-8 p.m. at the lodge. Menu items include corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, drinks and dessert.

The event is being held as a fundraiser for the rugby club’s tour of New Zealand in 2011.

Spring training for LALL is Saturday

Los Alamos Little League will hold one more spring training sessions for baseball players interested in playing Majors this season.

Spring training will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Pueblo Gym.

Spring training is open to registered LALL players ages 9-12 who want to participate in Majors.

For more information, contact Lance Eaton at 662-9105 or leaton@ciber.com.

Select baseball team hosting tryouts

The LA Blast Select baseball team will hold tryouts for kids 11 and under starting Sunday.

Interested players need to attend either Sunday’s session or a session March 20 and must attend a March 21 session.

Players must be 11 or younger as of May 1. All tryout sessions are scheduled from 4-5:30 p.m. at Byers Field in White Rock.

For more information, call Stacey Eaton at 662-8971, 690-8312 or e-mail steaton@yahoo.com.

Pace racing starts April 6

The Atomic City Roadrunners will open the 2010 pace race season April 6.

The first race of the season will start at 6 p.m. at the Sullivan Field track.

ACRR is a family-oriented walking and running club which meets every Tuesday evening during Daylight Savings Time.

The pace race is an event in which participants predict their finish time. Winners are determined by who has the closest prediction.

Price for participation is $20 for individuals and $30 for families. Per-race dues are also assessed. Members who participate in 10 races throughout the year receive club T-shirts at the end of the season.

For more information, call 672-1639.

LASRC holding event Sunday

Los Alamos Ski Racing Club will host the New Mexico Fun Race Finale Sunday at Pajarito Mountain.

Skiing will start at approximately 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Several youth teams from around the state are scheduled to compete.