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  • 'Toppers take two from Miyamura

    The Los Alamos baseball team swept Miyamura in doubleheader on Saturday.

    The 'Toppers beat the Patriots 7-3 and 10-0 to close out their pre-district schedule.

    More important than the wins to manager Mike Gill, however, were how the 'Toppers played. Los Alamos hit the ball well in both games and took care of business defensively.

    Los Alamos is now 9-5 overall.

    On Wednesday the 'Toppers will begin its District 2-5A action at Capital.

  • Storm-y Friday

    Hilltopper tracksters Skyler McCall and Michaelle Sutton were among the Los Alamos contingent at Friday’s Cleveland Storm Relays.

  • LA wins with walk off double

    RIO RANCHO — Los Alamos’ Shelby Chavez stepped up to the plate with her team down by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday against Cleveland’s junior varsity. Jordan Hammock was on second base and Morgan Hohner, the potential go-ahead run, was on first base.
    Chavez had already hit two triples, scored three times and knocked in three RBIs during the game.
    Cleveland called time out as Chavez walked up to the plate. She thought they were going to intentionally walk her. When they decided to pitch to her, she said she was “so happy.”
    “I was hitting the ball really good all day so I was really confident,” Chavez said.
    After a couple of balls, Cleveland threw her a fastball. Chavez drove the pitch deep over an outfielder’s head.
    Hammock rounded the bases and scored. Then Hohner came charging around third. Earlier in the game, Cleveland had thrown Hohner out at the plate.
    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya didn’t stop the speedster at third though. He sent her home again.
    “I decided to be aggressive and make them throw her out,” Anaya said.
    Another play at the plate ensued, but this time Hohner was safe, ending the game by a 10-9 score in favor of Los Alamos.

  • They've Got Spirit, How 'Bout You?

    Members of the Los Alamos High School cheer team is taking part in the state championship competition this weekend in Albuquerque. The team will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at WisePies Arena.

  • Los Alamos baseball holds on to beat Moriarty

    The Los Alamos baseball team improved to 7-5 overall with a 5-3 victory over Moriarty (1-10-1) on Thursday.
    “It was OK,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “We’ll take it.”
    The ’Toppers scored four runs in the first inning and one more in the second.
    Jared Mang went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases.
    Trevor Pacheco went 2-for-4, scored once and had a RBI.
    Mang also pitched a complete game for Los Alamos. He struck out 11 batters, walked two, beaned one and gave up three hits and 1 earned run.
    “He was sharp yesterday,” Gill said.
    The team’s defense also had a “decent” game, Gill said.
    The infield didn’t make any errors. In the catcher’s spot, Pacheco did a lot of good things that don’t show up on the stat sheet, like fielding curve balls intentionally thrown in the dirt.
    “Trevor had a really good game behind the plate,” Gill said.
    Moriarty scored once in the first inning, once in the third and once in the fourth.
    In the fourth inning, however, the Fighting Pintos were starting to rally when Los Alamos’ defense came up big.

  • Slow start hurts LA softball against Roswell

    Some early errors put the Los Alamos softball team in a 10-0 hole against Roswell Thursday in the first round of the Kristin Griego tournament in Rio Rancho.
    The ’Toppers eventually settled down on defense and got their bats going to score some runs, but they couldn’t catch the Coyotes and eventually fell, 13-5.
    “We got off to a slow start and made some key errors early on — a couple of mistakes to keep innings going,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said.
    In the third inning, the ’Toppers were able to get some momentum going for themselves.
    Morgan Hohner reached base on an infield single.
    Shelby Chavez then hit a triple over the right fielder’s head to bring Hohner home.
    Chavez then scored Los Alamos’ second run. She finished with two triples, two RBIs, two runs and two walks.
    In the fifth inning, Los Alamos got some help from its bench to close the gap a little more.
    Chavez and Taylor Jaramillo both walked. Rebecca Luster came in the game as a pinch runner for Jaramillo. Hannah Mojica then hit a sacrifice fly to score Chavez.
    After that Shelby Milligan stepped up to the plate as a pinch hitter and came through for Los Alamos with an RBI-single to score Luster.

  • Sports Briefs 3-26-15

    Pace race season near
    The 42nd season of the pace race series, conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club, will begin on April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Co-operative Market on East Road (N.M. 502).
    The club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com

    Hall of fame nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website or can be picked up in the athletic office.
    There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach (head, assistant or volunteer from middle or high school), and a contributor to LAPS athletics. A contributor could include, but is not limited to an educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer coaches.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by August 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • High-flying gymnasts win at state meet

    Emily Smith became the first member of High Flyers Gymnastics to win an all-around state championship March 7 in Albuquerque. Smith finished first in the level 2 Junior Olympic meet, winning the vault and floor exercise to catapult her to the all-around title.
    Three other high flyers also won state championships in individual events. Megan Martinez and Valarie Valdez both placed first on level 2 balance beam in their age groups while Sofia Enriquez won the level 3 uneven bars title with a score of 9.45.
    There were 22 gymnasts from High Flyers who competed in the championship meet, which included both level 2 and Level 3 age group competitions.
    In level 2, Ashley Hammond took second place all-around. She finished second on the floor exercise with 9.025, had a third-place finish on balance beam and fourth-place finishes on both the vault and uneven bars.
    Despite fighting a stomach virus, Elizabeth Merrill competed and finished in fifth place all around.
    Other Level 2 all-around results included Anna Kirkland’s fourth-place finish. Megan Martinez placed fourth all-around and third on the bars with a 9.15. Kwan Jemu Lopez Moya placed fifth all around. Cammie Pressett finished sixth. Ashley Smith took fifth. Aubrianna Telchy placed fifth. Valarie Valdez took third on the bars and fourth all around.

  • Minor League Baseball announces new pace of game regulations

    Minor League Baseball recemtly announced rules and procedures aimed at improving the pace of play in games at the Triple-A and Double-A levels.

    The procedures, created in partnership with Major League Baseball, will monitor the time taken between innings and pitches, and will limit the amount of time allowed during pitching changes. Umpires will continue to enforce rules prohibiting batters from leaving the batter’s box between pitches.

    Timers have been installed at all Triple-A and Double-A parks in plain view of umpires, players and fans to monitor the pace of play and determine when violations occur. The month of April will serve as a grace period, with players receiving warnings for infractions. Beginning May 1, rules will be enforced as written. The regulations and penalties for non-compliance are listed below.

    INNING BREAKS

    -Inning breaks will be two minutes, 25 seconds in duration. The first batter of an inning is encouraged to be in the batter’s box and alert to the pitcher with 20 seconds left on the inning break timer. The pitcher must begin his wind-up or begin the motion to come to the set position at any point within the last 20 seconds of the 2:25 break.

  • ’Topper track teams rising to challenge

    The Los Alamos track teams competed with mostly bigger schools again Saturday at the Buddy Robertson Invite in Albuquerque.
    Both teams were up to the challenge.
    The Hilltopper boys finished fourth in the team race with 66 points, just 1 point behind Manzano and 2 points behind Volcano Vista.
    Cleveland (129) took first. Highland (63) finished fifth, followed by La Cueva (25), Valley (20), Del Norte (13) and Bosque (3).
    “The kids just performed well,” boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    The Hilltoppers girls, meanwhile, finished third out of the nine teams with 65 points.
    Cleveland (133) finished first, followed by La Cueva (86), Los Alamos, Volcano Vista (61), Highland (41), Valley (30), Del Norte (28), Manzano (5) and Bosque (2).
    “We’re holding our own against some powerhouses,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said. “It was just a good overall team effort.”
    Greg Ahlers set a new personal record to win the high jump with a state-qualifying height. He cleared 6 feet, 4 inches.
    Skyler McCall cleared 5-8 to take fourth.
    The team’s distance runners also came up big in the mile. Hayden Walker won the race in 4 minutes, 44.71 seconds. Conner Bailey finished second in 4:54.62 and John Rees took fourth in 4:56.74.