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  • Baseball crushes Capital on road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team improved to a perfect 6-0 with its pair of crushing victories this weekend.
    Los Alamos, which remains in first place heading into this week’s play, blasted the Capital Jaguars by a combined 43-1 in the teams’ doubleheader this weekend in Santa Fe. Los Alamos won the first game 26-0, then cruised to a big 17-1 victory in game two.
    It has been rough going for Capital. It has been outscored by more than a 4-1 margin and has been limited to five runs in five district games so far.
    For the Hilltoppers (14-6 overall), they control their own destiny in district right now, with their only serious contender being Española Valley (12-6, 3-1 in 2-4A). Española Valley, which the Hilltoppers nipped 3-2 last week, has a big game Wednesday at Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos will be off this week until Saturday, when it starts the second half of 2-4A play. Los Alamos will travel to Bernalillo for a doubleheader.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Bernalillo’s Spartans (4-13, 1-2) by a count of 10-3 April 2 at Bomber Field.

  • 'Toppers dominate Jaguars Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team earned a pair of wins this weekend to keep with the top teams in District 2-4A this weekend.
    Los Alamos trounced the Capital Jaguars in a doubleheader Saturday. Los Alamos won the first contest 22-2, then came back to trump the Jaguars 24-7 in game two. Neither game went beyond five innings.
    The first inning was good to the Hilltopper offense in both contests. The Hilltoppers scored 9 runs in the first inning of game one, then came up with 11 runs in the first inning of game two to take early control.
    With the two wins, Los Alamos improves to 10-10 on the season — the first time the Hilltoppers have been at the .500 mark in 2014 — and, more importantly, 4-2 in district play.
    Los Alamos will be off until Saturday when it takes on the defending district champion Bernalillo on the road.
    In game one Saturday, Jordan Hammock threw three innings to earn the win, her third consecutive win in district play. Hammock allowed just four hits and struck out a pair of batters.
    In the second game, Kiana Zerr picked up the win, giving up seven hits and striking out six while walking just one.
    Krysta Salazar, who came up huge for Los Alamos in last week’s win over Española Valley, went 2-for-5 in game two, scored three runs and knocked in four runs.

  • LA finishes fourth at Academy Invite

    Los Alamos’ girls tennis team finished in the middle of the pack in this weekend’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    The Hilltoppers finished fourth in team standings at the tournament, which was played Friday and Saturday at Academy. Farmington, one of the favorites in Class 4A this season, won the team competition, while the host Chargers finished second.
    Along the way this weekend, the Hilltoppers’ top singles had solid outings.
    The Hilltoppers’ No. 1, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, knocked off Goddard’s Brittany Maidment and Belen’s Esperanza Herrear in the top draw – Hsieh-Ratliff held on in a tiebreaker against Maidment after the two split sets.
    In the No. 2 singles draw, Laura Whicker dropped Rose Baca of Belen 8-3 and swept Cristina Sartain of Goddard 6-3, 6-2, while Hannah Cunningham had a pair of wins at No. 3 singles, defeating opponents also from Belen and Goddard.
    Whicker teamed up with Maia Meneffe and Cunningham with Lauryn Anaya to earn wins in the doubles draw.
    Next up for Los Alamos is the pre-District 2-4A tournament which is set for Friday in Santa Fe. 

  • Challacombe, Hemez win at top level meet

    Chelsea Challacombe had a huge day at the toughest track and field meet of the year Monday.
    Challacombe, representing the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls, picked up a decisive victory in the high jump and was the runner-up in the long jump at Monday’s Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational.
    The Sepulveda meet is an invitation-only event. Just the top placers in the state on the season-to-date are invited to the annual meet, which is run at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex.
    Because of the meet’s exclusivity and because it covers all the state’s school classifications, the competition is ramped up from what most athletes will see at the state meet.
    Also at the meet, Colin Hemez won the boys 1600 for Los Alamos.
    Challacombe, who’s emerged this season as the Hilltoppers’ top athlete, won the high jump by four inches. Challacombe, who finished third in last year’s Class 4A state meet in that event, topped Aztec’s Kayli Farmer, a very good athlete in her own right, with her jump of 5 feet, 8 inches — Farmer finished with a best leap of 5-4.
    On the boys side, Colin Hemez ran an impressive time of 4:27.31 seconds Monday, holding off a tight challenge from Fernando Lucero of Rio Rancho (4:29.14) and Jared Garcia of Belen (4:29.33) to take the victory.

  • 'Toppers blanked in Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team didn’t get any players into the championship or consolation rounds of last weekend’s Los Alamos Invitational.
    Although the Hilltopppers were the host of the tournament, play was at Capital High School in Santa Fe.
    In team competition, the Farmington Scorpions were the big winners. The Scorpions, who had won three straight Class 4A titles before they were upset by Los Alamos in the final round of the state tournament last season, finished with 23 points, which placed them 4 points ahead of runner-up Santa Fe in the team standings.
    In the top singles flight, Hilltopper Lauren Fugate advanced to the semifinals, knocking off teammate Lauryn Anaya in the quarterfinals 5-4 (2), 5-3 — all rounds but the semifinals and finals were short-set scoring.
    Fugate, however, fell to eventual flight champion Brandee Fulgenzi of Santa Fe.
    Fulgenzi swept Fugate in two sets, then went on to top No. 2 seed Sydney Schumacher of Farmington 6-1, 6-0.
    In the No. 2 singles flight, Hilltopper Kiersten Temple advanced to the consolation final round, but was topped in her last match by Arielle Martinez.

  • Got To Keep On Moving

    Derek Selvage of the Los Alamos Nukes tries to evade a tackle during a match against Rio Rancho. Selvage scored a pair of tries against Rio Rancho to lead the team to a 33-5 victory. The Nuke will be at home this evening for a contest at Sullivan Field. Match time is 7 p.m. and admission is free. 

  • LA's boys results from Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team finished 19th out of 24 entries at last weekend’s meet at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex.
    Los Alamos earned two points at the event, which was actually hosted by the Rio Rancho Rams. The meet was won handily by Rio Rancho’s cross-town rivals, the Cleveland Storm.
    The Storm finished with 112 points, just slightly less than half of the total of runners-up Rio Rancho and Volcano Vista.
    The highest-finishing Class 4A team was Albuquerque Academy, which finished with 29 points, which tied it for fifth place with Cibola. Valencia finished seventh.
    Hilltopper head coach Larry Baca said the meet was a warm-up for the state 4A meet, which is scheduled for next month, also at UNM. Despite some of the team being unavailable last weekend, Baca said he liked the performance of many of his athletes who did attend, noting they picked up 14 personal best marks including Hayden Walker, who shaved about 47 seconds off his 3,200 meter time and finished in 10:24.05.
    On the girls side, Los Alamos finished seventh out of 22 schools. Los Alamos earned 25 points, second among competing 4A schools, right behind sixth-place Valencia.
    Cleveland was also the winner in the girls team competition with 88 points, just nipping second-place Eldorado.

  • Sports Briefs 04-10-14

    Senior Olympics still accepting registrations

    The deadline for registration for this year’s Los Alamos Senior Olympics has been extended.
    The local Senior Olympic Games will begin Friday with basketball free throw and 3-point competitions, as well as Frisbee competition.
    The local games run through May 10.
    Any Los Alamos County resident age 50 or over is eligible to participate in the Games.
    For more information on the local Senior Olympic Games, call 662-3526.

    Slowpitch softball season gets going April 26

    Registration is open for the upcoming slowpitch softball season.
    The slowpitch league is for men’s and women’s teams. Games are played during the week at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    The season starts April 26-27 with a tournament. The season runs through the end of July.
    Price for participation is $575 per team. Registration fee and additional paperwork is due by April 18.
    Additionally, a field work party is scheduled for Saturday at Overlook Park.
    For more information, send email to losalamossoftball@yahoo.com.

    Native American 5K championship set

  • 'Toppers crush Sundevils, 10-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team improved to 2-2 in District 2-4A play with a road win Wednesday afternoon.
    Los Alamos hammered the Española Valley Sundevils 10-1 in Española to keep pace with the top two teams in the district. Los Alamos scored five combined runs in the second and third innings, then rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth.
    Hilltopper senior Krysta Salazar had a huge contest, going 3-for-4 and was just a single away from hitting for the cycle. Salazar had a solo home run in the game and scored three times.
    In all, Los Alamos came up with 10 hits against Española Valley. Kiana Zerr and Taylor Jaramillo also had multi-hit games, with Zerr going 3-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored and Jaramillo going 2-for-4 with a double and run knocked in.
    This was the second district victory in a row for Los Alamos (8-10 overall), which was in serious danger of falling well behind in the 2-4A standings heading into the second game of a doubleheader Saturday against Santa Fe.
    Currently, Los Alamos and Española Valley are both 2-2 in district. Santa Fe is 2-1 and Bernalillo is 1-0 — the Spartans’ only 2-4A game so far was a 1-0 win over Los Alamos April 2.
    The Spartans and Santa Fe’s Demons will face off in a key doubleheader Saturday in Santa Fe.

  • LA takes round one over Sundevils

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned a big win over its toughest district opponent on the road Wednesday.
    Hilltopper Colin Kitts belted a solo home run in the top of the sixth to give Los Alamos a 1-run lead heading into the final two at-bats for Española Valley. That home run would end up holding up as the Hilltoppers won 3-2 in Española.
    Clinging to a 1-run cushion late in the contest, Los Alamos’ Connor Mang came on in relief of his brother, Jared, to pitch the sixth and seventh innings and earn the save.
    With the win, Los Alamos now has the inside track in the race to claim its sixth consecutive District 2-4A title. Both teams went into Wednesday’s game with a district mark of 3-0.
    The two teams will still play twice more. They will meet April 26 at Bomber Field, although Los Alamos will likely have the upper hand, needing just a split to earn the tiebreaker over the Sundevils — the Sundevils would need the sweep in those two contests.
    Connor Mang, along with earning the save, also had a solo home run in the game.
    Jared Mang earned the victory, throwing five innings. He allowed two runs as Española Valley was working his way back from a deficit in the middle innings.