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  • Roundup: JV splits a twinbill

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity baseball team took a split over the Bernalillo Spartans at home Thursday.
    Los Alamos lost the first game of the doubleheader 4-2, but came back to win the second game 7-2.
    The split puts the Hilltoppers at 8-7 on the season.
    Along with Thursday’s doubleheader, the Hilltoppers also played a doubleheader April 11 against Capital, winning those two games handily. The Hilltoppers picked up an 11-4 decision in game one against the Jaguars, then crushed the Jaguars 15-0 in the nightcap.
    Los Alamos’ JV has won five of its last seven contests. The Hilltoppers will host Santa Fe Tuesday.

    JV softball team drops home doubleheader

  • LA baseball earns No. 7 4A ranking

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned a No. 7 ranking in this week’s MaxPreps.com ratings of Class 4A baseball teams around the state.
    Los Alamos, which has won eight straight games, more than all but one 4A team in the state, is 14-6 on the season heading into a doubleheader against Bernalillo Saturday. It is also at the top of the District 2-4A standings.
    The 4A baseball rankings have only been published sporadically by the website this season.
    Piedra Vista is No. 1 in 4A baseball despite having a rather pedestrian 12-9 season record, although it has the best strength-of-schedule in the classification.
    In 4A softball, Los Alamos, which has been rated as high as No. 10 this season, finished 15th in this week’s rankings. Los Alamos is 10-10 on the season and trying to keep pace with Bernalillo and Santa Fe in the district standings.
    The Hilltopper softball squad will also be at Bernalillo for a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    In baseball, following Piedra Vista’s Panthers, the Goddard Rockets (11-3) are ranked No. 2, followed by Valencia, Farmington and defending state champ St. Pius X in the top five.
    Immediately ahead of the Hilltoppers is the Albuquerque Academy Chargers (10-7) in sixth place. The Chargers defeated the Hilltoppers 8-3 in March.

  • McClellan is tops at Pace Race

    Laura McClellan had the best prediction in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, is a weekly event. Races are Tuesday evenings at various sites around Los Alamos County.
    This week’s race started and finished at the county’s ice rink in Los Alamos Canyon.
    It was a good night for predictors, as five competitors were within 25 seconds of calling their actual finish times.
    McClellan picked up the win, as she was just 9 seconds off her actual time. She beat out Heidi Bjorklund (18 seconcs), Liz McDonald (21 seconds), Nikol Strother (22 seconds) and Roy Cope (24 seconds).
    The fastest finishers on the 1-mile course were Patricia Burnside, who had a time of 8:59, and Paul Elkins, who finished in 14:12. On the 3-mile course, the top finishers were Strother (21:22) and Bill Rice (24:13).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. It will be run on Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock, starting near Chamisa Elementary School.
    Starting time is 6 p.m.
    For more information on next week’s race, call 672-9243 or 672-1639. More information can also be found by visiting the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com. 

  • Deadline for slowpitch softball teams is Friday

    Registration is open for the upcoming slowpitch softball season. The slowpitch league is for men’s and women’s teams and 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 Friday.
    For more information, send email to losalamossoftball@yahoo.com.
     

  • Kiwanis' fundraiser set for Derby Day

    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is inviting the community to the second annual Kentucky Derby Party from 3 to 5:30 p.m. May 3 at the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill.
    Tickets for the event is $50, half of which is for the event and half of which is a donation to purchase immunizations for 13 women and all of their children through Project Eliminate, a joint Kiwanis International and UNICEF project to wipe out Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus worldwide.
    MNT is caused when tetanus spores, found in soil everywhere, come into contact with open cuts during childbirth. The disease strikes the poorest of the poor, the geographically hard to reach and those without health care.
    However, MNT is highly preventable. Just three doses of a $.60 immunization protect mothers, who then pass on the immunity to their future babies.
    Last year, more than $1,200 was raised for Project Eliminate through the Kiwanis Club’s Kentucky Derby party.
    This year marks the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.

  • LA has big doubleheader with Spartans

    It was a feast day for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team when it took on the Capital Jaguars last weekend.
    But the team will have to hope that isn’t followed up by a famine.
    It’s hard to say how much offense the Hilltoppers will have to muster heading into this weekend’s doubleheader against the Bernalillo Spartans.
    However, one thing is certain: they will need more than they got in their first go-round.
    Los Alamos was held to just four hits and had 14 batters strike out — at least two fanned in six of the seven innings — as it dropped its District 2-4A opener to Bernalillo 1-0 April 2.
    The second and third games are scheduled for Saturday in Bernalillo. And in those two games Los Alamos is sure to get a big dose of Demi Madalena.
    Madalena, last season’s District 2-4A Player of the Year and on the short list to repeat that title, is Bernalillo’s ace pitcher and has given Los Alamos’ hitters fits since joining the Spartans last season.
    Along with being a big challenge for the Hilltoppers in their attempt to knock the Spartans off their perch atop the district standings, there is plenty more at stake in what’s become a crowded field near the top of 2-4A.

  • LA's Sepulveda meet results

    Here are the Los Alamos Hilltoppers’ final results from Monday’s Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational:

    Boys

    1600 meters

    1. Colin Hemez, 4:27.31; 2. Fernando Lucero, Rio Rancho, 4:29.14; 3. Jared Garcia, Belen, 4:29.33.

    3200 meters

    1. Chris Harlow, Cibola, 9:38.34; 2. Taylor Potter, Eldorado, 9:38.75; 3. Jereme Santistevan, Pojoaque Valley, 9:44.18; 8. Mike Walker, 9:58.66.

    High jump

    1. Avery Rasher, Farmington, 6-6; 2. Parker Hibbett, Albuquerque Academy, 6-4; 3. Landen Culbreath, St. Pius X, 6-0; 13. Skyler Veenis, 5-10.

    Pole vault

    1. Hayden Walker, Manzano, 13-0; 2. Colton Draper, Melrose, 13-0; 3. Jonathan Myrick, Moriarty, 12-6; 7. Seth Drop, 11-0.

    Girls

    1600 meters

    1. Molly Klein, Rio Rancho, 5:07.57; 2. MacKenzie Everett, La Cueva, 5:09.00; 3. Noel Prandoni, Santa Fe, 5:11.86; 8. Sophia Galvez, 5:24.37; 10. Amanda Mercer, 5:32.04; 12. Mikayla Pulliam, 5:53.45.

    100 hurdles

    1. Sarah Root, Aztec, 15.38; 2. Kiersten Huitt, Sandia Prep, 3. Cassie McClintock, Cleveland, 16.34; 4. Chelsea Challacombe, 16.63.

    High jump

    1. Chelsea Challacombe, 5-8; 2. Kayli Farmer, Aztec, 5-4; 3. Lindsey Larson, Volcano Vista, 5-2.

    Long jump

  • 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.