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  • Hilltoppers get a pair of big district victories

    At this point in the season, every game is important. For Los Alamos’ softball team, which is fighting to get into the postseason, the margin for error is even less.
    Needing wins, the Hilltopper girls took care of business on Monday against Capital. The ’Toppers scored 35 runs in just seven innings to score a pair of mercy-rule victories, 19-2 and 16-1.
    “Those are two wins that we needed to have,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “It’s nice to get back in the win column and get back in the race.”
    In the first game, Makaela Jones went 4-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. “She had a great day,” Anaya said.
    Shelby Chavez went 2-for-4, Elizabeth Anaya hit a 2-run triple and Jordan Jaramillo also doubled for Los Alamos.
    The ’Toppers scored four runs in both the first and second innings and six in the third. Up by 12 in the fourth, Shelby Milligan singled with the bases loaded to end the game. Mariah Mauro and Jordan Hammock scored on her hit and Katelynn Thorn scored on an overthrow.
    Madeline Lockhart struck out six and walked two to get the win.
    In the second game, Hammock only gave up three hits to get the win.

  • Los Alamos drills four home runs to down Capital

    A good mixture of small ball and long balls helped the Los Alamos baseball team score a pair of mercy-rule victories against Capital on Monday.
    The ’Toppers won both games in five innings, 10-0 and 13-2, to stay in the hunt for another district title. Capital, meanwhile, sunk further in the district’s cellar.
    “We didn’t play the name on the front of the jersey, we just focused on what we needed to get done,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
    The bottom half of Los Alamos’ order did a good job getting on base and advancing runners — taking walks and laying down sacrifice bunts.
    Then, with runners on, the top of Los Alamos’ order cleared the bases with some long balls.
    “We had much harder contact than we’d been making,” Gill said.
    Los Alamos set the tone right away. In the second inning of the first game, the ’Toppers smacked three homeruns. Jared Mang hit a 3-run home run. The next batter, Jarrett Genero, then went deep. It was the second time this year Mang and Genero hit back-to-back homers. Later in the inning, Lane Saunders hit a double and Colin Maddox hit a 2-run homer. Maddox also doubled in the first game and tripled and doubled in the second game. “It was a breakout game for him,” Gill said.

  • Baseball, softball and lacrosse postponed

    Los Alamos' baseball and softball teams were both scheduled to host Capital in a doubleheader Saturday evening. 

    Snow overnight, however, has forced those games to be rescheduled. 

    Both teams will now host the district doubleheader Monday. The games will take place at 3 and 5 p.m.

    Los Alamos lacrosse against Bosque was also postponed. It hasn't been re-scheduled yet. 

  • On Schedule 4-19-15

    Monday
    Golf: Los Alamos at Taos spring invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tuesday
    Track: Los Alamos Middle School boys at Pojoaque, 3 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Softball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Bosque, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Thursday
    Golf: Los Alamos at the Abbie Paiz invite, held at the Tierra del Sol Golf Club, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Track: Los Alamos at home, junior varsity, 3 p.m

    Track: Los Alamos Middle School girls at Pojoaque, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa fe High, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Friday
    Track: Los Alamos at Albuquerque’s Harper Invitational, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Lacrosse: Cibola at Los Alamos, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Rugby: Atrisco Herritage at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday
    Track: Los Alamos at Albuquerque’s Harper Invitational, varsity, TBD

    Baseball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

  • Sports Briefs 4-17-15

    Run For Her Life
    The fifth annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10k races will be held at East Park on East Road (N.M. 502) at 9 a.m. this Saturday in Los Alamos.
    All proceeds from the race will be donated to breast cancer research.
    The registration form is available at atomicrunners.com.
    People can also call 672-1639 for more information.

    Pace race season here
    The Atomic City Road Runners club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    This week’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on North Mesa — by the horse stable area on the north end of the Brewer Rodeo Area.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

  • White signs with Union University

    After graduating this spring, Los Alamos' Forrest White will head to Tennessee. White signed his official letter of intent Wednesday to run cross-country for Union University, a private liberal arts college located in Jackson, Tenn.
    White earned all-state honors in the fall with a seventh-place finish at the state cross-country meet. He finished the 5k race in 16 minutes, 43.50 seconds to help the 'Toppers win their fourth straight team championship.
    "I'm just really thrilled for Forrest," Los Alamos cross-country coach Rob Hipwood said. "Forrest was an outstanding athlete and had a super work ethic."
    White also played a big part in the team's 2013 championship. Los Alamos cross-country coach Kathy Hipwood said White passed six runners in the final 600 meters of the race, helping the 'Toppers finish just two points ahead of second place Albuquerque Academy.
    He's hoping to continue that success at the next level.
    "It's given me a chance to know how to win and experience success at something that I worked hard for," White said about his experiences at Los Alamos.
    White is also Los Alamos' No. 1 singles tennis player, but has been sidelined lately with an injury.

  • ’Toppers blank Del Norte, improve to 4-1 in district

    It wouldn’t seem going into Wednesday’s game that the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team would have much trouble with the Del Norte Knights, but apparently no one told the Knights that.
    The game was tighter than expected most of the way, with the key difference being a couple of early miscues by the Knights that allowed four runs to come home. Those runs were all the offense the Hilltoppers could muster Wednesday.
    Fortunately for Los Alamos, Jared Mang and the Hilltopper defense were up to the challenge. Mang threw a complete game gem and Los Alamos made some key plays behind him to back him up as the team came away with a 4-0 victory.
    Mang was in command all day long. He was ahead of virtually every hitter in the game through the first four innings and allowed just one hit through six.
    The only inning he found himself in any serious trouble was in the seventh inning. Mang allowed a walk and a hit in the inning, giving the Knights some life, but he would end up getting Dom Levy to tap out softly back to the mound to end the game.
    With Wednesday’s win, the Hilltoppers improve to 4-1 in District 2-5A play (13-6 overall) and keep pace with the Española Valley Sundevils in the chase for the top spot in the district.

  • ’Toppers have backs against the wall after loss to Del Norte

    Despite base runner after base runner getting into scoring position, the Los Alamos softball team only managed to get one run on the board Wednesday in a tough, 2-1 loss to Del Norte’s Knights.
    “This one hurts,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We had opportunities throughout the game, we just couldn’t get a timely hit.”
    The ’Toppers had a runner reach third base in the first five innings of the game, but none of them were able to score.
    After seeing four girls stranded at third and two innings end with the bases loaded, Anaya tried to manufacture a run in the fifth inning.
    Shelby Milligan got hit by a pitch, then Hannah Mojica ripped a pitch.
    Milligan probably would’ve been able to score on the long ball, but it bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double, forcing her to stop at third.
    Anaya then tried to get Milligan home with a squeeze play. Rebecca Luster laid down a bunt, but Del Norte’s pitcher Leticia Tavarez fielded the ball, checked the runner and got the out at first. When Tavarez threw to first, Milligan took of for home. Del Norte’s first baseman, however, fired home to keep Los Alamos off the scoreboard by turning the double play.

  • Romero has perfect prediction in pace race

    Ted Romero had a perfect prediction in the weekly pace race held on the Waste Treatment Plant road in lower Bayo Canyon. His predicted time of 20 minutes, 16 seconds the 3-mile distance was also the fastest time. There were three runners that had a 4 second differential: David Kratzer, Laura McClellan and Linda Vance. Sanna Sevanto was 5 seconds off.
    In the 1-mile race, Maviela Saenz finished first in 10:18 while 6-year-old Billy Strother was the top male runner in 12:30.
    The fastest female on the 3-mile course was Roxana Candia recording a 23:15.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on North Mesa by the horse stable area on the North end of the Brewer Rodeo Area.
     

  • LA tennis teams take third at Academy tournament

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams each won a trio of matches en route to third-place finishes at Albuquerque Academy’s tournament over the weekend.
    “It was a good, good weekend,” Los Alamos boys head coach Lloyd Wilton said. “The guys did really well getting third.”
    The Hilltopper girls shut out Piedra Vista 9-0 and Bosque 9-0 to reach the semifinals.
    Albuquerque Academy beat Los Alamos 6-3 in the semis, but the Hilltopper girls came back strong and beat Belen 9-0 in the third-place match.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, won three close matches to take third.
    The ’Toppers beat Piedra Vista 5-4 and Bosque 6-3 in the first and second rounds.
    In the semis, Los Alamos fell to Albuquerque Academy 8-1.
    The Hilltopper boys came back, however, and beat Santa Fe Prep 5-4 in the third-place match. Andrew Aboshousha got the final win against Santa Fe Prep to propel the ’Toppers to victory, capping a perfect 4-0 weekend for him in singles play.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Katya Skurikhin and Annie Smith both won three singles matches at the Academy tournament while Sidra Hiseh-Ratliff, Laura Whicker, Lauren Fugate, Michelle Alexander, Maia Menefee and Astrid Hengartner all won two singles matches.