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  • ’Toppers step up game in home tournament

    The Los Alamos golf teams took advantage of playing on their home course Monday. The Hilltopper boys combined to shoot a 337, Los Alamos’ best team score at a tournament in the last two years.
    “I’m proud of the boys for putting in the effort necessary to improve as individual players,” Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “As the kids improve individually, we are really seeing the sum of the improvements in lower team scores.”
    Los Alamos’ boys finished second as a team, just one shot behind Los Lunas’ 336. Las Vegas Robertson (336) finished third, Followed by Grants (370), Valencia (399), Belen (404), Española Valley (421) and Capital (469). Springer and Santa Fe High also competed, but didn’t post team scores.
    Jonathan Osden led the charge for Los Alamos. Osden finished second with a 79, just one shot behind Los Lunas’ Dylan Gonzales.
    Isaac Suazo (85), Hunter Gustafson (86) and Nicholas Quarteri (87) rounded out Los Alamos’ team score.
    Los Alamos’ Sean Rau (85), Brandan Duran (91), Niccolo Snyder (95), Nick Koskelo (95) and Corey Evans (100) also played in the tournament as individuals.

  • Watching It Fly

    Los Alamos’ Johnny Osden keeps an eye on his ball during Monday’s Los Alamos Spring Invitational at the golf course. Osden finished second individually in the boys competition, shooting a 79.

  • Bernalillo powers its way to victories over Los Alamos

    BERNALILLO — Bernalillo’s Spartans hit seven home runs in two games Saturday against Los Alamos, winning both games to stay on top of the District 2-5A standings.
    The Spartans beat the ’Toppers 12-3 and then 17-0.
    Los Alamos also went deep once. Trailing 6-0, Shelby Chavez started the fourth inning by ripping a double. Makaela Jones then singled, but got caught trying to steal second. Taylor Jaramillo walked next. Then, with runners at the corners, Hannah Mojica hit a 3-run home run over the right-center fence.
    Bernalillo’s Isabella Navarro, however, was able to keep Los Alamos’ bats quiet for most of the day and got the win in both games. She struck out seven of the first nine batters she faced before Chavez got Los Alamos’ first hit off of her.
    Los Alamos began hitting her after that, but stranded five runners in the last three innings of the first game.
    Morgan Hohner hit a single and a double. Taylor Jaramillo and Jordan Jaramillo both singled in the sixth, but the ’Toppers weren’t able to bring any of them home.
    Los Alamos pitchers Jordan Hammock and Madeline Lockhart, meanwhile, struggled to contain Bernalillo’s power as four different Spartans hit dingers.

  • ’Toppers take two games from Bernalillo

    BERNALILLO — After a setback against Española Valley Wednesday, Los Alamos’ baseball team responded in a big way Saturday. The ’Toppers took two games from Bernalillo, setting the tone right away by scoring 5 runs in the first inning of the first game.
    Los Alamos won the games 9-0 and 6-2.
    “We had better attitudes and better energy,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “We didn’t wait. We attacked.”
    “That loss was tough,” Jared Mang said. “We’re not going to be perfect all the time, we just have to show up everyday and keep grinding.”
    With the wins, Los Alamos jumped over Bernalillo in the district standings. The ’Toppers are now 12-6 and 3-1 in District 2-5A while Bernalillo slipped to 10-8-1 and 3-2.
    Española Valley (13-4, 5-0) is in first, but Los Alamos will still play the Sundevils twice at home.
    “It’s nice to have more than one shot at everybody,” Mang said.
    Base hit after base hit helped Los Alamos score run after run in the first inning against Bernalillo.
    In the second inning, the ’Toppers hit back-to-back bombs. Jared Mang homered and then Jarrett Genero smacked a ball over the fence to put Los Alamos up 8-0.

  • Baseball wins, softball loses game 1 at Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team took a big win in game 1 of a key District 2-5A doubleheader Saturday at Bernalillo.
    The Hilltoppers won 9-0 in the opener. The Hilltoppers scored 5 runs in the first inning and 3 more in the second to cruise to the win.
    The Hilltopper softball team, however, wasn't as fortunate in its first game, however.
    In that game, the Spartans prevailed 12-3.
    Hannah Mojica hit a 3-run home run in the contest for Los Alamos, but that wasn't enough to balance out 4 home runs hit by the Spartans.
    The Spartans are considered the team to beat in District 2-5A softball this season.

  • On Schedule 4-12-15

    Monday
    Golf: Los Alamos at home spring invite, varsity, 8 a.m.

    Track: Los Alamos at Marilyn Sepulveda meet at UNM, selected athletes, 3 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Tennis: Los Alamos vs. Bosque. Boys home, girls away. Varsity, 3:30 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Baseball: Los Alamos vs. Del Norte, varsity, 4 p.m. Junior varsity at Del Norte, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos vs. Del Norte, varsity, 4 p.m. Junior varsity at Del Norte, 4 p.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos vs. Rio Rancho, varsity, 5:30 p.m.
    Track: Los Alamos Middle School at home meet, 3 p.m.

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

    Friday
    Baseball: Los Alamos at Capital, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Saturday
    Baseball: Los Alamos vs. Capital, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos vs. Capital, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Track: Los Alamos at Santa Fe High School’s Capital City Invite, 9 a.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos vs. Bosque, varsity, 4 p.m.

  • Sports Briefs 4-12-15

    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. near the junction of State Route No. 4 and N.M. 502, down Main Hill on the road to the County Waste Treatment Plant in lower Bayo Canyon.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.
    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.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by Aug. 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • Seven ’Toppers invited to Sepulveda track meet

    The idea behind the Marilyn Sepulveda track meet is to take the top eight athletes from New Mexico in each event and let them compete against each other.
    Classifications don’t matter, just times and distances do.
    Seven Los Alamos athletes made the cut based on their results so far this season, earning the chance to compete against the best of the best.
    “It’s a huge accomplishment,” Los Alamos girls head coach Paul Anderson said.
    The meet, which will be at the University of New Mexico, also marks the season’s halfway point. It begins the sprint down the home stretch.
    “It’s typically a meet where guys step it up and it can be a turning point for the season,” Los Alamos head boys coach Larry Baca said.
    The seven ’Toppers who were invited to compete in the Marilyn Sepulveda meet include Elena Abeyta, Chelsea Chalacombe, Liz Lockhart, Sienna Ahlers, Sophia Galvez, Greg Ahlers and Jonathan Schueler.
    Chelsea Chalacombe will compete in two events at the meet — the long jump and the 100-meter high hurdles. Her longest jump of the season so far was 17 feet, 0 inches which she did at the Rio Rancho Invite. It’s also the second longest leap so far in Class 5A.

  • And There's The Pitch

    Los Alamos pitcher Jordan Hammock delivers a strike in Wednesday’s softball game against Española Valley. Los Alamos has a big doubleheader Saturday at Bernalillo for the early District 2-5A lead. Game times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Senior ringers