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  • On Schedule 03-10-13

    Tuesday

    Baseball: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Moriarty at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, boys and girls JV, 3 p.m.

    Friday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

    Saturday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at East Mountain, JV, noon.

    Softball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, JV, noon and 2 p.m.

  • LA girls dominate at track season opener

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team got its 2013 season started with a bang Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Chili Quad.

    Los Alamos earned 11 first place finishes and scored in all but three events Saturday as it collected 119 team points, far outpacing second-place Rio Rancho in the four-team meet.

    Hilltopper star Laura Wendelberger came out strong in her first appearance of the season. Saturday, she grabbed two state meet qualification marks, one in the high jump and one in the triple jump.

    Also for Los Alamos’ girls, Amanda Mercer and Mikayla Pulliam went 1-2 and both qualified for May’s state Class 4A meet in the 3200 meters.

    Los Alamos’ boys also took part in Saturday’s meet. They place third in the four-team meet, earning 60 points.

    Rio Rancho won the boys team competition handily, picking up 126 points, while Academy was second with 69 points.

    Los Alamos’ distance stars, Sean Reardon and Nick Hill, both came up big Saturday, with Reardon qualifying in the 3200 meters and Hill in the 1600 meters. One of the team’s top returning throwers, Brady Stokes, also punched his ticket to state in the javelin.

     

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s Chili Quad:

    Girls

    Team scores

  • LA uses big 4th quarter to advance in playoffs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team broke open a tight ballgame in the fourth quarter at Deming Friday night.

    Los Alamos scored 27 points in the final quarter to win going away, 62-45, at Wildcat Gymnasium. Los Alamos went into the ballgame as the No. 9 seed in the 4A playoffs, while Deming was the No. 8 seed.

    The Hilltoppers (17-12) held a scant 2 point lead after three quarters of play, but dominated in the final quarter, holding the Wildcats (17-10) to 12 points.

    With the win, Los Alamos will now advance to the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A playoffs. It will play at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in The Pit in Albuquerque.

    Check Sunday’s edition of the Los Alamos Monitor for more information on Friday’s game.

    Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 in Los Alamos and KOTS AM in Deming for their help with this report.

  • Playoff games will be on KRSN this weekend

    KRSN AM 1490 will broadcast the Class 4A first round girls basketball playoff game tonight.
    KRSN will carry the broadcast from KOTS 1230 AM for tonight’s game, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. between the Deming Wildcats and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
    Gene Mortensen will be on the call Saturday night for Pojoaque Valley’s first round boys playoff game. The Elks, the No. 6 seed in the tournament, will face the 11th-seeded Bloomfield Bobcats at 5 p.m.
     

  • 'Toppers lose vs. Storm, Panthers in softball

    The Hilltopper softball team fell in an inter-classification game to the Cleveland Storm Thursday afternoon.
    Los Alamos scored three runs to take a 3-2 lead after 1-1/2 innings and tied the game at 5-5 after 4-1/2 innings, but the Storm scored six unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth to win 11-5 in Rio Rancho.
    Kacie Swihart of Class 5A Cleveland went 2-for-3 in the game and scored two runs to lead the Storm to the win.
    Jordan Hammock (0-1) took the loss for Los Alamos.
    This morning, Los Alamos started play in the Piedra Vista Invitational. Los Alamos was crushed in its opening pool play round game against the Piedra Vista Panthers 15-1 in a game that lasted only 3 innings.
    The Hilltoppers, who will play Gallup and Grants today in pool play as well, dropped to 0-3 on the season with this morning’s loss.
     

  • Baseball team falls 7-6 in St. Pius opening round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team dropped its opening round game of the St. Pius X Invitational to El Paso, Texas.
    Los Alamos (1-3) was nipped by El Paso 7-6 in the first round and drops into the consolation round of the tournament. The St. Pius Invitational continues through Saturday.
    Of the four first round tournament games, only St. Pius’ 8-0 victory over Bernalillo wasn’t decided by one run. Socorro (Texas) defeated Los Lunas 8-7 and Centennial topped Manzano 5-4.
     

  • LA finishes 2nd at Farmington, plays in El Paso this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team finished second in last weekend’s Farmington Quadrangular match.
    Los Alamos is competing in a tournament in El Paso, Texas, this weekend, its second tournament of the season in El Paso.
    The Hilltoppers finished behind Farmington, which appears to be the team to beat once again in Class 4A. They finished ahead of St. Pius X and Piedra Vista at the tournament, two other Class 4A schools.
    Individually, Hilltopper No. 1 single Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff won two of three pool play contests, earning sweeps and giving up just seven games in those four sets. Susanna Lucido went 2-1 at No. 3 singles and Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff did likewise at No. 4 singles.
    Lucido joined with Colleen Fitzsimmons to go 2-1 in the No. 1 doubles slots.
     

  • LA boys looking to build on momentum

    In making its final preparations for its opener, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team held time trials to see where it stood.
    If those time trials are any indication of what the Hilltoppers can expect this spring, things are looking good.
    Los Alamos will open the regular season Saturday at the Chile Quad at Albuquerque Academy. Along with the Hilltoppers and Academy’s Chargers, Rio Rancho and Sandia Prep are also scheduled to attend.
    With its big finish to the 2012 season and many of its top performers last season returning, the Hilltoppers were optimistic about their chances heading into this year anyway, but this week’s time trials seemed to confirm that.
    Hilltopper head coach Matt Felton said of the time trials 6 athletes would’ve moved into the school’s all-time top 10 list, an honor its top competitors are always striving for.
    Felton admitted the times were run under ideal weather conditions, something that is rare for this time of year, and something Los Alamos isn’t likely to see Saturday in Albuquerque.

  • LA still among the teams to beat in Class 4A

    It is one of the most impressive runs in state track and field history and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers are hoping history repeats itself.
    Following this weekend, Los Alamos could have a good idea about where it stands.
    The Hilltoppers will open their season Saturday at Albuquerque Academy’s Chile Quad Invitational.
    Los Alamos is the four-time defending state 4A champion, one of the longest streaks in state track and field history.
    This season, Los Alamos once again brings good balance between events which should keep the Hilltoppers in contention in 4A.
    “It’s just kind of the usual thing, we’re trying to fill every spot,” Los Alamos veteran head coach Paul Anderson said. “We know we’ve got some really good distance kids, we got another state championship in cross (country). The thing is to sort out where they will all go on the track team is a little different.”
    Saturday, Los Alamos will get a first-hand look at two of its main competitors for the state title, St. Pius X and Albuquerque Academy.
    St. Pius has a solid distance team and can usually find enough athletes to be a threat at the state meet, while Academy had a young team in 2012 but will have most of its state-level performers back.

  • Aquatomics compete at state swim meet

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics local swim club will take part in the New Mexico Short Course State Championship meet starting today.
    The Aquatomics are sending 25 swimmers to the state meet, which will be at the West Mesa Aquatic Center in Albuquerque. The meet will continue through Sunday.
    The Aquatomics are celebrating their 50th season this year.
    Along with those athletes who are taking part in this weekend’s meet, four Aquatomics swimmers, Caleb Cook, Andy Corliss, Jane Lee Douglas and Connor Tepley took part in the state 8 and under championship meet in Farmington Feb. 24.
    In that meet, Corliss had three top-5 finishes, the 100 individual medley (1:31.47), 50 breaststroke (45.53) and 100 freestyle (1:20.59). Corliss was the state runner-up in the 50 breaststroke in the 8-year-old boys division.
    Douglas, in the 6-and-under girls division, had a state runner-up finish in the 50 freestyle (1:26.27) and a fifth-place finish in the 25 backstroke (33.08).
    The state meet qualifying swimmers from the Aquatomics are as follows: