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  • LA will be at home for 1st round of state

    About the only thing the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was sure of heading into Selection Sunday was that it was going to appear in the playoffs.
    Now, the Hilltoppers know their opponent. More importantly, they know they’re staying home.
    Los Alamos (17-9) earned the No. 8 seed for the upcoming Class 4A tournament and is paired up against Aztec, the No. 9 seed, for this weekend’s series.
    The first round of the 4A playoffs consists of a best-of-3 series. The top seed in each of the eight pairings will host the series.
    Los Alamos and Aztec (16-7) will meet in the first game of the best-of-3 set at 4 p.m. Friday. The second game is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday and the third game, if necessary, will start at approximately 1 p.m.
    For those wondering where the Hilltoppers were going to fall heading into the playoffs, it was no better than even money whether they would get a home game. The Hilltoppers won District 2-4A, their fifth consecutive district title, to qualify for the postseason, but they had a 5-5 record against nondistrict 4A competition, although four of those five losses came against the same two teams, Piedra Vista and Los Lunas.
    Piedra Vista, as expected, was awarded the No. 1 overall seed and will most likely be the opponent of the Los Alamos-Aztec winner in next week’s second round.

  • 'Toppers, Tigers meet in softball opener

     Not only did the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team get into the playoffs, it landed exactly where the team expected to land.
    Los Alamos, an at-large hopeful going into Sunday’s release of the Class 4A state tournament bracket, got in with several slots to spare, earning a No. 12 seed in the 16-team field.
    The Hilltoppers will face the Los Lunas Tigers Saturday, the team that handed Los Alamos a sound defeat in the 2012 state tournament.
    Los Alamos had been ranked at the No. 12 slot in the state’s power rankings for most of the latter half of the season. In fact, other than a couple of shifts of teams to ensure they didn’t play a district foe in the opening round, the seeding for the 4A tournament went almost exactly the way the power rankings suggested it would.
    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said he felt very confident about his team’s moving on to the tournament and his practices last week and this week have been focused on improving the things his team will have to do well in order to survive.
    “We’re just fine-tuning our defensive stuff,” Anaya said. “We’re making sure we’re ready for small-ball. That’s what they did when we played them before.”

  • Tennis teams advance to 4A playoffs

    SANTA FE — Following top-two finishes at last weekend’s District 2-4A championship matches, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls tennis teams will move on to play in this week’s state Class 4A championship.
    Los Alamos’ girls won their 14th straight District 2-4A title and earned the No. 2 overall seed in the team tournament, which commences Friday at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center in Albuquerque.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys finished as the runner-up in the 2-4A tournament behind Santa Fe and were seeded No. 9 in the team tournament.
    Prior to the team tournament, however, Los Alamos will take part in the singles and doubles championship draws. The singles and doubles contests will be Wednesday and Thursday, also at the Jerry Cline center.
    Among the Hilltoppers’ entries into the tournament is the girls top doubles team of Madeline Margevicius and Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff. Margevicius/Hsieh-Ratliff topped teammates Colleeen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido 6-2, 6-1 to claim a second consecutive district title Saturday.
    The district championship match looked like it might be a tight one after Fitzsimmons/Lucido rallied from an early deficit in the first set.

  • Playoff brackets to be announced today

    The New Mexico Activities Association will release the playoff brackets for baseball and softball teams around the state today and the Hilltopper squads will be anxiously awaiting to see where they land.
    The NMAA’s seeding and selection committee will convene today to discuss teams’ postseason fates, including the Hilltoppers.
    Heading into today’s selection meeting, Los Alamos’ baseball team will wait to see what seed it will be afforded in the 4A bracket. Los Alamos’ softball team will be looking to see whether it will get a playoff nod.
    The Hilltopper softball team, barring a spectacular crash by Bernalillo in its season finales against Española Valley — it played a doubleheader Saturday but results weren’t available as of press time — will land in second place in District 2-4A.
    While that and the team’s 14-11 record (10-2 in district) will likely get Los Alamos in, 2-4A isn’t afforded a lot of respect around the state and that won’t do Los Alamos any favors in the eyes of the committee.
    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said he’s confident that his team will be invited to the dance.

  • Sports Briefs 05-05-13

    WRLL needs umpires for baseball, softball

    White Rock Little League is seeking umpires for its 2013 baseball and softball seasons.
    All baseball and softball umpiring positions from minors up are available. Training for interested umpires will be provided by the league.
    Those interested my contact David Gartz at gartzd@gmail.com for more information.

    Gold buying event is today at LAHS

    Los Alamos High School’s athletic department is hosting a gold buying event today.
    A certified and accredited gold buyer will be on hand between noon-4 p.m. that day to purchase unwanted gold, silver and platinum. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit LAHS athletics and activities.
    The gold purchase will be in the administration area of LAHS.
    More information can be found by visiting golddoesgood.com.

    Run the Caldera set for June 8-9

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve is hosting its eighth annual Run the Caldera June 8-9.
    A 10K and half-marathon are scheduled for June 8 at the VCNP and a marathon is set for June 9.
    The entry deadline for the event is May 10. More information on the Run the Caldera can be found by calling 866-382-5537.
    Volunteers are also being sought for the Run the Caldera. To volunteer, email eblumenthal@vallescaldera.gov.

  • On Schedule 05-05-13

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at District 2-4A championship (Santa Ana Golf Course), boys and girls varsity, 9:30 a.m.

    Wednesday

    Tennis: Class 4A championship (Albuquerque), boys and girls varsity, 3 p.m.

    Thursday

    Tennis: Class 4A championship (Albuquerque), boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Friday

    Tennis: Class 4A championship (Albuquerque), boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m

    Track and field: Los Alamos at District 2-4A championship meet (Santa Fe), boys and girls varsity, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Class 4A playoffs, TBA.

    Softball: Class 4A playoffs, TBA.

    Saturday

    Tennis: Class 4A championship (Albuquerque), boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Track and field: Los Alamos at District 2-4A championship meet (Santa Fe), boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Baseball: Class 4A playoffs, TBA.

    Softball: Class 4A playoffs, TBA.

  • Hilltopper girls win big at final regular season meet

    Perhaps the one thing that separates the Los Alamos’ running programs from most others is the ability to peak at the right time.
    In the final meet of the regular season, Los Alamos’ ability to do so was once again on display.
    Los Alamos closed out the 2013 season at home Friday, hosting a quadrangular meet which included St. Michael’s and District 2-4A opponents Capital and Santa Fe – Taos was also invited but was a no-show.
    The Hilltopper girls dominated the meet at Sullivan Field, scoring 183 points, 95 more than St. Michael’s. St. Mike’s Horsemen won the boys competition, while the Hilltopper boys were second overall, 5.5 points behind.
    Along the way, Los Alamos’ girls won all but five events, while Los Alamos’ boys won six events on the day.
    With just this week’s district meet and the state Class 4A meet the following weekend, the Hilltoppers are quickly approaching top form and both teams feel ready to make a serious title run again.
    “Being a senior, it’s definitely coming down to trying to focus more,” said Hilltopper Brady Stokes, who had one of the best meets of his career Friday. “It’s exciting. I’m definitely excited about these last two meets.”

  • Smith, Latah win Dog Jog

    Leanne Smith and Latah were the top finishers in the 2013 Los Alamos Dog Jog.
    The Dog Jog is a fundraiser for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter. Approximately 250 humans and 250 dogs took part in this year’s event, held in the Chamisa Elementary School area in White Rock.
    The event consisted of a 5K competitive run and a 2-mile non-competitive run/walk.
    Smith won the contested race with a time of 21 minutes, 22 seconds, topping runner-up Andrew Sutton by 7 seconds.
    Here are the top finishers from Saturday’s Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter Dog Jog 5K race:

    1. Leanne Smith, 21:22; 2. Andrew Sutton, 21:29; 3. Sven Vogel, 22:11; 4. Vikki Saga, 22:23; 5. Kyle Butler-Moore, 23:51; 6. Steven Russell, 24:04; 7. Christopher Fontes, 25:24; 8. Meghan McDonald, 26:07; 9. Genevive Salas, 26:09; 10. Duncan Fuehne, 27:47;

    11. Catie McDonald, 28:18; 12. David Telles, 28:35; 13. Jacob Mendez, 28:42; 14. James Clifford, 28:45; 15. Frank Merrill, 29:03; 16. Duncan Hammon, 29:10; 17. Rebecca Hammon, 29:26; 18. Brian Boyer, 29:58; 19. David Kolman, 30:58; 20. Suzette Williams, 31:04;

  • Track teams host LA Quad Friday

    The Hilltopper boys and girls teams will host their regular season track and field finale Friday at Sullivan Field. Teams from Taos, St. Michael’s Santa Fe and Capital are scheduled to attend.
    Field events start at 3 p.m.
    Heading into this final meet before the 2-4A championships next weekend — where the Hilltopper teams have dominated since the creation of the district in 2000 — Los Alamos is still hoping to plug some holes in its state qualification roster.
    Los Alamos’ boys have quite a few more slots to fill, including all the sprint events, both hurdles distances and the 400 meter relay. Los Alamos’ girls are missing just two running events from their repertoire, the 800 and the 1600 relay.
    Friday, Los Alamos will get a first-hand look at Santa Fe, the only team that might give the Hilltoppers some sort of a fight next week on either the boys or the girls side.
    The quad will be Los Alamos’ second home meet of the season. The Hilltopper girls finished second behind Cleveland at the April 10 Los Alamos Invitational, while the Hilltopper boys were third at that meet behind Cleveland and Albuquerque Academy.

  • Baseball, softball pound Capital Wednesday

    all teams picked up runaway victories in their season finales Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team crushed the Capital Jaguars 15-2 in five innings, while the Los Alamos softball team won 11-1 Both games were played in Santa Fe and both games ended before the full seven innings.
    In baseball, Los Alamos (17-9, 11-1 in 2-4A) clinched its fifth straight district title Saturday with a road sweep of Española Valley and qualified for the state Class 4A playoffs. It won 15 of its last 16 games to close out the season.
    As it has done in most of its recent wins, the Hilltoppers jumped out to a big early lead and didn’t look back. They pushed four runs across in the top of the first and four more in the top of the third to put the game out of reach early.
    The lowly Jaguar baseball team (0-23 overall, 0-10 in 2-4A), which has a doubleheader against crosstown rival Santa Fe before it can mercifully put its 2013 season to bed, has been outscored 308-45 and has managed just 14 runs in 10 district games.
    Just across the way, the Hilltopper softball team pounded out 10 hits and scored four runs in the top of the fourth to put the Jaguars away.