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  • 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.

  • LA girls going for 14 straight in 2-4A

    This weekend, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team will be looking to add to its impressive winning streak at the District 2-4A tournament, while the boys will look to start a new streak.
    Los Alamos will take part in the 2-4A championship, which starts Friday and continues through Saturday in Santa Fe.
    The district tournament is the one and only chance singles, doubles and teams have to advance to the state 4A tournament, which is scheduled to start Wednesday.
    At district, Los Alamos will enter Forrest White, George Margevicius and Chase Rochester in the singles competition and the teams of Nikita Belooussov/Dalton Smith and Steven McCrory/Daniel Dahl in the doubles draw. Belooussov, who finished third at the 2-4A tournament in the singles competition last season, is the only member of either of Los Alamos doubles teams that isn’t a senior.
    The top three individuals and doubles teams from each district will advance to state.
    Los Alamos will be looking to get back to championship form this season. In 2012, Los Alamos had its 12-year 2-4A title streak snapped, falling in the final round to Santa Fe.

  • LA hosts last home game Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper lacrosse team has its final regular season home game scheduled for Friday against Bosque School.
    That game is set for 4:30 p.m. at Dara Jones Field in White Rock.
    Lacrosse is a relatively new prep sport to New Mexico and schools competing in the sport are doing so independent of the New Mexico Activities Association, which governs most interscholastic prep sports in the state.
    Los Alamos, which is playing its second year of lacrosse, has had a solid 2013 season, posting a 6-3 record to date. Los Alamos is currently tied with Bosque’s Bobcats for second place in state standings, meaning Friday’s game will be key for both teams’ seedings in the upcoming playoffs.
    Quarterfinal round games of the playoffs are scheduled for next week. The finals are scheduled for May 11 in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos head coach Waytt Dumas said the Hilltoppers have played well together throughout the season.
    “They’re putting the team ahead of themselves and showing a lot of maturity,” Dumas said. “We have a lot of fierce competitors on our team. They’re all pushing each other to play better and holding each other accountable.”

  • Softball closes out season at Capital

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will finish up its regular season today coming off a doubleheader sweep Saturday in the valley.
    The Hilltoppers close out their 2013 season at Capital. Capital has been no match for any of the other district teams, being outscored 117-23 in nine ballgames.
    On the District 2-4A season, Los Alamos (13-11 overall, 9-2 in 2-4A) has played well, but despite dropping just two games heading into today’s contest, it doesn’t appear the team has any shot at the 2-4A crown.
    Technically, the district race isn’t over. Bernalillo (17-1-1 overall, 8-1 in 2-4A) hasn’t locked up the district title yet. It would still need wins in two of its last three ballgames.
    Bernalillo plays Santa Fe today and Española Valley in a season-ending doubleheader Saturday. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, Bernalillo had little trouble vanquishing either of those opponents in their contests earlier this month, outscoring them by a combined 34-2 in three contests.
    Bernalillo holds the tiebreaker over Los Alamos, winning the 2-4A opener against the Hilltoppers in Bernalillo earlier this month, then splitting with the Hilltoppers April 20 in White Rock.

  • Lucido was 2-time champ as senior

    The 2010-11 sports year was among the most successful in Los Alamos High School’s recent history.
    And Dominic Lucido played a big part in it.

    Lucido, a 2011 graduate of LAHS, died April 24 in Albuquerque. A memorial service was held Monday for Lucido at Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church. He was 20 years old.

    Those who knew Lucido, a student at the University of New Mexico, all expressed shock at Lucido’s death.

    “One thing that stood out about Dom was that he really cared,” Lucido’s old coach and current LAHS tennis coach Lloyd Wilton said. “He cared about everyone in his family. He has three sisters and he was the only boy. He was good to all of them. He was just a kind guy.”

    Wilton, half of a standout doubles tennis team along with twin brother Billy during the early 2000s, worked with Lucido and doubles partner Chase Havemann during the 2011 season, which ended up being a big one for the duo.
    Lucido/Havemann earned the No. 1 seed heading into the 2011 state Class 4A championship tournament and waltzed through its first two matches, giving up just seven games in four sets to advance to the finale.

  • LA girls take 3rd at Harper

    The Los Alamos girls track and field team was the top finishing Class 4A team at an important late-season benchmark this weekend.