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  • Boys are 2nd in track

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team picked up a runner-up finish in team competition in Albuquerque this weekend.
    Los Alamos earned 79 team points at the Buddy Robertson Invitational, which was hosted by the Albuquerque Public Schools. That total put the Hilltoppers in second place overall.
    The Hilltopper girls were third in the girls standings with 91 points. The Cleveland Storm won both ends of the meet, crushing all comers on the boys side with 206.5 points while taking the girls competition by 15 points over La Cueva.

  • LA drops contests to PV and Durango

    After a first round victory Thursday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team dropped its final two games of the Piedra Vista Invitational this weekend.
    Los Alamos opened up the tournament on a high note, knocking off Fruita (Colo.) Monument, 2-1, its fourth win in a row. Unfortunately, Los Alamos couldn’t follow up, dropping an 8-6 decision to Piedra Vista and a 2-1 decision against Durango, Colo., in the third-place game.
    The two losses placed the Hilltoppers fourth in the tournament.
    The Hilltoppers’ win over Monument Thursday was their fourth straight 1-run victory and gave them a chance to score their first victory of the year over Piedra Vista, which swept them in a doubleheader to start the season.
    However, Piedra Vista (9-3) would take its third straight decision over Los Alamos this season and would go on to beat Farmington 4-1 in the tournament championship Saturday.
    In its contest against Durango’s Demons, Los Alamos limited the Demons to just five hits in the ballgame. However, Los Alamos (6-6) only came up with three hits of its own.
    Los Alamos’ only run came in the sixth inning, which tied the score at 1-1, but Durango (4-2) answered in the bottom half of the inning and was able to shut Los Alamos out in its final at-bat.

  • LA picks up wins over Jags, Spartans

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team won a pair of matches against District 2-4A opponents this weekend in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos’ girls, mixing up their lineups this week, topped both Capital and Bernalillo at the Jaguar Quad. Los Alamos blanked Capital 9-0 Friday and knocked off Bernalillo 6-3 Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers, who improve to 4-2 in team competition, are once again the favorites to win the 2-4A championship, something they haven’t failed to do since 2000.
    Against Capital, Los Alamos didn’t drop a single set. Capital’s best chance to take sets in that dual came at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles, but Ashley Thurgood held off Helen Marin 7-5 in set one in the singles contest and Thurgood and partner Serena Birnbaum earned a first set 7-5 decision in the opening set in doubles play.
    Katya Skurkhin, playing at No. 1 singles, picked up a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Sabina Coto of Capital to set the tone, while Madison Mas blanked Kristen Sisneros in both their sets at No. 5 singles.
    Saturday, Los Alamos won four of the six singles contest and two of the three doubles contests to earn the win over Bernalillo’s Spartans.
    Laura Whicker played at No. 1 singles and swept Rachel Layden of Bernalillo 6-3, 6-4, while Lauryn Anaya shut out Missy Hopkins in two sets at No. 2 singles.

  • Espinoza named new volleyball coach

    It’s been a busy week for coaching hires at Los Alamos High School.
    Just two days after the announcement of the hiring of the boys basketball coach, LAHS announced it had filled another big job vacancy.
    Sharleen Espinoza, a three-year assistant with the Hilltopper volleyball team, was named as the new head coach Friday.
    Espinoza has worked under both Garry Maskaly and Robin Reynolds. When she officially takes over in the fall, she will be the Hilltoppers’ third head coach in three years.
    At some point last season, Espinoza coached the C team, junior varsity and the varsity programs, sitting in the captain’s chair when he was unavailable.
    Espinoza said she feels she’s very familiar with the program and the personnel and is quite prepared to take over the reins.
    “I’m ready to do the things we need to do,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with the coaches at the middle school and the high school and developing young players. I’m excited to be doing that type of work with (the program).”
    In its one year under Reynolds, Los Alamos posted a record of 13-9, which included a 5-3 district record.

  • On Schedule 03-23-14

    Tuesday
    Softball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Girls track and field: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Thursday
    Girls track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Boys track and field: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Friday
    Softball: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Saturday
    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Memorial Middle School Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 8 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Miyamura, varsity, JV, noon and 2 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA. 

  • Espinoza named new volleyball coach

    Los Alamos assistant volleyball coach Sharleen Espinoza was promoted to the top job in the program today.
    Los Alamos High School made the announcement this afternoon.
    Espinoza has been an assistant with the program since 2011. She is a 2006 graduated of LAHS and has coached at the local club level.
    See Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • Sports Briefs 03-21-14

    Bombshells, Nukes open sesaon at home

    The Los Alamos Bombshells and the Los Alamos Nukes rugby clubs will host their first games of the season Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    The Bombshells, the girls high school team, will face an Albuquerque-area team starting at noon Saturday. The Nukes will play a team from Gallup at 2 p.m., also at Sullivan Field.
    Admission to the games is free.

    Pitching, fielding camp coming to White Rock

    The Albuquerque Baseball Academy will host a pitching and fielding camp for youth ages 7-13 in Los Alamos. The camp is scheduled for March 29 at Overlook Park.
    The camp will be led by former professional players Ryan Brewer and Lauro Felix.
    Price for participation is $65 per player, $5 of which will be donated to the Justin Solomon Cancer Fund.
    For registration, visit ababaseball.com. Questions may be directed to Brewer by calling 505-730-6979 or emailing abacademy@qwestoffice.net.

    Sr. Olympics registration is open

  • Ferreira wins all-around for the Tumblers

    Suyana Ferreira, Los Alamos School of Gymnastics level 4 gymnast was the big winner at the Junior Olympic level 4 and 5 New Mexico state championships.
    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers traveled to Albuquerque last weekend to compete in the annual championship meet.
    Ferreira’s all-around total of 37.75 was the tops at the meet.
    Ferreira won gold for her score of 9.575 uneven parallel bar routine, while she took silver, with 9.575 on vault, 9.20 on balance beam and 9.40 on the floor exercises.
    Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers took home a total of 19 medals from this meet, including 3 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze.
    Other entrants for Los Alamos in the level 4 meet included Paetyn Miller and Brianna Fryer.
    Miller took away a bronze on bars with 9.10, and was fourth in her age division with 33.90 all-around score.
    Fryer was fifth in her age division with 34.125.
    LASG’s other 13 medals came in level 5 competition.
    A gold was earned by Elyse Phillips on the balance beam. LASG’s level 5 juniors balance beam champion won with a score of 8.725.
    Phillips also eared the bronze on floor exercises with 8.85. She was fourth all-around with 35.15.
    In this same division Ashley Bustos tallied a 35.75 all-around to earn a silver medal.

  • LA tops Fruita Monument in tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team picked up yet another 1-run win over another solid team to open the Piedra Vista Invitational.
    Jared Mang threw a complete game against a very good hitting team and the defense behind him was spotless Thursday as Los Alamos nipped Monument High School of Fruita, Colo., 3-2, to open the tournament.
    Los Alamos will now advance to face the host Piedra Vista Panthers this afternoon. This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season.
    The Hilltoppers pushed two runs across in the first inning, then answered two Monument runs in the second inning with a run in the third, which proved to be the game-winner.
    As he did last week against Hope Christian, catcher Trevor Pacheco came through with a clutch base hit with two outs in the third to drive in a run which proved to be the game winner.
    “The last three games, we haven’t got a lot of hits, but we’ve gotten a lot of nice, timely hits,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. Los Alamos finished with four hits Thursday.
    The Hilltoppers (6-4) have now won four straight contests, all by 1-run margins.
    Mang stayed out of trouble in every inning but the second when he walked a Monument batter and hit another with a pitch.

  • Kluk named permanent boys coach

    Mike Kluk has at least one advantage over most coaches taking over a basketball program: the chance to warm up.
    Kluk was named the full-time head coach of Los Alamos’ boys basketball program Wednesday morning, getting the “interim” tag dropped from his title from last season.
    In January, Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez left the program abruptly, citing family reasons and the health of his wife. With Dominguez’s departure, Kluk was installed and coached throughout the Hilltoppers’ District 2-4A season.
    Now, as the head coach for the entire 2014-15 season, Kluk said he’s ready for the challenge.
    “I don’t think we’re going to change a whole lot,” he said. “We’ve got two assistant coaches who have said they’re coming back, so the coaching staff’s not going to change much. With that, I can feel better about it, so let’s start getting ready.”
    Los Alamos won just two games in 26 outings last season, with Dominguez earning one of those wins and Kluk the other. That win came early in district play when the Hilltoppers upset the Capital Jaguars 40-38 Jan. 31 at home.