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  • LA closes out its 2-4A games early

    BERNALILLO — The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team had little trouble running its win streak to 10 games Saturday, as well as keeping its grip on the top of the District 2-4A standings.
    The Hilltoppers earned a 10-0 decision in six innings over the Bernalillo Spartans in game of their doubleheader. In game two, the Hilltoppers needed just five innings to win 14-3 at Coach Dave Rostro Field.
    With those wins, Los Alamos completes the season sweep of the Spartans and got the second half of its district season started on the right foot.
    Los Alamos is now 8-0 in 2-4A play with just four games remaining in the regular season. Los Alamos also upped its 2014 record to 16-6, which likely clinches it at least an at-large bid in the upcoming state tournament, regardless of how the rest of the season plays out.
    Despite being atop the district standings, the Hilltoppers still have three tough games in a row. They will face Santa Fe Wednesday, which gave them a run for their money in one of their two meetings this season, then will have to take on Española Valley in a doubleheader Saturday at Bomber Field.

  • 'Toppers get swept in 2-4A twinbill

    BERNALILLO — After falling victim to a sweep Saturday against the Bernalillo Spartans, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team is in a bit of precarious spot in District 2-4A.
    Los Alamos took on Bernalillo Saturday with a chance to grab at least a piece of first place in the 2-4A standings, but instead, now must win a big game Wednesday to keep its chances for a runner-up finish alive.
    The Hilltoppers (10-12 overall, 4-4 in 2-4A) were hit hard early in both ends of the doubleheader. Bernalillo scored seven runs in the first two innings of game one, then scored four runs in the bottom of the first of game two to earn the sweep.
    Bernalillo took the first game 8-1, then won the second game 5-2.
    Spartan star pitcher Demi Madalena threw complete games in both ends of the doubleheader. The one run she allowed in the first game came off a rare balk call — the game’s umpires were calling both Madalena and Hilltopper starting pitcher Jordan Hammock ridiculously tight when it came to perceived irregularities in throwing motions, so much so that Los Alamos actually played most of the game under protest.
    Madalena then allowed just one earned run in the second game, solo home run by Kiana Zerr in the third inning.

  • LA girls finish second at 2-4A pre-district meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team finished second out of the five competing schools at last weekend’s pre-District 2-4A seeding tournament in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos’ girls topped Española Valley, Capital and Bernalillo last weekend, but fell in their dual against Santa Fe Friday morning. With that loss, the Hilltoppers will now be the No. 2 seed in the District 2-4A championship tournament, while Santa Fe will be the top seed.
    The Demons are led by eighth grader Brandee Fulgenzi. Fulgenzi played a big role in the 5-4 victory over Los Alamos to earn the top seed, knocking off the Hilltoppers’ Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff at No. 1 singles then helping procure a win at No. 1 doubles.
    Also Monday, the Hilltoppers played a dual against Española Valley, winning that dual 9-0. Among Monday’s winners for the Hilltoppers were
    Laura Whicker, Astrid Hengartner and Katilin Lemke in singles competition.
     

  • Roundup: JV splits a twinbill

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity baseball team took a split over the Bernalillo Spartans at home Thursday.
    Los Alamos lost the first game of the doubleheader 4-2, but came back to win the second game 7-2.
    The split puts the Hilltoppers at 8-7 on the season.
    Along with Thursday’s doubleheader, the Hilltoppers also played a doubleheader April 11 against Capital, winning those two games handily. The Hilltoppers picked up an 11-4 decision in game one against the Jaguars, then crushed the Jaguars 15-0 in the nightcap.
    Los Alamos’ JV has won five of its last seven contests. The Hilltoppers will host Santa Fe Tuesday.

    JV softball team drops home doubleheader

  • LA baseball earns No. 7 4A ranking

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned a No. 7 ranking in this week’s MaxPreps.com ratings of Class 4A baseball teams around the state.
    Los Alamos, which has won eight straight games, more than all but one 4A team in the state, is 14-6 on the season heading into a doubleheader against Bernalillo Saturday. It is also at the top of the District 2-4A standings.
    The 4A baseball rankings have only been published sporadically by the website this season.
    Piedra Vista is No. 1 in 4A baseball despite having a rather pedestrian 12-9 season record, although it has the best strength-of-schedule in the classification.
    In 4A softball, Los Alamos, which has been rated as high as No. 10 this season, finished 15th in this week’s rankings. Los Alamos is 10-10 on the season and trying to keep pace with Bernalillo and Santa Fe in the district standings.
    The Hilltopper softball squad will also be at Bernalillo for a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    In baseball, following Piedra Vista’s Panthers, the Goddard Rockets (11-3) are ranked No. 2, followed by Valencia, Farmington and defending state champ St. Pius X in the top five.
    Immediately ahead of the Hilltoppers is the Albuquerque Academy Chargers (10-7) in sixth place. The Chargers defeated the Hilltoppers 8-3 in March.

  • McClellan is tops at Pace Race

    Laura McClellan had the best prediction in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, is a weekly event. Races are Tuesday evenings at various sites around Los Alamos County.
    This week’s race started and finished at the county’s ice rink in Los Alamos Canyon.
    It was a good night for predictors, as five competitors were within 25 seconds of calling their actual finish times.
    McClellan picked up the win, as she was just 9 seconds off her actual time. She beat out Heidi Bjorklund (18 seconcs), Liz McDonald (21 seconds), Nikol Strother (22 seconds) and Roy Cope (24 seconds).
    The fastest finishers on the 1-mile course were Patricia Burnside, who had a time of 8:59, and Paul Elkins, who finished in 14:12. On the 3-mile course, the top finishers were Strother (21:22) and Bill Rice (24:13).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. It will be run on Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock, starting near Chamisa Elementary School.
    Starting time is 6 p.m.
    For more information on next week’s race, call 672-9243 or 672-1639. More information can also be found by visiting the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com. 

  • Deadline for slowpitch softball teams is Friday

    Registration is open for the upcoming slowpitch softball season. The slowpitch league is for men’s and women’s teams and season starts April 26-27 with a tournament. The season runs through the end of July.
    Price for participation is $575 per team. Registration fee and additional paperwork is due Friday.
    For more information, send email to losalamossoftball@yahoo.com.
     

  • Kiwanis' fundraiser set for Derby Day

    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is inviting the community to the second annual Kentucky Derby Party from 3 to 5:30 p.m. May 3 at the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill.
    Tickets for the event is $50, half of which is for the event and half of which is a donation to purchase immunizations for 13 women and all of their children through Project Eliminate, a joint Kiwanis International and UNICEF project to wipe out Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus worldwide.
    MNT is caused when tetanus spores, found in soil everywhere, come into contact with open cuts during childbirth. The disease strikes the poorest of the poor, the geographically hard to reach and those without health care.
    However, MNT is highly preventable. Just three doses of a $.60 immunization protect mothers, who then pass on the immunity to their future babies.
    Last year, more than $1,200 was raised for Project Eliminate through the Kiwanis Club’s Kentucky Derby party.
    This year marks the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.

  • LA has big doubleheader with Spartans

    It was a feast day for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team when it took on the Capital Jaguars last weekend.
    But the team will have to hope that isn’t followed up by a famine.
    It’s hard to say how much offense the Hilltoppers will have to muster heading into this weekend’s doubleheader against the Bernalillo Spartans.
    However, one thing is certain: they will need more than they got in their first go-round.
    Los Alamos was held to just four hits and had 14 batters strike out — at least two fanned in six of the seven innings — as it dropped its District 2-4A opener to Bernalillo 1-0 April 2.
    The second and third games are scheduled for Saturday in Bernalillo. And in those two games Los Alamos is sure to get a big dose of Demi Madalena.
    Madalena, last season’s District 2-4A Player of the Year and on the short list to repeat that title, is Bernalillo’s ace pitcher and has given Los Alamos’ hitters fits since joining the Spartans last season.
    Along with being a big challenge for the Hilltoppers in their attempt to knock the Spartans off their perch atop the district standings, there is plenty more at stake in what’s become a crowded field near the top of 2-4A.

  • LA's Sepulveda meet results

    Here are the Los Alamos Hilltoppers’ final results from Monday’s Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational:

    Boys

    1600 meters

    1. Colin Hemez, 4:27.31; 2. Fernando Lucero, Rio Rancho, 4:29.14; 3. Jared Garcia, Belen, 4:29.33.

    3200 meters

    1. Chris Harlow, Cibola, 9:38.34; 2. Taylor Potter, Eldorado, 9:38.75; 3. Jereme Santistevan, Pojoaque Valley, 9:44.18; 8. Mike Walker, 9:58.66.

    High jump

    1. Avery Rasher, Farmington, 6-6; 2. Parker Hibbett, Albuquerque Academy, 6-4; 3. Landen Culbreath, St. Pius X, 6-0; 13. Skyler Veenis, 5-10.

    Pole vault

    1. Hayden Walker, Manzano, 13-0; 2. Colton Draper, Melrose, 13-0; 3. Jonathan Myrick, Moriarty, 12-6; 7. Seth Drop, 11-0.

    Girls

    1600 meters

    1. Molly Klein, Rio Rancho, 5:07.57; 2. MacKenzie Everett, La Cueva, 5:09.00; 3. Noel Prandoni, Santa Fe, 5:11.86; 8. Sophia Galvez, 5:24.37; 10. Amanda Mercer, 5:32.04; 12. Mikayla Pulliam, 5:53.45.

    100 hurdles

    1. Sarah Root, Aztec, 15.38; 2. Kiersten Huitt, Sandia Prep, 3. Cassie McClintock, Cleveland, 16.34; 4. Chelsea Challacombe, 16.63.

    High jump

    1. Chelsea Challacombe, 5-8; 2. Kayli Farmer, Aztec, 5-4; 3. Lindsey Larson, Volcano Vista, 5-2.

    Long jump