• LA softball reaches state playoffs

    Los Alamos’ softball team needed a split with Del Norte Saturday to take second in District 2-5A. Both games were decided by a single run, but Los Alamos prevailed in the second contest to finish second in the district.
    Del Norte won the first game 4-3 and Los Alamos won the second game 8-7.
    A Los Alamos run in the fifth inning tied the first game 2-2, but Del Norte scored two runs in the sixth to go back ahead. Los Alamos scored one run in the seventh, but its rally came up short.
    In the second game, Del Norte jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Los Alamos responded with a five-run second inning and a three-run third inning. Del Norte came back and two runs in the sixth got it within a run of the ’Toppers, but Los Alamos was able to close out the game.
    After the doubleheader, Los Alamos was 12-14 overall and 7-5 in District 2-5A.
    The ’Toppers then got the No. 14 seed for the state playoffs and will begin the tournament against the District 4-5A champs and No. 3 seed Roswell (18-7, 9-3 District 4-5A) Saturday at 11 a.m.
    Only two teams from the District 2-5A made the state playoffs. The district champions, Bernalillo, got the No. 7 seed and will play No. 10 Goddard in the first round.
    Centennial got the No. 1 seed, Aztec is seeded second and Piedra Vista took the No. 4 seed.

  • LA tennis teams dominate district championships

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams both rolled over the competition Friday and Saturday at the District 2-5A championships.
    Both Hilltopper squads won district team titles and Los Alamos also won both singles and both doubles individual championships.
    Additionally, both teams took all three of the doubles qualifying spots for the state tournament and two of the three singles spots.
    “I think they played well,” Los Alamos girls head coach Bruce Cottrell said. “We got what we thought we’d get.”
    After winning the district team titles, Los Alamos boys and girls teams both earned a No. 3 seed for this week’s state championships.
    After first-round byes, the Hilltopper boys will play No. 6 Centennial and the Hilltopper girls will play No. 6 Roswell in the quarterfinals Friday.
    Albuquerque Academy is the top-seeded boys team and second-seeded girls team. Farmington got the girls top seed and second boys seed.
    Los Alamos’ George Margevicius and Sidra Hiseh-Ratliff both won their district singles brackets.
    “It felt really good,” Margevicius said. “My sister won (districts) and she won state. I took second last year (in doubles) so it was good to finally win the bracket.”

  • LA baseball gets No. 3 state seed

    The Los Alamos baseball team earned the No. 3 seed for the Class 5A state tournament.
    Los Alamos, who finished 20-6 overall and clinched its seventh consecutive district title Saturday, will host No. 14 Aztec (12-12) in a best-of-three first round series beginning Friday.
    District 2-5A runner up Española Valley (18-6) got the No. 6 seed and will play No. 11 Farmington (11-15) in the first round.
    Los Alamos and the Sundevils could meet for the fourth time this season in the quarterfinals.
    The Sundevils won the first contest, but then Los Alamos won a pair of close games to pass them in the district standings, including one game in extra innings.
    Bernalillo (12-13-1) also made the playoffs as the No. 15 seed. The Spartans will play No. 2 Goddard (22-4) in the first round.
    Piedra Vista (21-4) earned the No. 1 seed and will begin its title defense against Roswell (9-17).
    The ’Toppers swept Del Norte Saturday to clinch the District 2-5A title, winning the games 11-3 and then 6-1.
    Los Alamos jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first game. Del Norte cut the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the second inning, but Los Alamos added a run in the third, two in the fourth, two in the sixth and one more in the seventh to finish comfortably ahead.

  • Baseball, softball brackets due out

    The New Mexico Activities Association will release the postseason brackets for the Class 5A baseball and softball tournaments Sunday.
    Postseason play around the state gets going Friday and Saturday at home sites. Teams that win this coming weekend will advance to the main bracket which commences next week.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team was a likely top-6 seed heading into Saturday’s doubleheader against the Del Norte Knights — results from the doubleheader weren’t available as of press time. Los Alamos had won 18 games during the regular season prior to Saturday and was ranked fifth according to the website MaxPreps, the rankings of which are a big component into determining seeding for prep teams in the state.
    Assuming that remains the case heading into the meeting of the seeding and selection committee today, the Los Alamos baseball team should be getting a home series in the opening round.
    In softball, however, the Hilltoppers’ situation was more tenuous.
    Heading into their doubleheader Saturday against Del Norte, a team that had been on the upswing in the late part of the season, the Hilltoppers were ranked 16th in the state, which would’ve put them just over the bar for getting into the 16-team tournament.

  • 'Toppers take strides in home meet

    The Los Alamos track teams had its final tune up before the district championships Friday at home on Sullivan Field.
    A few ’Topper athletes qualified for state in the meet and some others showed improvement from their previous qualifying marks.
    “We had some really good performances,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    The Hilltopper boys won the meet with 139 points, followed by St. Michael’s (104), Santa Fe High (55), Española Valley (43) and Capital (14).
    In the girls’ team race, Los Alamos and St. Michael’s were also in a battle for the top spot. The teams were tied late in the meet, but St. Michael’s first-place finish in the final event, the 4x400 relay, helped them take first as a team with 122 points, just 2 ahead of Los Alamos. Santa Fe (82) finished third, Española Valley (19) came in fourth and Capital (3) was fifth.
    Liam Johnson was one of the highlights of the meet again. He broke the sophomore record in pole vault that he set last week, clearing 13 feet, 3 inches to win the event. Sean Reynolds (11-3), Jacob Holesinger (10-9) and Tyler Moore (10-3) finished third through fifth in the event for Los Alamos.

  • Sports Briefs 5-1-15

    Kentucky Derby Party
    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos welcomes you to join the fun on Derby day, Saturday, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    This year the Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course will host the event, which will include a derby-inspired buffet, mint juleps, cocktails, a derby hat contest, kids activities, large screen viewing and 50/50 betting on the big race.
    All proceeds will benefit Project Eliminate, a partnership between Kiwanis and UNICEF to combat maternal and neonatal tetanus across the globe.
    For tickets and more information, email lclough@unm.edu or casadaly@aol.com or call 469-1465

  • Atomic Tumblers win 36 medals at Xcel championships

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Belen recently to compete in USA Gymnastics New Mexico State Championships.
    The Atomic Tumblers turned in a dominating performance. The team won medal after medal, 36 in all, had a few gymnasts win state championships and some qualify for the regional championships.
    Megan Brown, a first-year competitor, won the Younger Bronze Division, taking all-around gold with a 37.40. She also won state championships on the floor exercise (9.65) and the balance beam (9.50). She took silver on vault (9.15).
    Teammate Danielle Trellue medaled in every event to win a silver all around (37.20). Trellue placed first on the bars (9.40), second on both the beam (9.45) and floor (9.40) and finished third on the vault (8.95).
    Alexandra Simikov won bronze medals on bars (9.30) and the floor exercise (9.20).
    Claudia Jablonski finished ninth all-around (33.75).
    In the Youth Bronze Division, Deeanna Foster won a bronze medal in the all-around (36.70). Foster also won a gold medal on the beam (9.45) and a bronze medal on floor (9.35).
    Anika Lovato won a silver medal with her floor exercise (9.40) and bronze medals on both the vault (9.10) and bars (9.15).
    In the Junior Bronze Division, Aria Warner won a bronze on the balance beam (9.30).

  • LA softball has win streak snapped

    The Los Alamos softball team had its five-game win streak snapped Wednesday by the District 2-5A champs, Bernalillo.
    The Spartans stayed perfect in the district, improving to 10-0 in 2-5A and 20-4 overall, with a 5-0 win against the ’Toppers (6-4, 11-13).
    “Overall it was a well played game,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We definitely played better than the first time we played them.”
    It was certainly closer that their previous games.
    The first time Los Alamos played Bernalillo, the Spartans hit eight home runs in a doubleheader.
    Jordan Hammock kept Bernalillo’s bats a lot quieter Wednesday, only giving up one extra-base hit and no home runs. “They had to earn every run,” Anaya said.
    Hammock pitched all seven innings, giving up 11 hits, five runs — three of which were earned — while striking out five and walking three. “She threw a great game,” Anaya said.
    Bernalillo’s pitcher, Isabella Navarro, was also impressive. She struck out 12 ’Toppers in the game.
    “Their pitcher is very tough,” Anaya said. “She has the best rise ball we’ve seen.”

  • ’Toppers beat down Bernalillo in home finale

    In its home regular season finale, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was playing about as sharp as it had all season.
    That was great news for the Hilltoppers, but not so much for their opponents.
    As sharp as Los Alamos was Wednesday at Bomber Field, the Bernalillo Spartans were flat. That led to a big 14-0 rout in favor of the Hilltoppers, a game that wrapped up in the minimum 4-1/2 innings.
    Starting pitcher Lane Saunders was spot-on. He threw five innings of hitless ball, allowing just two walks, one in the second and one in the third innings, neither of which became a scoring threat.
    The left-handed Saunders was in full command, striking out three and facing more than the minimum number of batters just once — he picked off Isaac Gutierrez, one of the hitters he walked, by a country mile to end the third inning — and only a handful of Spartans were able to make solid contact with him all day.
    With Wednesday’s victory, the Hilltoppers now move within one game of clinching their seventh consecutive District 2-5A title. They can do so with a victory in either of their two games Saturday at Del Norte, a team that has struggled for much of the season.

  • Kratzer has the top prediction in this week’s pace race

    David Kratzer was only three seconds off his predicted time in this week’s pace race held on American Springs Road up in the Jemez.
    Other accurate predictors included Nikol Strother, who was just eight seconds off, Lyle Cunningham had a 10-second differential, 5-year-old Anders Medin was 24 seconds off and Lauraine Maness was off by 25 seconds.
    On the one-mile course, the top finisher was Tad Hughes, clocking in at 9 minutes, 5 seconds. Sue Elkins was the fastest female, finishing in 13:19.
    Ted Romero finished the three-mile course first in 21:33. The top female finisher, Strother, finished just two seconds behind him.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be at 6 p.m. in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.
    Pajarito Acres is on Acoma Lane, which is off South Monte Rey Drive and Potrillo Drive. One and 2.8-mile paved courses will be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com.