• Hsieh-Ratliff takes 6th in El Paso

    Los Alamos’ top girls singles tennis player Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff picked up three wins in the Sun City to finish sixth in her flight last weekend.
    Los Alamos took part in the El Paso (Texas) Chapin tournament. It was the second trip of the young season for Los Alamos to El Paso.
    The Hilltoppers entered a pair of singles players and three doubles teams to Chapin’s tournament. All the Hilltopper entries won three matches in El Paso.
    Hsieh-Ratliff, a freshman, went 3-2 in El Paso. She knocked off three players from Texas, two of them in straight sets, but lost to a pair of New Mexico players, Lindsay Harlas of Las Cruces Mayfield and Carrie Alberson of Las Cruces Centennial, to take sixth in the 32-player draw.
    She knocked off Vivrana Lews of El Paso Burgess 6-2, 6-0, Genny Hay of Fort Hancock, Texas, 6-0, 6-3.
    But Hsieh-Ratliff had to come back from a set down in her fourth match of the two-day tournament. She lost the opening set to Isabella Rivera of El Paso Hanks, 5-7, before rebounding to win the last two sets, 6-1, 6-1.

  • LA's bats come up big in road victory

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team banged out 18 hits against the Moriarty Pintos in a road victory Tuesday.
    Los Alamos scored 14 runs in the first three innings of its game at Moriarty, but the Pintos teed off as well late in the game.
    However, the Hilltoppers, with another big inning in the fifth kept out in front and topped the Pintos 22-13. It was the first win of the season by the Hilltoppers over another Class 4A team.
    Los Alamos came up with nine extra-base hits, three of them coming from Emilee Jones. Jones had a pair of doubles and a triple in the contest, driving in four runs.
    Krysta Salazar had a double and a triple and scored three runs while driving in two more. Kiana Zerr and Shelby Chavez each scored four runs.
    The Hilltoppers (2-4) won’t play again for a week. They will take on Pojoaque Valley next Tuesday in Jacona.
    Moriarty (0-5), meanwhile, has gotten off to a rough start this season. The Pintos have given up 81 runs in their five games so far.
    But the Pintos finished with 10 hits Tuesday and put up back-to-back 4-run innings in the fifth and sixth innings, but it was too little, too late as they trailed 15-4 going into the bottom of the fifth.

  • LA downed by Academy, 8-3

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team dropped a road contest to a tough opponent Tuesday afternoon.
    Los Alamos fell to Albuquerque Academy 8-3. The Chargers jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings and added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to put it away.
    The Hilltoppers (3-4), who were coming off a successful tournament at St. Pius X, winning two of three contests there and taking the host Sartans to the brink in the other game last weekend, were shut out for five straight innings before getting a couple of runs across in their last at-bat.
    There won’t be much turnaround time for the Hilltoppers, either. They will host their one and only home game in the month of March today when they play Hope Christian, a solid Class 3A school.
    Academy, which is usually a stout competitor in Class 4A, has gotten its season off to a good start. The Chargers (3-0) topped Aztec and Valley last week and have outscored their three opponents by a combined 27-7.
    For the Chargers, sophomore Seth Jones went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs. On the mound, Joe Sava threw six innings and gave up just four hits while striking out nine Hilltopper batters.

  • LA tops Eldorado for a win at Farmington invitational

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team dropped three contests at Farmington this weekend, but did break into the win column for the first time in 2014, doing so with some late-game heroics.
    Los Alamos took part in the Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge up in the Four Corners this weekend, going 1-3 at the round-robin tournament. Los Alamos defeated Class 5A Eldorado for its first win of the season, but dropped contests to Piedra Vista, Bloomfield and Blanding, Utah.
    There won’t be much of a turnaround for the Hilltoppers, either, as they were scheduled to play today at Moriarty.
    The Hilltoppers opened the two-day tournament with a pair of tough games. Friday morning, it took on Piedra Vista, the top program in the state, regardless of classification.
    The Panthers dominated that game, winning 15-0. Following the Piedra Vista game, Los Alamos took another one on the chin, falling 14-5 to Bloomfield.
    Despite being on the wrong end of lopsided decisions, Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said he saw some things he liked out of those two games, particularly that his defense had cleaned up its act a little bit from the season opener early last week against Cleveland.
    Los Alamos committed just four errors in those four games this weekend, including playing a clean game against Eldorado’s Eagles.

  • 'Toppers take third in boys track opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team got its season off to a good start against some tough competition this weekend.
    Saturday, Los Alamos took part in the Rio Rancho Chile Quad, which included two very strong opponents in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque Academy. Los Alamos finished with 70 points at the meet and earned wins in a pair of events.
    Although he didn’t win his race, senior Colin Hemez picked up the first state qualifying mark of the Hilltoppers’ season in his first time out. Hemez, the Hilltoppers’ top distance runner, posted a time of 10 minutes, .09 seconds in the 3200 meters to earn a trip to the state meet in May in that event. Hemez finished slightly less than a second behind Kevin Wyss of Academy.
    Picking up event wins for Los Alamos was Seth Drop. Drop cleared 11 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault to take top honors in that event.
    Also winning Saturday was the Hilltoppers’ 800 meter relay team of Xavier Dennison, Sidney Ellis, Skyler Veenis and Joe Roback. That group won a solid victory, topping Academy by more than 2-1/2 seconds.
    The meet also marked the return of Los Alamos head coach Larry Baca. Baca helmed the boys track team for more than 25 years, but had to take a leave from his head coaching position after he retired as a Los Alamos High School teacher in 2011.

  • ’Toppers get thumped by Sartans in opening round

    ALBUQUERQUE – As upset-minded as the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team might have been heading into Friday night’s game, the St. Pius X Sartans were not to be denied.
    The Sartans methodically drove to the basket and pounded the ball in down low to take control of Friday’s Class 4A state championship first round game early. The Hilltoppers took the air out of the ball in the second quarter to try to keep the contest close, but the second half was all St. Pius.
    St. Pius’ defense and rebounding closed the door on any hopes the Hilltoppers might have had of knocking off the Sartans and advancing in the state tournament in the third quarter. St. Pius dominated the boards on both ends, putting in several second chances in the third quarter en route to a 59-31 victory.
    This was the second meeting between the two teams this year and both ended with a similar result. St. Pius won handily in January, topping Los Alamos by 24 points.
    Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart, who has guided Los Alamos to the playoffs in both years she’s led the team, said afterward Los Alamos needed to win the battle for rebounds and keep St. Pius from setting itself up with easy buckets. Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers were able to do neither Friday night.

  • ’Toppers, Sartans go to the wire, but Pius prevails

    ALBUQUERQUE – Less than a week after the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team put a scare into the 2013 Class 4A state runners-up, it took the defending state champions to the brink.
    Los Alamos moved out to a 3-run edge after 4-1/2 innings over the St. Pius X Sartans in the second round of the Sartans’ home tournament Friday.
    But the Sartans put together a 5-run home half of the fifth and pushed the winning run across on the final play of the game to survive a scare and win 7-6.
    Los Alamos and St. Pius met in the semifinal round of the Sartan tournament after both won big Thursday in the opening round.
    It was the Hilltoppers who drew first blood, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third without getting a ball out of the infield, then tacked on two more in the top of the fifth to move out to a 4-1 edge.
    But, with the game about to go into tiebreaker rules – games at the St. Pius tournament are limited to 2 hours and 15 minutes – the Sartans’ Mitch DiLorenzo reached on a error to start the bottom of the sixth, then, after stealing second, attempted to steal third. The throw to third base was low and bounced away from third baseman Jared Mang.

  • On Schedule 03-08-14


    Softball: Los Alamos at Moriarty, varsity, 3 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, 4 p.m.


    Track and field: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, boys and girls JV, 3:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.


    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

  • Sports Briefs 03-09-14

    Pace Race season starts April 1

    The Atomic City Roadrunners running club will hold its first Pace Race of the year April 1 starting at the Canyon Rim trailhead.
    The run will start at 6 p.m.
    The Roadrunners meet for Pace Races at various sites around the county weekly. Races are at 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Races consist of 1- and 3-mile courses.
    Anyone interested in participating may attend.
    For more information, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com or call Ted Williams 672-1639.

    Sr. Olympics registration is open

    The Los Alamos Senior Olympic Games will be held locally starting April 11.
    The local games run through May 13. A variety of different events are offered to participants.
    To participate, entrants should be 50 years of age or older.
    Registration forms are available at the YMCA. Price for participation is $20. Registrations will be accepted through March 21.
    For more information on the local Senior Olympic Games, call 662-3526.

    Pitching, fielding camp coming to White Rock

  • Sports Briefs 03-07-14

    Isotopes’ Select-A-Seat is Saturday

    Tickets go on sale Saturday for individual games at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. The tickets can be purchased at the Isotopes box office or by visiting abqisotopes.com starting at 10 a.m.
    The Albuquerque Isotopes are the Triple-A franchise of the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball club.
    Also Saturday, the Isotopes will host their annual Select-A-Seat event. Fans holding season tickets or ticket mini-plans can choose which seats they would like for those games.
    The first game of the season at Isotopes Park is scheduled for April 11 against the Tacoma Rainiers. 

    Run For Her Life set for March 30
    Registration is open for the fourth annual Run For Her Life 5K and 10K races.
    The races are scheduled for March 30. Races will start at 9 a.m. at East Park in Los Alamos.
    Registration forms can be found online at atomicrunners.com or at Fusion Multisports, Los Alamos Fitness Center and the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    All proceeds from the race will be donated to charities working in the field of breast cancer research.
    For further information, call 672-1639.