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  • Sports Briefs 03-03-13

     LALL registering this week at Home Run Pizza

     

    Los Alamos Little League will hold registration sessions for its upcoming baseball and softball seasons Tuesday and Thursday.

    The sessions are scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. at Home Run Pizza in Los Alamos.

    All boys and girls who are between the ages of 5-16 (as of April 30 for baseball and Dec. 21, 2012 for softball) are eligible to participate.

    Price for registration is $55 for one child, $50 for each additional child. Financial assistance may be available.

    More information can be found by visiting lalittleleague.org.

     

    The 2013 Pace Race season starts April 2

     

    The Atomic City Roadrunners running club will start its 40th Pace Race season with a run April 2.

    The first Pace Race of the season will begin at the Canyon Rim Trail parking lot off N.M. 502. 

    Tuesday’s race time is set for 6 p.m.

    Pace Races are a weekly event held Tuesdays between April and early October. 

    The weekly races include 1- and 3-mile runs and walks at various locations around Los Alamos County.

  • LA girls find out their seed Sunday

    Basketball teams from around the state, including the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, will learn their postseason fates Sunday.
    It is Selection Sunday, the day where the New Mexico Activities Association announces the fields for each of New Mexico’s six basketball classifications.
    Brackets for the state postseason are due out by 5 p.m. They will be posted online at nmact.org.
    For Los Alamos’ girls, they are not so concerned about whether they get in, but whether they will get one of the top 8 seeds in the playoffs. The top 8 teams will host a game in the first round.
    In Class 4A, 16 teams are selected to participate. Los Alamos’ girls are comfortably in the top 10 — in the most recent MaxPreps.com rankings, one of the criteria used for selecting postseason teams, Los Alamos was rated eighth in 4A — but with a 17-point loss Thursday night against Española Valley, not to mention usually-soft home attendance numbers at Griffith Gymnasium, a top-8 seed is a coin toss.
    What Los Alamos (16-12) does have going for it is a tough district, including teams like Santa Fe and Española Valley which could crack the top 5 overall.

  • LA, Cleveland face off in playoff contest

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will play for the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League pure team playoffs starting tonight.
    The Hilltoppers will face the Cleveland Storm in the first round of the NMIIHL playoffs at 5:30 p.m. The tournament will be played in Taos.
    Tonight’s game will be broadcast by KRSN AM 1490. Rick Picard and David Sutton will be on the call live from the Taos Youth and Family Center rink.
    Los Alamos wrapped up its regular season last weekend topping Cleveland’s Storm 4-0 but falling to the St. Pius X Sartans 6-1. For the season, Los Alamos finished in third place with a record of 13-7-1 and finished with 27 points.
    Should Los Alamos beat Cleveland tonight, it would play the winner between Taos and Rio Rancho at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
    The pure team championship game is set for March 9 in Santa Fe.

  • Sports Briefs 03-01-13

    No one injured in accident after basketball game

    A Los Alamos Public Schools SUV was involved in a minor rear-end collision following Thursday’s night’s girls basketball game in Española.
    The accident occurred at the stoplight on Fairway Drive and Paseo De Oñate at approximately 9 p.m.
    Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms said no one was hurt in the accident.
    No LAHS student-athletes were in the SUV at the time of the collision.
    The SUV is used to transport student-athletes to and from out-of-town athletic contests and is often driven by a member of that athletic program’s coaching staff. However, student-athletes are regularly picked up and driven home by family members at the conclusion of those contests.
    A driver heading back to Los Alamos following the contest said a sedan appeared to have ran into the back of the SUV at the intersection. The sedan sustained front-end damage.

    LALL registering next week at Home Run Pizza

  • LA falls in district semifinal round

    ESPAÑOLA — If Thursday night’s District 2-4A girls basketball game had a theme song, it would’ve been “Stuck In the Middle With You.”
    For the bulk of the final three quarters, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team’s ballhandlers were stuck trying to get through double-teams near the timeline as a result of a trapping press by the Española Valley Sundevils.
    Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers didn’t respond well, turning the ball over 19 times after the first quarter, many of those turning into points on the other end for the Sundevils.
    Española Valley, the No. 2 seed, won the 2-4A tournament semifinal contest 51-34 and now advance to play the Santa Fe Demons Saturday night for the district crown.
    Los Alamos’ loss knocks it out of the district tournament. It must now wait until Sunday to see where it will land in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs.
    The loss was a disappointing one for the Hilltoppers (16-12 overall, 6-4 in 2-4A), not only after defeating the Sundevils in their previous meeting Feb. 16 but after winning five of six games to close out the season heading in.
    Española Valley, which has been known for most of the program’s existence for tough full-court pressure, used that pressure to good effect in the final three quarters.

  • LAPS vehicle involved in accident Thursday

    A Los Alamos Public Schools SUV was involved in a car accident in Española following a Los Alamos High School girls basketball game.
    According to one driver returning to Los Alamos Thursday night, the SUV was involved in a rear-end accident at the corner of Fairview Lane and Paseo de Oñate in Española. The vehicle is used as transportation for Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball players.
    LAHS athletic director Vicki Nelms said late Thursday night that no Los Alamos student-athletes were in the SUV at the time of the accident and that there were no initial reports of injuries.
    Los Alamos’ girls basketball team was playing Española Valley in a District 2-4A tournament game Thursday night at Española Valley High School.
     

  • LA falls in semifinals to Española Valley

    ESPAÑOLA - The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team got off to a hot start in the first quarter of its semifinal game Thursday night.
    Los Alamos scored 15 points in the opening period against the Española Valley Sundevils. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, they wouldn’t match their early offensive numbers again until the fourth quarter.
    The Sundevils pressed the Hilltoppers into submission Thursday, winning 51-34 at Edward Medina Gymnasium. The loss knocked the Hilltoppers out of the District 2-4A tournament.
    Los Alamos (16-12) couldn’t find its rhythm offensively after Española Valley employed trapping full-court pressure in the second quarter and forced 7 second quarter turnovers.
    Read more about the game in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
     

  • 'Topper Notes 02-28-13

    LA girls face Sundevils in 2-4A tournament semifinal

  • LA has tough test to open season

    Rarely does the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team have to go deep into the season to find out what kind of team it has.
    This year won’t be an exception to that pretty hard-and-fast rule.
    The Hilltopper baseball team opens its season Saturday with a doubleheader in the Four Corners area. The Hilltoppers’ opponent is none other than the defending Class 4A state champs, Piedra Vista.
    Los Alamos lost some key seniors off the 2012 squad and will have at least one of its returning starters, junior third baseman Jake Downs, out for at least a few weeks. Hilltopper manager Mike Gill said going into Saturday’s opener, he still isn’t exactly sure what players he’s going to put in what positions in the first game or even if those players will be in those same positions in the nightcap.
    And facing a Piedra Vista team that won the Class 4A title game last year with a crushing 15-1 defeat of Miyamura, the order seems daunting.
    Nevertheless, neither he nor his team would have it any other way.
    “It’s become a nice tradition,” Gill said, noting the teams play in Ricketts Park, home to the annual Connie Mack World Series. “You get to see right where you are right away, playing arguably the best team in 4A year-in and year-out.”

  • State swim meet final results

    Here are the results from the 2012-13 state swimming and diving meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Eldorado, 324; 2. Albuquerque Academy, 260; 3. Las Cruces, 200; 4. Sandia, 197; 5. La Cueva, 189; 6. Los Alamos, 170.5; 7. St. Michael’s, 117; 8. Rio Rancho, 115; 9. Albuquerque, 110; 10. Clovis, 79.5; 11. St. Pius X, 77; 12. Cleveland, 72; 13. Cibola, 67; 14. Alamogordo, 65; 15. Volcano Vista, 63; 16. Bosque School, 36; 17. Del Norte, 28; (tie) Hope Christian, 28; 19. Desert Academy, 25; 20. Rio Grande, 24; 21. Carlsbad, 14; 22. Hobbs, 12; 23. Manzano, 5; 24. Valley, 2.

    200 medley relay

    1. Academy, 1:48.29; 2. Eldorado, 1:48.78; 3. Sandia, 1:51.37; 7. Los Alamos (Maria Venneri, Kaitlin Bennett, Isabelle Runde, Sydney Schoonover), 1:56.97.

    200 freestyle

    1. Nika Fellows, La Cueva, 1:49.73; 2. Gillian St. John, Academy, 1:50.02; 3. Sarah Lott, 1:55.80; 19. Kaitlin Bennett, 2:07.61; 21. Anna Wermer, 2:08.60; 22. Justine Yang, 2:09.34.

    200 individual medley

    1. Lauren Atkins, St. Pius, 2:04.13; 2. Cassaundra Pino, Albuquerque, 2:10.09; 3. Madison Gordley, Hope, 2:13.28; 11. Ashlynn Bennet, 2:18.65; 16. Isabelle Runde, 2:22.36.

    50 freestyle