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  • Isotopes’ Barden is back in the states

    ALBUQUERQUE — Brian Barden spent his birthday in about as depressing a setting as there is: he was hanging out with media types.
    As one of the new members of the 2013 Albuquerque Isotopes, he was in attendance for Media Day on the afternoon of April 2, which also happened to be his 32nd birthday.
    For Barden, it was seemingly an anti-climactic end to a year that had seen him travel between a pair of continents to play baseball.
    Barden has bounced around several Pacific Coast League clubs since 2002, when he was a sixth-round selection in the amateur draft, picked by the Arizona Dimaondbacks.
    The Isotopes are Barden’s sixth PCL club since 2005. He has spent time in the big leagues between 2007-2010.
    It’s tough for a 32-year-old to keep the dream of playing the Major Leagues alive after only a few short stints in the Bigs, and at this time in his career, Barden seems to understand it.
    “Being an older Triple-A player, you don’t know how much playing time you’re really going to get,” he said. “Obviously, though, I want to win. We have a good team.”
    Barden is a third baseman by trade and has touted his wares at Tucson, Memphis, New Orleans and Round Rock before landing in Albuquerque for 2013.

  • LA softball team pounds Capital in twinbill

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team defeated the Capital Jaguars 9-0. In the first inning of game one.

    It didn’t get much better for the Jaguars for the balance of Friday’s doubleheader.

    Los Alamos pummeled the struggling Capital squad in a District 2-4A twinbill at Overlook Park Friday afternoon. Los Alamos took the first game 16-0 in just 2-1/2 innings, then rolled to a 10-0 win in five innings in game two.

    The Hilltoppers, who will be off this week until a key doubleheader against Bernalillo, scored nine times in the first inning and seven times in the second inning to close out game one in the bare minimum time.

    In the second game, Los Alamos pushed five runs across in the second and three more in the fifth, pounding out 10 hits and taking advantage of five Capital fielding errors.

    In game two, Emilee Jones went the distance to pick up the victory. She allowed just one hit and struck out two. Jordan Hammock gave up one hit in three innings and struck out four to win the first game.

    Offensively, lead-off batter Kiana Zerr hit home runs in both games — she also ended Wednesday’s win over Española Valley with a homer — and went a combined 5-for-6, scoring five runs and knocking in five more.

  • Prices for 2013-14 tickets announced

     Los Alamos Public Schools’ athletic department has announced prices for athletic passes for the 2013-14 school year.

    Passes for the school year will go on sale Aug. 1 at the high school’s athletic office.

    Season pass prices are as follows:

     

    • $125 family pass (2 adults, 2 students)

    • $75 adult pass

    • $30 senior citizen pass (65 and up) or 2 passes for $50

    • $30 student pass (grades K-6) or 2 passes for $50

    • $15 middle school pass for admittance to high school events

    • $10 high school pass for admittance to middle school events

    • $40 football-only pass

    • $50 basketball-only pass

     

    Single game passes will be $5 per LAHS football game, $3 student passes for sports other than football. Middle school passes are $3 for adults and $1 for students. Middle school students can attend middle school events for free with student ID and high school students can attend high school events for free with student ID.

    More information is available by calling the LAPS athletic office at 663-2531.

  • Hotshot girls blank Hot Tamales in DCSL

    In the second week of Duke City Soccer League action, the U12 girls Hotshots had a huge win, posting a 5-0 victory over the Hot Tamales.
    Teamwork was the name of the game for the Hotshots, with four different girls scoring the five goals — Anna Lemke, Amy Littleton, Alix Haley and Leah Wolfsberg.
    Alissia Hagenstadt was the big playmaker, using her speed and agility to create opportunities and assist on 3 of the 5 goals.
    Gloria Torres and Wolfsberg, as goalkeepers, led the Hotshots to their first shutout this season.
    Also last week, the U14 girls Kixx 99 battled the NM Sting to a 0-0 tie.
    In boys competition, the U12 LAFC Celtics posted a solid 2-1 win over the Alameda SC Villa Real Lobos.
    The Celtics played an outstanding game on defense with Jared Carnes, Donovan Atencio and Jack Vandenkieboom shutting down a strong Alameda offense.
    Offensively, Jacob Castille and Gabriel Holesinger each scored a goal for the Celtics in the win.
    The U12 LAFC Atomic City 2001 dropped the NM Rush Azuri 5-2 to notch its first win of the season.
    The U13 Lasers 2000 played two games, beating the Rio Aztecs 4-0 in the first game and blanking the U14 Rio Reapers 1-0 in the second game.

  • Romero is winner at Tuesday's Pace Race

    Only a handful of hardcore runners made it to this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday and was held at the sewage plant road in Lower Bayo Canyon. For the race, only 10 souls braved the snowy, wet conditions.
    The top predictor this week was Ted Romero, who finished with an adjusted error of 42 seconds on the 3-mile course. Romero doubled-up his win, as he was also the top finisher on the long course, crossing n 20:58.
    Linda Vance was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course this week, coming in at 9:53. Vance was the second-best predictor with an error of 60 seconds. Tom Sandford was the fastest male finisher on the 1-mile course, coming in at 11:05.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday at the Cañada del Buey trail in White Rock starting near the Mountain Meadows Playlot. Race time is 6 p.m.
    Interested participants may call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com on the Internet for more information.

  • LA tops Española Valley in last at-bat

    With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Española Valley Sundevil manager Anthony Alarid made the decision to put Los Alamos No. 3 batter Jared Mang on base via intentional walk.
    That brought clean-up hitter Steven Williams to the plate for the Hilltoppers. Williams, who up to that point had gone 0-for-2, proceeded to rope a fastball into the gap in right-center, bringing the speedy Mang around from first to score standing up.
    The hit gave Los Alamos a 5-4 walk-off victory in a key early-season District 2-4A baseball game Thursday afternoon at Bomber Field.
    Los Alamos came back from a 4-1 deficit after 4-1/2 innings, tying up the game with a 3-run rally in the bottom of the fifth, setting up the big finish.
    Williams said he had a pretty good idea what the Sundevils were going to try to do to him to get out of the inning and force extras.
    “I realized they were pounding the outside corner,” said Williams, who had mostly seen pitches on the outer half of the plate in his first three plate appearances. “I saw the right-center gap was open and I got the pitch to hit, right where I wanted it around my waist.”
    Williams’ line drive into the gap rolled to the fence and hadn’t even gotten to the cutoff man by the time Mang skipped home for the winning run.

  • LA scores walk-off win over Española Valley

    Steven Williams’ line drive double into the alley in right-center field gave the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team a key walk-off win over the Española Valley Sundevils Thursday.

    Jared Mang scored on the play as the Hilltopper picked up a 5-4 win at Bomber Field.

    Los Alamos trailed by as many as three runs in the game but scored four unanswered runs to win the game.

    The win puts Los Alamos in first place in the District 2-4A race, but the two teams will meet again later this month in Española.

    Read more about Los Alamos’ win in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Results from girls APS JV track meet

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Albuquerque Public Schools’ junior varsity meet March 28:

    3200 meters
    Alex Chavarria, 14:39.22; Chloe Keilers, 15:41.27.

    400 relay
    Los Alamos (Becky Mehlin, Miranda Honnell, Roxanne Grieggs, McKenna Nadeau), 56.42.

    100 hurdles
    Elise Koskelo, 21.82.

    100 meters
    Julia O’Brien, 14.06; Becky Mehlin, 14.39; McKenna Nadeau, 14.68; Amanda Schulz, 15.02; Maddy Whitacre, 15.34; Eugenia Trost, 15.56; Miranda Honnell, 16.17; Lizbeth Guarello, 17.17.

    1600 meters
    Eliana Riciputi, 6:09.42; Allie Parker, 6:30.09; Erin Kennison, 6:51.66; Allie Cunningham, 6:56.65; Bella Saeger, 7:07.25.

    800 relay
    Los Alamos (Roxanne Greiggs, Maddy Whitacre, McKenna Nadeau, Amanda Schulz), 2:08.34.

    400 meters
    Julia O’Brien, 1:05.18; Katy Stackton, 1:07.77; Becky Mehlin, 1:11.28; Eugenia Trost, 1:19.59; Miranda Honnell, 1:20.33; Lizbeth Guarello, 1:23.37.

    800 meters
    Jordan Parker, 2:35.72; Elise Koskelo, 2:48.47; Eliana Riciputi, 2:54.84; Erin Kennison, 3:11.31; Chloe Keilers, 3:14.45.

    200 meters
    McKenna Nadeau, 31.02; Becky Mehlin, 31.50; Miranda Honnell, 32.95; Eugenia Trost, 33.17; Lizbeth Guarello, 36.24.

  • Nukes tripped up by Santa Fe, 27-19

    The Los Alamos Nuke U19 rugby team had a good first half Wednesday against Santa Fe, but couldn’t keep its foot on the accelerator in the second half.
    Los Alamos led 19-12 at halftime but Santa Fe battled back and scored a quick, late try to prevail 27-19 at Sullivan Field.
    “The second half, things were not bouncing in our direction,” said Nuke coach Demetrio Cardiel. “But I was proud of the kids. They stayed in it for 60 minutes.”
    Los Alamos and Santa Fe are longtime rivals and two of the most experienced prep-division teams in the state.
    Los Alamos scored three tries in the first half to take the lead. Mateo Cardiel, Michael Miller and Dominic Chiri all scored for Los Alamos to give the Nukes the advantage.
    On a late kick, however, the Nukes couldn’t hold onto the ball, which was recovered by Santa Fe and returned for a score, giving Santa Fe the lead and, ultimately, the game.
    Despite the loss and the less-than-ideal weather conditions, coach Cardiel said he and the team were delighted to see a good fan turnout at Sullivan Field.
    The Nukes’ next home game is set for April 20. They will host Volcano Vista at noon.
    Admission to all Nuke home games is free.

  • 'Toppers crush Sundevils at home

    It was a rough day to be an Española Valley Sundevil Wednesday.
    Along with playing on the road in chilly conditions against arch-rival Los Alamos, the Sundevil batters got hit by pitches four times in Wednesday’s game.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers pounded out 16 hits, 6 for extra bases, as they won a key early season District 2-4A softball game at Overlook Park.
    Los Alamos scored in every innings and multiple runs in all but one inning to thump Española Valley 15-5 in six innings.
    The win over Española Valley gives Los Alamos no worse than sole possession of second place – the result of Wednesday’s Bernalillo-Capital game hadn’t been reported as of press time – with Los Alamos just a doubleheader against Capital away from reaching the halfway point in the district season.
    The Sundevils (7-6 overall, 2-2 in district) have been very much up-and-down this season and it was hard to know exactly what to expect from the team, but Los Alamos liked its chances going into the match-up.