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  • Playoff games will be on KRSN this weekend

    KRSN AM 1490 will broadcast the Class 4A first round girls basketball playoff game tonight.
    KRSN will carry the broadcast from KOTS 1230 AM for tonight’s game, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. between the Deming Wildcats and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
    Gene Mortensen will be on the call Saturday night for Pojoaque Valley’s first round boys playoff game. The Elks, the No. 6 seed in the tournament, will face the 11th-seeded Bloomfield Bobcats at 5 p.m.
     

  • 'Toppers lose vs. Storm, Panthers in softball

    The Hilltopper softball team fell in an inter-classification game to the Cleveland Storm Thursday afternoon.
    Los Alamos scored three runs to take a 3-2 lead after 1-1/2 innings and tied the game at 5-5 after 4-1/2 innings, but the Storm scored six unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth to win 11-5 in Rio Rancho.
    Kacie Swihart of Class 5A Cleveland went 2-for-3 in the game and scored two runs to lead the Storm to the win.
    Jordan Hammock (0-1) took the loss for Los Alamos.
    This morning, Los Alamos started play in the Piedra Vista Invitational. Los Alamos was crushed in its opening pool play round game against the Piedra Vista Panthers 15-1 in a game that lasted only 3 innings.
    The Hilltoppers, who will play Gallup and Grants today in pool play as well, dropped to 0-3 on the season with this morning’s loss.
     

  • Baseball team falls 7-6 in St. Pius opening round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team dropped its opening round game of the St. Pius X Invitational to El Paso, Texas.
    Los Alamos (1-3) was nipped by El Paso 7-6 in the first round and drops into the consolation round of the tournament. The St. Pius Invitational continues through Saturday.
    Of the four first round tournament games, only St. Pius’ 8-0 victory over Bernalillo wasn’t decided by one run. Socorro (Texas) defeated Los Lunas 8-7 and Centennial topped Manzano 5-4.
     

  • LA finishes 2nd at Farmington, plays in El Paso this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team finished second in last weekend’s Farmington Quadrangular match.
    Los Alamos is competing in a tournament in El Paso, Texas, this weekend, its second tournament of the season in El Paso.
    The Hilltoppers finished behind Farmington, which appears to be the team to beat once again in Class 4A. They finished ahead of St. Pius X and Piedra Vista at the tournament, two other Class 4A schools.
    Individually, Hilltopper No. 1 single Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff won two of three pool play contests, earning sweeps and giving up just seven games in those four sets. Susanna Lucido went 2-1 at No. 3 singles and Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff did likewise at No. 4 singles.
    Lucido joined with Colleen Fitzsimmons to go 2-1 in the No. 1 doubles slots.
     

  • LA boys looking to build on momentum

    In making its final preparations for its opener, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team held time trials to see where it stood.
    If those time trials are any indication of what the Hilltoppers can expect this spring, things are looking good.
    Los Alamos will open the regular season Saturday at the Chile Quad at Albuquerque Academy. Along with the Hilltoppers and Academy’s Chargers, Rio Rancho and Sandia Prep are also scheduled to attend.
    With its big finish to the 2012 season and many of its top performers last season returning, the Hilltoppers were optimistic about their chances heading into this year anyway, but this week’s time trials seemed to confirm that.
    Hilltopper head coach Matt Felton said of the time trials 6 athletes would’ve moved into the school’s all-time top 10 list, an honor its top competitors are always striving for.
    Felton admitted the times were run under ideal weather conditions, something that is rare for this time of year, and something Los Alamos isn’t likely to see Saturday in Albuquerque.

  • LA still among the teams to beat in Class 4A

    It is one of the most impressive runs in state track and field history and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers are hoping history repeats itself.
    Following this weekend, Los Alamos could have a good idea about where it stands.
    The Hilltoppers will open their season Saturday at Albuquerque Academy’s Chile Quad Invitational.
    Los Alamos is the four-time defending state 4A champion, one of the longest streaks in state track and field history.
    This season, Los Alamos once again brings good balance between events which should keep the Hilltoppers in contention in 4A.
    “It’s just kind of the usual thing, we’re trying to fill every spot,” Los Alamos veteran head coach Paul Anderson said. “We know we’ve got some really good distance kids, we got another state championship in cross (country). The thing is to sort out where they will all go on the track team is a little different.”
    Saturday, Los Alamos will get a first-hand look at two of its main competitors for the state title, St. Pius X and Albuquerque Academy.
    St. Pius has a solid distance team and can usually find enough athletes to be a threat at the state meet, while Academy had a young team in 2012 but will have most of its state-level performers back.

  • Aquatomics compete at state swim meet

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics local swim club will take part in the New Mexico Short Course State Championship meet starting today.
    The Aquatomics are sending 25 swimmers to the state meet, which will be at the West Mesa Aquatic Center in Albuquerque. The meet will continue through Sunday.
    The Aquatomics are celebrating their 50th season this year.
    Along with those athletes who are taking part in this weekend’s meet, four Aquatomics swimmers, Caleb Cook, Andy Corliss, Jane Lee Douglas and Connor Tepley took part in the state 8 and under championship meet in Farmington Feb. 24.
    In that meet, Corliss had three top-5 finishes, the 100 individual medley (1:31.47), 50 breaststroke (45.53) and 100 freestyle (1:20.59). Corliss was the state runner-up in the 50 breaststroke in the 8-year-old boys division.
    Douglas, in the 6-and-under girls division, had a state runner-up finish in the 50 freestyle (1:26.27) and a fifth-place finish in the 25 backstroke (33.08).
    The state meet qualifying swimmers from the Aquatomics are as follows:

  • LA faces tough Deming squad in 1st round

    If familiarity does, in fact, breed contempt, the Los Alamos Hilltopper and Deming Wildcat girls basketball teams won’t have to worry about contempt being a factor in Friday’s game.
    The Hilltoppers will face the Wildcats Friday night in the first round of the Class 4A tournament. The Hilltoppers (16-12) go into the game as the No. 9 seed and the Wildcats (17-9) head in as the No. 8 seed.
    The winner of Friday’s game will play in The Pit Tuesday, probably against the Los Lunas Tigers, the top overall seed in the girls 4A playoffs.
    Heading into pregame workouts this week, neither Los Alamos nor Deming seemed to know much about the other.
    Deming, which won the District 3 championship this season, was the only team out of that district to be invited to the postseason — this despite two of the other three teams having won-loss records north of .500.
    Deming didn’t get out of the District 3 race unscathed, losing contests to Chaparral and Santa Teresa along the way.
    Wildcat head coach Billy Almanza said his team was hit by the injury bug during the district season, something he and the squad have been dealing with all season.
    Those injuries, however, may have been a blessing in disguise.

  • Baseball, softball split at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team picked up its first win of the 2013 season Tuesday at home, topping Pojoaque Valley.
    Also Tuesday, the Hilltopper softball team dropped its season opener at Overlook Park to the Belen Eagles.
    At Overlook Park, the Hilltoppers slugged it out with the Eagles, a Class 4A opponent, but the Eagles won the slugfest 11-9. Concurrently at Bomber Field, the Hilltoppers got their bats going early and often as they knocked off the Elks 12-2.
    In the baseball game, Los Alamos (1-2) scored 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning and tacked on 4 in the third, answering the only 2 scores of the game for Pojoaque Valley.
    The Hilltoppers closed out the game in 5 innings via the 10-run rule, scoring twice in both the fourth and fifth innings.
    Last weekend, Los Alamos’ baseball team scored just one run in a doubleheader at Piedra Vista to open the season. Piedra Vista won both ends of the doubleheader handily.
    The two games were the start of a tough week for the teams. The Hilltopper softball teams will play at Cleveland Thursday, then travel directly to Farmington for the start of the Piedra Vista Invitational.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team will play at the always-tough St. Pius X Invitational, where it will take on El Paso, Texas, in the opening round. 

  • LA drops two games at Piedra Vista

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team fell big in both ends of its season-opening doubleheader Saturday.
    Playing one of the top programs in the state, the Piedra Vista Panthers, Los Alamos was held to just 1 run in the doubleheader, played at Ricketts Park in Farmington.
    Piedra Vista (2-0) opened with a 12-0 victory in the first game, then earned a 9-1 win in the nightcap.
    The two games opened a tough first week of the season for the Hilltoppers (0-2), who open at home this afternoon against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
    Following today’s game, the Hilltoppers will compete in the always tough St. Pius X Invitational, taking on El Paso (Texas) in the first round Thursday afternoon.