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  • LA girls take second, boys finish third at Robertson meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team held off Rio Rancho for a runner-up finish at the Buddy Robertson Invitational Saturday at Milne Stadium.
    Despite being short-handed Saturday, the Hilltoppers grabbed 83.5 points, a point better than Rio Rancho, a Class 5A school. Eldorado won the girls competition with 93 points.
    On the boys side, Los Alamos finished in third place behind Rio Rancho and Highland. Los Alamos was the only Class 4A entry on the boys side and one of just two 4A teams on the girls side.
    The weather conditions were tough Saturday, with gusting wind and cold temperatures throughout the day.
    Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers persevered.
    For the second week in a row, the Hilltopper boys went 1-2-3 in the 3200 meters, this time with an entirely new lineup. Orion Staples was the winner of the event, finishing in 10:24.96, just a little over one second ahead of Mike Walker, while Daniel Romero was third.
    Nick Hill, Los Alamos’ top finisher in the 3200 last week, was the top finisher in the 1600 Saturday, while Sean Reardon won the 800 meter competition. Skyler McCall earned his first win of the season in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches.

  • Softball, baseball both in action today

    LA, St. Pius square off in softball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will be on the road for a big Class 4A match-up with a longtime rival.
    The Hilltoppers (2-5) will take on the St. Pius X Sartans in Albuquerque.
    So far this season, the Hilltoppers are 1-4 against Class 4A opponents and may not be able to afford a nondistrict loss to another 4A opponent if they have their eye on hosting a first round playoff game.
    The Sartans (4-8) lost four of their first five contests this year, but have won two of their last three outings before being romped 15-4 against Valley at last weekend’s Metro Invitational.
    Los Alamos, meanwhile, shut out Pojoaque Valley 10-0 in its most recent outing last Tuesday. Pitcher Emilee Jones threw six shutout innings and Erin Kirk, in her first appearance of the season, went 3-for-4 at the plate, scoring two runs and driving in a run.
    Today’s game, which is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. will be broadcast on KRSN AM 1490.

    ’Topper baseball team faces Chargers at home

  • Roadrunners kicking off 40th year of racing

    Unlike longtime member Stan Kosiewicz, the Atomic City Roadrunners’ running club doesn’t mind keeping count how long it’s been around.
    The Atomic City Roadrunners, a local running club, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. It officially kicks off its 40th season April 2.
    The Roadrunners host the Pace Race, which is a weekly 1- or 3-mile race at various spots around Los Alamos County, held during daylight-savings-time hours.
    The Pace Races are every Tuesday night and winners aren’t judged by who crosses the finish line first but who can most closely predict their actual finish time.
    The club’s president – a title he’s not completely comfortable with even though he’s been the contact person for 10 years – is longtime member Ted Williams. Williams, who is one of the longest-tenured competitors in the club, said he still has a lot of fun even after all this time.
    “We have people in their 80s doing this and we have little kids in strollers,” Williams said. “I never tire of it. I never get bored. I’m very enthusiastic about it and I hope to do this for a long time.”
    The Roadrunners started their weekly events in 1974. The Pace Race was set for Tuesdays, which happened to be a convenient time for the most number of people.

  • On Schedule 03-24-13

    Tuesday

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

    Softball: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Track and field: LAMS at Memorial Middle School Invite, boys and girls, 3 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Friday

    Softball: Los Alamos vs. Rio Rancho at Kristin Griego Invite (Rio Rancho), varsity, TBA.

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Miyamura at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    Saturday

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m

    Baseball: Miyamura at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, noon and 2 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Kristin Griego Invite (Rio Rancho), varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Farmington Invite, boys and girls JV, TBA.

  • Running Down a Dream

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track teams will look to build on their hot start to the 2013 season Saturday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational.

  • Sports Briefs 03-22-13

    Freeride team hosting dinner Saturday

    The Pajarito Mountain Freeride team is hosting a fundraising dinner and movie Saturday.
    The event, which will help send team members to the USASA national championship event, will be at Pajarito Mountain. The dinner starts at 6 p.m.
    Saturday’s event will also include a movie premiere of team highlights and an after-movie dance party.
    Price for admission is $10. Donations may also be made by emailing pajaritofreerideteam@gmail.com or dropping them off at Los Alamos National Bank.

    Nukes host Las Cruces Saturday at Sullivan Field

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby team will host Las Cruces in a home match Saturday.
    The Los Alamos-Las Cruces match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    Admission to the match is free. 

  • JV softball team tops Elks, hosts tourney this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity softball team opens a home tournament today following a big win Tuesday.
    Los Alamos scored 8 runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on 5 more in the bottom of the third as it blasted Pojoaque Valley 13-0 in five innings at Overlook Park.
    The Hilltoppers (3-0) pounded out 19 hits in the game, in which 12 players who appeared at the plate had hits and seven of those had multi-hit games.
    Leading Los Alamos against Pojoaque Valley was Shelby Chavez, who went 3-for-3.
    Los Alamos’ Katelynn Thorn, Rebecca Luster, Elizabeth Anaya, Hannah Mojica, Taylor Jaramillo and Taylor Collins all had two hits.
    Mojica started the game and picked up the victory. She struck out three hitters while Madeline Lockhart struck out two hitters in relief. They combined to give up just four hits.
    Los Alamos’ home tournament continues through Saturday in White Rock. The Hilltoppers were scheduled to face Los Lunas and Pecos today. 

  • LA baseball team drops an 8-6 decision to Durango

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was nipped by the Durango (Colo.) Demons in the first round of the Piedra Vista Invitational.
    Durango topped Los Alamos 8-6 in Thursday’s first round game, played at Ricketts Park in Farmington. The loss by the Hilltoppers (2-7) moves them into the consolation bracket. They were scheduled to face the Miyamura Patriots today.
    The Patriots, whom Los Alamos lost to in the opening round of the 2012 playoffs, fell in the first round of the tournament to Piedra Vista 10-0, in a rematch of the Class 4A title game last season.
    Also at the tournament, Farmington defeated Bayfield, Colo., 4-3 and will play Fruita, Colo., in the semifinal round. Fruita dropped Valencia 11-3 Thursday.
    The Piedra Vista Invitational continues through Saturday. 

  • Steering Toward College

    High school rodeo competitor Jake Trujillo is congratulated by Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms (front) as he signs his National Letter of Intent to compete with Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo. Trujillo is one of the top New Mexico prep steer wrestlers. He competed at the National High School Rodeo Championships last summer. Trujillo signed his NLOI during a noon ceremony Monday. 

  • Alford signs 10-year deal to stay at UNM

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Steve Alford loves New Mexico and New Mexico loves Steve Alford.
    Those simple facts made Wednesday, the eve of the second round of the NCAA tournament, as good a time as any for the Lobos to announce they’ve given their coach a new, 10-year contract that could be worth up to $2 million a year counting base salary and bonuses.
    The deal calls for Alford to be in Albuquerque through 2023.
    With the third-seeded Lobos getting ready to play No. 14 Harvard on Thursday in a West regional game, Alford’s contract was the hot topic in his day-before news conference.
    Alford, who was directed to Albuquerque by his former coach, Bob Knight, is 155-51 over six years at New Mexico. The Lobos are in the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years.
    “I think we have started to put our imprint on our program and we’ve got things in place to be successful,” Alford said. “We have put a great product out there, won games, won championships and now we’re trying to take that to another level.”
    The new contract comes months before Alford’s son, Bryce, is set to play for his father with the Lobos. Bryce Alford is the second-leading scorer in New Mexico prep history.