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  • LA sweeps, has big week ahead

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is still at the head of the pack heading into this week’s action, but this week is a make-or-break one for the squad.
    Los Alamos swept the Bernalillo Spartans in a doubleheader Saturday at Bomber Field, taking the first game 9-3 then dropping the Spartans in the second game 10-0.
    The two wins put the Hilltoppers firmly in the driver’s seat in District 2-4A, but they face their two toughest opponents in a row. The Hilltoppers host Santa Fe, the only team to have taken a game from them in 2-4A play so far this season, on Wednesday, then travel to Española Valley for a critical doubleheader Saturday.
    Against Bernalillo, Los Alamos came up big in its first at-bat both games.
    Los Alamos scored three runs in the bottom of the first of game one. To start game two, Los Alamos pushed five runs across to give itself big early cushions.
    With the wins, the Hilltoppers improved to a season-best four games above .500 (13-9 overall, 7-1 in 2-4A) and have won six straight contests. They can clinch no worse than a runner-up spot with a win over Santa Fe (7-17, 3-5), which defeated Los Alamos in the first game of their doubleheader April 6.

  • LA boys, girls finish 2nd at Saturday's APS Invite

    Once again, the Los Alamos Hilltopper track and field distance athletes came up big.
    Los Alamos took part in the Albuquerque Public Schools meet Saturday. Both Los Alamos teams finished second in the final team standings.
    Los Alamos’ girls scored 99 points, finishing behind Class 5A Eldorado, while the Hilltopper boys were second with 92.5 points behind Volcano Vista, another 5A school.
    Saturday’s meet started out with a pair of freshmen, Sophia Galvez and Talia Dreicer, finishing 1-2 and qualifying for the state Class 4A meet in the 3200 meters.
    Galvez won the race with a time of 12:06.80 and Dreicer finished behind her with a time of 12:18.48.
    The boys distance team also came up big. Zak Kennison and Colin Hemez qualified for the state meet in the 1600 meters, while Mike Walker and Orion Staples did likewise in the 3200.
    In all, Los Alamos’ boys have qualified six individuals for the 3200 and four for the 1600. Los Alamos’ girls have five athletes qualified for the 3200 and two more for the 1600, including Amanda Mercer, who finished second in that race Saturday.

  • LA girls win pre-district tourney, boys take second

    SANTA FE — For one of the Los Alamos Hilltopper teams, the pre-District 2-4A tennis tournament was a formality. For the other, a good showing was an important thing to see.

    Both Hilltopper tennis squads competed at this weekend’s pre-district tournament, with Los Alamos’ girls winning and Los Alamos’ boys finishing second.

    Los Alamos’ boys went 2-1 at the tournament, topping both Capital and Española Valley Friday but falling to Santa Fe Saturday.

    Santa Fe is the defending district champion, usurping the title Los Alamos held for the previous 12 seasons and earned the No. 1 seed at the district championship tournament which is scheduled for May 3-4.

    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, were a perfect 4-0 at the tournament. As a consequence, the Hilltoppers locked away the No. 1 seed for the district tournament and, with that No. 1 seed, guaranteed themselves at least a postseason berth.

    While clinching an invitation to the Class 4A tournament was nice, Los Alamos has much bigger fish to fry.

    “We have two weeks until district, so we’ll practice on the things we need to work on to beat Academy and Farmington,” Hilltopper girls head coach Bruce Cottrell said.

  • LA needs 2 wins but only manages a split Saturday

    It would be tough to say the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team didn’t keep things interesting Saturday.
    Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to convert interesting into a needed doubleheader sweep at Overlook Park.
    Los Alamos came back from a 1-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning to win the opener against the Bernalillo Spartans, but the Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 lead and added to that lead in the late innings of game two.
    When the Spartans seemed to have the second game well in-hand, the Hilltoppers came back to tighten up the ballgame, but it wouldn’t be enough.
    Los Alamos won the opener in extra innings 4-3, handing Bernalillo its first loss of the season, but fell 7-3 in the second game.
    The nightcap win all but cemented the District 2-4A title for Bernalillo (15-1-1 overall, 7-1 in 2-4A), which isn’t likely to have any trouble from Santa Fe, Española Valley or Capital in its final four games of the regular season. Even if it did, Bernalillo can afford to drop one of those contests, as it owns the season tiebreaker over Los Alamos (10-11, 6-2).
    For its likely district title, Bernalillo can heap a big amount of thanks to pitcher Demi Magdalena.

  • Sports Briefs 04-21-13

    Alzheimer’s run set for May 11

    The Atomic City Roadrunners are sponsoring an Alzheimer’s run, which is scheduled for May 11 starting at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Proceeds from the race will go to benefit research in the area of Alzheimer’s disease.
    Price for participation is $25. Sign-up forms are avaialbe at several sites around Los Alamos County.

  • On Schedule 04-21-13

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Bernalillo Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tuesday

    Girls track and field: LAMS Invite, 3 p.m.

    Boys track and field, LAMS at Pojoaque Invite, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Baseball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Harper Invite (Albuquerque Academy), boys and girls varsity, 11 a.m.

    Baseball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Softball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Harper Invite (Albuquerque Academy), boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Baseball:Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
     

  • Sports Briefs 04-19-13

    LA hosts Santa Fe Prep in lacrosse today at Overlook Park

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper lacrosse team will play Santa Fe Prep today at Dara Jones Field in White Rock.
    The Los Alamos-Santa Fe Prep game is scheduled for 4 p.m.
    Today’s game will be the second time these two teams have squared off this season. Los Alamos (2-0) defeated The Blue Griffins 6-2 March 27.

    Nukes host Volcano Vista in rugby contest Saturday

    The Los Alamos Nukes U19 rugby team will host a home game Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    The Nukes, who lost 27-19 in their most recent game against Santa Fe, will take on Volcano Vista. Game time is noon Saturday.
    Admission to Saturday’s game and all Nuke home games is free.

  • Williams is top race predictor

    Joan Williams was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.
    Williams finished with just a 3-second error at Tuesday night’s Pace Race, which was held at Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. In all, 24 runners and walkers participated in the weekly event.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday starting at Brewer Arena on North Mesa. Race time is 6 p.m.
    This week, the two best predictions and three of the best four were made on the 1-mile course. Following Williams, Michelle Jones had a 12-second error. Tom Sandford had a 20-second error running the 3-mile course, and Georgia Pedicini finished 24 seconds off her predicted finish time.
    The fastest runner on the 3-mile course was Ted Romero (19 minutes, 30 seconds). Zack Jones was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course (9 minutes, 46 seconds).
    For more information on next week’s Pace Race or about the Atomic City Roadrunners club, call 672-1639.

  • LA tennis teams compete at pre-2-4A meet this weekend

    It’s getting down to the nitty-gritty in tennis across the state including for the Los Alamos boys and girls teams.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls will both compete at the pre-District 2-4A tournament. The tournament starts Friday and continues through Saturday in Santa Fe.
    This tournament is a big one for several reasons, not the least of which is that it determines the seeding of each team in the district tournament, which is slated for May 3.
    The top finishing teams and individuals at the 2-4A tournament will go on to compete in the state tournament the following week.
    Also, this will be the final tournament before state lineups are due. Teams must submit their top six individuals and top three doubles teams to the New Mexico Activities Association by Sunday.
    After lineups are submitted to the NMAA, teams must use those for the duals competitions at the district and state meets unless there is a documented injury or other extenuating circumstance that requires changes.

  • Bernstein resigns his post as swimming coach for LAHS

    Los Alamos High School announced Wednesday that Hilltopper swimming coach Rusty Bernstein has resigned.
    Bernstein, who was hired following the 2007-08 season, was in charge of both the boys and girls swimming program. An announcement for applications has already been posted on the Los Alamos Public Schools’ website.
    Initially, Bernstein was hired as co-head coach of the swimming program along with Cindy Black. The two coaches didn’t apply together, but the program’s swimmers at the time helped convinced the hiring committee co-head coaches were the way to go.
    Black vacated her half of the coaching position in 2010 and Bernstein took over as the sole head coach since that time.
    This season, Los Alamos advanced 10 boys and 8 girls to the state championship meet. Los Alamos’ girls finished in sixth place with 170.5 points and Los Alamos’ boys ended up in 10th place with 96.5 points.
    With Bernstein leading the program, the Hilltopper girls had a runner-up finish at state in 2010 and a third-place finish in 2009. Los Alamos’ boys were third at state in 2009 and fourth in 2010.
    Hilltopper athletic director Vicki Nelms was appreciative of the effort Bernstein had given to the program.