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  • 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.

  • Sports Briefs 04-17-13

    LAHS seeks “Rally4Reward” votes

    Los Alamos High School, along with other schools in the state, is taking part in the New Mexico Activities Association’s “Rally4Rewards” program.
    In the NMAA program, one school from each of the state’s classifications will receive part of a $15,000 donation from U.S. Bank.
    Winners of the donation will be determined by an online or drop-off vote.
    Voters can place their votes online at facebook.com/usbank/app_471367646245378 or in any U.S. Bank branch office.
    Schools will earn more points for drop-off votes than for online votes.

    Nukes take on Volcano Vista

    The Los Alamos Nukes U19 rugby team will host a home game Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    The Nukes will take on Volcano Vista. Game time is noon Saturday.
    Admission to all Nuke home games is free. 

  • Arriba Sol qualifies for national tourney

    A local club volleyball team earned a trip to the Amateur Athletic Union’s national championship tournament this summer.
    The Arriba Sol 17 volleyball team topped Synergy of Oakland, Calif., in the championship match of the Grand Prix Tournament, hosted by the AAU in Las Vegas, Nev.
    The Arriba Sol team is made up of players from Los Alamos and Española. Los Alamos players include Samantha Melton and Brianna Montaño.
    The Grand Prix tournament included pool play and bracket play competition. In pool play, Arriba Sol defeated Juno (Phoenix), LVVBC (Las Vegas, Nev.) and defending tournament champion SUVA (St. George, Utah).
    Arriba Sol went 4-2 in the tournament’s pool play, losing the two sets it played against SUVA, but qualified for the gold bracket with the second-place pool play finish.
    In the championship bracket, however, Arriba Sol bounced back to top SUVA in the semifinal, winning in two sets.
    In the final, Arriba Sol topped Synergy 2-1 to take the tournament title and qualify for the national AAU tournament.
    The national championship will be in Orlando, Fla., in June.
    Other Arriba Sol players include Celina Naranjo, Victoria Valdez, Samantha Fredricks, Elana Salazar, Christina Naranjo and Jackie Avitia, all from Española.

  • Romero, Pope win Run For Her Life 10K

    More than 60 competitors took part in a benefit fundraiser for breast cancer research Sunday at East Park.
    The local chapter of Hadassah and the Atomic City Roadrunners sponsored Sunday’s Run For Her Life, a 5K and 10K race. All proceeds from the race went to organizations conducting breast cancer research.
    In the event, Ted Romero and Alicia Pope were the top finishers in the 10K and Paul Daw and Jill Mauldin were the top 5K finishers.
    Romero won the 10K with his time of 42 minutes, 28 seconds. Pope was the top women’s finisher with her time of 57:47.
    Daw was the first to cross the finish line in the 5K race. Daw posted a time of 28:14. Mauldin was the top women’s finisher in the 5K, crossing in 29:32.
    Here are the results from Sunday’s Run For Her Life. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.

    Women’s 10K

    19 and under
    1. Analicia Ronquillo, Española, 1:42:40; 2. Erin Kirk, 1:42:41.

    20-29
    1. Jacqueline Shen, 1:09:10.

    30-39
    1. Alicia Pope, 57:47; 2. Carene Larmat, 1:00:35; 3. Lesilie Schenk, Santa Fe, 1:12:22.

    50-59
    1. Ruth Doyle, 1:26:53.

    Men’s 10K

    30-39
    1. Roland Koeskerg, Santa Fe, 52:20.

    40-49
    1. Will Dearholt, 55:59.

  • Isotopes earn split at Iowa, travel to Omaha

    The Albuquerque Isotopes snapped a two-game slide and earned a split of their series against Iowa Monday night.
    The Isotopes banged out 15 hits and held the Iowa Cubs to just one run after the third inning to grab an 11-5 win. After winning the series opener, the Isotopes (7-5) dropped two straight games before Monday’s win.
    Today, Albuquerque travels to Omaha for a four-game set. It will make a quick stop back at Isotopes Park starting Saturday before hitting the road again.
    Monday, shortstop Dee Gordon went 3-for-5, scored two runs and drove in three runs to set the plate for the Isotopes. Meanwhile, Scott Van Slyke hit a pair of solo home runs to aid the cause, while Tim Federowicz and Alex Castellanos also went long.
    In all, Albuquerque had six extra-base hits and touched up Cubs starter Drew Carpenter (1-2) for seven hits in 4-1/3 innings.
    On the mound for the Isotopes, Stephen Fife (1-1) picked up the win. Fife struggled early, giving up four earned runs in the first three innings, but settled down to shut the Cubs out in the fourth and fifth.
    Relievers Peter Moylan and Chris Withrow allowed just a run and two hits between them the rest of the way. 

  • 'Topper girls take 2nd at Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team finished as the runner-up in this weekend’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    Los Alamos lost in the championship round to the Farmington Scorpions. The Scorpions nipped the Hilltoppers 5-4 to take the title.
    In all, seven schools took part in the two-day tournament, with the host Chargers using both their ‘A’ and ‘B’ squads. Academy’s top squad finished third, topping Bosque School in the consolation round.
    Los Alamos swept two of its opponents on the weekend, Academy’s ‘B’ team and Belen, but had dogfights in the other two rounds. In the team semifinals, the Hilltoppers squeaked by Academy’s ‘A’ team to win 5-4.
    The semifinal went down to the No. 3 doubles team of Hannah Cunningham/Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, which topped Oakley Robertson/Emily Romero 6-2, 6-0 to secure the victory.
    Also winning in the semifinal round were Madeline Margevicius at No. 2 singles, Hsieh-Ratliff at No. 4 singles, Susanna Lucido at No. 5 singles and Nasim Andrews at No. 6 singles. All four of Los Alamos’ singles victories came in straight sets.

  • 'Toppers sweep at home vs. Jaguars

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team picked up wins in both ends of Friday’s District 2-4A doubleheader.

    Los Alamos needed just five innings in both games of its district twinbill to down the Capital Jaguars.

    In the first game, Los Alamos used a 7-run rally in the fourth inning to pull away from Capital and win 11-1. In the second game, Los Alamos scored 8 runs in the third inning and cruised to a 14-1 victory.

    The wins keep the Hilltoppers on top of the District 2-4A standings at the turn. With 6 games remaining in the district season, the Hilltoppers are 5-1 (11-9 overall) and one game and a tiebreaker ahead of Española Valley, although the two will still face off in a big doubleheader April 27 in the valley.

  • On Schedule 04-14-13

    Monday

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

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Marilyn Sepulveda Invite (University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex), boys and girls, 3 p.m.

    Tuesday

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

    Softball: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Baseball: East Mountain at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Thursday

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

    Friday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Pre-District 2-4A tournament (Santa Fe), boys and girls, TBA.

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

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

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

    Saturday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Pre-District 2-4A tournament (Santa Fe), boys and girls, TBA.

    Track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Taos Invite, boys and girls, 8 a.m.

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

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

  • 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.