• Baseball, softball pound Capital Wednesday

    all teams picked up runaway victories in their season finales Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team crushed the Capital Jaguars 15-2 in five innings, while the Los Alamos softball team won 11-1 Both games were played in Santa Fe and both games ended before the full seven innings.
    In baseball, Los Alamos (17-9, 11-1 in 2-4A) clinched its fifth straight district title Saturday with a road sweep of Española Valley and qualified for the state Class 4A playoffs. It won 15 of its last 16 games to close out the season.
    As it has done in most of its recent wins, the Hilltoppers jumped out to a big early lead and didn’t look back. They pushed four runs across in the top of the first and four more in the top of the third to put the game out of reach early.
    The lowly Jaguar baseball team (0-23 overall, 0-10 in 2-4A), which has a doubleheader against crosstown rival Santa Fe before it can mercifully put its 2013 season to bed, has been outscored 308-45 and has managed just 14 runs in 10 district games.
    Just across the way, the Hilltopper softball team pounded out 10 hits and scored four runs in the top of the fourth to put the Jaguars away.

  • LA girls going for 14 straight in 2-4A

    This weekend, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team will be looking to add to its impressive winning streak at the District 2-4A tournament, while the boys will look to start a new streak.
    Los Alamos will take part in the 2-4A championship, which starts Friday and continues through Saturday in Santa Fe.
    The district tournament is the one and only chance singles, doubles and teams have to advance to the state 4A tournament, which is scheduled to start Wednesday.
    At district, Los Alamos will enter Forrest White, George Margevicius and Chase Rochester in the singles competition and the teams of Nikita Belooussov/Dalton Smith and Steven McCrory/Daniel Dahl in the doubles draw. Belooussov, who finished third at the 2-4A tournament in the singles competition last season, is the only member of either of Los Alamos doubles teams that isn’t a senior.
    The top three individuals and doubles teams from each district will advance to state.
    Los Alamos will be looking to get back to championship form this season. In 2012, Los Alamos had its 12-year 2-4A title streak snapped, falling in the final round to Santa Fe.

  • LA hosts last home game Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper lacrosse team has its final regular season home game scheduled for Friday against Bosque School.
    That game is set for 4:30 p.m. at Dara Jones Field in White Rock.
    Lacrosse is a relatively new prep sport to New Mexico and schools competing in the sport are doing so independent of the New Mexico Activities Association, which governs most interscholastic prep sports in the state.
    Los Alamos, which is playing its second year of lacrosse, has had a solid 2013 season, posting a 6-3 record to date. Los Alamos is currently tied with Bosque’s Bobcats for second place in state standings, meaning Friday’s game will be key for both teams’ seedings in the upcoming playoffs.
    Quarterfinal round games of the playoffs are scheduled for next week. The finals are scheduled for May 11 in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos head coach Waytt Dumas said the Hilltoppers have played well together throughout the season.
    “They’re putting the team ahead of themselves and showing a lot of maturity,” Dumas said. “We have a lot of fierce competitors on our team. They’re all pushing each other to play better and holding each other accountable.”

  • Softball closes out season at Capital

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will finish up its regular season today coming off a doubleheader sweep Saturday in the valley.
    The Hilltoppers close out their 2013 season at Capital. Capital has been no match for any of the other district teams, being outscored 117-23 in nine ballgames.
    On the District 2-4A season, Los Alamos (13-11 overall, 9-2 in 2-4A) has played well, but despite dropping just two games heading into today’s contest, it doesn’t appear the team has any shot at the 2-4A crown.
    Technically, the district race isn’t over. Bernalillo (17-1-1 overall, 8-1 in 2-4A) hasn’t locked up the district title yet. It would still need wins in two of its last three ballgames.
    Bernalillo plays Santa Fe today and Española Valley in a season-ending doubleheader Saturday. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, Bernalillo had little trouble vanquishing either of those opponents in their contests earlier this month, outscoring them by a combined 34-2 in three contests.
    Bernalillo holds the tiebreaker over Los Alamos, winning the 2-4A opener against the Hilltoppers in Bernalillo earlier this month, then splitting with the Hilltoppers April 20 in White Rock.

  • Lucido was 2-time champ as senior

    The 2010-11 sports year was among the most successful in Los Alamos High School’s recent history.
    And Dominic Lucido played a big part in it.

    Lucido, a 2011 graduate of LAHS, died April 24 in Albuquerque. A memorial service was held Monday for Lucido at Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church. He was 20 years old.

    Those who knew Lucido, a student at the University of New Mexico, all expressed shock at Lucido’s death.

    “One thing that stood out about Dom was that he really cared,” Lucido’s old coach and current LAHS tennis coach Lloyd Wilton said. “He cared about everyone in his family. He has three sisters and he was the only boy. He was good to all of them. He was just a kind guy.”

    Wilton, half of a standout doubles tennis team along with twin brother Billy during the early 2000s, worked with Lucido and doubles partner Chase Havemann during the 2011 season, which ended up being a big one for the duo.
    Lucido/Havemann earned the No. 1 seed heading into the 2011 state Class 4A championship tournament and waltzed through its first two matches, giving up just seven games in four sets to advance to the finale.

  • LA girls take 3rd at Harper

    The Los Alamos girls track and field team was the top finishing Class 4A team at an important late-season benchmark this weekend.

  • Stewart gets full-time job as girls basketball coach

    Ann Stewart is interim no more.
    Los Alamos High School announced Monday it has hired Stewart as its regular girls basketball head coach, a position Stewart adopted during the middle of the 2012-13 season.
    It didn’t come as much of a surprise that Stewart was selected after the position was opened up following the conclusion of the girls basketball season.
    Stewart was brought in to replace Tarah Logan in mid-January after her abrupt resignation. At approximately the same time, two members of the Hilltopper roster, both starters, left the team.
    “I’m just excited for the opportunity,” Stewart said. “I hope we can build a tradition, something the kids can be excited about and the commuity can get behind.”
    Despite the whirlwind surrounding the team when Stewart was named interim coach, the Hilltoppers rebounded under Stewart to finish third in a very tough District 2-4A race and earn a postseason at-large bid. The Hilltoppers then traveled to Deming for the first round of the postseason and upset the Deming Wildcats 62-45.

  • Williams' grand slam helps clinch LA's 5th straight title

    ESPAÑOLA — With one crack of the bat, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team busted open what early on appeared to be another tight ballgame between it and arch-rival Española Valley.
    Hilltopper first baseman Steven Williams belted a grand slam home run over the wall in left-center during the top of the second inning. Williams’ blast helped propel the Hilltoppers to their fifth consecutive District 2-4A title.
    Los Alamos routed Española Valley’s Sundevils in the opener of the two-game set in the valley, 17-3, then prevailed in the second game, 7-3.
    The win in the opener clinched the 2013 district title for Los Alamos (16-9), which has just one game remaining on its schedule, that coming Wednesday against lowly Capital.
    Los Alamos skipper Mike Gill has steered the team through all five straight district titles. He said the Hilltoppers, who were hungry for another district title all season long, didn’t panic after a big bottom of the first inning by the Sundevils.
    “Our goal is to win each inning,” Gill said. “They scored three, but we still won the inning. Whether you win it by four runs or by one run, it’s still a win.”

  • Stewart named girls basketball coach

    Los Alamos High School took the interim tag off Ann Stewart’s title Monday.

    Stewart, who took over the Hilltopper girls basketball program at midseason last season is now the full-time coach at the school.

    With Stewart at the helm, the team advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinal round for the first time in three seasons. Los Alamos defeated Deming in the first round of the playoffs, on the road, to advance to the quarterfinals.

  • MDS leaves big impression on Reader

    Having to deal with insane heat, temperature swings of nearly 100 degrees, hard-to-navigate terrain and more didn’t seem to faze Garth Reader one bit.
    In fact, it couldn’t have worked out a lot better.
    Reader, 50, a local ultra-runner, finished in the top three among United States competitors and No. 9 in his age group at this month’s Marathon Des Sables, held in the western Sahara Desert in the country of Morocco.
    Reader finished the race in 30 hours, 55 minutes, 57 seconds to finish 110th overall in the competition which featured more than 1,000 competitors.
    “I exceeded all expectations going in,” said Reader of the nearly weeklong competition in northwestern Africa. “I thought I ran a pretty smart race. I ran a little conservative, not knowing what to expect.”
    The race cuts right through the desert and is separated into five stages of varying length. Despite the race being run in one of the harshest environments in the world, it is well organized with volunteers and medical staff and the course is well marked so competitors don’t take a wrong turn somewhere.
    In the race, along with having to deal with temperatures which peaked at 125 degrees and dropped down into the 30s, competitors are responsible for bringing along their own food and carry it with them.