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  • LA girls advance, boys fall in team tennis draw

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team was knocked out of the state Class 4A tournament Friday night by the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.

    Los Alamos, the No. 8 seed, drew top-seeded Academy in the second round. Academy, the most decorated team in state history, shut out Los Alamos 9-0.

    Earlier Friday, Los Alamos shut out the ninth-seeded Deming Wildcats to advance to the second round.

    Santa Fe, which nipped the Hilltoppers for the 2012 District 2-4A championship, was still alive in the tournament heading into this morning’s play. The Demons, the No. 6 seed, were scheduled to play No. 2 seed Farmington at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex in Albuquerque.

    Academy will take on fourth-seeded Goddard later this morning.

  • Toppers shut out in first game of series

    If the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team wants to advance in the Class 4A playoffs this season, it's going to have to do it the hard way.

    The Hilltoppers fell in game one of the best-of-three series to the Miyamura Patriots Friday at Bomber Field, 4-0, leaving it just one game from elimination.

    Saturday's Game 2 of the series is set for 11 a.m. Game 3, if necessary, will start approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of Game 2.

    Los Alamos, the No. 7 seed in the Class 4A postseason, drew 10th-seeded Miyamura, but Miyamura was the sharper looking team in Friday’s opening contest. Miyamura rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth inning and Los Alamos couldn’t answer back late.

  • LA takes on rival St. Pius X

    Not only will the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team be hosting a game in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs, that game will be a good ol’ fashioned grudge match.
    The Hilltoppers will meet up with an old foe, the St. Pius X Sartans, to open the 4A playoffs. The winner of the opening round single-elimination games will advance to double-elimination play next week in Albuquerque.
    This will be the second time in three seasons the Hilltoppers will face the Sartans in the tournament opener. The Sartans tripped up the Hilltoppers 4-1 in the 2010 tournament in Las Cruces.
    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said that was a game his team had chances to win, but simply couldn’t find the key hits when it needed them.

  • LA's No. 1 doubles team, Townsley take third

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams earned two third-place finishes and a fourth-place finish at the 2012 state Class 4A individual championships Thursday.
    Los Alamos’ top doubles team of Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff/Madeline Margevicius held off teammates Colleen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido in the third-place match of the girls doubles draw, while Hilltopper Stephen Townsley dropped Albuquerque Academy’s Alex Dunning in their match to claim third place.
    Hsieh-Ratliff/Margevicius nearly pulled off a stunning comeback against MacKenzie Pavlik/Shayla Baysinger of Farmington in the semifinals after dropping the first set and going down in the second set.

  • LA Triatomics host Atomic Man

    Mike Rahmer of Tijeras and Caroline Collona of Taos were the top finishers in the Fat Man divisions of the Atomic Man Duathlon Sunday.
    The Atomic Man Duathlon is an annual run-bike-run hosted by the Los Alamos Triatomics, a local multi-discipline athletic club. Athletes started in White Rock and headed down and back toward Bandlelier National Monument on N.M. 4 and back.
    Rahmer, the overall men’s Fat Man winner, finished with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 4 seconds, nearly 4-1/2 minutes better than James Webster of Albuquerque. Colonna was more than five minutes ahead of her closest competitor, Los Alamos’ Amy Regan, to take the women’s Fat Man division title.

  • Topper girls take 2nd in season finale

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team had a big showing in its final regular season meet of 2012.
    The Hilltoppers picked up second place at the Cleveland Invitational Friday. They grabbed 81 points to take the runner-up spot in team standings.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys finished with 44 points, taking fourth place in the event. Host Cleveland picked up solid victories in both the boys and girls team competition.
    Both teams will take part in the District 2-4A championship meet Friday and Saturday. Santa Fe will host the 2012 district meet.
    For the Los Alamos girls, Amanda Mercer won the first race of her prep career, taking top honors in the 3200 meters.

  • Toppers, Patriots meet in opener

    As expected, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned its way into the top half of the Class 4A playoffs this season.

    The Hilltoppers grabbed the No. 7 seed for the state playoffs and will be at home for the opening round of the Class 4A tournament. They will host the Miyamura Patriots in the first round.

    The first round of the tournament is a best-of-three format. Los Alamos and Miyamura will play game one at 4 p.m. Friday. Game two is set for 11 a.m. Saturday and, if the third game is necessary, will be played approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.

  • ´Toppers open state singles, doubles play

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls tennis teams start the 2012 state tournament with individual competition Wednesday.
    The 4A championship tournament will be at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex in Albuquerque. The singles and doubles tournaments will continue through Thursday and team competition is slated for Friday and Saturday.
    Los Alamos will send two singles players, both on the boys side, and four doubles teams, three on the girls side.
    Wednesday’s doubles matches will begin at 3:30 p.m. Boys singles competition is scheduled for 8 p.m.

  • LA meets St. Pius in tourney opener

    By the luck of the draw, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will take on an old foe in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
    Los Alamos will take on the St. Pius X Sartans in a single elimination contest Saturday at Overlook Park. Game time is set for 11:30 a.m.
    The Class 4A brackets were released Sunday. Los Alamos, which won the District 2-4A championship this season, earned the No. 6 seed in the tournament.
    Following the first round of games, the tournament shifts to a double-elimination format for the remaining eight teams. The double-elimination contests start Thursday in Rio Rancho.

  • Topper boys, girls are runners-up

    SANTA FE — To finish off their 2012 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf team both finished a solid second place in the District 2-4A championship.
    Los Alamos picked up the runner-up slot in the girls competition, shooting a team total of 399. Los Alamos’ boys shot a team 354 to finish as the runner-up on that side of the tournament.
    The 2-4A championship was Monday at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.