• Boys No. 1 doubles earns pair of wins

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis doubles squad of Nikita Belooussov/Dalton Smith picked up a pair of wins in consolation play Saturday.
    Los Alamos competed in the Española Valley Invitational, played at Santa Fe High School. Los Alamos’ players picked up at least one win in the three singles and two doubles draws at the tournament
    Belooussov/Smith knocked off Garrett Howington/Lane Heisey of Hope Christian and Miguel Tarango/Jacob Romero of Monte del Sol in its final two contests to earn a win in the consolation side of the bracket. Belooussov/Smith came back from a 1-set deficit against Allen Palmer/Marcus Hofer-Curl of Taos, but Palmer/Hofer-Curl would rally to win the third set tiebreaker.
    Hilltopper No. 1 single Forrest White split contests, topping Griffin Merians of Santa Fe Prep 6-2, 7-5, but falling to Farmington’s Matt With 6-4, 6-1. George Margevicius went 1-2 at No. 2 singles, while eighth grader JD Downing topped Bryan Rivera of Española Valley in a third-set tiebreaker.
    At No. 2 doubles, Steven McCrory/Cameron Wilson went 1-2, topping Jared Lucero/Harsch Bhundiya of Santa Fe Prep in the first round of consolation play.

  • 'Toppers, Demons split doubleheader

    SANTA FE — After getting next-to-nothing going offensively in game one, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team righted the ship to pick up game two and split a District 2-4A doubleheader Saturday.
    Los Alamos scraped together a pair of runs, one in the third and one in the fifth, against the Santa Fe Demons at Demon Field, but got little else going in game one of their doubleheader.
    In the second game, however, Los Alamos rallied for 6 runs in the third inning to pick up the split.
    Santa Fe scored single runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth along with a 3-run rally in the fourth to win the opener 7-2 before Los Alamos grabbed a 12-2 win in the nightcap.
    With the split, Los Alamos (8-9 overall, 2-1 in 2-4A) has sole possession of second place in the early stages of the district race, one game behind Española Valley (11-3 overall, 3-0 in 2-4A). Los Alamos and Española Valley face off Wednesday at Bomber Field.
    The Demons (4-12, 1-2) are currently in third place. They will face the Hilltoppers in the season rubber-match April 24 in Los Alamos.
    In game one, Steven Williams started the game and pitched 4 innings, taking the loss. Lane Saunders came in to throw the fifth and Connor Mang pitched the sixth.
    Saunders and Collin Kitts scored the two runs in game one.

  • LA picks up big sweep over Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — Following a disappointing District 2-4A opening loss, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was in serious jeopardy of falling into a deep early hole.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers picked up a big district sweep on the road and are back in the thick of things.
    Los Alamos scored 4 unanswered runs in the opening game against the Santa Fe Demons Saturday, then exploded for 8 runs in the top of the fifth of game two to win that contest going away.
    The Hilltoppers took the first game 5-3 then picked up a 14-5 win in the nightcap. The two wins put the Hilltoppers (6-10 overall, 2-1 in 2-4A) in a tie for second place with the Española Valley Sundevils, whom the Hilltoppers will host Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ Kiana Zerr, who had thrown limited innings during the nondistrict season, earned victories in both games.
    Zerr threw a complete game in the opener, giving up just three hits and two earned runs. In game two, Zerr came on in the fifth in relief of Jordan Hammock, setting down 9 of the 11 batters she faced.
    In the first game, Zerr had to pitch her way around trouble in the second and third innings. In the fourth, Santa Fe rallied for 3 runs in the fourth getting doubles in the inning from KK Porras and Destiny Chavez.
    That would be the last hurrah in that game for the Demons, however.

  • On Schedule 04-07-13


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

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, JV, 4 p.m.


    Baseball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.


    Tennis: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Baseball: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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


    Track and field: LAMS at West Las Vegas Invite, boys and girls, 8 a.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.; Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls JV, TBA.

  • Cory and Brian Geyer compete in national wrestling tournment

    The top wrestling tandem for Los Alamos High School, brothers Cory and Brian Geyer got some tough draws early on at the National High School Wrestling Finals.
    Brian Geyer, the state champion at 182 pounds this year, was knocked out of the finals Friday.
    The national finals are being held this weekend in Virginia Beach, Va.
    Brian Geyer lost to a state placer from California — that state has just one individual champion for each weight class — and the state champion from New York.
    Cory Geyer, the state runner-up at 160 pounds this season, was still alive heading into Saturday’s competition, though he lost an early-round match-up to a two-time California state placer.
    Only the top individual placers from prep competition are nvited to the national tournament.

  • LA girls are 2nd at home meet Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper track and field teams hosted their first of two home appearances of the season Friday at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltopper girls finished second behind the Cleveland Storm at Friday’s Los Alamos Invitational, while the Hilltopper boys took third in the five-team meet.
    As usual, the Cleveland Storm dominated both ends of the meet. Albuquerque Academy finished second in the boys team competition.
    Along the way to its finish, the Hilltopper girls picked up five event victories. Amy Neal dominated the pole vault competition, clearing a season-best 9 feet, 9 inches. Also winning for Los Alamos were Laura Wendelberger in the 100 meter hurdles (16.30) and Jordan Ahlers, who with her jump of 33-4, is about two feet ahead of where she was jumping one year ago.
    “It’s really a big relief,” said Ahlers, who qualified for the state Class 4A meet with the jump. “Earlier this season I had problems with gettings the steps right. Now, I can focus on the running events.
    Los Alamos’ girls were also winners in the 400 and 800 relays.
    On the boys side, Seth Drop had a season-best finish in the pole vault by a foot, clearing 12 feet, and Brady Stokes broke his season best in the javelin with a throw of 157-0.

  • Turner wins first Pace Race of 2013

    The first Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race of the 2013 season was Tuesday at the Canyon Rim Trail.
    This season marks the 40th year of the Pace Race in Los Alamos. Races are held Tuesdays at various spots around Los Alamos County.
    This week, the Pace Race consisted of 1, 1-1/2, 2 or 3 mile courses along the trail.
    Elizabeth Turner was the top predictor of the week. Turner was 35 seconds off her predicted finish time.
    Turner was also the fastest female finisher on the 3-mile course.
    Tom Sandford was off by 43 seconds and Mary Snow and David Kratzer both finished with 53-second errors.
    The fastest finish on the 1-mile course was Bob Weeks with his time of 13 minutes, 24 seconds. Georgia Pedicini was the fastest female finisher in a time of 14:16.
    The top finisher on the 1-1/2 mile course was Linda Vance (16:27). Zach Leonard was the fastest finisher on the 2-mile course (19:50) and Ted Romero was fastest on the long course (19:42).
    Next week’s Pace Race will start near the junction of N.M. 502 and N.M. 4 along the road to the sewage treatment plant in Lower Bayo Canyon. There will be 1- and 3-mile courses for that event.
    More information on the Roadrunners and the Pace Race can be found by calling 672-1639 or visiting atomicrunners.com on the Internet. 

  • LA blanks Academy 14-0 for key road win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team hit three home runs in the third inning en route to a rout of the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday.
    Christina Perez, Micaela Christensen and Kristin Christensen all went yard in the third inning as the Hilltoppers blanked the Chargers 14-0 in Albuquerque.
    It was a big win against a Class 4A team for the Hilltoppers, who earned just their second victory over a rival 4A team this season.
    Going into the nondistrict game, Los Alamos was well aware another nondistrict loss could very well spell doom for its chances to make the playoffs should it need an at-large nod.
    “A lot of the games we’ve played, they’ve definitely give us a chance to play tough competition,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “That’s why we play a tough schedule.”
    The downside of playing a tough schedule for the Hilltoppers, however, was that their stock can drop considerably if they end up on the losing side of those contests.
    That wasn’t the case Thursday.

  • Reynolds moves up from C team to take over volleyball program

    Los Alamos High School didn’t have to look too far to find its new head volleyball coach.
    Assistant coach Robin Reynolds, who has been with the program for the previous three seasons and has been involved in local volleyball since 1994, was named the head coach Thursday.
    Reynolds replaces Garry Maskaly, who resigned in February.
    Since 2010, Reynolds has coached the C team under Maskaly and for his efforts with that team and with the 2011 sale of sod from Sullivan Field’s remodel, was named the 2012 Assistant Coach of the Year for the school’s athletic program.
    The big question around the program in the previous three years is how Los Alamos can get past St. Pius X in the playoffs and get to the championship round.
    It didn’t take long for Reynolds to be hit with the question. In fact, it was one of his interview questions.
    “My challenge, initially to get there, we need to unite the team,” Reynolds said. “They’re used to a different coaching style, so we’ve got to unite the team and the expectations the girls have of us to coach them to the next level.”

  • Sports Briefs 04-04-13

    Demons crush Sundevils in softball

    The Santa Fe Demons blasted the Española Valley Sundevils in their District 2-4A opening softball contest Wednesday afternoon.
    The Demons jumped all over the Sundevils, scoring seven runs in the first two innings as they closed out the game 11-0 in five innings.
    Santa Fe (7-4 overall, 1-0 in district), which has won three straight pounded out 15 hits in the game while Española Valley (5-5, 0-1) managed just one hit.
    Los Alamos will travel to Santa Fe for a doubleheader Saturday.

    Run For Her Life is April 14

    The third annual Run For Her Life 5K is scheduled for April 14. Race time is set for 9 a.m. starting at East Park.
    Run For Her Life is a fundraiser with proceeds going to benefit organizations involved in breast cancer research.
    Registration forms can be downloaded by visiting atomicrunners.com.
    More information on the race is available by calling 672-1639.

    Free lodging at Sipapu