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  • Stayin' Alive

    Los Alamos’ Kristin Christensen leaps into the air as she crosses the plate following her solo home run Saturday. Los Alamos earned a trip to Thursday’s quarterfinal round of the state Class 4A tournament by topping St. Pius X 5-4 at Overlook Park.

  • Gattiker, Rees are top predictors

    A pair of runners finished tied for best prediction on the long course of last week's Atomic City Roadrunners' Pace Race.

    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Roadrunners. It is held at various locations around Los Alamos County during Daylight Savings Time.

    In all, 30 runners and walkers took part in last week's race, which was held Tuesday evening. It started at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    The winners of the weekly races are determined by who comes closest to predicting their actual finish time. Pace Races consist of both 1- and 3-mile courses.

  • LA wins both ends of 2-4A track meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams were both winners at the District 2-4A championship meet this weekend.

    Los Alamos' girls finished with a total of 209.5 points, nearly as many as its next three district opponents combined. The Hilltopper boys had their closest finish in district in several seasons, but still prevailed by 62.5 points.

    This year's district meet was hosted by Santa Fe.

    Both teams will take part in the Class 4A state meet which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque. Field events start at 8 a.m. Friday.

  • Topper baseball, tennis teams fall at state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team made an early exit from the Class 4A state tournament this past weekend.
    The Hilltoppers (19-8) weren’t able to bounce back from an opening-game loss in their best-of-three series with the Miyamura Patriots in the opening round of the 4A baseball playoffs. The Patriots, who shut out the Hilltoppers 4-0 in Friday night’s Game 1, picked up a 5-2 victory at Bomber Field in Game 2 of the series to advance to the state quarterfinal round where it will face Artesia.
    Los Alamos, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, never led in 14 innings of play at Bomber Field.
    It was the final appearance in the careers of Hilltopper seniors Austin Aslin, Nick Baker, Kyle Parks, Thomas Russell, JD Weiss and Zeke Zumbro.

  • Hilltoppers hold on to top St. Pius, 5-4

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team survived the first round by surviving the final inning of Saturday’s Class 4A playoff contest.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 6 seed in the 4A playoffs, had a 5-1 lead heading into the seventh inning against the 11th-seeded St. Pius X Sartans. But the Sartans rallied and had the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position Saturday at Overlook Park.
    However, Los Alamos ace pitcher Monika Teter retired the final two batters to preserve a 5-4 decision and send her team to the second round.
    By hanging on, the Hilltoppers will advance in the tournament for the first time since 2009. They will take on the Los Lunas Tigers Thursday morning at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

  • Roundup: Softball advances, baseball falls in 4A playoffs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team survived a late comeback attempt to top the St. Pius X Sartans in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.

    The Hilltopper baseball team, however, was dispatched early from the postseason.

    Los Alamos’ softball team was up 5-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning Saturday at Overlook Park, but St. Pius rallied for three runs to make things interesting. Los Alamos, however, held on in the final inning to pick up a 5-4 decision.

    The Hilltoppers’ win is the first time in three years they will advance past the Class 4A postseason opening round. The Hilltoppers, the No. 6 seed, move on to double-elimination play starting Thursday in Rio Rancho.

  • 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.