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  • Toppers drop both ends of doubleheader against Tigers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team dropped both ends of its doubleheader on the road Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers, playing a very tough Los Lunas Tigers squad, was beaten in six innings in the opener, 13-3, then was nipped in the second game, 5-4.
    Los Alamos actually led 2-0 early in the first game. The contest was close until the bottom of the fifth when Los Lunas erupted for six runs to take control.

  • Weiss, LA hitters come up big Monday

    JACONA — Big production in the third and fifth innings led to a big win for the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team over its next door neighbor Monday afternoon.
    Los Alamos pounded out nine of its 10 hits over a three-inning stretch, while starting pitcher JD Weiss threw a superb game as the Hilltoppers thumped the Pojoaque Elks 9-1 at Jacona Field.
    Los Alamos scored four times in the fifth to blow open Monday’s ballgame, stringing together four straight hits including a triple by catcher Zeke Zumbro and a double by left fielder Kyle Parks to start the rally.

  • LA track has strong opener at Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team picked up a big win and the Los Alamos boys track and field team earned a third-place finish at Saturday’s Chili Quad meet in Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos’ girls finished with 102 points to win its season opener, while Los Alamos’ boys finished with 54 points in the four-team meet. Host Rio Rancho picked up 101 points to earn the victory.
    The Hilltopper girls grabbed seven event wins. Los Alamos’ boys earned wins in the javelin, 200 meters and 1600 meters.

  • Track teams have solid open to season

    The Los Alamos boys track and field team finished third in the Chili Quad Saturday at Rio Rancho.

    Saturday’s meet, which also included Rio Rancho’s Rams, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers and the St. Pius X Sartans, was the season opener for both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams.

    Both Los Alamos teams were happy with their early season performances at the meet.

    The Hilltopper girls picked up five individual wins, with Laura Wendelberger winning both the high jump and 100-meter hurdles.

    Girls teams scores haven’t yet been released.

    Also winning for Los Alamos’ girls were Teresa Sandoval in the 1600 meters, Hayley Schake in the 200 meters, Chase Ealey in shot put and the 1600 relay team.

  • Hilltoppers rally for win over Pintos

    A three-run fifth inning and a big relief pitching effort in the sixth keyed the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team to a win in its home opener.
    Zeke Zumbro’s two-run triple was the big blow of a nip-and-tuck ballgame Saturday at Bomber Field, going with a curveball to right field that scored teammates JD Weiss and Danny Finn as the Hilltoppers dropped the Moriarty Pintos 5-4.
    Zumbro had a huge game behind the plate as well as coming through with the key hit of the contest, throwing out a pair of runners in the second inning to limit the damage after the Pintos threatened to blow the contest open early.
    Los Alamos’ rally in the fifth gave it the win in its first home game of the contest against a tough but inconsistent Pintos’ squad.

  • ’Toppers knocked out in first round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team hung tough with the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A state tournament Friday.
    Unfortunately, the Grants Pirates simply had too many weapons.
    Los Alamos played hard-nosed defense in the first half of Friday’s game, limiting the looks of Grants’ most dangerous player, center Teige Zeller, near the basket.
    Unfortunately, Zeller, who stands at 6-foot-2, was able to field some entry passes and get to the foul line in the first half.
    Los Alamos also suffered from a cold shooting night, being held to 15 points in the first half as top-seeded Grants earned a 62-44 victory in Grants.
    It was the second straight time the Hilltoppers’ season ended at Grants by an 18-point margin.

  • LA’s upset bid falls short vs. Goddard

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team came within eight minutes of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in state championship history.
    Instead, though, the top-seeded Goddard Rockets survived to move on the Class 4A playoffs.
    Los Alamos led by as many as nine points with about four minutes remaining in the third quarter of the first round playoff game at Goddard, 32-23, but its offense stalled the rest of the way and it gave up some ill-timed turnovers late.
    Goddard, meanwhile, led by 6-foot-5 forward Lane Vander Hulst and point guard Chase Salazar, made some key buckets in the second half to give the team a 54-48 victory.

  • LA girls lose in opening round of state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team was bounced out in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night.

    Los Alamos trailed by 14 points after one half of play while the Grants Pirates cruised to a 62-44 victory in Grants.

    The Hilltoppers’ season is over. They finish with a mark of 12-16.

    It was a bad night Friday for all of four of District 2-4A’s entries into the tournament, including fifth-seeded Española Valley, which was stunned by 12th-seeded Miyamura, 45-36.

    Grants, the No. 1 overall seed, will advance to play Artesia, a 64-38 winner over District 2’s Santa Fe in the tournament quarterfinals.

    Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 for help with this report.

  • Tourney Time

    The Los Alamos High School basketball teams will be on the road for the first round of the state tournament. The Los Alamos girls will travel to Grants tonight and the Hilltopper boys will take on Goddard.

  • LA boys, girls face off against top teams

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams couldn’t be bigger underdogs heading into the opening round of the state Class 4A tournaments.
    The state championship tournament first round starts this weekend. Tonight is the 4A girls basketball opening round and Saturday is the opening round of the boys 4A tournament.
    Both Hilltopper teams drew the 16th and final seeds in their tournaments. As a result of their No. 16 seeds, they will face the top-seeded teams in the state. For the girls, that means a contest against the Grants Pirates, while the boys have a Saturday afternoon tilt against the Goddard Rockets.