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  • Baseball, softball brackets due out

    The New Mexico Activities Association will release the postseason brackets for the Class 5A baseball and softball tournaments Sunday.
    Postseason play around the state gets going Friday and Saturday at home sites. Teams that win this coming weekend will advance to the main bracket which commences next week.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team was a likely top-6 seed heading into Saturday’s doubleheader against the Del Norte Knights — results from the doubleheader weren’t available as of press time. Los Alamos had won 18 games during the regular season prior to Saturday and was ranked fifth according to the website MaxPreps, the rankings of which are a big component into determining seeding for prep teams in the state.
    Assuming that remains the case heading into the meeting of the seeding and selection committee today, the Los Alamos baseball team should be getting a home series in the opening round.
    In softball, however, the Hilltoppers’ situation was more tenuous.
    Heading into their doubleheader Saturday against Del Norte, a team that had been on the upswing in the late part of the season, the Hilltoppers were ranked 16th in the state, which would’ve put them just over the bar for getting into the 16-team tournament.

  • 'Toppers take strides in home meet

    The Los Alamos track teams had its final tune up before the district championships Friday at home on Sullivan Field.
    A few ’Topper athletes qualified for state in the meet and some others showed improvement from their previous qualifying marks.
    “We had some really good performances,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    The Hilltopper boys won the meet with 139 points, followed by St. Michael’s (104), Santa Fe High (55), Española Valley (43) and Capital (14).
    In the girls’ team race, Los Alamos and St. Michael’s were also in a battle for the top spot. The teams were tied late in the meet, but St. Michael’s first-place finish in the final event, the 4x400 relay, helped them take first as a team with 122 points, just 2 ahead of Los Alamos. Santa Fe (82) finished third, Española Valley (19) came in fourth and Capital (3) was fifth.
    Liam Johnson was one of the highlights of the meet again. He broke the sophomore record in pole vault that he set last week, clearing 13 feet, 3 inches to win the event. Sean Reynolds (11-3), Jacob Holesinger (10-9) and Tyler Moore (10-3) finished third through fifth in the event for Los Alamos.

  • Sports Briefs 5-1-15

    Kentucky Derby Party
    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos welcomes you to join the fun on Derby day, Saturday, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    This year the Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course will host the event, which will include a derby-inspired buffet, mint juleps, cocktails, a derby hat contest, kids activities, large screen viewing and 50/50 betting on the big race.
    All proceeds will benefit Project Eliminate, a partnership between Kiwanis and UNICEF to combat maternal and neonatal tetanus across the globe.
    For tickets and more information, email lclough@unm.edu or casadaly@aol.com or call 469-1465

  • Atomic Tumblers win 36 medals at Xcel championships

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Belen recently to compete in USA Gymnastics New Mexico State Championships.
    The Atomic Tumblers turned in a dominating performance. The team won medal after medal, 36 in all, had a few gymnasts win state championships and some qualify for the regional championships.
    Megan Brown, a first-year competitor, won the Younger Bronze Division, taking all-around gold with a 37.40. She also won state championships on the floor exercise (9.65) and the balance beam (9.50). She took silver on vault (9.15).
    Teammate Danielle Trellue medaled in every event to win a silver all around (37.20). Trellue placed first on the bars (9.40), second on both the beam (9.45) and floor (9.40) and finished third on the vault (8.95).
    Alexandra Simikov won bronze medals on bars (9.30) and the floor exercise (9.20).
    Claudia Jablonski finished ninth all-around (33.75).
    In the Youth Bronze Division, Deeanna Foster won a bronze medal in the all-around (36.70). Foster also won a gold medal on the beam (9.45) and a bronze medal on floor (9.35).
    Anika Lovato won a silver medal with her floor exercise (9.40) and bronze medals on both the vault (9.10) and bars (9.15).
    In the Junior Bronze Division, Aria Warner won a bronze on the balance beam (9.30).

  • LA softball has win streak snapped

    The Los Alamos softball team had its five-game win streak snapped Wednesday by the District 2-5A champs, Bernalillo.
    The Spartans stayed perfect in the district, improving to 10-0 in 2-5A and 20-4 overall, with a 5-0 win against the ’Toppers (6-4, 11-13).
    “Overall it was a well played game,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We definitely played better than the first time we played them.”
    It was certainly closer that their previous games.
    The first time Los Alamos played Bernalillo, the Spartans hit eight home runs in a doubleheader.
    Jordan Hammock kept Bernalillo’s bats a lot quieter Wednesday, only giving up one extra-base hit and no home runs. “They had to earn every run,” Anaya said.
    Hammock pitched all seven innings, giving up 11 hits, five runs — three of which were earned — while striking out five and walking three. “She threw a great game,” Anaya said.
    Bernalillo’s pitcher, Isabella Navarro, was also impressive. She struck out 12 ’Toppers in the game.
    “Their pitcher is very tough,” Anaya said. “She has the best rise ball we’ve seen.”

  • ’Toppers beat down Bernalillo in home finale

    In its home regular season finale, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was playing about as sharp as it had all season.
    That was great news for the Hilltoppers, but not so much for their opponents.
    As sharp as Los Alamos was Wednesday at Bomber Field, the Bernalillo Spartans were flat. That led to a big 14-0 rout in favor of the Hilltoppers, a game that wrapped up in the minimum 4-1/2 innings.
    Starting pitcher Lane Saunders was spot-on. He threw five innings of hitless ball, allowing just two walks, one in the second and one in the third innings, neither of which became a scoring threat.
    The left-handed Saunders was in full command, striking out three and facing more than the minimum number of batters just once — he picked off Isaac Gutierrez, one of the hitters he walked, by a country mile to end the third inning — and only a handful of Spartans were able to make solid contact with him all day.
    With Wednesday’s victory, the Hilltoppers now move within one game of clinching their seventh consecutive District 2-5A title. They can do so with a victory in either of their two games Saturday at Del Norte, a team that has struggled for much of the season.

  • Kratzer has the top prediction in this week’s pace race

    David Kratzer was only three seconds off his predicted time in this week’s pace race held on American Springs Road up in the Jemez.
    Other accurate predictors included Nikol Strother, who was just eight seconds off, Lyle Cunningham had a 10-second differential, 5-year-old Anders Medin was 24 seconds off and Lauraine Maness was off by 25 seconds.
    On the one-mile course, the top finisher was Tad Hughes, clocking in at 9 minutes, 5 seconds. Sue Elkins was the fastest female, finishing in 13:19.
    Ted Romero finished the three-mile course first in 21:33. The top female finisher, Strother, finished just two seconds behind him.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be at 6 p.m. in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.
    Pajarito Acres is on Acoma Lane, which is off South Monte Rey Drive and Potrillo Drive. One and 2.8-mile paved courses will be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com.
     

  • Lockhart breaks triple jump record at Harper Invite

    Liz Lockhart is now a Los Alamos record holder.
    Lockhart jumped 36 feet, 4 inches in the triple jump to break Christina Gonzales’ record that had stood since 2000.
    Her jump was almost two feet longer than her previous state-qualifying mark and was second best performance in a stacked field at the Harper Invitational.
    Twenty-three teams competed in the meet, including most of Class 6A’s powerhouses.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls teams both made statements with high finishes. The Hilltopper boys finished fourth as a team, placing ahead of Cleveland for the first time ever in a track meet.
    “What an amazing meet,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We did very well as a team, finishing behind the usual 6A powerhouses,” Los Alamos girls head coach Paul Anderson said. Anderson thought the Hilltopper girls finished fourth as well, but hadn’t seen the final team scores.
    With so many tough teams and athletes, a few ’Toppers hit state-qualifying marks in events they placed outside of the top-six in.
    Greg Ahlers had Los Alamos’ only first-place finish in the meet.

  • Los Alamos sweeps Sundevils

    The Los Alamos softball team only needed to win one of Saturday’s games to stay ahead of Española Valley in the District 2-5A standings.
    The ’Toppers took some hot bats into the game, however, and dominated both contests — winning 11-1 and then 13-3.
    “We just hit the ball really well,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “Getting two wins puts us in a really good spot for districts.”
    A nine-run second inning put Los Alamos comfortable ahead in the first game.
    Hannah Mojica started the inning by pulling a double over third base, the first of five Los Alamos doubles in the inning. Taylor Jaramillo brought Mojica home, smashing a ground-rule double over the center field fence. Taylor Collins hit a RBI single to score Jaramillo.
    Los Alamos scored its next seven runs with two outs.
    Shelby Chavez hit a RBI double. Makaela Jones and Jordan Jaramillo hit RBI singles. Mojica then hit another double to bring home a run and then Taylor Jaramillo hit her second ground-rule double of the inning to score Mojica again.
    After all of the doubles, Española Valley’s outfielders started playing deep and Chavez hit a bloop single to bring home another run.

  • LA back on top of district after dramatic win

    The Los Alamos baseball team is back on top of the District 2-5A standings after some late-inning heroics Saturday against Española Valley.
    The ’Toppers needed to win both games to take over the spot since they lost in Española to the Sundevils earlier in the season.
    Both games were tight and tense throughout, but Los Alamos won the first contest 3-0 and then rallied late to win the second game 6-5 in extra innings.
    “That was a blast,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “This is what we’ve been working on since the Española loss — the mental (part of the game), not the physical. We just held in there and got the job done.”
    Jared Mang pitched a complete game shutout in the first game of the doubleheader, which put all of the chips on the table for the second game.
    As soon as a team took the lead in the second contest, the other team would make it disappear.
    Los Alamos led 2-0 after two innings. Zealand Waltersheid singled, stole second and scored on a Kyle Hutton single. Lane Saunders then brought Hutton home with a single. Española’ Valley’s second baseman, however, made a diving stop and turned a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning.
    An Española Valley triple and sacrifice fly cut the lead in half in the third.