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  • Sports Briefs 04-10-14

    Senior Olympics still accepting registrations

    The deadline for registration for this year’s Los Alamos Senior Olympics has been extended.
    The local Senior Olympic Games will begin Friday with basketball free throw and 3-point competitions, as well as Frisbee competition.
    The local games run through May 10.
    Any Los Alamos County resident age 50 or over is eligible to participate in the Games.
    For more information on the local Senior Olympic Games, call 662-3526.

    Slowpitch softball season gets going April 26

    Registration is open for the upcoming slowpitch softball season.
    The slowpitch league is for men’s and women’s teams. Games are played during the week at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    The season starts April 26-27 with a tournament. The season runs through the end of July.
    Price for participation is $575 per team. Registration fee and additional paperwork is due by April 18.
    Additionally, a field work party is scheduled for Saturday at Overlook Park.
    For more information, send email to losalamossoftball@yahoo.com.

    Native American 5K championship set

  • 'Toppers crush Sundevils, 10-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team improved to 2-2 in District 2-4A play with a road win Wednesday afternoon.
    Los Alamos hammered the Española Valley Sundevils 10-1 in Española to keep pace with the top two teams in the district. Los Alamos scored five combined runs in the second and third innings, then rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth.
    Hilltopper senior Krysta Salazar had a huge contest, going 3-for-4 and was just a single away from hitting for the cycle. Salazar had a solo home run in the game and scored three times.
    In all, Los Alamos came up with 10 hits against Española Valley. Kiana Zerr and Taylor Jaramillo also had multi-hit games, with Zerr going 3-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored and Jaramillo going 2-for-4 with a double and run knocked in.
    This was the second district victory in a row for Los Alamos (8-10 overall), which was in serious danger of falling well behind in the 2-4A standings heading into the second game of a doubleheader Saturday against Santa Fe.
    Currently, Los Alamos and Española Valley are both 2-2 in district. Santa Fe is 2-1 and Bernalillo is 1-0 — the Spartans’ only 2-4A game so far was a 1-0 win over Los Alamos April 2.
    The Spartans and Santa Fe’s Demons will face off in a key doubleheader Saturday in Santa Fe.

  • LA takes round one over Sundevils

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned a big win over its toughest district opponent on the road Wednesday.
    Hilltopper Colin Kitts belted a solo home run in the top of the sixth to give Los Alamos a 1-run lead heading into the final two at-bats for Española Valley. That home run would end up holding up as the Hilltoppers won 3-2 in Española.
    Clinging to a 1-run cushion late in the contest, Los Alamos’ Connor Mang came on in relief of his brother, Jared, to pitch the sixth and seventh innings and earn the save.
    With the win, Los Alamos now has the inside track in the race to claim its sixth consecutive District 2-4A title. Both teams went into Wednesday’s game with a district mark of 3-0.
    The two teams will still play twice more. They will meet April 26 at Bomber Field, although Los Alamos will likely have the upper hand, needing just a split to earn the tiebreaker over the Sundevils — the Sundevils would need the sweep in those two contests.
    Connor Mang, along with earning the save, also had a solo home run in the game.
    Jared Mang earned the victory, throwing five innings. He allowed two runs as Española Valley was working his way back from a deficit in the middle innings.

  • La-crossed Up

    The Los Alamos Hiltopper lacrosse team took on Santa Fe Prep Saturday at Paul Spirio Field in White Rock. 

  • Battle of the Badges is May 2

    The Los Alamos Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3279 will host a charity basketball game against the Los Alamos Police Department May 2.
    The game, Battle of the Badges, is set for 6:30 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Two charities will benefit from the event. The local firefighters are raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, while the LAPD is playing to raise money for Special Olympics.

  • LA, Española Valley to clash in big baseball, softball games

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will have big contests Wednesday afternoon in the valley.
    Both teams will be taking on the Española Valley Sundevils. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m.
    For the Hilltopper baseball team, this could be their toughest test to date of the District 2-4A season. The Hilltoppers and the Sundevils are tied for the lead in the 2-4A standings heading into Wednesday’s contest, with both sporting a record of 3-0.
    The Sundevils (10-5) demolished Capital in two games this weekend, winning those by a combined 45-2 — the Jaguars aren’t likely to win a single district contest this season — and held off Santa Fe for a 4-1 victory in their first 2-4A outing.
    Meanwhile, with its sweep of Santa Fe this weekend, Los Alamos has again positioned itself early to compete for a district title, which would be the team’s sixth in a row.
    Although it’s still early in the district season, 2-4A is already shaping up to be a two-horse race between Los Alamos and Española Valley. Regardless of which team prevails Wednesday, the teams will meet for doubleheader in Los Alamos April 26, a twinbill that will likely determine the 2014 champion.

  • LA picks up doubleheader sweep to improve to 3-0

    While there’s still a long way to go, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is off to a good start in keeping its firm grip at the top of District 2-4A.
    Los Alamos won one the hard way, then won one the easy way en route to a big district doubleheader sweep Saturday at Bomber Field. Los Alamos scratched out a run in its final at-bat in game one, then, to start off game two, had a big bottom of the first inning that let it play with some cushion.
    The Hilltoppers won the opening game 3-2, then cruised to a big 13-3 win in five innings in the nightcap.
    The wins put the Hilltoppers at 3-0 early on in 2-4A play. Their toughest test of the district season, however, could come this week when they play at Española Valley.
    But for now, Los Alamos will enjoy the wins.
    “It was pretty great,” said Hilltopper Jake Downs of the sweep. “The first game was really intense. We just had to battle through it, stay calm and do what we had to do.”
    Downs through six strong innings in game one. He gave up just three hits and one earned run before giving way to Connor Mang after pitching to one batter in the seventh — Mang would get credit for the win, setting down all three batters he faced.

  • ’Toppers, Demons split a pair

    Already sitting two games down in District 2-4A, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team knew something had to happen in a hurry Saturday.
    Fortunately for the Hilltoppers, something did.
    Los Alamos bounced back after dropping the first game of a big early doubleheader against the Santa Fe Demons at Overlook Park. The Demons won a big 8-2 victory in game one, but Los Alamos jumped out to a big lead early and held on through a rough fifth inning to win 11-6.
    Earning the split was a big deal for Los Alamos, which could’ve fallen behind three games to the early district leaders, a tough hole to climb out of even with nine games remaining on the schedule.
    “For us to have a chance in the district this year, we couldn’t get swept,” Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said. “We were going to have to hit them hard and take the lead early (in game two).”
    Los Alamos did just that, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first.
    Emilee Jones had a 2-run home run in the inning and Krysta Salazar and Alyssa Mojica both came through with RBI hits off game one winning pitcher Alex Russell, who also threw game two for the Demons.

  • Sports Briefs 04-06-14

    Slowpitch softball season gets going April 26

    Registration is open for the upcoming slowpitch softball season.
    The slowpitch league is for men’s and women’s teams. Games are played during the week at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    The season starts April 26-27 with a tournament. The season runs through the end of July.
    Price for participation is $575 per team. Registration fee and additional paperwork is due by April 18.
    Additionally, a field work party is scheduled for April 12 at Overlook Park.
    For more information, send email to losalamossoftball@yahoo.com.

    Wall climbing event will be at YMCA Wednesday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host a spring break wall climbing event Wednesday. The climbing wall is at the YMCA’s main facility on Iris Street.
    The event will be from 9 a.m.-noon. Gear rental is $3 for anyone ages 3 and up.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.
     

  • On Schedule 04-06-14

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

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

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

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

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

    Saturday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Track and field: LAMS at Las Vegas Memorial Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 8 a.m.

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

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