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  • Pace Race season opens at Canyon Rim Trail

    The 41st Pace Race season officially took off Tuesday at Canyon Rim Trail.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners running club. The club holds races on Tuesdays during the Daylight Savings Time hours.
    In its first race of the season, participants had a chance to run a 1-mile course, a 1.5-mile course, a 2-mile course or a 3-mile course.
    Usually, 1- and 3-mile courses are set up.
    Winners of the weekly races aren’t necessarily those who finish first, but those who finish closest to their predicted finish time.
    In the first race, Cecilia Rivenburgh was the top predictor. Rivenburgh was just 6 seconds off her finish time, topping David Kratzer (22 seconds), Jackie Marr (33 seconds) and John Ullmann (43 seconds), among this week’s top predictors.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Lexi Tepley, who finished in 8:43. Paul Elkins finished the short course in a time of 13:41.
    Other top finishers included Linda Vance (13:44) on the 1.5-mile run, Elena Sandoval (16:48) and Reid Rivenburgh (19:42) at 2 miles, and Ted Romero (19:51) and Nikol Strother (20:15) at the 3-mile distance.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting near the junction of N.M. 502 and N.M. on the road going toward the county’s sewage treatment facility. Race time is 6 p.m.

  • LA hammers Academy Thursday, 9-1

    Needing a win to bounce back from a disappointing loss, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team picked it up Thursday.
    Los Alamos broke open a tight ballgame with three runs in the bottom of the fourth at home. Los Alamos led just 3-1 after 3-1/2 innings, but widened that to a 6-1 advantage and cruised the rest of the way against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
    The Hilltoppers pounded out 11 hits Thursday, six of them going for extra bases, as they won 9-1 at Overlook Park.
    A day earlier, Los Alamos opened its District 2-4A season. Kiana Zerr had one of the best pitching outings of her career, but it wasn’t good enough to pick up a win, as Bernalillo nipped Los Alamos 1-0.
    Against Academy, Jordan Hammock had another big day on the slab. Hammock retired the first 10 batters she faced and gave up just two hits in a complete game win.
    The win over Academy gives Los Alamos a leg up over a Class 4A team that might be on the bubble come time to pick at-large teams for the playoffs next month.
    Hammock struck out four hitters in the first two innings while her offense found its groove against Charger starting pitcher Katie Moore. The only run she allowed, which came in the fourth, was unearned.

  • LA nipped by Bernalillo in opener of District 2-4A, 1-0

    The undisputed premier player in District 2-4A is Demi Madalena.
    But for most of Wednesday’s game, Kiana Zerr was her equal.
    It was an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel in Overlook Park in the district softball opener for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Bernalillo Spartans.
    Madalena, the fireball-throwing right-hander for the Spartans, mowed through the Hilltopper lineup for seven innings. However, Zerr was up to the challenge, scattering just five hits through seven innings.
    Unfortunately for Zerr and the Hilltoppers, they took a hard-fought 1-0 loss to the Spartans.
    The difference in the game was Madalena’s bat. Madalena lined a lead-off double into left-center in the fourth inning. That hit would eventually lead to the only run of the ballgame.
    Following Madalena’s double — one of the few balls that was well hit all day — she was lifted for pinch runner Heather Rosetta. Rosetta moved to third on a groundout, then came around to score after a running catch in right field by Los Alamos’ Hannah Mojica.
    Mojica, who was running toward the infield to catch Frankie Montaño’s line drive, threw a one-hopper to the plate to try to retire Rosetta, but the throw was a hair off line and Rosetta was able to slide in safely.

  • 'Toppers dump Spartans in 2-4A opener Wednesday

    One of its most balanced offensive showings of the season helped propel the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team to a win Wednesday.
    Los Alamos scored in five of its six plate appearances at Bomber Field, taking a solid 10-3 win over Bernalillo to open the District 2-4A season. Los Alamos scored two runs each in the second, third and fourth innings, then came through with three runs in the fifth to all but put the game away.
    The Spartans tried to rally in the top of the sixth and, although it squeezed out a pair of runs, never could make a serious charge to get back in the ballgame.
    It was a big day for several Hilltoppers, including Lane Saunders.
    Saunders started the game on the hill for Los Alamos, going 3-1/3 innings and giving up just one run. Saunders also went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and drove in a pair of runs.
    “I just fixed the way I was approaching things,” he said. “It was more of an attack than waiting for your pitch…just more aggressive, not as picky. It was just my day, I guess.”
    Despite the Hilltoppers collecting 12 hits in the game, only Saunders and Trevor Pacheco had multi-hit games Wednesday. Pacheco finished 2-for-3 and scored three times.

  • Results from Cleveland Relay meet

    Here are the results from Saturday’s Cleveland Relay track and field meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

    Boys

    Team results

    1. Cleveland, 136; 2. Rio Rancho, 106; 3. Los Alamos, 56.5; 4. Taos, 55; 5. Cibola, 40; 6. Hope Christian, 27; 7. Manzano, 26; 8. Atrisco Heritage, 26; 9. Highland, 12; 10. Santa Fe, 7; 13. Miyamura, 5; 14. Del Norte, 1.5.

    6400 relay
    1. Cleveland, 13:57.81; 2. Rio Rancho, 14:06.72; 3. Taos, 14:43.09; 4. Los Alamos, 14:45.91.

    100 meters
    1. Dante Hernandez-LaCour, Atrisco Heritage, 10.79; 2. Benjamin Maurer, Rio Rancho, 10.86; 3. Nathan Muñoz, Cleveland, 11.10; 5. (tie) Xavier Dennison, 11.40.

    3200 meters
    1. Chris Harlow, Cibola, 9:46.98; 2. Jared Mayoral, Cleveland, 9:47.19; 3. Zachary Grand, Santa Fe, 10:01.34; Mike Walker, 10:03.11; Colin Hemez, 10:04.59; Connor Bailey, 10:43.53.

    300 hurdles
    1. Keaton Frieberg, Cleveland, 41.07; 2. Tyler Chavez, Cleveland, 41.65; 3. Nick Lemley, Taos, 41.89; Greg Ahlers, 43.98; Tyler Mullen, 45.97; Nathan Scrimshaw, 47.60.

    400 relay
    1. Atrisco Heritage, 42.63; 2. Cleveland, 42.90; 3. Los Alamos, 43.00.

  • Nuke 'Em

    The Los Alamos Nukes U19 rugby club topped Rio Rancho 33-5 at home Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Nukes to 2-0 on the season.

  • LA picks up sweep Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team knocked off the Miyamura Patriots in both ends of a doubleheader Saturday.
    Los Alamos shut out the Patriots in a tight game one, winning that 4-0, then thumped Miyamura in game two, 12-1.
    The two games were the final two for Los Alamos (8-6) before the start of District 2-4A play.
    Hilltopper manager Mike Gill said it was a very good effort for his team in all three phases, offense, defense and pitching.
    Jared Mang picked up the win in the first game, giving up just one hit in seven innings. Mang was quite efficient, needed less than 60 pitches to earn the win.
    Additionally, Mang, one of the premier players in the state, hit a 2-run home run early in the contest to give himself some cushion.
    His little brother, Connor Mang, threw 5-2/3 innings to take the game two victory, settling down after a rocky start to shut Miyamura down after a first inning run.
    Gill said Connor Mang and Jake Downs had excellent defensive performances in the first game as well, to aid in that win.
    Los Alamos will take on Bernalillo at home Wednesday afternoon to open 2-4A. 

  • 'Topper girls golf qualifies for state tourney Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team picked up its third qualification leg for the state tournament Monday at the Warm-Up Tournament.
    In its first tournament of the spring season, at Los Alamos Golf Course, the Hilltoppers fired a team score of 369, easily going under the target score of 388 Monday.
    That score, along with its scores at the Coyote Del Mapais course in Grants in October, officially qualified the team for state competition.
    This will be Los Alamos’ third trip to the state tournament in four years.
    Also Monday, the Hilltopper boys finished second overall behind Los Lunas. Los Alamos shot a 348, 10 strokes behind the Class 4A Tigers for the team title.
    Jonathan Osden shot a 78, earning his second individual qualifying leg of the season. Osden finished as the runner-up behind medalist Chesten Browning of Los Lunas, who had a 1-over 73 Monday.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Emma Haines led the team with an 86. Jennifer Necker had a 91, which actually earned her an individual leg. Emily Johnson finished with a score of 98.
    Only one other full team was in action Monday, the Valencia Jaguars, who finished more than 150 shots back of Los Alamos.

  • Ryan, Heather McNiff win Run For Her Life 5K

    The McNiffs were well represented at this weekend’s Run For Her Life 5K and 10K races.
    The event, which is a fundraiser for Hadassah’s work in the field of breast cancer research, was Sunday. The races started and finished at East Park.
    Ryan McNiff was the big winner in the men’s 5K race. He finished in a time of 18:26, topping Dixon’s Scott Valdez by nearly a minute and a half.
    In the women’s 5K race, Heather McNiff was the top finisher. She had a time of 21:35, easily the tops in that race.
    Erica Baron (41:06) was the first overall finisher in the long race, while Tad Hughes (48:29) won the men’s competition.
    The event was co-sponsored by Hadassah and the Atomic City Roadrunners club.

    Here are the results from the Run For Her Life 5K and 10K races. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

    Men’s 5K

    20-29
    1. Ryan McNiff, 18:26; 2. Alex Zubelewicz, 25:27.

    30-39
    1. Scott Valdez, Dixon, 19:52; 2. Kris Eriksen, 24:38; 3. Aaron McNiff, 34:56; 4. Jim Miller, Albuquerque, 35:18; 5. David Heerschap, Durango, Colo., 48:51.

    40-49
    1. Thomas Venhaus, 29:48; 2. Chris Devereux, Santa Fe, 35:15.

  • LA Ski Club still weighing its options

    Amid the bad news, there is some good news for the Los Alamos Ski Club.
    The ski club membership voted in early February to explore a possible land and asset transfer to Los Alamos County or another interested party.
    And while exploration efforts with the county about the possible transfer are going well, LASC has also received a potential offer from a group affiliated with Sipapu, another popular ski resort in Northern New Mexico, that would also be interested in managing the area.
    Ski club president Philip Rae said one of the biggest worries of the club’s membership-at-large is that off-season activities, such as mountain biking and hiking, would be curtailed. However, there seems to be consensus from both the Sipapu group and the county that spring and summer events are vital for the community.
    While it’s hardly unanimous among club members that a move to transfer operations is a good thing, Rae said it’s hard to envision a scenario where it wouldn’t be necessary for LASC to take these steps.
    “Part of it is that we can’t raise enough capital that we can see to turn this situation around,” he said. “It would be kind of a band-aid and wouldn’t really be helping the situation.”