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  • 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.

  • Geyer competes at nationals

    Los Alamos’ Brian Geyer went 2-2 at a national wrestling tournament last weekend.
    Geyer, a senior at Los Alamos High School, split two contests against some tough opponents at the tournament, held in Virginia Beach, Va.
    He pinned a top finisher in this year’s prep season from Utah, and also won a decisive 14-2 win over a runner-up from South Carolina in this year’s tournament.
    Virtually everyone competing at the national meet was there either by invitation or because they had place among the tops in their state championship tournaments this year.
    Geyer, of course, is the 2-time state champion from Los Alamos. He won at 170 pounds after the 2012-13 season, then won the 195-pound state title this season.
    This year’s tournament was the second he’s taken part in. Geyer went 3-2 at Virginia Beach last year.

  • JV track results from Rio Rancho

    Here are the Los Alamos Hilltoppers boys junior varsity track and field results from March 28:

    100 meters
    Nick Dowdy, 11.57; Josh Barraza, 12.87; Jordan Bowman, 12.87; Ben Rowback, 13.30; Nick Criscuolo, 13.50.

    200 meters
    Nick Dowdy, 25.34; Nolan Fox, 25.90; Josh Barraza, 27.05; Jordan Bowman, 27.86; Brandon Turner, 29.27; Trevor Nickless, 30.90.

    400 meters
    Matt Ticknor, 58.09; Tyler Moore, 1:00.04.

    800 meters
    Evan Oro, 2:23.30; Kai Coblentz, 2:28.80; Theo Peterson, 2:37.40; Brandon Bao, 2:40.70; Greyson Venhaus, 2:40.90; Ryan Mielke, 2:43.10; Brandon Turner, 2:52.90.

     1600 meters
    Nate Phillips, 5:03.10; Kai Coblentz, 5:17.69; Theo Peterson, 5:36.90; Greyson Venhaus, 5:42.90.

    3200 meters
    Chris Buntain, 11:35.40; Jared Borrego, 11:39.40; Ryan Mielke, 11:42.00; Brandon Bao, 11:50.00.

    Javelin
    Quinton Jones, 114-3; Sincere Baha, 113-6; Nolan Fox, 87-8.

    Shot put
    Sam Harvey, 32-6; Stefan Brenner, 30-11; Tom Collins, 30-3.

    Discus
    Tom Collins, 88-0; Stefan Brenner, 65-7; Sam Harvey, 65-1.

    High jump
    Josh Barraza, 4-10.

    Long jump
    Nathaniel Ortega, 18-9 1/2; Quinton Jones, 14-9 1/2; Brad Johns, 12-7 1/2.

    Triple jump
    Sincheng Huang, 34-6.

  • 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.