• Kirk, Christensen named All-Stars

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper softball veterans were invited to participate in the North-South All-Star series.
    Los Alamos’ Micaela Christensen and Erin Kirk were selected for the Class 4A/5A North All-Star team. The All-Star selections were announced Tuesday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    Selections are made by high school coaches across the state. Only graduating seniors are eligible to participate.
    Christensen, one of the most dangerous hitters in Los Alamos program history, was named as a shortstop to the North team. Christensen, a home-schooled student, will attend and play softball for Taylor University in Upland, Ind., next semester.
    Kirk, meanwhile, was picked to play first base for the North All-Stars.
    This will be a busy summer for Kirk, who is also scheduled to play in the All-Star girls basketball game.
    The North-South series will be played June 14-15 at the Farmington Sports Complex, a week after Kirk is scheduled to appear in the All-Star basketball contest.
    Piedra Vista, the Class 4A champions this season, placed three players on the North team — pitcher Krissy Fortner, catcher Alex Moreno and third baseman Jordan Montoya — while 4A runner-up Aztec and Albuquerque High, along with Los Alamos, had two selections.

  • Class 4A track and field final results

    Here are the results from the Class 4A state championship track and field meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.


    Team scores

    1. Aztec, 76; 2. Los Alamos, 59; 3. Piedra Vista, 52; 4. Artesia, 49; 5. Del Norte, 37; 6. St. Pius X, 33; (tie) Santa Fe, 33; 8. Los Lunas, 22; 9. Santa Teresa, 17; 10. Albuquerque Academy, 16; 11. Kirtland Central, 11; 12. Chaparral, 9; 13. Roswell, 8; (tie) Goddard, 8; 15. Miyamura, 6; (tie) Valencia, 6; (tie) Farmington, 6; 18. Moriarty, 55; 19. Deming, 1.

    100 meters

    1. Alexis Lafave, Los Lunas, 12.42; 2. Cera Chavez, Los Lunas, 12.59; 3. Patience Kennedy, St. Pius, 12.62.

    200 meters

    1. Zhianna Flores, Piedra Vista, 25.11; 2. Jessica Scherrer, Del Norte, 25.70; 3. Alexis Lafave, Los Lunas, 26.54; 4. Amy Neal, 26.38.

    400 meters

    1. Tiffany Cano, Artesia, 57.48; 2. Britani Gonzalez, Santa Teresa, 58.22; 3. Tiffany Garcia, Santa Fe, 58.35.

    800 meters

    1. Britani Gonzalez, Santa Teresa, 2:14.60; 2. Jenna Thurman, Del Norte, 2:14.88; 3. Carisma Lovato, Valencia, 2:20.35.

    1600 meters

  • Kirk, Christensen named to All-Star team

    Los Alamos Hilltopper softball players Erin Kirk and Micaela Christensen were named to the Class 4A-5A North All-Star team this afternoon.
    The team is selected by members of the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. To be eligible for inclusion, players must be graduating seniors.
    Kirk was named as first baseman to the North All-Star team, while Christensen was selected as shortstop.

  • Ainsworth hired as LA's new boys golf coach

    The Los Alamos High School athletic office announced last week the hiring of a new boys golf coach.
    Anders “Andy” Ainsworth will take over the boys golf program from Ann Stewart, who was officially hired earlier this month as the head girls basketball coach.
    Ainsworth, who was a volunteer for the Los Alamos Hilltopper golf program during the 2012-13 season, is a math teacher at Los Alamos Middle School. He also has experience at the collegiate level, as he was an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s program at Western New Mexico University in Silver City between 2008-2010.
    Along with his golf experience, he has coached boys and girls basketball at Coronado High School in Gallina and was also an assistant volleyball coach there.
    Last season, Los Alamos’ boys didn’t qualify for the state tournament. The team sent one representative, senior Raul Roybal, to state as an individual, where he placed 37th overall with a two-day score of 185.
    Ainsworth will be the third head coach for the boys team in three seasons.
    Prior to last season, girls coach Mike Lippiatt ran both programs. 

  • Kratzer is top predictor on 3-mile course

    David Kratzer had the best prediction in last week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was May 14. The race started at Piñon Park in White Rock and featured a staggered start.
    Kratzer, running on the 3-mile course, finished with a prediction error of just 3 seconds. He needed an excellent prediction to hold off Bill Rice, who was off by just 7 seconds on the long course.
    The best prediction on the 1-mile course was Emilee Jones, who missed by 16 seconds.
    Other top predictions at the Pace Race included Makaeka Jones (17 seconds), Morgan Jones (18 seconds) and Georgia Pedicini (27 seconds).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting on West Jemez Road about three-quarters of a mile from the Back Gate. Two different courses will be available for runners and walkers.
    More information on the Pace Race and the Atomic City Roadrunners is available by calling 672-9243 or 672-1639. 

  • Event leaders for Class 4A state track and field meet

    Here are the top marks for the 2013 season for Class 4A competitors around the state. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.


    100 meters

    1. Zhianna Flores, Piedra Vista, 11.96; 2. Cera Chavez, Los Lunas, 12.12; 3. Alexis LaFave, Los Lunas, 12.20; 8. Amy Neal, 12.53.

    200 meters

    1. Zhianna Flores, Piedra Vista, 24.96; 2. Jessica Scherrer, Del Norte, 25.62; 3. Cera Chavez, Los Lunas, 25.90; 9. Amy Neal, 26.36; 17. Cassidy Reeves, 27.91.

    400 meters

    1. Zhianna Flores, Piedra Vista, 58.76; 2. Sierra Martinez, Aztec, 59.19; 3. Tiffany Cano, Artesia, 59.34; 20. Amy Neal, 1:04.05.

    800 meters

    1. Britani Gonzalez, Santa Teresa, 2:16.49; 2. Jenna Thurman, Del Norte, 2:18.47; 3. Carisma Lovato, Valencia, 2:20.37; 10. Mikayla Pulliam, 2:25.95; 13. Katie Stockton, 2:31.71.

    1600 meters

    1. Jenna Thurman, Del Norte, 5:02.89; 2. Carisma Lovato, Valencia, 5:19.67; 3. Noel Prandoni, Santa Fe, 5:21.80; 9. Amanda Mercer, 5:26.69; 12. Mikayla Pulliam, 5:27.44; 13. Teresa Sandoval, 5:27.91; 14. Sophia Galvez, 5:20.40.

    3200 meters

  • LA girls shooting for 5th straight 4A championship

    This could be a meet for the ages for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team, but this could also be the closest call for the Los Alamos in some time, too.
    The Hilltopper girls and boys will both compete in the Class 4A state championship meet this weekend.
    The state title meet, which will be at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque, is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
    The Hilltopper girls have a chance to make history by earning their fifth consecutive state title. Only four teams in the history of New Mexico have won at least five straight — interestingly, it is only the second-longest current streak, however, as Fort Sumner has won seven in a row including last week’s small-school state meet.
    Los Alamos’ four current state titles matches with Class 4A record-holder Albuquerque Academy, one of the Hilltoppers’ main rivals.
    However, Academy doesn’t appear to be poised to pose a threat to the Hilltoppers’ dominance. Instead, the biggest challenger appears to be a team from the Four Corners area.

  • Mesa Smart Meter Project moves forward

    With council's denial of GEW's protest against the award of the Smart Meter contract to Landis + Gyr, the Mesa Smart Meter Project is again moving forward.

    Council reached a decision in a special meeting on Monday. Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith signed the contract with Landis + Gyr on Wednesday. Arrowsmith made the announcement during Wednesday's Board of Public Utilities meeting.

  • Wendelberger set to finish career with a bang at state

    In 2013, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team has a chance to cement its place as one of the elite programs of all time.

    Leading up to this season, that move was led by one of the most charismatic athletes the program had ever seen, Chase Ealey. But now, the responsibility of leading the charge toward state-level immortality falls on a much more low-key team captain.

    The Hilltoppers’ efforts heading into the final two weeks of the season are being guided by senior Laura Wendelberger. Wendelberger has carved her own niche in Hilltopper history, but unlike her predecessor, has done so with considerably less flair and with good ol’ fashioned sweat.

    But even though Wendelberger is set to make her fourth appearance at the state meet for Los Alamos, the pre-championship jitters have already begun to set in.

    “It’s kind of nerve-wracking,” she said. “But all I can do is run my best. I won’t let people’s expectations change my mindset.”

    With Ealey, the two-time high-point athlete at the state meet now having a standout freshman year for Oklahoma State University, those looking to see if Los Alamos can pull off the 5-peat will have their eyes set squarely on Wendelberger.

    History has shown, however, that she should be up to the challenge.

  • 'Toppers face No. 1 seed in playoffs

    In the opening round of the Class 4A baseball tournament last weekend, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers seemed to have a tough draw when they faced off against the Aztec Tigers.
    Thursday, the Hilltoppers seem to have a tough draw as well, but the Hilltoppers are hoping they rise to that challenge the same way they rose to the challenge against the Tigers.
    Los Alamos, the No. 8 seed in the 4A playoffs, advances to play the No. 1 seed, the Piedra Vista Panthers, in Thursday’s quarterfinal round. The Los Alamos-Piedra Vista contest is scheduled for noon at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque.
    That Los Alamos (19-9) is squaring off against Piedra Vista should come as no surprise. The Panthers (19-9) have been the top 4A team in the state all season and are the three-time defending state champions.
    Los Alamos got to see Piedra Vista first hand in the first two games of the 2013 regular season. At Ricketts Park, one of the top venues in the state for baseball, the Panthers thumped the Hilltoppers in a doubleheader, 12-0 and 9-1. The Hilltoppers managed just one hit in the first game and four more in the nightcap.
    The season-opening losses were part of a rough stretch for the Hilltoppers to start.