• LA clinches baseball title with win

    ESPANOLA – The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team overwhelmed the Española Valley Sundevils in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
    Steven Williams blasted a grand slam home run as Los Alamos scored in every inning of game one to win 17-3. The win clinched the District 2-4A championship for the Hilltoppers for the 2013 season, the team’s fifth straight title.
    The win also secured a playoff spot for Los Alamos in the upcoming 4A postseason. Brackets will be announced May 5.
    More information on this week’s sports action will appear in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor and at LAMonitor.com.

  • Going Up Top

    Members of the Los Alamos Nukes and the Volcano Vista Hawks battle it out during an April 20 game at Sullivan Field. 

  • Pittman is best predictor at the Pace Race

    Emily Pittman was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race with a near perfect prediction.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday.
    The 1- and 3-mile races started at Brewer Arena rodeo grounds on North Mesa.
    Pittman finished the race with a 1-second prediction error. Pittman needed a good prediction to top Bob Weeks, who was just 3 seconds off his finish time.
    Christie Kelly, who was just 9 seconds off her predicted time, was the fastest runner on the 1-mile course (10:27), followed by Weeks (13:29).
    The fastest runner on the 3-mile course was again Ted Romero (20:28). Nikol Strother was the fastest female runner (21:28).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Race time is 6 p.m.
    More information can be found about the race or the Atomic City Roadrunners by visiting the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or calling 672-1639. 

  • 'Topper Notes 04-24-13

    Baseball team is No. 10 in MaxPrep ratings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is ranked No. 10 in Class 4A, according to the most recent MaxPreps.com ratings.
    The website’s rankings, which have been sporadic at best this season, were released Sunday.
    Heading into Wednesday’s game against Santa Fe, Los Alamos was the only District 2-4A team to crack the top 10. Española Valley (15-5 overall, 5-2 in 2-4A) was in the No. 14 spot and Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Capital were the Nos. 23, 24 and 26 teams in the 26-school class.
    Piedra Vista (12-8) was the No. 1 team in 4A this week, ahead of Goddard (13-3) and Farmington (15-7). Los Alamos and Española Valley were the two lowest-ranked teams in the state with above-.500 records.

    Piedra Vista tops softball rankings, LA is 12th

  • LA earns season sweep over Santa Fe with 9-5 win

    Both Micaela Christensen and Kristin Christensen went long Wednesday as the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team downed the Santa Fe Demons.
    Micaela Christensen hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first and Los Alamos broke the game open with a 4-run fifth inning. Los Alamos cruised to a 9-5 victory, sweeping Santa Fe for the 2013 season.
    Santa Fe, which has put up some good offensive totals this season, had just one big inning, the top of the sixth, against Hilltopper starting pitcher Jordan Hammock. Santa Fe had a pair of doubles off Hammock as it tried to stay in the ballgame, but Hammock, who threw 101 pitches in the contest, was able to finish out the inning and pick up the victory.
    “Santa Fe always has good batters,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “I wasn’t surprised to see them put the ball in play the way they did.”
    Offensively, Micaela Christensen was 3-for-4 and drove in 5 runs, while Erin Kirk went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in. Kristin Christensen scored twice and batted in a pair of runs for the Hilltoppers (11-11 overall, 7-2 in 2-4A).
    Los Alamos travels to Española Valley for a District 2-4A doubleheader Saturday.

  • 'Topper offense comes up big in home win

    Since the start of the District 2-4A season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team has sported one of the most productive offenses in the state.
    Los Alamos put up some more solid offensive production Wednesday, taking a win in a big district contest and moving a step closer to earning its fifth straight district title.
    Los Alamos scored multiple runs in five of its six innings at bat, dropping the Santa Fe Demons at Bomber Field early, 14-4.
    The win puts the Hilltoppers at 8-1 in the district season, but they still have a key doubleheader Saturday at Española Valley.
    But with Wednesday’s victory, Los Alamos will have to win just one or other contest to secure the district title.
    The top of the Hilltopper batting order came through in a big way against Santa Fe. Lead-off batter Connor Mang reached base in three of his four plate appearances and scored a pair of runs. Behind him, No. 3 batter Jared Mang, Connor’s older brother, and clean-up batter Steven Williams combined to drive in 7 runs.
    Connor Mang, a freshman fresh off hitting for the cycle in the second game of a doubleheader against Bernalillo Saturday, said one of the keys for Los Alamos during this district season has been jumping on opposing pitching early.

  • Basket Cases

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper lacrosse team took on the Sandia Prep Sundevils in a contest Tuesday at Dara Jones Field in White Rock. Los Alamos scored 6 times in the opening period to prevail 8-5.

  • Sports Briefs 04-24-13

    NMAA relesease spring sports championship schedule

    The New Mexico Activities Association announced its schedule for the upcoming spring sports championship events.
    The Class 4A event schedule is as follows:

    • Tennis: May 8-11, Jerry Cline Tennis Center and Sierra Vista West Tennis Complex

    • Baseball: May 10-11, home sites, May 16-18, Eldorado, La Cueva and Lobo Field

    • Softball: May 10-11, home sites, May 16-18, Cleveland, Rio Rancho and Lobo Field

    • Golf: May 13-14, New Mexico State University Championship Course (Las Cruces)

    • Track and field: May 17-18, UNM Track and Field Complex

    Tickets for baseball, softball and track are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Admission to tennis and golf is free.
    More information on the events can be found by visitng the NMAA’s website, nmact.org.

    Gold buying event will go toward helping LAHS athletics

  • LA sweeps, has big week ahead

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is still at the head of the pack heading into this week’s action, but this week is a make-or-break one for the squad.
    Los Alamos swept the Bernalillo Spartans in a doubleheader Saturday at Bomber Field, taking the first game 9-3 then dropping the Spartans in the second game 10-0.
    The two wins put the Hilltoppers firmly in the driver’s seat in District 2-4A, but they face their two toughest opponents in a row. The Hilltoppers host Santa Fe, the only team to have taken a game from them in 2-4A play so far this season, on Wednesday, then travel to Española Valley for a critical doubleheader Saturday.
    Against Bernalillo, Los Alamos came up big in its first at-bat both games.
    Los Alamos scored three runs in the bottom of the first of game one. To start game two, Los Alamos pushed five runs across to give itself big early cushions.
    With the wins, the Hilltoppers improved to a season-best four games above .500 (13-9 overall, 7-1 in 2-4A) and have won six straight contests. They can clinch no worse than a runner-up spot with a win over Santa Fe (7-17, 3-5), which defeated Los Alamos in the first game of their doubleheader April 6.

  • LA boys, girls finish 2nd at Saturday's APS Invite

    Once again, the Los Alamos Hilltopper track and field distance athletes came up big.
    Los Alamos took part in the Albuquerque Public Schools meet Saturday. Both Los Alamos teams finished second in the final team standings.
    Los Alamos’ girls scored 99 points, finishing behind Class 5A Eldorado, while the Hilltopper boys were second with 92.5 points behind Volcano Vista, another 5A school.
    Saturday’s meet started out with a pair of freshmen, Sophia Galvez and Talia Dreicer, finishing 1-2 and qualifying for the state Class 4A meet in the 3200 meters.
    Galvez won the race with a time of 12:06.80 and Dreicer finished behind her with a time of 12:18.48.
    The boys distance team also came up big. Zak Kennison and Colin Hemez qualified for the state meet in the 1600 meters, while Mike Walker and Orion Staples did likewise in the 3200.
    In all, Los Alamos’ boys have qualified six individuals for the 3200 and four for the 1600. Los Alamos’ girls have five athletes qualified for the 3200 and two more for the 1600, including Amanda Mercer, who finished second in that race Saturday.