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  • Boys track and field: LA earns a win in its finale Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team earned a victory in its final regular season contest and picked up a big state qualifying mark as well.
    The Hilltoppers grabbed 132 team points Saturday at the Los Alamos Invitational, picking up the team championship. St. Michael’s was second with 101.5 points and Santa Fe finished third with 74.5.
    Los Alamos will go into this week’s District 2-4A meet, which will be hosted by someone other than Los Alamos for the first time since the district was formed in 2000, as the heavy favorites to win another district title. Los Alamos has never been defeated at the district meet since the 2000 realignment.
    Saturday, Los Alamos earned a state Class 4A qualification time in the 400 meter relay.

  • Girls tennis: LA grabs doubles crown, team title

    SANTA FE — Bruce Cottrell made no attempt to hide his displeasure with his top doubles team early in its final contest Saturday.
    Española Valley’s team of Robyn Martinez/Arianna Espinoza took a game in the first set of the District 2-4A championship doubles match, something that didn’t sit well with Cottrell, the veteran head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team, and he let Colleen Fitzsimmons and Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff know it.
    But the team got the message and turned things around in a hurry, reeling off four straight games to close out the first set. Fitzsimmons/Hsieh-Ratliff cruised from there to a 6-1, 6-1 victory and the district doubles title.

  • Boys tennis: ´Toppers come up big at 2-4A tourney

    SANTA FE — A team like the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis squad runs heavily on emotion.
    After this weekend, those emotions should be running high.
    The Hilltoppers will return to the state Class 4A championship this week after another big showing in the district tournament. The Hilltoppers blanked the Española Valley Sundevils in Saturday’s team final as well as picking up the singles and doubles titles to close out their regular season.
    This weekend’s tournament capped a 2011 season that was filled with uncertainty going in. Los Alamos had lost its top two players off the 2010 state runner-up squad as well as head coach Giri Raichur.

  • Running: Williams is tops at Tuesday's Pace Race

    It was a small gathering for this week’s Pace Race.
    Only 10 runners and walkers braved the cold Tuesday night for the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race. The Pace Race was held on West Road starting near the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    The top predictor this week was Ted Williams, who was off by eight seconds, easily topping the rest of the field. The second-best predictor was Dan Kelly, who missed by 93 seconds.
    Tuesday’s temperatures were not only cold, but the weather had mixed snow showers as well.
    The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Inez Ross, who also had the third-best prediction Tuesday. Ross finished with a time of 16:32. Bob Westervelt was the top male finisher on the 1-mile course this week (17:38).

  • Baseball/Softball: Topper girls stay put at No. 10 in 4A

    Here are this week’s Class AAAA baseball and softball coaches polls. The polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Softball, Class 4A

        Team               Total pts.     Pvs.

    1. Piedra Vista (12)        120    1
    2. Farmington                  87    2
    3. Los Lunas                    84    4

  • Girls track and field: Wendelberger turning into a star in 4A

    At first sight, she doesn’t stand out. It’s not until one looks at the stat sheet on her blossoming track and field career that Laura Wendelberger catches the eye.
    Wendelberger, a sophomore, isn’t tall, something that most top high jumpers or hurdlers tend to have in common. But that doesn’t seem to be an issue for her.
    Heading into Saturday’s regular season-ending home meet for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field meet, Wendelberger has already qualified for four different events, including both lengths of hurdles, the high jump and the long jump. Only a handful of other Class 4A athletes in the state have made the cut in four events this season.

  • Tennis: Toppers are the favorites heading into tourney

    Usually the question for the Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams heading into the district championships is not whether they will win, but how much will they win by.
    Unfortunately for the rest of the teams in District 2-4A, 2011 isn’t shaping up to be an exception to that rule.
    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls tennis teams will go in as the heavy favorites to continue their domination of District 2-4A Friday. The district tournament starts Friday and continues through Saturday in Santa Fe.
    At the district tournament, the district’s team entries into state as well as the individual entries into the singles and doubles draws will be determined.

  • Sports update 04-27-11

    Pasta dinner will benefit baseball program

    The Los Alamos High School baseball program will hold a pasta dinner Thursday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    The dinner is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Dinner includes pasta, bread, salad, dessert and drink.
    Tickets for the pasta dinner are $6 in advance or $7 at the door.

    LAHS boys soccer team holding meeting May 4

    Los Alamos High School’s boys soccer team will hold an informational meeting  May 4.
    The meeting will be at Sullivan Field starting at 6 p.m.
    Players and parents of players interested in participating in the LAHS boys soccer program for the fall 2011 season are encouraged to attend.

  • Boys track and field: JV results from LA home meet

    Here are the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys junior varsity track and field results from its home meet Thursday.

    400 relay
    5. Los Alamos (Patrick Doyle, Corrie Theesfeld, Quill Chase-Daniel, Topher Owens), 48.50.

    110 hurdles
    Ben Nelson, 21.65.

    100 meters
    Corrie Theesfeld, 11.93; Topher Owens, 12.28; Michael Hemphill, 12.31; Quill Chase-Daniel, 12.31; Patrick Doyle, 12.46; Praneeth Gudoor, 12.81.

    1600 meters

  • Girls golf: Toppers finish second at 2-day Kirtland Central Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team showed signs of getting back in the swing of things this spring season at this week’s Kirtland Central Invitational.
    Los Alamos, which struggled in its first two tournaments of the spring 2011 season, had its best showing so far in Tuesday’s round of the Kirtland Central tournament. The tournament was hosted by the Kirtland Central Broncos, regarded as one of the teams to beat in the upcoming Class 4A championship.
    In less than ideal weather conditions Tuesday, the Hilltoppers posted their best score since the fall season.
    The Hilltoppers carded a 368, a full 50 shots better than their total a week earlier at their home tournament.