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  • Baseball: Toppers get 5 nods for All-District team

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team picked up five first-team honors on for District 2-4A this season.
    Hilltoppers Austin Aslin, Nick Baker, Billy Cooper, Jared Mang and Zeke Zumbro were all part of the district’s first team. The 2011 baseball honorees were announced earlier this week.
    Additionally, Hilltopper skipper Mike Gill, who guided the team to its third consecutive district title, was named Manager of the Year.
    Los Alamos’ five selections was the best total among the 2-4A teams. Santa Fe and Española Valley each had four players make the first team.
    Española Valley’s Ricky Gonzales was named the district’s Player of the Year for 2011.

  • Baseball: Toppers will take on Bulldogs Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team will have a long road ahead in the state Class 4A tournament, starting with a long road trip this weekend.
    Los Alamos (13-11) picked up a No. 12 seed in the 4A tournament, which starts with a best 2-of-3 series Friday and Saturday. Los Alamos will travel to Artesia for a matchup with the fifth-seeded Bulldogs.
    The Hilltoppers qualified for the state tournament with their District 2-4A title. The Hilltoppers finished with a 10-2 district record to clinch their third straight title.
    In 2011, however, Los Alamos was only 2-8 against non-district teams this season, a mark which included five losses to other Class 4A teams. That mark dropped the Hilltoppers down to the No. 12 spot.

  • Tennis: LA's Lucido/Havemann gets top seed

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team could be in a position for a repeat in the Class 4A doubles tournament.
    Los Alamos’ top doubles team of Dominic Lucido/Chase Havemann earned the top seed in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs.
    Lucido/Havemann will open tournament play Thursday morning after earning a first-round bye.
    The 4A singles and doubles playoffs start Wednesday night in Albuquerque.
    That tournament continues through Thursday, while the 4A team championship tournament gets underway Friday.
    Both tournaments will be played at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex in Albuquerque.
    For the singles and doubles tournaments, the Hilltopper boys and girls teams have a total of seven entries.

  • Golf: 2-4A tourney postponed until Tuesday

    The District 2-4A golf tournament, scheduled for this morning at Los Alamos Golf Course, has been postponed.

    The tournament is now scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday. Should conditions not improve at Los Alamos Golf Course, the tournament will be shifted to Santa Fe Country Club at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

    Check back on lamonitor.com for further information.

  • Baseball: LA gets No. 12 seed in 4A tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team drew the Artesia Bulldogs in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

    Los Alamos earned a No. 12 seed and will take on the fifth-seeded Bulldogs in the best-of-3 series. The first round is scheduled to start Friday. Dates and times haven’t been announced.

    To see the full baseball brackets, visit www.nmact.org.

  • Schedule for May 2-7

    Monday
    Golf: District 2-4A championship, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tuesday
    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Tennis: Class 4A individual tournament, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Thursday
    Tennis: Class 4A individual tournament, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Friday
    Softball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Track and field: District 2-4A championship at Bernalillo, 3 p.m.

    Tennis: Class 4A team tournament, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Baseball: Class 4A tournament first round, TBA.

    Saturday

  • 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).