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  • Golf: Topper girls are fifth at 4A tourney

    ALBUQUERQUE — Greatly improved weather conditions didn’t greatly improve scores in the second day of the Class 4A golf championship.
    For the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team, there was some improvement from the opening round, but not enough to make a move into the top three. In fact, the only team in the 4A tournament that made a major move was the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, who actually surpassed Los Alamos for fourth place in the final team tallies.
    The Hilltopper girls finished with a two-day total of 773. They were nine shots better than Monday, but that improvement didn’t gain them much ground in their attempt to move up to the third position.

  • Baseball: Artesia sweeps LA in first round of state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was knocked out of the state Class 4A tournament in the opening round this weekend.

    Los Alamos, the No. 12 seed, traveled to face the fifth-seeded Artesia Bulldogs Friday and Saturday. Artesia came away with 12-2, 12-2 victories to sweep the best-of-three series.

    The Hilltoppers, who won the 2011 District 2-4A title, finish the season with a record of 13-13.

    The Bulldogs will advance to play the fourth-seeded St. Pius X Sartans in the second round of state playoffs.

  • Golf: LA opens state 4A tourney Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team will get a first-hand look at its fellow state championship competitors in the first round of the Class 4A tournament.
    The state 4A championship tournament for both boys and girls starts Monday and continues through Tuesday at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers, who earned a No. 4 seed in the tournament, will get to tee off early Monday morning.
    Shelby Fellows of Los Alamos goes off with the first group of the day, teeing off from the 10th hole at 8 a.m.

  • Track and field: LA girls come up big at district meet

    Once again, the District 2-4A girls track and field meet turned into a runaway.
    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers scored a whopping 240.5 team points, nearly double the total of their next-closest competitor, Santa Fe. Only one other team, Bernalillo, even broke 40 points.
    The Hilltoppers won all but three events at the 2-4A meet, held in Bernalillo — the first time since 2000 that it wasn’t held in Los Alamos. In the three events it didn’t win, Los Alamos athletes finished second, assuring the team will have at least one representative in each event at this week’s state Class 4A meet.
    The state championship meet starts Friday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos is favored to win its third straight team title.

  • Track and field: LA boys dominate district meet again

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team won big at the District 2-4A championship meet and placed 12 new qualifiers into state.
    Los Alamos earned 198 team points at the meet this weekend, held in Bernalillo, more than twice as many as Santa Fe, which finished as the runner-up. Los Alamos picked up district titles in nine different events at the two-day meet.
    The Hilltoppers will now advance to the state 4A meet, which starts Friday in Albuquerque.
    The win at the district meet kept the Hilltoppers undefeated 2-4A streak alive. The Hilltoppers have won 12 straight district titles since joining 2-4A in 2000 and 19 straight district titles overall.

  • Softball: LA sweeps, grabs District 2-4A title

    In between games at Saturday’s Los Alamos-Santa Fe softball doubleheader, the Santa Fe Demons held a ceremony to honor their senior, during which they congratulated the Hilltoppers for winning the district title.
    While it wasn’t technically accurate at that point, the Hilltoppers made it so in game two.
    Los Alamos swept both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader, taking game one 10-0 in six innings game two 12-1, also in six innings to clinch the District 2-4A title.
    Had Los Alamos lost the second game, it, Bernalillo and Santa Fe would’ve gone into a tiebreaker, which Los Alamos probably would’ve won anyway, unless it surrendered more than 18 runs.

  • Tennis: Toppers bounced in 4A team semis

    ALBUQUERQUE — Both matches came right down to the wire, but in both instances, the Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams found themselves on the short end.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams were sent home a round earlier than expected Saturday. The Hilltopper girls fell to their arch-rivals, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the semifinal round of the Class 4A state team playoffs, while the Hilltopper boys were stung by the Farmington Scorpions.
    It was a wild finish in both team matches, particularly the boys match, which came down to the final game in the final match.

  • Running: Burnside is tops at Pace Race

    Eric Burnside had a spotless prediction of his finish time at this week’s Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was held Tuesday on the North Mesa Trail.
    Burnside, 13, finished in 22:00, equaling his predicted finish time to win this week’s race. Burnside just edged out Dan Rees, who was off by one second. Michelle Jones was off by nine seconds.
    Jones was the top finisher on the 1-mile course Tuesday, earning a time of 10:03. Zac Jones finished the short course in 11:09.
    Jamie Jablin had the fastest finish on the 3-mile course, crossing in 18:37. Alexander Romero finished in 20:19 and Jeramy Coettee posted a 20:30.

  • LAHS Athletics: It’s a busy weekend for teams

    The final week of the 2010-11 spring sports season is one of the busiest, starting with this weekend.
    Los Alamos has teams competing in the state Class 4A baseball and tennis championships and the District 2-4A track and field championship. Additionally, the Hilltoppers will be involved with a crucial doubleheader in softball Saturday.
    Today, the Hilltopper baseball team will open a best-of-three series with the Artesia Bulldogs. The winner of the series, which has its first game at 6 p.m. and continues at 11 a.m. Saturday, will advance to the quarterfinal round. The quarterfinals are Thursday in Albuquerque.

  • Tennis: Lucido/Havemann wins boys doubles crown--video extra

    ALBUQUERQUE — They’ve known each other for as long as they can remember. Actually, even longer.
    Dominic Lucido and Chase Havemann were in the hospital nursery at the same time. Now, they’re sharing half of a state championship.
    Lucido/Havemann won a thrilling three-set contest against Albuquerque Academy’s George Cooper/Brandon Jew, bouncing back after being dominated in the second set to win 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.
    It’s the second straight boys Class 4A doubles championship for the Hilltopper program. Matt Whicker, who was on hand for the title match, and Patrick Raichur won that title in 2010.