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  • Baseball: ´Toppers earn district title Saturday

    ESPAÑOLA – Even with a considerable amount on the line Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team wasn’t feeling the pinch.
    Even after falling in a tight opening game, Los Alamos was still playing it light and breezy.
    And everything worked out just fine.
    The Hilltoppers bounced back after a game one loss in a critical District 2-4A doubleheader against the Española Valley Sundevils to earn a victory in the nightcap. The Hilltoppers scored three runs in both their first and last at-bats to take the second game 8-3.
    The win in the second game of Saturday’s twinbill at Española Valley clinched the third straight district title for Los Alamos.

  • Running: Rees wins Pace Race Tuesday

    Ben Rees had a spotless prediction at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. It is held Tuesdays at various sites around Los Alamos County.
    Tuesday’s race was held on the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. In all, 24 walkers and runners took part.
    Rees, running on the 3-mile course, had a perfect prediction of his finish time. He needed it, as the next two closest finishers, Ted Romero and Bob Reedy, were a total of three seconds off their finish times.
    Dan Kelly had the best prediction, a 42-second error, on the 1-mile course.

  • Running: Results from the 2011 Dog Jog

    David Coblentz was the winner at the 2011 Dog Jog.
    The Dog Jog, an annual event that benefits the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter, was held Saturday in White Rock. In all, 54 people took part. Participants in the Dog Jog could do the 5K run or 2-mile walk accompanied by their dogs.
    Coblentz finished the 5K race with a time of 21 minutes, 31 seconds. Andrew Sutton was second with his time of 22:09.
    Here are the results from the 2011 Dog Jog:

    1. David Coblentz, 21:31; 2. Andrew Sutton, 22:09; 3. Vikki Saga, 22:19; 4. Leanne Smith, 22:19; 5. Susan Hanson, 22:31; 6. Jessica Kisiel, 22:39; 7. Duncan Hammond, 22:40; 8. David Telles, 23:48; 9. Ken Kisiel, 24:03; 10. Dana Crooks, 24:07;

  • Girls tennis: LA knocks off Santa Fe, 8-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team scored another solid victory over the Santa Fe Demons in a dual match Wednesday.
    The Hilltoppers swept all six singles matches to top the Demons 8-1 at Santa Fe. The Hilltoppers dropped just one set in their singles match wins and swept two of the three doubles contests as well.
    Los Alamos’ No. 1 singles player Colleen Fitzsimmons coasted to a 6-2, 6-2 won over Greta Miller, while No. 2 Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff earned a 6-1, 6-0 win over Cecilia Pacheco in their contest. The two teamed up to play in the No. 1 doubles spot, earning that victory as well.

  • Baseball: LA blanks Santa Fe at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned its fourth lopsided victory of the season against the Santa Fe Demons Wednesday.
    Los Alamos blanked Santa Fe 13-0 Wednesday at Bomber Field, holding onto its top spot in the District 2-4A title race. Los Alamos improved its district record to 8-1 and can wrap up a district title against the Española Valley Sundevils Saturday.
    In four meetings this season — one of which occurred in a nondistrict contest at the St. Pius X Invitational and doesn’t count in the district standings — the Hilltoppers outscored Santa Fe’s Demons 58-3. The Hilltoppers swept a 2-4A doubleheader at Santa Fe earlier this month by counts of 16-2 and 16-0.

  • Track and field: Pole Position

    Los Alamos’ Chris Ryan heads over the pole vault bar, set at 11 feet, during the Hilltoppers’ home meet April 8.

    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams  will take part in the two-day Harper Invitational starting Friday. The Harper Invite, which is hosted by the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, is usually one of the most competitive meets of the regular season.

    Many of the top teams from the Albuquerque area are expected to make an appearance at that meet, which continues through Saturday.

  • Softball: LA claims share of first in 2-4A with win Wednesday

    The good news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was that it finished the first half of the District 2-4A season with a share of the lead.
    The bad news, however, is that the Hilltoppers will have to play out the remainder of the district season on the road.
    Due to a scheduling anomaly, the Hilltoppers played all six of their home district games in row, but now will have to take their show on the road for the balance of the season. As unsettling as that may be, there are many worse places to be starting a long road stretch than at the top looking down.

  • Swimming: Lake signs to join Florida Southern

    Friends attending his signing ceremony joked Dylan Lake decided to move to Lakeland, Fla., just so he wouldn’t forget the name of his new town.
    But there’s no joking about Lake’s talent in the water.
    Lake, a Los Alamos High School senior, signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Florida Southern College during a ceremony at the school last week. Lake will join the FSC Mocs’ men’s swim team next year.
    The Mocs — short for Moccasins — finished eighth in the NCAA Division-II National Swimming Championships last month and Lake is thrilled to be joining the program.
    Moreover, he’s happy to be through with the process of figuring out where he might spend the next four years.

  • Sports update 04-19-11

    Sundevils move into second place in baseball standings

    The Española Valley Sundevils baseball team swept a crucial doubleheader against the Santa Fe Demons Saturday to keep pace with the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in the District 2-4A standings.
    The two teams wore out home plate in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Santa Fe, as the Sundevils prevailed 27-12. In the second game, the Sundevils earned a healthy 14-4 victory.
    The two wins put Española Valley at 5-2 in the 2-4A race — and 10-9 overall, the only district team with a season record above .500 — and trail Los Alamos by just 1-1/2 games in the district standings.

  • Golf: LA takes 3rd, 5th at its spring invite

    A pair of Los Alamos’ District 2-4A rivals won the Los Alamos Spring Invitational golf tournament Monday.
    Monday’s tournament, the only home appearance by Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers during the spring 2011 regular season, was held at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament consisted of nine boys teams and four girls teams.
    The Bernalillo Spartans held off a crowded field at the top of the boys competition, earning a team score of 346. In all, six teams, including Los Alamos, were within 13 shots of the team title. Bosque, which finished as the team runner-up, was just one shot behind Bernalillo while third-place finisher Santa Fe was just three shots back of the team lead.