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  • Softball: LA finishes 2nd at tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity softball team finished second in its home tournament last weekend.
    Los Alamos won four games during the two-day tournament, held at Overlook Park in White Rock. Los Alamos topped St. Michael’s 11-3, Taos 13-0, Santa Fe 13-2 and Belen 15-3.
    The Hilltoppers finished second to the one tournament team it didn’t play, Raton. Raton also won four games and earned the tiebreaker of runs scored, 55-52.
    Against St. Michael’s, Dancy Smith picked up the win on the slab, while Alyessa Mojica closed out the game.

  • Softball: Toppers rout Chargers in 5

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team closed out the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in five innings Thursday.
    In a nondistrict contest in Albuquerque, the Hilltoppers jumped out immediately to a 4-0 lead, pounding out five hits in their first at-bat, then cruised past the Chargers to win 12-0.
    Thursday’s game was the next-to-last for Los Alamos before it opens District 2AAAA play. Los Alamos travels to Raton Saturday.
    The win was the third in a row for the Hilltoppers (5-8), who have outscored their three opponents — Santa Fe and Pojoaque were the other two — by a combined 35-2.

  • Baseball/Softball: LA girls drop out of top 10, PV still heads both coaches polls

    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)    129    1
    2. Farmington (1)    106    2
    3. Artesia        97    3
    4. Kirtland Central    65    4
    5. Los Lunas        64    6

  • Baseball: Late blast lifts 'Toppers to victory

    BERNALILLO — A big turning point in the season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team occurred about two weeks ago.
    Los Alamos, which had struggled through a tough nondistrict schedule to that point, played three of its best games of the season at a tournament in Farmington. While Los Alamos went just 1-2 in the tournament, the team seemed to kick its game up a notch.
    Should the Hilltoppers be looking to turn their fortunes around in 2011, they picked a good time to do it.
    Wednesday in its District 2-4A opener, Los Alamos manufactured runs when it needed to, then got a monster shot courtesy of Jared Mang in its final at-bat to grab a 4-3 victory against the Bernalillo Spartans at Coach Dave Rostro Baseball Complex.

  • Track and field: LA girls take 2nd at Robertson Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team finished second behind Class 5A La Cueva at Saturday’s Buddy Robertson Invitational.
    Los Alamos finished with 138 points at the meet, held in Albuquerque, the only one of the eight competing teams that finished with even half of La Cueva’s winning total of 151 points.
    At that meet, the Hilltopper boys finished third, earning 72 points. La Cueva also won the boys’ end of the meet, with 142 points, while Class 5A Volcano Vista was second with 108.

  • Baseball: Toppers open district at Bernalillo

    To say that the 2011 District 2AAAA baseball title race is up for grabs is something of an understatement.
    That race officially got underway today with a pair of games. One of those games featured the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Bernalillo Spartans, who locked horns at Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos will be looking to overcome a rough nondistrict schedule, in which it went 3-9. Despite its subpar won-loss record, however, Los Alamos has started to show signs of life, earning two wins in its last four outings and staying competitive with its last five opponents.
    The Hilltoppers were nipped on the road at Moriarty Saturday, falling 4-3, five days after holding on to beat Santa Fe Indian School 12-8 in Santa Fe.

  • Schedule for March 28-April 2

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

    Wednesday
    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Thursday
    Softball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3:45 p.m.

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

    Saturday
    Track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls, 8:45 a.m.; LAMS at Memorial Middle School Invite, TBA.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Raton, varsity, 1 p.m.; JV, 2:30 p.m.

  • Men's basketball: Calhoun says legacy can wait until Final Four

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun compares himself to an old car — once shiny, new and well-liked by everyone, he’s had his share of dings to his reputation during the later part of his 39-year coaching career.
    “The shine will wear off the car...and you’ll get some nicks and dents and bumps,” Calhoun said Monday. “And hopefully when it’s all said and done, they’ll look back and see what the heck you did for your kids, for your university, for your community.”
    This week, the Hall of Fame coach, who already has two national titles on his resume, will take his program to a fourth Final Four, after a year that saw many critics calling for his job.

  • Sports update 03-29-11

    Dog Jog set for April 16

    The 2011 Dog Jog is scheduled for April 16 in White Rock.
    Registration is currently open for the Dog Jog, which features a 3.1-mile competitive race or a 2-mile fun run/walk.
    Dogs may take part in the event, but participants are welcome without a dog.
    The race is open to anyone 12 and over. The early registration fee of $20 ends March 26.
    The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter. Entry blanks are available at Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Pet Pangaea or on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org.
    For more information, call 672-2089.

    Atomic Man Duathlon returning to White Rock May 1

  • Girls tennis: LA earns 2 wins in 3 chances at Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team went 2-1 at this weekend’s Taos Quadrangular.
    The two-day quadrangular was held Friday and Saturday. Los Alamos hosted Española Valley in the first match Friday at home, then faced off against Taos and Farmington in the other two rounds Saturday at the Quail Ridge Inn at Taos.
    The Hilltoppers had little trouble with either Española Valley or Taos, picking up 17 wins in 18 contests. However, against two-timed defending state Class 4A champion Farmington, a team very well positioned to make another state title run in 2011, the Hilltoppers finished on the blank side of a 9-0 shutout.