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  • 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.

  • Former LA players earn honor

    A pair of former local athletes have made the Eastern Rocky Mountain Rugby Football Union Select Side.
    Liz Dinkel and Sidney Provan were named to the Select Side team, the rugby equivalent of an All-Star team.
    Dinkel, currently attending Colorado State University, and Provan, of Colorado College, were picked from the rugby programs of several regional colleges, including such schools as University of Colorado, Air Force, Wyoming and several smaller schools in the area.
    If selected for the ERMRFU’s traveling team, Dinkel and Provan would participate in an All-Star Tournament in Kansas.

  • Sports update 03-25-11

    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
    Registration is open for the 2011 Atomic Man Duathlon.

  • Softball: Toppers to host JV tourney at Overlook

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity softball team will host its Green and Gold Tournament starting Friday.
    The tournament will include seven teams from around the area. Games, which will be held at Overlook Park in White Rock, start at 9 a.m.
    Los Alamos will open the tournament against St. Michael’s at 9 a.m. The Hiltoppers will play four games on the weekend.

    Here is the schedule for the Green and Gold Tournament:

    Friday
    Los Alamos vs. St. Michael’s, Field 1, 9 a.m.
    Capital vs. Taos, Field 2, 9 a.m.
    St. Michael’s vs. Raton, Field 1, 11 a.m.
    Belen vs. Santa Fe, Field 2, 11 a.m.
    Los Alamos vs. Taos, Field 1, 1:30 p.m.
    Capital vs. Santa Fe, Field 2, 1:30 p.m.