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  • 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.

  • Track and field: LA boys nip Santa Fe to win Cap. City meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team held its collective breath until the final event Saturday, but took top honors in the Capital City Invitational.
    Los Alamos held off the host Santa Fe Demons to win the meet. Ian Pulliam of the Hilltoppers’ 1600-meter relay team held off a late charge in the final event of the day as Los Alamos nipped Santa Fe 85-82.
    It was the second win in a row for Los Alamos, which was also a winner at the Los Alamos Classic a week earlier.
    For Los Alamos, Jacob Brown won and qualified for state in the triple jump. Brown posted a career-best 42 feet, 8-3/4 inches to earn the win.

  • Track and field: LA girls win Capital City Invite Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team won its second meet in a row Saturday at the Capital City Invitational, topping a tough competitor.
    The Capital City Invitational, which included 12 teams, mostly from northern New Mexico, was hosted by the Santa Fe Demons.
    The Hilltopper girls went head-to-head Saturday against the St. Pius X Sartans, one of the teams they may have to hold off at the Class 4A meet.
    St. Pius kept Saturday’s contest close, but Los Alamos prevailed, winning the team title with 134 points to the Sartans’ 115.
    Los Alamos head coach Paul Anderson said that the meet, occurring on the same day as Los Alamos High School’s prom, still went as about as well as he was expecting.

  • Girls tennis: LA takes 3 sweeps in district

    Even without being at full strength for the whole weekend, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team had little trouble dispatching its three district opponents.
    The Hilltoppers swept all three of their opponents that were able to field teams for the Pre-District 2-4A playoff this weekend. The Hilltoppers dropped the Española Valley Sundevils and Santa Fe Demons Friday, then swept the Bernalillo Spartans Saturday.
    Capital, the other team in the district, only had three available players Saturday when it and Los Alamos were scheduled to meet.

  • Baseball: 'Toppers split big doubleheader with Spartans

    With only a handful of games left in the 2011 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is still in good shape in the District 2-4A race.
    Despite having to settle for a home split Friday afternoon, the Hilltoppers are still ahead of the pack at 7-1 in the district standings. The Hilltoppers lost a close game one contest Friday, but didn’t waste any time bouncing back in game two, scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the first to pick up that win.
    Los Alamos took on the Bernalillo Spartans Friday at Bomber Field. Bernalillo and Los Alamos, which have become the two dominant teams in district over the last several seasons, were playing for first place in the district standings.

  • Softball: LA comes back to win Game 2 at home Friday

    In Friday’s District 2-4A doubleheader, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was itching for a sweep.
    But Emily Rodriguez and the Bernalillo Spartans had other plans.
    Rodriguez, who survived a rocky start in game one of the doubleheader, pitched seven sparkling innings to give her team a 4-2 victory.
    Los Alamos would bounce back in the nightcap of the doubleheader, winning that contest 6-1 and stay within striking distance of the district leader Santa Fe in the standings.
    Bernalillo, which was stunned in both ends of a doubleheader last week by Santa Fe, needed at least a split at Los Alamos Friday to avoid falling into a deep hole in the 2-4A race.