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  • Boys track and field: LA takes 7th at Harper meet

    Kyle Stephens had flirted with a state qualifying mark in the high jump earlier this season, but this weekend he not only made that mark but earned a huge win with it.
    Stephens not only cleared 6 feet for the first time this season but won the high jump competition at this weekend’s Richard A. Harper Memorial Invitational.
    Los Alamos’ boys track and field team finished seventh at the Harper Invitational, one of the toughest regular season meets in the state. It finished with 27 points, second among Class 4A teams at the meet behind host Albuquerque Academy’s 37 points.

  • Girls track and field: ´Toppers come out on top at Harper Invite this weekend

    If there was any lingering doubt about which team was the favorite heading into the Class 4A girls state meet in 2011, that doubt was removed this weekend.
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls came out on top of a stacked field at this weekend’s Richard A. Harper Invitational. The Harper Invitational, one of the most competitive regular season meets in the state, was hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
    The Hilltoppers, again led by Laura Wendelberger and Chase Ealey, picked up 65.5 points, topping a pair of the top Class 5A schools in the state, Eldorado and La Cueva, along the way.
    The win immediately cements Los Alamos as the team to beat again at the 4A state meet, which is scheduled for May 13-14. Los Alamos is the two-time defending state champ.

  • Softball: LA earns two wins at Española Valley

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball got its long road trip started off on the right foot Saturday.
    Los Alamos picked up wins in both ends of a big District 2-4A doubleheader Saturday, closing both games against the Española Valley Sundevils out in five innings.
    In the valley, the Hilltoppers dropped the Sundevils 14-4 in the opener, then followed that up with a 16-3 win in the nightcap. The wins improved the Hilltoppers to 7-1 in 2-4A play (12-10 overall) and put them a full game ahead of the Santa Fe Demons atop the district standings.
    Los Alamos still has four district games remaining, including three against the two teams that are still alive in the 2-4A race, but getting past Española Valley Saturday could provide a big boost.

  • 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.