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  • Girls track and field: LA places second at APS meet

    For the second week in a row, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team finished second behind the La Cueva Bears in the team standings.
    At the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational Saturday, the Hilltoppers finished with 58 points, second to the Bears’ 61 points. The Bears are one of the top programs in Class 5A.
    None of the other 21 teams taking part in Saturday’s meet were in striking distance of either La Cueva or Los Alamos.
    Along the way Saturday, Los Alamos earned five event wins and two more state meet qualifying marks.
    Madison Ahlers ran a season-best 1:01.04 in her 400 meters preliminary heat to earn a state qualifying mark. Ahlers won the final race with a time of 1:01.22.

  • Girls tennis: Home Away From Home

    Astrid Hengartner hits a short groundstroke back in the direction of her opponents from Raton Saturday as doubles partner Susanna Lucido looks on. Los Alamos hosted Saturday's tournament, but the event took place at Capital High School in Santa Fe.

  • Boys track and field: Thoma cracks LA’s all-time list

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team was hoping for a better showing, but with several athletes out for Saturday’s meet, Los Alamos head coach Rob Hipwood wasn’t altogether displeased.
    Los Alamos finished with seven team points at Saturday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational. Los Alamos scored points in four events.
    “Although not the team result we would’ve liked, considering it was the end of Spring Break and we weren’t at full strength, it wasn’t a bad day by any means,” Hipwood said.

  • Baseball: Toppers upend Demons in road district doubleheader

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team drilled the Santa Fe Demon pitching staff on the way to sweeping a big District 2-4A doubleheader Saturday.
    Los Alamos, keyed by a big inning in each game, rolled to 16-2 and 16-0 victories over Santa Fe. Los Alamos pushed seven runs across in the third inning of game one, then for good measure put up nine runs in the top of the first inning in the nightcap.
    Both games lasted the minimum five innings.
    “It was a complete offensive effort,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “You hope that was stuff that we’d been working on in practice for the past week and a half.”

  • Tennis: Backhanded comeback

    Hilltopper Dominic Lucido winds up for a backhand return during a match last week. Los Alamos’ boys and girls will play Saturday in Santa Fe at Capital and Santa Fe High Schools.

  • 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.