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  • Kratzer has the top prediction in this week’s pace race

    David Kratzer was only three seconds off his predicted time in this week’s pace race held on American Springs Road up in the Jemez.
    Other accurate predictors included Nikol Strother, who was just eight seconds off, Lyle Cunningham had a 10-second differential, 5-year-old Anders Medin was 24 seconds off and Lauraine Maness was off by 25 seconds.
    On the one-mile course, the top finisher was Tad Hughes, clocking in at 9 minutes, 5 seconds. Sue Elkins was the fastest female, finishing in 13:19.
    Ted Romero finished the three-mile course first in 21:33. The top female finisher, Strother, finished just two seconds behind him.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be at 6 p.m. in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.
    Pajarito Acres is on Acoma Lane, which is off South Monte Rey Drive and Potrillo Drive. One and 2.8-mile paved courses will be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com.
     

  • Lockhart breaks triple jump record at Harper Invite

    Liz Lockhart is now a Los Alamos record holder.
    Lockhart jumped 36 feet, 4 inches in the triple jump to break Christina Gonzales’ record that had stood since 2000.
    Her jump was almost two feet longer than her previous state-qualifying mark and was second best performance in a stacked field at the Harper Invitational.
    Twenty-three teams competed in the meet, including most of Class 6A’s powerhouses.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls teams both made statements with high finishes. The Hilltopper boys finished fourth as a team, placing ahead of Cleveland for the first time ever in a track meet.
    “What an amazing meet,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We did very well as a team, finishing behind the usual 6A powerhouses,” Los Alamos girls head coach Paul Anderson said. Anderson thought the Hilltopper girls finished fourth as well, but hadn’t seen the final team scores.
    With so many tough teams and athletes, a few ’Toppers hit state-qualifying marks in events they placed outside of the top-six in.
    Greg Ahlers had Los Alamos’ only first-place finish in the meet.

  • Los Alamos sweeps Sundevils

    The Los Alamos softball team only needed to win one of Saturday’s games to stay ahead of Española Valley in the District 2-5A standings.
    The ’Toppers took some hot bats into the game, however, and dominated both contests — winning 11-1 and then 13-3.
    “We just hit the ball really well,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “Getting two wins puts us in a really good spot for districts.”
    A nine-run second inning put Los Alamos comfortable ahead in the first game.
    Hannah Mojica started the inning by pulling a double over third base, the first of five Los Alamos doubles in the inning. Taylor Jaramillo brought Mojica home, smashing a ground-rule double over the center field fence. Taylor Collins hit a RBI single to score Jaramillo.
    Los Alamos scored its next seven runs with two outs.
    Shelby Chavez hit a RBI double. Makaela Jones and Jordan Jaramillo hit RBI singles. Mojica then hit another double to bring home a run and then Taylor Jaramillo hit her second ground-rule double of the inning to score Mojica again.
    After all of the doubles, Española Valley’s outfielders started playing deep and Chavez hit a bloop single to bring home another run.

  • LA back on top of district after dramatic win

    The Los Alamos baseball team is back on top of the District 2-5A standings after some late-inning heroics Saturday against Española Valley.
    The ’Toppers needed to win both games to take over the spot since they lost in Española to the Sundevils earlier in the season.
    Both games were tight and tense throughout, but Los Alamos won the first contest 3-0 and then rallied late to win the second game 6-5 in extra innings.
    “That was a blast,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “This is what we’ve been working on since the Española loss — the mental (part of the game), not the physical. We just held in there and got the job done.”
    Jared Mang pitched a complete game shutout in the first game of the doubleheader, which put all of the chips on the table for the second game.
    As soon as a team took the lead in the second contest, the other team would make it disappear.
    Los Alamos led 2-0 after two innings. Zealand Waltersheid singled, stole second and scored on a Kyle Hutton single. Lane Saunders then brought Hutton home with a single. Española’ Valley’s second baseman, however, made a diving stop and turned a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning.
    An Española Valley triple and sacrifice fly cut the lead in half in the third.

  • 'Toppers baseball and softball each take two from Española

    Los Alamos' baseball and softball teams each won a pair of games against District 2-5A rival Española Valley Saturday.

    While the Hilltopper girls beat Española twice by the mercy rule, 11-1 and 13-3, both baseball games were tight and tense throughout.

    Los Alamos won the first baseball game 3-0 and the second game 6-5 in extra innings.

    "That was a blast," Los Alamos head baseball coach Mike Gill said.
    "We just held in there and got the job done."

    After winning the first game, Los Alamos struck first in the second game with a two-run second inning.

    Española cut the lead in half in the third and then took a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

    Los Alamos responded by taking the lead back in the bottom of the fifth, but Española rallied again in the sixth to take the lead once again, 5-4.

    Down to its final out in the seventh, Zealand Waltersheid hit an RBI single, scoring Jarrett Genero and sending the game into extra innings.

  • On Schedule 4-26-15

    Tuesday
    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

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

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, junior varsity, 4 p.m.

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

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Track: Los Alamos at home quad, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Lacrosse: Sandia at Los Alamos, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Cibola, varsity, 4:30 p.m.
     

  • Nukes Rugby Club bangs with top team

    The Los Alamos Nukes Rugby Club took on the favorites to win state this year, Albuquerque’s Jr. Varks, in its regular season and home finale Friday night at Sullivan Field.
    A couple Los Alamos players didn’t show up for the game, which made the challenge even tougher for the Nukes since they had to play a man down.
    Quick passes and explosive running, however, helped the Jr. Varks take a 29-12 lead into halftime and eventually win the game, 39-22.
    “We had a lapse in the first half,” Los Alamos head coach Demetrio Cardiel said. “We got intimidated.”
    Once the Nukes settled down, they matched up pretty well with the Jr. Varks.
    Albuquerque scored the first try of the second half. Los Alamos had the ball carrier wrapped up, but just before he went down he tossed the ball to a teammate, who came sprinting in out of nowhere, and rushed into the goal area and touched it down for the score.
    Los Alamos answered back. After a handful of starts deep in Albuquerque’s territory, Mateo Cardiel caught the Jr. Varks off guard.
    As soon as the ref blew his whistle, Cardiel sprinted forward and dove past the goal line to score the try. Cardiel then kicked the 2-point conversion.

  • LA lacrosse blows away Cibola

    Los Alamos’ lacrosse team had a shutout going for most of its game Friday against Cibola. The ’Toppers scored the first 14 goals in the game and cruised to a 17-1 victory.
    Griffin Matuszak put Los Alamos up 1-0 right away, scoring on a bounce shot just minutes into the contest.
    After that, Cibola was able to put some pressure on Los Alamos goalkeeper Sam Flesner, but it couldn’t get anything by him.
    Late in the first, Ryder Davenhall and Hudson Davenhall scored to give Los Alamos some breathing room.
    The second quarter belonged to Los Alamos. Charlie Christensen assisted five goals to four different players, controlling the ball behind the net and then hitting streaking players in front of the net. He assisted Hudson Davenhall, Welsey Skidmoreand Matuszak once apiece and Ryder Davenhall twice in the period. Skidmore also scored a second goal in the quarter, which gave Los Alamos a 9-0 lead.
    Los Alamos was almost as dominant in the third quarter. Trevor Matuszak and Ryder Davenhall each had two goals and Peter Janke scored one as the ’Toppers built an insurmountable lead before Cibola even scored.
     

  • Sports Briefs 4-24-15

    Pace race season here
    The Atomic City Road Runners club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    This week’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on American Spring’s road, which is 1.5 miles from the back gate at the junction of N.M. 4 and N.M. 501. (West Jemez Road) up in the Jemez.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

    Hall of fame nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website, or can be picked up in the athletic office. There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach (head, assistant, or volunteer from middle or high school), and a contributor to LAPS athletics.
    A contributor could include, but is not limited to an educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer coaches.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by Aug. 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • Atomic Tumblers compete in state championships

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers travelled to Eagle Ridge Gymnastics last month to compete in the men’s New Mexico State Gymnastics Championships.
    Daniel Fryer competed in the level-6 session.
    For the third consecutive year, Fryer qualified for the Region 9 Championships.
    This is his third year competing in United States men’s gymnastics, and his third level of accomplishment.
    During the 2012-2013 season, he won a state championship for his age division in level 4 and qualified for regionals, which were held in Albuquerque that year.
    The next year, he won another state championship in his age division in level 5, qualifying for the regional championships in Salt Lake City.
    This year, he qualified for the level-6 regional championships, which will be held in Colorado Springs at the men’s Olympic Training Center.
    Fryer is finding level 6, which is a fairly advanced level of gymnastics, to be more of a challenge than the previous levels he competed in.
    At the state championships this year, his highest finish earned him a bronze on vault with a 10.10 (receiving some bonus points that are allowed in men’s gymnastics). Fryer finished seventh all-around, taking the final regional qualifying spot.
    He’s looking forward to competing in level 6 again, next year.