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  • On Schedule 03-23-14

    Tuesday
    Softball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Girls track and field: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Thursday
    Girls track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Boys track and field: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Friday
    Softball: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Saturday
    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Memorial Middle School Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 8 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Miyamura, varsity, JV, noon and 2 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA. 

  • Espinoza named new volleyball coach

    Los Alamos assistant volleyball coach Sharleen Espinoza was promoted to the top job in the program today.
    Los Alamos High School made the announcement this afternoon.
    Espinoza has been an assistant with the program since 2011. She is a 2006 graduated of LAHS and has coached at the local club level.
    See Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • Sports Briefs 03-21-14

    Bombshells, Nukes open sesaon at home

    The Los Alamos Bombshells and the Los Alamos Nukes rugby clubs will host their first games of the season Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    The Bombshells, the girls high school team, will face an Albuquerque-area team starting at noon Saturday. The Nukes will play a team from Gallup at 2 p.m., also at Sullivan Field.
    Admission to the games is free.

    Pitching, fielding camp coming to White Rock

    The Albuquerque Baseball Academy will host a pitching and fielding camp for youth ages 7-13 in Los Alamos. The camp is scheduled for March 29 at Overlook Park.
    The camp will be led by former professional players Ryan Brewer and Lauro Felix.
    Price for participation is $65 per player, $5 of which will be donated to the Justin Solomon Cancer Fund.
    For registration, visit ababaseball.com. Questions may be directed to Brewer by calling 505-730-6979 or emailing abacademy@qwestoffice.net.

    Sr. Olympics registration is open

  • Ferreira wins all-around for the Tumblers

    Suyana Ferreira, Los Alamos School of Gymnastics level 4 gymnast was the big winner at the Junior Olympic level 4 and 5 New Mexico state championships.
    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers traveled to Albuquerque last weekend to compete in the annual championship meet.
    Ferreira’s all-around total of 37.75 was the tops at the meet.
    Ferreira won gold for her score of 9.575 uneven parallel bar routine, while she took silver, with 9.575 on vault, 9.20 on balance beam and 9.40 on the floor exercises.
    Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers took home a total of 19 medals from this meet, including 3 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze.
    Other entrants for Los Alamos in the level 4 meet included Paetyn Miller and Brianna Fryer.
    Miller took away a bronze on bars with 9.10, and was fourth in her age division with 33.90 all-around score.
    Fryer was fifth in her age division with 34.125.
    LASG’s other 13 medals came in level 5 competition.
    A gold was earned by Elyse Phillips on the balance beam. LASG’s level 5 juniors balance beam champion won with a score of 8.725.
    Phillips also eared the bronze on floor exercises with 8.85. She was fourth all-around with 35.15.
    In this same division Ashley Bustos tallied a 35.75 all-around to earn a silver medal.

  • LA tops Fruita Monument in tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team picked up yet another 1-run win over another solid team to open the Piedra Vista Invitational.
    Jared Mang threw a complete game against a very good hitting team and the defense behind him was spotless Thursday as Los Alamos nipped Monument High School of Fruita, Colo., 3-2, to open the tournament.
    Los Alamos will now advance to face the host Piedra Vista Panthers this afternoon. This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season.
    The Hilltoppers pushed two runs across in the first inning, then answered two Monument runs in the second inning with a run in the third, which proved to be the game-winner.
    As he did last week against Hope Christian, catcher Trevor Pacheco came through with a clutch base hit with two outs in the third to drive in a run which proved to be the game winner.
    “The last three games, we haven’t got a lot of hits, but we’ve gotten a lot of nice, timely hits,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. Los Alamos finished with four hits Thursday.
    The Hilltoppers (6-4) have now won four straight contests, all by 1-run margins.
    Mang stayed out of trouble in every inning but the second when he walked a Monument batter and hit another with a pitch.

  • Kluk named permanent boys coach

    Mike Kluk has at least one advantage over most coaches taking over a basketball program: the chance to warm up.
    Kluk was named the full-time head coach of Los Alamos’ boys basketball program Wednesday morning, getting the “interim” tag dropped from his title from last season.
    In January, Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez left the program abruptly, citing family reasons and the health of his wife. With Dominguez’s departure, Kluk was installed and coached throughout the Hilltoppers’ District 2-4A season.
    Now, as the head coach for the entire 2014-15 season, Kluk said he’s ready for the challenge.
    “I don’t think we’re going to change a whole lot,” he said. “We’ve got two assistant coaches who have said they’re coming back, so the coaching staff’s not going to change much. With that, I can feel better about it, so let’s start getting ready.”
    Los Alamos won just two games in 26 outings last season, with Dominguez earning one of those wins and Kluk the other. That win came early in district play when the Hilltoppers upset the Capital Jaguars 40-38 Jan. 31 at home.

  • Kluk's interim tag removed

    Los Alamos High School announced this morning that Mike Kluk has been hired as the regular head coach of the boys basketball team.
    Kluk was installed as the interim coach of the boys in January, following the sudden departure of Fil Dominguez. This morning, the interim tag was removed from Kluk's job description.
    More information on Kluk's hire will be in Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Saunders, 'Toppers nip Tigers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team picked up its second big win in a row, and again did so by the slimmest of margins.
    The Hilltoppers nipped the Los Lunas Tigers on the road Tuesday afternoon. Lane Saunders pitched a gem for five innings, keeping a solid Tiger offense at bay as the Hilltoppers earned a 2-1 victory in Los Lunas.
    Saunders allowed just two hits in his five innings of work. Connor Mang threw the sixth and the seventh to earn the save.
    To get through his five innings, the left-handed Saunders needed a total of just 58 pitches. He was aided in his quest by the Los Alamos defense, which was shaky last week in a game against Albuquerque Academy but rock solid Tuesday, turning a pair of double plays behind him.
    “It was just good pitching and great defense,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said after the game. “The defense was spot-on today. (Saunders) had pretty good control of his fastball today. They’re an aggressive swinging team but we got a lot of ground balls and a lot of fly balls.”
    The Tigers (7-5) and Hilltoppers met twice last season and the Hilltoppers took it on the chin in both those contests, dropping them by identical scores of 15-2.

  • LA softball powers past Elkettes

    A big start and a big finish helped put Tuesday’s game away early for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team.
    Los Alamos scored seven runs in the first two innings of its contest against the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes, then exploded for five runs in the home half of the fifth to win 13-3 in a mercy-rule shortened game at Overlook Park.
    Hilltopper reserve third baseman Madeline Lockhart lined a triple into right field with the bases juiced in the fifth inning to set Los Alamos up for the winning scores at the end of the contest. Lockhart and Krysta Salazar would come in to score later in the inning to finish off the Elkettes.
    “We’re making good contact,” Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said. “Today we obviously hit the ball well.”
    Just one game after the Hilltoppers pounded out 18 hits, 9 of those going for extra bases, in a win over Moriarty, the Hilltoppers slugged out six extra-base hits, at least one in every inning but the third, the only inning they didn’t score.
    Los Alamos (3-4) jumped on Pojoaque Valley starting pitcher Angelica Romero early, getting a pair of doubles from Aletta Marciano, hitting out of the 3-hole, and Hannah Mojica in the 5-spot.

  • Logan, Veenis are 2-4A first teamers

    To the winners go the spoils. To the third-place finishers goes not much.
    There wasn’t much hardware handed out to the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team in the way of postseason honors by District 2-4A. Los Alamos earned just one first team nod and two second team nods for the year.
    The All 2-4A selections were announced Monday.
    Point guard Amber Logan was the only Hilltopper to make the first team for 2013-14. Along with Logan, forward Kiana Zerr and shooting guard McKenzie Logan were named to the second team.
    Los Alamos, which made the Class 4A playoffs, was awarded just one more 2-4A postseason honor than Capital, which didn’t win one game last season.
    The Santa Fe Demons, who won the 4A championship, picked up both the Most Valuable Player Award, for Kayla Herrera, and Coach of the Year for Elmer Chavez.
    Los Alamos’ boys, who won only two games last season, had two selections. Shooting guard Skyler Veenis was named to the first team All-District, while point guard Franklin Archuleta picked up a second team award.

    Girls

    First team