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  • ’Toppers suffer first district loss

    The Los Alamos baseball team lost its first district contest of the season Wednesday at Bernalillo.
    Trailing by one run, the Hilltoppers loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but a strike out ended the game and gave Bernalillo the 7-6 victory.
    The loss, however, doesn’t have much of an impact the district standings. With just two games left, Los Alamos and Del Norte will both head into Saturday’s doubleheader with 9-1 district records.
    Los Alamos, however, won the first game so Del Norte will need to win both of Saturday’s games to move ahead of Los Alamos in the district standings.
    The games will start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Bomber Field.
    Sunday, the brackets for the state tournament will be released.
    Los Alamos is currently ranked No. 8 in 5A by MaxPreps.

  • Hilltoppers sweep district golf titles

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ golf teams both cruised to District 2-5A titles Wednesday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The Hilltopper girls shot a 364 to win their team title. The score was the girls’ fifth state-qualifying leg in 10 attempts this year, giving them two more than the required three legs needed to advance to the Class 5A state championships, which will be held May 9-10 at Farmington’s Piñon Hills course.
    The Hilltopper boys weren’t too far away from qualifying for state. The boys shot a 328 to win the district tournament, just nine shots above a state-qualifying leg. Any district champion who shoots a qualifying leg at the district tournament automatically qualifies for state.
    Finishing behind the Hilltopper boys were Del Norte (385), Capital (471) and Española Valley (no score).
    Española Valley also competed in the girls’ tournament, but didn’t post a team score there either.
    Individually, Los Alamos also claimed both district titles and nine of the 10 first-team all district spots.
    Jennifer Necker, who will also compete at state as an individual, shot an 80 to win the girls’ championship.
    Eighth-grader Henry Poston shot a 79 to win the boys’ title, just one shot above a state-qualifying leg.

  • LA goes 1-1 against top teams

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team played two of the top teams in the league last week.
    Saturday, Los Alamos hosted Sandia at Sullivan Field. Sandia beat Los Alamos earlier in the season, but Los Alamos won the re-match, 12-7, to give Sandia just its second loss of the season.
    Monday, Los Alamos was unable to do the same thing against Santa Fe Prep. The Griffins beat Los Alamos, 16-7, to sweep the season series.
    Los Alamos is now 7-5 overall and in fourth place. The top four teams will make it to the state playoffs.
     

  • Hilltoppers complete season sweep of Española Valley

    The Los Alamos baseball team stayed undefeated in District 2-5A with a pair of wins against Española Valley Saturday.
    The ’Toppers beat the Sundevils, 6-0 and 2-1, to improve to 9-0 in the district and 16-7 overall.
    Española, meanwhile, slipped to 5-14, 2-17 2-5A.
    While Los Alamos never trailed in the first game, the second game wasn’t decided until the seventh inning.
    Two errors helped Española take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
    The ’Toppers then came back and tied the contest in the third. With two outs, Connor Mang singled and stole second base. Jarrett Genero walked in the two-hole, then Lane Saunders stepped up to the plate and hit an RBI single to bring Mang home.
    Mang got into scoring position again in the fifth inning, but was stranded at second.
    With the score still tied 1-1 in the seventh, Los Alamos was able to manufacture the winning run.
    Jake Rutten walked to start the inning.
    Travis Gonzales then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Rutten into scoring position. Vincent Marchiano walked and then, after a fly out, Genero walked to load the bases.

  • Several ’Toppers qualify for state at stacked meet

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams competed against arguably the toughest field of teams they’ll face this season at Albuquerque Academy’s Richard Harper Invitational.
    “It was one of the most competitive meets which we have ever entered and the girls did very well,” Los Alamos girls’ head coach Paul Anderson said.
    The girls finished eighth out of 18 teams, but were second among Class 5A teams. Cleveland finished first with 124 points, followed by Piedra Vista (48), Volcano Vista (37.5), La Cueva (37), Eldorado (36), Rio Rancho (26), Santa Fe (26), Los Alamos (25), Belen (16), Sandia (14), Albuquerque Academy (11.5), Valencia (11), Valley (8), Los Lunas (5), Manzano (5), Cibola (4), Albuquerque (3), Atrisco Heritage (3), West Mesa (0), Rio Grande (0), Capital (0) and Grants (0).
    The Hilltopper boys tied with Piedra Vista for 11th, finishing tied for second among Class 5A schools behind Academy.
    Volcano Vista won the boys’ crown with 83 points, followed by Cleveland (75.5), Eldorado (49), Academy (48), Rio Rancho (40), Albuquerque (30), La Cueva (22), Sandia (17.5), Atrisco Heritage (16), Cibola (15), Los Alamos (14), Piedra Vista (14), Capital (8), Manzano (8), Grants (6), Valley (5), Sandia Prep (2) and Santa Fe (1).

  • Extra innings needed to decide softball series

    ESPAÑOLA — Entering the top of the eighth inning of game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Los Alamos softball team and Española Valley were tied 16-16.
    The Sundevils won the first meeting between the teams earlier in the season, 9-6, but Los Alamos rallied to win first game of the doubleheader, 11-10, to even the series.
    Now, the rubber match to decide second place in District 2-5A needed an extra inning.
    Just an inning earlier, however, it looked like Los Alamos would easily lock up the game. The ’Toppers led 16-11 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
    No lead, however, proved to be safe Saturday.
    In the second game of the doubleheader, Los Alamos jumped out to a 7-2 lead before Española fought back to tie it, 8-8, and later took a 9-8 lead in the fifth.
    Los Alamos responded with four runs in the sixth and three more in the top of the seventh to pull back ahead.
    Down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh, the Sundevils scored four runs, including a game-tying two-RBI triple, to send it into extra innings.
    After scoring 27 runs already in the day, Los Alamos still had some pop in its bats.

  • Hilltoppers lacrosse runs by Bosque

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team didn’t have much trouble taking down Bosque Thursday. The Hilltoppers scored their most lop-sided victory of the season against the Bobcats, 12-4.
    With the win, Los Alamos moved into fourth place in the league standings with a 5-4 overall record.
    The three teams ahead of Los Alamos — Santa Fe Prep, Sandia and Sandia Prep — only have one loss apiece, so the ’Toppers have some work ahead of them if they want to move up in the standings some.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to play Sandia Saturday morning at Sullivan Field and will also host Santa Fe Prep at Overlook Park Monday. The Santa Fe Prep game will begin at 4:30 p.m.
    The Griffins beat Los Alamos in their season opener, 16-3.
    The ’Toppers have been playing better ball since then, winning four of their last five contests to steadily move up the standings.
    Monday’s game is also a re-match of last year’s state championship.

  • Candia has perfect prediction

    Roxana Candia had a perfect prediction in Tuesday’s Pace Race, held on the North Mesa trail by the horse stables. Candia predicted a time of 24 minutes, 0 seconds on the three-mile course and finished exactly on the target.
    Other accurate predictors were Nick Parra-Vasquez with a 5-second differential, Brian Newnam at 9 seconds off and Jesse Woodroffe with an 11-second difference.
    The top finisher on the one-mile course was 6-year-old Anders Medin with a time of 10:50.
    The fastest female was his grandmother, Aurea Rojas, with a time of 10:52.
    On the three-mile course, Ryan Smeltzer finished first in 21:53. The top female finisher was Laura Woodroffe, crossing in 22:59.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held in the Western area, beginning in the Sullivan Field parking lot.
    One-and three-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.
     

  • Big blasts help LA softball down Academy

    A homerun and three triples helped the Los Alamos softball team score an 11-1 win against Albuquerque Academy Wednesday.
    Taylor Jaramillo went deep in the first inning, helping Los Alamos jump out to a 7-0 lead.
    Los Alamos never looked back.
    The ’Toppers added one run in the second and three more in the third to eventually enact the mercy rule after five innings.
    Jaramillo had a pair of RBIs with her homerun.
    Shelby Chavez went 2-for-3 with two triples, two RBI and two runs scored.
    Jayde Tucker also hit a triple, drove in two runs and scored twice.
    Michaela Robertson and Morgan Hohner both scored twice.
    Lizbeth Guarello and Jordan Jaramillo each scored one.
    Hannah Mojica drove in two runs and Lauren Harris knocked in one.
    Mojica also threw a complete game for Los Alamos to earn the win. She struck out three batters and only gave up two hits in five innings of work. The run Albuquerque Academy scored was unearned in the second inning. After that, Mojica kept them off the scoreboard to preserve Los Alamos’ 10-run lead and end the game early.
    The win helped Los Alamos improve to 11-10 overall while the Chargers dropped to 3-16.
    Next, Los Alamos will play arguably its biggest series left on its schedule.

  • LA boys tennis gives Robertson its first loss

    The Los Alamos boys tennis team gave Robertson its first loss of the season Tuesday. The ’Toppers took down the defending A-4A state champion, 6-3.
    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals, however, gave the Hilltopper girls just their third loss of the season, 6-3, to stay undefeated with a perfect 11-0 mark.
    The Fulgenzi family led both Robertson squads and played in eight of the nine matches Robertson won Tuesday.
    Warren Fulgenzi beat George Margevicius 6-0 and 6-1 at No. 1 singles.
    At No. 2 singles, Andrew Aboshousha won his first set against Andres Garcia, 6-4, but Garcia came back and won the next two sets to take the match.
    Besides those two matches, the Hilltopper boys won the rest of the singles contests and two of the three doubles matches to take down the Cardinals.
    Andrew Tang scored a 7-5, 6-1 win against Dylan Moore at No. 3 singles.
    Thomas Chadwick beat Ali Shabaneh in three sets at No. 4 singles, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
    At No. 5, Junseo Kim beat Gabe Gregory in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
    At No. 6 singles, JD Downing shut out Deandre Gutierrez, 6-0, 6-0.
    Fulgenzi and Garcia teamed up to beat Margevicius and Tang at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-1.
    At No. 2 doubles, Aboshousha and Chadwick beat Moore and Shabaneh, 6-2, 6-3.