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  • White signs with Union University

    After graduating this spring, Los Alamos' Forrest White will head to Tennessee. White signed his official letter of intent Wednesday to run cross-country for Union University, a private liberal arts college located in Jackson, Tenn.
    White earned all-state honors in the fall with a seventh-place finish at the state cross-country meet. He finished the 5k race in 16 minutes, 43.50 seconds to help the 'Toppers win their fourth straight team championship.
    "I'm just really thrilled for Forrest," Los Alamos cross-country coach Rob Hipwood said. "Forrest was an outstanding athlete and had a super work ethic."
    White also played a big part in the team's 2013 championship. Los Alamos cross-country coach Kathy Hipwood said White passed six runners in the final 600 meters of the race, helping the 'Toppers finish just two points ahead of second place Albuquerque Academy.
    He's hoping to continue that success at the next level.
    "It's given me a chance to know how to win and experience success at something that I worked hard for," White said about his experiences at Los Alamos.
    White is also Los Alamos' No. 1 singles tennis player, but has been sidelined lately with an injury.

  • ’Toppers blank Del Norte, improve to 4-1 in district

    It wouldn’t seem going into Wednesday’s game that the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team would have much trouble with the Del Norte Knights, but apparently no one told the Knights that.
    The game was tighter than expected most of the way, with the key difference being a couple of early miscues by the Knights that allowed four runs to come home. Those runs were all the offense the Hilltoppers could muster Wednesday.
    Fortunately for Los Alamos, Jared Mang and the Hilltopper defense were up to the challenge. Mang threw a complete game gem and Los Alamos made some key plays behind him to back him up as the team came away with a 4-0 victory.
    Mang was in command all day long. He was ahead of virtually every hitter in the game through the first four innings and allowed just one hit through six.
    The only inning he found himself in any serious trouble was in the seventh inning. Mang allowed a walk and a hit in the inning, giving the Knights some life, but he would end up getting Dom Levy to tap out softly back to the mound to end the game.
    With Wednesday’s win, the Hilltoppers improve to 4-1 in District 2-5A play (13-6 overall) and keep pace with the Española Valley Sundevils in the chase for the top spot in the district.

  • ’Toppers have backs against the wall after loss to Del Norte

    Despite base runner after base runner getting into scoring position, the Los Alamos softball team only managed to get one run on the board Wednesday in a tough, 2-1 loss to Del Norte’s Knights.
    “This one hurts,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We had opportunities throughout the game, we just couldn’t get a timely hit.”
    The ’Toppers had a runner reach third base in the first five innings of the game, but none of them were able to score.
    After seeing four girls stranded at third and two innings end with the bases loaded, Anaya tried to manufacture a run in the fifth inning.
    Shelby Milligan got hit by a pitch, then Hannah Mojica ripped a pitch.
    Milligan probably would’ve been able to score on the long ball, but it bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double, forcing her to stop at third.
    Anaya then tried to get Milligan home with a squeeze play. Rebecca Luster laid down a bunt, but Del Norte’s pitcher Leticia Tavarez fielded the ball, checked the runner and got the out at first. When Tavarez threw to first, Milligan took of for home. Del Norte’s first baseman, however, fired home to keep Los Alamos off the scoreboard by turning the double play.

  • Romero has perfect prediction in pace race

    Ted Romero had a perfect prediction in the weekly pace race held on the Waste Treatment Plant road in lower Bayo Canyon. His predicted time of 20 minutes, 16 seconds the 3-mile distance was also the fastest time. There were three runners that had a 4 second differential: David Kratzer, Laura McClellan and Linda Vance. Sanna Sevanto was 5 seconds off.
    In the 1-mile race, Maviela Saenz finished first in 10:18 while 6-year-old Billy Strother was the top male runner in 12:30.
    The fastest female on the 3-mile course was Roxana Candia recording a 23:15.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on North Mesa by the horse stable area on the North end of the Brewer Rodeo Area.
     

  • LA tennis teams take third at Academy tournament

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams each won a trio of matches en route to third-place finishes at Albuquerque Academy’s tournament over the weekend.
    “It was a good, good weekend,” Los Alamos boys head coach Lloyd Wilton said. “The guys did really well getting third.”
    The Hilltopper girls shut out Piedra Vista 9-0 and Bosque 9-0 to reach the semifinals.
    Albuquerque Academy beat Los Alamos 6-3 in the semis, but the Hilltopper girls came back strong and beat Belen 9-0 in the third-place match.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, won three close matches to take third.
    The ’Toppers beat Piedra Vista 5-4 and Bosque 6-3 in the first and second rounds.
    In the semis, Los Alamos fell to Albuquerque Academy 8-1.
    The Hilltopper boys came back, however, and beat Santa Fe Prep 5-4 in the third-place match. Andrew Aboshousha got the final win against Santa Fe Prep to propel the ’Toppers to victory, capping a perfect 4-0 weekend for him in singles play.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Katya Skurikhin and Annie Smith both won three singles matches at the Academy tournament while Sidra Hiseh-Ratliff, Laura Whicker, Lauren Fugate, Michelle Alexander, Maia Menefee and Astrid Hengartner all won two singles matches.

  • ’Toppers step up game in home tournament

    The Los Alamos golf teams took advantage of playing on their home course Monday. The Hilltopper boys combined to shoot a 337, Los Alamos’ best team score at a tournament in the last two years.
    “I’m proud of the boys for putting in the effort necessary to improve as individual players,” Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “As the kids improve individually, we are really seeing the sum of the improvements in lower team scores.”
    Los Alamos’ boys finished second as a team, just one shot behind Los Lunas’ 336. Las Vegas Robertson (336) finished third, Followed by Grants (370), Valencia (399), Belen (404), Española Valley (421) and Capital (469). Springer and Santa Fe High also competed, but didn’t post team scores.
    Jonathan Osden led the charge for Los Alamos. Osden finished second with a 79, just one shot behind Los Lunas’ Dylan Gonzales.
    Isaac Suazo (85), Hunter Gustafson (86) and Nicholas Quarteri (87) rounded out Los Alamos’ team score.
    Los Alamos’ Sean Rau (85), Brandan Duran (91), Niccolo Snyder (95), Nick Koskelo (95) and Corey Evans (100) also played in the tournament as individuals.

  • Watching It Fly

    Los Alamos’ Johnny Osden keeps an eye on his ball during Monday’s Los Alamos Spring Invitational at the golf course. Osden finished second individually in the boys competition, shooting a 79.

  • Bernalillo powers its way to victories over Los Alamos

    BERNALILLO — Bernalillo’s Spartans hit seven home runs in two games Saturday against Los Alamos, winning both games to stay on top of the District 2-5A standings.
    The Spartans beat the ’Toppers 12-3 and then 17-0.
    Los Alamos also went deep once. Trailing 6-0, Shelby Chavez started the fourth inning by ripping a double. Makaela Jones then singled, but got caught trying to steal second. Taylor Jaramillo walked next. Then, with runners at the corners, Hannah Mojica hit a 3-run home run over the right-center fence.
    Bernalillo’s Isabella Navarro, however, was able to keep Los Alamos’ bats quiet for most of the day and got the win in both games. She struck out seven of the first nine batters she faced before Chavez got Los Alamos’ first hit off of her.
    Los Alamos began hitting her after that, but stranded five runners in the last three innings of the first game.
    Morgan Hohner hit a single and a double. Taylor Jaramillo and Jordan Jaramillo both singled in the sixth, but the ’Toppers weren’t able to bring any of them home.
    Los Alamos pitchers Jordan Hammock and Madeline Lockhart, meanwhile, struggled to contain Bernalillo’s power as four different Spartans hit dingers.

  • ’Toppers take two games from Bernalillo

    BERNALILLO — After a setback against Española Valley Wednesday, Los Alamos’ baseball team responded in a big way Saturday. The ’Toppers took two games from Bernalillo, setting the tone right away by scoring 5 runs in the first inning of the first game.
    Los Alamos won the games 9-0 and 6-2.
    “We had better attitudes and better energy,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “We didn’t wait. We attacked.”
    “That loss was tough,” Jared Mang said. “We’re not going to be perfect all the time, we just have to show up everyday and keep grinding.”
    With the wins, Los Alamos jumped over Bernalillo in the district standings. The ’Toppers are now 12-6 and 3-1 in District 2-5A while Bernalillo slipped to 10-8-1 and 3-2.
    Española Valley (13-4, 5-0) is in first, but Los Alamos will still play the Sundevils twice at home.
    “It’s nice to have more than one shot at everybody,” Mang said.
    Base hit after base hit helped Los Alamos score run after run in the first inning against Bernalillo.
    In the second inning, the ’Toppers hit back-to-back bombs. Jared Mang homered and then Jarrett Genero smacked a ball over the fence to put Los Alamos up 8-0.

  • Baseball wins, softball loses game 1 at Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team took a big win in game 1 of a key District 2-5A doubleheader Saturday at Bernalillo.
    The Hilltoppers won 9-0 in the opener. The Hilltoppers scored 5 runs in the first inning and 3 more in the second to cruise to the win.
    The Hilltopper softball team, however, wasn't as fortunate in its first game, however.
    In that game, the Spartans prevailed 12-3.
    Hannah Mojica hit a 3-run home run in the contest for Los Alamos, but that wasn't enough to balance out 4 home runs hit by the Spartans.
    The Spartans are considered the team to beat in District 2-5A softball this season.