http://www.lamonitor.com/sports/rss.xml en Challacombe having big 2014 season http://www.lamonitor.com/content/challacombe-having-big-2014-season <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chelsea_chalacombe_lj.jpg" alt="Hilltopper Chelsea Challacombe, seen here during the 2013 state Class 4A meet, had a huge showing at last week’s Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational. " title="Hilltopper Chelsea Challacombe, seen here during the 2013 state Class 4A meet, had a huge showing at last week’s Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Minion Pro'; font-size: 11px; line-height: normal; ">For many years, the Los Alamos Hillopper girls track and field team has relied heavily on its stars to shine brightest in the biggest meets of the season.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> The team now may have found its star for 2014.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> After a solid first 6 weeks of the year, junior Chelsea Challacombe had a breakout meet last Monday against what is usually the toughest competition of any season.<br /> Challacombe earned a decisive win in the high jump at Monday&rsquo;s meet, clearing a lifetime best 5 feet, 8 inches, the finished second behind a very formidable foe in the long jump. To top that off, she also took fourth in the 100 meter hurdles.</p> McClellan is tops at Pace Race http://www.lamonitor.com/content/mcclellan-tops-pace-race <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pace_race.jpg" alt="Runners take a corner during this week’s Pace Race, which took place in Los Alamos Canyon starting and ending at the ice rink." title="Runners take a corner during this week’s Pace Race, which took place in Los Alamos Canyon starting and ending at the ice rink." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Laura McClellan had the best prediction in this week&rsquo;s Pace Race.<br /> The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, is a weekly event. Races are Tuesday evenings at various sites around Los Alamos County.<br /> This week&rsquo;s race started and finished at the county&rsquo;s ice rink in Los Alamos Canyon.<br /> It was a good night for predictors, as five competitors were within 25 seconds of calling their actual finish times.<br /> McClellan picked up the win, as she was just 9 seconds off her actual time. She beat out Heidi Bjorklund (18 seconcs), Liz McDonald (21 seconds), Nikol Strother (22 seconds) and Roy Cope (24 seconds).<br /> The fastest finishers on the 1-mile course were Patricia Burnside, who had a time of 8:59, and Paul Elkins, who finished in 14:12. On the 3-mile course, the top finishers were Strother (21:22) and Bill Rice (24:13).<br /> The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. It will be run on Ca&ntilde;ada del Buey Trail in White Rock, starting near Chamisa Elementary School.<br /> Starting time is 6 p.m.<br /> For more information on next week&rsquo;s race, call 672-9243 or 672-1639. More information can also be found by visiting the Roadrunners&rsquo; website, atomicrunners.com.&nbsp;</p> Schedule and sports in brief 4/19/14 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/schedule-and-sports-brief-41914 <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 12.0px Interstate"> <b>Monday</b></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px Interstate"> <b>Golf: </b>Los Alamos at Bernalillo Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px Interstate; min-height: 13.0px"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 12.0px Interstate"> <b>Tuesday</b></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px Interstate"> <b>Baseball:</b> Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px Interstate; min-height: 13.0px"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px Interstate"> <b>Softball: </b>Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px Interstate; min-height: 13.0px"> &nbsp;</p> LA baseball earns No. 7 4A ranking http://www.lamonitor.com/content/la-baseball-earns-no-7-4a-ranking <p> The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned a No. 7 ranking in this week&rsquo;s MaxPreps.com ratings of Class 4A baseball teams around the state.<br /> Los Alamos, which has won eight straight games, more than all but one 4A team in the state, is 14-6 on the season heading into a doubleheader against Bernalillo Saturday. It is also at the top of the District 2-4A standings.<br /> The 4A baseball rankings have only been published sporadically by the website this season.<br /> Piedra Vista is No. 1 in 4A baseball despite having a rather pedestrian 12-9 season record, although it has the best strength-of-schedule in the classification.<br /> In 4A softball, Los Alamos, which has been rated as high as No. 10 this season, finished 15th in this week&rsquo;s rankings. Los Alamos is 10-10 on the season and trying to keep pace with Bernalillo and Santa Fe in the district standings.<br /> The Hilltopper softball squad will also be at Bernalillo for a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.<br /> In baseball, following Piedra Vista&rsquo;s Panthers, the Goddard Rockets (11-3) are ranked No. 2, followed by Valencia, Farmington and defending state champ St. Pius X in the top five.<br /> Immediately ahead of the Hilltoppers is the Albuquerque Academy Chargers (10-7) in sixth place. The Chargers defeated the Hilltoppers 8-3 in March.<br /> Roundup: JV splits a twinbill http://www.lamonitor.com/content/roundup-jv-splits-twinbill <p> The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity baseball team took a split over the Bernalillo Spartans at home Thursday.<br /> Los Alamos lost the first game of the doubleheader 4-2, but came back to win the second game 7-2.<br /> The split puts the Hilltoppers at 8-7 on the season.<br /> Along with Thursday&rsquo;s doubleheader, the Hilltoppers also played a doubleheader April 11 against Capital, winning those two games handily. The Hilltoppers picked up an 11-4 decision in game one against the Jaguars, then crushed the Jaguars 15-0 in the nightcap.<br /> Los Alamos&rsquo; JV has won five of its last seven contests. The Hilltoppers will host Santa Fe Tuesday.</p> <p> JV softball team drops home doubleheader</p> Isotopes nip Chihuahuas, 2-1 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/isotopes-nip-chihuahuas-2-1 <p> Miguel Olivo went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a run, while the Albuquerque Isotopes pitching staff had a second straight good outing against El Paso.<br /> The Isotopes nipped El Paso&rsquo;s Chihuahuas 2-1 Thursday night in Albuquerque, giving the Isotopes their third win of the four-game series.<br /> The series with El Paso concludes tonight.<br /> Following tonight&rsquo;s game, Albuquerque goes on the road for eight straight contests starting Saturday in Salt Lake City.<br /> Starting pitcher Henry Sosa gave up 9 hits in six innings of work, but didn&rsquo;t allow a run. Sosa was replaced by Yimi Garcia (3-0), who pitched 1-1/3 innings to earn the win.<br /> The Isotopes (8-6) scored both their runs in the seventh inning. Along with Olivo&rsquo;s RBI single, Mike Baxter had a solo home run to lead off the inning.&nbsp;</p> LA has big doubleheader with Spartans http://www.lamonitor.com/content/la-has-big-doubleheader-spartans <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/slap_bunt.jpg" alt="Hilltopper Morgan Hohner slaps a ball down the third baseline during a game last week at Española Valley. Los Alamos has won four District 2-4A games in a row, but now are starting the second half of the district season. The Hilltoppers will take on the Bernalillo Spartans in a key doubleheader Saturday on the road. They will need to sweep the two games to earn the tiebreaker over the Spartans, who won the first meeting between the two April 2 in White Rock. " title="Hilltopper Morgan Hohner slaps a ball down the third baseline during a game last week at Española Valley. Los Alamos has won four District 2-4A games in a row, but now are starting the second half of the district season. The Hilltoppers will take on the Bernalillo Spartans in a key doubleheader Saturday on the road. They will need to sweep the two games to earn the tiebreaker over the Spartans, who won the first meeting between the two April 2 in White Rock. " align="left" hspace="6" width="102" height="85" /><p> It was a feast day for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team when it took on the Capital Jaguars last weekend.<br /> But the team will have to hope that isn&rsquo;t followed up by a famine.<br /> It&rsquo;s hard to say how much offense the Hilltoppers will have to muster heading into this weekend&rsquo;s doubleheader against the Bernalillo Spartans.<br /> However, one thing is certain: they will need more than they got in their first go-round.<br /> Los Alamos was held to just four hits and had 14 batters strike out &mdash; at least two fanned in six of the seven innings &mdash; as it dropped its District 2-4A opener to Bernalillo 1-0 April 2.<br /> The second and third games are scheduled for Saturday in Bernalillo. And in those two games Los Alamos is sure to get a big dose of Demi Madalena.<br /> Madalena, last season&rsquo;s District 2-4A Player of the Year and on the short list to repeat that title, is Bernalillo&rsquo;s ace pitcher and has given Los Alamos&rsquo; hitters fits since joining the Spartans last season.<br /> Along with being a big challenge for the Hilltoppers in their attempt to knock the Spartans off their perch atop the district standings, there is plenty more at stake in what&rsquo;s become a crowded field near the top of 2-4A.<br /> Avs win in overtime http://www.lamonitor.com/content/avs-win-overtime <p> DENVER (AP) &mdash; Patrick Roy showed as much boldness behind the bench as he once did as a Hall of Fame goaltender.<br /> The first-year Colorado coach made some daring moves late in the game &mdash; like pulling his goaltender with 3:01 remaining &mdash; and yet the ploy worked out.<br /> It&rsquo;s been that kind of season for Roy and his youthful squad.<br /> Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.<br /> &ldquo;We believe in ourselves,&rdquo; said Roy, who won two Stanley Cup titles for the Avalanche as a player and helped guide the team back to the playoffs for the first time in four years.<br /> &ldquo;Sometimes, you&rsquo;re not playing your best game, but the quality of our team is we found a way to win this game. That&rsquo;s what you want in the playoffs.&rdquo;<br /> Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O&rsquo;Reilly and Jamie McGinn also added goals for Colorado.<br /> Stastny beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a close-in wrist shot in overtime, the same type of play Stastny used to tie the game in regulation.<br /> Not that the Avalanche were too surprised by the late rally because, &ldquo;we&rsquo;ve done it all year,&rdquo; Stastny said.<br />