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  • Challacombe having big 2014...

     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.

    The team now may have found its star for 2014.

    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.
    Challacombe earned a decisive win in the high jump at Monday’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.

  • McClellan is tops at Pace Race

    Laura McClellan had the best prediction in this week’s Pace Race.
    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.
    This week’s race started and finished at the county’s ice rink in Los Alamos Canyon.
    It was a good night for predictors, as five competitors were within 25 seconds of calling their actual finish times.
    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).
    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).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. It will be run on Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock, starting near Chamisa Elementary School.
    Starting time is 6 p.m.
    For more information on next week’s race, call 672-9243 or 672-1639. More information can also be found by visiting the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com. 

  • Schedule and sports in brief 4/...

     

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Bernalillo Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

     

    Tuesday

    Baseball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

     

    Softball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

     

  • LA baseball earns No. 7 4A...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned a No. 7 ranking in this week’s MaxPreps.com ratings of Class 4A baseball teams around the state.
    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.
    The 4A baseball rankings have only been published sporadically by the website this season.
    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.
    In 4A softball, Los Alamos, which has been rated as high as No. 10 this season, finished 15th in this week’s rankings. Los Alamos is 10-10 on the season and trying to keep pace with Bernalillo and Santa Fe in the district standings.
    The Hilltopper softball squad will also be at Bernalillo for a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    In baseball, following Piedra Vista’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.
    Immediately ahead of the Hilltoppers is the Albuquerque Academy Chargers (10-7) in sixth place. The Chargers defeated the Hilltoppers 8-3 in March.

  • Roundup: JV splits a twinbill

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity baseball team took a split over the Bernalillo Spartans at home Thursday.
    Los Alamos lost the first game of the doubleheader 4-2, but came back to win the second game 7-2.
    The split puts the Hilltoppers at 8-7 on the season.
    Along with Thursday’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.
    Los Alamos’ JV has won five of its last seven contests. The Hilltoppers will host Santa Fe Tuesday.

    JV softball team drops home doubleheader

  • Isotopes nip Chihuahuas, 2-1

    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.
    The Isotopes nipped El Paso’s Chihuahuas 2-1 Thursday night in Albuquerque, giving the Isotopes their third win of the four-game series.
    The series with El Paso concludes tonight.
    Following tonight’s game, Albuquerque goes on the road for eight straight contests starting Saturday in Salt Lake City.
    Starting pitcher Henry Sosa gave up 9 hits in six innings of work, but didn’t allow a run. Sosa was replaced by Yimi Garcia (3-0), who pitched 1-1/3 innings to earn the win.
    The Isotopes (8-6) scored both their runs in the seventh inning. Along with Olivo’s RBI single, Mike Baxter had a solo home run to lead off the inning. 

  • LA has big doubleheader with...

    It was a feast day for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team when it took on the Capital Jaguars last weekend.
    But the team will have to hope that isn’t followed up by a famine.
    It’s hard to say how much offense the Hilltoppers will have to muster heading into this weekend’s doubleheader against the Bernalillo Spartans.
    However, one thing is certain: they will need more than they got in their first go-round.
    Los Alamos was held to just four hits and had 14 batters strike out — at least two fanned in six of the seven innings — as it dropped its District 2-4A opener to Bernalillo 1-0 April 2.
    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.
    Madalena, last season’s District 2-4A Player of the Year and on the short list to repeat that title, is Bernalillo’s ace pitcher and has given Los Alamos’ hitters fits since joining the Spartans last season.
    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’s become a crowded field near the top of 2-4A.

  • Avs win in overtime

    DENVER (AP) — Patrick Roy showed as much boldness behind the bench as he once did as a Hall of Fame goaltender.
    The first-year Colorado coach made some daring moves late in the game — like pulling his goaltender with 3:01 remaining — and yet the ploy worked out.
    It’s been that kind of season for Roy and his youthful squad.
    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.
    “We believe in ourselves,” 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.
    “Sometimes, you’re not playing your best game, but the quality of our team is we found a way to win this game. That’s what you want in the playoffs.”
    Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn also added goals for Colorado.
    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.
    Not that the Avalanche were too surprised by the late rally because, “we’ve done it all year,” Stastny said.

  • Deadline for slowpitch softball...

    Registration is open for the upcoming slowpitch softball season. The slowpitch league is for men’s and women’s teams and season starts April 26-27 with a tournament. The season runs through the end of July.
    Price for participation is $575 per team. Registration fee and additional paperwork is due Friday.
    For more information, send email to losalamossoftball@yahoo.com.
     

  • Kiwanis' fundraiser set for...

    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is inviting the community to the second annual Kentucky Derby Party from 3 to 5:30 p.m. May 3 at the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill.
    Tickets for the event is $50, half of which is for the event and half of which is a donation to purchase immunizations for 13 women and all of their children through Project Eliminate, a joint Kiwanis International and UNICEF project to wipe out Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus worldwide.
    MNT is caused when tetanus spores, found in soil everywhere, come into contact with open cuts during childbirth. The disease strikes the poorest of the poor, the geographically hard to reach and those without health care.
    However, MNT is highly preventable. Just three doses of a $.60 immunization protect mothers, who then pass on the immunity to their future babies.
    Last year, more than $1,200 was raised for Project Eliminate through the Kiwanis Club’s Kentucky Derby party.
    This year marks the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.