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  • LA baseball gets No. 3 state seed

    The Los Alamos baseball team earned the No. 3 seed for the Class 5A state tournament.

    Los Alamos, who finished 20-6 overall and clinched its seventh consecutive district title Saturday, will host No. 14 Aztec (12-12) in a best-of-three first round series beginning Friday.

    District 2-5A runner up Española Valley (18-6) got the No. 6 seed and will play No. 11 Farmington (11-15) in the first round. Los Alamos and the Sundevils could meet for the fourth time this season in the quarterfinals.

    Bernalillo (12-13-1) also made the playoffs as the No. 15 seed. The Spartans will play No. 2 Goddard (22-4) in the first round.

    Piedra Vista (21-4) earned the No. 1 seed and will begin its title defense against Roswell (9-17).

  • 'Toppers take strides in...

    The Los Alamos track teams had its final tune up before the district championships Friday at home on Sullivan Field.
    A few ’Topper athletes qualified for state in the meet and some others showed improvement from their previous qualifying marks.
    “We had some really good performances,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    The Hilltopper boys won the meet with 139 points, followed by St. Michael’s (104), Santa Fe High (55), Española Valley (43) and Capital (14).
    In the girls’ team race, Los Alamos and St. Michael’s were also in a battle for the top spot. The teams were tied late in the meet, but St. Michael’s first-place finish in the final event, the 4x400 relay, helped them take first as a team with 122 points, just 2 ahead of Los Alamos. Santa Fe (82) finished third, Española Valley (19) came in fourth and Capital (3) was fifth.
    Liam Johnson was one of the highlights of the meet again. He broke the sophomore record in pole vault that he set last week, clearing 13 feet, 3 inches to win the event. Sean Reynolds (11-3), Jacob Holesinger (10-9) and Tyler Moore (10-3) finished third through fifth in the event for Los Alamos.

  • Atomic Tumblers win 36 medals at...

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Belen recently to compete in USA Gymnastics New Mexico State Championships.
    The Atomic Tumblers turned in a dominating performance. The team won medal after medal, 36 in all, had a few gymnasts win state championships and some qualify for the regional championships.
    Megan Brown, a first-year competitor, won the Younger Bronze Division, taking all-around gold with a 37.40. She also won state championships on the floor exercise (9.65) and the balance beam (9.50). She took silver on vault (9.15).
    Teammate Danielle Trellue medaled in every event to win a silver all around (37.20). Trellue placed first on the bars (9.40), second on both the beam (9.45) and floor (9.40) and finished third on the vault (8.95).
    Alexandra Simikov won bronze medals on bars (9.30) and the floor exercise (9.20).
    Claudia Jablonski finished ninth all-around (33.75).
    In the Youth Bronze Division, Deeanna Foster won a bronze medal in the all-around (36.70). Foster also won a gold medal on the beam (9.45) and a bronze medal on floor (9.35).
    Anika Lovato won a silver medal with her floor exercise (9.40) and bronze medals on both the vault (9.10) and bars (9.15).
    In the Junior Bronze Division, Aria Warner won a bronze on the balance beam (9.30).

  • Sports Briefs 5-1-15

    Kentucky Derby Party
    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos welcomes you to join the fun on Derby day, Saturday, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    This year the Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course will host the event, which will include a derby-inspired buffet, mint juleps, cocktails, a derby hat contest, kids activities, large screen viewing and 50/50 betting on the big race.
    All proceeds will benefit Project Eliminate, a partnership between Kiwanis and UNICEF to combat maternal and neonatal tetanus across the globe.
    For tickets and more information, email lclough@unm.edu or casadaly@aol.com or call 469-1465

  • ’Toppers beat down Bernalillo in...

    In its home regular season finale, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was playing about as sharp as it had all season.
    That was great news for the Hilltoppers, but not so much for their opponents.
    As sharp as Los Alamos was Wednesday at Bomber Field, the Bernalillo Spartans were flat. That led to a big 14-0 rout in favor of the Hilltoppers, a game that wrapped up in the minimum 4-1/2 innings.
    Starting pitcher Lane Saunders was spot-on. He threw five innings of hitless ball, allowing just two walks, one in the second and one in the third innings, neither of which became a scoring threat.
    The left-handed Saunders was in full command, striking out three and facing more than the minimum number of batters just once — he picked off Isaac Gutierrez, one of the hitters he walked, by a country mile to end the third inning — and only a handful of Spartans were able to make solid contact with him all day.
    With Wednesday’s victory, the Hilltoppers now move within one game of clinching their seventh consecutive District 2-5A title. They can do so with a victory in either of their two games Saturday at Del Norte, a team that has struggled for much of the season.

  • LA softball has win streak...

    The Los Alamos softball team had its five-game win streak snapped Wednesday by the District 2-5A champs, Bernalillo.
    The Spartans stayed perfect in the district, improving to 10-0 in 2-5A and 20-4 overall, with a 5-0 win against the ’Toppers (6-4, 11-13).
    “Overall it was a well played game,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We definitely played better than the first time we played them.”
    It was certainly closer that their previous games.
    The first time Los Alamos played Bernalillo, the Spartans hit eight home runs in a doubleheader.
    Jordan Hammock kept Bernalillo’s bats a lot quieter Wednesday, only giving up one extra-base hit and no home runs. “They had to earn every run,” Anaya said.
    Hammock pitched all seven innings, giving up 11 hits, five runs — three of which were earned — while striking out five and walking three. “She threw a great game,” Anaya said.
    Bernalillo’s pitcher, Isabella Navarro, was also impressive. She struck out 12 ’Toppers in the game.
    “Their pitcher is very tough,” Anaya said. “She has the best rise ball we’ve seen.”

  • Lockhart breaks triple jump...

    Liz Lockhart is now a Los Alamos record holder.
    Lockhart jumped 36 feet, 4 inches in the triple jump to break Christina Gonzales’ record that had stood since 2000.
    Her jump was almost two feet longer than her previous state-qualifying mark and was second best performance in a stacked field at the Harper Invitational.
    Twenty-three teams competed in the meet, including most of Class 6A’s powerhouses.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls teams both made statements with high finishes. The Hilltopper boys finished fourth as a team, placing ahead of Cleveland for the first time ever in a track meet.
    “What an amazing meet,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We did very well as a team, finishing behind the usual 6A powerhouses,” Los Alamos girls head coach Paul Anderson said. Anderson thought the Hilltopper girls finished fourth as well, but hadn’t seen the final team scores.
    With so many tough teams and athletes, a few ’Toppers hit state-qualifying marks in events they placed outside of the top-six in.
    Greg Ahlers had Los Alamos’ only first-place finish in the meet.

  • Kratzer has the top prediction...

    David Kratzer was only three seconds off his predicted time in this week’s pace race held on American Springs Road up in the Jemez.
    Other accurate predictors included Nikol Strother, who was just eight seconds off, Lyle Cunningham had a 10-second differential, 5-year-old Anders Medin was 24 seconds off and Lauraine Maness was off by 25 seconds.
    On the one-mile course, the top finisher was Tad Hughes, clocking in at 9 minutes, 5 seconds. Sue Elkins was the fastest female, finishing in 13:19.
    Ted Romero finished the three-mile course first in 21:33. The top female finisher, Strother, finished just two seconds behind him.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be at 6 p.m. in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.
    Pajarito Acres is on Acoma Lane, which is off South Monte Rey Drive and Potrillo Drive. One and 2.8-mile paved courses will be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com.
     

  • 51s drop Isotopes with walk off

    For the second time during the opening road trip of the season, the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-11) fell victim to a walk off victory. The Las Vegas 51s (12-8) claimed a 6-5 win after a two-run ninth inning at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Nev, Tuesday afternoon.
    Deciding Moment:
    The Isotopes jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the second inning after back-to-back home runs from Angelys Nina and Tim Smalling.
    Dustin Garneau singled to get the offense started before Tim Wheeler drew a walk. Nina lined a 1-1 pitch over the center field wall, and Smalling followed with a solo shot of his own.
    The 51s chipped away to cut the ’Topes lead to 5-4 in the seventh.
    After escaping a bases loaded, no one out jam in the bottom of the eighth, Albuquerque needed just three outs to take the final game of the series. Las Vegas had other ideas as Johnny Monell led off the ninth with a double. Following back-to-back outs, a walk put runners on the corners with two down. Wilfredo Tovar then doubled in both runs to give the 51s the walk-off win.
    Back-to-back:

  • LA back on top of district after...

    The Los Alamos baseball team is back on top of the District 2-5A standings after some late-inning heroics Saturday against Española Valley.
    The ’Toppers needed to win both games to take over the spot since they lost in Española to the Sundevils earlier in the season.
    Both games were tight and tense throughout, but Los Alamos won the first contest 3-0 and then rallied late to win the second game 6-5 in extra innings.
    “That was a blast,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “This is what we’ve been working on since the Española loss — the mental (part of the game), not the physical. We just held in there and got the job done.”
    Jared Mang pitched a complete game shutout in the first game of the doubleheader, which put all of the chips on the table for the second game.
    As soon as a team took the lead in the second contest, the other team would make it disappear.
    Los Alamos led 2-0 after two innings. Zealand Waltersheid singled, stole second and scored on a Kyle Hutton single. Lane Saunders then brought Hutton home with a single. Española’ Valley’s second baseman, however, made a diving stop and turned a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning.
    An Española Valley triple and sacrifice fly cut the lead in half in the third.