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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • LA's Sepulveda meet results

    Here are the Los Alamos Hilltoppers’ final results from Monday’s Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational:

    Boys

    1600 meters

    1. Colin Hemez, 4:27.31; 2. Fernando Lucero, Rio Rancho, 4:29.14; 3. Jared Garcia, Belen, 4:29.33.

    3200 meters

    1. Chris Harlow, Cibola, 9:38.34; 2. Taylor Potter, Eldorado, 9:38.75; 3. Jereme Santistevan, Pojoaque Valley, 9:44.18; 8. Mike Walker, 9:58.66.

    High jump

    1. Avery Rasher, Farmington, 6-6; 2. Parker Hibbett, Albuquerque Academy, 6-4; 3. Landen Culbreath, St. Pius X, 6-0; 13. Skyler Veenis, 5-10.

    Pole vault

    1. Hayden Walker, Manzano, 13-0; 2. Colton Draper, Melrose, 13-0; 3. Jonathan Myrick, Moriarty, 12-6; 7. Seth Drop, 11-0.

    Girls

    1600 meters

    1. Molly Klein, Rio Rancho, 5:07.57; 2. MacKenzie Everett, La Cueva, 5:09.00; 3. Noel Prandoni, Santa Fe, 5:11.86; 8. Sophia Galvez, 5:24.37; 10. Amanda Mercer, 5:32.04; 12. Mikayla Pulliam, 5:53.45.

    100 hurdles

    1. Sarah Root, Aztec, 15.38; 2. Kiersten Huitt, Sandia Prep, 3. Cassie McClintock, Cleveland, 16.34; 4. Chelsea Challacombe, 16.63.

    High jump

    1. Chelsea Challacombe, 5-8; 2. Kayli Farmer, Aztec, 5-4; 3. Lindsey Larson, Volcano Vista, 5-2.

    Long jump

  • State Notes 04-16-14

    Haggerty, Walker named MW performers of week

  • Pederson, Olivo go deep twice...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes snapped a three-game losing streak in their series opener against El Paso Wednesday.
    Albuquerque (6-6) rallied for six runs in the bottom of third and three more the following inning as it downed El Paso’s Chihuahuas (6-6) 11-6 at Isotopes Park.
    Center fielder Joc Pederson and catcher Miguel Olivo both homered in the third inning, with Olivo’s three-run blast being the big hit of the frame. Pederson hit a three-run blast in the following inning, his fifth home run of the year, and Olivo would go deep again in the seventh inning, his fourth of the season.
    Wednesday’s game also marked the first win of the year for Matt Magill (1-1). Magill was roughed up in his last outing against the Reno Aces, but threw six innings against El Paso, giving up just one earned run and fanning 8 batters.
    The series with El Paso continues until Friday. Following this series, Albuquerque will go on the road for eight games starting with a four-game series at Salt Lake City.

  • Baseball honors Jackie Robinson

    NEW YORK (AP) — Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.
    Jackson traveled to baseball's 1992 winter meetings to criticize its lack of minorities in management, and he pushed for change.
    Selig retired Robinson's No. 42 in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the big league debut of the Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman. Selig established a Diverse Business Partners program the following year and in 1999 started requiring clubs to consider at least one minority for each manager and major executive opening. MLB also sponsors 35 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars.
    Jackson said Jackie Robinson Day had become "a national holiday for all practical purposes."
    "To honor Jackie in this way honors the best in America," Jackson told Selig on Tuesday at MLB's third Diversity Business Summit. "In many ways, had Jackie not succeeded you could not have Atlanta Falcons or the Braves or the Carolina Panthers. You could not have these southern teams if Jackie had failed."

  • Challacombe, Hemez win at top...

    Chelsea Challacombe had a huge day at the toughest track and field meet of the year Monday.
    Challacombe, representing the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls, picked up a decisive victory in the high jump and was the runner-up in the long jump at Monday’s Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational.
    The Sepulveda meet is an invitation-only event. Just the top placers in the state on the season-to-date are invited to the annual meet, which is run at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex.
    Because of the meet’s exclusivity and because it covers all the state’s school classifications, the competition is ramped up from what most athletes will see at the state meet.
    Also at the meet, Colin Hemez won the boys 1600 for Los Alamos.
    Challacombe, who’s emerged this season as the Hilltoppers’ top athlete, won the high jump by four inches. Challacombe, who finished third in last year’s Class 4A state meet in that event, topped Aztec’s Kayli Farmer, a very good athlete in her own right, with her jump of 5 feet, 8 inches — Farmer finished with a best leap of 5-4.
    On the boys side, Colin Hemez ran an impressive time of 4:27.31 seconds Monday, holding off a tight challenge from Fernando Lucero of Rio Rancho (4:29.14) and Jared Garcia of Belen (4:29.33) to take the victory.

  • LA finishes fourth at Academy...

    Los Alamos’ girls tennis team finished in the middle of the pack in this weekend’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    The Hilltoppers finished fourth in team standings at the tournament, which was played Friday and Saturday at Academy. Farmington, one of the favorites in Class 4A this season, won the team competition, while the host Chargers finished second.
    Along the way this weekend, the Hilltoppers’ top singles had solid outings.
    The Hilltoppers’ No. 1, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, knocked off Goddard’s Brittany Maidment and Belen’s Esperanza Herrear in the top draw – Hsieh-Ratliff held on in a tiebreaker against Maidment after the two split sets.
    In the No. 2 singles draw, Laura Whicker dropped Rose Baca of Belen 8-3 and swept Cristina Sartain of Goddard 6-3, 6-2, while Hannah Cunningham had a pair of wins at No. 3 singles, defeating opponents also from Belen and Goddard.
    Whicker teamed up with Maia Meneffe and Cunningham with Lauryn Anaya to earn wins in the doubles draw.
    Next up for Los Alamos is the pre-District 2-4A tournament which is set for Friday in Santa Fe. 

  • Baseball crushes Capital on road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team improved to a perfect 6-0 with its pair of crushing victories this weekend.
    Los Alamos, which remains in first place heading into this week’s play, blasted the Capital Jaguars by a combined 43-1 in the teams’ doubleheader this weekend in Santa Fe. Los Alamos won the first game 26-0, then cruised to a big 17-1 victory in game two.
    It has been rough going for Capital. It has been outscored by more than a 4-1 margin and has been limited to five runs in five district games so far.
    For the Hilltoppers (14-6 overall), they control their own destiny in district right now, with their only serious contender being Española Valley (12-6, 3-1 in 2-4A). Española Valley, which the Hilltoppers nipped 3-2 last week, has a big game Wednesday at Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos will be off this week until Saturday, when it starts the second half of 2-4A play. Los Alamos will travel to Bernalillo for a doubleheader.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Bernalillo’s Spartans (4-13, 1-2) by a count of 10-3 April 2 at Bomber Field.