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  • Pajarito gearing up for summer...

    Pajarito Mountain officials touted a successful winter season and announced plans for a robust summer season filled with mountain biking and festivals.
    Pajarito Mountain and its sister resort, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, experienced a combined 23 percent increase in skier visits over the previous year.
    Pajarito opened for ski season on Nov. 27, one of the earliest starts in recent history, operating a total of 87 days, also the most for the resort in recent years.
    Pajarito offered skiers and snowboarders a consistent operating schedule of five days a week, a schedule that will continue again next winter.
    “Going into this winter, our team had several goals: to fill the pond, open Pajarito on ‘White Friday,’ expand our operating schedule and, most importantly, to provide the best skiing possible to every guest that visited this mountain,” Tom Long, General Manager of Pajarito Mountain, said. “I’m proud to announce we were able to accomplish all of those objectives. While we continue to make huge strides, we only see more opportunities to expand upon those accomplishments and we’re eager to continue taking our operations to the next level at Pajarito.”

  • Hilltoppers sweep district golf...

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ golf teams both cruised to District 2-5A titles Wednesday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The Hilltopper girls shot a 364 to win their team title. The score was the girls’ fifth state-qualifying leg in 10 attempts this year, giving them two more than the required three legs needed to advance to the Class 5A state championships, which will be held May 9-10 at Farmington’s Piñon Hills course.
    The Hilltopper boys weren’t too far away from qualifying for state. The boys shot a 328 to win the district tournament, just nine shots above a state-qualifying leg. Any district champion who shoots a qualifying leg at the district tournament automatically qualifies for state.
    Finishing behind the Hilltopper boys were Del Norte (385), Capital (471) and Española Valley (no score).
    Española Valley also competed in the girls’ tournament, but didn’t post a team score there either.
    Individually, Los Alamos also claimed both district titles and nine of the 10 first-team all district spots.
    Jennifer Necker, who will also compete at state as an individual, shot an 80 to win the girls’ championship.
    Eighth-grader Henry Poston shot a 79 to win the boys’ title, just one shot above a state-qualifying leg.

  • ’Toppers suffer first district...

    The Los Alamos baseball team lost its first district contest of the season Wednesday at Bernalillo.
    Trailing by one run, the Hilltoppers loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but a strike out ended the game and gave Bernalillo the 7-6 victory.
    The loss, however, doesn’t have much of an impact the district standings. With just two games left, Los Alamos and Del Norte will both head into Saturday’s doubleheader with 9-1 district records.
    Los Alamos, however, won the first game so Del Norte will need to win both of Saturday’s games to move ahead of Los Alamos in the district standings.
    The games will start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Bomber Field.
    Sunday, the brackets for the state tournament will be released.
    Los Alamos is currently ranked No. 8 in 5A by MaxPreps.

  • LA softball falls to Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos softball team was unable to give Bernalillo its first district loss of the season Wednesday. The Spartans jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first two innings and held on to win the game, 10-3.
    Los Alamos is now 13-11 overall and 6-4 in District 2-5A. Los Alamos is also MaxPreps’ No. 11 ranked team in Class 5A.
    Bernalillo is now 20-3, 10-0.
    Los Alamos still controls its destiny in the district. Two wins Saturday over Del Norte (8-14, 4-6) will lock up second place for Los Alamos.
    Those games will start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in White Rock.
     

  • Bjorklund has top prediction in...

    Mark Bjorklund was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race, which was held in the Western Area. Bjorklund finished with just an 18-second differential to lead the predictors.
    Burton Krohn was 27 seconds off his predictions while Allison Chan and Georgia Pedicini tied at 34 seconds off.
    On the one-mile course, Billy Strother was the first finisher at 9 minutes, 47 seconds. His sister Savanna Strother was the top female, recording a 10:09.
    Ryan Smeltzer ran a 25:54 to finish first in the three-mile race. Roxana Candia was the first female to finish in 27:56.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will take place at Piñon Park in White Rock, across from Smith’s on Sherwood Boulevard.
    It will be the “staggered start” race where participants will leave at different times depending on their predictions with the ultimate goal of everyone finishing together. One-and three-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com

  • Extra innings needed to decide...

    ESPAÑOLA — Entering the top of the eighth inning of game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Los Alamos softball team and Española Valley were tied 16-16.
    The Sundevils won the first meeting between the teams earlier in the season, 9-6, but Los Alamos rallied to win first game of the doubleheader, 11-10, to even the series.
    Now, the rubber match to decide second place in District 2-5A needed an extra inning.
    Just an inning earlier, however, it looked like Los Alamos would easily lock up the game. The ’Toppers led 16-11 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
    No lead, however, proved to be safe Saturday.
    In the second game of the doubleheader, Los Alamos jumped out to a 7-2 lead before Española fought back to tie it, 8-8, and later took a 9-8 lead in the fifth.
    Los Alamos responded with four runs in the sixth and three more in the top of the seventh to pull back ahead.
    Down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh, the Sundevils scored four runs, including a game-tying two-RBI triple, to send it into extra innings.
    After scoring 27 runs already in the day, Los Alamos still had some pop in its bats.

  • Several ’Toppers qualify for...

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams competed against arguably the toughest field of teams they’ll face this season at Albuquerque Academy’s Richard Harper Invitational.
    “It was one of the most competitive meets which we have ever entered and the girls did very well,” Los Alamos girls’ head coach Paul Anderson said.
    The girls finished eighth out of 18 teams, but were second among Class 5A teams. Cleveland finished first with 124 points, followed by Piedra Vista (48), Volcano Vista (37.5), La Cueva (37), Eldorado (36), Rio Rancho (26), Santa Fe (26), Los Alamos (25), Belen (16), Sandia (14), Albuquerque Academy (11.5), Valencia (11), Valley (8), Los Lunas (5), Manzano (5), Cibola (4), Albuquerque (3), Atrisco Heritage (3), West Mesa (0), Rio Grande (0), Capital (0) and Grants (0).
    The Hilltopper boys tied with Piedra Vista for 11th, finishing tied for second among Class 5A schools behind Academy.
    Volcano Vista won the boys’ crown with 83 points, followed by Cleveland (75.5), Eldorado (49), Academy (48), Rio Rancho (40), Albuquerque (30), La Cueva (22), Sandia (17.5), Atrisco Heritage (16), Cibola (15), Los Alamos (14), Piedra Vista (14), Capital (8), Manzano (8), Grants (6), Valley (5), Sandia Prep (2) and Santa Fe (1).

  • Hilltoppers complete season...

    The Los Alamos baseball team stayed undefeated in District 2-5A with a pair of wins against Española Valley Saturday.
    The ’Toppers beat the Sundevils, 6-0 and 2-1, to improve to 9-0 in the district and 16-7 overall.
    Española, meanwhile, slipped to 5-14, 2-17 2-5A.
    While Los Alamos never trailed in the first game, the second game wasn’t decided until the seventh inning.
    Two errors helped Española take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
    The ’Toppers then came back and tied the contest in the third. With two outs, Connor Mang singled and stole second base. Jarrett Genero walked in the two-hole, then Lane Saunders stepped up to the plate and hit an RBI single to bring Mang home.
    Mang got into scoring position again in the fifth inning, but was stranded at second.
    With the score still tied 1-1 in the seventh, Los Alamos was able to manufacture the winning run.
    Jake Rutten walked to start the inning.
    Travis Gonzales then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Rutten into scoring position. Vincent Marchiano walked and then, after a fly out, Genero walked to load the bases.

  • LA goes 1-1 against top teams

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team played two of the top teams in the league last week.
    Saturday, Los Alamos hosted Sandia at Sullivan Field. Sandia beat Los Alamos earlier in the season, but Los Alamos won the re-match, 12-7, to give Sandia just its second loss of the season.
    Monday, Los Alamos was unable to do the same thing against Santa Fe Prep. The Griffins beat Los Alamos, 16-7, to sweep the season series.
    Los Alamos is now 7-5 overall and in fourth place. The top four teams will make it to the state playoffs.
     

  • Hilltoppers lacrosse runs by...

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team didn’t have much trouble taking down Bosque Thursday. The Hilltoppers scored their most lop-sided victory of the season against the Bobcats, 12-4.
    With the win, Los Alamos moved into fourth place in the league standings with a 5-4 overall record.
    The three teams ahead of Los Alamos — Santa Fe Prep, Sandia and Sandia Prep — only have one loss apiece, so the ’Toppers have some work ahead of them if they want to move up in the standings some.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to play Sandia Saturday morning at Sullivan Field and will also host Santa Fe Prep at Overlook Park Monday. The Santa Fe Prep game will begin at 4:30 p.m.
    The Griffins beat Los Alamos in their season opener, 16-3.
    The ’Toppers have been playing better ball since then, winning four of their last five contests to steadily move up the standings.
    Monday’s game is also a re-match of last year’s state championship.