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  • Isotopes split with River Cats

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (16-24) used a six-run sixth inning to beat the Sacramento River Cats (21-19) 10-7 Tuesday afternoon at Isotopes Park and earn a split in the four-game series.
    Center fielder Roger Bernadina mashed a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh to lead the Isotopes’ charge.
    Albuquerque jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after a three spot in the second inning, but Sacramento immediately began chipping away. The Isotopes added a run in the third, but the River Cats put two on the board in both the third and fourth innings to tie the game. Three straight singles led to three runs for Sacramento in the fifth and gave the Cats a 7-4 lead.
    Albuquerque was not done though, as the first four batters reached in the sixth inning to tie the game before Bernadina’s three-run smash put the ’Topes on top for good.
    The hottest Isotopes hitter of late has been first baseman Matt McBride, and he continued his good work on Tuesday. He turned in a 2-for-4 afternoon with a pair of singles and two runs scored. He now has seven straight multi-hit games. Since Wednesday, McBride is batting .571 (16-for-28) with 10 runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a walk. He also has hits in 11 of his last 12 games.

  • Timberwolves win NBA lottery

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record won the No. 1 pick.
    After years of bad luck in the lottery, things finally worked out for the Wolves, who can perhaps choose between big men Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky and Jahlil Okafor of national champion Duke to put next to Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins.
    “We’re in this for big stakes,” said Flip Saunders, the Wolves’ president and coach. “The big thing about this is getting good talent that can blend together. This is another big step.”
    The Los Angeles Lakers moved from the fourth spot to second, keeping a pick they would have sent to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top five. The 76ers are third followed by the New York Knicks, who had the second-best odds of winning but instead fell to fourth 30 years after winning the first draft lottery and drafting Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.
    Not since Orlando won the right to pick Dwight Howard in 2004 had the NBA’s ultimate game of chance came out in favor of the team with the best odds. The Timberwolves had a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick after finishing 16-66.

  • Lockhart win triple jump to lead...

    ALBUQUERQUE — After breaking Los Alamos’ school record in the triple jump time and time again this year, Elizabeth Lockhart can now add state champion to her list of accomplishments.
    “It felt really good,” Lockhart said about her state championship performance. “I’m really happy.”
    On her first jump at the state meet Saturday, Lockhart jumped 37 feet, 1/2 inch to break her previous record and take the early lead in the competition.
    Lockhart consistently jumped further than everybody else after that. She had three of the four longest jumps in the prelims and three of the four longest jumps in the finals. Her first jump, however, was her farthest leap and proved to be her gold medal performance.
    The Hilltopper girls stepped on the podium 11 times at the state meet while the Hilltopper boys had seven podium finishes.
    Lockhart, however, was the lone Hilltopper that got to stand on top of the podium.
    The Hilltopper girls finished fifth as a team with 32.5 points. Aztec (78) won the girls state title, followed by Los Lunas (48), Piedra Vista (47) and St. Pius X (45).

  • Seven Hilltoppers place on first...

    ALBUQUERQUE —After day one of the Class 5A state track meet, a handful of Los Alamos athletes had already earned all-state honors.
    Greg Ahlers had Los Alamos’ highest finish on the rain and lightning-shortened first day. Ahlers cleared 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump to take second in the event. Ahlers came close to clearing 6-4 in all three of his attempts, but couldn’t quite get over the bar.
    Jonathan Schueler started the day with a third-place finish in the discus. His heave of 127-10 earned him a spot on the podium.
    Chelsea Challacombe also had a third-place finish. In the long jump, Challacombe leaped 18-1 1/4 to take third and score four team points.
    Two Hilltopper boys placed in the pole vault. Liam Johnson cleared 13-0 to take third and Sean Reynolds cleared 12-6 to tie for sixth.
    In the girls high jump, Fiona Rogers tied for fifth by clearing 4-8.
    Ashley Land also made it onto the podium. Land threw the discus 104-4 to take fifth in the event.
    The Hilltopper girls scored in all three of Friday’s event finals and were in third place as a team with 7.5 points. Aztec (19) was in first, Roswell (9) was second and Piedra Vista, St. Pius X and Los Lunas were all tied for fourth (7).

  • Hilltoppers go down swinging in...

    RIO RANCHO — Friday was a cold, windy and rainy day. After a two-weather delay, however, Los Alamos’ baseball team stepped on the field to take on Goddard in the Class 5A state semifinals.
    Both teams committed four errors in the contest. Goddard, however, turned Los Alamos’ errors into big innings while the Hilltoppers left the bases loaded three times and stranded five other runners on base in the game.
    Goddard eventually won the game 9-4.
    “Missed opportunities” stuck out to Los Alamos manager Mike Gill after the game. “We had plenty of them,” he said.
    Two errors, a wild pitch and a passed ball helped Goddard take a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
    After stranding a runner at third in the first and then leaving the bases loaded in the second, Los Alamos got back in the game in the third inning.
    Jarrett Genero walked and the Connor Mang singled to start the inning. A Goddard balk moved both runners into scoring and then Colin Maddox hit a bloop single down the right-field line to bring them both home.
    “As bad as it got, they never stopped fighting,” Gill said.
    Goddard responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to go up 5-2.
    Two Goddard errors on one play helped Jared Mang score and cut the lead back to two.

  • Sports Briefs 5-14-15

    Soccer champs
    The under-14 boys Atomic City Football Club (ACFC) won its bracket in the Durango Shootout soccer tournament, which was held May 9-10.
    In round robin play, ACFC lost its first game, which was played in the snow, to Moab, Utah, 2-1.
    In the second game they beat the Durango Fusion 4-0 with goals from Jared Carnes, Jaryn Newman and two from Cade Cummins. Goalkeeper Malcolm Carr recorded the shutout.
    In the team’s third game, ACFC fell behind early to Grand Junction, Colo., 1-0, but came back and won the game 3-1. Carnes, Dima Tretiak and Jesse Prime scored in the win.
    The gold-medal game ended up being a re-match with Moab, but this time ACFC prevailed 3-1.
    Christopher Koh scored twice and Cummins scored the team’s other goal in the win.
    After the tournament, the team voted Carnes as its offensive MVP and Wyatt Watson as its defensive MVP.

  • Hilltoppers advance to semifinals

    RIO RANCHO — The Los Alamos Hilltoppers are headed to Class 5A's state baseball semifinals.

    "It feels good," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. "This is our third straight year in the quarters and we finally got past that hump."

    Los Alamos played district rival Española Valley in the quarterfinals.
    "All four games were good ball games," Gill said. "We know each other pretty well. Obviously there was more meaning to it. The emotions were higher than in districts."

    Los Alamos led 7-2 at one point and held on to win the game 7-6.
    "It's always been a dog fight between us," Colin Maddox said. "Throughout the game we never let our guard down."

    Maddox was the latest 'Topper to step up at the plate and get some big hits when the team needed one. He went 3-for-3 in the game with 5 RBI.

    "I was seeing it really nice," Maddox said. "My team helped me pull through my struggles."
    Maddox hit a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the first to tie the game, 2-2.

    In the third, Jared Mang tripled and Jerrett Genero brought him home with a single that turned into an error-assisted triple. Connor Mang then got hit by a pitch and Maddox hit another 2-RBI single.

  • LA golfers compete at state

    Two Los Alamos golfers competed in the Class 5A state championships, which were held Monday and Tuesday at the Spring River Golf Club in Roswell.
    Jennifer Necker shot an 83 on day one and an 86 on day two to finish sixth in the girls competition with a two-day total of 169.
    Her sixth-place finish was good enough to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
    On the boys side, Jonathan Osden shot an 81 and then an 84 for a two-day total of 165. He finished 19th overall in the boys’ competition.
    Katie Allen won the girls championship with a 149 while Ben Albin shot a 141 to win the boys title.
     

  • Angel Fire Bike Park kicking off...

    After being named the No. 1 bike park in the Southwest for the second year in a row by MTBParks.com, Angel Fire Bike Park is now working to expand its trails for this upcoming season to over 100 miles and is launching a new Global Gravity Season Pass.
    Continuing to build on its reputation as one of the largest mountain biking destinations in the country, Angel Fire Bike Park is continuing its efforts to ramp up their trails, offer special deals and clinics to those new to the sport and add more races and events to the summer calendar.
    “Our goal has always been to create the most authentic trails for beginner and experienced riders to get excited about,” explained Hogan Koesis, Angels Fire’s bike park director. “Our equal mix of man-made versus natural trails on our mountain is what most people who come to check us outcompliment us on. This season we’re spending more time developing our cross-country trail network and adding mileage and improvements to our existing downhill network.”
    New this season:

  • Hilltoppers hang on to win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team held on through a nail-biter this morning to advance to the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs.
    Los Alamos led 7-2 after 5 innings, but in the top of the sixth, Española Valley came through with 4 runs — Jesus Chavez had a three-run triple to put the Sundevils right back into the ballgame.
    But the Hilltoppers, who came back from two runs down early, got a 2-run single in the third from designated hitter Colin Maddox, one of the Hilltoppers’ first round heroes, to put them up 5-2 at the time. Maddox knocked in 5 of Los Alamos’ runs.

    Los Alamos won by a final of 7-6.
    Jared Mang came on in relief on the mound of his younger brother, Connor in the fourth inning and pitched the rest of the way to earn the victory.

    -Special thanks to KRSN radio for its help with this report