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  • ’Toppers named to all-district...

    Ten Hilltopper girls were honored recently by District 2-5A.
    Los Alamos had four players named to the all-district first team, which tied Bernalillo for the most in the district, and six others named to the second team or receive an honorable mention.
    “As far as the girls selected, it shows we had a lot of players who contributed,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “During districts our defense stepped up and a lot of players hit the ball really well.”
    Los Alamos finished as the District 2-5A runners up, behind Bernalillo, with a 7-5 district record. The Hilltoppers outscored their district opponents 107-64.
    Pitcher Jordan Hammock, center fielder Shelby Chavez, shortstop Makaela Jones and right fielder Hannah Mojica all made the district’s first team.
    Chavez led the team with a .382 batting average, seven triples, 32 runs scored and nine stolen bases. She also hit five doubles, two home runs and had 17 RBI.
    Mojica led the team with 24 RBI and homered twice to tie Chavez for the team lead. She also had a .357 batting average, hit seven doubles and scored 17 runs.
    Jones finished with a .364 batting average and 21 runs scored.
    Hammock got five wins on the mound and finished with a 4.57 ERA.

  • LAMS top athletes named

    A quartet of Los Alamos Middle School athletes were named the Hawks’ Athletes of the Year Monday at a ceremony. Among the winners were Neha Sadasivan and Hunter Swavely for seventh grade and Paulina Burnside and Elijah Velasquez for eighth grade. The award, according to LAMS officials, is based on athletic skill, athletic performance, number of sports participated in, attitude, citizenship and grade-point average.

  • Gladiators score 86 in loss

    As the Duke City Gladiators traveled to Amarillo last Saturday night, it’s only fitting the game turned into an old-fashioned western shootout.
    With both offenses firing on all cylinders, every defensive stop made a difference. But when it came down to it, the Amarillo Venom (6-3 Champions Indoor Football) defeated the Duke City Gladiators (3-3 CIF) in an 89-86 four-overtime indoor football clash.
    It was a back-and-forth affair for most of the game as neither team led by much more than a touchdown.
    Coupled by a trio of field goal misses from Amarillo’s Jacob Fetzon, Duke City extended their lead to as much as 60-49 with 11:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Venom went on a 14-3 run to end the quarter, which sent the game to overtime.
    Gladiators’ quarterback Kasey Peters, wide receiver Dexter Manley, and running back Seth Smith each scored their own touchdowns in extra time. But similar to regulation, the Venom answered back to the Gladiator’s scores and the wild, wild West matchup was finally decided in the fourth overtime.
    Peters finished 31-for-45 in passing attempts with 390 passing yards, and eight touchdowns.
    Manley added 12 receptions, 126 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Roland Bruno ended with 11 receptions, 122 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Quick wins flight at Sandia

    Three golfers from Los Alamos placed well at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament held at the Sandia Golf Course May 12.
    Bob Quick won the first flight with a gross score of 82.
    In the second flight, Larry Hults shot a 73 net score to take second in the net division.
    Quinn Cremer, meanwhile, shot a 76 net score to finish third in the fourth flight’s net division.
    The next day, the association hosted another tournament at UNM’s Championship Golf Course.
    Hults shot a 69 net score to finish second in the second flight’s net division.
    Playing in the same division as Hults, Ron Krantz shot a 71 net score to finish third.
    Maguin Urioste won the third flight. Urioste shot a 90 gross to finish first.
    Cremer shot a 68 net score to take third in the fourth flight.
     

  • Begrudgingly following a...

    After either being cooped up inside or getting rained on outside, it was nice to finally get out for a pedal last week on a dry day. I watched the sun shine for most of the day, then loaded up my bike and headed over to Kwage Mesa for a few sunset laps.
    Someone’s cabin fever, however, had apparently boiled over before mine did and they hit the trail immediately after the rain subsided. There were deep footprints in the dirt singletrack, turning what I was hoping to be a flowy ride on some tacky dirt into a choppy and bumpy experience.
    I understand their mindset. Sometimes you just have to get out and it’s hard to know what condition a trail is in until you’re actually on it.
    But come on, after 50 feet it should have become apparent to this mysterious bigfoot that a paved surface would have been a better choice than slogging through the mud.
    But they went on anyway.
    Their shoes probably weighed 10 pounds by the time they finished the trail. And then they turned around and put another set of 3-inch deep tracks on the trail going the other way.
    I kept wondering what that person was thinking as I aimed my front tire at their footprints in an attempt to smooth the trail back out.
    Thinking about what they were thinking, however, completely ruined my first lap.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NFL moves back extra points

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers.
    The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2.
    “There was strong sentiment coming out of our meetings in March that something had to be done with our extra point,” said Texans general manager Rick Smith, a member of the competition committee that proposed this specific rule change. “From a kicking perspective the try was over 99 percent (successful), so we tried to add skill to the play.
    “It was also a ceremonial play.”
    The accepted proposal places the 2-point conversion at the 2, and allows the defense to return a turnover to the other end zone for the two points, similar to the college rule. The defense can also score two points by returning a botched kick.
    The change was approved only for 2015, then will be reviewed. But Smith predicts it will become permanent.
    “This isn’t an experiment,” Smith added. “This is a rule change. We expect this to be a part of the game.”
    The vote was 30-2. Washington and Oakland voted no.

  • Gattiker has top prediction in...

    Katie Gattiker had the top prediction is this week’s pace race, which was held at East Park. Gattiker was only 3 seconds off of her predicted time.
    Sam Crooks and David Kratzer tied for next best prediction with a 5-second differential.
    Aurea Rojas was 10 seconds off her estimated time.
    On the 1-mile course, Mariela Saenz finished first in 10 minutes, 25 seconds.
    The top male participant, Brian Newnam, finished the mile in 10:48.
    Ted Romero finished the 3-mile course with a first-place time of 20:13.
    Nikol Strother was the first female to finish the 3-mile course, recording a 20:28.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. The races will start just to the west of Chamisa Elementary at 205 Meadow Lane. For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

     

  • 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).