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Today's Sports

  • Bjorklund has top prediction

    Heidi Bjorklund was only 5 seconds off her predicated time in Tuesday’s Pace Race, which was held on the pollution plant service road at the bottom of Main Hill.
    Other accurate predictors included Sonja Behnke and Allison Chan, tying at 8 seconds off.
    Lyle Cunningham recorded a 15 second differential, and Roxana Candia was 25 seconds off her predicated time.
    On the one-mile distance, Tamara Jurado was the fastest finisher in 9 minutes, 51 seconds. Six-year-old Anders Medin was the fastest male with a time of 11:05.
    The top three-mile finishers were Zach Medin, recording a 23:16, and his wife, Roxana Candia, at 23:35.
    Next Tuesday’s run will start at 6 p.m. on North Mesa, down the horse stables service road on the trail just north of the Brewer Rodeo Arena.
    One-and three-mile distances will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the Atomic City Road Runners’ website, atomicrunners.com.
     

  • Cowboy shoot Saturday

    On Saturday, there will be a “Cowboy Shoot” at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Pistol Pits starting at 9 a.m.
    This SASS ruled event will occur every third Saturday (weather permitting).
    The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, “Old West” style. Clothing attire and accoutrements, as well as the guns used, that reflects this period of the American West is required / encouraged to shoot in these events.
    Courses of fire are shot in stages that change each month, firing on fixed or reactive steel targets.
    Scoring is based on accuracy and overall time used to shoot each stage.
    If this is something anyone thinks they might be interested in, they are welcome to come and observe the event. The club will show them what it’s all about and let them try shooting some of the guns (eye and ear protection required) after the match.
    More information about Cowboy Action Shooting can be found on the LASC website, la-sc.org, under “Programs/Pistol” or by clicking on the “Cowboy Action Match” on the Calendar of Events.
     

  • LA’s win-streak snapped

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team took on the top team in the league so far this season Tuesday — Sandia Prep.
    Los Alamos limited Sandia Prep to just six goals, but only managed to score twice itself.
    The Sundevils stayed undefeated, improving to 7-0 with the win.
    Los Alamos, meanwhile, dropped to 4-4.
    The loss also ended a three-game winning streak for the ’Toppers. Los Alamos swept Midland, Texas (2-9) in a doubleheader Saturday, 11-7 and 8-7.
    Saturday, Los Alamos will take on Coronado, Texas in Albuquerque.
    The ’Toppers will have three straight home games after that, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Bosque.
     

  • Softball gets big win

    The Los Alamos softball team passed Del Norte in the District 2-5A standings Wednesday, taking down the Knights 11-6.
    With the win, Los Alamos (8-10, 2-3 District 2-5A) moved into third place in the district behind Bernalillo (15-3, 6-0) and Española Valley (11-11, 4-2).
    Del Norte (6-11, 2-3) has the same district record as Los Alamos, but the ’Toppers now hold the head-to-head advantage. The two teams will play twice more. Los Alamos will also play Española and Capital twice more, so it can still move into second place in 2-5A.
    The win also snapped a three-game skid for Los Alamos.
    “Overall, I’m very happy we won — the girls played hard,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “It’s nice to get this win and get back on the winning track.”
    Nine different Hilltoppers scored Wednesday against Del Norte.
    Los Alamos scored once in the first inning, twice in the second and once more in the third. Del Norte rallied to tie the game with four runs in the bottom of the third, but Los Alamos scored runs in each of the last four innings, as well.
    “The girls just continued to hit the ball,” Anaya said.
    Los Alamos went back up by four with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one more in the sixth.

  • LA baseball grabs sole...

    When the Los Alamos baseball team began its district schedule, its coaches started preaching about getting off to good starts and finishing strong.
    Wednesday Los Alamos completed its first-round of district games, and it has certainly got off to a good start in the league. Los Alamos and Del Norte both entered the contest with 4-0 district marks, but Los Alamos shut out the Knights, 10-0, to grab sole possession of first place.
    Now Los Alamos will try to finish strong in its remaining seven district games to stay on top.
    “We’re just trying to get better,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “5-0 doesn’t win the district and it doesn’t get you to state.”
    Los Alamos has scored at least 10 runs in all of its district games so far. After the Española Valley win, however, the team made a conscious effort to start hitting the ball harder. The adjustments it made have been working — Los Alamos scored 35 runs in three games against its top competitors in the league, Del Norte and Bernalillo.
    “After the Española game, we weren’t pleased how hard we were hitting the ball,” Gill said. “We made some adjustments and they obviously seem to be paying off.”

  • Aggie Caravan coming to LA

    LAS CRUCES — The Aggie Caravan will hit the road once again as announced by the New Mexico State Athletic Department. This year’s caravan is slated to begin Tuesday and will be making stops in Farmington, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
    Aggie fans are encouraged to attend the free event to meet and interact with NM State coaches and administrators to get an inside look into the past season, updates on the spring sports and preview of the 2016-17 season.
    A variety of coaches and administrators will be in attendance at the Aggie Caravans, including but not limited to: head football coach Doug Martin, head men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies and two-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Mark Trakh.
    “It is imperative for us to meet our fans face-to-face,” Director of Athletics Mario Moccia said. “We can’t do our job from behind our desks in Las Cruces and I’m looking forward to these visits. I’m very proud of our events this year in Rio Rancho (men’s basketball game), El Paso and Roswell (baseball games), Phoenix (NCAA women’s basketball) and Santa Fe (legislative basketball game).”
    Farmington will be the first stop in the Aggie Caravan on Tuesday at the St. Clair Winery.

  • Stokes named new LAHS volleyball...

    The Los Alamos Athletic Department has hired Diana (Dee Di) Stokes as its new head high school girls’ volleyball coach for the 2016-17 school year.
    Stokes has coached for over 20 years and has previously spent a combined six years at the helm for the ’Toppers. With Los Alamos, she has an overall record of 87-33.
    Stokes replaces Sharleen Espinoza who coached Los Alamos the last two seasons. Last year, Espinoza led the ’Toppers to a 19-4 record, a District 2-5A championship and a spot in the state quarterfinals. Los Alamos went 32-15 in Espinoza’s two seasons.
     

  • Competitors Run for Her Life

    The Atomic City Roadrunners hosted the sixth annual Run for Her Life Sunday. The race, which is a benefit for breast cancer research, attracted 69 runners for its 5K and 10K, held at East Park.
    Daniel Santistevan ran the fastest 5K in 20 minutes, 24 seconds.
    Tammie Nelson led the women in the 5K in 22:33.
    In the 10K, Erica Baron had the fastest time of 42:13.
    Mike Engelhart led the men in the 10K with a time of 43:22.
    Below are the complete results, separated by age and gender.
    Men 5K, 19 and under
    1. 43:41 Emmitt Tibbitts Los Alamos

    Men 5K, 20-29
    1. 20:24 Daniel Santistevan Santa Cruz
    2. 39:44 David Carlson Los Alamos

    Men 5K, 30-39
    1. 39:01 Matthew Schmidt Los Alamos
    2. 39:15 August Keksis Los Alamos
    3. 46:13 R.J. Montano Los Alamos

    Men 5K, 40-49
    1. 28:12 Neil Henson Los Alamos
    2. 58:22 James Harrison Los Alamos

    Men 5K, 50-59
    1. 28:13 Sven Rudin Los Alamos
    2. 33:12 John Underdahl Jemez Springs

    Men 5K, 60-69
    1. 49:41 James Nesmith Los Alamos

    Women 5K, 19 and under
    1. 39:02 Olivia Schmidt Los Alamos
    2. 39:03 Sophie Schmidt Los Alamos
    3. 55:48 McKenzie Gerlicher Los Alamos

  • LA softball drops doubleheader...

    The Los Alamos softball team’s hopes of winning a District 2-5A championship took a big hit Friday when the team hosted Bernalillo.
    Bernalillo (14-3, 5-0 District 2-5A) won both games of the doubleheader, 16-1 and 13-11, to tighten its grip on first place.
    Los Alamos (7-10, 1-3) is now in a situation where it will need to win both of its three-games series against Española Valley (10-9, 4-1) and Del Norte (6-10, 2-2) to take second in the district.
    While Bernalillo won both games, the day certainly ended better than it began for Los Alamos. The Spartans needed just four innings to win the first game, but Los Alamos kept the second game close to the end.
    “I told them I was pretty proud of them,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “After the first game, it would have been easy to give up and say we can’t play with this team.”
    Bernalillo jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second game, but Los Alamos fought back and took the lead in the bottom of the third.
    With two outs, Makaela Jones doubled, Jayde Tucker walked and Hanna Mojica walked to load the bases. Lauren Harris then clubbed an opposite-field triple down the right field line to clear the bases and tie the game, 3-3.

  • LA tennis teams finish third at...

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams both placed third at the Albuquerque Academy Tennis Invite over the weekend.
    The Hilltopper boys finished third, competing in the red group with Albuquerque Academy, Bosque High School and Piedra Vista. Los Alamos played all three teams in best-of-nine matches, which included six singles and three doubles matches.
    The boys played fourth-ranked Piedra Vista to start the tournament Friday. After the six singles’ matches, the two teams were tied, 3-3.
    Los Alamos, however, quickly rebounded and swept the doubles matches to win the match, 6-3.
    Later Friday, the Hilltopper boys beat Bosque, 8-1, before falling to Albuquerque Academy, 9-0.
    On Saturday afternoon Los Alamos played St. Michael’s High School for third place. The Hilltopper boys raced out to a 2-1 doubles lead going into singles, dropping the No. 1 doubles match in three very close sets. George Margevicius and Andrew Tang went up 7-5 to win the first set, dropped the second 6-2 and quickly went up in the third set 5-2. Margevicius and Tang played the better match from start to finish, but were unable to close out the match.
    The Hiltopper boys rebounded and won three of the six singles matches to beat St. Mike’s, 5-4, to take third.