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Today's Sports

  • Golf: LA girls in 4th place...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team was in fourth place heading into the second day of state competition today.
    Los Alamos’ girls were scheduled to finish the Class 4A tournament today, being played at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque. They shot a team total of 391 in the first round, 41 shots off the pace.
    To start today’s round – players were scheduled to tee off at 8 a.m. – the Hilltoppers had a fair amount of work to do to move into the top three, which was their stated goal.
    Deming earned a team score of 350 to take the day one lead. Goddard was 14 shots off the pace heading in and Kirtland Central was 18 shots behind Deming’s Wildcats.

  • Baseball: Artesia sweeps LA in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was knocked out of the state Class 4A tournament in the opening round this weekend.

    Los Alamos, the No. 12 seed, traveled to face the fifth-seeded Artesia Bulldogs Friday and Saturday. Artesia came away with 12-2, 12-2 victories to sweep the best-of-three series.

    The Hilltoppers, who won the 2011 District 2-4A title, finish the season with a record of 13-13.

    The Bulldogs will advance to play the fourth-seeded St. Pius X Sartans in the second round of state playoffs.

  • Golf: LA opens state 4A tourney...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team will get a first-hand look at its fellow state championship competitors in the first round of the Class 4A tournament.
    The state 4A championship tournament for both boys and girls starts Monday and continues through Tuesday at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers, who earned a No. 4 seed in the tournament, will get to tee off early Monday morning.
    Shelby Fellows of Los Alamos goes off with the first group of the day, teeing off from the 10th hole at 8 a.m.

  • Track and field: LA girls come...

    Once again, the District 2-4A girls track and field meet turned into a runaway.
    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers scored a whopping 240.5 team points, nearly double the total of their next-closest competitor, Santa Fe. Only one other team, Bernalillo, even broke 40 points.
    The Hilltoppers won all but three events at the 2-4A meet, held in Bernalillo — the first time since 2000 that it wasn’t held in Los Alamos. In the three events it didn’t win, Los Alamos athletes finished second, assuring the team will have at least one representative in each event at this week’s state Class 4A meet.
    The state championship meet starts Friday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos is favored to win its third straight team title.

  • Track and field: LA boys...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team won big at the District 2-4A championship meet and placed 12 new qualifiers into state.
    Los Alamos earned 198 team points at the meet this weekend, held in Bernalillo, more than twice as many as Santa Fe, which finished as the runner-up. Los Alamos picked up district titles in nine different events at the two-day meet.
    The Hilltoppers will now advance to the state 4A meet, which starts Friday in Albuquerque.
    The win at the district meet kept the Hilltoppers undefeated 2-4A streak alive. The Hilltoppers have won 12 straight district titles since joining 2-4A in 2000 and 19 straight district titles overall.

  • Softball: LA sweeps, grabs...

    In between games at Saturday’s Los Alamos-Santa Fe softball doubleheader, the Santa Fe Demons held a ceremony to honor their senior, during which they congratulated the Hilltoppers for winning the district title.
    While it wasn’t technically accurate at that point, the Hilltoppers made it so in game two.
    Los Alamos swept both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader, taking game one 10-0 in six innings game two 12-1, also in six innings to clinch the District 2-4A title.
    Had Los Alamos lost the second game, it, Bernalillo and Santa Fe would’ve gone into a tiebreaker, which Los Alamos probably would’ve won anyway, unless it surrendered more than 18 runs.

  • Tennis: Toppers bounced in 4A...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Both matches came right down to the wire, but in both instances, the Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams found themselves on the short end.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams were sent home a round earlier than expected Saturday. The Hilltopper girls fell to their arch-rivals, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the semifinal round of the Class 4A state team playoffs, while the Hilltopper boys were stung by the Farmington Scorpions.
    It was a wild finish in both team matches, particularly the boys match, which came down to the final game in the final match.

  • Animal Kingdom wins Kentucky...

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — John Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby by a broken nose.

    An injury to Animal Kingdom's regular rider, Robby Albarado, cleared the way for Velazquez to pick up the mount and once he took the reins on Saturday, he rode his good luck all the way to the winner's circle.

    Animal Kingdom, who'd never raced on dirt before, reacted to his new rider the way a champion should, charging down the middle of the stretch to win by 2¾ lengths.

    Nehro was second and Mucho Macho Man was another neck back in third.

    Dialed In went off as the 5-1 favorite, but finished eighth.

  • Running: Burnside is tops at...

    Eric Burnside had a spotless prediction of his finish time at this week’s Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was held Tuesday on the North Mesa Trail.
    Burnside, 13, finished in 22:00, equaling his predicted finish time to win this week’s race. Burnside just edged out Dan Rees, who was off by one second. Michelle Jones was off by nine seconds.
    Jones was the top finisher on the 1-mile course Tuesday, earning a time of 10:03. Zac Jones finished the short course in 11:09.
    Jamie Jablin had the fastest finish on the 3-mile course, crossing in 18:37. Alexander Romero finished in 20:19 and Jeramy Coettee posted a 20:30.

  • LAHS Athletics: It’s a busy...

    The final week of the 2010-11 spring sports season is one of the busiest, starting with this weekend.
    Los Alamos has teams competing in the state Class 4A baseball and tennis championships and the District 2-4A track and field championship. Additionally, the Hilltoppers will be involved with a crucial doubleheader in softball Saturday.
    Today, the Hilltopper baseball team will open a best-of-three series with the Artesia Bulldogs. The winner of the series, which has its first game at 6 p.m. and continues at 11 a.m. Saturday, will advance to the quarterfinal round. The quarterfinals are Thursday in Albuquerque.