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  • 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.

  • Tennis: Lucido/Havemann wins...

    ALBUQUERQUE — They’ve known each other for as long as they can remember. Actually, even longer.
    Dominic Lucido and Chase Havemann were in the hospital nursery at the same time. Now, they’re sharing half of a state championship.
    Lucido/Havemann won a thrilling three-set contest against Albuquerque Academy’s George Cooper/Brandon Jew, bouncing back after being dominated in the second set to win 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.
    It’s the second straight boys Class 4A doubles championship for the Hilltopper program. Matt Whicker, who was on hand for the title match, and Patrick Raichur won that title in 2010.

  • LA teams struggle in first round...

    Non-seeded singles or doubles representatives of Los Alamos struggled to survive the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs Wednesday.
    The 4A singles and doubles competition opened Wednesday afternoon in Albuquerque. The boys and girls draws were to be concluded today at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex. Scores weren’t available from today’s competition as of press time.
    Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers earned a total of four entries into the singles draw and three doubles entries.
    In girls singles, Nasim Andrews of Los Alamos was defeated in the opening round of the 4A tournament by Ksenia Bosnia of Albuquerque Academy, who was the No. 2 seed in the draw.
    Fellow Hilltopper Susanna Lucido lost to eighth-seeded Mary Romero of Roswell.

  • Topper softball falls to...

    BERNALILLO — Some costly errors in untimely situations hurt the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team dearly in a big District 2-4A contest Wednesday.
    Los Alamos met the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday in Bernalillo with a chance to move within a game of clinching the district title this season.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers are in a position where they may now need a sweep to claim the district title.
    Bernalillo scored four times in the bottom of the fourth Wednesday, taking advantage of a pair of Los Alamos errors, to erase an early 3-0 Hilltopper advantage. The Spartans went on to win 6-4.