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  • Local golfers perfrom well at NM...

    Several Los Alamos natives were among the top finishers this past week at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association Tournament held at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

    The tournament, which had a total of 62 entrants, was the only event of the Senior Men’s Golf Association’s of the year held at Los Alamos County’s course, giving locals an opportunity to compete against their peers without having to travel far from home.

    The tournament was broken up into multiple divisions, or flights, based on the abilities of the participants.

    There were a total of five flights, each with at least eight entrants.

    In addition, championships were handed out in each flight for the person with the lowest gross score, as well as the lowest net score.

    The net score took into account a person’s handicap, while the gross score did not. It represented the actual score the golfer collected while on the course.

    Tournaments like this are broken up in this way to allow more golfers to compete for awards, instead of just the top group.

    In the first flight, Ken Koch, of Los Alamos, was the runner-up with a gross score of 83, finishing five strokes back of the top finisher, Chuck Padilla, from Las Vegas.

  • Officials plan $15M in ski...

    Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation.
    James Coleman, managing partner of  Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado;  Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona; Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hesperus Ski Area, west of Durango; and Purgatory Snowcat Adventures, Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, announced the company is investing an additional $15 million for the 2017/2018 season, continuing the aggressive multi-mountain improvement campaign for a grand total of $35 million over three consecutive seasons.  Capital improvements include additional trails, enhancements to snowmaking systems, new summer activities, and new offerings to boost the overall skiing and guest experience at the resorts.
    The 2017/2018 capital investment plan outlines new trails, snowmaking, new summer activities, and more at these mountains:
    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort

  • Tennis teams, individuals among...

    It seemed throughout the spring season the Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams were on the very short list of squads with a very good chance of earning a state title in 2017.
    And the New Mexico Activities Association tennis seeding committee seemed to agree.
    Los Alamos earned either the No. 1 or No. 2 seeds in girls singles, girls doubles and boys doubles, which started Wednesday in Albuquerque. Along with that, the Hilltopper girls earned the top seed in team competition, while the boys are the No. 2 seed in that draw.
    The singles and doubles tournaments were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Albuquerque, with the team competition starting today.
    Los Alamos’ athletes will play their matches at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center.
    Albuquerque Academy, one of the dominant programs in the state in both boys and girls tennis, extending as far back as there’s been tennis at the prep level in New Mexico, picked up the No. 1 seed on the boys side.
    The Chargers, who went through the regular season a spotless 11-0 and won three different tournament titles, are undoubtedly the team to beat in boys tennis, while the Charger girls are the three seed behind top-seeded Los Alamos and second-seeded Farmington.

  • LA tops Española Valley; can win...

    A crazy play finished off a crazy game between Los Alamos and Espanola Valley in their battle for the top spot in District 2-5A softball.
    With Los Alamos down by two and down to its last out, the team came up with three runs to knock off Espanola Valley’s Sundevils 10-9 at Overlook Park Wednesday.
    Espanola Valley, which had never trailed in the game until the final play, made two critical errors at the close of the seventh inning that allowed those three Hilltopper runs to score and give them the ballgame.
    On the game’s final play, Hilltopper center fielder Alicia Gonzales hit a long fly ball to deep left field. Sundevil left-fielder Sidnee Pollard, who had been rock-solid defensively during the three-game series between the two teams, misplayed the fly ball that she normally would’ve caught, and the ball hit the ground.
    That miscue allowed both pinch-runner Shelby Milligan and Janessa Gonzales to score the game-winning runs.
    With that play, and a bizarre play one batter earlier, also involving Milligan that led to a run, the Hilltoppers managed to secure the lead in the district standings outright and are now just one game away from clinching the 2017 district title.

  • Softball stays on top of...

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team stayed a leg up on the rest of District 2-5A with a lopsided victory Wednesday on the road.
    The Hilltoppers scored in each of the five innings of their game against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, coming up with 5 runs in their first at-bat, then tacking on three runs in the third and fifth innings to close things out early.
    Reyna Lucero, the Hilltoppers’ ace, threw 3-1/3 innings and allowed just one run as Los Alamos pounded Academy 14-2.
    Wednesday’s game could’ve been a tricky one for Los Alamos (14-7 overall, 8-1 in district) as the Chargers gave the team a scare earlier this month. The Chargers, who have struggled throughout 2017, nearly pulled off an upset over the Hilltoppers in extra innings at Overlook Park during the first game of a doubleheader, but Los Alamos did come back to win that one, 10-9.
    But following the big first inning, there wasn’t a lot of drama to be had Wednesday in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos features a lot of power in its batting order and had that on full display against Academy. Jayde Tucker and Taylor Collins both hit home runs, with Tucker also adding a triple on the afternoon and Collins a double.
    The two combined to go 6-for-8, scored six runs and knocked in five runs.

  • ’Topper baseball knocks off...

    ALBUQUERQUE – The challenge for the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team heading into the final week-plus of its regular season is to remain viable in the District 2-5A race for second place.
    Wednesday, Los Alamos cleared a big hurdle of that challenge.
    The Hilltoppers came back from a run down late to the district-leading Albuquerque Academy Chargers at Marburger Field to force extra innings.
    Then, in the top of the ninth, Los Alamos came up with three doubles to take a commanding lead and ultimately pull off the upset over the Chargers, 7-4.
    Designated hitter Travis Gonzales looped a fly ball over the head of Academy right fielder Markus Parrish, driving in a pair of runs that would ultimately give the Hilltoppers the win in the top of the ninth. Third baseman Antonio Gonzales doubled in Travis Gonzales one batter later for insurance.
    Instead of Los Alamos dropping another big 2-5A contest, as it did in its district opener March 29 after earning a big lead in extra innings, Hilltopper relief pitcher Rico Zerr came on to pick up the save with little trouble from Academy’s hitters.

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  • Nukes rugby to play last home...

    The Los Alamos Nukes will play their last home game at 7 p.m. tonight at Sullivan Field against Montezuma High School.
    The Nukes are undefeated, but lost to Montezuma earlier in the season in a scrimmage.
    “I’m really looking forward to (the game),” said Coach Demetrio Cardiel. “The kids are doing really well. Both of us are at the top.”
    The Nukes have worked on technical skills all season, Cardiel said.
    “We are two of the top teams in our division in the state and it will be a good game in our quest for a repeat championship.”

  • LA’s Miller wins season opener...

    BY TODD URBATSCH
    Special to the Monitor