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Today's Sports

  • Softball: LA wins home opener...

    Softball players will say immediately that nothing hurts worse than the sting of a bat after not connecting solidly with a pitch on a cold day.

    Micaela Christensen had no such issue in the third inning Thursday.

    Christensen crushed a fastball over the left-center field fence Thursday, the big blow of a 5-run inning as the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team thumped Santa Fe.

    To close out the contest, Los Alamos scored 4 runs in the sixth inning to take its home opener 13-5. The game was called after six innings owing to darkness.

  • Sports update

    LA baseball loses St. Pius tourney opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was dropped in the opening round of the St. Pius X Invitational Thursday.

    The Hilltoppers were knocked into the tournament’s consolation bracket by the Sandia Prep Sundevils, 13-1, Thursday afternoon in Albuquerque.

    The loss dropped the Hilltoppers to 0-3 on the season. All three losses have come by at least 10 runs.

    The St. Pius tournament continues through Saturday.

  • LA Girls fall at state

    ALBUQUERQUE – For most of the first half, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team looked like it might finally turn its fortunes  around against the Española Valley Sundevils.

    However, a couple of turnovers late in the first half put the Sundevils right back into Tuesday’s ballgame. With the momentum on their side the Sundevils went on some impressive second half scoring runs, but none more impressive than their 11-2 run to end the game and end the Hilltoppers’ season.

  • LA boys face tough challenge in...

    For the past two seasons, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team stuck to routine heading into the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA playoffs.

    Two losses later, the Hilltoppers this season are trying basically to throw themselves a curveball.

    Los Alamos heads to the quarterfinal round of the 2009-10 state championship tournament Wednesday. The sixth-seeded Hilltoppers will go up against the third-seeded Albuquerque Academy Chargers.

  • Academy tops LA in quarterfinals

    ALBUQUERQUE – A rough second quarter did in the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team Wednesday morning at The Pit.

    The Hilltoppers turned the ball over 7 times during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against Albuquerque Academy, leading directly to 8 Academy points as they were outscored 18-6 in the quarter.

    While the Hilltoppers made several comeback pushes in the second half, they would never trim the lead down further than 8 points as the Academy Chargers went on to win Wednesday 56-47.

  • UPDATE: Sundevils, Sartans...

    The Espanola Valley Sundevils and the St. Pius X Sartans were the winners in Saturday's late games of the Class AAAA boys basketball state first round.

    The Sundevils topped the visiting 15th seed, Valencia, 66-52, while ninth-seeded St. Pius pulled off an upset over eighth-seeded Kirtland Central, 65-38.

    The tournament continues Wednesday with the quarterfinal round. Los Alamos has lost three straight seasons in the state quarterfinals.

  • UPDATE: Softball game at...

    Today's scheduled softball game between Los Alamos and Pojoaque, which was scheduled for 4 p.m., has been postponed. Pojoaque is reporting wet conditions on its softball field.

    No make-up date has yet been announced. Check the Monitor for make-up information.

  • Lobos take two top honors in...

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has taken two top honors in the Mountain West postseason awards.

    Steve Alford has been named coach of the year for the second straight season after leading the No. 8 Lobos (28-3) to the league title.

    Meanwhile, New Mexico swingman Darington Hobson, a junior college transfer, has become the first person to be named conference player of the year and newcomer of the year.

    Hobson led the Mountain West in rebounding, averaging 10.1 rebounds per game, and ranked third in scoring at 14.9 points per game.

  • WEB SPECIAL: Toppers, Sundevils...

    Here they go again.

    For the fifth time this season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper and Española Valley Sundevil girls basketball teams will face off against each other. And for the third straight time, it will be each other’s biggest game of the season.

  • Boys basketball:Toppers hammer...

    While winning Saturday afternoon’s ballgame was the priority, it didn’t hurt the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team to make a statement with it at the same time.

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper pummeled the Piedra Vista Panthers Saturday afternoon at Griffith Gymnasium in the first round of the state Class AAAA playoffs. Los Alamos never trailed in the contest, jumping out to an 18-5 lead after one quarter of play and never looked.