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  • ‘Toppers take first home...
  • Big rally vaults ’Topper...

    ALBUQUERQUE – Los Alamos’ softball team came up with eight runs in the top of the fifth inning to break open a tight ballgame and earn its district season-opening victory.
    The Hilltoppers strung together five straight hits at the top of their batting order to start the fifth Wednesday afternoon at Del Norte High School, including a double by No. 3 hitter Jayde Tucker for the huge rally.
    That big inning for the Hilltoppers came just half an inning after Del Norte came up with four runs to tie the score.
    Del Norte’s Knights, however, would never recover from the fifth inning and the Hilltoppers would go on to win 15-6.
    Los Alamos and Española Valley are expected to duke it out this season for the 2-5A title and a win to start the district season on the road is a good way to start for the Hilltoppers, who were not heading into Wednesday’s game on the highest of notes.
    The Hilltoppers (7-6 overall, 1-0 in 2-5A) managed just one win the weekend before at the Kristen Griego Softball Challenge and had been thumped soundly in several recent contests just ahead of the start of district play.

  • Hilltoppers stunned in extra...

    ALBUQUERQUE – In the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team looked to have victory well in-hand against the Del Norte Knights.
    Los Alamos was just one out away from recording a victory in its district-opening contest, but with two outs, the Knights pulled off an improbable comeback to pull out the victory.
    Reserve infielder Isaac Saiz came through with a bases-clearing single to right field for Del Norte, tying the score in the bottom of the eighth. Immediately after Saiz, right fielder Maurice LaFon drilled a double into the gap in left-center to plate Saiz and give the Knights an 8-7 walk-off victory.
    It was a rough start to the District 2-5A season for the Hilltoppers, who were hoping to turn things around after getting blasted in a doubleheader Monday against Bloomfield, which dropped them to 5-9 on the season.
    The game was close and low scoring throughout regulation – Los Alamos led 3-2 until Del Norte scraped together a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie it and eventually force the extra frame.
    In the top of the eighth, Los Alamos (0-1 in district) also did most of its damage with two outs.

  • High Flyers gymnasts win four...

    High Flyers gymnasts won four state event championships and captured many more second and third place medals at the New Mexico USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Championships held over the past several weekends in Albuquerque.
    Competing in the Level 2 division, Mia Casados placed first on floor exercise and teammate Seana Shedd won first place on her uneven bars routine.
    In Level 4 competition, Emily Smith earned first place on vault for the third year in a row, and was also first on floor exercise, her second such title in three years. She went on to place second all-around, narrowly missing the first-place win by just .05 points.
    Second place all-around titles also went to Siena Rolfe (level 4), Isabelle Gill (level 3), and Mia Casados (level 2).
    Rolfe additionally placed second on vault and floor exercise and third on balance beam while Gill placed second on balance beam and floor exercise.
    Other second-place event winners included Ashley Bustos, Alana Hinojosa and River Irving (vault), Sofia Enriquez and Naomi Starkenburg (uneven bars), Ashley Bustos, Elena Gallegos, Kailey Posegate and Emily Smith (balance beam), and Ashley Bustos on floor exercise.

  • NFL owners revamp video replay...

    PHOENIX (AP) — One day after approving the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, NFL owners got busy passing several rules changes and adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety.
    Most notable Tuesday was the change in handling officiating of video replays. Referees will now watch replays on the field using tablets, eliminating “going under the hood” to the watch on television monitors.
    League officiating chief Dean Blandino and his staff in New York will make the final decisions on those calls, with input from the referee, who in the past was the ultimate arbiter after consulting with league headquarters.
    “And I think that’s important to remember, we’re not taking the referee out of the equation,” Blandino has said. “The referee will still be involved, the referee will still give input, but will no longer have the final say.”
    Also at the league meetings owners extended bringing touchbacks out to the 25-yard line for another year; eliminating “leapers” trying to block field goals or extra points; added protections for defenseless receivers running their routes; and made permanent the rule disqualifying a player who is penalized twice in a game for specific unsportsmanlike conduct.

  • ‘Topper baseball, softball teams...

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams get their District 2-5A seasons going starting today.
    Both teams will be at Del Norte to face the Knights to open 2-5A play today. Following today’s games – both single contests in Albuquerque – both teams will be at home Saturday to face off against Albuquerque Academy.
    For the Hilltopper softball team, it started off its season very well, winning four in a row, but have dropped five of six games since then, including four straight heading into this afternoon’s game with the Knights.
    Only one of those four recent losses has been particularly close. The Hillltoppers kept pace with the Rio Rancho Rams, a well-respected Class 6A program, in their game Friday, but the Rams prevailed 5-4.
    With those recent losses, the Hiltopper softball team is currently 5-5 on the year, but heading into the 2-5A season, only one of the five teams in district has more wins. Surprisingly, that team is the Capital Jaguars.
    The Jaguars are 6-6 right now and lost a close call Monday to its cross-town rival, the Santa Fe Demons. The Jaguars were down by three runs heading into their final at-bat, when they came up with a pair of runs to make the Demons sweat it out, but the Demons held on for an 8-7 victory at Santa Fe High School.

  • Hilltopper girls win big at Rust...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team had a big performance last weekend at the Rio Rancho Rust Buster.
    In all, nine teams, most of them Class 6A schools from the Albuquerque area took part in the Rust Buster – for many of the teams involved, it was the first meet of the season – but the Hilltopper girls earned a comfortable victory. The Hilltoppers finished with 133.6 points Saturday at Rio Rancho High School.
    Los Alamos finished comfortably ahead of the host Rio Rancho Rams to win the girls team title. The Rams picked up 109.6 points. None of the other seven teams competing in the meet factored into the decision.
    The Hilltopper boys track team also took part last Saturday, picking up third place in the nine-team meet. The Hilltopper boys earned 60.5 points, while the host Rams held off Eldorado to win the team competition.
    In the girls competition, Los Alamos picked up some big performances in the relay events to help it win that team title. Los Alamos also had a very good showing in the field events.
    The Hilltoppers won the 400-meter and 1600-meter relays, and finished second in the other two relays on the day. They had dominant performances, winning the 400 relay by nearly a second-and-a-half, while the 1600 relay team won by more than 7 seconds over runner-up Cibola in that event.

  • ’Topper softball, baseball pick...

    Los Alamos’ softball team used the long ball to its full advantage Tuesday afternoon in a road victory over the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes.
    The Hilltoppers blasted three home runs in the game, the big blow a three-run shot to straightaway center field by Alicia Gonzales.
    Gonzales’ fifth-inning blast broke open a tight ballgame, putting the Hilltoppers up 7-3 at the time. Relief pitcher Reyna Lucero closed out the game after the Hilltoppers came up with two more runs to win it 9-3 at Chris Peterson Memorial Field.
    Los Alamos is off to a hot start this season, particularly at the plate, ahead of a big road doubleheader today against Class 5A Belen. Los Alamos’ offense has produced 58 runs in six games this season.
    Pojoaque Valley’s Elkettes (0-4) actually drew first blood in the game, scoring twice in the bottom of the first, but Los Alamos answered right back with a pair of runs in the top of the second. Los Alamos took the lead for good with another pair of runs in the third, those coming on its first homer of the game, that provided by Megan Romero.
    Claire Bluhm also hit a solo home run late in the game for Los Alamos (5-1) on Tuesday.

  • LA, Taos hockey faces off for...

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers hockey team has one more contest remaining for the 2016-17 season.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Taos Ice Tigers tonight for the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League’s pure team championship.
    The league includes nine teams, but seven of those are composite teams – teams that draw players from more than one high school. Only Los Alamos and Taos draw all their players from the same school.
    The pure team championship is set for 7:15 p.m. tonight at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos and Taos are longtime rivals and battle it out each season for the North Star Trophy, a traveling trophy currently in the possession of the Hilltoppers.
    The Hilltoppers won their most recent meeting, which occurred last Saturday during the NMIIHL’s Year-End Tournament, played this year in El Paso, Texas. El Paso hosts one of three out-of-state teams that play in the New Mexico league.
    The Hilltoppers and the Ice Tigers met in an elimination game at the Year-End Tournament. In that game, the Hilltoppers came back from a late deficit to win it 5-4.
    Los Alamos wouldn’t survive its next elimination game, however, falling to Amarillo, Texas, 4-2 Sunday.

  • The Latest: Broncos sign Cowboys...

    The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern):
    5:05 p.m.
    The Denver Broncos have signed a former Dallas Cowboys player in free agency. It wasn't Tony Romo as so many fans were anticipating, but guard Ronald Leary.
    Although the Broncos have been mentioned as a prime landing spot should the Cowboys part ways with Romo, Denver GM John Elway is happy with the two young QBs he has in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.
    What he's trying to do is fortify his offensive line, the primary culprit in Denver's slide from Super Bowl champ to missing the playoffs last season.
    Leary will fly to Denver on Friday to sign his four-year, $35 million deal that includes $20 million guaranteed. He's expected to slide in at left guard with Max Garcia moving over to battle it out with Michael Schofield on the right side.
    With the emergence of La'el Collins and several big contracts along one of the top lines in the NFL, the Cowboys couldn't afford to keep Leary, who turns 28 next month.
    — Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver.

    5:01 p.m. ET
    The Green Bay Packers have re-signed linebacker Nick Perry, bringing back an important piece to their defense.
    Perry had a breakout season in 2016, with a career-high 11 sacks in 14 games.