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Today's Sports

  • Nuke 'Em

    The Los Alamos Nukes U19 rugby club topped Rio Rancho 33-5 at home Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Nukes to 2-0 on the season.

  • LA picks up sweep Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team knocked off the Miyamura Patriots in both ends of a doubleheader Saturday.
    Los Alamos shut out the Patriots in a tight game one, winning that 4-0, then thumped Miyamura in game two, 12-1.
    The two games were the final two for Los Alamos (8-6) before the start of District 2-4A play.
    Hilltopper manager Mike Gill said it was a very good effort for his team in all three phases, offense, defense and pitching.
    Jared Mang picked up the win in the first game, giving up just one hit in seven innings. Mang was quite efficient, needed less than 60 pitches to earn the win.
    Additionally, Mang, one of the premier players in the state, hit a 2-run home run early in the contest to give himself some cushion.
    His little brother, Connor Mang, threw 5-2/3 innings to take the game two victory, settling down after a rocky start to shut Miyamura down after a first inning run.
    Gill said Connor Mang and Jake Downs had excellent defensive performances in the first game as well, to aid in that win.
    Los Alamos will take on Bernalillo at home Wednesday afternoon to open 2-4A. 

  • 'Topper girls golf...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team picked up its third qualification leg for the state tournament Monday at the Warm-Up Tournament.
    In its first tournament of the spring season, at Los Alamos Golf Course, the Hilltoppers fired a team score of 369, easily going under the target score of 388 Monday.
    That score, along with its scores at the Coyote Del Mapais course in Grants in October, officially qualified the team for state competition.
    This will be Los Alamos’ third trip to the state tournament in four years.
    Also Monday, the Hilltopper boys finished second overall behind Los Lunas. Los Alamos shot a 348, 10 strokes behind the Class 4A Tigers for the team title.
    Jonathan Osden shot a 78, earning his second individual qualifying leg of the season. Osden finished as the runner-up behind medalist Chesten Browning of Los Lunas, who had a 1-over 73 Monday.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Emma Haines led the team with an 86. Jennifer Necker had a 91, which actually earned her an individual leg. Emily Johnson finished with a score of 98.
    Only one other full team was in action Monday, the Valencia Jaguars, who finished more than 150 shots back of Los Alamos.

  • Ryan, Heather McNiff win Run For...

    The McNiffs were well represented at this weekend’s Run For Her Life 5K and 10K races.
    The event, which is a fundraiser for Hadassah’s work in the field of breast cancer research, was Sunday. The races started and finished at East Park.
    Ryan McNiff was the big winner in the men’s 5K race. He finished in a time of 18:26, topping Dixon’s Scott Valdez by nearly a minute and a half.
    In the women’s 5K race, Heather McNiff was the top finisher. She had a time of 21:35, easily the tops in that race.
    Erica Baron (41:06) was the first overall finisher in the long race, while Tad Hughes (48:29) won the men’s competition.
    The event was co-sponsored by Hadassah and the Atomic City Roadrunners club.

    Here are the results from the Run For Her Life 5K and 10K races. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

    Men’s 5K

    20-29
    1. Ryan McNiff, 18:26; 2. Alex Zubelewicz, 25:27.

    30-39
    1. Scott Valdez, Dixon, 19:52; 2. Kris Eriksen, 24:38; 3. Aaron McNiff, 34:56; 4. Jim Miller, Albuquerque, 35:18; 5. David Heerschap, Durango, Colo., 48:51.

    40-49
    1. Thomas Venhaus, 29:48; 2. Chris Devereux, Santa Fe, 35:15.

  • LA Ski Club still weighing its...

    Amid the bad news, there is some good news for the Los Alamos Ski Club.
    The ski club membership voted in early February to explore a possible land and asset transfer to Los Alamos County or another interested party.
    And while exploration efforts with the county about the possible transfer are going well, LASC has also received a potential offer from a group affiliated with Sipapu, another popular ski resort in Northern New Mexico, that would also be interested in managing the area.
    Ski club president Philip Rae said one of the biggest worries of the club’s membership-at-large is that off-season activities, such as mountain biking and hiking, would be curtailed. However, there seems to be consensus from both the Sipapu group and the county that spring and summer events are vital for the community.
    While it’s hardly unanimous among club members that a move to transfer operations is a good thing, Rae said it’s hard to envision a scenario where it wouldn’t be necessary for LASC to take these steps.
    “Part of it is that we can’t raise enough capital that we can see to turn this situation around,” he said. “It would be kind of a band-aid and wouldn’t really be helping the situation.”

  • ’Toppers open district play at...

    Warm-up time is over. Now the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will get the bulk of their schedules going.
    The Hilltopper teams will open up District 2-4A play Wednesday. Both teams will be at home to take on the Bernalillo Spartans at 4 p.m.
    In district play, teams face off three times with each opponent, a doubleheader at one team’s home and a single game at the other’s.
    The Hilltopper baseball team will be seeking its sixth consecutive district crown, and right now, may be the front-runner to claim it.
    Los Alamos has had among the toughest schedules in 4A this season. The Hilltoppers faced defending 4A champ St. Pius X, Albuquerque Academy and Piedra Vista three times, among other quality opponents it faced.
    With its mark of 8-6 on the season, Los Alamos is one of just two teams with a winning record in the district. Heading into this weekend, Española Valley, which appears to be Los Alamos’ main competitor for the 2-4A crown, boasted a mark of 7-4.
    Santa Fe was near the .500 mark, but Capital and Bernalillo have struggled for much of the nondistrict season.
    While Capital’s struggles were expected, the Spartans, who have been generally competitive over the last five seasons, haven’t gotten on track yet.

  • Sports Briefs 03-30-14

     

    Pace Race season opens

     

    The 2014 Pace Race season opens Tuesday evening.

    The Pace Race, a weekly event that is held every Tuesday during the spring, summer and extending into the fall, returns for another season with Tuesday’s opening race.

    The first race will be at 6 p.m. The race starts at the Canyon Rim trailhead, which runs parallel to N.M. 502 near the entrance to Entrada Park.

    Pace Races are hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, a local running club, although anyone interested in taking part may do so.

  • On Schedule 03-30-14

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 10 a.m.

    Tuesday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls JV, 3 p.m.

    Thursday

    Softball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Track and field: Los Alamos at UNM Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Taos Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 8 a.m.

    Baseball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Softball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Capital Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

  • LA boys, girls start spring play

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf teams will open the second half of their year Monday at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The Hilltoppers will host their spring invitational. Play is scheduled for 10 a.m.
    The prep golf season is separated into fall and spring play. Los Alamos will have five more shots this spring at getting its teams qualified for the state Class 4A meet, which is scheduled to be played May 12-13 at the University of New Mexico championship course in Albuquerque.
    In order to qualify, teams and individuals must have at least three “legs” accumulated through the regular season. Rules were changed two years ago so that the winners of the district meets no longer had automatic qualifications into the state tournament.
    Los Alamos’ girls currently own two team legs, both of which were earned at a tournament in Grants in October.
    Oct. 7 was by far and away the best day of the fall season for the Hilltoppers.
    Not only did the Hilltopper girls pick up a team leg — their first of the season, the second came the following day — but earned four individual legs that day as well.

  • Basket Cases

    Los Alamos’ lacrosse team opend its season at home Tuesday against Santa Fe Prep at Dara Jones Field in White Rock. Los Alamos’ opener didn’t go as well as it was hoping, however, as the team lost 10-8. The two teams will meet again Saturday in Santa Fe.