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Today's Sports

  • Hilltoppers get a pair of big...

    At this point in the season, every game is important. For Los Alamos’ softball team, which is fighting to get into the postseason, the margin for error is even less.
    Needing wins, the Hilltopper girls took care of business on Monday against Capital. The ’Toppers scored 35 runs in just seven innings to score a pair of mercy-rule victories, 19-2 and 16-1.
    “Those are two wins that we needed to have,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “It’s nice to get back in the win column and get back in the race.”
    In the first game, Makaela Jones went 4-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. “She had a great day,” Anaya said.
    Shelby Chavez went 2-for-4, Elizabeth Anaya hit a 2-run triple and Jordan Jaramillo also doubled for Los Alamos.
    The ’Toppers scored four runs in both the first and second innings and six in the third. Up by 12 in the fourth, Shelby Milligan singled with the bases loaded to end the game. Mariah Mauro and Jordan Hammock scored on her hit and Katelynn Thorn scored on an overthrow.
    Madeline Lockhart struck out six and walked two to get the win.
    In the second game, Hammock only gave up three hits to get the win.

  • Los Alamos drills four home runs...

    A good mixture of small ball and long balls helped the Los Alamos baseball team score a pair of mercy-rule victories against Capital on Monday.
    The ’Toppers won both games in five innings, 10-0 and 13-2, to stay in the hunt for another district title. Capital, meanwhile, sunk further in the district’s cellar.
    “We didn’t play the name on the front of the jersey, we just focused on what we needed to get done,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
    The bottom half of Los Alamos’ order did a good job getting on base and advancing runners — taking walks and laying down sacrifice bunts.
    Then, with runners on, the top of Los Alamos’ order cleared the bases with some long balls.
    “We had much harder contact than we’d been making,” Gill said.
    Los Alamos set the tone right away. In the second inning of the first game, the ’Toppers smacked three homeruns. Jared Mang hit a 3-run home run. The next batter, Jarrett Genero, then went deep. It was the second time this year Mang and Genero hit back-to-back homers. Later in the inning, Lane Saunders hit a double and Colin Maddox hit a 2-run homer. Maddox also doubled in the first game and tripled and doubled in the second game. “It was a breakout game for him,” Gill said.

  • Baseball, softball and lacrosse...

    Los Alamos' baseball and softball teams were both scheduled to host Capital in a doubleheader Saturday evening. 

    Snow overnight, however, has forced those games to be rescheduled. 

    Both teams will now host the district doubleheader Monday. The games will take place at 3 and 5 p.m.

    Los Alamos lacrosse against Bosque was also postponed. It hasn't been re-scheduled yet. 

  • On Schedule 4-19-15

    Monday
    Golf: Los Alamos at Taos spring invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tuesday
    Track: Los Alamos Middle School boys at Pojoaque, 3 p.m.

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

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Bosque, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Thursday
    Golf: Los Alamos at the Abbie Paiz invite, held at the Tierra del Sol Golf Club, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Track: Los Alamos at home, junior varsity, 3 p.m

    Track: Los Alamos Middle School girls at Pojoaque, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa fe High, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Friday
    Track: Los Alamos at Albuquerque’s Harper Invitational, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Lacrosse: Cibola at Los Alamos, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Rugby: Atrisco Herritage at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday
    Track: Los Alamos at Albuquerque’s Harper Invitational, varsity, TBD

    Baseball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

  • Isotopes blow out Reno Aces

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (6-3) jumped out to a hot start on their 12-game, 13-day road trip by drumming the Reno Aces (4-5) 11-2 Friday night at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev.
    First baseman Ben Paulsen and left fielder Tim Wheeler combined to go 8-for-9 with five runs scored, eight RBI, four doubles, a homer and one walk.
    Roger Bernadina drew a one-out walk to get the offense rolling, and Ben Paulsen kept the inning going with a two-out single to put runners on the corners. Dustin Garneau singled in Albuquerque’s first run of the game before Tim Wheeler stepped up and mashed a three-run bomb to put the Isotopes ahead 4-0 through a single frame.
    After his three-run dinger in the first, Wheeler followed with a single in the third and a double in the fourth. Needing just a triple to complete the cycle in his final two at-bats, the 27-year-old grounded out in the sixth and doubled in the eighth to finish the evening. He went 4-for-5 with five RBI,
    Not to be out done, Paulsen turned in a 4-for-4 performance of his own with two doubles, three runs scored, three RBI and a walk. He clubbed a pair of RBI doubles in the fourth and eighth innings. Paulsen and Wheeler’s four-hit performances are the most by an Isotope this season.

  • Santa Fe Century gearing up for...

    Over 2,600 cyclists from more than 37 states are expected here for the first major bicycling event in the Southwest this spring, the 2015 Santa Fe Century Bicycle Ride.
    The 30th anniversary ride is on May 17.
    The ride has three loops: a 100-mile century, a 50-mile half-century and a 20-mile out-and-back. The Santa Fe Century also features two timed rides: the 100-mile Gran Fondo and the 50-mile Medio Fondo.
    Fondo is an Italian word that means “distance, endurance or foundation.”
    Last year two New Mexico riders, Fortunato Ferrara of Los Alamos and David Vaughn of Carlsbad, tied for the fastest time in the Gran Fondo: 4 hours, 4 minutes and 45 seconds.
    Ferrara, who was born in Italy, has been living in New Mexico the past six years.
    Last year’s Gran Fondo attracted 75 riders.
    The 100-mile century (the most popular ride) and Gran Fondo will guide riders down the Turquoise Trail All-American Highway through the historic mining towns of Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden.
    Elevation changes will range from 7,200 feet to 6,200 feet.

  • NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson...

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL. Now all that remains to be settled is where he will play next season.
    Commissioner Roger Goodell sent the Minnesota Vikings star a letter on Thursday advising him of his reinstatement. Peterson missed most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas.
    Goodell wrote that Peterson will have to fulfill all the obligations of his plea deal that reduced a felony charge to a misdemeanor.
    Goodell also told Peterson he would have to continue attending counseling while adhering to the league's new personal conduct policy to avoid further discipline.
    "Any further violation of the personal conduct policy by Peterson would result in additional discipline, which could include suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL," the league said.
    Peterson's agent has said the star running back wants to play elsewhere next season. But the Vikings say they have no plans to trade him.
    "We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings," the team said in a statement issued after the announcement.

  • Sports Briefs 4-17-15

    Run For Her Life
    The fifth annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10k races will be held at East Park on East Road (N.M. 502) at 9 a.m. this Saturday in Los Alamos.
    All proceeds from the race will be donated to breast cancer research.
    The registration form is available at atomicrunners.com.
    People can also call 672-1639 for more information.

    Pace race season here
    The Atomic City Road Runners club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    This week’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on North Mesa — by the horse stable area on the north end of the Brewer Rodeo Area.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

  • Isotopes drop finale 3-1 in 11...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes ran out of gas Thursday afternoon in the series finale against the Tacoma Rainiers (3-5), dropping a 3-1 decision in 11 innings.
    The Isotopes just missed the sweep, taking the first three games of the four-game series, and conclude the eight-game homestand with a 5-3 record.
    The Isotopes had a chance for their fourth walk-off win in seven games in the bottom of the ninth and 10th but couldn’t find a way to pull it out.
    Ben Paulsen led off the inning with a double but was gunned down at third after an attempted sacrifice bunt. A 4-6-3 double play ended the inning.
    In the bottom of the 10th, catcher Ryan Casteel reached to lead off the frame courtesy of an error but was left stranded after a popup and back-to-back strikeouts.
    Albuquerque has won a pair of 10-inning games this season in addition to two more last at-bat wins.
    Sunday’s 11-inning affair was the longest for the Isotopes this season. In the top of the 11th, a leadoff double got Tacoma’s offense rolling.
    An errant throw on a bunt attempt allowed a run to score and put another runner on third with no outs. After a sacrifice fly, the Rainiers led 3-1. The Isotopes couldn’t muster any offense in the home half of the 11th with Tacoma retiring the side in order.

  • White signs with Union University

    After graduating this spring, Los Alamos' Forrest White will head to Tennessee. White signed his official letter of intent Wednesday to run cross-country for Union University, a private liberal arts college located in Jackson, Tenn.
    White earned all-state honors in the fall with a seventh-place finish at the state cross-country meet. He finished the 5k race in 16 minutes, 43.50 seconds to help the 'Toppers win their fourth straight team championship.
    "I'm just really thrilled for Forrest," Los Alamos cross-country coach Rob Hipwood said. "Forrest was an outstanding athlete and had a super work ethic."
    White also played a big part in the team's 2013 championship. Los Alamos cross-country coach Kathy Hipwood said White passed six runners in the final 600 meters of the race, helping the 'Toppers finish just two points ahead of second place Albuquerque Academy.
    He's hoping to continue that success at the next level.
    "It's given me a chance to know how to win and experience success at something that I worked hard for," White said about his experiences at Los Alamos.
    White is also Los Alamos' No. 1 singles tennis player, but has been sidelined lately with an injury.