• LA athletes are among the favorites heading to state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams will open the 2014 Class 4A state tournament Friday morning in Albuquerque.
    Both Los Alamos teams have nearly full slates of competitors for the 4A meet, which will continue through Saturday. The meet will be at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos had a strong end-of-season showing on both the boys and girls side, including winning at home in both the final week of the regular season and the District 2-4A meet.
    The stars usually come out for the state meet for competing teams and, heading into the meet, this season appears to be no different.
    One of the No. 1 sees in the meet for the Hilltoppers is Chelsea Challacombe. Challacombe, who had an outstanding regular season, will be the one to beat heading into the girls 4A high jump.
    This season, Challacombe, Los Alamos’ top athlete, was the only jumper to clear better than 5 feet, 4 inches. She did so at the Marilyn Sepulveda Meet of Champions in April, sailing over 5-8, which was easily the best mark posted in all of New Mexico this year.

  • Sports Briefs 05-14-14

    Football meeting set for tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will hold a meeting for any interested participants and their parents for the 2014 fall season. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. today. It will be in the lower common area at Los Alamos High School.
    Items of discussion at the meeting include spring and summer conditioning, 7-on-7 tournaments, fundraising and Booster Club opportunities.

    LA girls are the state winners in online poll for top program

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls athletic programs won an online poll for the top program in the state.
    Los Alamos will move on to regional competition in the poll, which is sponsored by USA Today. The regional winners will advance to national competition.
    The poll is being conducted at contest.usatodayhss.com.
    Los Alamos was one of the top five vote-getting schools in the country during the first round of polling.

    State events to be streamed live

  • 4A baseball playoff schedule

    (games at Cleveland High School)

    (3) St. Pius X vs. (6) Farmington, 10 a.m.

    (2) Goddard vs. (7) Los Alamos, 1 p.m.

    (1) Piedra Vista vs. (9) Deming, 4 p.m.

    (4) Valencia vs. (5) Albuquerque Academy, 7 p.m.

    (games at Cleveland High School)

    Goddard-Los Alamos winner vs. St. Pius-Farmington winner, 4 p.m.

    Piedra Vista-Deming winner vs. Valencia-Academy winner, 7 p.m.

    Semifinal winners, Isotopes Park, 3:30 p.m.

  • LA, Goddard square off in quarters

    The Class 4A baseball tournament gets going again Thursday, and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers are right in the thick of things.
    Los Alamos will make its second consecutive trip to the quarterfinal round Thursday when it faces the Goddard Rockets. The two teams will meet at 1 p.m. at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.
    This will be a big test for the Hilltoppers, the No. 7 seed in the tournament. Goddard is the No. 2 seed and had a very good argument, based on its 2014 outcome for the No. 1 seed.
    However, if Los Alamos slips past Goddard, it will face either St. Pius X or Farmington in the semifinal round, a winnable game for the Hilltoppers regardless of which team they face.
    The trick, however, will be getting past the Rockets.
    Goddard ended the regular season with a Class 4A-best record of 22-4. Of its four losses on the season, three were to Class 5A teams and its only loss to a team came in late March against St. Pius X, the No. 3 seed in the 4A tournament.
    As expected, the Rockets rolled through their first round series with Santa Teresa. The Rockets outscored Santa Teresa’s Warriors 19-1 in two games Friday and Saturday to advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal.

  • 'Topper girls finish 5th in state tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team picked up one spot following its showing in the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament.
    Los Alamos was sitting in sixth place in the six-team tournament, played Monday and Tuesday at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque. But while the Hilltoppers struggled against cold, windy conditions Tuesday, so did the rest of the field, including the Artesia Bulldogs.
    With their round of the 400, the Hilltoppers slipped past the Bulldogs to take fifth place in the tournament. The Hilltoppers finished with a two-day team score of 792 strokes, which ended up being six strokes better than Artesia and good enough for fifth place.
    Los Alamos’ Tuesday score ended up being 8 shots behind what it managed on Monday, which was not an ideal day weather-wise but considerably better than Tuesday.
    Emma Haines, who shot a 90 on the first day and a 95 on the second day, finished tied for ninth place in the final individual standings.
    Haines, a senior, was invited to fill the walk-on position for California State-Monterey Bay girls golf team next season.
    It was actually Faith Koh, however, that had the low round of day two for the Hilltoppers. Koh earned a 93 Tuesday, a score that was actually 5 shots better than her Monday score.

  • Football meeting is Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will hold a meeting for any interested participants and their parents for the 2014 fall season.
    The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting will be in the lower common area at Los Alamos High School.
    Items of discussion at the meeting include spring and summer conditioning, 7-on-7 tournaments, fundraising and Booster Club opportunities.

  • Pace Race set for tonight

    The Pace Race returns tonight, starting at Rocket Park in White Rock.
    The Pace Race, a weekly running event held at various spots around Los Alamos County, is set for 6 p.m. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend.
    Last week, Laura McClellan had a perfect time prediction at the Pace Race, which was run on American Springs Road. McClellan, who was running the 3-mile course, beat out Tom Sandford (6 seconds off) for the best prediciton.
    Nikol Strother was the fastest finisher on the 3-mile course, with her time of 22:17, while Ted Romero finished in 22:36.
    On the 1-mile course, Reid Rivenburgh was the fastest finisher with a time of 10:31, while Sue Elkins had a 15:37.

  • Girls golf in sixth place after day one

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team was 61 shots off the pace following Monday’s first round of the Class 4A state championship tournament.
    The 4A state tournament concluded today at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque. However, final results weren’t available at press time.
    Los Alamos finished in sixth place following Monday’s opening round. Los Alamos had a team score of 392 strokes.
    Heading into today, the Deming Wildcats led the 4A girls field. The Wildcats, the defending Class 4A champions, had two players come into the clubhouse just two shots over par, Darian Zachek and Shelby Turner.
    Deming earned a team score of 331, but it hadn’t salted away the team title, as the Albuquerque Academy Chargers were just 13 strokes behind, finishing the first round with a 344.
    Pacing Los Alamos Monday was Emma Haines, who shot a 90, which placed her 11th on the individual leaderboard. Also for Los Alamos, Jennifer Necker finished with a 95 and Faith Koh had a 98.
    The Hilltopper boys had just one representative in the 4A tournament, Jonathan Osden. Osden finished with an 83 Monday, which placed him tied for 21st heading into today’s second round.

  • 'Toppers hold off Demons to grab district team title

    It was the closest contest this century.
    The District 2-4A girls team championship was a dogfight last weekend, but the Hilltoppers’ superior depth made up for a big performance by the Santa Fe Demons’ top athletes this weekend.
    Los Alamos’ girls held off Santa Fe for the 2-4A team title. Santa Fe won 10 district titles, but Los Alamos’ placers behind the Demons made up the difference.
    The Hilltoppers won the girls crown by a score of 188-171 over the Demons. That was easily the closest team score, boys or girls, since the Hilltoppers joined 2-4A in 2000.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys won the district title, picking up their 15th in a row, as did the Hilltopper girls. The boys finished with 193 team points, more than double the total of their next-closest competitor, Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos’ boys earned 10 district titles and took 1-2 in six of those events. Greg Ahlers had a big showing, winning the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, with Nathan Scrimshaw and Tyler Mullen picking up runner-up spots for the Hilltoppers.
    The top two finishers at district meets, regardless of mark, advance to the state meet. For Classes 3A-5A, that will be Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque.

  • ’Toppers advance to state semifinals

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team was looking for a repeat trip to the state Class 4A final round Saturday, but couldn’t knock off its old nemesis from Farmington.
    Los Alamos, the No. 4 seed in the 4A team tennis playoffs, earned a 6-3 win over Mesilla Valley Christian in the quarterfinals Friday evening, but couldn’t pull off a second straight postseason upset win over Farmington’s Scorpions in Saturday’s semifinals.
    The Scorpions, the top-seeded team in 4A, downed the Hilltoppers 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center in Albuquerque. The Scorpions took four of the six singles matches, then their No. 2 doubles team of Liza Briody-Pavlik/Riley Coleman earned a win over the Hilltoppers’ Laura Whicker/Hannah Cunningham, 6-0, 6-4, to clinch the win.
    Last year, the Hilltoppers pulled off a huge win over the Scorpions in the final round of the 4A team tournament to win the state title, but this year it was not to be.
    The two victories earned by Los Alamos against Farmington Saturday were at No. 1 singles, where Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff defeated a very tough competitor in Danielle Nguyen, 6-3, 6-3 and at No. 5 singles, where Lauryn Anaya outlasted Coleman 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.