• ’Topper teams finish season strong

    The end is near for the Los Alamos Hilltopper track and field teams as they wrapped up their regular seasons at home Friday.
    Los Alamos hosted the five-team meet at Sullivan Field, with most of its District 2-4A competitors taking part. The Hilltoppers will host the district meet this coming Friday and Saturday.
    With just the district and state championships remaining, the Hilltoppers are hoping to get hot at the right time and several team members feel they’re on track to do so.
    “I’m very happy with how I’m performing and how I’m peaking,” said Los Alamos sprinter Hayley Schake. “I’m very pleased with my teammates, also. I think we make a very good team this year.”
    Schake, who anchored both the 400 and 800 meter relays Friday, helped the Hilltoppers secure a second place finish and a win in those two events. Los Alamos finished right behind the Santa Fe Demons in the 400 relay – a race that wasn’t decided until the final 10 meters – and had some crisp handoffs and runs in the 800 meters to win.

  • 'Topper girls upset Santa Fe for 2-4A tennis title

    SANTA FE — Facing its toughest challenge to the District 2-4A title yet, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team went 4-for-4 in the matches it needed to win Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ Nos. 3-6 singles, Hannah Cunningham, Astrid Hengartner, Lauryn Anaya and Lauren Fugate swept their matches, with Cunningham and Fugate both going into three sets, to knock off the Santa Fe Demons 5-4 and earn the district title Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers trailed 2-1 after the doubles contests and had to more-or-less concede the Nos. 1-2 singles matches to the Demons, who posed the biggest threat to the Hilltoppers’ reign over 2-4A since 2000.
    But Hengartner and Anaya won convincingly, Fugate held on after dropping a tight second set to win the final set 6-3 over Krystl Debrun, and Cunningham had to bounce back after being roughed up in the first set by Santa Fe’s Dakota Haraden to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
    “I’ve played her twice before. One time I won, one time she won,” said Cunningham after her big win. “I knew I could beat her. And my team is really supportive. That was really nice.”
    Los Alamos earned its 15th consecutive district title with the upset win. More information on Saturday's win will be in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA JV softball sweeps Sundevils

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity softball team finished off its 2014 season on a high note.
    The Hilltoppers swept a doubleheader against the Española Valley Sundevils last weekend on the road. The Hilltoppers (8-11) nipped the Sundevils 12-11 in game one of the doubleheader, then crushed the Sundevils in game two, 22-7.
    In game one, freshman Kasia Povijua went 2-for-2 with a RBI.
    In game two, Los Alamos’ offense came through with 19 hits.
    Jayde Tucker went 4-for-5 in the second game with three RBI and three runs scored, while Serenity Maestas was 5-for-5 and scored five times. 

  • Senior men's tourney results

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments at Red Hawk Golf Course in Las Cruces on April 22 and April 23.

    April 22

    Championship flight
    First low gross: Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 86.
    Second low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 86.
    First low net: Bob Bittner, Albuquerque, 78.

    First flight
    First low gross: Mike Porter, Alamosa, Colo., 84.
    Second low gross: Steve Martinez, Santa Fe, 87.
    First low net: Bruce Dickinson, Corrales, 72.

    Second flight
    First low gross: Herman Gallegos, Pecos, 89.
    Second low gross: David Lambert, Gallup, 93.
    First low net: Bill Weast, Albuquerque, 72.
    Second low net: Spike Jones, Los Alamos, 74.

    Third flight
    First low gross: Kerry Coffelt, Los Alamos, 90.
    Second low gross: Vidal Varela, Las Vegas, 95.
    First low net: Van Robertson, Clayton, 66.

    April 23

    Championship flight
    First low gross: Bob Bittner, Albuquerque, 85.
    Second low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 86.
    First low net: Chuck Padilla, Las Vegas, 78.

  • Congratulations Are In Order

    Los Alamos senior Brian Geyer gets a handshake from his head coach and father Bob Geyer after signing his National Letter of Intent to wrestle for the University of Nebraska-Kearney next year. Brian is a two-time state champion.

  • McClellan is the top predictor

    Laura McClellan had a near-perfect prediction at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    Tuesday’s Pace Race, which started on North Mesa, was held in honor of the memory of longtime Roadrunner Ruth Demuth.
    McClellan finished Tuesday’s race 1 second off her predicted finish time, but she needed almost all of that top prediction as Ted Williams was only off by 3 seconds and Nikol Strother was only off by 5 seconds.
    Strother was also the fastest finisher on the 3-mile course, finishing in 20 minutes, 40 seconds. Ted Romero had the fastest finish among men competing on the long course with his time of 21:38.
    On the 1-mile course, Morela Vargas finished in 12:33 and Bob Weeks posted a time of 12:53.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. The race will be held on American Springs Road, which is approximately 1.3 miles from the intersection between N.M. 4 and the Back Gate on N.M. 501. Both 1- and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information, visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com or call 672-1639.

  • Sports Briefs 05-01-14

    LA tops Capital, finishes 2-4A season undefeated

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team closed out its regular season with a big win over the Capital Jaguars.
    Los Alamos earned a 13-1 victory over the Jaguars Wednesday at Bomber Field. That victory gave the Hilltoppers 20 wins on the season and gave them a spotless 12-0 record in District 2-4A this year.
    Los Alamos earned the district title with its sweep Saturday over the Española Valley Sundevils to clinch its sixth consecutive district title and a spot in the Class 4A postseason. The brackets for the upcoming playoffs will be released Sunday and the first round best-of-3 series will be played May 9-10 — the Hilltoppers will most likely host that first round series.
    Capital, which has struggled all season, slips to 4-19 and 0-10 in 2-4A. The Jaguars finish up in a doubleheader Saturday against Santa Fe.

    Track teams will be at home Friday

  • 'Toppers earn 2nd place in district

    It was a tense afternoon for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team, but Manuel Montaño managed to break it up a little bit.
    Montaño, the manager of the Bernalillo Spartans, texted Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya after the conclusion of Bernalillo’s ballgame, one that the immediate future of the Hilltoppers hinged on as much as their game Wednesday.
    “When coach texted me, he said, ‘we lost 3-1,’” Anaya said. “Then he said, ‘just kidding, we won.’”
    With its win over Capital Wednesday and the Spartans win over the Santa Fe Demons, the Hilltoppers clinched the runner-up spot in District 2-4A on the final day of the regular season.
    Los Alamos won its game big, earning a 16-1 victory at Overlook Park. That win, however, was expected. What was not so cut-and-dried was the Bernalillo-Santa Fe game played Wednesday in Bernalillo.
    Going into that game, the Spartans were the top team in the district standings and Santa Fe was No. 2. The two teams split their doubleheader April 12 and the outcome of that contest was far from certain.
    But now, with those wins, the Hilltoppers are almost assured of an at-large bid into the upcoming state playoffs.
    The 2014 playoff field will be announced Sunday.

  • Softball finishes up its regular season

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team has its regular season finale this afternoon against the Capital Jaguars, but the game Los Alamos may be most worried about will be out of town.
    Los Alamos (13-12) has an excellent chance to finish out its season on a winning note against the Jaguars (3-19) and finish two games above .500.
    However, the Hilltoppers, even with a win today, are still squarely on the bubble in terms of getting an at-large bid into the state tournament — brackets will be released Sunday.
    That could change, however, if the Bernalillo Spartans can top the Santa Fe Demons this afternoon in Bernalillo. A win by the Spartans (17-4) would put the Hilltoppers into the runner-up spot in the District 2-4A standings, assuming the Hilltoppers can hold off the Jaguars, whom they dominated in two games earlier this season.
    A win by Bernalillo would give Los Alamos and Santa Fe equal marks in the loss column, but Los Alamos earned the district tiebreaker over Santa Fe with a 3-1 victory April 23.
    Santa Fe (13-7) is a safe bet to earn an at-large bid this season, but Los Alamos will not only have get into the playoffs if Santa Fe gets in, but will have to be granted a higher seed than the Demons.

  • Spring postseason events start May 7

    The New Mexico Activities Association has released its official schedule for the upcoming spring state championship competitions.
    The NMAA is the governing body of most major interscholastic athletics in the state and coordinates the state championship events.
    The first two events scheduled to begin are the tennis and small-school baseball tournaments, both of which start May 7. Seeding meetings for both events are set for Sunday and brackets will be released Sunday afternoon.
    For tennis, the individual singles and doubles playoffs will be May 7-8, and the team tournament will be May 9-10 in Albuquerque. Specific match sites will be announced when brackets are released.
    For baseball, the Class A and AA first round contests are set for May 7. For classes 3A-5A, the best-of-3 series will be played May 9-10 at home sites.
    The venue for baseball shifts to Albuquerque for the quarterfinals starting May 14 for small schools and May 15 for larger schools.
    For softball, the first round, which is single elimination format, is scheduled for May 9-10 for classes 3A-5A. For smaller schools, the first round will be played May 14 in Rio Rancho.
    The quarterfinal round, which starts double-elimination play, will be May 15-17, also in Rio Rancho.