• 'Toppers pull off upset in 2-4A final

    SANTA FE — Following the three doubles contests Saturday and knowing it was unlikely to pull off upsets in the top two singles slots, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team had no margin of error in the District 2-4A championship dual.
    And while things were tight in the remaining singles contests, the Hilltoppers came up big when they needed to.
    Los Alamos, the No. 2 seed in the 2-4A tournament, pulled off the upset over the Santa Fe Demons. Los Alamos took the Nos. 3-6 singles contests to knock off the Demons 5-4 in the finale at Capital High School.
    At those positions, Hannah Cunningham, Astrid Hengartner, Lauryn Anaya and Lauren Fugate swept their Santa Fe opponents.
    The Nos. 3 and 6 singles, which were the big question marks for Los Alamos heading into the finals were close contests, however, with both going into third sets.
    At No. 3, Cunningham had to come back from a set down to top Dakota Haraden, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
    Haraden, an aggressive player who goes to the net any opportunity she has, looked like she might cruise to that victory after the opening set.
    Cunningham, however, was able to settle in and move the ball around in the second and third sets, taking advantage of Haraden’s hard charges.

  • LA girls, Hsieh-Ratliff get No. 4 seeds in tennis

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team got a No. 4 seed at the state tournament coming off its win in Saturday's District 2-4A championships.

    Los Alamos will take on fifth-seeded Mesilla Valley Christian in the Class 4A state tournament, which will be played this week in Albuquerque, the New Mexico Activities Association announced today.

    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys are the No. 7 seed in the boys 4A team competition. They will face St. Pius X bright and early Friday morning.

    In individual singles play, Los Alamos' No. 1 Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff earned a No. 4 seed for the tournament. Her first round opponent is Del Norte's Shelby Harrison.

    Los Alamos' Lauren Whicker will have first round match-up against third seeded Carrie Alberson of Centennial and the Hilltoppers' third entry into the girls draw, Lauryn Anaya, will meet sixth-seeded Dani Apodaca of Albuquerque Academy.

    In boys singles, Los Alamos' Nikita Belooussov, who finished second in Saturday's District 2 championships, will meet eighth-seeded Brighton Pope of Roswell.

    Belooussov was defeated in the district championship round by Warren Fulgenzi, who is the No. 2 seed in 4A.

  • Baseball gets No. 7 seed, softball gets 12 seed

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team picked up the No. 7 seed for the upcoming Class 4A playoffs, the New Mexico Activities Association announced today.

    Los Alamos will take on the Centennial Hawks in the best-of-3 opening round starting Friday at Bomber Field.

    Piedra Vista finished with the No. 1 overall seed in 4A baseball, followed by Goddard at No. 2.

    In softball, the Hilltoppers earned the No. 12 seed.

    Los Alamos will be at Valencia for the opening round either Friday or Saturday. The winner of that game will advance to the double-elimination second round starting next week.

    Piedra Vista was also the No. 1 seed in softball this season. Aztec, Piedra Vista's rival in District 1, picked up the No. 2 seed.

    See Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more details on the upcoming playoffs.

  • LA teams wait for release of brackets

    Today, both the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will learn where they will land in the Class 4A state championship playoffs.
    The state playoffs for both sports start this coming weekend at home sites before the venues shift to Albuquerque and Rio Rancho next week.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team is already guaranteed a spot in the playoffs after earning this year’s District 2-4A championship. The Hilltoppers went 20-6 on the year, one of only a select few teams in the state to get to 20 wins in 2014.
    While the Hilltoppers are a likely candidate for a top-eight seed, which comes with the privilege of hosting a first-round series, there’s a lot of flexibility where they will ultimately end up.
    “They’re going to put Piedra Vista, Farmington, Albuquerque Academy and St. Pius ahead of us,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “We lost to three of those four teams. I imagine us as a five seed, but I don’t know. Goddard has a great record. I’d say anywhere from five to seven.”
    Heading into this weekend, the Hilltoppers were rated No. 7 in Class 4A, according to MaxPreps.com, one of the major indicators of where the Hilltoppers might end up in the seeding.
    In softball, things were a little more uncertain.

  • ’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.