• '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.

  • Girls golf opens its 4A tourney Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team, along with Hilltopper boys player Jonathan Osden, will get their practice rounds in at the University of New Mexico Championship course today.
    Los Alamos’ girls advanced to the Class 4A state tournament, which gets going in earnest Monday morning in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltopper girls will tee off beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday, which is a shotgun start. The Hilltopper girls will start on or near the beginning of the back nine, while Osden will tee off starting at No. 17.
    Based on the Hilltoppers’ finish Monday, their start time Tuesday will be determined. Generally speaking, the better a player or team shoots in the opening round, the more favorable their tee times for the second round will be.
    Los Alamos’ practice round is scheduled to start just before 1 p.m. Osden, an individual qualifier, will start his practice round a few minutes after 1 p.m.
    The UNM course is a par-72. The No. 9 hole is the longest at UNM, measuring as much as 602 yards depending on which tees are being played.
    To get to the state championship, Los Alamos’ girls earned six qualifying legs during the 2013-14 season – it is split into fall and spring halves. Los Alamos earned four of its six qualification legs during the spring.

  • Jaguars blank ’Toppers, 10-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team couldn’t get much going on offense in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night.
    Los Alamos, which had been swinging the bat pretty well during a key stretch to end the 2014 regular season, managed only three hits the first round of Friday’s game against the Valencia Jaguars. The No. 12-seeded Hilltoppers fell in the first round contest 10-0 to the Jaguars.
    Valencia, the No. 5 seed in the Class 4A tournament, will now move on to the double-elimination round of the tournament, which starts Thursday.
    The Hilltoppers’ season is finished. They went 14-13 in 2014.
    Valencia scored four runs in the bottom of the first and four more in the fourth to put Los Alamos on the brink of elimination. Los Alamos couldn’t find any runs in the top of the fifth against Valencia pitcher Amber Baca to extend the game. Baca struck out seven of the 17 batters she faced Friday night to earn the victory.
    For the Hilltoppers, it was the final game in the careers of seniors Krysta Salazar, Kiana Zerr, Alyssa Mojica and Emilee Jones.

  • LA sweeps Centennial to advance

    It wasn’t often the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team got into trouble this weekend.
    But when it did, Los Alamos was able to work its way out.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 7 seed for the Class 4A playoffs, earned a two-game sweep over the 10th-seeded Centennial Hawks at Bomber Field. The 2-0 sweep in the best-of-3 first round series puts the Hilltoppers into the quarterfinals, which are scheduled for Thursday in Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos took game one 15-5, closing that one out in five innings Friday night. Saturday was a tighter contest, but Los Alamos earned the sweep with an 8-4 win.
    Hilltopper star Jared Mang won Friday’s game one, throwing a complete five innings, then entered Saturday’s game in a tight spot in the fifth inning with the Hawks threatening.
    “Coming into the game, I told coach I was ready to go,” said Mang, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and gave up just one hit in the final two innings against a big-hitting lineup. “My arm felt going coming into the game today. Just needed to get it done and I was ready.”
    This will be Los Alamos’ second straight appearance in the quarterfinals. Los Alamos swept Aztec in the first round at home in 2013.

  • LA softball bounced in first round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was closed out early in Los Lunas Friday night, falling to the Valencia Jaguars.

    The Jaguars (18-9) scored four runs in the first inning and four more in the fourth to close that contest out in five innings, winning 10-0.

    Los Alamos is now wrapped up for the year. It finishes with a mark of 14-13.

    Los Alamos never got much going offensively. It was held to just three hits in the ballgame off sophomore pitcher Amber Baca, who fanned seven Hilltoppers in five innings.

    The Jaguars, the No. 5 seed in the Class 4A playoffs, will now move on to play in the quarterfinals of the 4A tournament, which start Thursday in Rio Rancho.