• Sports Briefs 03-14-14

    Run For Her Life set for March 30

    The fourth annual Run For Her Life is scheduled for March 30.
    The Run For Her Life is a 5K and 10K race starting at East Park. Race time is 9 a.m.
    Proceeds from the event are donated to charities in the area of breast cancer research.
    Registration forms are available at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and several other spots around Los Alamos County.
    Electronic copies of the forms may also be found at atomicrunners.com.
    Further race details can be found on the registration form. For more information, call Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    Pitching, fielding camp coming to White Rock

    The Albuquerque Baseball Academy will host a pitching and fielding camp for youth ages 7-13 in Los Alamos.
    The camp is scheduled for March 29 at Overlook Park.
    The camp will be led by former professional players Ryan Brewer and Lauro Felix.
    Price for participation is $65 per player, $5 of which will be donated to the Justin Solomon Cancer Fund.
    For registration, visit ababaseball.com.
    =Questions may be directed to Brewer by calling 505-730-6979 or emailing abacademy at qwestoffice.net.

    Sr. Olympics registration is open

  • LA comes through in tough contest vs. Hope

    For the past two games, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team has had trouble putting runs on the board, so Los Alamos manager Mike Gill thought it was time to shake things up.
    His moves paid dividends Wednesday.
    Los Alamos hosted the defending Class 3A champion Hope Christian Huskies at Bomber Field, its second game in two days against a potential state champion threat.
    It was Los Alamos’ first appearance at home and its only home game until April.
    The Hilltoppers won’t be at home again until they face Bernalillo April 2 to open district play.
    The Hilltoppers took control of a tight contest in the third inning, scoring three runs, then did enough damage control in the top of the sixth to earn a 4-3 win.
    Against Class 5A Atrisco Heritage Saturday, Los Alamos escaped with a 1-0 victory, then was held to just three runs, while its lineup fanned nine times in a loss Tuesday to Albuquerque Academy.
    That type of run production wasn’t going to do, Gill said.
    “You look at our last couple of scores…we’ve been struggling offensively,” he said. “We kind of mixed it up today with the lineup, with this and that, and the kids came through. We didn’t get a lot of hits, but we got the ones that mattered.”

  • Tuesday's basketball state tourney results

    Class 5A girls

    Cibola 53, La Cueva 35
    Clovis 49, Carlsbad 38
    Mayfield 44, Eldorado 38
    Volcano Vista 62, Hobbs 60

    Class 4A girls

    Gallup 73, Española Valley 62
    Los Lunas 60, Miyamura 43
    Santa Fe 51, Roswell 43
    Valencia 61, St. Pius 53

    Class 3A girls

    Hope Christian 57, West Las Vegas 40
    Lovington 48, St. Michael’s 32
    Portales 49, Sandia Prep 42
    Shiprock 59, Robertson 32

    Class 2A girls

    Hatch Valley 39, Mora 37
    Laguna-Acoma 50, Navajo Prep 49
    Texico 72, Eunice 45
    Tularosa 64, Ramah 62

    Class A girls

    Cliff 59, Springer 41

    Floyd 48, Melrose 38

    Tatum 56, Dora 46

    Class B girls

    Carrizozo 32, Mosquero 26

    Corona 71, Reserve 32

    Elida 80, Walatowa Charter 41

    Grady 53, Evangel Christian 52

  • Hsieh-Ratliff takes 6th in El Paso

    Los Alamos’ top girls singles tennis player Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff picked up three wins in the Sun City to finish sixth in her flight last weekend.
    Los Alamos took part in the El Paso (Texas) Chapin tournament. It was the second trip of the young season for Los Alamos to El Paso.
    The Hilltoppers entered a pair of singles players and three doubles teams to Chapin’s tournament. All the Hilltopper entries won three matches in El Paso.
    Hsieh-Ratliff, a freshman, went 3-2 in El Paso. She knocked off three players from Texas, two of them in straight sets, but lost to a pair of New Mexico players, Lindsay Harlas of Las Cruces Mayfield and Carrie Alberson of Las Cruces Centennial, to take sixth in the 32-player draw.
    She knocked off Vivrana Lews of El Paso Burgess 6-2, 6-0, Genny Hay of Fort Hancock, Texas, 6-0, 6-3.
    But Hsieh-Ratliff had to come back from a set down in her fourth match of the two-day tournament. She lost the opening set to Isabella Rivera of El Paso Hanks, 5-7, before rebounding to win the last two sets, 6-1, 6-1.

  • LA's bats come up big in road victory

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team banged out 18 hits against the Moriarty Pintos in a road victory Tuesday.
    Los Alamos scored 14 runs in the first three innings of its game at Moriarty, but the Pintos teed off as well late in the game.
    However, the Hilltoppers, with another big inning in the fifth kept out in front and topped the Pintos 22-13. It was the first win of the season by the Hilltoppers over another Class 4A team.
    Los Alamos came up with nine extra-base hits, three of them coming from Emilee Jones. Jones had a pair of doubles and a triple in the contest, driving in four runs.
    Krysta Salazar had a double and a triple and scored three runs while driving in two more. Kiana Zerr and Shelby Chavez each scored four runs.
    The Hilltoppers (2-4) won’t play again for a week. They will take on Pojoaque Valley next Tuesday in Jacona.
    Moriarty (0-5), meanwhile, has gotten off to a rough start this season. The Pintos have given up 81 runs in their five games so far.
    But the Pintos finished with 10 hits Tuesday and put up back-to-back 4-run innings in the fifth and sixth innings, but it was too little, too late as they trailed 15-4 going into the bottom of the fifth.

  • LA downed by Academy, 8-3

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team dropped a road contest to a tough opponent Tuesday afternoon.
    Los Alamos fell to Albuquerque Academy 8-3. The Chargers jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings and added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to put it away.
    The Hilltoppers (3-4), who were coming off a successful tournament at St. Pius X, winning two of three contests there and taking the host Sartans to the brink in the other game last weekend, were shut out for five straight innings before getting a couple of runs across in their last at-bat.
    There won’t be much turnaround time for the Hilltoppers, either. They will host their one and only home game in the month of March today when they play Hope Christian, a solid Class 3A school.
    Academy, which is usually a stout competitor in Class 4A, has gotten its season off to a good start. The Chargers (3-0) topped Aztec and Valley last week and have outscored their three opponents by a combined 27-7.
    For the Chargers, sophomore Seth Jones went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs. On the mound, Joe Sava threw six innings and gave up just four hits while striking out nine Hilltopper batters.

  • LA tops Eldorado for a win at Farmington invitational

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team dropped three contests at Farmington this weekend, but did break into the win column for the first time in 2014, doing so with some late-game heroics.
    Los Alamos took part in the Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge up in the Four Corners this weekend, going 1-3 at the round-robin tournament. Los Alamos defeated Class 5A Eldorado for its first win of the season, but dropped contests to Piedra Vista, Bloomfield and Blanding, Utah.
    There won’t be much of a turnaround for the Hilltoppers, either, as they were scheduled to play today at Moriarty.
    The Hilltoppers opened the two-day tournament with a pair of tough games. Friday morning, it took on Piedra Vista, the top program in the state, regardless of classification.
    The Panthers dominated that game, winning 15-0. Following the Piedra Vista game, Los Alamos took another one on the chin, falling 14-5 to Bloomfield.
    Despite being on the wrong end of lopsided decisions, Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said he saw some things he liked out of those two games, particularly that his defense had cleaned up its act a little bit from the season opener early last week against Cleveland.
    Los Alamos committed just four errors in those four games this weekend, including playing a clean game against Eldorado’s Eagles.

  • 'Toppers take third in boys track opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team got its season off to a good start against some tough competition this weekend.
    Saturday, Los Alamos took part in the Rio Rancho Chile Quad, which included two very strong opponents in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque Academy. Los Alamos finished with 70 points at the meet and earned wins in a pair of events.
    Although he didn’t win his race, senior Colin Hemez picked up the first state qualifying mark of the Hilltoppers’ season in his first time out. Hemez, the Hilltoppers’ top distance runner, posted a time of 10 minutes, .09 seconds in the 3200 meters to earn a trip to the state meet in May in that event. Hemez finished slightly less than a second behind Kevin Wyss of Academy.
    Picking up event wins for Los Alamos was Seth Drop. Drop cleared 11 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault to take top honors in that event.
    Also winning Saturday was the Hilltoppers’ 800 meter relay team of Xavier Dennison, Sidney Ellis, Skyler Veenis and Joe Roback. That group won a solid victory, topping Academy by more than 2-1/2 seconds.
    The meet also marked the return of Los Alamos head coach Larry Baca. Baca helmed the boys track team for more than 25 years, but had to take a leave from his head coaching position after he retired as a Los Alamos High School teacher in 2011.

  • ’Toppers get thumped by Sartans in opening round

    ALBUQUERQUE – As upset-minded as the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team might have been heading into Friday night’s game, the St. Pius X Sartans were not to be denied.
    The Sartans methodically drove to the basket and pounded the ball in down low to take control of Friday’s Class 4A state championship first round game early. The Hilltoppers took the air out of the ball in the second quarter to try to keep the contest close, but the second half was all St. Pius.
    St. Pius’ defense and rebounding closed the door on any hopes the Hilltoppers might have had of knocking off the Sartans and advancing in the state tournament in the third quarter. St. Pius dominated the boards on both ends, putting in several second chances in the third quarter en route to a 59-31 victory.
    This was the second meeting between the two teams this year and both ended with a similar result. St. Pius won handily in January, topping Los Alamos by 24 points.
    Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart, who has guided Los Alamos to the playoffs in both years she’s led the team, said afterward Los Alamos needed to win the battle for rebounds and keep St. Pius from setting itself up with easy buckets. Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers were able to do neither Friday night.

  • ’Toppers, Sartans go to the wire, but Pius prevails

    ALBUQUERQUE – Less than a week after the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team put a scare into the 2013 Class 4A state runners-up, it took the defending state champions to the brink.
    Los Alamos moved out to a 3-run edge after 4-1/2 innings over the St. Pius X Sartans in the second round of the Sartans’ home tournament Friday.
    But the Sartans put together a 5-run home half of the fifth and pushed the winning run across on the final play of the game to survive a scare and win 7-6.
    Los Alamos and St. Pius met in the semifinal round of the Sartan tournament after both won big Thursday in the opening round.
    It was the Hilltoppers who drew first blood, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third without getting a ball out of the infield, then tacked on two more in the top of the fifth to move out to a 4-1 edge.
    But, with the game about to go into tiebreaker rules – games at the St. Pius tournament are limited to 2 hours and 15 minutes – the Sartans’ Mitch DiLorenzo reached on a error to start the bottom of the sixth, then, after stealing second, attempted to steal third. The throw to third base was low and bounced away from third baseman Jared Mang.